Fisherfolk organizers harassed, chased down by elements of PNP in Sariaya, Quezon
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.
Marine sanctuary might leave Scarborough Shoal wide open to foreign poachers –
Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) told President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his decision to declare the lagoon in Scarborough Shoal as a marine sanctuary for a reason to preserve the deteriorating marine resources in the fishing water.
Scarborough Shoal, which is 124 nautical miles away from the shoreline of the province of Zambales is part of the country’s 220-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and 150-nautical mile extended continental shelf (ECS). China takes its full control in the shoal on 2012 and aggressively prevented the Filipino fishermen from entering in the disputed waters. But after President Duterte’s state visit to China last October, Filipino fishers have now been able to return to their traditional fishing grounds.
Pamalakaya said declaring the lagoon as marine protected area might again result to depriving the Filipino fishers of their right to livelihood and fishing zones.
“Marine sanctuary might bring back the situation where Filipino fishers are not allowed to enter our own territory, but this time it will be our own law and government that will prohibit them, not China. Filipino fishers have yet to recover after years of deprivation and restriction from the West Philippine Sea. We fear that declaring it as marine sanctuary would pave way for another fishing blockade,” Hicap said.
12 years after the massacre, Luisita farmers still clamor for land, justice
Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) joined various organizations on a 3-day People’s Cultural Caravan for Land, Justice and Peace in Hacienda Luisita to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the bloody massacre against the farm workers which occurred on November 12, 2004.
On November 16, 2004, when the farm workers in Hacienda Luisita launched a massive strike, military and police violently dispersed the protest, killing seven farm workers and injuring more than a hundred others.
The said caravan, dubbed as Remember Luisita was led by the agricultural workers’ organization Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) which started from 14-16 November.
PAMALAKAYA condemned both the past Arroyo and Aquino administration for failing to hold all those involved in the gruesome crime accountable including Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Generals Ricardo Visaya and Gregorio Catapang, who both became top AFP Generals during then-President Aquino’s term.
‘Don’t let Trump sweep you off your feet’ – PAMALAKAYA to President Duterte
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte should maintain its stance against the United States (U.S.) intervention in the country despite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s victory on the U.S. Presidential Elections against his rival Hillary Clinton yesterday.
Even as the names and faces change, the worsening chronic crisis of the rotten U.S. capitalist system that also aggravates domestic crisis will still prevail. The U.S. will still impose its unequal economic and military agreements over its colonies to maintain its global dominance and superpower.
Noynoy Aquino and friends responsible for Yolanda-rehab mess – fisherfolk group
Manila, Philippines – Three years after the super-typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) struck the country, thousands of victims still live in high risk courtesy of then President Noynoy Aquino and his yellow-cohort’s incompetence and criminal negligence in facing the aftermath of the super-typhoon, according to the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).
Super-typhoon Yolanda ravaged large part of the Visayan Region affecting millions of families and left almost 6,000 people dead.
Government data available shows that out of the 205, 128 target permanent houses by the National Housing Authority (NHA), only 19, 330 were completed as of first quarter of this year. This is amidst the pouring donations and aid coming from different organizations and countries.
“Almost a billion of dollars were reportedly spent years after the super-typhoon to rehabilitate and reconstruct the devastated lives of the victims yet the latter are still languishing for the reconstruction and rebuilding their damaged houses and rehabilitation of their affected livelihood,”
Trillanes should be charged with treason – PAMALAKAYA
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) calls for the investigation of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV for his covert visits to China during former President Benigno Aquino’s term which made Beijing took full control of the Scaroborough Shoal, a traditional fishing ground for the Filipino fishermen which is part of the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Trillanes had made 16-times visit to Beijing without the Filipino people’s awareness on its real score. After his covert and overt visits, China had completely occupied the Scarborough Shoal and prevented Filipino fishers from going into the shoal.
“Trillanes’ secret backdoor discussions with China are something that has to be closed and probed. We had lost control of the Scarborough Shoal after those visits that put the livelihood and security of our Filipino fishers are stake” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
Trillanes is a known United States (U.S.) rabid attack dog who is unresolved on President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements to gradually separate our country from the U.S. control while exploring new diplomatic relations with China and Russia.
“President Duterte should be wary about Trillanes. The U.S. may release him on its leash very soon and ready to attack and sabotage all our initiatives to pursue a peaceful conclusion with China. Trillanes should be held accountable for no less than treason and betrayal of public trust,” Hicap said.
Since October 25, Filipino fishers are now able to peacefully return to Scarborough Shoal as a result of President Duterte’s informal negotiations with Chinese leaders during his state visit to China on October 18-21.
“Even though we are now able to fish in our traditional fishing grounds, this should not spare Trillanes from investigation on why our sovereignty and national interest had been once compromised,” Hicap ended. ###
‘Let the old-man off the hook’ – fisherfolk to President Duterte
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Thursday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to keep our diplomatic affairs particularly our relations with China off-limits to former President Fidel Ramos.
Former President Ramos has resigned as the country’s special envoy to China after President Duterte’s state visit to Beijing on October 18-21.
The fisherfolk group said Ramos’ resignation as special envoy has something to do with the President Duterte’s consistent tirades against the United States (U.S.) whom the former is a servile lap dog. It is apparent that Ramos and his ilk don’t want to settle the long-dispute in a very peaceful way, but rather, they want it with America’s assistance and guidance which is very far from reality as China has repeatedly warned of the possible implications of U.S. intervention in the issue.
“It’s not the country’s loss in the first place. Ramos’ resignation as special envoy to China was a good riddance for the country’s foreign and diplomatic affairs would be better off without him. As Uncle Sam’s rabid dog, we may not be able to reach this peaceful conclusion with China if we let this issue in the stateside-made hands of Ramos,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
President Duterte’s diplomatic conclusion with China bears fruit as the Filipino fishers are now able to return to Scarborough Shoal without them being chased and harassed by the Chinese Coast Guards. But it seems several local U.S. lapdogs are unresolved in the result of this peaceful resolution for they keep fussing over the country’s looming separation from the U.S. dictates.
“We are glad to see the back of Ramos. President Duterte should get rid of people like him regarding our foreign and diplomatic affairs. He better consult no less than the patriotic forces and Filipino people in resolving both the internal and external issues for more holistic patriotic foreign policies,” Hicap ended. ###