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Rely on people power, not on capitalists to rehab Yolanda hit areas

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Rely on people power, not on capitalists to rehab Yolanda hit areas 

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Keluar Ramayana Bintang 

MANILA, Philippines- A fisherfolk alliance representing survivors of super typhoon Yolanda decried the decision of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to bankroll on powerful conglomerates to fast track the rehabilitation of coastal areas affected by the deadly storm last year. In a press statement, the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) dismissed the enlistment of top Philippine corporations and business tycoons in the rehabilitation campaign as the “great robbery of the millennium” 

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Pamalakaya demands explanation, acceptable reason why no-dwelling edict is good

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Pamalakaya demands explanation, acceptable reason why no-dwelling edict is good

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, Franklin Roosevelt Dimaguiba and Tanya Fantasia Mendoza

Manila, Philippines– Leaders of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday pressed Yolanda rehabilitation secretary Panfilo Lacson [Unlink] to explain and convince survivors of the deadly typhoon last year why coastal areas ravaged by super typhoon should no longer be allowed to dwell in fishing villages across Eastern Visayas.

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Euro fish to flood Manila if bilateral trade deal is Ok’d

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Euro fish to flood Manila if bilateral trade deal is Ok’d

Fishermen unload their catch near a fish market in Male

Manila : Philippines | Jan 29, 2014 at 6:34 AM PST

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Fishermen unload their catch near a fish market in Male

By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Trinity Biglang Awa

Manila, Philippines– Small fishermen identified with the activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said once the Philippine government approves a bilateral free trade pact with the European Union, imported fish from member states of EU will flood the local market to the detriment of subsistence fishermen across-the-country.

Quoting a study made by Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PDIS), Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France said the small-scale fishermen are the biggest losers in the one-sided deal since they will face increasing competition with highly subsidized and cheap fish imports from European countries.

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Palace urged to drop no build zone policy in Yolanda stricken areas

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Palace urged to drop no build zone policy in Yolanda stricken areas 
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Manila, Philippines- Fisherfolk groups from Eastern Visayas, Panay Island, Northern Cebu, Manila Bay and Laguna Lake areas today urged Malacanang to drop like a hot potato the no build zone policy, which the Aquino administration will soon impose in areas stricken by super typhoon Yolanda last year and other areas affected by typhoon Ondoy in 2009.
In a press statement, groups led by the militant Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and its regional chapters in Eastern Visayas, Panay and Northern Cebu, Pamalakaya-Laguna Lake, Sagip Manila Bay Movement (SMBM), Save Freedom Island Movement (SFIM), Alyansa ng Magdaragat sa Bacoor, Cavite and Koalisyon Kontra Kumbersyon ng Manila Bay (KKK-Manila Bay) said the no-build zone policy is now being used to prevent fisherfolk survivors currently housed in tent cities and bunkhouses from going back to their villages and resume fishing.
“The no-build zone came in like a wrecking ball and hit every fishing village. The fisherfolk are being told not to return for their safety but the government is planning to construct infrastructures for big business. This is highly objectionable and totally outrageous,” said Pamalakaya vice chairperson Salvador France.
The Pamalakaya official said they received reports from their chapters in Tacloban City and different fishing communities in Leyte and Eastern Samar that fisherfolk were warned not to return to their fishing villages and that the government will find some settlement areas for them.

Fishermen deplore Aquino’s ‘very good’ rating as hoax

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Fishermen deplore Aquino’s ‘very good’ rating as hoax

‘Noy endorsement in 2016 is kiss of death’

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‘Noy endorsement in 2016 is kiss of death’

By Michelle Zoleta (The Philippine Star) | Updated January 24, 2014 – 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Critics of President Aquino yesterday belied Malacañang’s claim that whoever would be anointed by the administration in the 2016 presidential elections would have the advantage over other presidential aspirants.

The militant Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said an endorsement coming from Aquino would be a kiss of death.

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Time for Napoles to talk–group

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Time for Napoles to talk–group

BUSINESSWOMAN Janet Lim-Napoles should start talking in the misuse of P125-million Malampaya Fund, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said on Wednesday.

Pamalakaya Vice Chairman Salvador France said Napoles, who is currently detained in connection with the multibillion-peso pork-barrel scam should tell everything she knows about the involvement of President Aquino and other officials in the case “for the sake of truth, justice and transparency.”

The group issued the challenge to Napoles a day after the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas filed plunder raps against Mr. Aquino and 11 others, including Napoles and two other Cabinet members.

Also named respondents in the 16-page complaint, together with Mr. Aquino and Napoles, are Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes before the Office of the Ombudsman.

Also included in the complaint are whistle-blower Benhur Luy; former Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Narciso Nieto; Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan of the Department of Agrarian Reform’s (DAR) Support Services Office; Budget Undersecretary Mario Relampagos; Teresita Reyes; Ashley Baul; Simplicio Gumafelex; John Raymund de Asis; John Lim; Nemesio Pablo Jr; and John and Jane Does.

The Malampaya funds that were supposed to promote organic farming were coursed through the DAR and transfered to bogus non-governmental organizations linked to Napoles.

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