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    Monday, June 12, 2006
    Congress can look into hiring of Pinoy 'mercenaries' to Iraq: Palace




    MALACAŅANG on Sunday said Congress can go ahead if it wants to investigate the alleged recruitment of "mercenaries" to Iraq by security firm Blackwater USA.

    Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said "it's within the prerogative of Congress" if it wants to investigate the recruitment but he said he does not know how lawmakers will do it because Congress adjourned last June 8.

    Muntinlupa City Representative Rufino Biazon has said that he is mulling the filing of a resolution seeking an inquiry into the hiring and training of Filipinos for deployment as mercenaries in Iraq.

    Ermita insisted that he does not know anything about the Blackwater deal, whose local counterpart Sotelyst Solutions has a pending application for the lease of the one-hectare firing range at the Subic Freeport.

    Reports said Blackwater recruits have been conducting practice firing at the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) on weekends.

    Ermita said the reports are still "speculative" because it's not yet approved by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

    The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced the US for hiring Filipino mercenaries to fight its wars in Iraq and other countries.

    New People's Army (NPA) spokesman Gregorio "Ka Roger" Rosal said hiring Filipino civilians to provide support services for the US' war in Iraq and other countries is bad enough and should be discouraged, but "hiring Filipino soldiers of fortune to fight in US wars of aggression and terror against other countries is even worse and deserves nothing but condemnation."...
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    Isn't this a political topic and should be closed?

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...5&postcount=11

    (If politics is out -- state it in the title of this sub forum. "Off Topic -- But No Politics or Religion")
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    I am guessing the eye roll means hoovs does not like the mercinary story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry Holden
    Isn't this a political topic and should be closed?

    http://discussion.treocentral.com/sh...5&postcount=11

    (If politics is out -- state it in the title of this sub forum. "Off Topic -- But No Politics or Religion")
    Ditto
    Freedom of some speech in the US, through someone in the UK.

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