'Let Us be Ourselves': The Campaign Against U.S. Bases in the Philippines

Cookie Diokno was chair of the Regional Council for Human Rights in Asia and secretary general of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), a nationwide network of human rights lawyers in the Philippines, when this article appeared. She was also a leader in the Anti-Bases Coalition (ABC), an organization working for the removal of the U.S. bases--Subic Naval Base and Clark Air Force Base--from the Philippines.

The ABC was founded by her father, Jose Diokno, a well-known and widely respected senator and Philippine nationalist who died last year of cancer. Several years ago Cookie Diokno had planned to travel abroad but was denied a passport by the Philippine government; her father suggested that she work with him for awhile. "That 'awhile' lasted 14 years," she says.

Cookie Diokno was interviewed by Jim Wallis in Manila.
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