Strikes, mass protests ‘shookt’ volatile Duterte leadership

Peasant group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) today said the major destabilizer in the country today is none other than President Rodrigo Duterte. “The Duterte administration is very volatile and could self-combust any moment. Duterte is his own government’s destabilizer.”

“Malacanang was quick to label the two-day nationwide transport strike led by PISTON jeepney drivers and small operators as part of a destabilization plot but in truth, Duterte’s anti-people policies are swiftly leading to his growing isolation from the masses as well as rising public discontent and mass protests,” said Antonio Flores, secretary general of KMP.

The transport strike is not a destabilization but a legitimate and just opposition to Duterte’s upholding of oligarch interests.

“The likes of San Miguel Corp., Aboitiz Inc., Ayala Corp. Inc. and other businesses who stand to benefit from the corporate takeover of mass transport through the so-called transport modernization and omnibus franchising programs are the same oligarchs that continue to benefit from existing government policies of land-use conversion and the absence of a genuine agrarian reform,” the KMP leader said.


More nationwide protests in the coming days

In the coming days, peasants and rural-based sectors are set to launch nationally-coordinated caravans and mass actions to assert genuine land reform and oppose peasant killings and Duterte’s fascism and tyranny.

“The only PRRD that matters now is the People’s Resistance against Rising Dictatorship,” said Rafael ‘Ka Paeng’ Mariano, a former member of Duterte’s cabinet. “Peasant sectors are set to mount the strongest resistance against Duterte,” Mariano said.

KMP will lead the nationwide #LakbayMagsasaka that will culminate in a mass rally at Mendiola on October 25.

In the Visayas, at least 5,000 farmers from Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol and Panay provinces will converge in Cebu City starting today to protest the rising hunger experienced by farmers and food producers and the intense militarization campaign in the Visayas. They will conduct the Visayas Rural Poor Summit and will hold protest dialogues with national government agencies in Cebu.

In Manila, 200 farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) from Northern Mindanao and Southern Mindanao are now holding protest camps outside the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Central Office to assert installation of farmers to the land. Farmers from Bukidnon demands installation to the 517-hectares undeveloped school reservation of the Central Mindanao University. Tagum Development Corp. (TADECO) ARBs are pressing claim to 17,000-hectares of land accumulated by Duterte ally Antonio Floirendo.

In Bicol, 2,000 farmers will hold regional caravans and troop to Manila to protest the unending militarization of peasant communities carried out by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

“The conduct of mass mobilizations and other forms of protests are justified especially with Duterte’s threatening of an nationwide martial rule,” Flores said. ###