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PH fishers slam China’s act in disputed shoal, but worries come chiefly from US

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PH fishers slam China’s act in disputed shoal, but worries come chiefly from US

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Heki Beki Rosales

Manila, Philippines- The fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) assailed the Chinese government after Beijing defended the Chinese Coast Guard’s (CCG) use of water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen from the disputed Panatag Shoal.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya said the act of the Chinese CCG is unnecessary and it will not help in seeking a peaceful resolution on the ongoing territorial dispute with the Philippines.

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Military to defend Filipinos from China ‘when the time comes’

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Military to defend Filipinos from China ‘when the time comes’

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8:21 pm | Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
MANILA, Philippines—China’s harassment of Filipino fishermen last month does not warrant a military response but the Armed Forces of the Philippines would not hesitate to take action to protect Filipinos “when the time comes,” a military spokesman said Tuesday.

Joint Beijing-Manila probe into Scarborough incident sought

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Joint Beijing-Manila probe into Scarborough incident sought

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  • The militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) yesterday pressed a Beijing-Manila joint investigation of an alleged incident involving Chinese Coast Guards firing water cannon at Filipino fishermen near the disputed Scarborough Shoal on Jan. 27.

This even as a partylist lawmaker called on the United Nations (UN) to immediately decide on the territorial dispute on the contested area to defuse tensions.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista in forum with the Foreign Correspondents of the Philippines (Focap) said the incident was relayed by small fishermen to the Philippine authority and that China still maintained armed Coast Guard and other vessels at Panatag Shoal, some 220 kilometers off the Philippine main island of Luzon.

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Yolanda survivors tell Mar to scrap no build zone

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Yolanda survivors tell Mar to scrap no build zone 
By Heki Beki Rosales and Gerry Albert Corpuz
Manila, Philippines- Survivors of super typhoon Yolanda on Monday appealed to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Manuel Roxas II to cease-and-desist from implementing the controversial No-Build Zone policy currently carried out in Tacloban City and the rest of Eastern Visayas.

Congress urged to pass law vs. Manila Bay reclamation

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Congress urged to pass law vs. Manila Bay reclamation
By Ding Cervantes

Feb 20, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Five groups jointly issued yesterday a call for Congress to pass a law declaring Manila Bay a land reclamationfree zone as they bared alleged plans of the government to allow the reclamation of some 26,234 hectares of the bay.

They said declaring Manila Bay a reclamation- free zone would “effectively stop the Office of the President, the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and local government units from granting permits to private groups to conduct large-scale reclamation projects in the bay.”

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Scrapping of no-build zone policy in Yolanda-affected areas pushed

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Scrapping of no-build zone policy in Yolanda-affected areas pushed

By Virgil B. Lopez /Sunstar

Friday, February 21, 2014

A FISHERFOLK alliance on Friday asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to come up with a legal opinion against the continued enforcement of no-build zone policy in coastal communities ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) late last year.

In a four-page letter, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) also urged de Lima to pursue charges against her boss, President Benigno Aquino III, and fellow Cabinet officials who are on top of the rehabilitation efforts such as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Secretary Panfilo Lacson, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II.

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DOJ asked to issue legal opinion vs no-build zone policy

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DOJ asked to issue legal opinion vs no-build zone policy

 

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Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. INQUIRER.net file photo

MANILA, Philippines—A fisherfolk group on Friday asked Justice Secretary Leila De Lima to come up with a legal opinion against the enforcement of no-build zone policy in fishing communities in Typhoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan) ravaged areas and the rest of Eastern Visayas.
At the same time, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), in a four page letter, also urged De Lima to pursue charges against President Benigno Aquino III, and fellow Cabinet officials who are on top of the rehabilitation efforts.

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