Ne­gros and the new pivot

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Opinion -

With the killing of Atty. Ramos, Ne­gros has be­come the flash­point and alarm­ing show­case of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion’s new pivot against peas­ant, indige­nous, and le­gal pro­gres­sive or­ga­ni­za­tions. While the war on drugs re­mains un­re­lent­ing and has ac­tu­ally reached new ar­eas of im­ple­men­ta­tion in­clud­ing that of Ca­gayan de Oro, state agents are open­ing up a new war front gun­ning down ac­tivists and lead­ers of pro­gres­sive or­ga­ni­za­tions all over the coun­try with the two prov­inces of Ne­gros show­cas­ing the more bru­tal and brazen of these ploys. The spate of killings Gui­hul­ngan, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal is es­pe­cially of note where scores of lead­ers of pro­gres­sive or­ga­ni­za­tions have been gunned down.

The Sa­gay 9 mas­sacre was par­tic­u­larly chill­ing and ex­tremely vi­o­lent. Peas­ant work­ers and their chil­dren who were en­gaged in land cul­ti­va­tion ac­tion to stave off hunger dur­ing the dead sea­son where gunned down too while they were sleep­ing by sus­pected gov­ern­ment-armed paramil­i­taries work­ing al­legedly for the lo­cal land­lord. Their bod­ies were then doused with gaso­line by the gun­men in an at­tempt to de­stroy ev­i­dence. The sus­pi­cion that para­mil­i­tary groups are be­hind the das­tardly act is a the­ory that is ac­tu­ally shared by both lo­cal agrar­ian re­form au­thor­i­ties and the lo­cal unit of the New Peo­ple’s Army in the wake of the mas­sacre in their re­leased state­ments to the me­dia.

But a new the­ory is be­ing forced by gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties right af­ter apala­

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