While rural communities grapple with militarization, Metro Manila and other urban centers have also turned into bloodbaths due to Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs.”
Tags: extrajudicial killings
The documentation of the current attacks to peasant farmers and workers, particularly the killings of Negros 14 last March 30, seeks to spread awareness and urge people to stand against the oppression in rural communities.
In the past three years, close to 40 nations have been signing a resolution, initiated by Iceland, expressing concern over the rising number of killings related to President Duterte’s “war on drugs.” Initially they urged the Philippine government to stop the killings and undertake an impartial investigation on these cases. Subsequently they called on the…
Mervin Toquero of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) said that barring entry of UN investigators into the country would only prove that “this administration is hiding something.”
By DEE AYROSO
Ni JHIO JAN A. NAVARRO Siyam, isa, labing-apat, higit pa sa Sagay, Kabankalan, Sta. Catalina Guihulngan, Canlaon at kung saan pa nilingkis, kinalos ni Sauron sa bungkalan, tubuhan, tahanan sa harap ng asawa, anak, magulang– tinadtad ng bala sa ulo, sa mata, sa ari, sa bunganga sinilaban, nilapnos, pinabay-an sa langaw, sa uod ng lupang…
“As the Duterte regime continuously intensifies its attacks, the killings and arbitrary arrests in Negros is setting a very dangerous precedence – that State forces can do whatever they want against poor peasants and communities, and brazenly promote tyranny and violence.”
Under the Duterte administration, 66 farmers and activists have already been gunned down.
The violence that erupt from time to time in Negros is but a painful reminder of the longstanding land problem and unjust system operative in Negros.
What we are witnessing is a war against civilians since Duterte assumed the presidency. He started with the thousands of poor drug suspects, using anti-drugs campaign as a veil. Now, authorities are mouthing anti-criminality and counterinsurgency for going after civilians.
“We pray for our nation and all the inhabitants therein, that they will know peace, genuine peace based on justice and righteousness.”