By Save Bondoc Peninsula Movement
MANILA, Philippines- After several political ploys to sabotage our mercy mission, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) carried out another series of derailing tactics as the military bar foods, resources, and several health workers, including doctors and nurses, which are supposedly allotted for the medical and relief operations components of our mercy mission. Not to mention their occupation of the venue that has long been set for our medical, relief and psychosocial services.
Prior to these, SBPM spokesperson politely negotiated with the military and asked to evacuate the original venue of our mercy mission that they have occupied. However, the military asked SBPM to just collaborate with them in the conduct of their medical mission.
The AFP is so naïve to think that the victims of their human rights atrocities and their supporters will open its arms to them. SBPM will not shake hands with those who caused the people tremendous fear and terror.
Standing by our principle to call for an end on militarization in South Quezon and Bondoc Peninsula, we, convenors and supporters of the Save Bondoc Peninsula Movement (SBPM) strongly condemn these desperate actions of the AFP that accurately illustrate their abominable character.
Despite these derailing tactics, our mercy mission, which aims to provide social services to the residents and victims of military abuses in South Quezon and Bondoc Peninsula, pushed through and became successful. Residents of Sitio Culong of Barangay San Francisco B in Lopez, Quezon flocked into the barangay’s elementary school.
They had medical check-up with health workers-volunteers of SBPM and received food and relief packages. Around a hundred children and youth also participated in cultural activities and games as part of their psychosocial aid.
Beleaguered by rural poverty that is aggravated by military deployment, the people of Quezon expressed us their gratitude, as well as their hope that the AFP will soon pull out their military elements and detachment in the area. The convenors and supporters of SBPM, because they witnessed a silver lining behind the people’s fearful faces, vow to bring their issues to the wider public.
Our campaign will intensify as we arrange public forum and demonstrations within the next days. ###