Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, February 10, 2003

There is a probe into the possibility that Iraq has been funding anti-American protests in the Philippines.

The Philippine Star newspaper citing military and police intelligence "sources", also said that about $200,000 in cash was distributed by Iraqi contacts to some members of southern Philippines-based secessionist groups as budget for "sympathy attacks" to be held in the country against the U.S.

A flurry of protests in Manila against what local groups described as "U.S. aggression against Iraq" has met United States President George W. Bush's recent statements implying that America is ready to act on its own against Iraq amidst what Washington said was fresh evidence that it is maintaining weapons of mass destruction.

The Philippine Star report said various intelligence agencies, including the National Intelligence and Coordinating Agency (NICA), the local equivalent of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), are evaluating information that pro-Saddam forces are funding local groups protests.

The protesters were mainly leftist anti-American groups, Muslim peace advocates and trade unions concerned over the safety of more than a million overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the Middle East.

Military sources said they are evaluating reports that Saddam and his associates have sent officials to South-East Asian countries, including the Philippines, to monitor public reaction and "developments" in the region shortly after the September 11 attacks in the U.S.

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