By BRANDON LEE
LAGAWE, IFUGAO — Justice and Peace Advocates in Ifugao (JPAI) had a soft launching of the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) in the province convened in the clergy hall of the Lagawe Parish on April 12.
Around 50 individuals with different perspectives, sectors and congregation responded to the call to end impunity and preserve the sanctity of life.
The JPAI noted the rising cases of human rights violations in the province which included the 54th IB violations in remote areas, and the extrajudicial killings of William Bugatti and Ricardo Mayumi, both of whom are associated with the Ifugao Peasant Movement (IPM) as Indigenous Peoples and human rights workers.
“Martial law keeps on haunting us like a ghost. The human rights violations is now worse than during the Marcos regime” stated Ester Humiding, one of the martial law victims from Hapao Hungduan.
The Movement said with the rising militarization, there was an increase in the number of human rights violations like the continuing red tagging, surveillance, and trumped up charges against mass leaders and peoples organizations.
The group aimed to broaden its members to counter the increased human rights violations in the province and around the country. Ifugao’s Congressman Teddy Baguilat jr. recently joined the group.# nordis.net