Philippines

US, Japan, Australia, India “Quadrilateral” alliance takes shape against China

By James Cogan, 14 November 2017

Trump’s continual references to the economic woes of the US speak to the real motivations for an anti-China coalition.

Australian troops sent to the Philippines despite end of Marawi siege

By Mike Head, 27 October 2017

Another far-reaching military commitment has been made without any parliamentary debate, let alone any approval by the Australian population.

More Australian troops to be sent to the Philippines

By Mike Head, 12 September 2017

Australia’s involvement in the bogus “war against terrorism” in the Philippines is part of its commitment to Washington’s aggressive military build-up and actions in Asia.

Australian government offers to send troops to the Philippines

By Mike Head, 30 August 2017

Confronting a deepening political crisis at home, Malcolm Turnbull is seeking to don the mantle of a wartime prime minister.

US to launch drone bombing campaign in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 10 August 2017

The US military was involved in the initial attack by Philippine forces that led to the declaration of martial law and US surveillance planes have directed the daily bombing.

In landslide vote, Philippine legislature extends martial law

By Joseph Santolan, 25 July 2017

The wholesale embrace of martial law by the Filipino ruling elites is a sharp expression of the crisis of class rule around the globe amid intensifying class tensions.

Australia sends spy planes to join US military intervention in the Philippines

By Mike Head, 24 June 2017

Although the initial deployment consists of just two aircraft, they will form part of an intensive operation by US Special Forces.

US Special Forces involved in declaration of martial law in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 12 June 2017

Washington is using martial law to discipline the Philippine president and reorient Manila’s geopolitical ties away from Beijing and Moscow, and back into the camp of US imperialism.

Terror scare inflames martial law crisis in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 2 June 2017

Over 22 million Filipinos on the southern island of Mindanao have been living under conditions of military dictatorship for the past week.

Duterte declares martial law on Philippine island of Mindanao

By Joseph Santolan, 25 May 2017

Behind the imposition of military rule lies a profound social crisis and the geopolitical machinations of Washington.

Trump invites Philippine President Duterte to the White House

By Joseph Santolan, 2 May 2017

As part of the advanced preparations for war with North Korea, Trump has called the Philippine president with an invitation for a state visit to Washington.

Philippine administration steps up police-state measures

By Dante Pastrana, 31 March 2017

The real purpose of the bogus war on drugs is to establish a vast police-state apparatus that will be used to suppress opposition from workers and the poor.

Tensions erupt between the Philippines and China over disputed island

By Joseph Santolan, 30 March 2017

Sharp divisions emerged in the Duterte administration after a Chinese official announced plans for an environmental monitoring station on the Scarborough Shoal.

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

By Joseph Santolan, 15 March 2017

Joma Sison and the Maoist CPP have played a politically criminal role in promoting the fascistic Duterte administration and defusing opposition to it.

Leading opposition senator arrested in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 1 March 2017

Senator de Lima’s arrest is an expression of the advanced political crisis in the country which is rooted in the dispute within the ruling class over Manila’s geopolitical orientation.

Duterte militarises the “war on drugs” in the Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 13 February 2017

Making the military responsible for continuing the state-sanctioned killings is a marked development in Duterte’s drive toward dictatorial power and military rule.

Philippine President Duterte declares “all-out war” against Maoist party

By Joseph Santolan, 8 February 2017

The party has strongly supported Duterte but the peace talks were undermined by the military and by a section of the leadership of the CPP’s armed wing.

Philippine President Duterte threatens martial law

By Joseph Santolan, 25 January 2017

Duterte warned that he would impose military rule to “complete the slaughter” in his war on drugs.

Russia proposes joint military exercises with the Philippines in the South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 4 January 2017

The proposal was made as two Russian warships visited the Philippines in the first official navy-to-navy contact between the two countries.

Manila to investigate claims of a US plot to oust Philippine president

By Joseph Santolan, 28 December 2016

According to the Manila Times, former US Ambassador Goldberg drew up detailed plans for the removal of Duterte from office over the course of the next year and a half.

