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Obama told to stop Exxon oil hunt in Manila

By Sarsi Pimentel, Pepsi Laloma and Gerry Albert Corpuz

MANILA, Philippines-The activist fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday asked US President Barack Obama to extend his order to suspend all offshore mining activities in American territorial waters to foreign waters like Sulu where ExxonMobil is currently undertaking a $ 110-million oil and gas exploration.

Obama recently suspended all offshore mining activities following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill where 20 million gallons are now estimated to have leaked since the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and sank, killing 11 workers. Since the spill started, an estimated 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of crude have leaked into the Gulf each day, which environmentalists described as worst environmental disaster in US history.

The massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico prompted US lawmakers to file a bill demanding a permanent ban on all offshore drilling across the United States. At least 6 Democrat senators — Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California, Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington sponsored the controversial measure.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap advised Obama to also issue an executive order calling ExxonMobil and other US-owned offshore mining companies doing oil and gas explorations abroad to call off explorations following the BP oil spill.

“Mr. Obama can issue an order calling ExxonMobil to back out from its oil and gas expedition off Sulu Sea. The White House current occupant can issue black and white order commanding ExxonMobil to back off from its oil deal with the Philippine government,” the Pamalakaya leader said.

Hicap said his group was apprehensive of the project’s impact on the livelihoods of fishing communities in Palawan, Western Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula and Sulu archipelago.

Pamalakaya said the Sulu Sea, in the southwest Philippines, connects the South China Sea and the Celebes Sea and is considered to be on the route of tuna and other schools of fish leaving or going to the Pacific Ocean.

The militant group claimed that the approval of the ExxonMobil exploration deal was “just a preview of the forthcoming RP-US Free Trade Agreement, which the incoming presidency of leading presidential candidate Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy”Aquino III is expected to yield to the Obama administration in recognition of the US top officials support to Aquino before , during and after the May 10 presidential elections.

Pamalakaya theorized ExxonMobil, a major world player, would not go to a country where the potential is not great. The militant group recalled that ExxonMobil officials US oil firm officials led by Stephen Greenlee said the plan to explore for oil and gas in Sulu was a big deal for the company, and that ExxonMobil was encouraged by preliminary seismic data on the potential of oil and gas reserves in the Sulu Sea.

Aside from ExxonMobil, Pamalakaya said Australian mining firm NorAsia was also reportedly set to conduct oil explorations in the Cebu-Bohol Strait, while Dutch-owned Premium Oil will also launch offshore explorations in the Ragay Gulf of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Quezon . #

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RP militants: Take back Nobel Peace Prize award from Obama

By Gerry Albert Corpuz, senior reporter, The Pamalakaya Times

Manila, Philippines-Fisherfolk activists belonging to Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Monday urged organizers of the yearly Nobel Peace Prize to take back the award from US President Barack Obama, after the American president decided to continue its war of aggression in Afghanistan by sending more 30,000 US troops to the war ravaged nation.

“The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize given to Obama is diametrically opposed to the global people’s demand for just and lasting peace. The Norwegian committee in charge of the award should admit their mistake and one way of correcting its mistake is to recall the award given to the war-mongering and war-freak US President,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

October 9, 2009, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to President Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

According to the Oslo-based Norwegian Nobel Committee, President Obama created a new climate in international politics. It cited Obama’s role in pursuing multilateral diplomacy with emphasis on the role that the United Nations and other international institutions can play. Dialogue and negotiations are preferred as instruments for resolving even the most difficult international conflicts.

“The vision of a world free from nuclear arms has powerfully stimulated disarmament and arms control negotiations. Thanks to Obama’s initiative, the USA is now playing a more constructive role in meeting the great climatic challenges the world is confronting. Democracy and human rights are to be strengthened,” the committee said.

The Nobel Peace Prize committee further added: “Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future. His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population”.

But Hicap said the decision of Obama sending 30,000 US troops more to Afghanistan is tantamount to war of aggression and political-military colonialization and invasion that violates the principles of sovereignty and independence.

“Obama is carbon copy of former US President George W. Bush. Like Bush, this bogus anti-war US President will soon face deluge of protests from anti-US war activists for following the Bush terrorist policies and projects all over the world,” the Pamalakaya leader added. @

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Arrival of more US troops from Okinawa seen

By Sugar Hicap

Manila, Philippines-The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said the arrival of more US troops from Okinawa, Japan to the country is not a remote possibility after the new installed Japanese government rejected the presence of American military and the proposed new basing deal by 2014.

