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Leftists say Miriam’s conspiracy theory on bolder martial law is 80 percent correct

By TC Concepcion and Gerry Albert Corpuz

Manila, Philippines-Leftwing activists belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Saturday said the conspiracy theory invoked by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on an alleged plot to bring about a “bolder Martial Law” beyond the province of Maguindanao is 80 percent correct.

According to Sen. Santiago, the four suspects behind the purported plot for bolder Martial Law were the powerful Ampatuan clan believed to be responsible for the Nov.23 massacre of 57 persons, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a cabal supported by a group of military officials including defense and interior secretaries and a new Reformed the Armed Forces Movement that mounted a series of coup attempts against the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino.

“The missing link is President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who constitutes the other 20 percent of the equation. The four layers of suspects identified by Senator Santiago represent the majority 80 percent of the Martial Law equation. The new RAM however will represent a segment of the reactionary AFP allied with or pampered by the Arroyo government,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

But Hicap lauded Santiago for coming out with a brave statement and courageous analysis despite removing President Arroyo from the Martial Law equation. “We will give Senator Santiago the well deserved credit for rising above the occasion to tell the Filipino people that this Martial Law animal in Maguindanao is not meant to give justice to victims of the Ampatuan massacre but to use the victims’ names to justify the imposition of military dictatorship,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader agreed with Santiago the objective of the alleged conspiracy was to seize power and preempt the holding of national elections next year.

“The installation of a military junta to spoil the 2010 general elections and the across-the-nation declaration of Martial Law is the principal objective of the ruling political syndicate in Malacanang. President Arroyo and her most trusted national security operator—Defense secretary Norberto Gonzalez have been obsessed with this scenario since the discovery of the Hello Garci tapes in 2005,” said Hicap.

Pamalakaya said it was convinced the Ampatuan massacre was the brainchild of top national security officials of the Macapagal-Arroyo government to justify the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province, and that the succeeding events in Maguindanao including the ambush of military convoy and the hostage taking in Basilan and Agusan del Sur were part of the game plan to convince the public that it was time to impose Martial Law not only in Mindanao but in the entire country.

Pamalakaya believed the powerful Ampatuan clan was coaxed and motivated by national security operators of Malacanang to commit the mass murder of people to stop the rival clan from pursuing their bid to wrest the control of political power in the province, justify the imposition of Martial Law and spoil the holding of elections in 2010.

“In committing the carnage to justify the declaration of Proclamation 1959 and the failure of elections in Maguindanao, the biggest winners here are President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Ampatuans who shared the same vision of keeping their posts by all means,” it said.

“This regime led by Ms Arroyo is very much obsessed with the declaration of Martial Law. The current terrorist Manila government has been plotting Martial Law since it assumed the presidency and its rallying call is to do whatever it can do to justify martial rule. The Ampatuan massacre is part of the game plan for Martial Law,” Pamalakaya added.

“Secretary Gonzalez, the silent operator of the terrorist and national security obsessed regime has been pushing for the declaration of Martial Law in the name of President Arroyo’s political survival. Perhaps, by creating intrigues, hatred and war between the rival clans in Maguindanao, the government could achieve its objective, which is the declaration of Martial Law that could be expanded in other provinces and Philippine territories the soonest time possible ahead of the May 2010 elections,” the group explained. #

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Leftists believe Palace pushed Ampatuans to commit mass murder to justify Martial Law

By Bb. Joyce Cabral, Sugar Hicap and Billy Javier Reyes

Manila, Philippines- Leftwing activists belonging to the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Friday said they were convinced the Ampatuan massacre was the brainchild of top national security officials of the Macapagal-Arroyo government to justify the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the powerful Ampatuan clan was coaxed and motivated by national security operators of Malacanang to commit the mass murder of people to stop the rival clan from pursuing their bid to wrest the control of political power in the province, justify the imposition of Martial Law and spoil the holding of elections in 2010.