Trump endorses Duterte’s murderous drug war in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 13 December 2016

Trump’s call to Duterte was not just to shore up damaged relations with an ally against China, it expressed Trump’s enthusiasm for police state measures within the US.

US and Philippine militaries maintain “robust” ties

By Peter Symonds, 26 November 2016

US Admiral Harry Harris, head of Pacific Command, dismissed any suggestion that Philippine President Duterte’s anti-American remarks would derail the US-Philippine alliance.

Philippine President Duterte continues US military basing deal, hails Trump election

By Joseph Santolan, 11 November 2016

The decision to continue the basing pact represents a reversal of previous statements by Duterte that he would “separate” from the United States.

Special envoy of Philippine President Duterte resigns in protest

By Joseph Santolan, 3 November 2016

The resignation of Ramos, a central figure in Philippine politics, highlights the extraordinary tensions caused by Washington’s drive to militarily encircle and subordinate China.

Philippine President Duterte says he wants US troops out of the country in two years

By Joseph Santolan, 27 October 2016

The abrupt shift in Manila’s foreign policy toward China is an expression of the immense geopolitical tensions stoked by Washington's policies.

US navy sends destroyer to challenge China in South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 22 October 2016

The latest US “freedom of navigation” operation came as Philippine President Duterte’s tilt to Beijing dealt a blow to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” strategy.

Philippine president declares “separation from the US” during visit to China

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 October 2016

Duterte’s statements were met with bewilderment and consternation in Washington.

Police attack demonstration outside US embassy in Manila

By our reporter, 21 October 2016

Police violently assaulted the protest, despite the fact that it was led by Maoist front organisations allied to the government.

Philippine president in China seeks to cement closer ties

By Peter Symonds, 19 October 2016

Duterte has signalled that he is open to closer military relations with China and Russia as he seeks billions of dollars in Chinese aid and investment.

Philippine President Duterte tilts toward China

By Peter Symonds, 12 October 2016

In advance of Duterte’s trip next week to China, his defence secretary announced a suspension of joint exercises with the US in the South China Sea.

Philippine President Duterte tells Obama to “go to hell”

By Joseph Santolan, 6 October 2016

The statement was the latest in a string of outbursts by Duterte, who has responded angrily to Western criticisms of his murderous anti-drug crusade.

Philippine President Duterte declares end to joint war games with the US

By Joseph Santolan, 1 October 2016

As Duterte has sought to pursue ties with China, Washington, using the pretext of human rights as a means to pressure the Philippine president, has criticized his murderous drug war.

Philippine foreign secretary says Manila will no longer be US “little brown brother”

By Joseph Santolan, 19 September 2016

As President Duterte downplays the South China Sea dispute with China, Washington is mounting a cynical “human rights” campaign to pressure the Philippines back into line.

Philippine president calls for US special forces to leave Mindanao

By Joseph Santolan, 15 September 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s statements mark a further souring of ties between Manila and Washington under the new president.

Obama heightens antagonisms with China at East Asia Summit

By Joseph Santolan, 9 September 2016

Unable to enlist the Philippines or a reliable proxy from other ASEAN members, Obama was compelled to directly intervene.

Obama cancels meeting with Philippine President Duterte

By Joseph Santolan, 6 September 2016

The real source of the tensions is Washington’s increasing displeasure over Duterte’s failure to play his assigned role in the US pivot to Asia.

Philippine president declares “state of lawlessness” after bomb blast

By Joseph Santolan, 5 September 2016

While stating that this was “not martial law,” Duterte told the press that the military would be “running the country.”

Over 1,800 extra-judicial killings under new Philippine government

By Joseph Santolan, 23 August 2016

The official figures—at least double the media estimates—reveal that Duterte has launched a crusade of mass murder under the guise of a “war on drugs.”

Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos travels to China to conduct negotiations

By Joseph Santolan, 11 August 2016

Ramos’s trip highlights the contradictory nature of the current Philippine President Duterte’s attempt to balance between Washington’s “pivot to Asia” and trade ties with China.

Kerry backs Duterte’s murderous anti-drug campaign: “Placing a cheapness on the lives of Orientals”

By Joseph Santolan, 4 August 2016

US Secretary of State Kerry pledged $32 million to fund Philippine President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, involving death squads, police murders and concentration camps, in order to secure support for Washington’s war drive against China.

