President Rodrigo Duterte has shed another skin, but this time revealing his true despotic nature and fascist face.
The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) condemns Duterte’s statement to use “all available assets” against the New People’s Army (NPA) for this will intensify the already rampant human rights violations in the country.
“Many innocent civilians will die and for Duterte to be okay with the collateral damages is preposterous and alarming.” It is now clear that the all-out-war is waged against the Filipino people and not just the NPA,” he said.
Duterte made the remark after the NPA launched a revolutionary justice action which killed four policemen in Davao del Sur earlier this week. In the same press statement he added that he will be “sorry” for the collateral damages that will occur in the all-out-war against the NPA.
Duterte has allowed the police and the military to use new aircrafts, jets and rockets to launch an all-out-war against the NPA, risking the lives of thousands of Filipinos.
“Duterte’s should be lambasted for his constant anti-Filipino remarks. We should hold him accountable for legitimizing the fascist attacks of the state against its own people,” said CEGP national president Jose Mari Callueng.
The intensified all-out-war will worsen human rights violations along with anti-Filipino programs like Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Kapayapaan.
“Filipinos, especially the poor, are the main targets of this undemocratic regime. Both Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Kapayapaan have killed thousands of innocent lives but until today no one is held accountable. These are all state-perpetuated attacks, unveiling the intensified fascist nature of our government,” he said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines’ all-out-war and development support and security plan are an intensified war against the Filipino people that is based on the counter insurgency framework of the imperialist United States. It is continuously pushed by National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, former Washington based military attache and now a trusted ally of the imperialist US in Duterte’s regime.
“Even if the government changes some standard operating procedures on their program against war on drugs and their development support and security plans, it will still be used by the Philippine National Police and the AFP to serve their own interest and incessantly oppress the marginalized,” he added.
Callueng added that the people should continue to expose Duterte’s fascist actions and programs and hold him accountable for the spate of killings, injustices and continuing culture of impunity in the country.
“With the suspension of the peace negotiations, the government will push its fascist programs in guise of peace and development initiatives. This will not bring a just and lasting peace to the people instead this will ignite heightened terror and intensified human rights abuses against communities and activists,” Callueng furthered.
Callueng also criticized Duterte’s prospects of declaring Martial Law in Mindanao and called it an impolitic act that will put the lives of the Filipinos at greater risk.
“Duterte has no reason to further intensify the fascist attacks of the state by declaring martial law. The Filipino people have already taken too much beating from his anti-Filipino programs and pronouncements.”
The CEGP president calls for an end to the government’s all-out-war and resume the peace negotiations which had already made substantial advancements.
“Fighting against the government’s all-out-war is defending the livelihood, schools, medical services and other services created by the masses through their organizations. Along with the government’s intense all-out-war, we should also launch big anti-fascist and anti-imperialist campaigns,” he said.
“We should strongly call for the immediate resumption of peace talks for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the GRP because they have already made advancements in discussing the substantive agenda of social and economic reforms which the government should not throw away. It is the majority of the Filipino masses who will gravely suffer if the root of armed conflict cannot be resolved,” Callueng ended.