On Marcos’ holiday, martial law babble – Anakpawis solon denounces Duterte’s mockery of “people power,” democracy

Anakpawis leaders protest at Camp Aguinaldo on the first year of Duterte presidency.Anakpawis leaders protest at Camp Aguinaldo on the first year of Duterte presidency.

On Marcos’ holiday, martial law babble
Anakpawis solon denounces Duterte’s mockery of “people power,” democracy

Manila, Philippines – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel Ka Ayik Casilao denounced President Rodrigo Duterte for recognizing the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos on his 100th birthday anniversary through Proclamation No. 310 and stressed that it is a mockery of “people power” and democracy in the country. Casilao expressed support those who protested at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City led by the martial activists and families of martyrs, under the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang (Carmma) and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.

“When the present generation should be learning how the Filipino people united and overthrew a dictator, defended democracy, we have a ‘loyalist’ president who is stomping on its memory and lessons, by honoring his birth anniversary,” Casilao said in a statement.

The lawmaker also resented the latest babble of Duterte on declaring martial law across the country due to a “communist rebellion.”

“This intolerable gibberish should be dealt seriously and protested by freedom-loving Filipinos and sectors, as the president is obviously approximating public opposition and apathy, on whether to push through with the declaration,” Casilao said.

Casilao said that it is established that Duterte is “hallucinating” of an authoritarian rule since last year and established by his martial law declaration in Mindanao last March.

“It would be reckless if he is expecting a different result from doing the same thing as Marcos did, to the point of plagiarizing the basis for a declaration and blaming the ‘communists,’” Casilao said.
Marcos’ Proclamation No. 1081, cited 18 bombing incidents from March to September 1972 and blamed the Communist Party of the Phiippines (CPP).

“While Marcos distinctly knew that the revolutionary movement was guided by the Chinese revolution, which implies espousing a long protracted war in the countryside, rather than abrupt insurrectionary offensives in the urban centers, he deceived the public with the manufactured bases and declared martial law, worse, it is what Duterte is carrying out at present,” Casilao said.

Martial law for whom
Casilao also slammed Duterte’s abandonment of the poor sectors who are hoping for real reforms under his administration.

“He betrayed the peasants, indigenous peoples, workers, urban poor and other marginalized sectors, he upheld the interests of the elite few, hacienderos and oligarchs,” Casilao said.

The lawmaker is blaming Duterte for the rejection of former Department of Agrarian Reform Secretary Rafael “Ka Paeng” Mariano who was championing the interests of farmers against big landlords such as the Cojuangcos (Hacienda Luisita) and Lorenzos (Lapanday). The president also conned the workers and urban poor on his failed promise to end contractualization of labor and “no relocation, no demolition”, condemned the Lumad children and communities to atrocious aerial bombings and militarization, continued the killing of peasant activists in the countryside and self-sabotaged the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

The Duterte presidency has only maintained the neo-liberal programs and policies of its predecessors, that upheld the interests of big foreign monopoly firms, agro-corporations and hacienderos. To preserve their economic interests, it pushed through with its own version of counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan that generates innumerable cases of human rights abuses against poor sectors.

“The sought martial law of President Duterte is certain to protect the interest of the rich and oppress the poor,” Casilao said.

Bombard with criticisms
The lawmaker, particularly urged the mass media sector to bombard the presidency with criticisms against his intent to declare martial law and authoritarian measures. He added that press freedom is one of the major pillar of a democratic system, thus, the attack on the sector undermines the ideal and to establish an authoritarian rule, mass media is instrumental to deceive the public.

“Resist state-controlled media and being suckers of government press releases, as what they did on destroying Marawi City, when the only source of news is the AFP, and don’t ever buy the ‘this is a different martial law’ con-line as absolute powers know no limits, unless faced by a wielded ‘people power,’ instead report the people’s protest and struggle for a democratic country,” Casilao said. ###