Washington funds death squads, concentration camps in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 29 July 2016

To secure Manila’s commitment for the US war drive against China, Secretary of State Kerry committed $32 million to President Duterte’s fascistic crackdown on drugs.

Philippine President Duterte delivers State of the Nation Address

By Joseph Santolan, 26 July 2016

Duterte’s speech was a repugnant mixture of proposals to assist big business in the exploitation of cheap labor and statements sanctioning the murder of alleged criminals.

Manila responds to South China Sea ruling

By Joseph Santolan, 15 July 2016

The Duterte government has reacted to the ruling with caution, seeking to placate Washington and Beijing, while the Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines has escalated its attacks on China.

The Hague ruling: A dangerous step toward war

By Peter Symonds, 14 July 2016

The court decision on the South China Sea will heighten tensions and the risk that a minor incident spirals out of control and triggers a conflict between the US and China.

Hague court decides South China Sea case today

By Joseph Santolan, 12 July 2016

Regardless of the details of today’s tribunal decision, Washington will exploit the ruling to escalate its war drive against China.

UN court to deliver decision on South China Sea disputes

By Peter Symonds, 11 July 2016

With a ruling imminent, the US has cranked up its propaganda apparatus and military activity in the South China Sea, setting the stage for a dangerous confrontation with China.

Philippine police and vigilantes kill 72 during first week of Duterte government

By Joseph Santolan, 9 July 2016

Duterte is pursuing his fascistic agenda, including to reinstate the death penalty and to reduce the minimum age of criminal accountability as low as nine years.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts silent on Maoist alliance with Philippine president

By Tom Peters, 5 July 2016

Fightback and Redline have long promoted the CPP, which has now taken cabinet posts in the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, a fascistic figure.

Duterte takes office as president of the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 1 July 2016

Duterte’s presidency represents a move by the Philippine ruling class to resolve the political crises in the country through dictatorial forms of rule.

Two US aircraft carriers in war games in western Pacific

By Peter Symonds, 21 June 2016

The show of force is a sign that the US intends to ramp up its confrontation with China following an imminent ruling on the Philippine legal challenge to Beijing’s maritime claims.

Duterte government opens peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 15 June 2016

As government and party leaders meet to negotiate in Oslo, CPP head Joma Sison is calling for a “coalition government” with the fascistic Duterte regime.

Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines supports state burial for Ferdinand Marcos

By Joseph Santolan, 8 June 2016

The CPP is entering an alliance with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and, in doing so, its leader Joma Sison has endorsed the state burial of the dictator Marcos.

Maoists take cabinet positions in Philippine government

By Joseph Santolan, 7 June 2016

The Maoist officials in the Duterte administration will be directly responsible for carrying out the suppression of the working class.

A wave of summary executions following the Philippine election

By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2016

In line with president-elect Duterte’s election promise, police and vigilantes have launched a campaign of murderous violence against alleged criminals.

Duterte offers cabinet posts to Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 17 May 2016

The president-elect has vowed to restore hangings and not to back down on the country’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.

The rise of Duterte in the Philippines: A warning to the international working class

By Joseph Santolan, 11 May 2016

The election of the fascistic Duterte is the product of mounting social tensions bound up with the US-led transformation of East Asia into an armed camp directed against China.

Fascistic candidate Rodrigo Duterte wins Philippine presidential election

By Joseph Santolan, 10 May 2016

Responsibility for the successful political career of Duterte rests with the anti-working class and nationalist Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Maoist-backed, fascistic candidate leads Philippine presidential race

By Dante Pastrana, 4 May 2016

Duterte has pledged to summarily execute alleged criminals, kill union activists and block any political opposition by shutting down Congress and the courts.

Philippines impounds suspected North Korean ship

By Dante Pastrana, 8 March 2016

While Philippine officials invoked the latest UN sanctions, the government undoubtedly acted with the approval, if not on the direct orders, of Washington.

US and the Philippines move rapidly to implement military deal

By Dante Pastrana, 26 February 2016

The Enhanced Defense Cooperative Agreement paves the way for a major US military build-up in the Philippines that will greatly heighten tensions with China.

