Philippines: IP leader condemns alleged trumped-up charges vs 2 Lumad activists
November 5, 2018, 5:24 am
AN INDIGENOUS Peoples’ (IP) leader condemned the arrests of activists Gerry Basahon and Carmelita Dorado, both members of the Misamis Oriental Farmers Association (MOFA) who were accused as New People’s Army (NPA).
Basahon and Dorado were arrested in Gingoog City on Thursday, October 4, after an arrest warrant was issued by a court in Cagayan de Oro City for two counts of attempted murder and frustrated murder charges. Both were tied in the attack of Binuangan town police station last December 3.
The attack left four policemen wounded including the station’s commander.
According to police, two were alleged members of the Guerilla Front 4B.
But Datu Jomorito Goaynon of Kalumbay lumad organization insisted that the charges against them are trumped-up charges and denied they were part of the attack.
For Goaynon, the arrest was not only efforts by the state to harass or silent them, but also a symbol of Duterte’s dictatorship, he added.
Goaynon said October is a critical month for activists who are targets of an intensified crackdown by the government.
“Maybe it’s the end for us even before this month ends. They intend to destroy us lumads because they have interest in our ancestral lands,” he said.