“In committing the carnage to justify the declaration of Proclamation 1959 and the failure of elections in Maguindanao, the biggest winners here are President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her political allies in Maguindanao—the Ampatuans, who like President Arroyo wants to perpetuate themselves all over Maguindanao by all means,” added Hicap.

“This regime led by Ms Arroyo is very much obsessed with the declaration of Martial Law. The current terrorist Manila government has been plotting Martial Law since it assumed the presidency and its rallying call is to do whatever it can do to justify martial rule. The Ampatuan massacre is part of the game plan for Martial Law,” he added.

The Pamalakaya leader singled out Defense Secretary and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez as the chief operator of Maguindanao massacre, which was processed and approved by top security officials of the Arroyo government, that includes the newly installed defense chief.

“Secretary Gonzalez, the silent operator of the terrorist and national security obsessed regime has been pushing for the declaration of Martial Law in the name of President Arroyo’s political survival. Perhaps, by creating intrigues, hatred and war between the rival clans in Maguindanao, the government could achieve its objective, which is the declaration of Martial Law that could be expanded in other provinces and Philippine territories the soonest time possible ahead of the May 2010 elections,” Hicap explained.

Pamalakaya feared that Malacanang and Secretary Gonzalez could spark wars among political and warlord clans in Mindanao to justify the expansion and extension of Martial Law.

The militant group said Palace national security officials could spark the clan wars between the families of Wahab Akbar and Gerry Salapudin in Basilan, Sakur Tan and Tupay Loong clan in Sulu, the Jaafar clan against its political rivals in Tawi-Tawi, the Dimaporo clan vs. political enemies in Lanao del Norte and many clans in Lanao del Sur to justify the imposition of Martial Law in these areas of political conflicts among politician- warlords.

Pamalakaya said the government might also exploit the activities of criminal groups all over Mindanao like bank robberies and hostage taking to create a climate of terror and lawlessness to justify the imposition of Martial Law.

Meanwhile, the group urged Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile and House Speaker Prospero Nograles to quit from their posts ahead of the scheduled joint session of Congress on whether to affirm or revoke Proclamation 1959 placing the entire Maguindanao province under Martial Law.

Pamalakaya said Enrile and Nograles have already expressed their support to Palace declaration of Martial Law in Maguindanao, and they cannot exact objectivity and fairness as leaders of Congress in determining the legal, political and moral correctness of Proclamation 1959.

“The present Senate President and the Speaker of the House are not the right persons to lead the joint session of Congress as far as Proclamation 1959 is concerned. Mr. Enrile is the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos partner in crime in declaring Martial Law in 1972, while Nograles, a has been politician from Davao City sees the extreme military measure as a way to keep himself to political eternity, the way Mrs. Arroyo wants herself to be,” it said.

“Mr. Enrile and Mr. Nograles are President Arroyo’s rah rah boys in Congress. We cannot entrust the fate of this country to GMA boys and rubber stamp politicians in Congress”, the Pamalakaya added.

Earlier, Pamalakaya urged congressmen allied with President Arroyo to cross party lines and vote against the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao. The militant group also appealed to administration congressmen who shifted party loyalties to Nacionalista Party of Senator Manuel Villar and Liberal Party of Senator Mar Roxas to join the eight militant party list representatives—Satur Ocampo, Teodoro Casino and Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares of Bayan Muna, Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod of Anakpawis, Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela and Rep. Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party in opposing and voting against Proclamation 1959.

Pamalakaya said pro-GMA congressmen should rise above the occasion and quell the grand plan of Malacanang and the National Security Council to slowly but surely place the entire country under Martial Law with the Maguindanao massacre as a laboratory for eventual declaration of martial rule all over the country.

The militant group said the statement of House Speaker Nograles justifying Proclamation 1959 is politically dangerous, and tantamount to endorsing the eventual dissolution of the House of Representatives. Pamalakaya further asserted that Nograles is toeing the Palace line for the across-the-nation imposition of Martial Law.

