President Rodrigo Duterte
“Duterte is the number one terrorist, threat to peace in the country” – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on the occasion of international human rights day officially declared President Rodrigo Duterte as the number one terrorist in the country for terrorizing the lives of the Filipino people, including killing thousands of innocent civilians in line with his bloody war on drugs and counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan.
Fisherfolk from Manila Bay joined thousands of activists led by human rights group Karapatan Alliance For The Advancement of People’s Rights on Sunday to expose the Duterte regime’s human rights abuses among ordinary civilians especially those who are staunch critics of his administration, now labeled by Duterte as “terrorists”.
PAMALAKAYA also denounced the killing of Aldrin Sese, the group’s provincial organizer in Masbate and was a member of its national council. Sese was gunned down by unknown gunmen last December 8 at 5am. Sese is the 3rd fisherfolk to be killed under Duterte’s counterinsurgency program.
“We call justice for Aldrin Sese! He was an active member of PAMALAKAYA and a fisherfolk organizer in the province of Masbate wherein the implementation of repressive fishing laws under the Fisheries Code of 1998 and conversion of fishing grounds into eco-tourism zones are highly prevalent. Sese was killed in line with President Duterte’s threat against legal activists whom he maliciously labeled as terrorists,”
Fishers warn of great resistance against the monstrous, mad king in Malacanang
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) slams the incessant violations of civil and political rights perpetrated by President Rodrigo Duterte through his bloodlust military and security forces.
Citing the data of human rights group Karapatan, as of November 2017, there are a total of 113 cases of extrajudicial killings (EJK) against political and human rights activists. 96 of those documented cases came from the peasant sector including the 2 fisherfolk leaders who were killed by elements of military in Guihulngan, Negros Occidental last July 24.
All the cases of EJKs are connected with the peasant’s struggle for their right to land and resistance against plunderous corporate projects in their farming and fishing communities.
“Farmers and fishers in the countryside who actively organize their ranks to oppose destructive corporate and government projects are being publicly red-tagged by the state forces as supporters or members of the armed group New People’s Army (NPA). Are they saying that membership from the NPA is the requirement to criticize and oppose the wrongdoings of the government and to defend our basic rights? We always live in fear of being displaced from our communities in exchange for corporate projects and if we resist, we will be subjected to military harassment,”
Duterte’s surrender of
West Ph Sea is treason – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – With President Rodrigo Duterte’s major setback on the issue of the sea row, he is guilty of treason for his lack of action to assert West Philippine Sea to China equates to total surrender of our sovereignty, according to the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas).
Contrary to President Duterte’s promise before he assumed office that “he will ride a jet ski and would plant a Philippine flag” in Panatag Shoal, the President seems to soften his approach towards China; he does not recognize our winning to the international tribunal favoring the Philippines’ claim over the West Philippine Sea that China has been claiming over the last two decades.
The group said China continues to assert its 9-dash line assumption and has yet to stop its reclamation activities within the 80% of our exclusive economic zones (EEZ) that are all intended for military use and outpost. Presence of Chinese vessels is still evident in the area, causing fear and intimidation to Filipino fishermen.
PAMALAKAYA, although welcomes the return of Filipino fishermen in the disputed waters, still fears that China would anytime return in being hostile towards Filipino fisherfolk.
The group attributes President Duterte’s surrender of sovereignty to his flagship program known as the Build, Build, Build (BBB), a set of infrastructure projects that are entirely backed by Chinese loans. China is the second, next to Japan, foreign lender to fund big-ticket projects under the BBB, including the P10B-loan for Kaliwa Dam project.
“President Duterte has compromised our sovereignty in exchange for billions of Chinese loans that will mold his big-ticket BBB projects. We are afraid waking up one day and found out the entire West Philippine Sea is all gone,”
“Chinese loan grant is neither out of kindness nor a fraternal help; it is shaped by China’s territorial and economic interest in the Philippines which President Duterte has failed to notice,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement. ###
Bonifacio-inspired Filipinos to topple Duterte’s pseudo-revolutionary government
Manila, Philippines – On the occasion of the 154th birth anniversary of the late revolutionary Gat Andres Bonifacio, the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) expressed its strong disapproval on President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to declare a “revolutionary government”, saying such plan is nothing but a one-man rule in disguise.
