President Rodrigo Duterte’s henchmen were “singing a chorus of fantastic lies” to justify the declaration of a nationwide martial law by October, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said on Wednesday.
Mounting cases of harassments and cases of violence against women and other forms of human rights violations were among the issues raised during the recently-concluded National Fact-Finding Mission conducted by various groups, including the Gabriela Women’s Party in Sultan Kudarat province.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has assured that it will remain in the war-ravaged Marawi City to extend humanitarian aid to the internally displaced persons (IDPs) until the situation there has returned to normal.
Protest actions were launched in key cities of Mindanao to mark the first year of Marawi siege and the declaration of Martial Law in the island through Proclamation 216.
Protests have continued to mount as the first year of the Marawi siege and the declaration of martial law in Mindanao were remembered on Wednesday, May 23.
A year after the City of Marawi was ruined by war, displaced residents continued to lament over their plight.
One year after the Proclamation 216 was signed declaring the suspension of habeas corpus and the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao, human rights group rounded up numerous cases of abuses.
Calling it as an insult to the Maranao people, the youth group League of Filipino Students (LFS) has condemned the “Kambisita” program aimed at allowing the civilians to briefly visit their communities in the war-ravaged Marawi City.
Cases of abuses against civilians allegedly perpetrated by state security forces continue to pile up in parts of Northern Mindanao as martial rule is still in effect in Mindanao, a report of a fact-finding body revealed Monday.
While the rest of the Christian Filipinos celebrated the Holy Week in church festivities, thousands of Meranaw residents in this Islamic city staged a symbolic protest to condemn the slow-paced government rehabilitation of their homes ravaged by war.”