On Duterte’s crackdown threat vs BAYAN

National labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno strongly condemn President Rodrigo Duterte’s vulgar showcase of Marcosian authoritarianism and fascism by threatening to launch a crackdown against Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) and its allied organizations. Duterte is acting like his ‘lodi’ Marcos and is bound to establish his own dictatorial rule.

Duterte’s allergy to dissent and criticism can kill workers. With the fascist character of the Duterte regime, such a crackdown order will pave way to gross human rights violations, trumped-up charges, illegal arrests, abductions and mass killings of activists.

It is, in the first place, his tyrannical rule, broken promises and implementation of anti-people policies that has earned him the ire of Filipino workers and people. Instead of heeding their just demands, Duterte has tagged legitimate protests as acts of terror and destabilization to legitimize his establishment of a Marcosian dictatorship through a so-called “revolutionary government”.

Duterte’s crackdown order against BAYAN also a showcases his subservience and puppetry to the United States. It came after US President Donald Trump visited the country to further fortify their military and economic control over the Philippines under their new puppet Duterte.

Duterte and his US masters’ are hell-bent on establishing a fascist dictatorship to quell the Filipino workers’ and people’s growing resistance against the US’ militarist and neoliberal economic dictates. The US is using Duterte as their puppet fascist regime to ensure increased US troop deployment and basing in the country and the secure the profits of US corporations through plunder of our natural resources and promotion of cheap, contractual and repressed labor.

The US-Duterte regime’s intensifying fascist attacks cannot cower Filipino workers and the people. On the contrary, it even makes us more determined to defend ourselves by holding more extensive and intensive protests to resist his fascist and puppet regime. Filipino workers and people have resisted and even toppled down fascist and puppet dictators before. We can do it again.