Fisherfolk calls to stop the Balikatan 2016
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) on Tuesday calls to stop the Balikatan exercise that started yesterday.
Balikatan is an annual US-PH military exercise under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the newly-passed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). The balikatan 2016 started yesterday, April 4 until April 15, it involves 10,000 American, Philippine and Australian forces and some Japanese forces acting as observers.
But for Pamalakaya, balikatan 2016 shouldn’t be pursued for it will pose a huge threat to the Filipino people.
“American troops are always linked to human rights violations against ordinary people. 12 days of U.S. Forces in our country is perturbing for it might cause another Jennifer Laude or Nicole rape case incidents again.” Salvador France, Pamalakaya vice-chairperson said in a statement.
Suspend the ongoing Balikatan 2016 – Fisherfolk group
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) on Thursday calls on the government to suspend the ongoing Balikatan exercises in Panay and Palawan.
The Balikatan exercise is an annual Philippine-US military bilateral training under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and the recently passed Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) where the US military can station their bases in our country and use our facilities at will.
Pamalakaya maintain that the water-based military drills often result to disruptions on livelihoods of fishers, as every time war games were held in the coastal areas, local governments impose fishing ban to give blanket security to the US troops.