August 16, 2017

Student union protests Malacañang’s plan to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of 2017

The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) joined various youth organizations and multi-sectoral groups in denouncing Malacañang’s plan to extend Martial Law in Mindanao until the end of 2017. President Duterte has called the Congress to a Special Session on Saturday, July 22, to consider the extension as per the recommendation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

“The request for extension is only an admission by the government that nothing has been achieved to solve the Marawi crisis in the 60-day span of the Martial Law. This impending extension will continue to legitimize militarization and U.S. military presence in Mindanao, which has only brought about the displacement, disappearances, rape, killings, and other human rights violations to our Lumad and Moro brothers and sisters,” said NUSP National Spokesperson Mark Vincent Lim.

“We call on the Filipino youth and the general public to mount protests as we call on the Duterte administration to rescind its plan of extension and to lift Martial Law in Mindanao now. We also call on the Filipino people to mobilize during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 24 as well call out the Duterte administration for its failed promises and atrocities,” concluded Lim.

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