Youth groups led by Anakbayan today held protest actions in major universities in Metro Manila and marched to Mendiola just outside the presidential palace in the afternoon to condemn the Duterte regime’s all-out war, bombings, killings and reign of terror against the Filipino people.

“Flatten the hills utos niya sa militar, collateral damage pasensya na lang daw. Mahihirap ang pinapatay sa kanyang war on drugs, wala na raw tayong magawa. Dapat nang panagutin itong pasistang berdugo na si Duterte,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.

The youth group said the Duterte regime’s all-out war against the communist-led revolutionary movement has led to countless human rights violations which alongside his war against drugs, the group said, has resulted in a reign of terror against the Filipino people.

“Simula nang maupo si Duterte, aabot na sa 39 aktibista ang pinaslang, 30 naman ang inaresto. Hindi pa nga pinalaya ang mga bilanggong pultikal, dinagdagan pa! Tama na! Sobra na! Singilin ang rehimeng Duterte sa mga bigong pangako at pasismo,” said Crisostomo.

After Duterte’s verbal instruction to the military to “Go ahead, flatten the hills” last March 9, several cases of aerial bombings against civilian communities have been reported by human rights groups from Northern Luzon and Southern Mindanao.

Four fighter jets of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) indiscriminately dropped bombs on Malibcong, Abra last March 16 amidst intensified military offensives against the New People’s Army (NPA), hence affecting at least 56 families and leading to the suspension of classes in the area.

Reports from the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) and local organizations say bombs razed the forested part of Barangay Lat-ey in Bangilo and affected the swidden farms, grazelands and rice fields of the Tingguians belonging to the Mabaka, Banao and Gubang tribes.

Just this weekend, March 18, two Kabataan Partylist-Malibcong members in the persons of Antonio Ambalneg Jr. and the chapter’s secretary general Joshua Gumatay were illegally arrested by military troops and detained for about 7 hours.

The AFP also dropped bombs in Mabini, Compostela Valley last March 11 as part of military operations against armed revolutionaries, resulting in the forced evacuation of 75 families from their homes, according to the Hugpong sa mga Mag-uuma sa Mabini Compostela Valley (HUMABIN).

On the same day, FA-50 fighter jets also dropped bombs in Barangay Andabit, Maguindanao, causing the displacement of around 300 families from the area.

“Duguan ang kamay ni Duterte! His disregard for the lives of civilians and encouraging his troops to go on a murderous rampage only proves that he is not serious in pursuing peace. His Oplan Kapayapaan only seeks to silence those who fight for the democratic rights of the people,” said Crisostomo.

Oplan Kapayapaan is the Duterte regime’s counterinsurgency program which human rights group has roundly criticized for flagrant human rights violations against civilian communities.


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