“Of course we are proud of the patriotic tradition and struggle of the Japanese people against US military aggression and intervention forces in Okinawa and entire Japan. In the name of global people’s solidarity and resistance to US imperialism and militarism, we in the Philippines should reject the Okinawa-based US military forces’ possible re-deployment in the country under the Visiting Forces of Agreement,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

The Pamalakaya leader noted hundreds of US troops from Okinawa where here in the country over the last three weeks and joined rescue and relief missions to calamity stricken areas in Southern Tagalog, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon.

“The US government under the Barack Obama administration is using the disaster situation in the country as a smooth way of getting in with or without prior notice for the forward deployment of their troops from Okinawa. To stop these overt and covert deployment and redeployment of American mercenaries, the government should immediately terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement ,” added Hicap.

Hicap said the US military command in Asia and the Pacific is now facing a major problem on where to move their US troops currently stationed and deployed in Okinawa. He said there are about 47,000 US military troops in Okinawa, and the decision of the Japanese people to dismantle the US military bases and the expulsion of US troops from Japanese soil is now creating a heavy problem to Washington D.C.

“Where and when they will move these White House mercenaries? As of now what is clear is the Washington government will exploit the VFA for the temporary, if not permanent basing of US troops all over the Philippines, while White House is convincing the new Japanese leadership to sign a new military deal that will allow White House to keep and expand its bases for its 47,000 regular troops in Okinawa,”the Pamalakaya leader said.

Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said Thursday last week that US President Barack Obama should respect Japan’s democratic process in a row over a US base, adding that the issue would not be resolved before Obama’s visit next month.

Earlier, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates bluntly pressed Tokyo to “move on” quickly with previously agreed plans to build a new US airbase on southern Okinawa Island.

Japan’s new government has said it will review an agreement to build the new base by 2014 – a project opposed by many Okinawans who object to the US troop presence and complain of aircraft noise and the risk of accidents.

“The will of the people of Okinawa and the will of the people of Japan was expressed in the elections,” Okada said on television, predicting that the issue won’t be resolved before Obama’s scheduled November 12-13 visit.

“I don’t think we will act simply by accepting what the US tells us, just because the US is saying this, in such a short period of time.” Okada added.

Half of the 47,000 US troops stationed there all over Japan are currently in Okinawa, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Their presence has often caused friction with the local community, especially when American servicemen have committed crimes.

Under a 2006 bilateral agreement between US and Japan, the heliport functions of the base would be moved to a coastal area of Okinawa by 2014, while 8,000 Marines would be moved to Guam in a relocation to be partly financed by Japan.#

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Obama told: Meeting with GMA is a kiss of death

Obama told: Meeting with GMA is a kiss of death

Ardent critics of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Friday warned US President Barack Obama that her scheduled meeting with Ms Arroyo is a kiss of death, adding that the meeting will spawn political protests here and in the United States.

In a press statement, the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) said Obama’s meeting with Ms Arroyo will put the Obama administration in the hot water because he would be rubbing elbows with GMA, who is former US President George Bush no.1 partner in global terrorism in Asian region.

“Obama’s meeting with President Arroyo is one of the most shocking political scandals in the 21st century. Here is an American president who won the presidency courtesy of people’s resistance against Bush war on terror now hosting and paying Bush’s chief partner in crime in Southeast Asia,” said Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap.

“The meeting would be a kiss of death for Obama, unless Obama comes to his senses and rebuke GMA in front of the American public and the international community. The US President has no option but to reject and embarrass Ms Arroyo for her crimes against the Filipino people,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

Hicap said the meeting with GMA will put Obama on the spotlight, adding the Filipino people and anti-Bush global community will certainly dislike a Bush protégée in Southeast Asia exchanging pleasantries with Obama.

“That tin cup diplomacy will not yield positive results for the Obama administration, in fact, that will put more questions and doubts as to the real agenda and motive of Mr. Obama,” he added.

Pamalakaya sensed that President Arroyo will offer a number of exchange deals with the White House in exchange for Obama’s support on her bid to extend her term and perpetuate herself to power beyond 2010.

