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‘Busina’ protest vs Duterte’s pro-China stance on Recto Bank ramming

Activists held a protest action in Quezon City last June 19 and asked motorists to honk their vehicle horns to show solidarity with 22 fishermen whose boat was rammed by a Chinese ship and President Rodrigo Duterte’s obvious pro-China stance in the controversy.

In his speech during the rally, former Bayan Muna representative Neri Colmenares asked Duterte to side with the Filipino victims, adding the Philippines’ victory in the international tribunal gives the country a strong foundation to assert its rights over Recto Bank.

KODAO ASKS : Natupad ba ni Duterte ang ipinangako niyang Independent Foreign Policy?

Noong Hunyo 12, Araw ng Kalayaan, tinanong ng Kodao kung natupad nga ba ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ang ipinangako niyang Independent Foreign Policy.

Panoorin ang sagot ng mga dumalo sa rali sa mga konsulada ng Estados Unidos at Tsina.

‘Atin ang ‘Pinas, China layas!’

Isang kilos-protesta sa Araw ng Kagitingan ang isinagawa ng iba’t-ibang grupo sa pangunguna ng Pilipinong Nagkakaisa para sa Soberanya o P1NAS sa Konsulado ng Tsinasa Makati City ngayong araw, Abril 9.

Nananawagan sila na itigil ng China ang panghihimasok nito sa teritoryo ng bansa kabilang na ang mga isla sa West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Ayon sa P1NAS, sa kabila ng panalo ng bansa sa International Tribunal ay patuloy pa rin ang pag-okupa ng China at pag-angkin sa ilang isla sa WPS.

Binatikos ng P1NAS ang administrasyong Duterte at nagbabala sa posibleng pagkabaon sa utang ng bansa kapag nagpatuloy pa ang pag-utang nito sa China para sa mga proyekto tulad ng Kaliwa Dam Project at iba pang kwestiyonableng kasunduan. (Bidyo ni: Joseph Cuevas/ Kodao)

Impunity charge vs China filed at ICC

Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario filed a complaint against Chinese President Xi Jinping before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to “check impunity” in the disputed South China Sea. Morales said they want to send a clear message to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte administration and to all Filipinos. “We demand accountability from those who destroy marine areas, and we want to check impunity as a deterrent to progress,” she said.

Cartoon by Mark Suva/Kodao

Activists commemorate Bonifacio Day with protests

Activists held protest actions in Mendiola and the United States Embassy in Manila last November 30 in time for Philippine national hero Andres Bonifacio’s 155th birth anniversary.

A highlight of the activities was the burning of yet another effigy of President Rodrigo Duterte they blame for the occupation of China of islands in the West Philippine Sea.

They also condemned Duterte for his bloody human rights record. (Video by Mark Kenneth Solanoy)

 

Protest greets Xi Jinping visit

Various groups held a mass action at the Chinese consulate in Makati City last Tuesday (November 20) to denounce the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping as they expressed outrage against the Rodrigo Duterte government for its subservience to the Chinese government.

The Pilipinong Nagkakaisa Para sa Soberanya o P1NAS called Duterte a traitor to the Pilipino people as it pointed out that his government is virtually surrendering Philippine territory in the West Philippine Sea to China.

Even after losing in an international tribunal that determined the disputed areas are part of the Philippine exclusive economic zone three years ago, China refuses to recognize the decision  proceeded to militarize some islands.

China’s presence in the area includes so-called “ joint development” schemes with the Duterte government seen as a  weakening of the Philippine claims.

In the said rally, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) expressed concern that Duterte’s economic deals with China may push the Philippines under deeper debt.

In his visit to the Philippines, Xi took home 29 agreements, including an understanding on joint oil exploration in the West Philippine Sea and the construction of mega dams, including the Chico River Pump Irrigation, the New Centennial  Water Source Kaliwa Project, and the Agus-Pulangi Mega Dam project.

Indigenous peoples earlier raised fears that the China-ODA projects will cause their displacement from their lands and livelihood.

“Pawning our lands to an imperialist country like China is a serious crime that may lead to ethnocide,” Kalipunan ng Katutubong Mamamayan ng Pilipinas said. # (Joseph Cuevas)

Activists slam lack of Philippine independence on HINDIpendence event

Activists braved strong rains to gather at Liwasang Bonifacio to slam the Rodrigo Duterte government’s failure to assert Philippine independence and sovereignty against foreign powers.

Saying the Duterte government is all too willing to offer parts of Philippine territory, the protesters added it is up to the Filipino people to continue the fight for genuine independence.

Speakers from various groups and organizations also presented a litany of Duterte’s crimes against the Filipino people.

Activists protest RP-US military exercises

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and other groups, together with Central Luzon organizations, held protest actions against the 34th Balikatan exercises in Clark and Basa air bases last May 8.

The protesters said it is a violation of Philippine sovereignty that foreign military forces continue to exercise power in the country through agreements such as the Visiting Forces Agreement and the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

They also demanded that the US military clean up toxic wastes left in their former military bases in Central Luzon.