No to Martial Law


NAFCON Foreword:

With Filipinos across the United States, NAFCON expresses deep concern regarding the peace and security of the city of Marawi in southern Philippines, where clashes have been occurring between the Maute group and the Philippine military and police since May 23, 2017.

We share the fear and anger over civilians being affected by the clashes. We recognize that this situation is rooted in the long-standing historical issues of landlessness, dire poverty, and the right of the Moro people to self-determination.
We appeal to President Duterte to lift the Martial Law in Mindanao. We urge President Duterte to also refrain from extending Martial Law to the entire Philippines. We believe that this militarist approach will not resolve the problem, but instead will put more lives in danger and further aggravate the insecurity in the area.

We encourage a diplomatic approach that will truly address the outstanding issue of land, livelihood, and self-determination for the Moro people, the people of Mindanao and all Filipino people. These issues could be addressed by continuing the peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and forging the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.

Much-needed socioeconomic reforms and a just and lasting peace for all Filipinos, not further militarization and displacement, will resolve the problems in Marawi and Mindanao.





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