Progressive fishers decried what they called “fascism in the sea.”
A reclamation project threatens to bring loss of livelihood and homes to Navotas fisherfolk.
“All we need right after the fire tragedy is speedy government support and economic aid. We don’t want to be displaced from our community because it means taking us away from our sources of livelihood.”
‘Aquino and his heir apparent, Mar Roxas, want to reorient the Laguna de Bay from a rich and abundant fishing lake to a world-class commercial hub for money-making ventures of the rich, all at the expense of fishers’ lives.’
“It is a huge suffering for the fishermen, especially for their families. If you have no money and your pots are empty, what will happen to you?”
In its updated paper entitled 16 years of Fisheries Code, Filipino Fisherfolk Still Fish in Troubled Waters, Pamalakaya asserted that Republic Act No. 8550 or the Philippine Fisheries Law of 1998 failed to raise the standard of living of small fisherfolk and was very dismal in protecting marine and inland environment from destruction by corporate interests.
“The AFP wants the big brother in Washington DC to come in like a wrecking ball at the West Philippine Sea even if it means the complete surrender of Philippine sovereignty to the US.” – Pamalakaya
“Ordinary people are being banned but big business groups are being welcomed. See. That is the real score in this off-limits zone policy of the Aquino administration.” – Pamalakaya
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