Among the “offers” Ms Arroyo will lodge to Obama in exchange for term extension and White House support to Arroyo administration are the continuation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the railroading of Charter Change that will allow US business groups to acquire 100 foreign ownership of land in the Philippines and eventual return of US military bases in the country and ratification of the proposed RP-US Free Trade Agreement.

Meanwhile, Pamalakaya is set to reproduce and distribute copies and discuss the controversial Washington Times editorial last July 26 castigating Obama for entertaining President Arroyo at the White House.

Pamalakaya information officer Gerry Albert Corpuz said the editorial entitled Obama: The Sanitizer will be reproduced by their group and will be discussed to leaders and members of the fisherfolk alliance. “This is to show that even conservatives in the US are not in favor of Ms Arroyo and highly critical of Obama’s scheduled meeting with GMA,” he said.

The editorial which came a day ahead of President Arroyo’s 9th and supposedly last State of the Nation Address said Obama committed a mistake when it invited the Philippine President to the White House on the premise that the Philippine top elected official is using Obama to give political cover for her troubles back home.

The Washington Times said Ms Arroyo’s domestic political position was precarious citing the Philippine President’s low approval rating and the growing anti-administration street protests in response to a dubious mandate following the fraud-rigged presidential elections in 2004 and scores of allegations of corruption against her husband First Gentleman Atty Jose Miguel Arroyo and members of her family and close political associates in and out of Malacañang Palace.

The editorial also scored Manila’s poor performance in upholding human rights in the Philippines. Quoting several reports and studies, Washington Times took note of the Arroyo administration’s failures to address and stop the killings of journalists and political activists in the country over the last 9 years.

The Washington Times also took a swipe on President Arroyo’s gameplan to perpetuate herself to power either through revision of the 1987 Constitution to allow her to extend her term or through the declaration of Martial Law.

“President Arroyo and her close political associates were extremely rattled by the editorial of the Washington Times, asserting that the Manila government’s irresponsible reaction to the editorial further confirmed that the Manila government is always in the state of denial and state of political panic,” Corpuz said.

“The shockwaves sent by the Washington Times editorial caused irreparable damage to the Arroyo administration as shown by President Arroyo response which is dismissed by critics as plain rumor mongering and patently name calling to down play the political impact of the editorial criticizing Obama for entertaining President Arroyo at the White House,” he added.

Corpuz said Washington Times merely reiterated the objective political condition in Manila and the crimes of President Arroyo ranging from grand scale corruption to election fraud to killings of political opponents and critics are all known to the international community and the Filipino public.

“The Washington Times editorial is a friendly reminder and a good political advice to President Obama. It just cautioned Obama and the American people on the serious implications of hosting a Southeast Asian leader notorious for denying the Filipino people of their electoral mandate and hated by the 90 million Filipinos for high crimes of corruption and extreme brutality,” the group said.

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Washington Times editorial jolted Manila top officials

Washington Times editorial jolted Manila top officials

Manila’s top Cabinet officials were jolted by the hard-hitting editorial of Washington Times on July 26 criticizing US President Barack Obama for arranging a meeting with Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on July 30 in the United States.

Philippine Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said President Arroyo was not surprised on the scathing editorial of Washington Times entitled Obama: The Sanitizer which accused the embattled Arroyo of using the President Obama as a political tool to clear her troubles at home.

The editorial which came a day ahead of President Arroyo’s 9th and supposedly last State of the Nation Address said Obama committed a mistake when it invited the Philippine President to the White House on the premise that the Philippine top elected official is using Obama to give political cover for her troubles back home.

The Washington Times said Ms Arroyo’s domestic political position was precarious citing the Philippine President’s low approval rating and the growing anti-administration street protests in response to a dubious mandate following the fraud-rigged presidential elections in 2004 and scores of allegations of corruption against her husband First Gentleman Atty Jose Miguel Arroyo and members of her family and close political associates in and out of Malacañang Palace.

The editorial also scored Manila’s poor performance in upholding human rights in the Philippines. Quoting several reports and studies, Washington Times took note of the Arroyo administration’s failures to address and stop the killings of journalists and political activists in the country over the last 9 years.

The Washington Times also took a swipe on President Arroyo’s gameplan to perpetuate herself to power either through revision of the 1987 Constitution to allow her to extend her term or through the declaration of Martial Law.

