By Chito Chavez
The militant farmer’s group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) has condemned “worsening repression and violence against the population’’.
Danilo Ramos KMP chairman said the government’s recent policy pronouncement will only sow terror and more human rights violations in the country.
After imposing Memorandum Order No. 32 that will deploy more troops and special action forces to the island-regions of Bicol, Negros and Samar, Ramos scored the planned creation of the “so-called Duterte death squads (DDS)’’ that will run after armed sparrow units, idlers and prospective members of the New People’s Army (NPA) or basically those in legal progressive mass organizations.
“Everyone can be a target now. It’s basically a shoot to kill order against anyone suspected of being critical to the government,’’ Ramos said.
He expressed danger over the possible move of the PNP and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to close down social media accounts that are considered threat to the government which is – “a clear violation of freedom of expression’’.
Ramos said such plan would likely create more human rights abuses similar to the time of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
The peasant leader noted this possible arbitrarily actions are being planned merely weeks before the International Human Rights Day on December 10.
Ramos claimed that military men were placed in lucrative and strategic posts in the bureaucracy, virtually militarizing the entire civil service.
The KMP also chided the handing down of incentives and an arsenal of new weapons to state forces.
Killing spree in Caraga, all-out attacks in Mindanao
The KMP also scored the successive attacks in Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Southern Mindanao regions.
On November 27, former Kilusang Mayo Uno national council member and Anakpawis Party-list coordinator Linus Cubol was shot dead in Agusan Del Norte.
The KMP also added that on November 23, Datu Wilson Espana and Rommel Roton were gunned down in Agusan del Sur. Roton died on the spot while Espana is still in critical condition saying the suspected perpetrators of the killings were the 29th IBPA of the AFP.
In Northern Mindanao, four volunteer teachers of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines literacy and numeracy program were abducted and illegally detained by the military.
The group added in Barangay Palma Gil, Talaingod in Davao del Norte, 74 individuals mostly students and volunteer teachers of Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning School were abducted by military and paramilitary forces.
KMP said the National Solidarity Mission delegation that assisted the abducted individuals was also attacked by military troops.
Makabayan leader Satur Ocampo and ACT Teachers Party-list Rep. France Castro and delegates of a National Solidarity Mission that aimed to assist the Salugpungan community were among those illegally arrested and detained by the notorious 56th IBPA.
These cases of killings, abduction, illegal arrests and illegal detention and a host of numerous human rights violations could escalate nationwide.
KMP encouraged sectors and individuals to remain vigilant and safeguard our democratic rights and civil liberties.
Ramos said the KMP and peasant sectors will mobilize on December 7 in Mendiola to condemn the relentless peasant killings and on December 10 during the International Human Rights Day mobilizations nationwide.