‘Red-tagging’ in Oro strikes anew

ANOTHER malicious flyers circulated anew in Cagayan de Oro, tagging human rights activists, a lawyer, church workers, and a journalist as members of the New People's Army (NPA).

According to the flyers, the said activists and rights defenders are supposedly under the "North Central Committee of the New People's Army."

Among those tagged include Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) bishop Felixberto Calang, Fr. Ablon, and Fr. Roland Abejo.

Human rights lawyer Musni, volunteer of Radyo lumad Ritchie Hilogon, who is tagged as an "amazona," leader of lumad evacuees Jonrey Hilogon, and journalist Cong Corrales were also among those being red-tagged for the second time around.

Copies of the flyers were found at the Musni residence and in a store near the United Church of Christ in the Philippines compound where the Lagonglong evacuees are sheltered.

This came a day after two streamers were hung around the UCCP compound in the same city.

The streamers alleged that the leaders of the Lumad evacuees are members of the NPA.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is also included in the streamer allegedly supporting the NPA.

"These continued villification aim to condition public opinion against the Lumad evacuees and human rights defenders. Historically, these harassment lead to attacks such as political killings and judicial persecution," the Movement Against Tyranny in Northern Mindanao said.

The group called on peace and rights advocates of Northern Mindanao to "stand against these oft-repeated yet still dangerous attempts to demonize the Lumad evacuees and rights defenders."

The group also urged the Provincial and City Governments of Misamis Oriental and Cagayan de Oro to "take a stand and take actions to condemn these harassments and to support those who are attacked."


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