By Gerry Albert Corpuz, Sugar Hicap and Bb. Joyce Cabral
MANILA, Philippines-The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Sunday said there would be no honeymoon period with apparent Philippine president elect Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, saying the first day of the Aquino administration will be met with challenges, demands and protests.
“There’s no honeymoon. The total political exposition of and opposition to Aquino and the newly installed ruling Mafia in Malacanang is the top order of the day,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap in a press statement.
Hicap said militant groups are now planning coordinated and separate protest actions on the first day of Aquino administration. “It is a declaration of round-the-clock vigilance and just war against Mr.Aquino, who is no different to Mrs. Arroyo,” he said.
The statement of the Pamalakaya official was contrary to the call of senatorial topnotchers Senators Ramon Revillar Jr. and Jinggoy EstradaJinggoy Estrada for the filipino people to unite and support the incoming Aquino presidency.
Hicap said Aquino is facing an early political turbulence if his administration will not push for the prosecution of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and his men implicated in high crimes of corruption, extra judicial killings, enforced disappearances and the still unclosed case of Hello Garci election fraud in 2004.
Hicap pressed Aquino to push the Office of the Ombudsman to decide on plunder cases filed by various groups against Arroyo and his men before the ombudsman’s office. He said his group had a pending plunder case against Arroyo and former agriculture officials in connection with
P 728-million fertilizer fund scam and the P 130-billion coconut levy fund.
The Pamalakaya leader also filed another plunder case against President Arroyo and agriculture secretary Arthur Yap in connection with the
P 455-million ice making machine scam. Hicap said Arroyo and former environment secretary Michael Defensor were also facing administrative and criminal charges before the Ombudsman’s office for allowing offshore mining companies to destroy Tanon Strait separating the island provinces of Cebu and Negros and Cebu-Bohol Strait separating Cebu and Bohol island provinces.
No to Hyatt 10
The Pamalakaya leader also warned Aquino of accommodating members of the Hyatt 10, all former members of the economic team of President Arroyo, whom Hicap said were responsible for the economic disaster the people experienced during the first five years of the Arroyo administration.
“This so-called team of economic managers connived with Arroyo in executing ill-advised economic policies that further impoverished millions of Filipinos. These charlatans and puppets of neo-liberal globalization should not be allowed to prescribe poisonous economic prescriptions to the more than 90 million populace,” added Hicap.
Pamalakaya also challenged Aquino to compel his family who controls 66 percent of Hacienda Luisita to yield their unlawful and immoral claim on the 6,453- hectare sugar estate and ask the court to lift the temporary restraining order (TRO) and allow the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) to proceed with urgent, unconditional and free distribution of lands to sugar workers.
A week before the May 10 elections, Pamalakaya issued a national political memorandum to all its 43 chapters nationwide to reject the presidential bid of Aquino, dismissing the 50-year old Liberal Party standard bearer as Arroyo trapped in a man’s body. #