National Democratic Front (NDF)-Negros in a statement expressed unity with the country’s outrage over the arrest of five activists in Tacloban City early today, February 7.
At around 2:00 in the morning, five activists, along with a one year old baby, awoke to simultaneous police raids of offices of progressive groups and were arrested based on trumped-up charges and planted evidences.
Arrested were Mira Legion of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-EV), Marissa Cabaljao of People’s Surge with her one year old child, Alexander Abinguna of Katungod EV, Marielle Domequil of Rural Missionaries of the Philippines-EV and Frenchiemae Cumpio of Eastern Vista.
“This sounds eerily familiar to Negrosanons as this AFP/PNP modus operandi was first implemented here in Bacolod City and Escalante City last October 31, 2019 victimizing 57 innocent civilians,” said Ka Bayani Obrero, spokesperson of NDF Negros.
According to Obrero, this worsens the human rights situation in the country with the PNP manipulating the legality of planted evidences and trumped-up charges.
“While everyday news is swamped with narratives of the Duterte regime’s inutile response to the novel coronavirus, state agents are treacherously attacking activists, blatantly displaying Duterte’s fascist decrees as implemented through Memorandum Order 32 and Executive Order 70,” he added.
Leyte’s neighbour province, Samar, is one of the provinces under Memorandum Order 32 along with Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and Bicol region wherein the AFP was ordered to send more troops on the basis of lawless violence.
“The NDF Negros calls on all Negrosanons to stand as one with the people of Eastern Visayas in denouncing the increasing human rights violations and fight the climate of terror caused by state-sponsored attacks,”
“The struggle against Duterte’s fascism and tyranny must be intensified with the perpetrators made to answer for crimes committed against the Filipino people,” he ended.###