Communist rebels has blasted reports that United States is considering a plan that would allow the US military to carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in the Philippines.
According to Interaksyon.com, Fidel Agcaoili, chairman of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines said: “We condemn any such agreement to allow US to intervene militarily with air strikes and the use of drones.”
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan said such airstrikes “will violate our national sovereignty and will run counter to the constitutional ban on foreign troops participating in combat operations in the Philippines.”
“There can be no justification for allowing a foreign superpower with the world’s worst rights record to be conducting airstrikes on Philippine soil,” Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr. said.
NBC News reported on Monday that an operation under a ‘collective self-defense’ mission could be named as early as Tuesday. The airstrikes would likely be carried out by armed drones.
Under the plan, the U.S. military would be allowed to conduct airstrikes against ISIS targets in the Philippines if they threaten U.S. allies, which would include Philippine security forces which are battling ISIS militants on Mindanao island.
It was not immediately clear if the Philippine government supports the plan or whether the Philippine military would direct the U.S. airstrikes.