Peace stakeholders pour our grief over murdered NDF consultant Malayao | BICOL TODAY

Peace stakeholders pour our grief over murdered NDF consultant Malayao

Felix Randy P. Malayao, NDF Peace Consultant. Photo by Kodao Productions

MANILA, Philippines — The killing of NDF consultant Felix Randy Malayao early Wednesday morning, January 30, by suspected state agents was condemned by various militant groups and peace stakeholders.

Malayao was shot dead by suspected death squad elements of the 5th ID at 2.30 am Wednesday inside a bus during a stop-over at Darapidap, Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.

The National Democratic Front (NDF- Cagayan Valley) said “Malayao’s killing is the latest among the fascist US-Duterte regime’s attacks against the people, in a desperate and bloody attempt to fulfill his forecast that the revolutionary movement can be crushed by the middle of the year. At the time of his death, Comrade Felix was covered by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees that stipulates, among others, that consultants like him should not be harmed nor arrested.”

Comrade Felix was a humble servant of the masses, who spent 33 years of his life arousing, organizing and mobilizing the people against an unjust ruling system. He was an exemplary revolutionary, whose favorite motto was “Others First.” He lived among the peasants and workers of Cagayan Valley, later serving as the region’s representative to the NDF-GRP Peace Talks, all the while performing other revolutionary duties, said Salvador del Pueblo, spokesperson of NDF-Cagayan Valley.

“He was abducted and tortured in 2008 before being imprisoned for four years, but steadily returned to the people’s movement after being released. It is a proof of his unwavering commitment to the people that the US-Duterte regime’s men had to kill him while sleeping, in the dead of the night, because they could not stop him otherwise,” said the underground group.

Hong Kong human rights group condemns Malayao’s murder

Meanwhile a Hong Kong rights advocate group condemned the treacherous killing of the peace consultant.

Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (HKCAHRPP) said the treacherous killing of NDF peace consultant Malayao holds the Duterte regime responsible.

The cold-blooded killing of Malayao is the latest in a slew of attacks on peace-loving advocates. Malayao, who is a holder of the NDFP-GRP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees identification card, should have been protected from such an attack, and arrests. This brazen killing, on top of the attacks on other NDF consultants with trumped up charges, does not bode well on the future of peace talks, Ma Wan-ki, co-convenor of the Hong Kong group said.

About Malayao

Malayao was abducted and the incarcerated in 2008, during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s term. He was heavily tortured, before being released in 2012. While in jail, he conducted literacy programs with the inmates.

He graduated from UP Visayas in Iloilo, with a degree on fisheries. He formerly headed the official student publication there, Ang Mangingisda, and was a previous Vice President for the Visayas of the alliance of student publications, College Editors Guild of the Philippines.

College Editors Guild mourns fellow editor Randy

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines gravely condemned the killing of the NDF consultant, and CEGP alumnus Randy Felix Malayao.

CEGP said Malayao, as a student, was editor-in-chief of Ang Mangingisda, student publication of University of the Philippines Visayas-Miag-ao, where he also earned his Bachelor of Science in Fisheries degree.

The trend of political killings and arrests of NDF consultants for the past years proves the outrageous insincerity of the Duterte administration in pursuing peace. Peace consultants like Adelberto Silva, Vic Ladlad, Rey Casambre, and Rafael Baylosis were all illegally arrested following the halt of the peace talks, said CEGP. []

Posted by on January 31, 2019. Filed under Headlines,Nation. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.