CEGP: Duterte, no. 1 serial killer in the country

UP students and progressive youth groups held a protest action on September 7 to strongly condemn the recent spate of killings that shocked the nation. They are demanding justice for Kian delos Santos, Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo de Guzman who were brutally and mercilessly murdered by the agents of the Philippine National Police a few weeks ago. They point at President Rodrigo Duterte as the most guilty in the murder of more than 13,000 Filipinos because of his shameless tolerance to the atrocities committed by his men in the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. Photo by Jan Mikhail Geriane

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines condemns in the strongest terms the morbid killing of Reynaldo de Guzman, a 14-year-old student from Cainta, Rizal who was found dead on September 6 in Gapan City, Nueva Ecija with 30 stab wounds from his killers. He was last seen with Carl Angelo Arnaiz, a former University of the Philippines Diliman student who was killed by the Caloocan City police on August 18 under the bloody war on drugs.

“The killing of Reynaldo, Carl, Kian, and hundreds of other innocent youth is a testament that the youth is not spared as target under Oplan Tokhang. Duterte repeatedly announced that bloodshed in our communities is necessary for the better future of our youth and nation, but what he doesn’t understand is that he is the one taking the future away from the youth and dragging the nation into a killing field,” said Jose Mari Callueng, CEGP National President.

Callueng points at President Duterte as the culprit for the death of many Filipinos by tolerating his murderous police and military men and instilling the atmosphere of impunity by turning a blind eye to the demands of the people who seek justice for the killings.

“The psychopathic and shameless attitude of President Duterte, with his obsession to kill with impunity, prove that he is the number 1 serial killer and most dangerous man in the country. His war on drugs is a war against the poor, the helpless, and the marginalized. He mainly prosecuted the defenseless poor people and those who opposed his policies. If he is looking for criminals, he should target the PNP, AFP and his cohorts who have long abused their authority for their own gain,” Callueng added.

The spate of extrajudicial killings in the country is not confined to the urban and population centers. In the provinces and rural areas, his Oplan Kapayapaan and war against the Moro people also claimed the lives of our many fellow countrymen. Last September 5, Obillo Bay-ao, a 19-year-old Lumad student of the Salugpongan Ta Tanu Igkanogon Community Learning Center, was shot dead by a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

This sort of violence and fascism perpetrated by the government through the Armed Forces of the Philippines forced our national minorities to evacuate their communities. Many of them joined the “Lakbayan ng Bangsamoro at Pambansang Minorya” and are now in UP Diliman in Metro Manila to demand justice for their slain community members as well as to fight for self-determination and just and lasting peace based on social justice.

“As long as President Duterte and his government heed to the caprices of the United States and the ruling elite, the Filipino people will continue to suffer. The masses should unite and create a strong front to counter the iron-fisted rule of the US-Duterte Regime, and push for a society wherein there is no repression of our fundamental rights as a citizen,” Callueng ended.

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