President Rodrigo Duterte
Fisherfolk rejects 2018 US military war games
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday slammed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Eduardo Año for soliciting military assistance to the United States (U.S.) in the form of Balikatan exercise or war games.
The AFP chief of staff announced a total of 261 agreed joint US-RP military activities after his visit to the U.S. last week for the Mutual Defense Board meeting.
In a statement, the fisherfolk group accused the General Año of being the America’s emissary to the country in order to execute war games that advance the U.S. geopolitical interest in the region while violating the country’s sovereign and territorial rights.
The group strongly opposes war games under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT), and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) for its unequal and one-sided provisions.
“American troops who commit crimes in our soil can easily get away with it because of these unfair military agreements. We fear for another Nicole and Jennifer Laude incidents because of this another set of military exercise,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The group said President Rodrigo Duterte is following the footsteps of his predecessor Benigno Aquino III of increasing the U.S. military presence in the country at the cost of our sovereign rights and security of the Filipino people.
“President Duterte is embracing the same military policy that former President Aquino had carried out. Apparently, Duterte is now the number one lapdog of the country that he used despise,”
“After all the cuss and tirades against the U.S., in the end, it all leads to sheer puppetry,” Hicap added.
The group instead calls for the scrapping of all unequal military pacts with the United States and to totally kick out American troops in the Philippine soil. ###
Fisherfolk slams newly-formed Duterte-defense-squad
Manila, Philippines – “This newly-launched pro-administration defense cult is nothing but anti-democratic group that aims to quell the democratic rights and freedom of speech of the Filipino people. It will intensify political-killing spree as those who criticize the anti-people policies of the government are always treated as ‘enemies of the state’,”
This was the statement of the activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) calling out the Citizen National Guard for being the government’s machinery for its fascist and authoritarian rule.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) yesterday launched a group called Citizen National Guard which will consist of retired soldiers, military reservists, and Muslim representatives. The defense group aims to safeguard President Rodrigo Duterte from those who want to remove him from the office or what they called “enemies of the state”.
In a statement, the fisherfolk group said the Duterte administration has ultimately separated itself from the Filipino people by branding those who want to exercise their democratic freedom as ‘enemies of the state’ subjected to political persecution and other forms of harassment.
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. ###
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.
“Go outside your palace, talk to us” – Caraga farmers & fishers to Duterte
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Sunday challenged President Rodrigo Duterte to face hundreds of farmers and fishers from the Caraga Region currently encamped at Mendiola, Manila since August 23 as part of their Manila Protest Camp dubbed as “Lakbayan Laban sa Kahirapan at Karahasan”.
Farmers and fishers under Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and PAMALAKAYA, consecutively, since the first day of their protest camp staged picket actions and dialogues with various government agencies concerning their sector.
Among the issues brought by the Caraga folks are landlessness and widespread land grabbing in the region, the illegal marine sanctuaries in Surigao del Norte which deprive fisherfolk of their right to fishing grounds, and the repressive fishing rules and regulations under the amended Fisheries Code of 1998 or Republic Act 10654.
“The fisherfolk and farmers are on their third week in Manila yet no concrete commitments have been made by the government agencies they confronted to address the issues they raised,”
“The Presidet is too occupied on his war against drugs that claims thousands of lives while setting aside the ails in the countryside,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.