President Duterte is mistaken if he thinks that these attacks against workers’ and people’s rights would quell our resistance against tyrannical rule
National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno have strongly condemns the abduction and illegal arrest of its staff and organizer Marklen Maojo B. Maga and demands his immediate release and the dropping of the trumped-up charges against him.
Maga, 39 years old, was abducted by plain clothes men who identified themselves as elements of the Philippine National Police at around 8:40 this morning at a basketball court near their house in San Mateo, Rizal after taking his son to school. It was only this evening that his family and lawyers were able to confirm that he is being held at the PNP-CIDG compound in Camp Crame.
The KMU hold the Duterte regime responsible for the abduction and illegal arrest of Maga. This is part of his fentanyl-driven rampage against critics of his fascist and oppressive rule. This regime is stepping-up its fascist attacks against workers and the people to quell their resistance against his establishment of a fascist dictatorship.
The fascist Duterte regime has been intensifying its crackdown against unionists and labor rights advocates opposing his anti-worker and anti-people policies and has already killed 22 unionists and labor leaders. Last January 29, the Armed Forces of the Philippines also harassed and threatened workers’ communities in Compostela Valley and presented banana plantation unionists as New People’s Army surrenderees.
Maga is a KMU staff tasked to organize workers’ unions in the port area, in factory belts in Valenzuela (among them are Kentex workers), and in Central Luzon.
Before becoming a union organizer, Maga was also an active student leader. He was a member of the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and a founding National Council member of youth group Anakbayan.
Maga’s arrest also follows the illegal arrest and detention of his father-in-law National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant and labor rights advocate Rafael Baylosis in Quezon City last January 31.
Duterte is mistaken if he thinks that these attacks against workers’ and people’s rights would quell our resistance against tyrannical rule. These attacks only push workers to further intensify their struggle and foil Duterte’s attempts to establish his Marcosian dictatorship. Duterte is only giving workers more reason to unite and hold widespread protests to call for the ouster of his fascist regime