BAYAN mounts second bogus challenge to US basing deal

By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2016

The Philippine Maoists are speaking for the most reactionary layers of the Philippine bourgeoisie, who are spearheading the US war drive against China, but want firm guarantees of US support if a conflict breaks out.

US drive to war with China dominates Philippine presidential election campaigns

By Joseph Santolan, 18 January 2016

Deepening economic crisis, massive social inequality and Washington’s drive to war have shifted bourgeois politics in the Philippines sharply to the right.

BAYAN’s phony opposition to the US basing deal in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 16 January 2016

The Maoist-dominated BAYAN has called for the armed defense of the Philippines’ territorial claims in the South China Sea and has led repeated demonstrations outside the Chinese embassy.

Philippine Supreme Court declares US basing deal constitutional

By Joseph Santolan, 13 January 2016

The decision gives the legal green light for the deployment of US military forces to the Philippines, in direct confrontation with China.

Washington’s gunboat diplomacy in Manila

By Joseph Santolan, 18 November 2015

In a speech from the deck of a Philippine navy frigate, Obama pledged over a quarter of billion dollars to escalating military tensions in the South China Sea.

UN Tribunal to adjudicate South China Sea legal dispute

By Joseph Santolan, 31 October 2015

The tribunal’s ruling is a blow to China and strengthens the propaganda of Washington, which will use it to provide a legal fig leaf to escalate its war-mongering.

Two Chinese diplomats killed in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 23 October 2015

While many details are still unknown, the fatal shooting occurs amid explosive tensions between China and the Philippines provoked by Washington.

Washington’s hypocritical denunciations of Chinese “land reclamation” in the South China Sea

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 July 2015

The outposts of Vietnam and other claimants in the region cover a far broader expanse than those of China.

US lawyers argue Manila’s case against China in The Hague

By Joseph Santolan, 9 July 2015

The legal case, which aims to invalidate China’s territorial claim to the South China Sea, is part of Washington’s campaign against Beijing.

War dangers in South China Sea continue to rise

By James Cogan, 20 June 2015

Military deployments are taking place in Asia that would be viewed in China as preparations for a potential provocation.

US drive to war dominates Philippine presidential election discussions

By Joseph Santolan, 18 June 2015

The stakes in the 2016 presidential election are qualitatively higher than in previous contests, with the paramount question being war with China.

Philippines: Maoist union leads Tanduay contract workers toward defeat

By Dante Pastrana, 15 June 2015

More than 200 contractual workers at the Tanduay Distillery plant are waging a desperate struggle to regain their jobs after being sacked for seeking to regularise their employment.

WSWS responds to Joma Sison and the Philippine Maoists

By Joseph Santolan, 13 June 2015

The CPP is bent on mobilizing its social base behind the US drive to war against China in the name of national sovereignty.

Philippine Maoists support US war drive against China

By Joseph Santolan, 5 June 2015

BAYAN and the CPP have worked to whip up anti-Chinese nationalism, denouncing China as an “imperialist” power poised to invade the Philippines.

Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

By Joseph Santolan, 4 June 2015

The Philippines is playing a crucial role in Washington’s ratcheting up of military pressure on Beijing.

Philippine state visit to Canada escalates anti-China “pivot”

By Dylan Lubao, 28 May 2015

Loyal allies of the US in its anti-China “pivot,” Canada and the Philippines are increasing bilateral military-security ties.

The growing danger of a US war against China

By James Cogan, 15 May 2015

Every country in the region, to one degree or another, is embroiled in the war danger.

US threatens military confrontation with China in South China Sea

By Joseph Santolan, 14 May 2015

The move would be a reckless act of military brinkmanship calculated to force Beijing to back down on its territorial claims.

Philippines expels Chinese power grid technicians

By John Roberts, 4 March 2015

Manila’s provocative decision not to renew the visas of 16 Chinese technicians will further exacerbate tensions with Beijing over disputes in the South China Sea.

Vietnam backs Philippine case against Chinese maritime claims

By John Roberts, 30 December 2014

Hanoi rejected China’s claims in the South China Sea and called on the court to take Vietnam’s interests into consideration.