“Remember the imposition of Martial Law is one of the available legal measures for President Arroyo to perpetuate herself to power beyond 2010. Mrs. Arroyo and her ruling gangland will do everything, anything, whatever the cost maybe to justify martial rule and keep the reigning political syndicate to power. This will lead to the eventual closure of the House,” added Pamalakaya.

Pamalakaya said congressmen allied or oppose to President Arroyo should take cue from the Supreme Court which said that Malacanang has no basis to declare Martial Law in Maguindanao because the court system in Maguindanao is functioning.

“The Supreme Court is clear, the court system is working and in fact that judge in Kidapawan had issued six search warrants that authorized the raids on several Amputuan residences. The cruel intention of Mrs. Arroyo and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez is highly exposed here—they want the Maguindanao to jumpstart the well planned imposition of Martial Law all over the country,” the group said.

“It appears to us that the Maguindanao massacre orchestrated by the powerful Ampatuan clan had the official blessing if not tacit approval of the national security mafia in Malacanang to justify the possible declaration of national state of emergency or even Martial Law across the country. Palace think tanks believe the situation could be exploited to justify the martial rule not only in Maguindanao but also across the country in not so distant future,” Pamalakaya added.

The militant group asserted that aside from President Arroyo, Secretary Gonzalez and ex-defense chief Teodoro, previous defense secretaries and chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be made to explain why they allowed the proliferation of CAFGUs, armed Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and private armies in Maguindanao and have them enlisted and functioned as military and security personnel and private armies of the powerful Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao. #

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Militant solons to challenge “1959” in Congress

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, senior reporter, The Pamalakaya Times and Sugar Hicap

Manila, Philippines- Eight activist party list lawmakers comprising Makabayan coalition bloc in the House of Representatives have vowed to spearhead the fight against Proclamation 1959 in the House and are filing a resolution tomorrow seeking to revoke the President’s imposition of martial law in Maguindanao.

In a press statement sent to The Pamalakaya Times, the Makabayan coalition in the House of Representatives led by representatives Satur Ocampo, Teddy Casiño and Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna; Liza Maza and Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela, Rafael Mariano and Joel Maglunsod of Anakpawis and Raymond Palatino of Kabataan Party will file a resolution urging the Lower Chamber to revoke the controversial proclamation placing Maguindanao under Martial Law.

The Makabayan solons said they would do everything humanly possible to oppose what they called an emerging Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo dictatorship.

They reiterated their stand that Proclamation 1959 was unconstitutional as there is no rebellion or invasion in Maguindanao. They also said it was unnecessary since a state of emergency had already been declared in the area and the AFP, PNP and other government agencies had enough powers to deal with the aftermath of the Maguindanao massacre.

“We believe that Proclamation 1959 is meant to be a precedent. It is an attempt to impose martial law even without the requirements specified in the Constitution. If the GMA gets away with this one in Maguindanao, she can get away with it in any other province or the whole country,” they said.

They said they would make sure Proclamation 1959 would not go unchallenged in Congress or in the Supreme Court.

“We demand that Congress act immediately to revoke Proclamation 1959 and protect our people from similar threats to their democratic rights and freedoms,” they said.

The bloc also said they would join and support all rallies and demonstrations against Proclamation 1959 and for the resignation or ouster of Pres. Arroyo.

Meanwhile, leftwing militants identified with the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Sunday warned congressmen allied with Arroyo that the House of Representatives will face dissolution if congressmen will not reject the imposition of Martial Law in Maguindanao province.

In a a separate statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said pro-GMA congressmen should rise above the occasion and quell the grand plan of Malacanang and the National Security Council to slowly but surely place the entire country under Martial Law with the Maguindanao massacre as a laboratory for eventual declaration of martial rule all over the country.

