Southern Tagalog joins protest action in Mendiola

ACTIVISTS from Southern Tagalog joined sectors from National Capital Region (NCR) in the multi-sectoral mobilization that was held at Mendiola at 10:00 am. The group had a vigil at Atty. Romeo Capulong’s wake and were up as early as 6:00 am for the event.

The caravan organized by the militant group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Southern Tagalog (BAYAN-ST), merged with the militants of NCR at 9:00 at the University of Sto. Tomas before marching towards Mendiola.

“Despite that Martial Law has already long ended, the citizens of Southern Tagalog is still experiencing Martial Law under the banner of Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan,” said XL Fuentes, Secretary General of BAYAN-ST.

Fuentes explained, “Until now, South Quezon and Bondoc Peninsula of Quezon Province are still militarized and the 8 battalions of AFP, PNP and CAFGU that were deployed there remains. Although there was no Martial Law declared, the presence of the 8 battalions and the human rights violations these state security forces committed are similar to that of Martial Law.”

Karapatan, a human rights group, has noted 100 victims of extrajudicial killings, 170 illegally arrested and detained, 62 victims of torture, 11 desaparacidos and 37,000 cases of human rights violations in two years under the Aquino Regime.

“Aquino can not take credit on the victory of the Anti-Marcos struggle,” Fuentes said adding that “the people of Southern Tagalog would not have come here to call for justice if the country has been truly relieved of state terror.”

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