Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas said Vice president Kamala Harris’s primary motive is to expand the US military. She emitted her rage and irritation over Kamala Harris’s recent visit to the Philippines. Kamala also spoke at a women’s rights event during her visit to the Philippines.
Arlene Brosas said that Kamala Harris is not completely an image of women’s empowerment. Her primary motive behind visiting the Philippines is to increase US military expansion, which has put Filipino women at great risk of pervert and ill-treatment.
Brosas claimed in a press conference on Wednesday that she came to visit the Philippines with her geopolitical plan for the US, which doesn’t concentrate on making women strong but increasing their military position in Southeast Asia.
Her trip encompasses the conversation of extra Edca sites, like two stations in Palawan in the middle of Chinese rage in the west Philippine Sea.
Harris went to the Philippines for a state visit, and there she also met with government officers like President Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte. In one of her conversations on the sidelines, she also talked about women’s empowerment and climate change.
According to US officials, democracy is explained by the status of women in society. But Brosas retaliated Harris’ supposed posturing, observing that the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (Edca) places women in danger.
The lawmaker said, “We urge our fellow Filipinos to reject the nuclear deal between the US and the Philippine government, as well as the construction of more EDCA sites across the country which will make Filipino women more vulnerable to violence and abuse.”
“VP Kamala Harris’ visit symbolizes not women’s empowerment but military and economic expansion at the expense of our national sovereignty.” She further said that Harris’s US geopolitical plan would surely hurt the country as the Civil nuclear cooperation agreement, which would endure nuclear wastes that can immensely affect public health and the environment.
Brisas was referring to debates for nuclear energy cooperation between the US and the Philippines-the “123 Agreement” when Kamala Harris visited the Philippines.
The 123 Agreement is a deal that the US forms with the associates. It is based on Section 123 of the US Atomic Energy Act, which doesn’t prevent partner countries from using the associations for nuclear energy to create nuclear weapons.
Brosas and her partner Makabayan bloc lawmaker, Alliance of Concerned Teachers Rep. France Castro, is different in that the deal incorporated with the Edca, which lets the US army operate in the country, would put the Philippines in China’s crosshairs in the view of the Washington- Beijing enmity.
Brisas said, “First of all, even if they say that it is for civilian use, that is an experimental technology. That’s why we said that we would be guinea pigs in that cooperation. Second, there is a huge risk of being involved in that with China and US tensions […] These problems; we should not be involved between China and the US because that is dangerous.”
“If the nuclear sites are placed near our military bases where the US also takes base, we can be targeted by China – we know the status of the rivalry between China and the US, and it would be very risky and possibly damaging to Filipinos. We call on the Marcos Jr. administration to study this intently.”
Makabayan bloc legislators registered a resolution looking for an investigation into talks around the 123 Agreement last Tuesday, believing it may create more dangers than advantages.
A senior US official spoke anonymously after Harris visited Manila last Sunday, 20th November, saying that it was very important for the Philippines and US to start a conversation on the 123 Agreement so the US can render exports of nuclear material and instruments.
A fact sheet was released on the same day, which stated that Harris’s office said that the start of the 123 Agreement talks signifies that the US is committed to directing the Philippines’ energy issues.