Manila, Philippines – Anakpawis Party-list Representative Ariel “Ka Ayik” Casilao expressed support to the November 5-prayer rally at the EDSA Shrine for the “stop the killings, start the healing” campaign of the church sector. The activity is led by Catholic bishops and will be joined by convenors of the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT), a broad people’s movement composed of victims of sham “war on drugs” killings, sectoral groups, human and civil rights advocates and individuals.
“We commend this activity led by the church-sector as it sustains the massive people’s resentment against Duterte’s tyrannical measures since the September 21 rally in Luneta joined by about 40,000,” Casilao said in a statement.
He also mentioned that last month, peasant activists protested against the killings of farmers in the countryside, that was culminated by the October 25-rally at Mendiola bridge in Manila, joined by at least 7,000 farmers and activists from Bicol, Mindanao, Central Luzon and other regions. The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) cited that there was at least 91 farmers already killed as of September due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s “all-out war” policy in the countryside.
“From the peasant sector, there will be no let-up of protests against the killings across the country, this month, will also be the 13th anniversary of the Hacienda Luisita Massacre, and on December, thousands of farmers will be commemorating the Human Rights Day,” Casilao said.
Casilao urged the public to join the MAT to ultimately press Duterte to end his megalomaniac tendencies and hold him accountable to the deaths of victims, majorly coming from marginalized or poor sectors. ###