MAY 24, 2017
MARTIAL LAW WILL NOT BRING PEACE TO THE PEOPLE OF MINDANAO – BAYAN EASTERN VISAYAS
BAYAN Eastern Visayas declared opposition to President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law for the entire island of Mindanao in light of the siege involving troops of the Armed Forces of the Filipinos and the Maute group in the city of Marawi.
“The declaration of Martial Law is suspiciously an orchestrated response masterminded by US imperialism and its local running dogs such as DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and many fascist elements in the Duterte cabinet. Instead of restoring peace, Martial Law will open not only Marawi City but the entirety of Mindanao to state security forces notorious for human rights violations,” said Rey Miranda, Bayan Eastern Visayas (Bayan-EV) Secretary General.
Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte made the announcement through Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella. He is bound to return home today, cutting short his official trip in Russia.
“Let us not forget that US has crafted and armed IS groups and the Abu Sayyaf Group to justify its military intervention not just here in the Philippines but all throughout the world. Like the recently concluded 33rd Balikatan Exercises here in Eastern Visayas, the crisis situation in Marawi City is a ticket for US’ local war hawks and the mercenary AFP to legitimize and intensify their operations against all forces in Mindanao, “terrorist” or not,” added Miranda.
Meanwhile, Bayan EV has condemned the destruction and occupation of civilian facilities attributed to the Maute group.
“The various struggles in Mindanao are borne out of decades-old oppression and exploitation and the denial of the right to self-determination of the Moro peoples. Ekonomya pa rin ang usapin dito. Duterte must abandon the militarist response to the situation in Mindanao and instead redirect the government’s efforts to forge just and lasting peace by resolving the roots of all armed conflicts in the country,” ended Miranda.
Bayan EV is set to hold a mass action for peace today in Tacloban City.#
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