Department of National Defense
Group slams absence of external security allocation in 2018 defense budget
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday questioned the 2018 proposed budget for the Department of National Defense (DND) that is worth P145 billion if this includes the development of external defense that will uphold our territory and sovereignty against foreign intervention, particularly against China who continues to claim most part of the West Philippine Sea.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA lambasts the large budget allocation for the national defense which will definitely be used for its repressive war campaigns such as the all-out-war and martial law in the whole Mindanao.
“Instead of developing our external defense capabilities, the government is more devoted to its self-declared war against its so-called internal threat which actually targets ordinary civilians on the ground. We are dismayed that President Duterte has no plan to modernize our naval equipments to defend our sovereign rights from China’s illegal occupation and reclamation in our waters,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The group says increasing the fighting capabilities of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) should curtail the external threat rather than using it to intensify attacks against its own people under the banner of total war, war against drugs, and war on terror.
“The budget for defense is obviously a coffer to step up state-perpetrated offensives against the Filipino people especially those who actively resist government’s repressive policies and laws. President Duterte downplays the evident threat to our national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” added Hicap.
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. ###
Anti-peace Lorenzana should resign over the suspension of 5th round of peace talks – Fisherfolk group
Anti-peace Lorenzana should resign over the suspension of 5th round of peace talks
– Fisherfolk group
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday slammed and urged Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to quit his post over the suspension of the 5th round of peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).
The 5th round of peace talks was supposed to start on Saturday when the GRP peace panels withdrew from the negotiation as they demand for an “enabling environment conducive to achieving just and sustainable peace in the land”.
For its part, the fisherfolk group said the 5th round of peace talks is one of the extensive parts of the negotiations for it will tackle the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER) that will resolve the long-standing problem besetting the Filipino people which are landlessness and lack of adequate jobs.
“It is so unfortunate that the peace talks have been put on hold when it was supposed to discuss the social and economic reforms that include rural development and providing jobs to millions of our people. The suspension of the talks clearly shows that the Duterte administration is not ready to address the long standing clamor of the Filipino people for land and social justice,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
Fisherfolk wants Defense Chief Lorenzana to resign
Manila, Philippines – The activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) demands the immediate resignation of Department of Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for he is the United States (U.S.) front man actor to maintain the latter’s hegemony and control over our sovereignty.
The fisherfolk group said Lorenzana has finally convinced President Rodrigo Duterte to allow the construction of U.S. military facilities in our land under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA).
“The defense Chief has finally twisted the President’s arm! Lorenzana’s lust to maintain the U.S. military presence and aid in the country has finally pays off after some begging,”