Philippines: Lacub martyrs remembered with the call for peace talks to continue


    Lacub martyrs remembered with the call for peace talks to continue

    04 September 2017

    Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Hustisya-Northern Luzon and Cordillera Human Rights Alliance (CHRA) mourn and protest the injustice against the martyrs and people of Lacub and the whole Cordillera. September 4, marks the third year of the willful killings of seven members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) and the extrajudicial killings of two civilians in a military operation in Lacub, Abra that clearly violated international humanitarian law (IHL).

    CPA expressed its vehement condemnation of the state’s conscious neglect to provide justice to victims civilians Fidela Salvador and Noel Viste, and members of the NPA: Recca Noelle Monte, Arnold Jaramillo, Brandon Magranga, Ricardo Reyes, Robert Beyao, Roberto Perez, Pedring Banggao, and their families, especially since the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) are stalled under the US-Duterte regime.

    “This regime’s penchant for impunity and foreign subservience only shows how truly fascist and reactionary this government is,” said CPA chairperson Windel Bolinget. “In this context, the people have to push the parties in the peace talks to abide by the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).”

    Bolinget says that the peace talk at this time is more relevant. “With US warmongers at the helm and the carrying out of Oplan Kapayapaan, the conduct of war of State security forces will persist in consistently violating human rights and international humanitarian law in all of Philippine government’s national internal security policies and programs, and the toll is no less than on the people,” he said.

    The reality of the civil war

    NDFP consultant and spouse of Recca, Kennedy Bangibang said that while the worsening crisis and the systematic attacks to the people continue, people resolve to take arms and join the revolution.

    “Damang-dama sa lahat ng dako ng bansa ang pagkakait ng naghaharing uri sa mga batayang karapatan at kagalingan ng mga pambansang minorya. Tuloy-tuloy ang karahasan, militarisasyon, pagkamkam sa ating mga lupang ninuno at yaman nito para sa ganansya ng iilan kapalit ang buhay ng libo-libong mamamayang Pilipino,” he said in a separate statement. (National oppression against national minorities is very evident across the country. State-perpetrated violence, militarization, plunder of the ancestral domain and territories of national minorities for the profit of a few at the expense of the Filipino people are continuing.)

    Cynthia Dacanay-Jaramillo, spouse of Arnold Jaramillo and spokesperson of Hustisya-Northern Luzon stated that as the civil war is ongoing, the obligation to respect for human rights and international humanitarian law should be pushed.

    Hope for justice lost, but struggle continues

    Nelson Salvador, Engineer Fidela salvador’s spouse said, “Our only hope now is that the memory and legacy of the Lacub martyrs will be kept alive. We hope that the lives they led will serve as inspiration for all,”

    The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) also conveyed in a statement that they pledge to vigorously pursue the Filipino people’s cause for a just and lasting peace that the martyrs have fought and died for. #

    For reference:

    Windel B. Bolinget
    Chairperson, Cordillera Peoples Alliance

    Cynthia D. Jaramillo
    Convenor, Hustisya-Northern Luzon

    Source: Cordillera Peoples Alliance