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Gov’t officials “used and abused” SC ruling on Manila Bay to effect baywide demolition, fishers told Senate hearing

Gov’t officials “used and abused” SC ruling on Manila Bay to effect baywide demolition, fishers told Senate hearing

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday said Cavite Governor Ayong Maliksi, along with environment and natural resources secretary Joselito Atienza, former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr., chair of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and public works and highway secretary Hermogenes Ebdane used and abused the Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay to effect widespread demolition along the bay.

At the Senate consultative hearing called by Senator Jamby Madrigal, chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment held in Barangay Sineguelasan, Bacoor, Cavite, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap asserted that the controversial R-1 Expressway Extension Project being pushed by the national government in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the PRA and the Cavite provincial government is contrary to high court ruling thrust to bring the bay back to its pristine state and historical glory.

“The 11-kilometer expressway project is a road to perdition and a highway to destruction. But for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her officials, the R-1 undertaking is a multi-billion peso finance campaign worthy of millions of pesos of huge kickbacks in return. And to effectively carry out this P 4.3-billion road project, they are exploiting and prostituting the SC ruling on Manila Bay,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said the SC decision mandates the national government and concerned government officials and agencies to restore Manila Bay to its clean and productive state. Hicap said the ruling does not mention anything about the right of the state to evict poor fisherfolk and urban poor families from their main source of livelihood and communities.

“We have read and studied the SC decision on Manila Bay. The high tribunal is mandating the government to clean up the bay of wastes, not to clean this fishing ground of fisher people. The fisherfolk are part of the Manila Bay’s ecological life and survival and they are not wastes, nothing more, nothing less,” Hicap added.

Pamalakaya’s legal counsel Atty. Jobert Pahilga, executive trustee of Sentra Para Sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra) and campaign advocacy officer of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) last Feb.23 assisted the group and the affected fishermen belonging to Samahang Magdaragat ng Bacoor, Cavite (SMBC) in filing a motion to intervene before the Supreme Court in the Manila Bay clean up case.

The motion also asked the high tribunal to effectively rule a status quo while the issues raised against the R-1 Expressway Extension Project and the massive demolitions in Manila Bay have still be addressed and resolved by the high court.

Pamalakaya accused President Arroyo, Gov. Maliksi, Atienza, Ebdane and Revilla Sr. of destroying the remaining corals and mangroves of Manila Bay by pushing the R-1 Expressway Extension Project by allowing the reclamation of 7,500 hectares of the submerged public properties along the bay to give way to road construction.

“Reclamation will hasten the death of Manila Bay which is currently under the Intensive Care Unit and in full environmental comatose. That undertaking by design and by orientation, and by law is against the SC decision on Manila Bay,” the militant group said.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 expressway extension project will displace 26,000 fisherfolk families and urban poor residents in the coastal towns of Bacoor, Kawit, Binakayan, Noveleta and Cavite City. Last year, around 1,000 fishing and urban poor families were demolished and relocated to Tanza. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) promised to give P 15,000 to each family whose houses were demolished.

The militant group recalled that on June 21, 2007, President Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 629 directing the PRA to develop Sangley Point in Cavite City into a logistical hub with modern seaport and an airport, citing the R-1 expressway extension project as enabling component. The Pamalakaya leader said the Sangley Point project was Mrs. Arroyo’s birthday gift to Revilla.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 extension project resulted to diminished fish catch and destruction of remaining corals and mangroves in Bacoor Bay. The same Cavite road project is also being blamed for the flooding in Bacoor and nearby coastal towns in the province.

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Bong Revilla told: “Stop telling Cavite folk of Kaps Amazing stories”

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Thursday urged Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to stop telling the people of Cavite of Kaps’ Amazing stories adding that the people affected by his father’s pet project—the P 4.3 billion 7-km road R-1 Expressway Extension Project should not be designated as subjects and objects of tall tale story telling.

Members of the Pamalakaya affiliated Samahang Magdaragat ng Bacoor, Cavite (SMBC) informed the group’s national headquarters in Quezon City that Senator Revilla went to Barangay Sineguelasan last week and promised to provide fisherfolk and urban poor residents with modest houses if the government proceeds with the demolition of their homes along the coastal shores of Bacoor to pave way for the national road project.

According to SMBC’s report to Pamalakaya, Senator Revilla told residents of Barangay Sineguelasan that his office will coordinate with the non-government organization group Gawad Kalinga in constructing a tenement type townhouse for the soon-to-be displaced fisherfolk and urban poor residents in Bacoor, Cavite.

“Senator Revilla is not responding to the main issues raised by the affected sectors. He is reducing the issue to mere charity concern with the touch of feel-good and tweetum acting. But this is real life, and really life-threatening compared to episodes of Kaps Amazing stories,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap, referring to Revilla’s weekly show in GMA-7.

