Progressive organizations led by Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)-Central Visayas held a picket-protest in front of the Philippine Regional Office VII Camp Sergio Osmeña in Cebu last January 2. The groups condemned the political killings perpetrated against six progressives and illegally arrested 16 activists in Negros Island in the first week of January.
They demanded an end to Red-tagging and threats by military elements against Bohol peasant leaders belonging to the HUMABOL-KMP. Their leaders received death threats in their social media accounts last December 26. They were tagged as supporters of the NPA.
Meanwhile, human rights defenders held a program in Camp Crame, Quezon City last January 4 to condemn the continuing outright repression of the US-Duterte regime in the whole country.
A protest was also conducted by student councils of the University of the Philippines (UP) which participated in the General Assembly of Student Councils in UP Cebu last January 7 led by Kasama sa UP ang UP Office of the Student Regent. The student leaders pledged to stand against state repression.