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“Anti-subversion revival an attack against Filipino patriotic spirit” – fisherfolk group

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August 14, 2019

Anti-subversion revival an attack against Filipino patriotic spirit” – fisherfolk group

Manila, Philippines – “Multiple decades have passed but the long-censured McCarthyist thought continues to live on secretary Año to feed into his anti-communist hysteria. It has been globally recognized that subscription to a certain ideology is not tantamount to a criminal act, more so to a terrorism,” This was the reaction of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año on his proposal to restore the long-repealed anti-subversion law.

PAMALAKAYA was referring to McCarthyism, a baseless principle existed during 1940s to 1950s, that served as a political witch-hunt against suspected communist members and sympathizers in the United States.

In a statement, the fisherfolk group said anti-subversion law contravenes the basic principles of the constitution that recognize the people’s rights to freedom of speech, assembly, and to organize.

Año’s dangerous proposal would heighten political repression and vilification campaign against legal and democratic organizations that advocate for genuine change and social reforms. It is a direct attack to the patriotic spirit among the Filipinos, as well as to the political opponents of the administration,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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As Dar takes over agriculture department, fisherfolk demands scrapping of fisheries liberalization policies

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PAMALAKAYA Chairman Fernando Hicap in front of the Department of Agriculture 

August 14, 2019

As Dar takes over agriculture department, fisherfolk demands scrapping of fisheries liberalization policies

Manila, Philippines – Fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) joined the call of rice watch group Bantay Bigas to the newly-appointed agriculture secretary William Dar to protect the local rice industry amid the detrimental impacts of the Republic Act 11203, otherwise known as the Rice Liberalization Law (RLL) to small rice farmers across the country.

We are one with the rice farmers and poor consumers in demanding the repeal of RLL and enactment of a nationalist and democratic proposal, House Bill 477 or the RICE Industry Development Act (RIDA), filed by lawmakers under the Makabayan bloc,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said during the protest in front of the Department of Agriculture (DA) yesterday.

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“Nothing favorable can come out from Duterte’s shady “joint exploration” deals with China” – fisherfolk group

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August 11, 2019

“Nothing favorable can come out from Duterte’s shady “joint exploration” deals with China” – fisherfolk group

Manila, Philippines – Amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that he would discuss a “60-40 sharing favoring the Philippines” on a “joint exploration” with China, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) raised its opposition and straightaway slammed it as “sell-out” and nothing favorable for the country could come out from his shady negotiations with the Asian imperialist power.  The Duterte administration has only publicized a lowly Memorandum of Understanding on oil and gas exploration in November 2018.

Nothing favorable could come out from this shady and non-transparent deal of Duterte with China.  He is dealing for himself and his cronies, not for the Filipino people,” PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas National Chairperson and former Anakpawis lawmaker Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap said in a press statement.

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Fed up with the lies, fishers vow to have Duterte’s 4th SONA a final one

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July 22, 2019

Fed up with the lies, fishers vow to have Duterte’s 4th SONA a final one

Manila, Philippines – Parading with them a wrecked fishing banca bearing resemblance to the Gem-Ver 1, the fishing boat that was rammed and sank by a Chinese fishing fleet in Recto Bank, hundreds of fisherfolk under the national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Monday took the streets of Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City, in time of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA).

PAMALAKAYA said the fishing banca symbolized not only the Gem-Ver 1, but the worsening condition of the Filipino fisherfolk under the Duterte administration due to his foreign policies with China that affect the national sovereignty and dignity of the Filipino people.

In a very serious situation, this is how we describe the socioeconomic condition of the Filipino fisherfolk, which are already the country’s poorest of the poor, under the Duterte administration. President Duterte’s foreign policies with China have intensified the harassment, bullying, and intimidation of Filipino fishers in the West Philippine Sea,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said before tens of thousands from various sectors who attended the United People’s SONA protest today.

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DENR slammed for issuing ECC to Bulacan Aerotropolis

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July 8, 2019

DENR slammed for issuing ECC to Bulacan Aerotropolis

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Monday slammed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for providing environmental compliance certificate (ECC) to San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) P700-billion Bulacan Aerotropolis, a reclamation project that will be constructed in the 2,500-hectare coastal waters in Bulakan, Bulacan. The group recorded around 700 fishing and coastal families in seven sitios of Barangay Taliptip in Bulakan are under the threat of displacement to pave way for the aerotropolis.

The fisherfolk group said Bulacan Aerotropolis is the 4th reclamation project to be given an environmental permit by the DENR. Others projects that has already acquired an ECC include the 419-hectare Horizon Manila Project, the 148-hectare Manila Solar City, and the 318-hectare Manila Waterfront Project.

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PCG-Marina report enough to sue Chinese perpetrators – fisherfolk group

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July 9, 2019

PCG-Marina report enough to sue Chinese perpetrators – fisherfolk group

Manila, Philippines – One month after the Recto Bank incident, the activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) said the incident report of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) which proves that the Chinese vessel did intentionally ram a fishing vessel carrying 22 Filipino fishermen should be used in court to sue the Chinese perpetrators.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said that “with the result of the PCG-Marina investigation, there is no need for a joint probe between China and the Philippines, which the Duterte administration has been pushing through, because we already have sufficient information to hold the Chinese perpetrators accountable for almost killing our poor, helpless fishermen inside our own territory,”

The PCG-Marina incident report says it all; the Chinese vessel intentionally rammed and abandoned our fishermen where they could have been killed if not for the Vietnamese fishermen who rescued them. This is enough evidence to bring the Chinese perpetrators to justice even without a one-sided Philippines-China joint probe in favor to the offenders,” Hicap, former Anakpawis Party-list solon added.

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Support impeachment raps vs Duterte, Congress urged

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PAMALAKAYA protest at Mendiola, Manila

July 7, 2019

Support impeachment raps vs Duterte, Congress urged

Manila, Philippines – A former solon and now fisherfolk leader is urging the newly-elected legislators in the 18th Congress to support the impeachment complaint his organization will file against President Rodrigo Duterte as soon as the lawmakers convened on July 22.

Fernando Hicap, then Representative of Anakpawis Party-list during the 16th Congress and now national chairperson of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA), said his group “will lead the filing of impeachment against President Duterte for violation of the constitution, treason, and betrayal of public trust by compromising the West Philippine Sea and rights of the Filipino fisherfolk to China.”

PAMALAKAYA said President Duterte has violated the constitution when he had a verbal agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2016 that China can legally fish in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which according to the national fisherfolk organization, violates Article VII, Section 21 of the Philippine Constitution which states that “No treaty or international agreement shall be valid & effective unless concurred in by at least two thirds of all the Members of the Senate.”

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