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Kabataan Partylist slammed Duterte anew for his latest threat to jail critics of his imposition of martial law in war-stricken Mindanao last Saturday.
“It’s not dependent on the whim of the Supreme Court. Should I believe them? When I see the situation is still chaotic and you ask me to lift it? I will arrest you and put you behind bars,” Duterte said before local officials on Saturday.
“Who is the President going to believe then? His appointees and colleagues in the military? Despite the AFP’s contradicting statements and fake news, it seems that at this point he’s not going to listen to anyone else, especially the people’s demands. Duterte’s over-reliance on the military will only isolate him further from the people,” Ben Te, deputy secretary-general of Kabataan Partylist said.
Duterte earlier made statements that he would entrust the decision to the armed forces on whether to extend or lift martial law.
“Duterte should be made accountable for empowering the military to oversee and administer Martial Law in Mindanao. His position as commander in chief, has now become ornamental. The lives, security and well-being of the Moro and Mindanao is now in the hands of mercenaries.”
By invoking their right to censor, and by preventing the media to ferret out the truth, the US-AFP is busy whipping up a narrative that would justify the extension of military rule in the whole country.
“The AFP, under the United States’ coercion, seems bent on using the situation to their benefit, turning on to fake news and warmongering, in their desperate attempts to further reign terror on the people. Duterte allowed himself to be held hostage by the military whom he has allowed to flock the bureaucracy,” Te said.
A war against the Filipino people
“The Filipino people remain the real target of the state’s worsening fascism and state violence. Despite this, the people’s resistance and thirst for real change will rise,” Te concluded.
Recent data reveals that around 388,000 are now encamped in evacuation centers, due to having been displaced by the daily aerial bombings.
“In times like these, the Duterte regime cannot muzzle his critics. Duterte can threaten us with incarceration but for as long as Duterte takes the side of US, the military, big business to the detriment of the lives and livelihood of the people, the FIlipino will rise and fight back. Just like what we did to end Marcos dictatorship,” said Te.
Youth groups and other sectors are gearing up for massive protests this month, especially on the Philippine-American friendship day tomorrow, July 4, and on the president’s second State of the Nation Address on July 24. ###