Groups condemn suppression and martial law in Mindanao

Various groups spearheaded by BAYAN-Mindanao and Barug Katungod protested in front of the Department of National Defense, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on December 4 to oppose the implementation of martial law in the island which has resulted in widespread curtailment of human rights.

Meanwhile, during the National Clergy Convocation of the Iglesia Filipina Indipendiente last November 20, they offered prayers and held a solidarity program for the Manobo evacuees. They also held a candle lighting ceremony in UCCP Haran to demand an end to the violence against Lumads.

In UP Diliman, the Artists for Human Rights (AHRT!) launched the CINERESBAK: Decades of Resistance Films, a film showing on the Filipino people’s resistance, at the Cine Adarna last December 3.

This was followed by RAMPA! a red carpet walk against red-tagging and attacks against the people which was participated by the Samahan ng Manininda sa UP, SUMIFRU workers, Mae Paner and other personalities.

In conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women last November 25, members of Gabriela-Bicol mounted a protest in Plaza Oragon, Naga City. Meanwhile, in conjunction with the International Women Human Rights Defenders’ Day last November 29, members of Karapatan and Gabriela protested in front of the Department of National Defense in Cubao, Quezon City.

In commemoration of the Maguindanao Massacre and the International Day to End Impunity last November 23, members of Anakbayan Southern Tagalog protested at the Calamba Crossing, Laguna and at the Freedom Park, Pala-pala, Dasmarinas, Cavite. Simultaneously, members of the College Editors’ Guild of the Philippines-Cebu and Karapatan-Cebu held a protest and candle lighting ceremony in Metro Colon, Cebu.

On November 28, they marched and converged in front of the Commission on Human Rights Region VII and in Metro Colon, Cebu in commemoration of the first death anniversary of Elisa Badayos of Karapatan-Negros Oriental and Elioterio Moises ng Mantapi Farmers’ Association who were murdered while conducting the Central Visayas Fact Finding Mission last year.