METRO MANILA – Kabataan Partylist led youth groups and students today as they staged ‘Black Friday’ protests against the fascist offensives of the Duterte regime, including the killing of a 17-year-old and a hundred others under nightly police operations and the continued threat of martial law in Mindanao and the nation.
“Duterte has unfolded to the right – he is now exposed as a fascist tyrant. Despite his advances with China and Russia, and his heated exchanges with the US, he has expressed friendship with US imperialists and is gladly accepting their aggression in the country,” Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said in a statement.
“Duterte has started three wars against the people: the bloody ‘war on drugs,’ martial law against the Moro and Lumad, and the all-out war against the revolutionary forces and peasants. This, in his desperation to cling to power, establish a one man tyrannical rule.”
“Whoever the target, it is the Filipino people that are bound to lose these wars,” Elago added.
“The war on drugs has taken 12,000 lives, including the minor Kian delos Santos and at least 31 others. And now CHED and DepEd intend to impose mandatory drug testing in schools.”
“Oplan Tokhang/Double Barrel target alleged drug users among the poor, while Duterte is ready to give due process and even protects drug users among the police, drug syndicates, and even his son Paolo who has figured in a drug smuggling case,” Elago said.
“Martial law and all-out war in Mindanao meanwhile targeted and have displaced around 400,000 of our Moro and Lumad brothers. Even if the Lumad have evacuated and set camp in Manila, the government and the military continue to harass and threaten them to return to their unsafe communities,” Elago added.
“These wars are going nowhere. By insisting on these wars, Duterte is fast isolating himself from the people.”
The youth party calls on the youth and people to mount growing protests against the regime’s fascist offensives, and unite through alliances against tyranny.
“We call on the youth and the Filipino people to transform their outrage into resistance and further isolate the US-Duterte regime, and to transform this into united action, into big mobilizations and marches for social justice and against the heightening all-out fascism of the regime,” Elago concluded.
The youth party is gearing for protests as they mourn Kian delos Santos’ burial tomorrow, Saturday, August 26. On August 31, they are set to walk out of their schools, and are also set to welcome contingents of our national minorities in their Lakbayan to Manila this coming September. ###