Fishers doubt Chinese-backtracking of permanent structure in Panatag Shoal
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) is cynical on China’s recent statement withdrawing the previous reports on its plan to build a permanent structure in the disputed Paracel islands including Philippine-owned Scarborough Shoal.
A Chinese local official last week has claimed that the environmental monitoring structure to be built in Paracel islands is one of Beijing’s top priorities this year. But a Chinese foreign ministry yesterday has denied the previous reports.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said China’s backtracking of their previous pronouncement might only be to abate public tensions and sentiments that escalate quickly over the planned-permanent construction in the Philippine territory.
“The Chinese local official won’t utter a statement out of nowhere; his original pronouncement must be derived from somewhere. Beijing can only prove their sincerity on preserving the South China Sea if they concede from the international tribunal decision and completely halt their reclamation activities on the disputed waters,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
Assert sovereign rights against China – Duterte urged
Manila, Philippines – Responding from the news that China is gearing to build its first permanent structure in the disputed Scarborough Shoal, the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipians (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) tells President Rodrigo Duterte to exude extra vigilance because this might result to the deprivation of the Filipino fishers and complete takeover of Bejing in Scarborough Shoal.
Scarborough Shoal is part of the country’s exclusive economic zone of which China has been posing its claim through the 9-dash line assumption. China has yet to give up its unjust claim over the Philippine territory despite the international arbitration’s ruling last year favoring the Philippines’ claim on the disputed West Philippine Sea. The environmental monitoring station to be situated on features of Beijing-controlled Paracel islands, according to a Chinese official is among their government’s top priorities for 2017.
The fisherfolk group fears that this might compromise the livelihood of the Filipino fishers who were already able to return to their traditional fishing grounds last year after President Duterte’s diplomatic talk with China.
“We cherish the developments that our country and China have reached towards a diplomatic resolution of the dispute, but building permanent structure to strengthen their irrational claim and probably military presence in our territory is too much. Our cordial relation with China recently doesn’t mean that we have given up our claim on the disputed waters. We are always ready to defend our territory by all means,”
“China has no any legal, moral and political right to settle any permanent structure in the disputed waters. They must respect the international ruling and acknowledge that the West Philippine Sea rightfully belongs to the Filipino people,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
PAMALAKAYA also warns China to back off from Benham Rise otherwise they will be subjected to chorus of criticisms from the international community have they plan to intrude on the 13-million hectare underwater resource-rich territory of the country. Presence of a Chinese vessel in Benham Rise has been monitored by a defense official last week.
“We urge President Duterte to actively assert our sovereign rights against China and other foreign intruders. No one but the Filipino people has the right to utilize and maximize our marine resource. The administration must lead our nation in protecting and defending our sovereignty and not create a single breach that would make our territory out of our possession,” Hicap ended. ###
Trillanes in no position to speak for sovereignty – group
Manila, Philippines – “Senator Antonio Trillanes IV has no right to speak about defending our sovereignty because we believe that he himself has once compromised it that he has even yet to explain to the public,”
This was the statement of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Thursday in response to the Magdalo Senator’s riding on the issue of Benham Rise to cover-up his anomalous visits to China during then-Aquino administration that led to the complete possession of Beijing to Scarborough Shoal, a traditional fishing ground of Filipino fishers and is part of the country’s exclusive economic zone. China has been posing its irrational claim on the shoal and has even built artificial island and military outpost. The complete occupation of China over Scarborough Shoal has resulted to the harassment and deprivation of Filipino fisherfolk of their livelihood.
“Senator Trillanes has yet to answer on why his secret and numerous trips to China has led to the latter’s successful takeover of the Scarborough Shoal,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
White House intervention to South China Sea a threat to peaceful settlement with China – fisherfolk group
White House intervention to South China Sea a threat to peaceful settlement with
China – fisherfolk group
Manila, Philippines – Responding from the newly elected United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump, the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) has warned the White House on the possible implications of their intervention on the South China Sea affairs. The White House on Monday vowed to stop China from taking South China Sea islands to “defend international waters from being taken by only one country”.
China claims almost 90% of the South China Sea, of which $5-trillion worth of ship-borne trade passes every year. It has built artificial islands over the contested waters and constructs military facilities and airstrips. Over the years, China has been antagonistic and aggressive towards fishermen who sail within their claimed-territories including the Filipino fisherfolk who experienced violent harassments and intimidations from Chinese personnel.
But due to the continuous resistance of the Filipino people and fishers to uphold its national sovereignty and territorial integrity, China has forced to respect the rights of the Filipino fishers on their traditional fishing ground in Scarborough Shoal. Although Beijing has yet to totally give up its claim on the disputed waters, the Filipino fishers have consider this as an initial victory because they are now able to sail onto their traditional fishing ground which they were deprived for years.
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.
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. ###