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Youth group alarmed over Duterte’s martial law, General Año’s appointment

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By Joey Natividad

CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region ( – Progressive groups from the youth sector have raised alarm over the growing fascist rule right after President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao and expanded the suspension of the privilege of writ of habeas corpus in the Visayas.

The appointment of General Año as martial law administrator has reinforced the firm belief of Kabataang Partylist that Duterte’s actions are preparing the groundwork for intensified state fascism.

Kabataang Partylist also believes the use of “IS terrorist threat” is a flimsy excuse to empower the military for more repressive acts against the Filipino people.

Kabataang Partylist Representative Sarah Elago scored on the President’s brazen threats to expand the fascist rule over the Visayas and Luzon islands, should terrorist groups be sighted.

“He has, in fact, directed an embargo of the country’s naval forces to prepare for the imminent declaration following reports of terrorist groups in the Visayas,” said Elago.

“What is more enraging is his bold and shameless appointment of General Año as Martial Law administrator. In his press conference held at NAIA other day, he declared that Año’s term as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines shall be extended for another six months, to enable him to facilitate the full implementation of Martial Law,” Elago warned.

Kabataang Partylist also warned that Duterte’s appointment of Año is a marching order to the “mercenaries to unleash their all-out fascism against the Filipino people.”

The youth group reminded that Año is responsible for the the abduction of Jonas Burgos, son of Martial Law Freedom Fighter Jose Burgos, Jr and a known peasant leader. The group said Año is also culprit to the death of Franklin Barrera, 18-year old anti-mining activist and district coordinator of Kabataan Partylist.

The Partylist narrated that Año’s expertise in intelligence, earned him promotion in December 2012, as the chief of the Intelligence Services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“He is responsible for various human rights violations against indigenous peoples while holding the command post of 10th Infantry Division in Davao Occidental. He idolized Jovito “Butcher” Palparan and provisioned the “Palparan Battalion” or the 69th Infantry Battalion accountable for the killings of three Indigenous and farmer leaders in Paquibato district in Davao city in June 14, 2015,” Kabataang gave a reminder. []

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