By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
MANILA — Workers and activists marched in the streets of Manila today, Nov. 30, as they commemorate the 155th birth anniversary of Filipino revolutionary Andres Bonifacio, with a fiery battlecry to put a stop to the creeping autocratic rule in the country.
In a statement, labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno said President Rodrigo Duterte is a puppet of both the US and China governments, and is also “deathly afraid of the military.”
“Duterte’s brutal threats against human rights advocates, activists, and all critics fuel impunity in the country even as he tries to keep himself in the good graces of the military and police,” Elmer Labog of KMU said.
Peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) said the recent pronouncement of the Duterte administration such as on the Memorandum 32 that will deploy more troops to select parts of the country and the president‘s instruction to form sparrow units that will target not only those dissenting him but even “prospective” member of the armed underground movement in the country.
“Everyone can be a target now. It’s basically a shoot to kill order against anyone suspected of being critical to the government,” KMP chairperson Danilo Ramos.