According to Manila’s offensive against the publisher and editors of Washington Times, the conservative and right-leaning newspaper has existing ties with former House Speaker Jose de Venecia, a former Arroyo ally turned ardent critic of the Arroyo administration.

The Arroyo official also said Washington Times editorial director Brent Decker is the biographer of de Venecia and was biased in favor of Philippine opposition. Ms Arroyo’s press secretary said Washington Times is known for being critical with any US President, and the newspaper has it origin with The Moonies, an informal and derogative term for members of the Unification Church, a conservative Christian group led by Korean Sun Myeng Moon.

But critics of the Philippine President in Manila said President Arroyo and her close political associates were extremely rattled by the editorial of the Washington Times, asserting that the Manila government’s irresponsible reaction to the editorial further confirmed that the Manila government is always in the state of denial and state of political panic.

Pamalakaya fisherfolk alliance national chairperson Fernando Hicap said shockwaves sent by the Washington Times editorial caused irreparable damage to the Arroyo administration as shown by President Arroyo response which is dismissed by critics as plain rumor mongering and patently name calling to down play the political impact of the editorial criticizing Obama for entertaining President Arroyo at the White House.

The Pamalakaya leader said Washington Times merely reiterated the objective political condition in Manila and the crimes of President Arroyo ranging from grand scale corruption to election fraud to killings of political opponents and critics are all known to the international community and the Filipino public.

“The Washington Times editorial is a friendly reminder and a good political advice to President Obama. It just cautioned Obama and the American people on the serious implications of hosting a Southeast Asian leader notorious for denying the Filipino people of their electoral mandate and hated by the 90 million Filipinos for high crimes of corruption and extreme brutality,” said Hicap during a sideline interview on the occasion of Arroyo’s 9th State of the Nation Address.

This columnist in his own political capacity endorsed the Washington Times editorial and strongly urges US President Obama to call off the visit of Philippine President on July 30. The visit of President Arroyo will be politically damaging to and only a waste of time for the Obama administration. President Obama should attend to more important concerns rather than spending 30 minutes of his time to an undesirable Asian leader like President Arroyo.

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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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US President Barrack Obama dared:

US President Barrack Obama dared:
Denounce GMA over torture of Fil-Am activist

The chairperson of the left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Tuesday urged US President Barrack Obama to denounce President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the military establishment over the alleged torture of Fil-Am activist Melissa Ocampo by military agents of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

In a press statement, Pamalakaya chair Fernando Hicap said Obama is politically, legally and morally obliged to issue a strongly worded statement assailing President Arroyo and the AFP for the politically motivated abduction and torture of Ocampo, an American by citizenship who came to the Philippines for exposure and research program.

“US President Obama should come to the picture and assail President Arroyo and her national security syndicate in Malacañang to the highest order for torturing Ocampo. The White House made a super political monster out of Arroyo by endorsing its policy of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in the name of Washington’s war on terror,” said Hicap.

Hicap said his group is wondering why up to now, the populist US president has yet to issue a statement involving the torture of Ocampo.

“Obama’s silence on the Ocampo torture is really bothering and mind-boggling. We hope Obama would do his assignment and castigate the Washington puppets in Malacañang and the AFP and tell them to stop their madness and eternal thirst for the blood of political activists,” he said.

The Pamalakaya leader said his group is planning to write the US Senate and the House of Representatives to conduct their own investigation on the abduction and torture of Ocampo, who is an American citizen.

“Definitely we will write the American leadership of both chambers of US Congress. This is one way of showing our full support to Ocampo and to all victims of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration,” said Hicap.

According to Pamalakaya, the letter will be finalized this week by the national executive committee members of the fisherfolk alliance and will be sent not later than Friday through speed mail. Two years ago, Pamalakaya wrote a letter to Speaker of the US House of Representatives, urging top house leaders to address the issue of political killings of activists under the Arroyo administration.

The 31-year old Fil-Am in a press conference last Sunday in Los Angles, California burst into sobs as she publicly recounted on how a group of men she said were military agents tortured her to the point she would die. Ocampo, a member of the US chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said she was planning to sue her torturers before a US court.

CHR (Commission on Human Rights) chair Leila de Lima yesterday asked Ocampo to come back to the Philippines to testify, saying a recent inspection of a military camp tended to validate her physical description of the place where she was tortured last May. #

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