President Duterte: Lift Martial Law in Mindanao!
We, the undersigned, call on President Rodrigo Duterte to lift the martial law in Mindanao. We condemn in no uncertain terms the terrorist acts of the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf Group but military rule is not the answer. Suspending the writ of habeas corpus, arresting without warrants, and curtailing the civil and political rights of the people will not solve the problems in Marawi and Mindanao. Martial law is being enforced by the Philippine military which already has an extensive record of human rights abuses.
The people of Mindanao, civilians and other innocent people, especially the Moro and Lumad, will be further victimized and suffer.
Instead, we urge President Duterte to implement meaningful changes that will address the longstanding issues in Mindanao, such as free distribution of land to peasants, creation of industries and jobs, ending the plunder of resources by multinational corporations, and recognition of the right to self-determination of the Moro people and other national minorities. Only by truly addressing these socioeconomic issues can just and lasting peace be attained not only in Marawi and Mindanao, but in the entire country.
Lift the Martial Law! Genuine and sustainable development now!
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