The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) accused the government of overreacting to the planned rocket launch, saying it was blindly joining the US in hyping a supposed threat of nuclear fallout from the rocket launch.
â€œWhile safety precautions against rocket debris are ok, the reaction of the Philippine government is more in line with the hype being stirred by the US in relation to so-called ballistic missile tests that the North Koreans are allegedly undertaking,â€ Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes said.
â€œThe US is trying to deny North Koreaâ€™s sovereign right to launch a satellite for peaceful use by hypocritically using the specter of nuclear weapons,â€ Reyes said.
â€œFact of the matter is, North Korea has said over and over again that the rocket launch is for peaceful scientific use. It has even invited foreign journalists and observers to witness the launch and scrutinize the rocket,â€ he added.
Bayan said the US remains the worldâ€™s biggest nuclear threat since it possesses some 5,100 nuclear warheads strategically placed all over the world in its nuclear submarines and military bases. In contrast, North Korea has suspended its nuclear weapons test and uranium enrichment program and allowed international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex.
â€œThe nuke bogey is just the latest US ploy to justify sanctions and military intervention against North Korea. Itâ€™s the US which has long been threatening North Korea. Meanwhile, North Korea does not pose a threat to the Philippines or any nation in Asia for that matter. North Korea has always aspired for peaceful reunification with South Korea and for the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,â€ Reyes said.
â€œThe US on the other hand, has always sought to establish its military presence everywhere in the world, acting as some kind of global police. It is now seeking to expand its permanent military presence in the Philippines.â€
The group also called the Philippine governmentâ€™s posturing versus North Korea hypocritical. â€œThe PH government is up in arms over North Koreaâ€™s rocket test, but is eerily silent about the use of US drones in Philippine airspace. The PH government has not even sought any explanation for the US governmentâ€™s secret storage of nuclear weapons in the Philippines during the last century,â€ Reyes said. Bayan likewise noted that based on a declassified document from the independent non-governmental organization National Security Archive based in the George Washington University, the US government had secretly stored nuclear weapons in the Philippines during the Marcos regime. --http://ph.news.yahoo.com/worst-case-scenario-evacuation-luzon-201715257.html