DAVAO CITY, Philippines—To defeat the “fascist” Duterte-US regime, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Southern Mindanao vowed to recruit more amid the Martial Law declaration in Mindanao.
Rubi Del Mundo, spokesperson of NDFP-SMR, said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s Martial Law declaration in Mindanao is pushing the people in Davao region “to fight in the face of escalating toll of human rights violations committed by the government and paramilitary forces.”
“Duterte’s copycat dictatorial rule will trigger the massive recruitment of young idealistic peasants, workers and petty-bourgeois into the NPA and the underground revolutionary movement and fight the hated regime,” Del Mundo said.
The NDFP-SMR issued a statement on Thursday, September 21 marking the 45th anniversary of the Martial Law as thousands marched the city’s major thoroughfares to condemn the extra-legal killings under the Duterte administration.
Since May this year, at least 68 cases of human rights violations were documented, according to Del Mundo. Del Mundo said these human rights violations were perpetrated by the military, paramilitary and police forces against the indigenous peoples and Moro.
“High in the list of the US-Duterte war machinery in the region are the peasants, Lumad and the Moro people, whom Duterte himself has repeatedly chastised, bullied and threatened with wanton bombing and cold-murder,” Del Mundo pointed out.
The NDF spokesperson also scored the President’s statement of the so-called “Mindanao faction” of the communist rebels in Davao region.
“The claims are preposterous and clear vain machinations to polarize the revolutionary forces. Duterte is already exposed as a devious tyrant and a chief puppet of US imperialism in the country,” Del Mundo said.(davaotoday.com)