Hundreds of youth and students led by Anakbayan today afternoon held indignation rallies at the University of the Philippines Diliman Palma Hall Steps and outside the University of Santo Tomas Gate 2 along Espana to condemn the second extension of martial law and suspension of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao.

“This has nothing to do about security or fighting terrorism. Duterte’s martial law is all about the consolidation of political power and preparation for the establishment of a full-blown fascist dictatorship over the entire country,” said Anakbayan National Chairperson Vencer Crisostomo.

The youth leader said the extension of military rule in the southern island of Mindanao will mean the continuation of the reign of terror and human rights violations perpetrated by state forces against civilians, activists, peasant leaders, indigenous peoples, and entire communities.

“In a 48-hour period between December 3 and 5, no less than 10 activists, mostly from Mindanao, were killed. All in all 110 activists have been murdered under the Duterte regime, on top of the over 13,000 killed in its anti-poor drug campaign. Extending martial law means more rights violations,” said Crisostomo.

He said nationwide martial law will serve as a battering ram to crush opposition against anti-people Duterte policies like the imposition of higher taxes, expanded work hours and contractualization, transport modernization displacing jeepney drivers, privatization and liberalization, among others.

“The real target of martial law is the people’s resistance against the Duterte government’s pro-US imperialist and neoliberal program inviting foreign capitalists and their local oligarch partners to plunder resource-rich Mindanao and the rest of the country,” said Crisostomo.

He said military rule seeks to enforce the will of foreign capitalists and big oligarchs and quell people’s struggle against large-scale mining, big plantations, and foreign-funded massive infrastructure projects that will further displace and dispossess them.

Anakbayan calls on the Filipino youth to join the Filipino people in fighting madman Duterte’s tyrannical rule in behalf of foreign and big oligarch interests and frustrate his ambitions to establish a full-blown fascist dictatorial regime.

 

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