National Democratic Front of the Philippines condemns recent U.S. aggression against Venezuela

Internationalist Luis Jalandoni, on behalf of the National Democratic Frong of the Philippines (NDFP) sent a statement to the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Manila to condemn the most recent U.S. aggression against Venezuela.

The NDFP statement reads as follows:

“The National Democratic Fronf of the Philippines (NDFP), in firm solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Venezuelan people, strongly condemns U.S. President Donald Trump for his recent flagrant violation of Venezuela’s sovereignty.

President Trump put up a $ 15 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and a $ 10 million reward for Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly. Trump’s Attorney Geneal William Barr brought false accusations of drug trafficking against President Maduro, Mr. Cabello and other high-ranking officials of the Venezuelan government.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rejected these U.S. accusations of drug trafficking and criticized them as “cowboys’ racist methods.” He addressed Trump on a TV broadcast: “President Trump, Venezuela has the right to peace. Venezuela has the right to development! Venezuela has the right to international law! You cannot defeat Venezuela!”

Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Ministry refuted the U.S. accusations as “miserable, vulgar and unfounded.”

In contrasts with Trump’s violation to Venezuela’s sovereignty, UN Secretary-General António Guterrez urged to “suspend sanctions against Venezuela and other nations that are facing the COVID-19 pandemic.” This is a time for solidarity, not exclusion!

Eleven U.S. democrat senators sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin urging them to ease the sanctions their country imposes on Venezuela and Iran.

In the meantime, Venezuela, through massive programs of popular mobilization against COVID-19, and thanks to the effective assistance of Cuba, China and Russia, has managed to only have 86 infected people and 0 deaths as of March 26.

Cuba sent 130 doctors and 10,000 doses of Interferon Alpha 2b, an antiviral with a history of asisting COVI-19 patients. China sent tests kits to run diagnostic tests on 320,000 Venezuelans, Russia sent the first shipment of medical supplies.”

Manila, March 30, 2020

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