Duterte’s war-mode is sell-out of sovereignty in disguise – fisherfolk group
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday dismissed the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte that he would be willing to go to war to defend the Philippine Rise (former Benham Rise).
“He can’t even confront China on its continuous occupation and reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea. Worst is that he says nothing when Beijing has nearly completed the transformation into military fortress of the seven reefs in the Spratly Group of Islands that are part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone,”
“Duterte has clearly no ethos in defending our sovereignty because he is only after foreign investments and funding for his pet-infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program. His war-mode posture is more likely a PR-stunt to diffuse the public anger over his criminal neglect in protecting the West Philippine Sea from China’s continuous occupation,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The fisherfolk group said that if Duterte is really sincere in protecting our exclusive economic zones (EEZ), there is no need to use metaphorical jokes like taking a boat to confront the invaders; rather, he must pressure China to urgently stop its occupation activities in the West Philippine Sea, as well as to confront other powerful nations like the United States to stop its regular patrol in the disputed waters that might provoke China and increase the tension.
Police harassment vs PAMALAKAYA members in Quezon continues
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.
Anti-peace high-ranking generals operate in the AFP – fisherfolk
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.
Get rid of peace-saboteurs in the AFP – fisherfolk to President Duterte
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.
Farmers, fishers want AFP out of their communities
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) joined the protest led by the peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) at the general headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday to demand the immediate and unconditional pullout of their troops in peasant communities in the countryside, saying their presence pose threat to the security and livelihood of the farmers and other rural people.
PAMALAKAYA said continuing presence of military in the countryside is a blatant violation of their self-declared unilateral ceasefire against the communist-led New People’s Army (NPA) because they are supposed to be in the military barracks and not operating in the alleged guerilla zone-peasant communities. The fisherfolk group blasted the AFP for the rampant human rights abuses against farmers they tag as communist member or even supporter.
“The military’s failure and frustration to capture their enemies is always diverted into the farmers and innocent civilians through harassment, filing of trumped up charges and worst, perpetrating extrajudicial killings with impunity. The continuing and growing militarization will always be a threat to the peaceful and tranquil lives of the rural people as the AFP’s current orientation is not to protect but to suppress the democratic rights and interests of the Filipino people,” Salvador France, Pamalakaya Secretary General said during the protest.
The fisherfolk group said the AFP has now nothing to do with the countryside as their counterinsurgency plan Oplan Bayanihan has already ended since last year.
Farmers from Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon regions will converge on January 20 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the bloody Mendiola Massacre that killed 13 farmers and wounding many others who were asking for free distribution of land. ###
Amid growing tensions in West Philippine Sea, national unity through GRP-NDFP peace negotiations is a must – fisherfolk group
Amid growing tensions in West Philippine Sea, national unity through GRP-NDFP
peace negotiations is a must – fisherfolk group
Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) urged the Duterte Administration to pursue the peace negotiations with the communist led-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the name of people’s unity and national interest.
This is at the height of growing tensions with China regarding the disputed waters in the West Philippine Sea, which the former had posed its irrational claim. Although the International Tribunal ruled in favor to the Philippines’ claim on the disputed waters, China has been keen on its position not to comply on the said ruling as it maintains its claim that South China Sea is an indisputable sovereignty under their 9-dash line assumption.
“In these trying times, a national unity through peace talks between the GRP and the revolutionary movement is crucial. No amount of diplomatic talks can resolve this long running sea row unless us as a nation will unite and collectively uphold our national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Salvador France, Pamalakaya vice-chairperson said in a statement.