As the Supreme Court is set to hold oral arguments for the 2nd extension of Martial Law in Mindanao on January 16 and 17, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago said that bigger protests are to be seen in light of growing opposition to Martial Law and Duterte’s dictatorial moves.
“Duterte is a few steps closer to his goal of installing dictatorial rule. Especially with what he did to Rappler recently, compounded with other instances of repression in campus publications and other schemes of the Duterte administration to silence his dissenters, expect bigger and bolder protest actions against him and his fascist machinations,” Elago said.
“No amount of media blackout can hide the fact that Martial Law in Mindanao has produced countless human rights violations–militarization of communities, EJKs, illegal arrests and detention, forced evacuations, destruction of livelihood, among others–against Moro, Lumad, peasants, and Mindanaoans. There is no better way to describe it but outright fascism. And there is no better argument against its extension and possible application nationwide,” Elago added.
The youth solon pointed out that the current economic and political crisis in the country—worsened by the continuous implementation of oplan tokhang, the implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN), and charter change — are only pieces in Duterte’s puzzle to become a full-blown dictator.
“The Duterte clique’s persistence to heighten martial rule is but a sign of the increasing instability of the system, and a desperate attempt at re-consolidating the state in the ruling class’ bid for control and super-profit at the expense of the rights and lives of the people,” Elago adds.
“There is no doubt, however, that the people will stand to resist Duterte’s dictatorial rule. However the Supreme Court chooses to decide, the fight against tyranny shall continue,” she ended.###