The Pamalakaya leader said the statement of House Speaker Prospero Nograles justifying Proclamation 1959 is politically dangerous, asserting that the top house leader is toeing the Palace line for the across-the-nation imposition of Martial Law that will soon lead to the dissolution of the House of Representatives and the Philippine Senate.

“Remember the imposition of Martial Law is one of the available legal measures for President Arroyo to perpetuate herself to power beyond 2010. Mrs. Arroyo and her ruling gangland will do everything, anything, whatever the cost is and come what may to justify martial rule and keep the reigning political syndicate to power,” said Hicap.

Pamalakaya said congressmen allied or oppose to President Arroyo should take cue from the Supreme Court which said that Malacanang has no basis to declare Martial Law in Maguindanao because the court system in Maguindanao is functioning.

“The Supreme Court is clear, the court system is working and in fact that judge in Kidapawan had issued six search warrants that authorized the raids on several Amputuan residences. The cruel intention of Mrs. Arroyo and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzalez is highly exposed here—they want the Maguindanao to jumpstart the well planned imposition of Martial Law all over the country,” the group said.

“It appears to us that the Maguindanao massacre orchestrated by the powerful Ampatuan clan had the official blessing if not tacit approval of the national security mafia in Malacanang to justify the possible declaration of national state of emergency or even Martial Law across the country. Palace think tanks believe the situation could be exploited to justify the martial rule not only in Maguindanao but also across the country in not so distant future,” Pamalakaya added.

The militant group asserted that aside from President Arroyo, Secretary Gonzalez and ex-defense chief Teodoro, previous defense secretaries and chiefs of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should be made to explain why they allowed the proliferation of CAFGUs, armed Civilian Volunteer Organizations (CVOs) and private armies in Maguindanao and have them enlisted and functioned as military and security personnel and private armies of the powerful Ampatuan warlord clan in Maguindanao.

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Militants feel de facto Martial Law

Militants feel de facto Martial Law

Despite the assurance of Malacanang that Martial Law will not be imposed and the next democratic elections will take place in 2010 as scheduled, critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo asserted a creeping de facto Martial Law is happening all over the country.

“Malacanang does not need to declare Martial Law. It is happening in its de facto form with the rapid militarization not only of rural areas, but also of the National Capital Region and other key cities and centers all over the country,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader also said the policy of extrajudicial killing, enforced disappearance and all-out legal offensive against known leaders of underground and aboveground organizations are also proof of an onogoing de facto Martial Law in the country.

“In fact, the grounds for full-blown Martial Law are being laid down by the national security regime to stop the 2010 elections in favor of a military-civilian junta that will still be led by Arroyo and her political gangmates in Malacanang and in the military, particularly her loyal generals inside the PMA Class of 1978,” Hicap added.

The Pamalakaya agreed with observations raised by other political quarters that the Arroyo government is presenting scenarios that will frustrate the bid of the Filipino people to replace Mrs. Arroyo in 2010 through the 2010 electoral exercise, and one of them is to declare failure of elections, instead of declaring Martial Law.

Another option he said is for the government to instigate a friendly coup where the PMA class of 1978 will lead the dramatic pro-Arroyo military movement, with Mrs. Arroyo graphically sharing powers with the generals of the PMA batch.

Pamalakaya said another proof showing the existence of de facto Martial Law is the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) aggressive campaign involving covert and overt operations that aim to sabotage the electoral bid of militant party list groups in the 2010 elections.

The group was referring to an AFP report that Pamalakaya 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. It is meant to justify the continuing brutal operations and campaign of terror against militants and progressives,” said Pamalakaya.

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 Pamalakaya.

“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 group 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 group 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,” Pamalakaya added.

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.

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GMA will ask US nod on term extension during meet with Obama, critics predict

GMA will ask US nod on term extension during meet with Obama, critics predict

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will ask the blessings of the United States government to extend her term either through Charter Change or the imposition of Martial Law all over the country in exchange for more Washington’s aggressive and unrestricted economic, political and military intervention in the country.

