Pamalakaya denies AFP claim it’s running for party list in 2010 elections

Pamalakaya denies AFP claim it’s running for party list in 2010 elections

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday denied a report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that is running in the party list election in 2010.

Dismissing the AFP claim as product of sloppy intelligence work and wild imagination, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap accused the military of fabricating malicious stories and psy war tales to implicate his group in the Jurassic red baiting campaign of the military.

“We are not shocked or irritated by this intelligence report, since the military is used to feed the public with tall tales and politically morivated anti-Left fictions. We are just amused and at the same time puzzled why the pro-Arroyo generals and the AFP intelligence network continue to make a big issue against our group,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

According to the military intelligence report based on documents seized by the military from the NPA guerillas during an encounter, the fisherfolk group Pamalakaya will run in the 2010 elections and that Anakpawis party list Rep. Rafael Mariano would be its no.1 nominee.

“Pamalakaya’s existence and advocacy are an open book to the Filipino public and even to the military establishment since it is a legal organization. The information fed by the military informer to the AFP about our plans in the 2010 elections is wrong. The AFP paid for the wrong information and that’s their problem,” added Hicap.

“For the information of the AFP and their not-so-intelligent persons, Pamalakaya is not running in the 2010 elections. Like in 2004 and 2007 elections, Pamalakaya will continue to actively support the electoral bid of Anakpawis, which Rep. Mariano serves as president,” Hicap said.

Pamalakaya said the military are again in mass production of grand stories against the left-leaning groups and party lists and their personalities to justify present and future moves that could imperil if not derail the active participation of legal organizations like Bayan Muna, Anakpawis and Gabriela party lists in the 2010 elections.

AFP intelligence personnel also said the Commnunist Party of the Philippines (CPP), its armed wing the New People’s Army and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)have raised the equivalent of
$ 200 million as campaign funds for the candidates who will be supported by the communists in the 2010 elections.

The sources said the $200 million raised so far allegedly came from “revolutionary taxes” imposed by the CPP-NPA on politicians, businessmen as well as transportation and telecommunication firms operating throughout the country.

The captured documents also indicated that the CPP-NPA is optimistic that more funds would be raised with the 2010 elections less than a year away, the sources said.

In particular, a large chunk of such funds would come from “fees” to be collected from the politicians who want to campaign in the “rebel-held or controlled areas” in the country’s far-flung areas, the military sources said.

“It is common knowledge, and this is not denied by the CPP-NPA, that the rebels succeed in collecting fees from national and local politicians to enable them to enter and campaign in areas where the rebels are most active,” one of the AFP sources pointed out.

About 45 million qualified voters are expected to troop to the polling precincts in the country’s first-ever fully automated polls in May 2010 to elect the successors of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Vice President Noli de Castro.

Also at stake in the coming polls are 12 senators who are to be elected nationally as well as provincial and local positions like congressmen, governors, town and city mayors and councilors.#

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