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“Nothing favorable can come out from Duterte’s shady “joint exploration” deals with China” – fisherfolk group

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August 11, 2019

“Nothing favorable can come out from Duterte’s shady “joint exploration” deals with China” – fisherfolk group

Manila, Philippines – Amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncement that he would discuss a “60-40 sharing favoring the Philippines” on a “joint exploration” with China, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) raised its opposition and straightaway slammed it as “sell-out” and nothing favorable for the country could come out from his shady negotiations with the Asian imperialist power.  The Duterte administration has only publicized a lowly Memorandum of Understanding on oil and gas exploration in November 2018.

Nothing favorable could come out from this shady and non-transparent deal of Duterte with China.  He is dealing for himself and his cronies, not for the Filipino people,” PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas National Chairperson and former Anakpawis lawmaker Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap said in a press statement.

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PCG-Marina report enough to sue Chinese perpetrators – fisherfolk group

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July 9, 2019

PCG-Marina report enough to sue Chinese perpetrators – fisherfolk group

Manila, Philippines – One month after the Recto Bank incident, the activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) said the incident report of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) which proves that the Chinese vessel did intentionally ram a fishing vessel carrying 22 Filipino fishermen should be used in court to sue the Chinese perpetrators.

In a statement, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said that “with the result of the PCG-Marina investigation, there is no need for a joint probe between China and the Philippines, which the Duterte administration has been pushing through, because we already have sufficient information to hold the Chinese perpetrators accountable for almost killing our poor, helpless fishermen inside our own territory,”

The PCG-Marina incident report says it all; the Chinese vessel intentionally rammed and abandoned our fishermen where they could have been killed if not for the Vietnamese fishermen who rescued them. This is enough evidence to bring the Chinese perpetrators to justice even without a one-sided Philippines-China joint probe in favor to the offenders,” Hicap, former Anakpawis Party-list solon added.

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Fisherfolk rejects “joint research” in Ph Rise

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Fisherfolk rejects “joint research” in Ph Rise

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A protest in front of the Chinese consulate to condemn China’s usurpation in West Philippine Sea

Manila, Philippines – “This seemingly “joint research” between our country and China in Philippine Rise is a pretext to Beijing’s another occupation activity in our marine territory. Just like what it did in the West Philippine Sea, we will soon be surprised that our resource-rich waters have been already reclaimed by China with its established defense facilities,”

This was the reaction of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) assailing the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for allowing China, in partner with the Philippines to conduct an unspecified research activities in Philippine Rise (formerly known as Benham Rise).

Philippine Rise is a 13-million hectare resource rich underwater plateau located opposite to the disputed waters of South China Sea; it is endowed with abundant marine species like first-class tuna, and untapped mineral and gas deposits. It was confirmed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in April 2012.

The fisherfolk group likened the “joint research” to the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking (JMSU) in 2005 that led to the complete takeover of China to the large portion of Spratly Islands including the Reed Bank near Palawan and other parts of the West Philippine Sea that are now occupied by Beijing.

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PAMALAKAYA slams Roque’s puppetry to China

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PAMALAKAYA slams Roque’s puppetry to China

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The House committee on justice as resumes its probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison on October 10, 2016. | Photo by Rappler.com

Manila, Philippines – “What happened to Harry Roque who used to denounce China’s illegal occupation in our territorial waters? It seems that the once staunch critic has now pledged allegiance to the imperial China,”

This was the statement of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday assailing Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s softening stance toward China’s continuous assertion of their irrational claim over the entire South China Sea, including the country’s 220-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and 150-nautical mile extended continental shelf (ECS).

The group accused Roque of being subservient to China after the Spokesperson’s statement that Beijing’s recent construction of military facility in the Kagitingan Reef (international known as Fiery Cross Reef) “has not breached its good faith obligation for as long as China has not embarked on new reclamation.”

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Diplomatic protest against China’s airstrip construction pushed

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Diplomatic protest against China’s airstrip construction pushed

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An aerial view of the Fiery Cross Reef that was transformed into military airstrip | Photo by Philstar.com

Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) urged the government to file a diplomatic protest against China for its complete transformation of the Kagitingan Reef (international known as Fiery Cross Reef) into a full scale military airbase.

Kagitingan Reef is part of the disputed Kalayaan Group of Islands in the Spratly Region of the South China Sea. It is part of the country’s 220-naughtical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). On 2004, China has begun to construct artificial island in the reef.

Recent report from the Hong Kong-based news site shows that the reclaimed island now features a 3, 125-meter runway for 6K strategic bombers to land.

“The Philippine government must pursue filing a diplomatic protest to condemn and expose Beijing’s aggressive usurpation in our marine territory. China destroys not only our marine biodiversity but also the livelihood of our Filipino fishermen who used to fish in the West Philippine Sea. The continuous reclamation of our waters in the West Philippine Sea is also a threat to our domestic supply of fish products,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.

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Duterte must be held criminally liable for the transformation of Kagitingan Reef into military airbase – group

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Duterte must be held criminally liable for the transformation of Kagitingan Reef

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Fisherfolk group staged protest at the Chinese Consulate in Manila to condemn Chinese incursion in the West Philippine Sea

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Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Friday chided at President Rodrigo Duterte and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for letting China convert the Kagitingan Reef (internationally known as Fiery Cross Reef) into a fortified Chinese military airstrip.

Kagitingan Reef is part of the disputed Kalayaan Group of Islands in the Spratly Region of the South China Sea. It is part of the country’s 220-naughtical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). On 2004, China has begun to construct artificial island in the reef.

According to Hong Kong-based news site, the reclaimed island now features a 3, 125-meter runway for 6K strategic bombers to land.

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Ban Trump in South China Sea! – fisherfolk group

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Ban Trump in South China Sea! – fisherfolk group

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Manila, Philippines — The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Mondayassailed the offer of United States President Donald Trump to become a mediator or arbitrator in the South China Sea dispute, saying Trump is added problem rather than solution.
Speaking in Vietnam on Sunday before heading to the Philippines to attend the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nation (ASEAN) Summit, U.S. President Trum said he was prepared to mediate between claimants to the South China Sea.
China has been imposing its irrational claim over almost 90% of the South China Sea including the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines.
“Letting U.S., a known China’s rival to intervene in the sea dispute will only aggravate the tension. The U.S. has been challenging and provoking China by conducting air and sea patrol in the disputed waters.There could be no sincere mediation from a war-monger,”
“We all know that the U.S. doesn’t actually want to settle the territorial dispute peacefully, rather, they want to exploit the conflict and advance its hegemonic agenda to control the natural reserves in the South China Sea,”
“We urge President Rodrigo Duterte to reject his American counterpart’s offer and pursue a diplomatic and peaceful resolution on the sea row with Beijing,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The fisherfolk group joined the multisectoral protest against the ASEAN and visit of U.S. President Donald Trump in Manila. ###