“If Senator Revilla will not address this issue in accordance with the public interest, an electoral defeat in 2010 is highly predictable. The people will not give him another chance at the electoral box-office,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

Yesterday, 16 fisherfolk braved the murky waters of Manila Bay and staged a daring 10-kilometer swim protest from Bacoor, Cavite to the Philippine Senate to protest the construction of 7-kilometer R-1 Expressway Extension Project.

The 16 swimming fisherfolk activists started their swim protest in Barangay Maliksi 3, in Bacoor, one of the affected coastal villages by the ongoing reclamation and construction of the controversial road project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through the Philippine Reclamation Authority chaired by former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr.

Pamalakaya said the 10-kilometer swim protest across the Manila Bay Channel is a tune up for more daring and highly agitating “class action” in the near future. “This is just the beginning of more aggressive actions against another road to perdition project of President Arroyo and her partners in crime in and out of Malacañang,” the group said.

Pamalakaya said the Senate committee on environment, chaired by Senator Jamby Madrigal should look into the alleged involvement of PRA chair Revilla Sr., his sons– Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Works and Highways and Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla in controversial P 4.3 billion R-1 Expressway Extension Project.

“The old Revilla is the current chair of PRA, the main player in the phase 2 of the Cavite Coastal Road project, his son Strike is the mayor of Cavite, the starting point of the 7-kilometer expressway project and Bong Revilla is the current chair of the Senate Committee on public works and highways. Is this a coincidence? We don’t think so,” the group said.

Aside from Revillas, Hicap said Sen. Madrigal should also subpoena Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita to represent the Office of the President, DENR Secretary Joselito Atienza, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Reforms (BFAR) Director Malcolm Sarmiento, MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando, health secretary Francisco Duque III, Cavite Gov. Ayong Maliksi, the mayors of Kawit, Binakayan, Noveleta, Rosario and Cavite City and officials of the construction firm UEM-Mara Philippine Corporation.

“If Mrs. Arroyo holds the key on the controversial and extremely detestable R-1 Expressway Extension Projects, her officials from the national levels down to the local levels of governance hold duplicate keys, and therefore partners in crimes of the ruling gangland in Malacañang,” said Pamalakaya.

The Pamalakaya leader recalled that on June 21, 2007, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 629 directing the PRA to develop Sangley Point in Cavite City into a logistical hub with modern seaport and an airport, citing the R-1 expressway extension project as enabling component. Hicap said the Sangley Point project was Mrs. Arroyo’s birthday gift to the old Revilla.

Pamalakaya said national and local government officials are using, abusing and misinterpreting the December 18 2008 Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay clean up to effectively eliminate the livelihood of small fisherfolk and uproot the villagers from their coastal communities to pave way for reclamation and other government projects.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 extension project resulted to diminished fish catch and destruction of remaining corals and mangroves in Bacoor Bay. The same Cavite road project is also being blamed for the flooding in Bacoor and nearby coastal towns in the province. #

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Militant solon sought probe on R-1 Expressway Extension Project

Militant solon sought probe on R-1 Expressway Extension Project

Militant lawmaker Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis party list last week filed House Resolution 1004 urging Negros Rep. Ignacio “Iggy” Arroyo, chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Ecology, to investigate a joint congressional inquiry on the harsh impacts of the 11-kilomter road R-1 Expressway Extension Project in Cavite province.

In his resolution filed last February 12, the activist lawmaker noted that aside from grave environmental destruction, the ambitious project that intends to connect the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road to other towns of the province up to Cavite City, will displace 26,000 fisherfolk and urban poor families from their main source of livelihood and abode.

“The project will further destroy the remaining coral and mangrove areas in Cavite province. The project is also being blamed for diminishing catch and for the flooding in Bacoor and nearby towns in the province,” the Anakpawis party list representative said.

Mariano agreed with the observations raised by the Samahang Magdaragat ng Bacoor, Cavite and the militant fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) that reclamation activities conducted by the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and the UEM-Mara Philippine Corporation violated the recent Supreme Court decision
(GR Nos. 17:947-48, MMDA vs. Concerned Residents of Manila Bay, December 18, 2008) on the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, adding that the reclamation is destructive to marine environment.

The militant party list solon agreed with Pamalakaya that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other government officials from the top to the local government levels are using the recent high tribunal ruling on Manila Bay to effectively carry out the demolition of fish traps and other mussel growing structures in the bay to pave way for the fast-tracking of big ticket projects like R-1 and the Sangley Point international sea and airports.

Meanwhile, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap announced that his group will sponsor a legal forum on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay on Feb. 16 at the Ibon Center in Quezon City. The activity titled “Manila Bay by Day, Manila bay by Night” will have Atty. Jobert Pahilga, executive trustee of Sentro Para sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra), and campaign advocacy officer of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) as a resource person.

