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Militant solon sought probe on R-1 Expressway Extension Project

Militant solon sought probe on R-1 Expressway Extension Project

Militant lawmaker Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis party list last week filed House Resolution 1004 urging Negros Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Ecology, to investigate a joint congressional inquiry on the harsh impacts of the 11-kilomter road R-1 Expressway Extension Project in Cavite province.

In his resolution filed last February 12, the activist lawmaker noted that aside from grave environmental destruction, the ambitious project that intends to connect the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road to other towns of the province up to Cavite City, will displace 26,000 fisherfolk and urban poor families from their main source of livelihood and abode.

“The project will further destroy the remaining coral and mangrove areas in Cavite province. The project is also being blamed for diminishing catch and for the flooding in Bacoor and nearby towns in the province,” the Anakpawis party list representative said.

Mariano agreed with the observations raised by the Samahang Magdaragat ng Bacoor, Cavite and the militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) that reclamation activities conducted by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the UEM-Mara Philippine Corporation violated the recent Supreme Court decision
(GR Nos. 17:947-48, MMDA vs. Concerned Residents of Manila Bay, December 18, 2008) on the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, adding that the reclamation is destructive to marine environment.

The militant party list solon agreed with Pamalakaya that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other government officials from the top to the local government levels are using the recent high tribunal ruling on Manila Bay to effectively carry out the demolition of fish traps and other mussel growing structures in the bay to pave way for the fast-tracking of big ticket projects like R-1 and the Sangley Point international sea and airports.

Meanwhile, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap announced that his group will sponsor a legal forum on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay on Feb. 16 at the Ibon Center in Quezon City. The activity titled “Manila Bay by Day, Manila bay by Night” will have Atty. Jobert Pahilga, executive trustee of Sentro Para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra), and campaign advocacy officer of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) as a resource person.

“We will explore what legal actions we will take against the government and the concerned government agencies regarding this across-the-bay onslaught of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her officials,” he said.

“If there are legal basis to file class suit, and other criminal and civil cases against the government, the government top and local officials and their private clients, then by all means, we will pursue these charges,” Hicap added.

The Pamalakaya leader said his group was also urging Senator Ma. Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment to conduct a Senate inquiry on R-1 Expressway Extension Project.

Hicap said the office of Sen. Madrigal told them that the senator is inclined to investigate the harsh impacts of the Cavite Coastal road extension project on small fisherfolk and urban poor residents along the coastal villages of the province. #

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Leftists advised FG: “Enough of masquerade, face Senate probe”

Leftists advised FG: “Enough of masquerade, face Senate probe”

Ardent critics of the Macapagal-Arroyo administration on Wednesday gave an unsolicited advice to First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo to testify at the Senate on his alleged involvement on the rigged bidding of World Bank funded-projects in the country.

“Enough of masquerade and face the Senate probe. The First Gentleman is legally, constitutionally, politically and morally obliged to face the investigation because the issue involves the presidency, the Filipino national interest and the people’s standing in the international community,” said the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in a statement.

“The issue is here is not the First Gentleman as a private person. The issue here is the World Bank allegations of first-rate crime of corruption against the Manila government which linked the presidential husband to corruption-checkered projects. The issue is of national importance to the 90 million Filipino public,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said.

The Pamalakaya leader warned Mr. Arroyo’s team of doctors at St. Luke’s Medical Center will be condemned by public opinion if they refuse to cooperate with the Senate investigating body and instead play their roles to the hilt as supporting actors to this national escapade of Atty. Arroyo.

Hicap said the statement of Mr. Arroyo’s spokesperson Atty. Ruy Rondain —-that the First Gentleman is well enough to play golf because it is not stressful compared to attending the hearing on the Senate investigation on World Bank rigged projects in the country, is grossly insulting to the collective intelligence of the Filipino people.

“What kind of mindset and thinking is this? This is not only mind-boggling; it is also very, very insulting to the 90 million thinking people of this country. They are moving heaven and earth to prevent the First Gentleman from testifying at the Senate,” he added.

Pamalakaya also dared the Senate Committee on economic affairs chaired by administration senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to forcibly compel Atty. Arroyo and his co-accuse former congressmen Prospero Pichay and Jacinto Paras, past and present officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways, including the owners of E.C de Luna Construction and other firms named in the World Bank report, to attend the hearing.

