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BFAR’s submissive statement in Benham Rise hit

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Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday lashed out at the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) over its clumsy statement regarding China’s research plan in the Philippine Rise (formerly known as Benham Rise).

This wasn’t what we want to hear from the Bureau of Fisheries who is supposed to be in the frontline of defending Philippine Rise’s marine resources. After some time of keeping mum in the midst of the raging controversy regarding the Philippine Rise, the BFAR just finally came out but with a cowardly submissive position,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

According to BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona during a round-table discussion last week, the issue is “not confrontational” and that it is okay for us to share resources with China to supply its citizens with our marine products. But the group said the agreement between the Philippine government and Beijing has only reached a joint research, not a sharing of resources.

BFAR has already offered the sharing of resources when the Philippine government and China have only achieved a joint research agreement in the first place.The country has yet to fully tap the resources in Philippine Rise, so why would we let other countries to lead the exploration and exploitation,” added Hicap.

Philippine Rise is a 13-million-hectare resource rich underwater plateau located opposite to the disputed South China Sea, it has been declared by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in April 2012 as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Through the Executive Order No. 25 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May last year, the undersea feature has been renamed from Benham Rise to Philippine Rise.

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Philippine Rise belongs to Ph – Fisherfolk to Malacañang

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Manila, Philippines — The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Tuesday lambasted the Malacanañg Palace over its pro-China statement stating that the Philippines can’t claim the Philippine Rise.

 

Philippine Rise is a 13-million-hectare resource rich underwater plateau located opposite to the disputed South China Sea, it has been declared by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in April 2012 as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Through the Executive Order No. 25 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May last year, the undersea feature has been renamed from Benham Rise to Philippine Rise.

 

A joint research between the Philippines and China has been approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), which was opposed by the fishers group, saying the joint research blanketed with the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) is a pretext of China for another occupation activity in our marine territory.

 

It appears that renaming the resource-rich feature to Philippine Rise is futile; what’s in the name when you will not exercise your sovereign rights and even allow other countries to claim and exploit our abundant marine resources under the guise of “joint research”. The renaming of Benham Rise was supposed to strengthen our claim on it, not to surrender,”

 

“Instead of crafting a comprehensive plan on how we can utilize and exploit its marine resources and gas reserves for the benefit of the country, the government has almost abandoned our legal claim,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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Charter Change to further ocean grabbing, foreign intrusion in seas – PAMALAKAYA

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Peasant groups picketed Department of Agriculture to oppose Charter Change

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) expresses its strong opposition on the proposed Charter Change through the House Concurrent Resolution No. 9 which is to convene congress as constituent assembly to amend the constitution.

The salient feature of the proposed Charter Change will remove the economic provisions that favor Filipino nationals in the 1987 Constitution. These provisions prohibit 100% foreign-owned corporations from engaging in vital industries in the country and from owning public lands and utilities. PAMALAKAYA said this will further the ocean grabbing of Philippine waters by foreign fishing monopolies.

The fisherfolk group raised the specter of more sophisticated and destructive foreign fishing vessels approaching the Philippine waters and China’s escalating reclamation activities in the country’s exclusive economic zones.

Our entire fishing territories and exclusive economic zones will be opened to more foreign commercial fishing fleets that will exploit our marine resources courtesy of President Rodrigo Duterte’s sell-out of our resources through the Charter Change. This will affect almost 2 million subsistence fisherfolk who will be deprived of their right to fishing waters, as well as more than 100 million fish consuming Filipinos”

“The Charter Change would be the basis of China to justify its continuous occupation and control of our natural resources in the West Philippine Sea, now including the Philippine Rise which Beijing has just shown interest in,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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Fisherfolk rejects “joint research” in Ph Rise

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A protest in front of the Chinese consulate to condemn China’s usurpation in West Philippine Sea

Manila, Philippines – “This seemingly “joint research” between our country and China in Philippine Rise is a pretext to Beijing’s another occupation activity in our marine territory. Just like what it did in the West Philippine Sea, we will soon be surprised that our resource-rich waters have been already reclaimed by China with its established defense facilities,”

This was the reaction of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) assailing the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for allowing China, in partner with the Philippines to conduct an unspecified research activities in Philippine Rise (formerly known as Benham Rise).

Philippine Rise is a 13-million hectare resource rich underwater plateau located opposite to the disputed waters of South China Sea; it is endowed with abundant marine species like first-class tuna, and untapped mineral and gas deposits. It was confirmed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in April 2012.

The fisherfolk group likened the “joint research” to the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) in 2005 that led to the complete takeover of China to the large portion of Spratly Islands including the Reed Bank near Palawan and other parts of the West Philippine Sea that are now occupied by Beijing.

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PAMALAKAYA slams Roque’s puppetry to China

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Manila, Philippines – “What happened to Harry Roque who used to denounce China’s illegal occupation in our territorial waters? It seems that the once staunch critic has now pledged allegiance to the imperial China,”

This was the statement of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday assailing Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s softening stance toward China’s continuous assertion of their irrational claim over the entire South China Sea, including the country’s 220-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and 150-nautical mile extended continental shelf (ECS).

The group accused Roque of being subservient to China after the Spokesperson’s statement that Beijing’s recent construction of military facility in the Kagitingan Reef (international known as Fiery Cross Reef) “has not breached its good faith obligation for as long as China has not embarked on new reclamation.”

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Duterte must be held criminally liable for the transformation of Kagitingan Reef into military airbase – group

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Fisherfolk group staged protest at the Chinese Consulate in Manila to condemn Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea

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Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday chided at President Rodrigo Duterte and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for letting China convert the Kagitingan Reef (internationally known as Fiery Cross Reef) into a fortified Chinese military airstrip.

Kagitingan Reef is part of the disputed Kalayaan Group of Islands in the Spratly Region of the South China Sea. It is part of the country’s 220-naughtical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). On 2004, China has begun to construct artificial island in the reef.

According to Hong Kong-based news site, the reclaimed island now features a 3, 125-meter runway for 6K strategic bombers to land.

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Fishers group vows to join ouster protests against Duterte on 2018

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Manila, Philippines – “It would be huge, mounting protest actions in which the central objective is to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte from his position not later than this year,” This was the opening statement of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on the commencement of the year 2018.

The growing mass resistance against this tyrannical regime is a reflection that the Filipino people had already enough of Duterte’s iron fist rule that has already claimed thousands of innocent lives,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statemet.

The group said the Duterte regime within his one year in the office has already unleashed several brutal campaigns against the Filipino people; the bloody war against drugs dubbed as “Oplan Tokhang”, the all out war which targets national democratic activists, and the extended martial law in the whole Mindanao that continues to violate the civil rights of the Filipino people in the region, especially farmers.

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