KABATAAN Partylist expresses its utmost condemnation of the bomb attack launched by the 73rd Infantry Battalion in Barangay Datal Anggas in Alabel, Sarangani Province, which has forced more than a hundred Lumad families to evacuate their homes since yesterday.
According to reports, the 73rd IB is currently enforcing a food blockade in the said barangay, making the evacuees and residents’ situation worse. Further, four civilians were illegally arrested and tortured to serve as local guides in the conduct of this military operations.
“This latest attack only shows how the President’s declaration of an all-out war has led to heightened militarization and swelling rights abuses, especially in far-flung communities. Further, is how AFP’s new program Oplan Kapayapaan, a mere rehash of their previous counterinsurgency program Oplan Bayanihan, have only caused people more harm and discord than peace,” Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said.
“We call on President Duterte to immediately rein in his state forces, stop the all-out war and attacks on people and communities.
“To boot, we urge the President to resume peace talks and follow through on its significant advances, particularly in the substantive agenda on socio-economic reforms pivotal to addressing the roots of armed conflict.,” Elago added.
Kabataan Partylist enjoins the Filipino people and youth to launch mass actions against state perpetuated violence and fascism on February 17. #