The group’s challenge was contrary to Sen. Santiago’s proposal to excuse the First Gentleman from attending the Senate hearing and just be asked to submit a deposition. #

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Militants asked GMA to foot the bill on latest trip

Latest trip cost taxpayers P 123 million
Militants asked GMA to foot the bill on latest trip

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to
shoulder the expenses of her latest trip to Switzerland,Italy, Saudia Arabia, Bahrain and the United States.

“We strongly suggest President Arroyo to shoulder the expenses of her latest trip to Europe, Middle East and the United States. Her trip last week is not in the interest of the Filipino people, therefore she should
foot the bill and source the money from her own hidden wealth,” Pamalakaya information officer Gerry Albert Corpuz said in a press statement.

Corpuz said: ” President Arroyo spent P 123 million for her five-day travel escapade crossing the continents of Europe, the Middle East and North
America in a record-breaking run. She should pay for her own trip, the Filipino taxpayers should be
liberated from paying Arroyo’s around the world in 80-day drama.”

Pamalakaya said the P 123 million is enough to build 2,640 modest homes for urban poor, or 2,640 new
classroons at a modest price of P 50,000 per unit, or could provide immediate relief of P 50,000 per
overseas Filipino worker for 2,640 returning OFWs in the country who are displaced by the current economic and financial crisis.

The militant group said the P 123 million could be used to put up 1,320 water pumps all over the country
at the price of P 100,000 per water pump, or 2,640 new jobs at a rate of P 50,000 per job.

Pamalakaya said the P 123 million spent by Mrs. Arroyo could have been used to production subsidies of rural
producers like farmers and fisherfolk, and could buy 8,200,000 kilos of locally produced palay from
Filipino farmers at the rate of P 15 per kilo.

“Mrs. Arroyo is wasting the people’s money for her global moonlighting. This is very unfair to me, to you
and to all of us,” the Pamalakaya information chief added.

But Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita defended the President asserting that the bill was “worth it” since the President secured “pledges” for multi-million dollar investments, including $200 million for agriculture from Saudi Arabia, $300 million for
agriculture and between $350-$400 million for a Makati City hotel from Bahrain, and $1.2 billion for textile
exports to the US.

President Arroyo was criticized for making a side-trip to Washington to attend the National Prayer Breakfast,
in what her critics called was an attempt to secure a meeting with US President Barack Obama.

Arroyo failed to meet Obama, but she was able to meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and a group of
Senators to press for the passage of a bill that will increase the benefits of Filipino World War II veterans.

Ermita said 61 people were on the President’s official party, excluding security personnel, of which, only 20
went with her to Washington from Manama, Bahrain. #

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Palparan has 70 hectares inside Fort Magsaysay, says fact finding report

Palparan has 70 hectares inside Fort Magsaysay, says fact finding report

An initial report of the 66-men fact-finding mission conducted inside the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation last year revealed that retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan was given a 70-hectare agricultural land property inside the military reservation in Laur, Nueva Ecija.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), Amihan-National Federation of Peasant Women, Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura and Anakpawis party list which spearheaded the investigation last October 5-6, 2008 said Palparan’s acquisition of the 70-hectare property inside the Fort Magsaysay Military Reservation (FMMR) shows the bankruptcy of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

“The 70-hectare property inside FMMR was awarded to Palparan for his exemplary performance in terrorizing the people and for leading state security forces in killing over 900 political activists since 2001,” KMP secretary general Danilo Ramos said in a press statement.

“CARP is like Palparan, the butcher of peasant land rights. Extending this bogus and pro-landlord program is a national crime to the interest of landless farmers and land-lacking tillers all over the country,” added Ramos.

The KMP leader also the fact-finding mission who interviewed 100 farmers inside FMMR revealed that top military officials have been acting like landlords inside the military reservation and had contested the collective claims of the farmers to have the agricultural lands distributed to land tillers inside Fort Magsaysay.

According to the six-page report prepared by the mission, farmers inside the 73,000 hectare military reservation said aside from Palparan, retired military officials– Ret. Gen. Eduardo Martillano, Ret. Col. Feliciano Sabite and other retired military officials only known by their surnames as Bueno and Odollio were also claiming land properties inside Fort Magsaysay.

The mission’s report also showed that from 1978 to 1983, farmers paid 2 to 3 cavans of palay for every hectare per harvest season. They said the military officials acted like landlords and warlords during the period.

“Absentee landlordism is not an issue in FMMR The military officials are the self-proclaimed landlords demanding cavans of palay from farmers,” the mission said.

