Migrante International mourns the death of peasant leader: condemns Duterte and his minions for the death of Ka Joseph Canlas and vow to continue the struggle for Justice and Genuine Democracy! Free all Political Prisoners!

12 May 2021

AMGL (Alyansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Gitnang Luzon) chairperson Joseph Canlas’ tragic death while in detention due to his unjust arrest by the vicious NTF-ELCAC forces demands investigation and prosecution of the responsible persons and justice to Canlas. This was declared today by MIGRANTE International chairperson Joanna Concepcion.

The peasant leader, who died yesterday at 7 o’clock in the morning at the Jose B. Lingad Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga, had been a victim of red-tagging; arrested near the AMGL office on March 30 this year and was charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives typical of the modus operandi conducted by NTF-ELCAC agents, according to reports.

There is no doubt that Canlas was deliberately put to death by Duterte’s henchmen when he was dumped together with 100 other detainees in one facility despite his health problems like hypertension and diabetes as reported by his relatives. This condition made him vulnerable to COVID-19 but the fascist forces ignored his lawyer’s request to be examined by a doctor, Concepcion stated.

The denial of Canlas right for medical treatment while in detention is condemnable and a violation of his basic human rights.

“Migrante International hold Duterte responsible for Ka Joseph Canlas tragic death. The global alliance of Filipino migrants’ organizations is calling on all its chapters abroad to condemn this barbaric treatment of Ka Joseph Canlas and denounce the criminal neglect of the Duterte administration particularly the BJMP [Bureau of Jail Management and Penology] officials and that led to the untimely death of Joseph Canlas. Most importantly we demand that #Duterte Resign now and stop the injustices committed against progressive organizations and their leaders and to the Filipinos in general and for the immediate release of all political prisoners,” Concepcion concluded. ##