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Activists protest PH-U.S. Balikatan exercises by burning American flag, throwing paint at U.S. Embassy seal
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that members of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) staged a lightning rally in front of the US Embassy in Manila before 6 a.m. on Monday, April 16.
Published on: Apr 16, 2012 - 9:56am

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ABS-CBNNews.com reports that members of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) staged a lightning rally in front of the US Embassy in Manila before 6 a.m. on Monday, April 16.

To express their displeasure over the Philippines-US Balikatan exercises, the protesters threw red and blue paint at the seal of the embassy and burned an American flag. The ABS-CBNNews.com report revealed that they also spray-painted the gates of the embassy these messages: "US troops out now" and "Junk VFA! (Visiting Forces Agreement)." The report noted that after about 20 minutes, the protesters were "driven away by the police."

Meanwhile, Philstar.com reports that the Balikatan exercises will be held simultaneously in different parts of the country from April 16 to 27. The report pointed out: "About 4,500 U.S. personnel and 2,300 soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines will join the activity."

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com and Philstar.com.

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8 Comments
  • CordilleranBeef
    I'm Pinoy but WTF. Freedom of speech, yes, allowed. Freedom to subscribe to any philosophy, albeit lopsided, yes, allowed. Shout protests 'til your throats burn but don't burn flags or vandalize.
    Apr 25 2012 @ 05:23pm     Reply  
  • FilAmfromSeattle
    Headlines like this irritates me as a Filipino-American. These LFS students need to learn their history. Thanks to America, English is the 2nd language of the Philippines. If it wasn't for Americans helping out in WWII. Japan would have taken over the country. The countries infrastruurre such as roads, buildings, technology and the Philippine Constitution all adopted from America. My 2 cents.
    Apr 19 2012 @ 04:50pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Jesuswasablackman
      Yeah, go tell 'em boy! Let's see if these bozos would resist the urge to work for a call center after graduation.
      Apr 23 2012 @ 11:06am     Reply  
  • tambay sa kanto
    baka nga ilang beses na silang pumila sa US Embassy hahahah!. Unahin ang China, sila ang nagpapahirap at kumakalaban sa atin ngayon
    Apr 17 2012 @ 11:51am     Reply  
  • Pilosopong Tasyo
    Anong klaseng SELECTIVE NATIONALISM ang pinapakita nitong mga Leftist na mga Ungas na ito? Noong nam bu-BULLY ang China ,hindi nag demo doon sa Chinese embassy. Mga ungas! magisip isip nga kayo! Kumita na iyang mga gimmick ninyo. Pero huwag ka, ang tutulin ng mga iyan pumila sa US embassy para mag migrate....Pero wala pa akong nabalitaan na Leftist na gustong mag migrate sa China....
    Apr 17 2012 @ 11:16am     Reply  
  • trololol
    meanwhile, china keeps bullying us
    Apr 17 2012 @ 12:02am     Reply  
  • id10tcommies
    these malcontents should've been doing this in front of China's Embassy in Manila. Why can't they? it's best for the Philippines to exile or deport these protesters to China.
    Apr 16 2012 @ 05:04pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Jesuswasablackman
      ...and for what? So that they can do the Joma and party all night by the light of Shanghai's Bund? Why not North Korea - Kim Jong Il's li'l boy needs new expendable playthings.
      Apr 17 2012 @ 10:14am     Reply  
  • cynical balikbayan
    my favorite placard: "Go home Joe! Bring me with you!"
    Apr 16 2012 @ 02:32pm     Reply  
  • Genuine
    Have to give it to the militants. Attack at dawn when it's least expected. The eagle got smeared this time, eh?
    Apr 16 2012 @ 10:51am     Reply   Hide replies
    • Jesuswasablackman
      Let's see how tough those young punks are when confronted by a wall of well-trained NAVY SEALS. Or front-row premiere tickets to Marvel's Avengers, personally handed to them by Chris Evans in Captain America costume.
      Apr 16 2012 @ 11:45am     Reply  
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