NM Ka­bataan Partylist group cries ha­rass­ment

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YOUTH group Ka­bataan Partylist con­demns the al­leged ha­rass­ment against Ven­nel Chen­foo, the group’s North­ern Min­danao re­gional co­or­di­na­tor.

At around 10 a.m. yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 9, Chen­foo was ap­proached by some­one ques­tion­ing about the where­abouts of his mother and other fam­ily mem­bers at a cof­fee shop in­side a mall here.

The per­son con­tin­ued to ask per­sonal ques­tions and tried to take pho­tos of him, then ac­cused him of be­ing the “Deputy sec­re­tary sa ur­ban unit,” telling him they know what he is do­ing for the “kali­hukan”.

The youth group al­leged that the per­son is an agent of the mil­i­tary in­tel­le­gence unit.

In a state­ment, Ka­bataan Partylist Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Sarah Elago said ha­rass­ment against ac­tivists has in­ten­si­fied, and is among the ef­forts of this ad­min­is­tra­tion to silent crit­ics es­pe­cially the youth.

Elago how­ever said the youth re­main un­fazed, point­ing out that there will be no amount of ha­rass­ment that could si­lence them, as they will in­stead am­plify their voice to as­sert their rights.

“It is clear that the mil­i­tary is set­ting the minds of the pub­lic on who its next tar­get will be. More­over,

these ha­rass­ments are hap­pen­ing in a con­text where the youth and stu­dents are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing huge at­tacks on demo­cratic rights. The youth move­ment is be­ing dis­cred­ited and even im­pli­cated in an ab­surdly fab­ri­cated “Red Oc­to­ber” plot,” Elago said.

“They want to pacify us, but we will not be paci­fied. We will only am­plify our voice even more as we fur­ther as­sert our demo­cratic rights.

Elago fur­ther ex­plained: “Yes­ter­day, we filed a res­o­lu­tion in Congress seek­ing to con­demn at­tack on youth demo­cratic rights and gath­ered the sup­port of our law­mak­ers. These ef­forts will be mag­ni­fied by a series of mo­bi­liza­tions which will cul­mi­nate in a huge na­tional day of ac­tion dubbed as “Oc­to­ber Rage” this com­ing Oc­to­ber 12. We in­vite ev­ery youth and stu­dent to join us in in­ten­si­fy­ing our fight for youth and peo­ple’s demo­cratic rights.”

The 4th In­fantry Divi­sion (4ID) said it will ver­ify the re­port, even as it urged the group to file a com­plaint so that ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions can be taken.

“It is not the first time that these groups have ac­cused the mil­i­tary of al­leged ha­rass­ment but no com­plaint have been filed,” said First Lieu­tenant Tere In­gente, the 4ID spokesper­son.

“Our man­date is to pro­tect our cit­i­zenry from ter­ror­ism and en­sure their safety. We as­sure ev­ery­one that your Army is a pro­fes­sional or­ga­ni­za­tion that ad­heres to the rule of law. If ever there is a vi­o­la­tion of these, we will surely act on it promptly,” she added.

(PRES­I­DEN­TIAL PHOTO)

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo R. Duterte flashes his sig­na­ture pose with the House Speaker Glo­ria Ar­royo, Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sioner Pros­pero de Vera III, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary Sal­vador Me­di­aldea and other of­fi­cials from the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor af­ter the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Repub­lic Act 11079 or “An Act Man­dat­ing the In­te­gra­tion of the Maasin City Col­lege into the South­ern Leyte State Uni­ver­sity” dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the Mala­cañan Palace on Oc­to­ber 9, 2018.

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