U.S. grants Philippines military aid in fight against terrorism

The April 15th deadline to file your taxes is approaching.

As Americans across the country have already begun working on their tax forms, organizers in San Francisco are trying to raise more awareness of just where some of their tax dollars are going.

“One of the things we are actively working on right now is contacting our representatives to get all tax aid that is being sent to the Philippines to stop,” said Rev. Sadie Stone.

Just this February, the US granted the Philippines more than $5 million in aid for intelligence support in the country’s fight against terror.

In August last year –the US gave the Philippines $15 million in surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

All adding to the millions of U.S. aid for the conflict in Marawi.

But organizers say the money is also used in Duterte’s ongoing drug war.

“Close to 30,000 people now have been killed under the Duterte administration, the Duterte regime. The US in intervening in places like the Philippines by aiding that, in places like Venezuela where they’re supporting a coup so we got to make sure people in the US who historically have supported ousting a dictator, Marcos, we can do the same outcry with the people from the united states to support the Philippines.”

These activists say they rather have their tax dollars go to somewhere else.

Historically, the US has been a financial aid source for the Philippines military — a relationship these activists say contributes to the country’s worst problems.

“Environmental derogation, the rape of Nicole, the killing of Jennifer Laude, so in different ways the US have been directly involved but also by supporting the Philippine military and national police they’ve also been part of the extrajudicial killings.”

In April, some people from the ecumenical community will be in Washington DC lobbying to elected officials to stop the future flow of US tax dollars to the Philippines.

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  • Santiago Del Mundo
    22 February 2019 at 1:31 am - Reply

    According to Hansel Velasco (Bay Area Engineer), the problem with people from San Francisco (Libertards-Democrat sanctuary) is that they are always using inaccurate figures and information such as 30,000 killed? The person featured above looks like an entitled marijuana user and is obviously protecting drug users-pushers in the Philippines, says Boyet Aguinaldo (Businessman in Milpitas). Majority of those killed during the drug war were the ones shooting and killing cops too!