Youth group Anakbayan strongly condemns the filing of charges against its national chairperson Vencer Crisostomo, secretary general Einstein Recedes, and other progressive leaders over their alleged hand in inciting violence during the Nov. 13 anti-Trump protest in line with the ASEAN Summit last year.

On January 30, the Manila Office of the City Prosecutor issued a subpoena against Crisostomo, Recedes, Rep. Carlos Zarate and Teddy Casino of Bayan Muna, and Renato Reyes of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), over charges of direct assault with physical injury, resistance and disobedience to a person in authority, and violation of Public Assembly Act of 1985.

Undoubtedly, this is Duterte’s crackdown in action. The subpoena came just days after the deranged president threatened that he will go after legal and progressive organizations deemed as “communist legal fronts” and “enemies of the state.” It is meant to harass the youth leaders in lieu of massive walkout protests against the Duterte government scheduled on Feb. 1 and 23.

After being exposed as a complete US lackey during the ASEAN protests, he is now using legal institutions to pursue staunch critics and prevent them from further exposing the US-Duterte regime’s corrupt and fascist ways. This calibrated attack affirms Duterte’s subservience to the whims of US, which has been further cemented following Trump’s visit.

Anakbayan firmly stands that the protest is rightfully justified. For over a century, US imperialism has plundered our natural resources and kept our economy backward, and it has lorded over virtually all aspects of our country’s affairs. It is therefore completely rational to assail the US-Duterte regime’s anti-people policies and hold it accountable for its atrocities against the Filipino people.

By intimidating and harassing progressive leaders, the fascist regime is unwittingly catalyzing the upsurge of the student movement. As such, the US-Duterte regime can only expect more youth and students to take to the streets in droves to frustrate his ascent to absolute political power.

The youth has said it many times, but we will not get tired of reiterating this: No amount of intimidation and harassment can diminish our revolutionary fervor. If anything, these attacks only firm up our resolution to carry on with the fight against tyranny and, ultimately, for the liberation of the Filipino people from the shackles of a semi-feudal and semi-colonial society. #

 

2 Responses to Anakbayan decries charges filed vs youth leaders

  1. […] January 30th, the Government of the Philippines filed charges against multiple youth organizers, including the national chairperson and secretary general of Anakbayan Vencer Crisostomo and […]

  2. […] the total to over 486 political prisoners under his administration.  Duterte has even launched an assault on mass leaders of progressive organizations who led anti-Trump protests last November during the ASEAN Summit, including Vencer Crisostomo […]

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