Nato Reyes, the secretary-general for the national democratic alliance BAYAN, writes an essay concerning the overwhelming presence of US combat troops and warships in the docks and waters of the Philippines in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan):
Many Filipinos seemed to welcome the arrival of US troops to aid in relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, believed to be one of the strongest storms recorded in history. The devastation was just too extensive and the Philippine government was incompetent, disorganized and unprepared to meet the needs of the victims.
It was during the first 48 hours in the aftermath of the storm that US forces began establishing a presence in the Eastern Visayas region. In a matter of days, US air and naval assets were being moved from Japan to Tacloban City in Leyte. About 300 US forces were initially deployed. In the first week of the calamity, the…
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