New AFP Chief of Staff, same old dirty trick of state terror

Terror has a new face as Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana assumes post as the 55th Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) today.

“The AFP may don a new Chief of Staff but its the same old clothes from the dirty laundry. We expect the same mercenary tradition and same brand of state terrorism be unleashed against the people. It is but right for the Filipino people to link arms and strongly resist state fascism,” Ka Bayani Obrero, National Democratic Front – Negros spokesperson states.

Duterte’s rabid fascist dogs will continue to terrorize and kill with impunity and are further emboldened with Memorandum Order 32, Executive Order 70 and the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

State terror continues to engulf the island of Negros as state-sanctioned killings continue.

Last February 2, Antonio Arellano was gunned down by 4 unidentified suspects in Escalante City, Negros Occidental. He served as the Chairman of Paghiliusa sa Mangunguma sa Sitio Binabono (PMSB) in Brgy. Jonob-jobob, Escalante City a peasant organization affiliated with the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW). Arellano was shot dead early in the morning of February 2 while he was tending to his goats, an incident similar to the killing of another NFSW Northern Negros leader Jerry Catalogo last June.

Arellano is the 314th farmer killed under Duterte and the 98th victim of extra-judicial killing in Negros.

State forces brutally killed Arellano on the day of the oral arguments to the Supreme Court against the ATA and the House Committee on Constitutional Amendments adopts Resolution of both Houses No.2 amending the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution.

“The AFP/PNP are losing in their counter-revolutionary war as they are hated by the people for being oppressive instruments of the Duterte fascist regime who continues to exploit and oppress the Filipino people. Every day they incur the ire of the Filipino masses as they commit grave human rights abuses with impunity. It is them imperative that we collectively resist to end Duterte’s reign of terror,” ended Ka Bayani.

New AFP Chief of Staff, same old dirty trick of state terror