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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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Termination of VFA pressed after Jolo incident

Termination of VFA pressed after Jolo incident

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) today urged President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to immediately terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) a day after an explosion incident occurred in Jolo on Tuesday morning, killing 2 US soldiers and a Filipino Marine.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya vice-chairperson Salvador France said President Arroyo should order the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to prepare the termination paper, sign it right away and just fax it to the US Embassy and the Office of US President Barack Obama.

“The termination of VFA by the Philippine government can be done in less than 24 hours. What is decisive here is political will and the readiness of President Arroyo to face her American military master and tell him it is the end of the road for military pact,” France explained.

The Pamalakaya leader agreed with the observations raised by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago that the US troops in Jolo were actually engaged in combat operations because of their presence in combat zones, and supported her call for the abrogation of the VFA.

France said the Jolo incident should lead senators to update their previous resolution—Senate Resolution No. 1356 entitled “Resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the DFA should seek to renegotiate the VFA with the US, in a case of denial, should give notice of termination of the VFA.

Pamalakaya proposed to update Senate Resolution No. 1356 that should be read: “ Resolution expressing the sense of the Senate strongly urging President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to terminate the VFA in the name of national sovereignty.”

“We hope the senators, as well as the congressmen in the House of Representatives will rise above the occasion, express the patriotic will of the people through legislative action. No more debates please, just send the Yankees home,” the group said.

Pamalakaya said the Jolo incident would also remind the Supreme Court of their past mistakes in upholding the constitutionality of the VFA, the last of which is the 2009 case Nicolas vs. Romulo, where the high tribunal, through a 9-4 vote, declared the military agreement as constitutional,

Quoting Senate Resolution No.1356 sponsored by Sen. Santiago, chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Pamalakaya said US troops in the country are engaged in combat operations. It said, the first commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines (JSOTF-Philippines) Col. David Maxwell, clearly implied that combat operations are part of the US military business.

According to Maxwell ,the Philippine constitution only prohibits stationing of foreign forces but it does not ban US troops from engaging in combat operations. The US military official said the Task Force that he had led once as conducting operations under the guise of an exercise.

From April 2001 to October 2007, more than 50 US war ships entered in the Philippine territory and docked in various parts of the Philippine archipelago. #

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