Duterte’s recent threat to tag the NPA as terrorists and nothing more than criminals and to crackdown on the progressive movement, is a little too convenient, given his inclination to follow the AFP’s proposal to extend martial law beyond December 31. Mindanao martial law has long been running out of excuses, as the so-called Maute/ISIS threat has long disappeared, and he and his military warfreaks could not drumbeat enough noise of a “spillover.”
Duterte is nothing if not consistent in his fascist rants and acts, using even the tired excuse of the progressive left “conspiring” with the NPA, to constantly kowtow to the wishes of the higher echelons of the US-controlled armed forces. He has resorted to namecalling and threats so many times, in so many forms, that the people have grown weary of his constant harping. This time, he even invokes his US masters, in placing the NPA and CPP, “same as America,” as terrorists. Emboldened by the recent Trump approval of his strongman rule, he is bent on eliminating all opposition, legal and otherwise. The people recognize these threats against the revolutionary and progressive movement for what they are: to eliminate the strongest and most consistent opposition to his fascist rule, silence dissent against his anti-people and pro-imperialist policies and further perpetuate himself in power through a one-man rule.
The fact is, he does not even need to issue this threat. The reactionary state has long criminalized political dissent, charging both revolutionaries and progressives with trumped-up criminal charges and detaining them for long periods of time. Illegal arrests of civilians and activists continue, even more after the formation of Duterte’s IACLA, and almost 500 political prisoners continue to languish in various jails across the country despite promises of an amnesty. Moreover, the AFP has been carrying out an all-out war since February not only against the revolutionary movement but especially against civilian communities suspected of supporting the NPA, on Duterte’s orders himself. He followed this closely with an order for the AFP to “flatten the hills” of suspected ...
Masyadong halata na ang pakanang ekstensyon ng batas militar ang nasa likod ng banta ni Duterte kamakailan lamang na ituturing na umano niyang terorista at simpleng kriminal ang BHB, at magka-crackdown siya sa hayag na progresibong kilusan. Nauubos na nga naman ang mga hinahabing dahilan para sa batas militar sa …
Nov 7 2017
Ang Bayan Special Issue