Mindanao Under Martial Law, A Year of State Terror

Mindanao Under Martial Law, A Year of State Terror

A Report on the First Year of Imposition of Martial Law in Mindanao 

May 23, 2018

The year 2017 unfolded Duterte’s true nature, a greedy and cruel war-mongering president who uses his power to perpetrate a killing rampage against the Filipino people through his war on drugs and his own brand of war-on-terror through the imposition and extension of martial law in Mindanao and his continuing implementation of government’s counterinsurgency program presently Oplan Kapayapaan which primarily targets Southern Philippines.

Since the declaration of martial law on May 23, 2017, Karapatan documented at least 49 victims of extrajudicial killings in Mindanao, with an average of one victim killed every week. Many of the victims were indigenous peoples and members of local peasant organizations targeted for their local campaigns for genuine agrarian reform and against militarization. 

Karapatan also documented 22 cases of torture, 116 victims of frustrated extrajudicial killings, 89 victims of illegal arrest and detention, and 336,124 victims of indiscriminate gunfire and aerial bombings. At least 404, 654 individuals have been displaced, largely because of these bombings. Many more reported cases reveal a much graver magnitude of the effects of martial law. The dangers of ensuring security in traveling across the area prevent news gatherers and documenters from looking into field conditions so as to fully report on the human rights situation.

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