Students from the College Editors Guild of the Philippines and the League of Filipino Students held a candle lighting program at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City to condemn the killing of Dr. Gerardo Ortega, an anti-mining radio commentator for the RMN radio station in Palawan.
“Today, we mourn the death of another fervent servant of the people, Dr. Ortega. He has been a staunch critic of large scale mining activities in the island of Palawan.”, said Terry Ridon, National Chairperson of the League of Filipino Students.
Ridon added that Dr. Gerardo Ortega is an alumnus of the League of Filipino Students chapter in Mindanao State University. “At a very young age, he has seen the need for a people’s movement for change. In his years as a radio commentator, he had actively supported LFS chapters in Palawan and campaign against the continuous influx of large scale mining applications consistently approved by Aquino and his allies.”
“We are gravely outraged that extrajudicial killings continue under Aquino despite promises of change. And above that, he is in the helm of encouraging and approving large scale mining projects in Palawan and the rest of the Philippines. More and more indigenous peoples and peasants lose livelihood, are displaced and even killed each year.”
Moreover, College Editors Guild of the Philippines National President Trina Federis scored the Aquino government for continuing the culture of impunity which has let more than a thousand extrajudicial killings pass without justice.
“As long as killings go on, we will not stop in fighting for justice. We will not waver in continuing Dr. Ortega’s fight for a society where one is free to speak the truth.”, Federis said. ###