April 25 - Activists in the Philippines and Malaysia protest U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming visit. Gavino Garay reports.
Ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to the Philippines and Malaysia, protesters are saying they want the U.S. out. In Manila, protesters burn a mock American flag with skulls instead of stars. Obama is expected to sign a military agreement that would boost the U.S. presence American troops in the island nation. (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN (NEW PATRIOTIC ALLIANCE) METRO MANILA'S SECRETARY-GENERAL, MARK LOUIE AQUINO, SAYING: "Our nation has been subjected to foreign domination for 116 years. And the United States has continued to drag us into its wars, greatly affecting the Filipino people." Meanwhile in Malaysia, Obama is set to negotiate a TPPA, or Trans Pacific Partnership Alliance deal. The deal would connect a dozen Asia-Pacific economies by eliminating trade barriers, covering two-fifths of the world economy. Groups opposed to the TPPA took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REPRESENTATIVE OF ANTI-TPPA GROUP HAJI ABDUL RAZAK SAYING: "We are from the people of Malaysia to express our non-acceptance of Barack Obama in our country. To sign the TPPA is absolutely nonsense, our economic stability we should decide ourselves, not the west." Obama's four-nation tour of U.S. allies in Asia, which has included stops in Japan and South Korea, aims to convince U.S. allies that the U.S. pivot of military and diplomatic assets to Asia is real.