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AFP’s campaign to sabotage Left’s 2010 bid is on, says Pamalakaya

AFP’s campaign to sabotage Left electoral bid is on, says Pamalakaya

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines has just started its campaign to sabotage the electoral bid of militant party list groups in the 2010 elections.

According to Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap one proof that the military is spreading malicious disinformation to deceive the Filipino public is the AFP report that his group will join the party list election next year, and that its campaign will be funded from the $ 210 million raised by the New People’ss Army from collected revolutionary taxes from big business operating in guerilla zones controlled or influenced by the communist guerillas.

“The report is a product of sloppy intellgence work and not so intelligent escapades of the military. But just the same they did it on purpose, which is to sabotage the participation of progressive personalities and party lists in tne 2010 elections,” said Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader denied the previous report of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that is running in the party list election in 2010 with the financial backing of the New People’s Army, the political armed of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

According to document seized by the military from communist rebels during an encounter, the CPP and its front organizations will be active in the 2010 elections and they have raised $ 210 million from revolutionary taxes the communist guerillas imposed on big businesses to support its party lists and the senatorial candidates under the newly formed group Makabayan.

The same document said Pamalakaya, a party list of farmers and fishermen will participate in the 2010 elections under the party list system and will have Rafael Mariano as its no.1 nominee.

“First, please allow us to correct this misinformation being peddled by the AFP. Pamalakaya is not a party list group and definitely will not run in the 2010 elections under the party list system. To set the record straight, Pamalakaya will suppport the party list bid of Anakpawis and the three senatorial candidates of Makabayan – Satur Ocampo and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna and Liza Maza of Gabriela in the 2010 elections,” said Hicap.

“Actually we are not shocked nor surprised by this intelligence report, since the military is used to feed the public with tall tales, false reports and false alarms to justify their evil plans and at the same time enjoy the unbridled corruption of public funds,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

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,” Pamalakaya’s Hicap said.

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

Pamalakaya said the military are again into 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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Rural groups urged Satur, Maza to run for Senate in 2010

Rural groups urged Satur, Maza to run for Senate in 2010

Despite of the much-talked about no-election scenario, five of the biggest rural-based groups in the country— the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya), the agricultural workers group Unyon ng Mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) ,the Katipunan ng Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (Kasama-TK) and the Amihan national federation of peasant women on Sunday urged Bayan Muna party list Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela party list Rep. Liza Maza to run for senator in the 2010 elections.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said although during public launching of the coalition group Makabayan last month were it announced Ocampo and Maza as two of the probable senatorial candidates of the new-Left led political alliance, the two militant lawmakers have yet to issue formal statements certifying their intention to run for Senate seats next year.

“The rural people are urging Reps. Ocampo and Maza to lead the senatorial ticket of Makabayan in the 2010 elections. The grassroots demand for politics of change and good governance will be carried effectively in the Senate with patriotic people like Ocampo and Maza elected as senators to pursue our collective interest as farmers, fisherfolk and rural people in aid of legislation,” said Hicap.

“The track records of Ocampo and Maza in serving the people in and out of the House of Representatives are politically exemplary. The two militant lawmakers are veterans of the parliament of the streets and they are our people’s servants in the House of Representatives championing the rights and welfare of marginalized people over the last 8 years in Congress,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

Hicap noted that aside from Ocampo and Maza, who are third termers as party list representatives, Anakpawis party list Rep. Rafael Mariano and Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño are also being eyed to run for senate in 2010 under the Makabayan coalition and they will support the two other militant lawmakers in case they join the senatorial race in 2010.

“Definitely we will go all-out campaigning for Ocampo and Maza in the 2010 senatorial elections in case they decide to pursue a seat in the Senate. There’s widespread clamor among our leaders and members across the country for them to run for senator and win seats for the cause of our people for genuine land reform, patriotic government and good governance,” Hicap said.

In the event Reps. Ocampo and Maza officially decide to run for Senate in 2010, Pamalakaya said its 43 provincial chapters across the country will be part of the national machinery to campaign for Ocampo, Maza and other candidates of Makabayan coalition party.

KMP vice chairperson and Kasama-TK spokesperson Imelda Lacandazo said her group’s has 55 provincial chapters and 17 sub-regional chapters nationwide together with Amihan peasant women federation and UMA has 20 provincial chapters each will actively campaign for Ocampo, Maza and other senatorial candidates of the coalition.

According to Lacandazo, once elected as senators, Reps. Ocampo and Maza are expected to bring the fight for the enactment of the senate version of House Bill No. 3059 or the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB) which they co-authored with the late Anakpawis party list Rep. Crispin Beltran in the House of Representatives, along with Anakpawis party list Rep. Rafael Mariano, Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño and Gabriela party list Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan.

“As advocates of genuine land reform, we are 100 percent sure Reps. Ocampo and Maza will carry the farmers desire for social justice and agrarian justice by pursuing the senate version of HB No. 3059 or GARB and other pro-people legislative agenda,” said Lacandazo added.

Certify GARB

Meanwhile, Lacandazo, one of the organizers of the 54-day Rural Camp Out for Genuine Land Reform and Against Chacha challenged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Senate and the House of Representatives to certify HB 3059 or GARB as an urgent bill if the administration is really sincere in implementing a thoroughgoing land reform in the country.

Declaring the 20-year old CARP as dead, KMP, Pamalakaya and Kasama-TK together with peasant groups from BTL (Buffalo-Tamarraw-Limus) in Bukidnon province cremated CARP to signify that the present land reform program is dead and the country needs a new legislated agrarian reform program through GARB.

While the first committee hearing of GARB is set on May 20, it is about time for the Philippine Congress to give full consideration on the proposed law without the resurrection of a dead law. There is no more room for debate if CARP is extended or not, instead the government should pass a new land reform law which is genuine and pro-farmer and GARB is providing every assurance that is indeed an agrarian reform that arises from the legitimate demands of the landless peasants all over the country,” Kasama-TK said. #

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