Peace Consultant Randy Malayao murdered in his sleep as Duterte's War on the People Intensifies
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reference: Sam Erbs, Educational Development Officer, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines: Samuel.Erbs@gmail.com
The Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (PCHRP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the assassination of Peace Consultant Randy Malayao early in the morning on January 30, 2019. In Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, Malayao’s bus was at a bus stop when the gunman climbed aboard, approached the sleeping victim and shot him twice. He died on the spot.
In years past, before President Rodrigo Duterte canceled peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), Malayao had attended the formal peace talks in Europe as a consultant from Cagayan Valley. He had also acted as one of the spokespersons of the NDFP Negotiating Panel in Europe. Both in the Philippines and around the world, Malayao represented the NDFP in peace forums, along with Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) negotiators such as Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Atty. Angela Librado Trinidad and others.
As an NDFP peace consultant, Malayao is a holder of an NDFP-GRP Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG) identification card that should have given him immunity from arrest, harassment, and attacks. Even if a direct agent of the state such as the Philippines National Police (PNP) or the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) did not pull the trigger, the culture of lawlessness and mass killings cultivated by the US-Duterte Regime and boasted at by President Duterte himself lead directly to this killing.
Malayao, a former political prisoner who was abducted and heavily tortured under the Gloria M. Arroyo regime, was a special thorn in the side of the AFP as he has no trumped-up criminal charges since his release. This allowed him to travel around the country and world exposing the crimes of the AFP.
PCHRP understands this killing as one of over 28,000 since 2016 under the US-Duterte regime. Near-daily since the beginning of 2019, the killings continue to take on a wider dimension and deeper intensity. Politicians, Priests, Workers, Peasants, Doctors, Journalists, Students, Human Rights Defenders, Environmental Defenders, and more continue to fall victim to US-backed state fascism every day in Duterte’s drive to install a full-blown dictatorship and extend Martial law across the entire archipelago. We must expose US Imperialism as one of the root causes of these killings
Justice for Randy Malayao!
Stop the Killings!
End Martial Law in Mindanao!
End US support to the Duterte Fascist regime!