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Navotas fishers trooped City Mayor Tiangco to protest eco-tourism and fishing ordinance

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Navotas fishers trooped City Mayor Tiangco to protest eco-tourism and fishing

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Navotas fishers stage picket in front of the City Hall

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Navotas, City – Around 50 fisherfolk under the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) staged a picket in front of the Navotas City Hall to demand the incumbent Mayor John Rey Tiangco to issue a moratorium on the excessive fishing taxations and strict fishing rules under the amended Fisheries Code of 1998 or Republic Act 10654.

The protesting fisherfolk from barangay Tangos lamented the absurd fishing regulations that curtail their fishing activities.

The fisherfolk group opposes the registration scheme added in the provisions of the Fisheries Code, where municipal fishermen are required to register their boats up to their simplest fishing gear with corresponding charges and fees. If caught by bantay dagat or sea patrols offshore unregistered, they will be charged with heavy fines and subjected to stiff penalties, including confiscation of fishing gears and fish catch.

The registration fee is a burden to small fishermen like us because we barely earn enough for our daily needs due to depleting fish catch and rising cost of fishing production,” Romy Broqueza, PAMALAKAYA-Navotas Spokesperson said.

Aside from the fisheries code, the fisherfolk also protested the ongoing reclamation project in their community, known as the Navotas Boulevard Business Park (NBBP), a 650-hectare reclamation project intended for commercial and eco-tourism use. The project was approved on 2015 by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) as requested by Mayor Tiangco.

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Fisherfolk rejects 2018 US military war games

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Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday slammed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año for soliciting military assistance to the United States (U.S.) in the form of Balikatan exercise or war games.

The AFP chief of staff announced a total of 261 agreed joint US-RP military activities after his visit to the U.S. last week for the Mutual Defense Board meeting.

In a statement, the fisherfolk group accused the General Año of being the America’s emissary to the country in order to execute war games that advance the U.S. geopolitical interest in the region while violating the country’s sovereign and territorial rights.

The group strongly opposes war games under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) for its unequal and one-sided provisions.

American troops who commit crimes in our soil can easily get away with it because of these unfair military agreements. We fear for another Nicole and Jennifer Laude incidents because of this another set of military exercise,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

The group said President Rodrigo Duterte is following the footsteps of his predecessor Benigno Aquino III of increasing the U.S. military presence in the country at the cost of our sovereign rights and security of the Filipino people.

President Duterte is embracing the same military policy that former President Aquino had carried out. Apparently, Duterte is now the number one lapdog of the country that he used despise,”

“After all the cuss and tirades against the U.S., in the end, it all leads to sheer puppetry,” Hicap added.

The group instead calls for the scrapping of all unequal military pacts with the United States and to totally kick out American troops in the Philippine soil. ###

Fisherfolk slams newly-formed Duterte-defense-squad

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Justice Secretary Aguirre & Lawyer Acosta launched the Citizen National Guard | Photo by ABS-CBN News

Manila, Philippines – “This newly-launched pro-administration defense cult is nothing but anti-democratic group that aims to quell the democratic rights and freedom of speech of the Filipino people. It will intensify political-killing spree as those who criticize the anti-people policies of the government are always treated as ‘enemies of the state’,”

This was the statement of the activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) calling out the Citizen National Guard for being the government’s machinery for its fascist and authoritarian rule.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) yesterday launched a group called Citizen National Guard which will consist of retired soldiers, military reservists, and Muslim representatives. The defense group aims to safeguard President Rodrigo Duterte from those who want to remove him from the office or what they called “enemies of the state”.

In a statement, the fisherfolk group said the Duterte administration has ultimately separated itself from the Filipino people by branding those who want to exercise their democratic freedom as ‘enemies of the state’ subjected to political persecution and other forms of harassment.

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Marawi-inspired strafing in Mt. Banoi threatens the ‘world’s center of the center of marine biodiversity’ – fisherfolk

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Manila, Philippines – Fisherfolk under the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) assails the Marawi-like aerial bombings conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Mt. Banoi in Batangas City, calling the intense military offensive as a ceremonious welcome to the mining operations pending through the resource-rich mountain.

Military aerial strikes started on September 24 by the 202nd Infantry Brigade and 730th Combat Group of Philippine Air Force after the alleged encounter between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) at the tri-boundary near Lobo, Batangas. The aerial bombings resulted to displacement of 137 peasant families from Barangay Cumba and Barangay Talahib Pandayan of Batangas City.

The group said the heavy military operation in Mt. Banoi is a prelude to large-scale mining operations to intimidate and inflict fear among the residents who resist destructive mining.

The AFP is rolling out red carpet for giant mining firms who want to extract gold resources in Mt. Banoi by conducting indiscriminate aerial bombings,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement, warning that if the mining application push through, the Verde Island Passage (VIP) in Lobo town, known as the ‘world’s center of the center of marine biodiversity’ and is adjacent to Mt. Banoi is at risk of devastation due to toxic contamination emitted by the mining site.

