Detention of 7 NCR activists shows kind of President VP Noli would be, says Pamalakaya

Detention of 7 NCR activists shows kind of President VP Noli would be, says Pamalakaya

The dispersal of 60 urban poor protesters and arrest and detention of seven activists who held a demonstration and interrupted a visit by Vice-President Noli de Castro regarding a railroad project in Muntinlupa showed what kind of presidency the country will have if de Castro is elected as president in 2010 elections.

“This is very, very alarming. VP de Castro, who is being groomed by the administration to replace the current detestable occupant in Malacañang— President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, is showing his true colors as Mrs. Arroyo’s male political version,” said Fernando Hicap, chair of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in a press statement.

“VP de Castro, the standard bearer of Lakas-Kampi merger party, which is the reincarnation of Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL) is showing to the Filipino electorate what kind of a President he would be—anti-poor and anti-people,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

“We have the Lakas-Kampi merger as KBL and de Castro as new Ferdinand Marcos of the 21st century in the offing. The question where Lakas-Kampi and VP de Castro will lead us to in 2010 is very, very predictable,” added Hicap.

The Muntinlupa police have been holding since Thursday night 7 activists identified with the NCR chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Anakpawis party list and Anakbayan. They were arrested for conducting a protest rally against VP de Castro.

Senior Police Officer 1 Rodel Torres said charges of illegal assembly and alarm and scandal were to be filed yesterday against Iggy Rodriguez, Andrew Zarate, Gibe Santos, Ricky and Mark Rebosto, Aldrin Silanga, and Lucrecio Baril at the Muntinlupa City Prosecutor’s Office.

VP De Castro was a guest Thursday afternoon at the turnover ceremony of the Northrail and Southrail Linkage Project of the Philippine National Railways in Sucat when protesters suddenly appeared and chanted their grievances, said PO1 Oliver Mejia of the Southern Police District.

Roy Velez, chairman of militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-NCR), said the detained activists belong to urban poor groups in Muntinlupa City and they were protesting the demolition of homes along the railroad tracks in Muntinlupa since March.

Around 60 protesters staged a rally near the PNR event to air their sentiments on the lack of relocation sites for the displaced urban poor. The protesters were violently dispersed by police after De Castro left the event, Velez said.

Meanwhile, Pamalakaya urged anti-electoral fraud groups to watch closely the conduct of next year’s national elections, adding that the announcement of interior and local government secretary Ronaldo Puno of Lakas-Kampi merger party’s clean sweep of the 2010 national elections is a sneak preview of what the Macapagal-Arroyo administration will do next year.

Puno said he was confident that Lakas-Kampi merger party will dominate the elections in 2010 and the party is going to win the electoral contest and lead the country in the next decade.

“An electoral sweep for Lakas-Kampi is only possible if the Arroyo administration engages into another massive crime or election cheating next in 2010 which is the tall of order for the day for the ruling political party come election time,” the group said. #


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