Reds calls Duterte a ‘mass killer’ over spate of killings in Mindanao
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Mindanao has called President Rodrigo Duterte as mass
murder over the spate of unabated killings that targeted the indigenous people and Moro people in Mindanao.
“Duterte, the first president from Mindanao, has become the mass murderer of his fellow Mindanaoans,” Ka Joaquin Jacinto,
spokesperson of the NDFP-Mindanao, said in a statement sent to media Wednesday.
“He will be ever be reviled as the mass murderer of the Moro people and destroyer of Marawi City, oppressor
of the Lumad and pillager of ancestral lands,” he added.
Jacinto said that Duterte’s platform of governance for Mindanao has caused its people “nothing but misery, brutality, destruction and death.”
He further warned that the “Red October” ouster plot, a claim by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) allegedly being
hatched by the communists against the chief executive, would only intensify the senseless killings in Davao and Caraga
regions where the AFP said to have a the “critical mass.”
“This could only mean more killings, arrests, oppression and other violations against the people of Mindanao,” he said.
Jacinto said that since June 2016 until December 2017, there have been 188 recorded additional legal killings of regular
citizens, activists, legal counselors, church individuals and neighborhood media in Mindanao, with 37 of those executed Lumad.
“Of the considerable number of killings, 7o percent were submitted under Martial law,” as indicated by Jacinto, including that
Meanwhile, there were 247 instances of disappointed killings inside a similar period, including the baffled killings of 78 Lumad, 53 of which were volunteer educators of elective schools.
Army troopers from 71st Infantry Battalion
Another instance of AFP’s fierceness, as indicated by Jacinto, was the supposed nine-day torment of Janry Mensis, 22, and “Jerry”,
16, whom the Army troopers from 71st Infantry Battalion “consumed and endeavored to kill” in December 2017 in Compostela Valley.
“Since June to September 2018, 15 individuals from dynamic ranchers and Lumad associations slaughtered by
working troops of the AFP or their military operators,” Jacinto said.
Hence, side from the spate of killings, Jacinto said the Lumad people group in Talaingod in the Davao Region, Manobos of Bukidnon
and the Manobo clans of Surigao del Sur always disengaged due to bombings and gross human rights infringement amid battle activities of the AFP.
“At least 59 occurrences of bombings and 18 episodes of strafing submitted in other Mindanao people group inside a
year bringing about the coercive clearing of 43,480 people, the vast majority of which were Moro and Lumad,” he said.
Possessing networks of Talaingod in Davao del Norte
Since June of this current year, the fighters from 56th, 72nd and 88th Infantry Battalion alongside the Alamara paramilitary gatherings have been possessing networks of Talaingod in Davao del Norte. They possessed non military personnel homes and schools and have submitted grave human rights maltreatment against the Lumad in the zone, as indicated by Jacinto.
Somewhere else in Mindanao, Jacinto said the AFP keeps on besieging Moro people group, particularly those around asset rich Moro people group, refering to the episode last September where fighters did bombarding and mortar shelling in Brgy. Bialong, Shariff Aguak and Datu Saudi Ampatuan, constraining hundreds to clear; and in Shariff Saydona Mustapha, slaughtering a non military personnel and injuring three, all in Maguindanao.
“Duterte might want individuals to imagine that he is as yet sure of the help of the general population of Mindanao. His strategy of mass homicide, be that as it may, demonstrates his uncertainty,” he said. “The outrage felt by Mindanaoans will without a doubt strengthen into repugnance.”