Leftwing group urges Filipinos to phone and tell GMA to scrap VFA
The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday issued a patriotic advisory urging all Filipinos to phone or email the Office of the President and tell President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to scrap the controversial Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
At the sideline of the re-launching of broad Junk VFA Movement this morning held at the Celebrity Sports Plaza in Quezon City, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap asked decent thinking, nationalist and patriotic Filipinos to barrage President Arroyo with phone calls and emails urging her government to terminate the defense pact.
“Let us barrage the Office of the President with phone calls and emails asking the no.1 US puppet in Asia to stop her puppetry and perform in accordance with the patriotic and collective interest of the people. This is one way of teaching Mrs. Arroyo that national sovereignty, truth and justice are non-negotiable even if she received 1 million calls from US President Barack Obama, the Pamalakaya leader said.
In their patriotic advisory, Pamalakaya urged all decent and patriotic Filipinos to rise above the occasion and demand from President the scrapping of the VFA, the junking of RP-US joint military exercises and the Mutual Defense Treaty of 1951.
The advisory also contained information where the people could contact President Arroyo like the Palace hotlines—-+63 (2) 564-1451 to 80; +63 (2) 735-8005, the Office of the President’s fax number— +63(2) 736-1010 and the president’s public email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Mrs. Arroyo should listen to the voice of the Filipino people against VFA and must entertain and listen to the demand of the Filipino people struggling and asserting their sovereign rights, instead of chasing Obama who is following the terrorist and global police dog regime of US President George W. Bush,” the anti-VFA advisory said.
Pamalakaya, its regional affiliate Lakas ng Mangingisda ng Bicol and other anti-VFA groups in Albay yesterday staged a 50-boat fluvial protest against the defense treaty and the upcoming Balikatan exercises.
The Lambat-Bicol and Pamalakaya said 50 fishing boats assembled in San Roque, Albay at around 8:00 a.m and sailed towards Legaspi City pier by 9:00 a.m. The protesters aboard 50 boats reached the city’s main port by 10:00 a.m where they held a one-hour protest against VFA and Balikatan.
Pamalakaya asserted the RP-US Balikatan exercises were not only meant to gain future access to guerilla fronts maintained by the CPP and the NPA. The joint military training exercises will also cover intelligence and military operations against militant groups in the region, which the AFP and the US State Department labeled as front organizations of the CPP in the Bicol region.
The group said the sinister agenda of Balikatan exercises include intelligence work on various people’s organizations, their leaders and mass members highly critical of US military and economic interests in the Philippines, and who are very vocal against state militarization and foreign intervention. #