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BAYAN MUNA wants the House of Representatives to investigate the involvement of US forces in the ongoing military operations in Mindanao.

BAYAN MUNA Rep. Carlos Zarate filed House Resolution 1075 which calls on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Defense to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, and as part of its oversight function,  on the supposed involvement of  United States forces in the Marawi City operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

The resolution cites that more than two (2) weeks Martial rule was declared, ” US Special Forces  are then seen in  the conflict zone of Marawi, while  US spy assets like the US P3 Orion surveillance plane,  were already being used to supposedly flush out the Maute/ISIS group”

The resolution notes that on June 9,  US Embassy Spokesperson Molly Koscina confirmed the US involvement in  the Marawi operations after a TV network  aired a video of the US P3 Orion surveillance plane flying  over Marawi. The US official claimed that the US involvement was “at the request of the Philippines.

The resolution also cites that on June 10, Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, the spokesperson of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, confirmed the presence of these US forces but  claimed that their participation is allegedly “limited to intelligence sharing.

The resolution points out that on June 11, President Duterte said that he did not know beforehand that the US military has been helping the Armed Forces of the Philippines fight the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf in Marawi City. “It is very alarming that the commander in chief himself does not know that his military and security officials like Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon, and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano have already asked assistance from a country that he has continually hit as a hypocrite and is only looking out for its own self-interest”

Zarate claims that Congress should dig deeper into the role of the United States government and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the reported activities and merger of their alleged covertly-created terror groups, the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups, particularly its link to the US-supported Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which undermine regimes like the Duterte administration, for the geopolitical and economic interests of the American government.

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