Fisherfolk rejects 2018 US military war games
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday slammed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año for soliciting military assistance to the United States (U.S.) in the form of Balikatan exercise or war games.
The AFP chief of staff announced a total of 261 agreed joint US-RP military activities after his visit to the U.S. last week for the Mutual Defense Board meeting.
In a statement, the fisherfolk group accused the General Año of being the America’s emissary to the country in order to execute war games that advance the U.S. geopolitical interest in the region while violating the country’s sovereign and territorial rights.
The group strongly opposes war games under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) for its unequal and one-sided provisions.
“American troops who commit crimes in our soil can easily get away with it because of these unfair military agreements. We fear for another Nicole and Jennifer Laude incidents because of this another set of military exercise,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The group said President Rodrigo Duterte is following the footsteps of his predecessor Benigno Aquino III of increasing the U.S. military presence in the country at the cost of our sovereign rights and security of the Filipino people.
“President Duterte is embracing the same military policy that former President Aquino had carried out. Apparently, Duterte is now the number one lapdog of the country that he used despise,”
“After all the cuss and tirades against the U.S., in the end, it all leads to sheer puppetry,” Hicap added.
The group instead calls for the scrapping of all unequal military pacts with the United States and to totally kick out American troops in the Philippine soil. ###
Fisherfolk slams newly-formed Duterte-defense-squad
Manila, Philippines – “This newly-launched pro-administration defense cult is nothing but anti-democratic group that aims to quell the democratic rights and freedom of speech of the Filipino people. It will intensify political-killing spree as those who criticize the anti-people policies of the government are always treated as ‘enemies of the state’,”
This was the statement of the activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) calling out the Citizen National Guard for being the government’s machinery for its fascist and authoritarian rule.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) yesterday launched a group called Citizen National Guard which will consist of retired soldiers, military reservists, and Muslim representatives. The defense group aims to safeguard President Rodrigo Duterte from those who want to remove him from the office or what they called “enemies of the state”.
In a statement, the fisherfolk group said the Duterte administration has ultimately separated itself from the Filipino people by branding those who want to exercise their democratic freedom as ‘enemies of the state’ subjected to political persecution and other forms of harassment.
Marawi-inspired strafing in Mt. Banoi threatens the ‘world’s center of the center of marine biodiversity’ – fisherfolk
Marawi-inspired strafing in Mt. Banoi threatens the ‘world’s center of the center of
marine biodiversity’ – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – Fisherfolk under the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) assails the Marawi-like aerial bombings conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Mt. Banoi in Batangas City, calling the intense military offensive as a ceremonious welcome to the mining operations pending through the resource-rich mountain.
Military aerial strikes started on September 24 by the 202nd Infantry Brigade and 730th Combat Group of Philippine Air Force after the alleged encounter between the military and the New People’s Army (NPA) at the tri-boundary near Lobo, Batangas. The aerial bombings resulted to displacement of 137 peasant families from Barangay Cumba and Barangay Talahib Pandayan of Batangas City.
The group said the heavy military operation in Mt. Banoi is a prelude to large-scale mining operations to intimidate and inflict fear among the residents who resist destructive mining.
“The AFP is rolling out red carpet for giant mining firms who want to extract gold resources in Mt. Banoi by conducting indiscriminate aerial bombings,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement, warning that if the mining application push through, the Verde Island Passage (VIP) in Lobo town, known as the ‘world’s center of the center of marine biodiversity’ and is adjacent to Mt. Banoi is at risk of devastation due to toxic contamination emitted by the mining site.
PAMALAKAYA condemns killing of 2 Vietnamese fishermen; slams Philippine Navy’s trigger-happy in the sea
PAMALAKAYA condemns killing of 2 Vietnamese fishermen; slams Philippine Navy’s
trigger-happy in the sea
Manila, Philippines – “The Philippine Navy should have apprehended the Vietnamese poachers and confiscated their fishing gears peacefully instead of resorting to violence and gun fire,”
This was the statement of the national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday denouncing the Philippine Navy’s violent approach to the Vietnamese fishermen who illegally entered our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last Saturday evening.
According to police report, the shooting incident happened at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday where some 49 members of the Philippine Navy spotted 6 Vietnamese vessels illegally fishing in Philippine waters, about 34 nautical miles from the town of Bolinao in Pangasinan. The Philippine Navy then fired warning shots against the Vietnamese vessels while trying to escape, resulting to the death of 2 Vietnamese fishermen, while 5 of their companions have been arrested.
The fisherfolk group said that while they recognize and condemn the illegal fishing activities committed by the Vietnamese fishermen within our waters, responding them with military force is overkill and uncalled-for.
The group fears that the same violence might happen to Filipino fishermen if they accidentally washed up on foreign coasts, particularly in Vietnam.
Fisherfolk wants detailed Hungarian rehab plan for Laguna Lake
Manila, Philippines – The national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Tuesday urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to release into public the complete plan of Hungarian government to rehabilitate the Laguna de Bay by providing P30 billion loan.
The DA will secure the P30-billion loan where bulk of the total amount or about P20 billion will be allocated for the rehabilitation of Laguna de Bay while the remaining P10 billion will be invested for the rubber plant in Mindanao.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said they want to acquire the detailed rehabilitation scheme of the Hungarian government in partnership with the DA so the group could study the plan.
The group also warns to spare fishing communities into the cleanup drive, as the government always blames the pollution of the lake to the residents and fishing communities.