Youth group Anakbayan strongly opposes President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to extend martial law in Mindanao, saying the Filipino youth and people are ready to fight the Duterte regime’s plunging the country into open dictatorial rule.

“Clearly, Duterte has more sinister motives. By extending martial law in Mindanao, Duterte takes the country one more step towards open dictatorial rule,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.

The youth leader wondered why Duterte is asking for a longer extension of 1 year now that the fighting in Marawi is over, citing how Duterte asked for a 5 month extension last July supposedly because of the war in Marawi.

“The real target are government critics tagged as rebels and terrorists to satiate Duterte’s tyrannical hunger for total power. Martial law extension is a license to intensify fascist state terrorist attacks against the people,” said Crisostomo.

He said martial law has only brought intensified human rights violations and military repression in Mindanao.

“We call on the Filipino youth and people to strongly oppose Duterte’s extension of martial law in Mindanao and the nationwide plunge to direct dictatorial rule,” said Crisostomo.


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