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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.
Military to defend Filipinos from China ‘when the time comes’
Joint Beijing-Manila probe into Scarborough incident sought
- Written by Charlie V. Manalo
- 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.
Congress urged to pass law vs. Manila Bay reclamation
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.”
Scrapping of no-build zone policy in Yolanda-affected areas pushed
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.