The Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women renewed their calls for justice for Lucresia Tasic, a barangay councilor and campaigner for Anakpawis partylist, on the one-year anniversary of her murder by what are suspected to have been state forces. The group also emphasized a need to end the reign of terror enforced by the Duterte administration’s counterinsurgency operations.
“No justice has been served for Lucresia Tasic since her murder one year ago. We are still mourning the loss of a progressive, pro-people servant of the public. Until she and all other victims of state terrorism have been granted the justice they deserve, we refuse to remain silent.” said Amihan National Chairperson Zenaida Soriano.
Lucresia Tasic, barangay councilor of Brgy. Hanopol Norte, Balilihan, Bohol, was gunned down inside her own home at around 10 am on Feb. 16, 2021, by two unidentified men on board a white van claiming to be Capitol employees supposed to conduct “operation tuli.”
Lucresia was a top councilor who actively forwarded the campaigns of Anakpawis Partylist in her barangay. Prior to her murder, she faced constant red-tagging and harassment by state forces pressuring her to “clear” her name and quit the organization.
“We must continue to demand the scrapping of Executive Order No. 70, Memorandum Order No. 32, Anti-Terror Law and other policies that legitimize extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests and detention, red-tagging, and other forms of human rights violations,” Soriano added.
“The people deserve better than to live in fear because of state terrorism. It is crucial that candidates in the upcoming election take a stand towards ending policies that authorize the murder of innocent Filipinos.” ###