The mission also found out that on June 24, 2008, Maj. Gen. Ralph Villanueva wrote the Provincial Agrarian Reform Office (PARO) of Nueva Ecija demanding the cancellation of certificate of land ownership awards (CLOAs) to farmers, asserting that all agricultural lands inside the military reservation are not owned by the farmers, and these belong to the military under the Department of National Defense.

Around 5, 000 farmers and their families in Laur, Nueva Ecija are claiming 3,100 hectares of rice lands inside FMMR In 1991, the Department of National Defense and the Department of Agrarian Reform through secretary Renato de Villa and Sec. Benjamin Leong, respectively signed the Deed of Transfer based on Executive Order 407 and 448 of former President Corazon Aquino, allowing the agrarian department to cover the area for the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

The 3,100 hectares were covered by CARP under the voluntary offer to sell (VOS) scheme of the expired agrarian reform program. The farmers said, the VOS scheme failed, because many landlords were claiming hectares of agricultural lands and they connived with the military inside the military reservation in harassing the farmers so they would quit from insisting their rights to land.

The PARO also failed in determining the farmer beneficiaries to the disadvantage of Fort Magsaysay farmers. The KMP and other rural based groups said the decision of the government to place the 3,100 hectares of agricultural lands under CARP’s VOS further complicated the situation.

“That’s why the 5,000 farming families Laur is now collectively known as CARP victims because the agrarian reform program was used to further deny their rightful claim to land instead of legitimizing the claim of the farmers to the 3,100 hectares of prime agricultural lands,” the mission added.

Instead of CARP, the 66-fact finding team which was also composed of church people, members of the academe, professionals and health personnel endorsed the passage of House Bill No. 3059 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) authored by the late Anakpawis party list Rep. Crispin Beltran and co-authored by Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano, Bayan Muna reps. Satur Ocampo and Teodoro Casiño and Gabriela party list lawmakers Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan.

GARB’s heart and soul is the free distribution of all agricultural lands to qualified farmer beneficiaries, and it would cover all lands including military reservations like Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija. #

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Cavite gov, 3 government execs violate SC ruling on Manila Bay, fishers group assert

Cavite gov, 3 government execs violate SC ruling on Manila Bay, fishers group assert

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday said Cavite Governor Ayong Maliksi, along with environment and natural resources secretary Joselito Atienza, former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr., chair of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and public works and highway secretary Hermogenes Ebdane violated the Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the controversial R-1 Expressway Extension Project being pushed by the national government in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the PRA and the Cavite provincial government is contrary to high court ruling thrust to bring the bay back to its pristine state and historical glory.

“The 11-kilometer expressway project is a road to perdition and a highway to destruction. But for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and these officials, the R-1 undertaking is a multi-billion peso finance campaign. And to effectively carry out this P 8-billion fund sourcing, they are exploiting and prostituting the SC ruling on Manila Bay against the opposition,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said the SC decision mandates the national government and concerned government officials and agencies to restore Manila Bay to its clean and productive state. Hicap said the ruling does not mention anything about the right of the state to evict poor fisherfolk and urban poor families from their main source of livelihood and communities.

“We have read and studied the SC decision on Manila Bay. The high tribunal is mandating the government to clean up the bay of wastes, not to clean this fishing ground of fisher people. The fisherfolk are part of the Manila Bay’s ecological life and survival,” Hicap added.

The Pamalakaya leader said a fisherfolk legal forum billed “Manila Bay By Day, Manila Bay By Night” will be staged on February 16 at the Ibon Center in Quezon City to fully understand the legal implications and relations of the December 2008 Supreme Court ruling on issues confronting Manila Bay fishermen, and how fisherfolk and the bay residents could effectively use the high tribunal decision as a legal remedy against the all-out destruction of their small-livelihood and demolition of fishing villagers along Manila Bay.

Hicap said Atty. Jobert Pahilga, executive trustee of Sentra Para Sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra) and campaign advocacy officer of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) will lead the legal education among members of Pamalakaya in Manila Bay.

Hicap added in that forum, his group hopes that they identify the legal actions to be taken against Gov. Maliksi, secretaries Atienza and Ebdane and Revilla Sr. of PRA.

Pamalakaya accused President Arroyo, Gov. Maliksi, Atienza, Ebdane and Revilla Sr. of destroying the remaining corals and mangroves of Manila Bay by pushing the R-1 Expressway Extension Project by allowing the reclamation of 7,500 hectares of the submerged public properties along the bay to give way to road construction.

“Reclamation will hasten the death of Manila Bay which is currently under the Intensive Care Unit and in full environmental comatose. That undertaking by design and by orientation, and by law is against the SC decision on Manila Bay,” the militant group said.

