Farmers, poor pulled down Duterte’s ratings – Anakpawis solon

Respondents satisfied from Class E fell by 19 percentage points from 80 to 61, from Rural by 12 points from 77 to 65. Image from Social Weather Station (SWS).Respondents satisfied from Class E fell by 19 percentage points from 80 to 61, from Rural by 12 points from 77 to 65. Image from Social Weather Station (SWS).

Manila, Philippines – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao blamed the latest drop of people’s satisfaction on the Duterte presidency on its anti-poor and anti-peasant government policies, as the survey conducted by the Social Weather Station (SWS) indicated a significant decline of 12 to 19 percentage points from the respondents from the Rural areas (from 77 to 65) and belonging to Class E (from 80 to 61) from June to September of this year.
“It is natural for the people to break out from being deceived by sham promises for change, as President Duterte has nothing new to offer, he embraced the semi-feudal and neo-liberal social and economic framework he inherited from his predecessors, and exacerbated it by his triple war: “war on drugs” or war against the poor, all-out war in the countryside, and war against the Moro people,” Casilao said in a statement.
While killings related to the government’s “war on drugs” have been extensively publicized, extra-judicial killings of farmers and atrocities in the countryside remain unabated and yet to receive its deserved attention.  It is primarily caused by the counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan.  The national farmers organization Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) reported that 81 farmers fell to extra-judicial killings as of August 31.  Moreover, aerial bombings of farmer communities have been a standard-operating procedure by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with the latest case in Batangas last month.
Casilao also stressed that the survey was conducted right after the huge protest against Duterte’s creeping authoritarianism on September 21 marking the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law.  He claimed that the protest effectively conveyed the issues to the people, as indicated by the survey results.
“Hence, the key is incessant massive rallies to oppose the fascist rule of Duterte, against war against the poor and farmer killings, hence, I urge the public to support the approaching national caravan-protest of tens of thousands of farmers across the country,” Casilao said.
To mark the 45th anniversary of the Presidential Decree No. 27 land reform program of the Marcos dictatorship on October 21, about 30,000 farmers will be launching protest actions in the country, with about 20,000 farmers and activists to mass up in Manila on October 23 to 25 to demand free land distribution and against all-out war in the countryside.  ###