Fisherfolk slams upcoming Balikatan drill
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Monday expressed opposition on the upcoming Philippines-United States Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) exercise which will be held on May this year.
Balikatan is an annual military exercise in the country involving Filipino and American troops as agreed on PH-U.S. military deals like the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA said they are dismayed by President Rodrigo Duterte for letting the military drill to proceed even if he expressed strong criticisms and statements before against U.S. military presence and intervention in our country.
“President Duterte lacks sincerity on his earlier pronouncements to stop all U.S.-Ph military exercise in the country and that he will make all American troops kicked out from our land,”
“We have been opposing these military drills ever since because this is undeniable state intervention and aggression by U.S. military troops under the guise of “combating terrorism’ and ‘humanitarian and civil assistance’. Today’s Balikatan is a plain and simple case of same wine in a different bottle. This Trump-directed military intervention is no different from previous military drills; one-sided and anti-Filipino defense pact between the Philippines in the United States,” 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.
‘Don’t let Trump sweep you off your feet’ – PAMALAKAYA to President Duterte
Manila, Philippines – The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Thursday said President Rodrigo Duterte should maintain its stance against the United States (U.S.) intervention in the country despite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s victory on the U.S. Presidential Elections against his rival Hillary Clinton yesterday.
Even as the names and faces change, the worsening chronic crisis of the rotten U.S. capitalist system that also aggravates domestic crisis will still prevail. The U.S. will still impose its unequal economic and military agreements over its colonies to maintain its global dominance and superpower.
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. ###
Fisherfolk to US: Hands off Scarborough issue!
Manila, Philippines – The fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) lashes out at the United States (U.S.) for interfering on the Scarborough Shoal issue even as the Philippines and China has initially resolved the dispute.
The U.S. yesterday said it will verify the report of the Philippine Coast Guard that Chinese fleets have not been sighted at Scarborough Shoal since Wednesday.
“Why would the U.S. even bother to verify if this is true? They have nothing to do anymore in the issue of the dispute much more now that we have partially settled it without their help. We urge the United States to take its warmongering-hands off the Scarborough Shoal issue. Their continuous meddling might pose flaws on our peaceful and diplomatic talks with Beijing,” Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson said in a statement.
Fishers rejoice as they return to Scarborough Shoal
Manila, Philippines – The patriotic fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) rejoices as the Filipino fishers are now able to return and fish in the Scarborough Shoal.
Since Tuesday, Filipino fishers from Zambales and Pangasinan have been fishing in Scarborough Shoal without them being harassed and chased by the Chinese Coast Guards unlike before. This was after President Duterte’s state visit to China last October 18-21 where he had an informal talk with an unnamed Chinese leader regarding the territorial dispute.
“We welcome President Duterte’s concrete deeds to make our fishermen return to their traditional fishing grounds in Scarborough Shoal. Moreover, it is an initial victory for the Filipino fishermen who consistently aired their collective voices to assert their rights to the West Philippine Sea. Without the unity of the fisherfolk and other patriotic sectors and alliance who took up to the streets and engaged with government officials, we may not be able to take our territory back,” Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya Chairperson said in a statement.