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Trump not welcome in Ph – fisherfolk

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Manila, Philippines – “He would be the unwelcome guest, greeted by thousands of enraged Filipino people with protest,”

This was the statement of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) in response to United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump’s approval to Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s invitation to visit Manila on November for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.

The fisherfolk group said Trump’s visit to Manila could instigate the intensification of the ongoing deadly war waged by the Duterte regime against the Filipino people, as the U.S. President gave its full blessing to Duterte’s bloodthirsty campaigns, namely, the war against drugs, the anti-insurgency all out war, and the martial law in Mindanao.

Trump is not welcome in the Philippines. Being a racist and warmonger President, we fear that the ongoing state-sponsored war against Filipinos may intensify the moment he set his foot on our soil by arming the local savage troops with U.S.-made high-powered military armaments,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

 

The group said the Filipino people have nothing to gain from Trump’s visit; instead it would be nothing nothing but a reassertion of centuries-old colonial control of the U.S. to the country.

Trump’s visit is part of the United States’ loyalty check if they are still in control of our political, economic, and military affairs. This is to secure that the puppet bureaucrats in the Philippines still advance America’s imperialist interests,” Hicap added.

The group warns of bigger protest actions together with various patriotic organizations to object Trump’s visit on November.

We vow to stage massive protest actions against the United States’ continuous intervention and to show that we reject any pseudo-assistance that Trump would offer to the country,” ended Hicap.

The group instead calls for the termination of all unequal US-RP military agreements like the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that pose serious threat to our national security and sovereignty. ###

Fisherfolk opposes confirmation of Roy Cimatu

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Retired armed forces chief, Roy Cimatu (L), head of the Philippines’ Iraqi crisis management team, confers with National Security Adviser Roilo Golez during a briefing at the National Security Council in suburban Quezon, north of Manila, 11 March 2003. Cimatu has instructed the Philippine embassy staff in Baghdad to relocated to Amman in Jordan amid signs of an imminent US-led war on Iraq. AFP PHOTO/JAY DIRECTO / AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) opposes the confirmation of Roy Cimatu as Secretary to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

Cimatu’s confirmation hearing was deferred on September 20 after the Commission on Appointments (CA) decided to review the issues raised by the oppositors against the environment secretary.

For its part, the fisherfolk group rejects the confirmation of the environment chief for allowing reclamation activities to continue; an opposite of his predecessor Gina Lopez who refrained from issuing environmental compliance certificates (ECC) to any reclamation projects due to environmental catastrophe it would pose to marine environment and livelihood of the fisherfolk.

Cimatu has completely aborted the positive reforms of Gina Lopez in the environment department. He brings the DENR back to its traditional orientation as the number one facilitator of destructive projects at the expense of the environment and the livelihood of the people,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

Presently, there are more than 100 reclamation projects approved by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), an attached agency of the DENR, covering almost 40,000 hectares of coastal areas throughout the country. All reclamation projects need to acquire ECC from the DENR to proceed.

We strongly oppose the confirmation of Roy Cimatu as top environment chief. He is morally and politically not suitable to head the environment department due to his corruption-tainted track record and a notorious defender of environmental plunderers while he was still a military officer of the Philippine Army,”

“We want no less than the likes of Gina Lopez to lead the environment department in order to continue pro-environment reforms that are also beneficial to the Filipino people,” Hicap said.

The continuation of confirmation hearing of Secretary Cimatu is scheduled today. ###

PAMALAKAYA condemns killing of 2 Vietnamese fishermen; slams Philippine Navy’s trigger-happy in the sea

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Photo of Vietnamese fisherman who was killed in a shooting incident with the Philippine Navy | Photo by ABS-CBN News

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Manila, Philippines – “The Philippine Navy should have apprehended the Vietnamese poachers and confiscated their fishing gears peacefully instead of resorting to violence and gun fire,”

This was the statement of the national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday denouncing the Philippine Navy’s violent approach to the Vietnamese fishermen who illegally entered our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last Saturday evening.

According to police report, the shooting incident happened at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday where some 49 members of the Philippine Navy spotted 6 Vietnamese vessels illegally fishing in Philippine waters, about 34 nautical miles from the town of Bolinao in Pangasinan. The Philippine Navy then fired warning shots against the Vietnamese vessels while trying to escape, resulting to the death of 2 Vietnamese fishermen, while 5 of their companions have been arrested.

The fisherfolk group said that while they recognize and condemn the illegal fishing activities committed by the Vietnamese fishermen within our waters, responding them with military force is overkill and uncalled-for.

The group fears that the same violence might happen to Filipino fishermen if they accidentally washed up on foreign coasts, particularly in Vietnam.

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