Filipino fishermen urged to defy ‘Anti-Terror Bill’
Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) has urged the country’s fishermen to defy the ‘Anti-Terror Bill’, which is now being fast-tracked by the Duterte Administration.
“Defiance is the tall order of the day. But the fishing sector has no choice but to stand united and defy Duterte’s authoritarian rule in the name of defending our fundamental rights,” PAMALAKAYA said.
Yesterday, members of PAMALAKAYA marched along with other progressive groups in a lightning rally from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PHILCOA) to University of the Philippines (U.P.) Diliman in Quezon City, and a caravan from U.P. to the House of Representatives to protest the railroading of the “anti-terror bill”.
According to the group, the anti-terror bill would “heighten political repression and vilification” of democratic organizations championing rights and welfare of the marginalized sectors.
PAMALAKAYA added that the anti-terror bill would be a protection to entities plundering marine resources and displacing small fisherfolk families from their communities.