Bayan Muna: More solons express opposition to crackdown vs progressive groups
MANILA, Philippines – Bayan Muna has renewed its call for state forces to stop the crackdown against progressive groups as more lawmakers from the House of Representatives signed their petition.
According to the party-list group on Thursday, there are now 78 signatories to their petition against the crackdown, despite the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) signifying their intention to talk with lawmakers supporting the call.
“Even as the AFP tried to insult solons who signed the petition against government crackdown of progressives, the opposition and critics of the Duterte administration, more congresspersons signed the measure, and is now at 78,” Bayan Muna said.
Originally, there were 64 lawmakers who signed the petition. Bayan Muna said the new additions are:
Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman
Quezon City Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo
Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte
Bukidnon Rep. Malou Acosta-Alba
Camarines Sur Rep. Arnie Fuentebella
Aklan Rep. Carlito Marquez
Iloilo Rep. Braeden Biron
Manila Rep. Rolando Valeriano
Marikina Rep. Bayani Fernando
Diwa Rep. Mike Aglipay
Ang Probinsyano Rep. Alfred delos Santos
Ilocos Sur Rep. Kristine Singson
Bukidnon Rep. Rogelio Roque
Agusan del Sur Rep. Alfel Bascug
Tarlac Rep. Victor Yap.
Bayan Muna is part of the House Makabayan bloc, along with other party-list groups Gabriela, Alliance of Concerned Teachers, and Kabataan. Last October 31, the regional offices of Bayan Muna, National Federation of Sugar Workers, and Gabriela in Bacolod, Negros Oriental were raided by combined police and military teams.
At least 57 persons, including 10 minors were arrested for allegedly taking part in firearms and explosives training. Critics of the administration meanwhile insisted that the evidence recovered was merely planted.
Days after, three activists were arrested inside the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) in Tondo, Manila, prompting various progressive groups to open their offices to prove that there are no explosives or firearms inside.
Left-leaning groups have had a rocky relationship with the government, after being initially given spots in the cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte.
However, after a series of failed talks between the government and communist rebels, Duterte sacked leftist secretaries and opted to hire more military officials to his government, out of their discipline.
Edited by JPV
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