“We will explore what legal actions we will take against the government and the concerned government agencies regarding this across-the-bay onslaught of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her officials,” he said.

“If there are legal basis to file class suit, and other criminal and civil cases against the government, the government top and local officials and their private clients, then by all means, we will pursue these charges,” Hicap added.

The Pamalakaya leader said his group was also urging Senator Ma. Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment to conduct a Senate inquiry on R-1 Expressway Extension Project.

Hicap said the office of Sen. Madrigal told them that the senator is inclined to investigate the harsh impacts of the Cavite Coastal road extension project on small fisherfolk and urban poor residents along the coastal villages of the province. #

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Cavite gov, 3 government execs violate SC ruling on Manila Bay, fishers group assert

Cavite gov, 3 government execs violate SC ruling on Manila Bay, fishers group assert

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday said Cavite Governor Ayong Maliksi, along with environment and natural resources secretary Joselito Atienza, former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr., chair of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) and public works and highway secretary Hermogenes Ebdane violated the Supreme Court ruling on Manila Bay.

Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the controversial R-1 Expressway Extension Project being pushed by the national government in cooperation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the PRA and the Cavite provincial government is contrary to high court ruling thrust to bring the bay back to its pristine state and historical glory.

“The 11-kilometer expressway project is a road to perdition and a highway to destruction. But for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and these officials, the R-1 undertaking is a multi-billion peso finance campaign. And to effectively carry out this P 8-billion fund sourcing, they are exploiting and prostituting the SC ruling on Manila Bay against the opposition,” added Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said the SC decision mandates the national government and concerned government officials and agencies to restore Manila Bay to its clean and productive state. Hicap said the ruling does not mention anything about the right of the state to evict poor fisherfolk and urban poor families from their main source of livelihood and communities.

“We have read and studied the SC decision on Manila Bay. The high tribunal is mandating the government to clean up the bay of wastes, not to clean this fishing ground of fisher people. The fisherfolk are part of the Manila Bay’s ecological life and survival,” Hicap added.

The Pamalakaya leader said a fisherfolk legal forum billed “Manila Bay By Day, Manila Bay By Night” will be staged on February 16 at the Ibon Center in Quezon City to fully understand the legal implications and relations of the December 2008 Supreme Court ruling on issues confronting Manila Bay fishermen, and how fisherfolk and the bay residents could effectively use the high tribunal decision as a legal remedy against the all-out destruction of their small-livelihood and demolition of fishing villagers along Manila Bay.

Hicap said Atty. Jobert Pahilga, executive trustee of Sentra Para Sa Tunay na Repormang Agraryo (Sentra) and campaign advocacy officer of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) will lead the legal education among members of Pamalakaya in Manila Bay.

Hicap added in that forum, his group hopes that they identify the legal actions to be taken against Gov. Maliksi, secretaries Atienza and Ebdane and Revilla Sr. of PRA.

Pamalakaya accused President Arroyo, Gov. Maliksi, Atienza, Ebdane and Revilla Sr. of destroying the remaining corals and mangroves of Manila Bay by pushing the R-1 Expressway Extension Project by allowing the reclamation of 7,500 hectares of the submerged public properties along the bay to give way to road construction.

“Reclamation will hasten the death of Manila Bay which is currently under the Intensive Care Unit and in full environmental comatose. That undertaking by design and by orientation, and by law is against the SC decision on Manila Bay,” the militant group said.

Yesterday, some 50 protesters who staged a camp-out inside the R-1 reclamation were dispersed by a composite team of 300 police and security marshals deployed by the Bacoor PNP, Cavite City PNP and Tagaytay PNP. Though no one was arrested, scores of fisherfolk and residents belonging to Samahang Magdaragat ng Bacoor, Cavite, an affiliate of Pamalakaya were hurt during the dispersal.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 expressway extension project will displace 26,000 fisherfolk families and urban poor residents in the coastal towns of Bacoor, Kawit, Binakayan, Noveleta and Cavite City. Last year, around 1,000 fishing and urban poor families were demolished and relocated to Tanza. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) promised to give P 15,000 to each family whose houses were demolished.

The militant group recalled that on June 21, 2007, President Arroyo signed Executive Order No. 629 directing the PRA to develop Sangley Point in Cavite City into a logistical hub with modern seaport and an airport, citing the R-1 expressway extension project as enabling component. The Pamalakaya leader said the Sangley Point project was Mrs. Arroyo’s birthday gift to Revilla.

Pamalakaya said the R-1 extension project resulted to diminished fish catch and destruction of remaining corals and mangroves in Bacoor Bay. The same Cavite road project is also being blamed for the flooding in Bacoor and nearby coastal towns in the province. #

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