“This will be GMA’s rallying point when she comes face-to-face with US President Barack Obama on their scheduled July 30 meeting in Washington D.C,” the rabid anti-Arroyo group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said in a press statement.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said “an undesirable political animal like President Arroyo fighting for survival and immunity will do practically anything, everything to the extent of selling her soul to the devil to keep her way from any kind of political harm in the near future.”

The Pamalakaya leader said President Arroyo will offer the approval of Charter Change that will allow US transnational corporations to acquire lands through 100 percent foreign ownership and control other vital sections of the economy like education, health, public utilities, mass media, social services and advertising in exchange for Arroyo’s term extension.

Hicap said aside from the economic provisions, the Arroyo Chacha project will also allow the US reconstruct and rebuild American military bases and permit the entry of US nuclear weapons and toxic materials in Philippine territory.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde on Sunday confirmed the schedule between the two leaders, adding that the official invitation came from White House and was relayed to Malacañang by the US Embassy in Manila.

The press secretary said US President Obama initiated the meeting, as top officials of the Arroyo administration revealed that Ms Arroyo will discuss with Obama her administration efforts to alleviate poverty, ensure good governance, as well as the Arroyo administration campaign on counter terrorism and its contributions to peace and security in Southeast Asian region.

Pamalakaya also hinted that the Arroyo meeting with Obama might also deal with the long overdue RP-US Free Trade Agreement, which the White House wants the Philippine Senate to ratify on or before the May 2010 elections.

According to Pamalakaya, the RP-US Free Trade Agreement that will allow American corporations to buy lands and control other profitable sections of the domestic economy should have been approved this July.

However, because of the derail in the passage of Chacha, the agreement has been temporarily sidelined, because it needs first the revision of nationalist economic provisions of the 1987 Charter before the Senate—the ratifying authority approves the bilateral pact. #

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“Hello Garci” whistle blower asked: “Who order the bombings before?”

“Hello Garci” whistle blower asked: “Who order the bombings before?”

The leftwing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday urged controversial Hello Garci whistle blower Vidal Doble to identify government and military officials who ordered them to stage previous bombing incidents in the country.

“In the name of national interest, Mr. Vidal Doble is hereby asked by the 90 million Filipinos to identify the government and military officials who ordered them to perform the previous bombings at the time he was still in the military service,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

The Pamalakaya leader said Doble should go all-out in his expose and ready himself once the Senate or the House of Representatives decides to conduct an inquiry on the past bombings where he and his colleagues were involved. “The truth will set him free and he is obliged to tell the truth and nothing but the truth. We hope the lawmakers in both chambers of Congress will put premium to Doble’s bombshell and cross party lines in the name of public interest,” said Hicap.

The Hello Garci whistleblower on Wednesday theorized the recent bombings including the incident in the Office of the Ombudsman this week were the handiwork of state security forces, recalling his ordeal while working with the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (Isafp), where he and other military intelligence officers did the bombings themselves to create a political scenario that will justify the moves of Malacañang and the AFP.

“Who ordered Mr. Doble to perform the bombing incidents in the previous years of the Arroyo administration? Is it President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself? Is it the National Security Adviser in the person of Secretary Norberto Gonzalez? Is it the Defense Secretary or is it the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Mr. Doble has to identify or name names and go all-out,” added Hicap.

Doble said he was incline to believe that “Oplan August Moon”, an alleged administration backed coup plot that sees the installation of administration friendly military and police officials to sensitive government posts to allow Charter Change and extension of President Arroyo’s stay in power.

The Hello Garci whistle blower in 2005 said the Arroyo administration wants to control the entire AFP in case the Constituent Assembly pushes ahead. Pamalakaya said “Oplan August Moon” cannot be discounted as a political fiction, saying Arroyo’s last option to remain in power is declare Martial Law and justify its imposition by creating all out trouble and by terrorizing the Filipino public. #

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