Gabriela member illegally detained by military in Northern Mindanao.
Mae Tugot, a member of women’s group Gabriela was illegally arrested by elements of the 1st Special Forces (SF) Batallion of the Philippine Army around 8AM today, March 20 in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City.
Tugot was brought and is currently detained at the 1st SF detachment in Mampayag, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.
It is important to note that the same Batallion arrested Gabriela member Gloria Jandayan last February 11, along with her daughter Gleceria Balangiao.
This is yet another brazen attack against women rights defenders in Mindanao in the context of the ongoing Martial Law. We call on all peace and human rights advocates to condemn this attack and assist in the immediate release of Tugot.
Updates to follow.
Source: Movement Against Tyranny – Northern Mindanao Region
Date: March 20, 2019