Bayan-Negros calls for Duterte ouster
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
In commemoration of the EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary, which is observed today, the Negros chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan-Negros), is calling for the ouster of President Rodrigo Duterte. Bayan-Negros spokesperson Ereneo Longinos said, under the Duterte administration, the country is “in the clutches of a fascist dictatorship.”
He characterized the president’s initiative to rid the Philippines of illegal drugs as a “so-called war on drugs” and called it “a bloody campaign which undermines due process and [has] resulted in the killings of thousands, especially those living in poverty.”
Longinos then cited data from the Negros chapter of Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights, or Karapatan, that claims there have been 87 victims of extrajudicial killings committed against political activists in the region, while 95 activists are currently imprisoned.
“These are the gross human rights violations of his administration, while the real criminals are freed,” the Bayan-Negros official added.
He also accused the Duterte administration of incarcerating political dissenters without due process of law.
In addition, Longinos criticized moves to shut down ABS-CBN.
EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary is recognized as a special non-working holiday. Over the weekend, the Quezon City Police District reported around 100 individuals gathered at the People Power Monument calling for the president’s ouster.
According to a report by GMA News, the groups gathered included the Coalition Against Federalism in the Philippines and Kilusang Kontra Tsina./DGB, WDJ