PAMALAKAYA rejects Duterte 2022 VP bid

Manila, Philippines — “Tinanggap nga niya ang nominasyon, ang tanong, tanggap pa ba siya ng mga mangingisda? Nakatitiyak kaming hindi na dahil para sa amin, si Pangulong Duterte ay taksil na pinunong ipinagkanulo ang ating teritoryo sa kanyang mga dayuhang amo. The fisherfolks strongly reject another term of Duterte in 2022, simply put,” according to the militant fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Wednesday, rejecting any re-election of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte in next year’s presidential elections.

The fishers’ group statement was aired to media outfits after President Duterte has accepted the endorsement of the ruling PDP-Laban to run for vice president in the 2022 polls.

“Duterte is super obsessed to cling to power beyond his constitutional term. His formal declaration to run for vice president is a detestable political circus, a bastardization of the constitution, and deceitful of the voting public rolled into one. We seek for an immediate end of Duterte’s tyranny that kills and starves the people, not prolonged anti-people policies and state terrorism,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

PAMALAKAYA is one of the many progressive organizations calling for the ouster of President Duterte “the moment he demonstrated subservience to China that costs us our exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea”. It is under Duterte’s term, the activist group added, that China has “heightened its military presence in the West Philippine Sea and escalated its hostile and aggressive behavior towards Filipino fishers”.

Furthermore, the fishers’ group said that Duterte’s vice presidential bid is a “vile attempt to remain a de facto President amid his indictment in the International Criminal Court (ICC) over crimes against humanity”.

“This sinister plot to perpetuate from power is Duterte’s devious stratagem to evade accountability in an international criminal court for his high crimes against humanity that stemmed from the brutal war on drugs and policies of state terrorism. We vow to campaign against any candidate who would carry the same brand of puppetry and tyranny of Duterte. Only progressive candidates who renounce Duterte’s fascist and puppet regime deserve the support of the electorate in next year’s electoral derby,” ended Hicap. ###

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