Pamalakaya 100-day challenge to Duterte: Hold Aquino and his ilk accountable for their crimes
Manila, Philippines – As Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is set to be proclaimed as the new President of the Republic of the Philippines, the fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) challenged him to prosecute outgoing President Noynoy Aquino and his unscrupulous officials for the various crimes they have committed against the Filipino people.
Salvador France, Pamalakaya Vice Chairperson said: “We believe in Mayor Duterte’s call for a healing process in the name of unity, but such unity will remain futile and hollow if social justice will not be served.”
The prosecution and eventual imprisonment of Aquino and his ilk should be done not within 6 months but right after Duterte’s first 100 days in the office.
#Kalbaryo2016 | Fisherfolk agonize in extreme poverty
Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk on a daily basis are crucified and crowned with thorns. This is the sentiment of the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) on the occasion of the Lenten season.
By government account, two out of five fisherfolk are gravely suffering from unconscionable poverty and hunger where eating three times a day is a luxury. This is amidst the archipelago’s abundant marine resources.
Pamalakaya swipes at the Aquino government for the fishers’ misfortunes and miseries. The Aquino administration is the perfect paragon of the cross weighing upon the small fisherfolk and the crown of thorns are the laws and programs imposed that negatively affect the fishers and poor people.
Fisherfolk hit Mar Roxas on No Build Zone policy
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) chided Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer Mar Roxas for espousing the ‘no build zone’ policy during the 2nd Presidential debate yesterday.
Roxas made a pitch on this policy in the context of a question on the status of the rehabilitation of the devastation caused by super typhoon Yolanda, claiming the ‘no build zone’ policy, have secured victim-families out of danger zone areas.
But Pamalakaya said the real intent of this policy is to take over and replace the fishing villages and communities with commercial and eco-tourism projects. The No Build Zone policy prohibits the fisherfolk and other residents to build houses and settle 40-meters away from the shoreline.
BFAR denied boats to Yolanda victims – fisherfolk group
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya-Pilipinas) slammed the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for failing to distribute fishing boats to the fisherfolk whose livelihoods were devastated by the super typhoon Yolanda on November 2013.
Pamalakaya criticized BFAR’s rehabilitation project called AHON (rise), an initiative to distribute at least 10,000 fishing boats to 20,000 municipal fisherfolk in the Visayas and Bicol regions.
The fisherfolk group cited that in Bicol region, P996, 731.65 out of P3.9 million or 25.5% of the total Yolanda rehabilitation fund for the region have not used for rehabilitation. The unused fund is supposed to be for the municipalities of Balaud, Cawayan, Espenza, Pio V. Corpuz and Placer in the province of Masbate. The BFAR-V has even blamed its Central Office for failing to distribute the necessary fishing gears to the Yolanda-affected fisherfolk in the region.