“Neoliberalism is the tomb that is putting workers, indigenous peoples, and peoples around the world in the grave,” said Hilo. On the indigenous people’s panel, Southern California Coordinator for Bayan-US Theresa Jaranilla said the effects of the TPPA would be “distressing for indigenous communities in the Philippines who already experience wide-spread displacement, environmental destruction, increased militarization, and gross human rights violations as a result of large-scale mining by foreign mining companies.”
Penetrante linked the Obama administration’s public announcement regarding the shift in the US military’s operations to the Asia-Pacific region and the US’ desperation to protect its economic interests. He scored the covert counter-insurgency tactics in the Asia Pacific, including politically-motivated killings and abductions in the Philippines under the watch of President Benigno Aquino III.
“The Philippines is key to the TPPA and the US military pivot to the Pacific. The US already has the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and are looking to re-open bases in the Philippines. Moreover, the US also funds, arms, and creates strategy for the human rights violating Philippine military. The US will need to enforce the TPPA with military might because the people will fight against it. People stood up against NAFTA, and they are standing up against the TPPA,” said Penetrante.