Anti-VFA activists protest at US embassy

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 03 2011 12:22 AM | Updated as of May 04 2011 12:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Some 40 protesters held a picket in across the U.S. embassy on Monday to register their opposition to the presence of U.S. troops in the country.

The militants belong to the Scrap VFA movement, a broad coalition of organizations critical of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the U.S. and the Philippines

Scrap VFA  spokesperson Leody De Guzman said they are worried that the Aquino administration may be open to the return of U.S. bases in the country, especially after a recent visit of U.S. senators in Manila, Subic, and Clark.

"Walang mabuting naidulot ang VFA sa bansa natin, at lalo naming tututulan ang pagbabalik ng U.S. bases dito," De Guzman said.

The groups cited alleged abuses perpetrated by American troops in the country, the latest of which is the rape of "Nicole" by Lance Corporal Daniel Smith in Subic a few years ago.

They are also concerned of nuclear weapons that the U.S. may be bringing inside the Philippines.