Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Philippines - a US colony - CIA links

Larry Chin, at Online Journal, 8 August 2002, has written 'The United States in the Philippines: post-9 11 imperatives.'

According to Chin, the USA uses the Philippines

1. as a military and intelligence base
2. as a source of energy, raw materials, land, cheap labour.

Gary Leupp, professor of history, wrote:

"The Philippines was a US colony from 1898 to 1946. One-tenth of the Filipino population was wiped out in the first US exercise in counter-insurgency in Asia. The US backed a series of vicious regimes after the Philippines' (alleged) independence, most notably that of Ferdinand Marcos."

The book 'Development Debacle: The World Bank in the Philippines' by University of the Philippines professor Walden Bello:

'details how the World Bank, the CIA and other US agencies have systematically plundered the domestic economy of the Philippines for transnational corporate interests, privatization, and deregulation - and how the "Asian market crisis" of the late 1990s was the direct result of such programs.'

According to Filipino investigative journalist Bobby Tuazon, the successive administrations of Presidents Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, and now Arroyo, have continued the tradition of allowing the Philippines to be carved open and exploited by US and foreign capital.

According to Chin: President Gloria Arroyo "will, a la Marcos, agitate for renewed U.S. aggression in Southeast Asia."

Former President Fidel Ramos "functions essentially as the country's co-president. He is also a direct agent of the Bush oligarchy."

Ramos is a senior advisor of the Carlyle Group and the head of Carlyle's Asian advisory board.

Carlyle's client list has included the bin Laden family.

Daniel Shirmer wrote in "Fidel Ramos: In the Footsteps of Marcos":

"Ramos... follows the lead of Marcos in solicitous attention to the claims of the U.S. military, covered over when politically expedient by gestures of nationalist intent."


As revealed by Tuazon in, President Arroyo's highly influential 13-member "International Board of Advisers" (IBA) is headed by a virtual who's who of elite world finance.

Heading the group is Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, chairman of American International Group (AIG). Greenberg reportedly has links to the CIA.

"AIG's predecessor, Asia Life/C.V. Starr Insurance Companies, operated out of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) spy agency during World War II... C.V.Starr enjoyed long and profitable drug/covert operations relationships with the likes of CIA legend Paul Helliwell (head of OSS World War II intelligence in China), and CIA-connected lawyer Tommy Corcoran, and CIA proprietary fronts such as the infamous opium-smuggling airlines Civil Air Transport (which later became Air America) and Sea Supply Inc., and Pacific Corporation...

"Current members of AIG's board of directors include... Frank Wisner, Jr., a director of Enron, and son of one of the prime CIA operatives, Frank Wisner Sr. When Wisner, Jr., was the US Ambassador to the Philippines (1991–92), he helped Enron win contracts to run two Subic Bay power plants (that were the subject of fierce local opposition)."

Chin writes: "The coming years should usher in an orgy of corporatization and plunder throughout the Philippines."

In an article titled "Lost History: Marcos, Money & Treason," investigative reporter Robert Parry detailed some of the 'criminal ties' between former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos and members of the Reagan and Bush administrations, including the ex-presidents themselves.

During his Hawaiian exile, Marcos declared that he had given Reagan $4 million in 1980 and $8 million in 1984.

Parry wrote, "Some witnesses who claim knowledge of alleged Reagan efforts to sabotage Carter's negotiations to free 52 U.S. hostages then held in Iran maintain that Marcos contributed some of the money used by Republicans to bribe key Iranian mullahs.

"Documentary evidence about the alleged Marcos-to-Reagan payoffs first surfaced after Marcos was ousted by a revolution in March 1986. As Marcos's fall neared, Reagan arranged for the dictator to be flown to Hawaii. Marcos's opponents then ransacked government files and found a Feb. 17, 1986, letter signed by a senior Marcos aide, Victor Nituda."

In the letter, according to Parry, Nituda warned Marcos that Reagan's emissary, Senator Paul Laxalt demanded that "sensitive files, including ones listing the 1980 transactions, be turned over to the US before Marcos could go to Hawaii."

According to Chin:

"Nituda's letter specifically cited accounts set up for Reagan and his 1980 campaign manager (and later CIA Director) William Casey, and that Laxalt demanded 'all documents check-listed during his last visit or the deal for a Hawaiian exile is off.' Laxalt also demanded files regarding bank loans and donations made to General John Singlaub, who was raising money for the Nicaraguan contra rebels."

Perry wrote:

"A serious investigation of the Marcos money might shed light, too, on another perplexing mystery from the 1980s: the curious relationship between the American government and the corrupt Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). In Jan. 22, 1981, two days after Reagan's inauguration, Marcos and his cronies co-founded a Hong Kong bank with New York financier John Shaheen, one of Casey's closest friends dating back to the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services.

"In 1983, the bank collapsed with reported losses of more than $100 million. The money was never recovered, but Shaheen associates claimed that prior to the bank failure, substantial amounts were funneled to Marcos, who reportedly was pulling the strings behind the scenes."

Chin wrote:

"According to Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins, Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign may have received an illegal $10 million in cash from Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos. (Rollins suggested that the illegal contribution never reached the campaign or the president, but were stashed "in some offshore bank.")

"In a new report on the missing Marcos stash, investigative journalist Lucy Komisar reports that Marie-Gabrielle Koller, a former attorney with accounting firm KPMG in Zurich has come forward with evidence that 'on March 23, 1986—just a day before a freeze would be placed on Marcos' accounts—KPMG secretly transferred $400 million from Credit Suisse Zurich to a Liechtenstein trust on the ex-dictator's behalf."' (

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