5 U.S. soldiers relieved of duties for unruly behavior in Philippines

18:27, July 23, 2010      

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Five American servicemen were relieved of their duties and removed in Basilan for their display of unruly behavior during a concert held for the Philippine Marine Brigade early this month, the U.S. Embassy said Friday.

Wossie Mazengia, embassy deputy spokesperson, said the decision to remove the soldiers was based on an investigation conducted by the Joint Special Operation Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-P).

"The U.S. troops involved in the incident have been removed from Isabela City. All U.S. service members within JSOTF-P have been reminded of the importance of professionalism and respect as guests in this country," Mazengia said.

However, Mazengia declined to say if the U.S. soldiers have already left the country.

Reports said the U.S. soldiers became rowdy and uncontrollable as the concert progressed and were said to have allegedly molested a female singer of the band.

The female singer, according to eye witness accounts, was taken to the soldiers' quarters, but Filipino soldiers interceded and were able to save her.

The Philippines and the U.S. have signed a military accord in 1999 called the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that governs the conduct and the exit and entry movements of American troops visiting the Philippines for military exercises.

The VFA is also the mechanism being used by both countries for the continued presence of the U.S. military in Mindanao, where a significant number of local and foreign extremist terrorist groups are based.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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