More than 27 dead as Typhoon Hagupit hits Philippines

By Richard Phillips, 9 December 2014

The latest disaster badly damaged infrastructure and destroyed homes throughout central-eastern Philippines.

US Marine accused of murdering Filipino during war games

By Joseph Santolan, 16 October 2014

President Aquino’s government rushed to assure Washington that the killing would not jeopardize the recent signed basing deal.

Philippine Supreme Court controversy: A revealing glimpse into Washington’s machinations

By Joseph Santolan, 22 August 2014

The entire Jardeleza affair reveals the colonial-level control which Washington exercises over Philippine politics, over Manila’s legal case against China in particular.

Bogus agrarian reform ends in the Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 5 August 2014

Despite the limited character of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, the Philippine Congress has ended any further acquisitions of private land.

Constitutional crisis unfolds in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 31 July 2014

The bitter political infighting in ruling circles is fueled by mounting social crisis, the pressure of US imperialism, and the drive towards dictatorship.

Three Philippine Senators arraigned on corruption charges

By Dante Pastrana, 5 July 2014

President Benigno Aquino III’s anti-corruption campaign is in reality a drive to crush opposition in any section of government to his sharp turn toward US imperialism.

Dilapidated, overcrowded public schools in the Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 20 June 2014

An estimated 21 million students are crammed, in shifts, into buildings that are falling apart, lacking facilities, chairs, textbooks or even chalk.

Global electronics giant NXP sacks union officials in the Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 5 June 2014

The Maoist KMU, which specialises in militant-sounding demagogy, has called no strike action by NXP workers.

Six months after Typhoon Haiyan

Woman and six children killed in fire in tent city in Philippines

By Dante Pastrana, 2 June 2014

The tragedy of the Ocenar family is emblematic of the social devastation that has been inflicted on millions of Filipinos in the wake of the typhoon.

US military basing deal in the Philippines: A step towards neocolonial rule

By Joseph Santolan, 17 May 2014

The US basing deal in the Philippines, part of a drive to militarily encircle China posing the risk of global war, creates the legal framework for neocolonial US rule over its former colony.

Vietnam and Philippines escalate maritime disputes with China

By Mike Head, 13 May 2014

Continuing clashes between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea highlight the potential for a wider conflict.

US military basing deal sets legal framework for neocolonial rule in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 3 May 2014

The agreement allows the US military to base its forces throughout the Philippines at will, immune from oversight under Philippine law.

As Obama visits Manila: US signs agreement for basing forces in the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 29 April 2014

Washington is moving to base US forces in the Philippines as a key step in its drive to militarily encircle China, as part of its ‘pivot’ to Asia.

The US to sign major military pact with the Philippines

By Peter Symonds, 28 April 2014

The 10-year agreement to boost American forces in the Philippines will further consolidate the US military encirclement of China.

Manila files legal case against Beijing’s South China Sea claim

By Joseph Santolan, 3 April 2014

The real author of this latest provocation is not Beijing or Manila, but Washington.

Philippine typhoon survivors stage protests

By Dante Pastrana, 7 February 2014

Typhoon Haiyan and the lack of government assistance have compounded the social crisis in some of the country’s poorest areas.

Philippine President Aquino compares China to Nazi Germany

By Joseph Santolan, 6 February 2014

The Philippine president denounced China’s role in the South China Sea as akin to Hitler’s annexation of Czechoslovakia.

Philippine peace deal in Mindanao followed by military assault

By Joseph Santolan, 1 February 2014

The attacks that left 52 dead give the lie to claims that the deal, brokered by US, and signed by the MILF and the Philippine government, is about establishing peace.

Washington uses typhoon aid to push for Philippine military bases

By Joseph Santolan, 27 November 2013

Amid the wreckage of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippine Foreign Secretary del Rosario said Manila should conclude basing arrangements with Washington.

The US military and the Philippines

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2013

Underlying the military mobilization in response to Typhoon Haiyan are both the long and bloody history of US intervention in the Philippines and Washington’s aim to use the country as a base in its confrontation with China.