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Duterte guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – “By withdrawing to the ICC, Duterte is guilty of committing genocide-like crimes against the humanity. This is to fuel Duterte’s passion for all-out abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the Filipino people,” According to the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) condemning the move of President Rodrigo Duterte to pullout from the Rome Statute, a treaty which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“While the Duterte government never respected the ICC, it is still bothering to pull out from this international treaty because it will elude him from any legal sanction and accountability over his unbridled human rights violations,” said Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson in a statement.
PAMALAKAYA said even prior to the ICC withdrawal, the Duterte government was already unstoppable in committing grave crimes against the Filipinos through the brutal war on drugs dubbed as “Oplan Tokhang”, which has already claimed thousands of lives; and even bound to commit war crimes by encouraging his troops to disregard the international humanitarian law in the battle field through his marching order to shoot armed rebels right away.
“Duterte will join countries not signed to the treaty like Myanmar and Israel who never respect human rights. He is hell-bent in pursuing the political culture of state terror and brutality,”
3 fisherfolk leaders, organizers on DOJ’s “terror list”
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) decries the Department of Justice (DOJ) petition to declare more than 600 individuals as “terrorists” in pursuant to “The Human Security Act of 2007”.
Among the individuals included on the list are the three fisherfolk leaders and organizers in the province of Batangas including Erlindo Baes who is the present Spokesperson of PAMALAKAYA’s provincial chapter Haligi ng Batanguenong Anakdagat (HABAGAT), HABAGAT’s Chairperson Elsie Lucero, and HABAGAT organizer Marilyn Hernandez.
The said names were listed as Marilyn Hernandez (STRPC), Erlindo Baes (STRPC), and Elsie Lucero (STRPC) on page 7 of the document.
The group said the three are active in legitimate sectoral struggles in the province including the campaign against the conversion of Barangay Laiya, San Juan, Batangas into private beach resort that demolished more than 600 fishing families in 2014; as well as the fight against the planned mining operation in Verde Island Passage in Lobo, Batangas in 2015.
31 years of no justice and continuing Mendiola Massacre-like killings under Duterte
Manila, Philippines – 31 years after the bloody “Mendiola Massacre” that killed 13 protesting farmers clamoring for right to land, justice remains elusive and the killings against the peasant sector are still prevalent. Together with the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) will march from Morayta to Mendiola Manila tomorrow to commemorate the 31st anniversary of the infamous “Mendiola Massacre”.
“Our 31 years of call to give justice for the victims of the bloody massacre seem to fall to deaf ears. 31 years after the massacre, justice remains elusive and the land that the farmers had died for has yet to be attained. Farmers remain landless while few landlord oligarchs continue to control vast-tracts of productive lands,”
“Both farmers and fishers who provide food on everyone’s table are the ones suffering from hunger, and are being displaced from their community in exchange for projects of development aggression,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The group lambasted the current regime’s continuous neglect on the clamor of the peasant sector for right to land. Worse is that the Duterte regime is continuing the bloody legacy of its predecessors against the Filipino peasantry. Citing the data of KARAPATAN, out of the 126 victims of political-related extra-judicial killings (EJK), 109 are farmers who were active in local struggles for land.
Fishers warn of great resistance against the monstrous, mad king in Malacanang
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) slams the incessant violations of civil and political rights perpetrated by President Rodrigo Duterte through his bloodlust military and security forces.
Citing the data of human rights group Karapatan, as of November 2017, there are a total of 113 cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK) against political and human rights activists. 96 of those documented cases came from the peasant sector including the 2 fisherfolk leaders who were killed by elements of military in Guihulngan, Negros Occidental last July 24.
All the cases of EJKs are connected with the peasant’s struggle for their right to land and resistance against plunderous corporate projects in their farming and fishing communities.
“Farmers and fishers in the countryside who actively organize their ranks to oppose destructive corporate and government projects are being publicly red-tagged by the state forces as supporters or members of the armed group New People’s Army (NPA). Are they saying that membership from the NPA is the requirement to criticize and oppose the wrongdoings of the government and to defend our basic rights? We always live in fear of being displaced from our communities in exchange for corporate projects and if we resist, we will be subjected to military harassment,”