The United States has 11 military facilities and 17,000 military personnel in the Philippines. Many Filipinos feel it is time for the U. S. to get out of the Philippines. There are organizations, such as Gabriela, the Buklod Center, and the Anti-Base Coalition that are especially concerned about the effect that these bases and the "R&R Industry" has on local women. The history of U. S. involvement in the Philippines goes back to the Spanish-American War. The Public Affairs officer at the U. S. Embassy in the Philippines, Stanley Schrager, talks about the mutual benefits of the military bases. But women like Alma Bulawan see the detrimental effects. She says that the military created the "R&R Industry" which supports bars, clubs, and prostitution. These spread diseases such as AIDS and other STDs, and leave Filipinas as single mothers with Amer-Asian babies and no support. Others argue that the Philippines would benefit financially if the bases were gone. Opinions in the video come from a range of local people: a Congresswoman, a bar worker, a Filipino who works on a military base, a professor of Political Science, and more.
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This recording was digitized and made accessible as part of the “Digitizing the Sound and Sight of American Women’s Work for Peace and Justice” grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, 2019 (grant number PW-264110-19).