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[Statement] We condemn the arrest of Cebuano Film-writer and Business owner Bambi Beltran! -MAT

MOVEMENT AGAINST TYRANNY CEBU’S STATEMENT ON THE ILLEGAL ARREST OF MISS BAMBI BELTRAN
April 19, 2020

We condemn the arrest of Cebuano Film-writer and Business owner Bambi Beltran!

As of 12:30 today, April 19, Ms. Maria Victoria Beltran better known by many as Ms. Bambi was arrested and currently detained at the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 for supposedly violating the provision of the Bayanihan to Heal as One-Act. There are still no charges filed against her.

The supposed violation was based on Ms. Beltran’s Facebook post about the situation of Sitio Zapatera in Brgy. Luz which was labeled by Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella as “Fake News”. The Bayanihan act has a provision that prohibits the spread of false information pertaining to the CoVid-19 situation.

The Movement Against Tyranny Cebu denounces the action of the Cebu City government and the Philippine National Police as a misguided approach in addressing the problems posed by the pandemic.

Beltran’s post was in response to the vague proclamations made by the Cebu City Government and the DOH stating that the entire sitio is considered to be contaminated and infected. Without any categorical explanation about what it meant and no further discussion on the implications and further plans, such proclamation is subject to various take by the public. The City Government and the DOH failed to provide the public with clear and reliable information. It only posed fear upon the Cebuano citizens most especially those who are in Brgy. Luz.

Miss Beltran’s post was also satirical of such vague information shared by these responsible government offices and was not presented as a news claim. Instead of persecuting Miss Beltran and those who “mistook” the DOH’s and City Government’s statements, it could have been an opportunity for your accountable office to clarify the matter. While a lot of Cebuanos, Especially the residents of Sitio Zapatera, are in worsening socio-economic conditions and the constant threat of the pandemic, all efforts of the national and local government must be in improving its medical capacity and social amelioration.

The movement also denounces the use of this “Anti- Fake news” provision of the Bayanihan Act by the National and Local Government to persecute common citizens and critiques while they turn a blind eye on Government institutions and personalities peddling false information about the pandemic such as the PTV news and Teddy Boy Locsin.

This brand of leadership is not what we need right now. What we need is an efficient government willing and able to address the medical and socio-economic needs of its constituents, not a leviathan very eager to maintain its posture to the extent of persecuting ordinary citizens.

With this, we reiterate the call for the release of Ms. Beltran and call upon the Cebu City Government to be less reactive on the situation and redirect all its resources and energy to trace, contain, and treat the virus to end this Pandemic.

#FreeBambi
#EndStateRespression
#TransparencyNotTyranny
#SolusyongMedikalHindiMilitar

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[Statement] Duterte has become the biggest threat to human rights and peace in the Philippines -MAT

Duterte has become the biggest threat to human rights and peace in the Philippines
By the Movement Against Tyranny
November 28, 2018

It is with grave concern and sheer horror that we view yesterday’s pronouncement by President and Commander in Chief Rodrigo Duterte that he will form his very own death squad to hunt down and kill suspected rebel and rebel sympathizers as part of his full-scale offensive against the communist-led revolutionary movement.

In his speech before soldiers at a miliary camp in Carmen, Bohol yesterday, Duterte said his “Duterte Death Squad” would take out even “prospective NPA members,” including those who loiter in transport terminals, and even “shoot them in the back.”

We fear that such pronouncements, coming from Duterte, will surely have an impact on the way the police and military are conducting counterinsurgency operations nationwide. It would be no different from how Duterte’s rabid rants against drug addicts and pushers have resulted in thousands of extrajudicial killings both by state agents and self-styled vigilante death squads.

Prior to this, Executive Secretary Salvador Medealdea issued Memorandum Order 32 which would increase police and military operations in the rebel strongholds of Samar, Negros island and the Bicol region. Congress, meanwhile, is expected to further extend martial law in Mindanao.

All these bode ill for the cause of human rights and peace and signal another chapter in Duterte’s ugly transformation into a fascist madman. He has, in fact, become the greatest threat to human rights and peace in our country.

We call on our people to resist this descent into state-sponsored violence and terror. #

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