US lapdog Duterte appoints cold-blooded butcher Año as DILG OIC

Eduardo Año, a leading human rights violator figure in the country who is responsible for the disappearance of activist Jonas Burgos in 2007, was named officer-in-charge of the Department of Interior and Local Government, replacing Ismael Sueno who was fired over corruption allegations April of 2017.

The warmongering and diabolical former AFP chief will now head an executive department of the Philippine government who should be responsible for promoting peace and order, ensuring public safety, and the effective delivery of basic services to the Filipino people.

Blood on Año’s hands has yet to be accounted. In 2007, Burgos was dragged out of a restaurant by armed men. Among the perpetrators was then Army. Lt. Harry Baliaga, who was under the direct command of Año. Burgos never surfaced after that day.

United States lapdog President Rodrigo Duterte has been long vocal and keen on appointing Año as interior secretary and said in one interview that “Año’s leadership resulted [in] a stronger Armed Forces” and that “the crowning jewel of Año’s career is the liberation of Marawi.”

Duterte, the ultimate flagbearer of terrorism in the country, is praising here his so-called stronger armed forces who have killed thousands of Filipinos in the three wars he launched, namely: the war against drugs, all-out war against the Communist Party of the Philippines and Oplan Kapayapaan, and martial law in Mindanao.

Año’s reputation is likened to retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, more infamously known as “The Butcher,” who is the mastermind behind the disappearance of University of the Philippines’ students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño.

In fact, his army battalions have long been implicated in various human rights violations. Members of his then 69th Infantry Battalion are implicated in the Paquibato massacre that left three civilians killed, a 12-year old child wounded, and two community leaders missing.

Last 2017, Año announced a Php 100,000 bounty on the heads of New People’s Army (NPA) members. Since then, they have launched a witch hunt on finding civilians they can parade as members of the NPA.

KARAPATAN, an alliance for the advancement of people’s rights, cited the case of Rolly Panesa who was arrested and tortured on October 5, 2012, after being mistaken as a certain “Benjamin Mendoza,” an alleged high ranking official of the Communist Party of the Philippines with a Php 5.6 million peso bounty. Panesa is a security guard and submitted various proof of his identity, including his birth and baptismal certificate, school and employment records, SSS card, driver’s license, NBI clearance, among others. Panesa was later acquitted and released in 2013.

Promoting peace and order through the DILG is already a task deemed impossible especially that we are under a semi-colonial and semi-feudal society. This means that the appointment of Año will only worsen what is already a screwed and messed up state of peace and security in the Philippines.

The US-Duterte regime is now hellbent on completing its ambitious dream of a dictatorship at the expense of the lives of the Filipino people. But this will only translate to an ardent level of strength of the mass movement whose resistance against Duterte’s decaying fascist tactics will only intensify and escalate to an unparalleled brute force and vigor.

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