A leftist lawmaker wants Philippines and Japan to immediately stop their joint military exercises. ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio said “President Aquino is committing a gross and blatant violation of the constitutional prohibition on foreign troops in allowing the joint exercise with Japanese military forces.”
“This includes the surveillance flight of a Japanese P-3 Orion reconnaissance plane over the disputed Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, which took off from an airfield in Palawan,” the ACT Teachers solon said.
ACT Teachers is a part Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives and is under the bigger Communist-affiliated political party and alliance of leftist militant organizations, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or Bayan.
“Aquino’s actions and inflammatory rhetoric, including his grossly inappropriate comparison of China to Nazi Germany, are in the service of promoting and justifying greater Japanese military presence in the region,” Tinio added.
Philippines and Japan started the Navy-to-Navy engagement last June 22 and will end on 26. Joint training with Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster response, maritime search-and-rescue, and maritime situational awareness training and cooperation.