US bill to block military funding
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) welcomed the Philippine Human Rights Act introduced by US Congress Rep. Susan Wild on September 17. The bill aims to block US funding for the Philippine military and police over widespread reports of human rights violations.
Wild described the Duterte regime as “brutal” which she said has intensified attacks against trade unionists, workers and its rivals. The bill was co-sponsored by 24 other lawmakers.
The Philippines recieved the highest US military aid in East and Southeast Asia over the past 4 years. The Duterte regime has received a total of $554 million in military aid from the US since 2016.