Yesterday, some 50 protesters who staged a camp-out inside the R-1 reclamation were dispersed by a composite team of 300 police and security marshals deployed by the Bacoor PNP, Cavite City PNP and Tagaytay PNP. Though no one was arrested, scores of fisherfolk and residents belonging to Samahang Magdaragat ng Bacoor, Cavite, an affiliate of Pamalakaya were hurt during the dispersal.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 expressway extension project will displace 26,000 fisherfolk families and urban poor residents in the coastal towns of Bacoor, Kawit, Binakayan, Noveleta and Cavite City. Last year, around 1,000 fishing and urban poor families were demolished and relocated to Tanza. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) promised to give P 15,000 to each family whose houses were demolished.

The militant group recalled that on June 21, 2007, President Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 629 directing the PRA to develop Sangley Point in Cavite City into a logistical hub with modern seaport and an airport, citing the R-1 expressway extension project as enabling component. The Pamalakaya leader said the Sangley Point project was Mrs. Arroyo’s birthday gift to Revilla.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 extension project resulted to diminished fish catch and destruction of remaining corals and mangroves in Bacoor Bay. The same Cavite road project is also being blamed for the flooding in Bacoor and nearby coastal towns in the province. #

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Atienza cannibalizing SC ruling on Manila Bay, says fishers group

DENR Chief is Butcher of Manila Bay, says Pamalakaya
Atienza cannibalizing SC ruling on Manila Bay, says fishers group

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday said environment and natural resources secretary Joselito Atienza is cannibalizing the Supreme Court ruling putting to task concerned government agencies to bring the historic bay back to its old glory and pristine state.

“Secretary Atienza is distorting the real intent of the Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay. He is using the decision not to rehabilitate the bay, but to terrorize and destroy the livelihood and homes of small fisherfolk and poor people,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap charged in a press statement.

Hicap said the high tribunal ruling ordered the national government through the DENR and other concerned agencies to bring Manila Bay back to its pristine state and glorious past as productive fishing ground.

“But Secretary Atienza is performing his role to the hilt as the Butcher of Manila Bay. He is destroying the livelihood of small fish pen operators and mussel growers not because he cares for the environment, but because that’s the only way to force people let go their fishing activities and leave the villages,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

Hicap said the areas occupied by fish traps and mussel growing structures in Cavite are targeted for reclamation. He said the national government intends to reclaim 7,500 hectares of foreshore land and shallow waters of Manila Bay for the 7-kilometer R-1 Expressway Extension Project.

The project which is the current object of protest by Cavite fishermen and urban poor will displace 26,000 fishing families in the coastal villages of Bacoor, Kawit, Binakayan, Noveleta, Rosario and Cavite City. “The R-1 Expressway Extension Project is extremely anti-environment and anti-people. It will kill the Cavite and National Capital Region portions of Manila Bay, but DENR is very silent on this,” said Pamalakaya.

Last week, Secretary Atienza proceeded with the demolition of 10 fishpens in Bacoor, Cavite. Pamalakaya said the DENR spent P 814,000 for rental of back hoe and tug boat which were used to wreck “alleged illegal fishpen structures”.

Pamalakaya also said it will ask its network of lawyers regarding the proposal of the River Basin Control Office to impose fish ban in Manila Bay in lieu of the high court ruling last year.

The proposed fish ban in Manila Bay came from the River Basin Control Office (RBCO), the agency coordinating water-related initiatives nationwide. RCBO executive director Dr. Vicente Tuddao Jr. brought the idea in last week’s meeting of the Manila Bay Coordinating Committee (MBCC) with Secretary Atienza.

“Not only the extreme force of nature will confront Secretary Atienza if he will approve this crazy proposal, he will meet the extreme anger and slam bang protest of the Manila Bay fishermen who will be affected by this incorrigible act,” the group said.

According to Hicap, the proposed fish ban off Manila Bay will massacre the livelihood of not less than 500,000 fishermen and their dependents. The Pamalakaya leader said the ban on all fishing activities will severely affect the livelihood of small fishermen and fish workers in all coastal towns of Cavite, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Navotas, Malabon, the coastal towns of Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan provinces.

“The fish ban is not the solution to Manila Bay’s degradation. The government and its environmental planners are conspiring to eliminate small fishermen so they could sell Manila Bay to the transnational clients of the ruling Mafia in Malacañang,” said Hicap.

“The Supreme Court ruling sent marching orders to the government to conduct a comprehensive rehabilitation program. It did not say it should impose fish ban, pursue all-out reclamation and sell Manila Bay to the highest bidders,” the group added.

