Militant fishers ready to surge for Duterte’s final SONA

“Militant fishers are ready to brave not only the heavy rain but also the 15,000 police forces to be deployed against the anti-Duterte protesters on Monday. Why would we be even afraid of the Philippine cops when it’s already Chinese forces we have been facing in our fishing grounds on a regular fishing basis?” Bobby Roldan, a fisherman in Zambales and PAMALAKAYA’s vice chairperson for Luzon said in a statement issued ahead of the SONA.

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Duterte’s puppetry weakens efforts of Ph coast guard vs China – PAMALAKAYA

“Enforcing the basic rules of engagement against any foreign vessels entering our exclusive economic zone is actually the mandate of our maritime law enforcers which they should’ve done from the very beginning to prevent Chinese forces from occupying our territorial waters. Still, it’s credit where credit is due for driving away the Chinese naval ship,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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“why is our government coming to China’s defense?” fishers ask

“Why is Secretary Roque coming to China’s defense? Just because he provided legal assistance to Filipino fishers affected by China before doesn’t mean he has a lasting knowledge about our worsening situation on the ground. Now that Mr. Roque has completely turned his back on Filipino fishers by seemingly lawyering for China, he loses any ethos to speak on behalf of the aggrieved fisherfolks. Our situation in the West Philippine Sea has ever worsened especially now that our own government is an enabler of Chinese aggression, simply put,” Bobby Roldan, PAMALAKAYA Vice Chair for Luzon said in a statement.

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Fishers stormed Chinese consulate to mark 5th year of PCA ruling on South China Sea

“This is neither a publicity stunt nor a bluff. These are Filipino fishers standing up against China and upholding our rights in the West Philippine Sea. Likewise, this is a defiance against President Duterte who has completely turned his back on our national sovereignty and the Filipino people. Our own government’s cowardice and submission to China will not stop us from asserting what is rightfully ours. Wala na kaming aasahan sa pala-sukong administrasyon ni Duterte, kaming mga mangingisda na ang kikilos para sa aming karapatang mangisda sa inaagaw na teritoryo ng China,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson said in a statement.

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