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.
Trump not welcome in Ph – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – “He would be the unwelcome guest, greeted by thousands of enraged Filipino people with protest,”
This was the statement of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) in response to United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump’s approval to Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s invitation to visit Manila on November for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit.
The fisherfolk group said Trump’s visit to Manila could instigate the intensification of the ongoing deadly war waged by the Duterte regime against the Filipino people, as the U.S. President gave its full blessing to Duterte’s bloodthirsty campaigns, namely, the war against drugs, the anti-insurgency all out war, and the martial law in Mindanao.
“Trump is not welcome in the Philippines. Being a racist and warmonger President, we fear that the ongoing state-sponsored war against Filipinos may intensify the moment he set his foot on our soil by arming the local savage troops with U.S.-made high-powered military armaments,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The group said the Filipino people have nothing to gain from Trump’s visit; instead it would be nothing nothing but a reassertion of centuries-old colonial control of the U.S. to the country.
“Trump’s visit is part of the United States’ loyalty check if they are still in control of our political, economic, and military affairs. This is to secure that the puppet bureaucrats in the Philippines still advance America’s imperialist interests,” Hicap added.
The group warns of bigger protest actions together with various patriotic organizations to object Trump’s visit on November.
“We vow to stage massive protest actions against the United States’ continuous intervention and to show that we reject any pseudo-assistance that Trump would offer to the country,” ended Hicap.
The group instead calls for the termination of all unequal US-RP military agreements like the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) that pose serious threat to our national security and sovereignty. ###
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.
Martial law scare can’t stop anti-Duterte protest, not even quake drill – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – While gearing to join the broad, multi-sectoral anti-Duterte protest at the Luneta Park on September 21, the activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) assures that the threat of President Rodrigo Duterte and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to declare a nationwide martial rule will not stop thousands of people who will express their outrage against the Duterte regime.
Defense Secretary Lorenzana earlier announced to impose a nationwide martial law if the said protest will turn violent.
“Who’s afraid of martial law scare? Apparently, not us but the Duterte regime and his war dogs are shivering in fear of the people’s strong condemnation against the regime’s brutal and bloody rule that imperil the peaceful lives of the ordinary people,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
PAMALAKAYA plays down the earthquake drill which is set on the same day that the massive demonstration will be held.
“President Duterte intentionally declared September 21 as nationwide quake drill for thinking that it could disrupt our rally, but he got it all wrong. The Filipino people will literally tremble the streets through massive demonstration, so he better prepare himself for the public’s verdict against his bloody regime,” added Hicap.
The broad, multi-sectoral anti-Duterte alliance Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) will lead the protest on September 21 in time of the 45th anniversary of martial law declaration by the late-dictator Ferdinand Marcos. ###
CHR token budget sign of Duterte’s dictatorial rule – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – The activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday said that the approved 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is President Rodrigo Duterte exercising his authoritarian rule.
With 119-32 vote, House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a P1, 000 budget for the CHR for the year 2018. CHR has been critical against the government’s rampant human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings under Oplan Tokhang.
“It’s dictatorship in the making; President Duterte wants to totally abolish the CHR but because it needs a long-process constitutional amendment, he and his super majority in the Congress trimmed its budget to cripple its functions,”
“We are concerned with how the Duterte government treats human rights in our country. Curtailing the very function of the CHR by cutting its budget means the government shows no importance on the human rights of its people. We can see it by the numerous human rights violations committed by the state security forces with impunity,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The fisherfolk group said if the Congress approved only P1,000 of CHR budget for allegedly not fulfilling its duty, then the Philippine National Police (PNP) who spearheads the bloody war against drugs should also receive an insulting P1,000 on its 2018 budget for killing innocent civilians they tag as drug users and failing to serve and protect the people.
“We’re not happy with you as well” – Fisherfolk tells Duterte
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) expresses its full support on the statement of President Rodrigo Duterte to resign as a President of the Philippines for according to him, he is not happy anymore in his position.
President Duterte during his speech at the 17th founding anniversary of Digos in Davao del Sur on Friday confessed that he is no longer happy being a President and he wants to resign.
“If he thinks that he is not happy anymore and that he’s already a detriment to the people which he actually is, then it is of our pleasure to throw support to his resignation as President of the Republic,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.