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Police harassment vs PAMALAKAYA members in Quezon continues

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Police harassment vs PAMALAKAYA members in Quezon continues

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PAMALAKAYA on a protest held in Mendiola called for the resumption of peace talks

 

Sariaya, Quezon – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday decried the recent harassment committed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) under the Quezon Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) against the fisherfolk in the coastal barangays of Sariaya, Quezon.

According to Ara Marcellana, PAMALAKAYA organizer and regional coordinator in Southern Tagalog, the first harassment, dubbed by the PNP as ‘operation strike’ occurred on February 18 where 10 elements of the PNP in a full battle gear rummaged Brgy. Guisguis Talon to search for her and her two other colleagues. Marcellana said they are being accused by the PNP of being members of the communist-New People’s Army (NPA). The PNP interrogated the fisherfolk in the area on the whereabouts of the organizers, they even threatened the fishers not to entertain the organizers or else they will also get arrested.

The same thing happened on March 5 where 12 PNP returned to the same coastal barangay and accused the fisherfolk and other coastal residents that they are accepting and accommodating NPA members in their community. The fisherfolk denied the allegations, saying they are members of PAMALAKAYA and the organizers are helping them on their local issue which is the planned conversion of their coastal community into a coal-fired thermal power plant of the San Miguel Corp. (SMC) Global Power Holdings Inc.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson Fernando Hicap assailed the PNP for the harassment and threat they commit to the fishers and its organizers.

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Fisherfolk organizers harassed, chased down by elements of PNP in Sariaya, Quezon

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Fisherfolk organizers harassed, chased down by elements of PNP in Sariaya, Quezon

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Peasant & fisher activists protested at Camp Aguinaldo to condemn state-perpetrated violence & attacks against civilians

Sariaya, Quezon – The provincial organizers of the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) in Sariaya, Quezon reported harassment from the elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) under the 415th Provincial Police Mobile Group.

Ara Marcellana, PAMALAKAYA-Southern Tagalog Coordinator and organizer reported that on the morning of February 18, at least 10 elements of the PNP have searched and rummaged Barangay Guisguis Talon where she and her co-organizers had last went into. The elements of the PNP that were in a full battle gear have threatened and interrogated fisherfolk leaders in the community and told them not to entertain the organizers or else they will get involved in the arrest.

This is the sum of all our fears, the government-declared all-out-war is actually a total war versus unarmed and legal activists fighting for the welfare of the marginalized sectors in the countryside. We vehemently condemn the PNP and its elements in the strongest terms possible for the harassment and fear they brought to the fisherfolk of Quezon. Our members and organizers in Quezon are active members of PAMALAKAYA that legitimately waging their local struggle which is the planned conversion of their fishing community into private venture,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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Government’s all-out-war means total war vs unarmed activists and freedom fighters – fisherfolk group

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Government’s all-out-war means total war vs unarmed activists and freedom fighters

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President Duterte declares all-out-war | Photo by MindaNews

– fisherfolk group

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday assailed President Rodrigo Duterte’s all-out-war declaration against the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed-wing New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) for according to them, this is equivalent to a total war against unarmed activists and rights advocates fighting for the welfare and basic rights of the marginalized people.

President Duterte’s declaration of an all out war was part of his series of tantrums after he lifted its own unilateral ceasefire declaration against the revolutionary rebels followed by complete termination of the ongoing peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA lambasted the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año and the Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for working hand in glove to derail the peace talks. The two high-ranking AFP Generals are the partners in crime behind the cessation of the peace negotiation that could have been achieve prosperous developments that are deemed helpful to the Filipino people in the process.

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Absence of ceasefire should not hamper the peace process – fisherfolk group

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Absence of ceasefire should not hamper the peace process – fisherfolk group

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Manila, Philippines – “Peace is not merely the absence of war, but the presence of social justice”

This was the reaction of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) after President Rodrigo Duterte has put an end to the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Saturday after the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDFP have lifted their respective unilateral ceasefire declarations.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson Fernando Hicap expressed disappointment over President Duterte’s arbitrary decision to end the ongoing peace negotiation with the NDFP which now tackles the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms (CASER).

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Anti-peace high-ranking generals operate in the AFP – fisherfolk

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Anti-peace high-ranking generals operate in the AFP – fisherfolk

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AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano | Photo by ABS-CBN News

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (AFP) scores some of the high-ranking Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Generals for sabotaging the ongoing peace negotiation between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The fisherfolk group pinned AFP Chief of Staff Eduardo Ano and Department of National Defense (DND) Delfin Lorenzana as the top two powerful generals who work hard to obstruct the just and lasting peace in the country through addressing its root causes like poverty and injustice.

Both the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the GRP have lifted their respective unilateral ceasefire declarations after the Duterte government has failed to make up on its promise to release hundreds of political prisoners and with the continuing military operations and harassments in the countryside despite the unilateral ceasefire.

If President Duterte lets hard-line militarist AFP generals encroach in the peace process, then peace that we all long for and we worked hard for months is unlikely to take place. President Duterte should listen to the Filipino people and not to what these anti-peace AFP generals prescribe,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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Get rid of peace-saboteurs in the AFP – fisherfolk to President Duterte

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Get rid of peace-saboteurs in the AFP – fisherfolk to President Duterte

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Activists protested Camp Aguinaldo to demand military pull out in the countryside

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) slams the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on its continues military operations in peasant communities in the countryside, saying it poses threat to livelihood and security of the farmers and other rural people.

Amid peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), the GRP’s armed forces have been vehemently attacking active members of mass organizations in the countryside including peasant leaders.

It seems that AFP has its own regime. The continuous military operation in the countryside amidst GRP’s unilateral ceasefire is a clear indication that the Duterte administration loses its control over its armed forces. The AFP may be obeying orders from different commander-in-chief,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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“We can smell peace” – fisherfolk lauds recent peace dev’t

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“We can smell peace” – fisherfolk lauds recent peace dev’t

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GRP and NDFP Negotiating Panel in Oslo, Norway for the second round of peace talks | Photo by http://www.ndfp.org

Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Monday lauded the recent development of the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the revolutionary-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

During the second round of 3-day peace talks which began on October 6 in Oslo, Norway, the two parties agreed on the common frameworks and outlines of the last three substantive agendas, namely, the Comprehensive Agreement on Socioeconomic Reforms (CASER), political and constitutional reforms, and the cessation of hostilities/disposition of forces.

For its part, the fisherfolk group expressed its full support on the ongoing peace talks for this will not only end the prolonged civil war in the country but on top of it, will address its roots, which are poverty and injustice. Socio-economic reforms proposed by the NDFP will detach our stunted economy from all foreign dictates that fuels industrial and agrarian backwardness resulting to widespread poverty among our working and rural people.

Meanwhile, the fisherfolk warned President Duterte’s administration to be cautious on the possible sabotage from the United States and its local doormats appointed in the government.

President Duterte should be vigilant on the possible peace derangement from Uncle Sam’s apologists who want to retain the status quo of the neo-colonial rul. There are also these hard line militarists who want to address the root causes of armed conflict in a fascist way,”

“For our part, we are in full support on the administration’s initiatives towards a genuine development to attain the lasting peace that is based on the democratic rights and interests of the Filipino people,” Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson said in a statement. ###