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US nag-deploy ng midrange missile system sa Pinas para sa military exercise

MANILA, Philippines- Kasalukuyang nasa isang hindi tinukoy na lokasyon sa Northern Luzon ang Mid-Range Capability missile system (MRCS) ng United States Army bilang bahagi ng Exercise Salaknib 24 kasama ang Philippine Army.

Base sa ulat nitong Huwebes, ito ang unang pagkakataon na idineploy ang MRCS system sa bansa at nagbibigay sa US forces ng abilidad na ilunsad ang Standard Missile 6 at Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) sa Luzon Strait.

Itatampok sa Exercise Balikatan 2024, na isasagawa pagkatapos ng Salaknib 24, na may mahigit 16,000 Filipino at US personnel, ang SM6 Missile System na kayang umabot hanggang 300 nautical miles o mahigit 500 kilometers, lampas pa sa 370 kilometer distance sa pagitan ng northernmost point ng Pilipinas at ng southern Taiwan.

Kinondena naman ito ng mga kritiko.

“By allowing (Tomahawk missile launchers on Philippine soil), President Marcos is openly signaling hostile intent against China, giving the US the capability to launch attacks on China’s homeland from our own territory,” ani citizen’s movement group P1NAS spokesperson Antonio Tinio.

“This recklessly escalates the ongoing conflict… and places the lives of Filipinos in the direct path of attack or retaliation in the event of war, since China will automatically target these launchers,” dagdag ni Tinio.

Sa kabila nito, sinabi ni Balikatan 2024 Executive Agent Colonel Mike Logico na hindi ilulunsad ang SM6 sa pagsasanay.

“We are testing the feasibility of bringing this weapon system by air and offloading it into a secure and established place,” paliwanag ni Logico.

Inamin din niya na isinasagawa ang military exercises sa pagitan ng US at ng Pilipinas sa northern Luzon dahil sa lapit nito sa Taiwan, isang potensyal na sentro ng karahasan sa China.

“The purpose of an armed forces– why we exist– is really to prepare for war. There’s no sugarcoating it. That’s absolutely true… With or without China, let’s say for example in a parallel universe China did not exist, we would still be doing these exercises,” giit niya.

Sumang-ayon naman dito ang maritime expert na si Jay Batongbacal.

“Given the current geopolitical environment and concerns over China’s increasing aggressiveness, it’s alright, I think, to prepare for it,” wika niya.

“It shows, in case of any contingency, there’s the capability to respond. It gives assurance that anyone attempting to destabilize the region will not have an easy time. There’s a deterrence factor as well,” patuloy ni Batongbacal.

Samantala, sa isang press conference, sinabi ni Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lin Jian na ikinababahala ng China ang aksyong ito.

“China strongly opposes the US deploying medium-range ballistic missiles in the Asia-Pacific and strengthening forward deployment at China’s doorstep to seek unilateral military advantage.”

Sinabi ng Beijing na ang aksyon ng US “exacerbates tensions in the region and increases the risk of misjudgment and miscalculation.”

“We urge the US to earnestly respect other countries’ security concerns, stop stoking military confrontation, stop undermining peace and stability in the region, and take concrete actions to reduce strategic risks. The Philippines needs to see nd be mindful of what the US is truly after and the consequence of going along with the US on deploying MRBMs (Medium Range Ballistic Missiles),” giit ni Lin.

Idinagdag pa niya, “The Philippines needs to think twice about being a cat’s paw for the US at the expense of its own security interests, and stop sliding down the wrong path.” RNT/SA