END MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO: Stop the Worsening Attacks on Moro & Indigenous Peoples

END MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO: Stop the Worsening Attacks on Moro & Indigenous Peoples

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Sandugo (Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination) started this petition to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and
Problem
The War of Terror under the framework of the US-GRP Operation Pacific Eagle Philippines, treats Moros and other alleged enemies of the state as terrorists. What's worse is the exploitation of the Marawi conflict as a justification to implement a baseless Martial Law on the entirety of Mindanao.

These policies lead to intense threats on lives and safety. The massive military deployment, continuous military operations, and bombing of communities, result in more danger, heightened fear and vulnerabilities of people's lives and communities. Now, we estimate around 18,000 military troops in the lands of indigenous peoples and Moro groups nationwide.

The 67 victims of killings and massacre is already far too much, and not one more person should be added. There should not be any more additions to 27 incidents of bombings, which led to the evacuation of 401,582 people. We call for justice for the senseless destruction of Marawi, which led to the displacement of 300,000 people and death of an estimated 1,000 civilian Moros.

There are already 106 trumped-up cases, 175 illegal arrests, and 31 illegal imprisonments. Lumad schools are being harassed. There have been 140 incidents of attacks on 89 Lumad schools, 56 forced closures, and 2,600 students and teachers affected.

The construction of large-scale dams, aggressive energy projects, mines, and land-grabbing also threaten ancestral lands and territories. These are frequently conducted by foreign corporations, bureaucrats and businessmen, and the government itself. And these actions result in environmental destruction of sacred lands, as well as poverty, displacement, loss of livelihoods, and worsening land-grabbing.

Solution
We, citizens from the Philippines and the world, unite with our brethren Moro and Indigenous Peoples in the call: Stop the worsening attacks on national minorities!

With them, we call on the Duterte government to stop the counter-insurgency program, Oplan Kapayapaan and the accompanying Whole of the Nation Initiative-Indigenous Peoples Centric Approach, which targets indigenous peoples as enemies of the state. We call for the immediate end to the War of Terror under the framework of the US-GRP Operation Pacific Eagle Philippines, which treats Moros and other alleged enemies of the state as terrorists.

So, we call to end Martial Law in the entire area.

We believe that the struggle of Moro and Indigenous Peoples is just. We are one with them in their fight against the intense and exploitative violence wrought by the state, against the attempts to violate land and life.

We call on the Duterte administration to immediately end the repression of Moro and Indigenous Peoples. Stop the land-grabbing of ancestral domain and exploitation of their natural resources and livelihoods. Respect their right to self-determination.

Like other Filipino citizens, the Moro and Indigenous Peoples have a significant role in nation-building. We must unite, support, and forward the just struggle of the Moro and Indigenous Peoples against violations of their rights, ancestral domains and territories, and self-determination.
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