Defense Chief Lorenzana
Remove “utak-pulbura” in the cabinet – fisherfolk group
in response to Defense Chief Lorenzana
Manila, Philippines – “The saying “a fish is caught by its mouth” went right straight with Secretary Lorenzana’s tongue,”
This was the response of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana after he refuted the fisherfolk group’s charge against him for being behind the suspension of the 5th round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
Secretary Lorenzana on Wednesday admitted that “he and other government officials recommended the suspension of peace talks with communist rebels.”
“Now that Secretary Lorenzana has finally confessed that his hands were on the interruption of peace talks, the more we will call for his resignation in order for the peace process to continue and prosper,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
PAMALAKAYA laments the suspension of the 5th round of peace talks when it supposed to discuss the socio-economic reforms including agriculture and rural development and national industrialization that will address the long standing demand of the Filipino people.
The group said Lorenzana’s “recommendatory participation” in the government decision making always leads to suppression of people’s democratic and civil rights. Secretary Lorenzana was behind the declaration of an all-out-war against the communist rebels on February which in practice targets ordinary civilians and unarmed freedom fighters and activists fighting for democratic rights. Lorenzana was also in Russia with President Rodrigo Duterte when the latter declared Martial Law in Mindanao on May 23.
“No one is to blame on this sequence of the government’s militarist rule but the military junta in the Duterte Cabinet headed by Defense Secretary Lorenzana,”
Lorenzana’s presence in the government is detrimental to the peace-loving Filipino people. In order to pursue just and sustainable peace, government officials who are outright militarist and “utak-pulbura” like Lorenzana must be removed,” ended Hicap. ###
Hands off Benham Rise! – fisherfolk to China and other foreign vessels
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday scolded China for its attempt to occupy the Benham Rise, following its assertion that the Philippines cannot own the 13-million hectare resource-rich water despite the United Nations (U.N.) ruling on 2012.
A defense official last week has reported the presence of a Chinese vessel in Benham Rise, of which Beijing has immediately reacted saying it was just an “innocent passage”.
Benham Rise is located opposite to the disputed waters of South China Sea that has abundant marine resources particularly first-class tuna and untapped minerals and gas deposits.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said whatever China is planning in our territory, they must drop it off because like the West Philippine Sea which they have been posing their irrational claim, we will again prove that Benham Rise is politically and legally belongs to our country, not to any foreign nations.
“They have been claiming and even built artificial islands in the Western part of our exclusive economic territory, they should abort whatever their goal is in our eastern part of the sea. Like the West Philippine Sea, Benham Rise belongs to the Filipino people, it is part of our exclusive economic zone and extended continental shelf as ruled by the international law,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.