Trump, greeted with workers’ protest in PH
Filipino workers led by national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno greeted US President Donald Trump with a protest at the US Embassy in Manila as he arrive in the Philippines for the ASEAN 2017 Summit.
“Trump’s visit to the Philippines to fortify the neocolonial master and puppet relationship between the US and the Philippine government headed by his fellow fascist warmonger Rodrigo Duterte. Workers want Trump banned in the Philippines! We will hound him with protests until he is kicked-out of our country,” KMU chairperson Elmer “Ka Bong” Labog said.
KMU claimed that Trump will meet Duterte to strengthen bilateral agreements such as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) and the Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) which allows increased US troop deployment and basing in the country under the guise of the “war on terror”.
“Increased US troop presence and basing in the country not only violate our sovereignty and patrimony, it also makes us pawns in the US’ wars of aggression against the people of the world. The US has already been using Duterte to act as Trump’s attack dog against the North Korea,” Labog said.
The labor center also insisted that Trump’s visit aims to forge new free trade agreements to further open-up the Philippine economy to the control of big US corporations that would result in the worsening conditions of Filipino workers and people.
“Trump wants to save US corporations from their chronic crisis by starving Filipino workers and people. He is bringing with him new neoliberal economic impositions to keep the Philippines underdeveloped and dependent on their foreign investments. These are the same economic dictates that has subjected our workers to poverty wages, contractual employment and slave-like working conditions,” said Labog.
KMU meanwhile condemned Duterte for his subservience to Trump’s militarist and neoliberal dictates to earn the US’ support for his looming dictatorial rule amidst the growing protests against his tyranny and anti-people policies.
“Despite his anti-US and pseudo-nationalist posturing, Duterte has bowed to the US by embracing Trump’s militarist and neoliberal agenda. He is willing to be a US puppet in desperation to woo Trump’s support for his fascist and pro-big business rule that has rapidly been earning ire and outrage of Filipino workers and people,” Labog said.