BAYAN MUNA TO DUTERTE: LIFT MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO

Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate

BAYAN MUNA TO DUTERTE: LIFT MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO

Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate again strongly called on Pres.Duterte to “lift martial law now as it only brought untold miseries to the people of Mindanao in the last two years.”

“Dalawang taon na ang Batas Militar sa Mindanao at matagal na dapat itong inalis o ibinasura. Napakarami ng paglabag sa karapatan pantao ang naganap dahil dito lalu lalo pa sa mga kapatid nating Lumad,” said the Davao- based progressive solon.

Bayan Muna Congresswoman-elect Eufemia Cullamat, herself a Manobo leader, said that martial law in Mindanao “has bore down heavily on the indigenous peoples and peasant communities in Mindanao.”

“Matagal nang panawagan ng mga lumad ang pagtapos ng martial law sa Mindanao. Ito ay nagdulot ng paparami at papatinding mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao ng mga katutubo. Kabilang dito ang mga pagpatay, pambobomba, sapilitang pagpapalayas ng mga komunidad, at iba pang paglabag,” added Cullamat, chairperson of Kasalo,a group of indigenous people in the heavily militarized Caraga Region.

“The election is already over and there is no justification anymore for extending this tyrannical martial rule on the whole island. It is high time that martial law be lifted now,” ended Rep. Zarate.###

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