NEWS: Disappearances and killing in Mindanao within a day

In a day, we are informed of two cases of state-inspired violence in Mindanao under Martial law.

A Lumad student lies down on concrete ground in dissent to Martial law extension in Mindanao. | October 28, 2018

Two peasant leaders missing in Cagayan de Oro

The chairpersons of indigenous group Kalumbay Regional Lumad Organization and progressive farmer organization Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas — Northern Mindanao Region (KMP-NMR) went missing, Monday, after the two left Bulua at past ten in the morning for a meeting with Pig-uyonan, a member organization of Kalumbay.

According to a statement released by KMP-NMR, the last contact with Datu Jomorito Goaynon and Ireneo Udarbe was their phone call to a Kalumbay staff who was informed they were stuck in traffic at around 11 in the morning. But the two never arrived at the supposed meeting.

“We fear that their disappearance is part of the prevailing military actions against progressive groups through the martial rule in Mindanao,” said Jon Callueng, National President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

Datu Jomorito was tagged as New People’s Army recruiter by the 65th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. On January 22, Pig-uyonan, with Datu Jomorito, filed a complaint against the military for harassment and forced surrender. Today, January 29, a dialogue was scheduled with the military at the Commission on Human Rights.

Should there be any information about their whereabouts, refer them through these contact numbers:
09972659940 — TM/Globe
09207864424 — Smart/TNT

Peasant farmer tortured in Mindanao

A member of Magbabaul, affiliate member of progressive farmer group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas was murdered after alleged interrogation at a check point along the highway of Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental and Rizal, Zamboanga del Norte last night.

According to rights group Karapatan-Western Mindanao, Sergio Atay, Jr., 35, was laden with 5 gunshot wounds in the head. He was allegedly tortured based on a medico-legal probe.

“The cases of harassment and killings against the innocent and harmless progressive individuals and groups is proof that Martial Law in Mindanao is a violent measure that breeds more human rights violation,” said Jon Callueng, National President of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

While the state under Duterte is pressed to intimidate, harass and kill its broad adversaries on issues concerning the welfare of the majority poor, the Mindanaoan president should beware himself: no fascist measures have ever quelled the united and solid actions of the people which have toppled despotic regimes throughout history.

The alliance of campus press and press freedom advocates will always stand valiantly along with the Filipino people in this fight against oppression and tyranny. No little vile reality will ever pass without getting exposed.

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