KMU on the Supreme Court’s ruling re: Loi Magbanua and Ador Juat

Kilusang Mayo Uno welcomes the Supreme Court’s ruling which upheld the Court of Appeal’s decision declaring that military officials failed in exercising extraordinary diligence, as required of them by law, in investigating the disappearance of its full-time organizers Loi Magbanua and Ador Juat.

More than two years since their disappearance, more labor and human rights defenders continue to fall victim to the state’s scheme of enforced disappearances. Dyan Gumanao and Armand Dayoha, Elgene Mungcal and Cha Pampoza, Bazoo de Jesus and Dexter Capuyan, Jhed Tamano and Jonila Castro, Eco Dangla III and Jak Tiong, and most recently, William Lariosa have all been disappeared for fighting for the people’s’ demands for land, wages, jobs, rights, and freedom.

With this positive development, we are all the more determined to campaign for the immediate surfacing of Loi and Ador, and all those continually disappeared by state forces. We are determined to bring them home, and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice.

As more rulings are issued in favor of the people and against the state forces who terrorize anyone who expresses criticism against the government’s anti-people policies, we become more driven to strengthen the campaign to abolish all policies which violate peoples’ rights including the Anti-Terrorism Law, and Duterte’s EO70 which created the NTF-ELCAC.