January 17, 2017
Renato M. Reyes, Jr. – BAYAN secretary general
Bayan will lead protests on Friday, January 20, in time for the inauguration of US President Donald Trump.
The protest in Manila will be demanding the pull-out of US troops and facilities in the Philippines, the abrogation of unequal agreements such as the VFA and EDCA, and a stop to US meddling in Philippine affairs. We stand in solidarity with working people, people of color and other oppressed sectors across the US who will be staging protests on this day.
Trump represents the worst of US imperialist interests and poses a danger to the world. His slogan of making America “great again” pertains to keeping the US the number one imperialist power in the world. His election is indicative of the worsening crisis in the US. His presidency will intensify social contradictions in the US.
We will be closely watching the outcome of Trump’s relationship with PH President Rodrigo Duterte. We urge Duterte to maintain an independent foreign policy in relation to the US. Duterte should be wary of what Trump represents.
Protests await Trump if and when he visits the Philippines in November for the East Asia Summit. The US must end is continuing intervention and dismantle its bases in Asia. ###