CONDEMN DUTERTE’S CRACKDOWN AND MASS ARREST OF ACTIVISTS AND FARMERS IN NORTHERN MINDANAO!

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) – Northern Mindanao Region and Movement Against Tyranny – Northern Mindanao (MAT – NMR) condemns the arrest of members of its organizations and alliance and demands for the end of government attacks against its critiques!

In the evening of July 4, the Philippine National Police raided and arrested 13 individuals at the Mother Francisca Spirituality Center in General Santos City. These were volunteers of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente Visayas – Mindanao Regional Office for Development (IFI-VIMROD), many of them also leaders and members of the organizations under BAYAN.

Following the tactic of the government in its crackdown against its detractors, state forces accused them of either being a member or of supporting the communist-led New People’s Army. These individuals were arrested with no weapon on them but their laptops, pens, and papers. The government is scared of them because they bring what the state fears most – genuine change.

BAYAN member organizations and individuals have been very vocal in our defense of the rights of the most oppressed sectors in society, openly challenging Duterte’s annihilation of the poor.

This mass arrest happens on the same day that six women members of the Organisasyon sa Yanong Obrerong Nagkahiusa (OGYON) from Pangantucan, Bukidnon were also arrested. OGYON similarly criticized Duterte’s failure to deliver his promise of economic relief to the suffering farm workers. They criticized Duterte’s blatant endorsement of plantations that have been displacing farmers from their lands, making slaves of the tilling families who could barely make ends meet with their small wages.

Duterte promised a change in the way he would run the government when he was a presidential candidate. This was the only promise he fulfilled – not even halfway through his presidency, he has turned the Philippines into a bloody arena. His only solution for all the social and economic problems is to kill, jail, crush whoever dares complain. He has made the blood-hungry state forces supreme in ruling the country. In truth, Duterte, with his ever-changing statements and blasphemous tongue does not run the show. He merely
panders to the Generals, the armed forces that could, at any time, choose to turn their guns on him. His declaration of Martial Law had been the ultimate boon he gave to these war monsters.

We have had enough of Martial Law! Stop the government attacks on its people! Stop the attacks on activists! Release the Gen San 13!

For Reference

Wildon Barros
Bagong Alyansang Makabayan – Northern Mindanao
0945 594 7271

Deacon Allan Khen Apus
Iglesia Filipina Independiente
Convener, Movement Against Tyranny
0930 492 4154

Source: Movement Against Tyranny – Northern Mindanao facebook page

Date: July 05, 2018