Youth group Anakbayan expresses concern over the “creeping militarization” of the supposedly “civilian” Duterte cabinet with the appointment of AFP chief of staff Eduardo Ano as DILG secretary and Roy Cimatu as DENR secretary.

We urge Duterte to rethink the appointment of officials from the military establishment, which we condemn as one of the most corrupt and human rights violating institution in the country.

Apart from Ano and Cimatu, other ex-generals in the Duterte cabinet now include: Emmanuel Bautista in the Office of the President Undersecretary, Hermogenes Esperon Jr as National Security Adviser, Delfin Lorenzana as Defense Secretary, and Ricardo Visayas as National Irrigation Administratiom Chief.

Clearly this is not the change the Filipino people want. We appeal to the president to steer clear from the path of fascist terror and repression represented by these military men and instead actively side with people’s movements to push for genuine agrarian reform and national industrialization.

We reiterate our warning to Duterte that the AFP is a pillar of US neocolonial dependency in the country and will work actively against any move by Duterte towards a Filipino independent foreign policy.

We also urge the president to push for the confirmation of Judy Taguiwalo as Social Welfare Secretary and Ka Paeng Mariano as Agrarian Reform Secretary.

 

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