The Asian Peasants Coalition (APC) strongly condemns the illegal arrest and detention of Antonio ‘Ka Tonying’ Flores, Secretary General of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Philippine Peasant Movement) on November 29, 2014 by the Quezon City Police upon the direct orders of Malacanang and President Benigno Aquino III.
Ka Tonying is now illegally detained at the Philippine National Police’s Camp Karingal in Quezon City. He is facing fabricated cases of illegal assembly, vandalism, direct assault and slight physical injuries.
On November 29, 2014, Ka Tonying was joining a protest of farmers and indigenous peoples from “Manilakbayan ng Mindanao” outside the private family residence of President Aquino in Times St. in Quezon City. The protesters demanded Aquino’s ouster as president due to his numerous crimes against the Filipino people.
“Farmers and indigenous peoples have raised legitimate issues particularly the massive land grabbing and human rights violations in Mindanao that have left poor peasants landless, hungry and impoverished. Instead of hearing out the demands of poor farmers, the Philippine government resorted to brute force as the police violently dispersed the protest and rounded up rallyists, including women and children,” says Rahmat Ajiguna, APC Deputy Secretary General.
“The APC condemns this blatant display of arrogance and abuse by the Aquino government. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Ka Tonying and all political prisoners in the Philippines,” Ajiguna said
Filipino farmers asserting for genuine land reform and social change are often subjected to human rights violations and abuse by the Philippine government and state forces. Under Aquino, more than a thousand activists and leaders of progressive people’s organizations have been killed while hundreds remain incarcerated and languishing in jails due to fabricated cases.###