By Reynard Magtoto
LEGAZPI CITY – BAYAN-Bicol expects intensified curtailment of basic human rights upon President Rodrigo Duterte’s Martial Law declaration.
When Duterte declared an all-out war against the NPAs after NDFP and GRP withdrew their unilateral ceasefire, he ordered all available military assets at the disposal of the AFP to be used against the revolutionary groups not withstanding the fact that it is the civilian populations that are most affected.
Recently, Duterte has placed the entire Mindanao under martial law in response to the attacks perpetrated by ISIS-affiliated Maute group in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. He said in reports that the martial law in Mindanao will not be different from 1972 Martial Law of the late Dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
Placing entire Mindanao under Martial Law is a mind-conditioning and a calculated move of President Rodrigo Duterte to enforce fascist rule in the country according to BAYAN-Bicol.
“Martial Law in Mindanao is directed not only against the extremist armed groups in Mindanao like the Maute and Abu Sayyaf but to other revolutionary groups as well. It also include militant legal and progressive organisations, environment activists, human rights advocates who oppose neoliberal policies, imperialist plunder and fighting for political and economic sovereignty,” said BAYAN-Bicol spokesperson Dan Balucio.
“The propensity of State security forces to commit human rights violations with impunity will heighten and intensify under Duterte’s declaration of martial law and with the US-stooges’ fascist militarist in his Cabinet,” Balucio added.
According to Balucio, Duterte’s joke of turning the civilian bureaucracy into military junta by appointing retired generals in his Cabinet should be taken seriously. He added that using these military assets in the guise of supressing rebellion is not far fetched, more so under martial law.
BAYAN-Bicol reminds the public about the horror of 1972 Martial Law and its tens of thousands victims of human rights violations. (BaretangBikolnon.com)