Manila Bay, once the country’s no.2 most productive fishing area has a surface area of about 1,800 square kilometers and a coastline of 190 kilometers connecting parts of National Capital Region to Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga and Bataan. The bay has 4,600 hectares of wetlands that provide food and habitat for various species, act as reservoir for watersheds, help maintain and improve water quality in rivers and other water bodies.

Pamalakaya blamed the present and the previous governments for the destruction of mangrove areas in Manila Bay. The group said because of rampant reclamation projects in Manila Bay, its mangrove areas shrank from 54,000 hectares several decades ago, to 2,000 hectares in 1990 and further 794 hectares in 1995.

“The fisherfolk and all the Manila Bay dwellers are being blamed by the government for the sorry state of Manila Bay, where in fact, it is the national government since time immemorial should be castigated and punished for privatizing and converting Manila Bay to accommodate super-profiteer clients of Malacañang from the very, very beginning,” the group added. #

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Int’l group to Arroyo: Probe killing of Pamalakaya activist in Batangas

Int’l group to Arroyo: Probe killing of Pamalakaya activist in Batangas

An international assembly of various fisherfolk organizations in 26 countries today appealed to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to call a full-blown investigation on the twin murder of an activist and his companion last Saturday in Calatagan, Batangas.

According to Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP) urged President Arroyo, defense chief Gilbert Teodoro, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Alexander Yano and the Senate and the House Committees on Human Rights to investigate the political liquidation of Wilfredo Gonzalez, 52 years old, who is a member of the local chapter of the group, and his companion Noli de Castro by alleged assassins identified with the Philippine Air Force (PAF).

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the WFFP is a global assembly of various fisherfolk organizations from the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Canada, Guadalupe, Honduras, Senegal, France, Bangladesh, Republic Du Mali, Benin, Madagascar, Guinea, Uganda, Kenya, New Zealand, Martinique and Mauritania.

In the statement, WFFP Secretary General Herman Kumara (Sri Lanka) the forum condemns the assassination, asserting further that President Arroyo should lead in bringing the perpetrators of extrajudicial killing before the law and take legal actions to punish the culprits.

“The Arroyo government should provide compensation to the families of Gonzalez and de Castro and must ensure such incidents would not happen in the future,” the WFFP official added.

The WFFP statement said these brutal actions will not stop the Filipino fisherfolk from pursuing their rights, including their land rights referring to the 2,000 hectares of foreshore areas allegedly landgrabbed by the Ayala landlords in Calatagan town in Batangas.

Earlier, Pamalakaya leaders accused Air Force soldiers behind the killing of Gonzalez and de Castro on Saturday morning in Barangay Bukal in Calatagan, Batangas. Two to three days before the killing, PAF soldiers were looking for Gonzalez in his house in Barangay Bukal.

Gonzalez was driving his Isuzu Elf truck to Barangay Hukay when armed men shot him and his companion at about 6:30 am on Saturday. Chief Inspector Elpidio Ramirez, Calatagan police chief said Gonzalez and de Castro suffered multiple wounds in different parts of the body and died on the spot.

The assailants, who were wearing bonnets, escaped on a motorcycle. Police recovered spent shells from an M-16 rifle and .45 caliber pistol in the area. The police chief said Gonzalez left his home at about 5:45 am to fetch a num in Barangay Hukay. The Pamalakaya member was a former town councilor and had actively joined protests over a 2,000 land dispute in Calatagan.

Maj. Gerry Zamudio, PAF Public information officer based in Villamor Airbase denied the allegations, while another PAF official said the PAF and the AFP did not resort to murderous acts. The official said linking PAF to the incident was an attempt to discredit its name as it quite successful in promoting peace, order and development in the area.

“As expected the military is always in the state of denial. The will move heaven and earth for their political cover up,” Pamalakaya’s Hicap said. The fisherfolk leader said days before the assassination happen, the PAF were looking for Gonzalez and were asking for his whereabouts.

“Why they were looking for Gonzalez? What’s the PAF purpose? Are they inviting Gonzalez for a birthday party inside Camp Villamor? That incident two to three days before the killing is a strong indication that they were really planning to liquidate Gonzalez, and their presence in the community is a sign that something bad is going to happen to the victim,” said Pamalakaya.

The militant group said they will ask the Senate Committee on Human Rights and its counterpart in the House of Representatives chaired by Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada to investigate the Gonzalez-de Castro double political murder case in Calatagan, Batangas. #

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