Filipinos in peril for extension of martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to extend martial law in Mindanao is nothing but a tactless move to consolidate his political power, tighten his shackles to the United States (US), and to brew his hopeless plan of a dictatorship. Filipinos are now in great peril because the US lapdog has already signed a letter asking Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao.

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines strongly condemns the extension of martial law for despite its monstrous flak in resolving what he called “terrorism” in Marawi City, it will only strengthen the reactionary government’s force, abetting their wholesale killings and violation of human rights.

After all, it is Duterte himself who crushed his promise that his regime is sincere in pursuing a just and lasting peace in the country. Even before declaring martial law in Mindanao, his regime’s fascist attacks against the Filipino people have already been in an ill state. His war against drugs has killed more than 13,000 people and his all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines have resulted to mass killings and bombings in communities in the countryside putting lives of thousands in civilians in danger. On top of that is the current crackdown against those in the legal democratic movement which has already resulted to mass arrest and killings of leader activists nationwide.

Meanwhile, the pea-brained Armed Forces of the Philippines justification on extending martial law is vacuous. Their recommendation, which is based on addressing “continuing threats from terrorist groups” and “facilitating of Marawi rehabilitation” exposes how Duterte helplessly barks to its big boss, the US.

Big business compradors are heavily salivating from the benefits they will reap from the destruction of Marawi. In the rehabilitation process, the government already sold lands to foreign and private businesses for the guise of a temporary boom in the economy. Officials from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said that World Bank “experts” will take part in creating a rehabilitation plan for projects to be undertaken in Marawi. This is a blatant move to push for projects in the favor of the ruling class, giving the World Bank power to impose conditions on funding that will put the lives of Filipino people in ruthless conditions in the long run.

The US-Duterte regime is disgusting for it has assured the ruling class and other cronies of their share of the spoils of Marawi who are now drooling for the wide selection of land to control for their own interest.

With the spate of killings and human rights abuses, Duterte, the United States, and their local cohorts are the real terrorists in this country. Those trying to crush terrorism are the terrorist themselves.

The Filipino people will strengthen and intensify its resistance against Duterte’s fascist tactics. The Guild, as a national democratic alliance of tertiary student publication in the Asia Pacific, calls on its all student publications to unite against a tyrannical regime and to expose the fully unveiled authoritarian rule of Duterte.

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