BAYAN MUNA: AFP WANTS MARTIAL LAW FOREVER

Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate

BAYAN MUNA: AFP WANTS MARTIAL LAW FOREVER

No longer surprising. They even want it ad infinitum.

This was how Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate today described the recommendation of AFP Chief Carlito Galvez to extend for one-year the state of martial law in Mindanao.

“Actually, if we would leave it to the AFP, they would recommend martial forever, not only for Mindanao but for the whole country. They would devise any pretext, even ‘make believe’ ones like their dismally flopped Red October cannard, if only to justify martial rule,” said the progressive solon.

“It is pitiable that Galvez and the military cannot even candidly admit that they are the ones actually “clamoring” for martial law extension and not the majority of Mindanaoans,” Rep. Zarate said.

“Truth to tell, this move to further extend martial rule can even be used to influence the elections in Mindanao and ensure the victory of administration bets,” added the Davao-based solon.

“As proven in the latest case of harassment against Ka Satur Ocampo and other Talaingod 18, the military and police will employ everything, especially trump-up tactics, just to criminalize those who help the lumads and those who oppose the human rights violations perpetuated by state forces while Martial law is in place Mindanao” he said.

“Along with other affected residents and sectors from Mindanao, we will oppose this new proposal to extend martial rule and continue to expose human rights violations committed by members of the AFP, PNP and their paramilitary forces,” ended Rep. Zarate.###

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