December 3, 2010
Manila- On the eve of the 4th anniversary of Daniel Smith’s conviction on the subic rape case members of Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND) holds a lightning rally in front of the United States Embassy carrying a symbolic ‘scale of injustice’ and bearing slogans calling for the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)
“The rape case of Nicole is a semblance of US intervention on Philippine laws, policies and principles under the guise of the VFA”, Elmer Aresgado YND Spokesperson stated, he added that, In every era where US soldiers are present in the Philippine archipelago youths just like Rosario Baluyot, Christina and Andrea of Olongapo fall victims to sexual exploitations and human rights violations whose perpetrators were also convicted but later on acquitted by US meddling on these cases.
According to YND, although short lived, Filipinos must never forget that we were able to incarcerate Daniel Smith at the Makati City jail and almost attained justice for Nicole had our government stood to protect Philippine patrimony and sovereignty against US pressure and manipulations.
“Nicole is a reflection of the Filipino youths that are directly affected of the US military presence, told Aresgado narrating that it was through VFA that U.S. took custody of Smith as the agreement allows the U.S. government to retain jurisdiction over U.S. military personnel accused of committing crimes in the Philippines”.
YND clamors for justice for the numerous youths and Filipino people that have been victims of US military presence in the whole archipelago. The group stated that underlying this US military presence is its need to maintain military, political and economic hegemony over the Asia-Pacific region.
“This is just the beginning of our calls, we as youths will continue to elevate our plights to the P. NOY administration to not just refine but terminate the onerous treaty of VFA. We will not benefit from it in any way, ended Aresgado.
YND a member of SCRAP VFA Movement will join the network in another rally tomorrow on the actual date of Daniel Smith’s conviction in front of the U.S Embassy. ###