PAMALAKAYA refutes President Duterte’s revolutionary government, saying a government which is composed of former military generals is no revolutionary but a “military junta”.
“Duterte’s concept of revolutionary government is the misnomer of a true revolutionary system that does not oppress its people; a government that upholds the welfare and basic rights of workers, peasants, and other marginalized sectors. No revolutionary if majority of your officials came from fascists and bloodlust military personnel. There is nothing revolutionary if you advocate wanton killings of human rights workers, freedom fighters, and innocent civilians,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The group said that with Duterte’s formal termination of peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) following the crackdown against legal activists, it is high time to further expose and isolate the Duterte regime’s aspiration to declare a nationwide one-man rule under the guise of “revolutionary government”.
“The only way to hinder Duterte’s foolish plan to declare a revolutionary government is to remove his from power. The legacy and revolutionary consciousness of Gat Andres Bonifacio continue to influence millions of Filipino people who aspire for a genuine independence and freedom from any form of expression. The true revolutionaries are out here in the streets, in the countryside; and they are ever ready to fight and topple this pseudo-revolutionary in Malacañan,” ended Hicap. ###
Duterte’s crackdown vs activists led to illegal arrest of fisherfolk leaders in
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Thursday demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the 9 members of its regional chapter in Batangas who were arrested last Monday in Nasugbu after they were unjustly tagged by the Philippine Air Force (PAF) as members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Leonardo delos Reyes, 44, Carlos Sanosa, 64, Joey Castillano, 47, Roberto Hernandez, Jocelyn Cabadin, 44, Jennylin Bayani, 30, Orlan Cabadin, 19, Anthony Banaga were arrested by elements of Philippine National Police (PNO) and the 730th Philippine Air Force Combat Group last Monday in Nasugbu, Batangas. They are all members of PAMALAKAYA’s regional chapter Haligi ng Batanguenong Anakdagat (HABAGAT).
PAMALAKAYA said the spate of illegal arrests and harassments are part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of crackdown against legal people’s organizations that legitimately fight for the democratic rights of the basic sectors, including farmers and fishers.
“The 9 illegally-arrested in Batangas are all legitimate members of our group fighting against destructive projects in their community such as large-scale mining and eco-tourism projects. They are unarmed local activists who collectively uphold their rights and welfare. There is no truth in the allegations of the Philippine Air Force that they are members of the revolutionary armed group NPA,”
Fisherfolk staged Manila Bay-wide fluvial protest vs Nat’l Reclamation Plan
Manila, Philippines – On the occasion of World Fisheries Day (WFD), fisherfolk under the group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) from Navotas City, Bacoor Cavite, and Bulacan staged Manila Bay-wide fluvial protest riding around 50 motorized fishing boats to call for the scrapping of reclamation projects under the National Reclamation Plan (NRP).
The fluvial parade converged in Baywalk Manila where the fisherfolk and their supporters gathered in a solidarity lunch showcasing the aquatic products of Manila Bay that are at stake if all reclamation projects push through.
In Manila Bay alone, the fisherfolk group recorded at least 42 reclamation projects covering 29,929 hectares of the gulf under the NRP. The reclamation program was approved by then-President Noynoy Aquino and continued by President Rodrigo Duterte now under the banner of the Build, Build, Build program. According to the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), they target to complete 80 of the 102 reclamation projects under the NRP within the six-year term of President Duterte.
The group said reclamation projects in Manila Bay would entail massive displacement of fishing communities and urban poor situated along the gulf. It would also completely destroy the ecosystem of Manila Bay which is already degrading due to past reclamation projects and other corporate aggression under the guise of “development”.