Filipino fishermen not happy about Duterte’s decision to sign ‘Terror Law’
It is safe to say that Filipino fishermen are terrified over the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to sign the controversial Anti-Terror Law.
“During a time when the Filipino people are enduring the onslaught of the pandemic, the Duterte government gave priority to the repressive and widely objected anti-terrorism bill,” said the national fishers group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).
“An anti-terrorism law under a brutal and authoritarian government is extremely dangerous. We don’t need an anti-terrorism law in whatever form or mode. What we want is an end to all forms of state-sponsored extrajudicial killings and human rights violations,” it added.
According to the group, the law is meant to sow terror and fear among the people, especially those critical to his wickedness.
It also lamented how Duterte has remained silent over the issue of 14 Filipino fishing crew who remain missing for seven days now after their boat collided with a Chinese cargo ship.
“We demanded justice for our missing fishermen by holding the Chinese perpetrators accountable, and yet his response was a Draconian law,” PAMALAKAYA said.
“We will not bow down; not especially that our civil and democratic rights are at stake courtesy of this oppressive law,” it added.
For his part, Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson, said his group vows to lead and unite the fisherfolk sector on the growing resistance against this “monstrous reign and the monster-in-chief Rodrigo Duterte”.