Have the Reds known as it quits with President Rodrigo Duterte?
Some distinguished members of the leftist movement have joined forces with human rights advocates and different civil society leaders to launch a movement in opposition to “the increasing fascism and militarist rule of the Duterte government.”
During its launch Monday (August 28) in Quezon City, the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) issued a manifesto titled “Stop the Killings, Stand Against Tyranny” the place they accused Duterte of permitting the police and death squads to kill hundreds of poor drug suspects “in a brutal and murderous war on drugs.”
It known as on the general public to take a stand and converse out in opposition to the extrajudicial killings and “other blatant acts of tyranny” since Duterte’s rule is “fast unfolding into another despotic regime.”
Leading the group was former Senator Rene Saguisag and Sister Mary John Mananzan. Joining them have been leftist leaders similar to ACT Teachers Rep. Antonio Tino, former Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares, National Union of People’s Lawyers Secretary General Edre Olalia, Karapatan’s Cristina Palabay and BAYAN’s Dr. Carol Araullo.
The relationship between the communist movement and Duterte has turn into fragile for the reason that President shelved the peace talks. He has accused the New People’s Army of sabotaging the negotiations by persevering with its assaults in opposition to authorities forces.
In addition to slamming the drug warfare, MAT additionally criticized the President for allegedly ordering the army and policce to “bombard civilian communities and terrorize, kill and illegally arrest those he considers as ‘enemies of the state.’”
The group additionally hit Duterte for “pressuring into submission” the Supreme Court, Ombudsman and Commission on Human Rights, in addition to the media.
MAT urged the general public to collect at Luneta on September 21, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial legislation by dictator Ferdinand Marcos to indicate solidarity to human rights victims and ship the message about not letting tyranny reign.