Agri­cul­tural Work­ers Con­demn Ter­ror­ist List­ing of its Of­fi­cer and Mem­bers

Sun.Star Davao - - OPINION -

The Unyon ng mga Mang­ga­gawa sa Agrikul­tura (UMA) and Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Sugar Work­ers (NFSW) con­demn the ter­ror­ist list­ing by the Duterte regime on 600 per­sons in­clud­ing five mem­bers of Kaisa­han-Batan­gas, among which is an of­fi­cer of the NFSW. Kaisa­han is a mem­ber of UMA.

Their in­clu­sion in the list is rep­re­hen­si­ble, con­sid­er­ing that the lo­cal pros­e­cu­tor had ear­lier dropped the case filed against them for lack of ev­i­dence.

These 5 are part of the so-called Na­sugbu 10, a quick re­ac­tion team (QRT) to in­ves­ti­gate hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions in Utod vil­lage, Na­sugbu, Batan­gas as a re­sult of an ear­lier en­counter be­tween the mil­i­tary and the New Peo­ples’ Army (NPA).

They never made it to Utod, as nine of them were ar­rested on Nov. 20, by the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice and sol­diers of the 730th Com­bat Group of the Philip­pine Air Force (PAF) who branded them as NPA mem­bers.

The mem­bers of Kaisa­han ng mga Mang­ga­gawang-bukid sa Batan­gas (Kaisa­han) are Mar­i­lyn Hernandez, Car­los Sanosa, Joey Castil­lano, Roberto Hernandez, and Leonardo de­los Reyes Jr. Four oth­ers are mem­bers of HABAGAT, and one their driver. Mar­i­lyn is also the trea­surer of NFSW.

This ter­ror­ist list­ing is a des­per­ate at­tempt by the Duterte regime to crack down on its crit­ics, in­clud­ing that of Chief Jus­tice Maria Lour­des Sereno, the lat­ter through im­peach­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to John “Butch” Mil­ton Lozande, sec­re­tary gen­eral both of UMA and NFSW they are not in­tim­i­dated by this ter­ror list­ing of the Duterte gov­ern­ment.

He added “NFSW was not cowed when mar­tial law was de­clared a year af­ter its for­ma­tion in 1971. We only had mem­bers in Negros Is­land then. To­day we are once again na­tional in na­ture with the rest of the Filipino peo­ple who are res­o­lute in re­sist­ing fur­ther op­pres­sion and state re­pres­sion.”

Unyon ng mga Mang­ga­gawa sa Agrikul­tura

Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­tural Work­ers | Philip­pines

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