On the recent killing of mother and son in Tarlac: “Barbarism begins with Duterte” – peasant women group

Manila, Philippines – The Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women condemned the cold-blooded killing of Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank by a fascist police personnel Jonel Nuezca during a heated argument in Paniqui, Tarlac on December 19, 2020. The group said that the culture of killings and police brutality was Duterte’s marching orders to his state forces in the country.

” We should condemn this barbaric act of fascist Nuezca for killing the Gregorios which comes from Duterte’s mandate to disregard human rights and kill innocent and civilians. Sino ba ang modelo ng mga pasistang pulis sa kanilang pang-aabuso kundi ang mismong si Duterte na kinikilala ngang criminal against humanity ng international community. Sa paghahari niya ay normalisado ang mass killing, sa kanyang kriminal na ‘war on drugs’ at sa extra-judicial killings sa mga aktibista. Halos 300 na ang magsasaka at kababaihang magbubukid na biktima ng EJK sa ilalim niya. Katulad ni Duterte, mala-demonyo ang mamamatay-taong ito na si Nuezca,” exclaimed by Zenaida Soriano, Amihan National Chairperson in a statement.

As Duterte’s latest marching order to his law enforcement dated last December 3 stated as “Wala akong pakialam sa human rights na yan. I’m telling the law enforcement, uniformed personnel, do your duty. Do it in accordance with law pero be alert and be wise. Alam mo kaunting pagkamali lang barilin mo na. The Amihan peasant women group said that this was essentially his marching order to target innocent, civilians, activists, farmers, peasant women and other human rights defenders in the country.

Amihan said that when Duterte accused ‘legal fronts’ of ‘magtago na kayo,’ last April 2020 during his press briefing based on the video, “Ang utos ko sa kanila, patayin kayo? Eh di patayin ninyo rin. Lahat na. Tapusin na natin ‘to sa panahon ko. I have two more years, I will try to finish all of you. Pati kayong mga legal, magtago na kayo, huwag ninyong sabihin na, putang ina na wala kayong …” Subsequently, EJKs on activists have been incessant, red-tagging intensified, so are illegal arrest and detention and filing of trumped-up charges to activitist and people’s organizations, perpertrated by his state forces.

“Manawagan tayo ng hustisya sa mag-inang Gregorio! Gayundin sa lahat ng pinaslang ng mga kapulisan at estadong ito,” Soriano ended. ###

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