Another American private military contractor in the Philippines

Posted: September 17, 2009 in Socio-Political, War on Terror

Blackwater may not be the only private military contractor operating in the Philippines. In his interview with Russia Today, Wayne Madsen made mention of another facility in the former Clark Airbase operated by an associate of Dick Cheney’s Kellog, Brown and Root – Halliburton.

Unlike Blackwater which Subic authorities have denied as having operations in the Philippines, this other private contractor has a website and pictures of its facilities. We did some web searching and found the following information.

The facility is called Clark Eagle Firing Range and Club. It has links to an American private military contractor called Corporate Training Unit (CTU).

According to its websites, “The CLARK EAGLE SHOOTING RANGE AND CLUB is a multi-million peso state of the art firearms training facility located 80 kilometers north of Manila via the newly refurbished North Luzon Expressway, within the massive Clark Freeport (formerly Clark Air Base) situated adjacent to Angeles City in the province of Pampanga.”

“The CLARK EAGLE SHOOTING RANGE AND CLUB is a Philippine National Police Recognized and accredited range and gun club,” it goes on to say.

Based on the CTU website, the Clark firing range is part of the firm’s “Philippine operations”. CTU also has operations in Iraq, headquarters in the US and an office in Hong Kong. Its main work seems to be in Iraq, providing security for US interests and VIP’s.

CTU has provided security for KBR-Halliburton in Iraq. It’s operations appear similar to Blackwater. Its founder was a former member of the elite US Delta Force.

When CTU’s owner was arrested in Iraq last June on suspicion of murder, his alibi was that he was in the Philippines when the alleged crime was committed.

It is not clear from the website if CTU uses the Philippine facility for trainings for mission or engagements in Iraq or if it recruits Filipinos for stints in Iraq (despite an official RP ban on Filipinos going to Iraq). This is a legitimate question since CTU conducts a lot of work in Iraq.

The Eagle Firing Range figured in the news recently when some alleged former Magdalo members were arrested while undergoing training with a former New Zealand special forces operative. The foreigner said that they were only providing training to the Filipinos for VIP security. The government of course saw it another way and accused them of training to rescue detained Senator Antonio Trillanes and company. (The government line is outrageous to say the least.)

It is also important to ask why the Philippines has become an attractive venue for private military contractors? Is it because the Philippine government does not scrutinize such activities? Or is it because of the ideal presence of former US bases which can be conveniently turned into private military facilities. (The US military mentions facilities known as “Cooperative Security Locations” which are facilities that can be operated by private contractors and used by the US forces when needed.)

Does the operation of a firing range violate the law? Maybe not, unless Filipinos are being used as dummies by the US firm. Still, the connections between the Philippine facility, the US and Iraq cannot simply be ignored.

Check out these interesting links.

http://www.clarkeagles.com.ph/about-us.htm

http://www.ctuconsulting.com/iraq.php

http://mssparky.com/2009/06/5-americans-detained-in-iraq-for-murder-of-former-kbr-manager/

Comments
  1. Russel B. Calderon says:

    how do i get there? i am 27 yrs of age and currently working in makati my Father was a former Body Guard of Lopez and i really want to join, am i qualify?

  2. Jeannie Mae Gala says:

    I’m already a member of a firing club here in makati, me and my hubby is always in subic to relax now i found out that you have a good shooting range in clark, do we still have to be a member of your club or you considering walk-in rate for the non-member?

  3. bob says:

    i support the recruitment of pmc’s in the phil. provide high paying jobs.. ibelieve i i met their qualifications. experience elite, i like to join them. ilove this game…. codillera boy!!!!!!!

  4. evendi canato says:

    i am a former scout ranger how can i apply there in ctu clark

  5. I am a plain civilian, is there a training for persons like me. I just want to have the skills, but dont want to be involved in any VIP security whatsoever.

  6. PJ says:

    My name is PJ. I am currently in a 1 year contract with a company as WPS III PSD which I cannot mention the name for now. I have 4.5 years experience as a PSD/Security Specialist in Iraq and Afghanistan US Embassy with such companies as Cochise (American company), Armor Group Iraq (British Company), Parsons (American Comapany), CSA Ltd. (American Company), Armor Group North America (. I’ve done Convoy Security, PSD, Site Security Supervisor). I just wonder if I can be qualified for a job as a security supervisor or trainer instructor with your company in the future. I am currently WPS III qualified. I have a Secret Clearance. My email address is itspeejay@yahoo.com

  7. francis says:

    im currently working in kuwait. i also have a top secret security clearance..where can i apply for a PSD job in the philippines…my email add is : upsumco76@hotmail.com

  8. Erwin Loma says:

    i am a former police and urban counter revolutionary warfare course trained of the pnp saf!.how can i apply?

  9. Nick says:

    I am nick 28 years of age i have no any training in military firm but i’m willing to undergo training…i assure you sir/maam that my drive to learn and to work are boundless even though 24hours but if that is for the good of myself.

  10. Jorell says:

    hi there i am intereted to apply how and when here my email

  11. Jorell says:

    hi there i am interested how to apply and when here my email joji_angel_16@yahoo.com