Palace too slow in filing protest against S. Korea

MALACAÑANG is not serious in filing a diplomatic protest against South Korea for deporting seven Filipino activists who arrived in the country to attend a parallel activity against the G20 summit in Seoul.

This was the claim of the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in its statement signed by its national chairperson, Fernando Hicap.

The statement said President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III should have sent a diplomatic note protesting the arbitrary detention and deportation of seven Filipino activists.

“(They) were treated like terrorists and big-time criminals out to sabotage the G20 meeting. This is really foul and a concrete manifestation that respect for human rights does not exist in South Korean state,” it said.

“President Aquino is not keen to protest the illegal, unreasonable and detestable deportation … The President lacks political will, a weakling president and a willing slave of the G20 mafia,” it added.

Hicap said it was clear from the start that the South Korean government was instructed by Washington D. C. “and other financial biggies in the world” not to allow protesters and other groups and personalities critical of the G20 summit to conduct demonstrations during the meeting.

“We have this gut feeling that the deportation… has the seal of approval of the Aquino administration upon the request of the US and South Korean governments,” he said.

The Pamalakaya leader added: “From the very start, the Aquino administration is informed ahead of Seoul bound Filipino activists who will join the anti-G20 parallel meeting in Seoul.”  D’Jay Lazaro

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