/ 30 June 2022

KABATAAN Party-list on Wednesday condemned attacks against its regional chapters allegedly conducted by state forces.

The youth group reported that redtagging flyers and online posts are still being spread to demonize Kabataan Party-list Second Nominee Angel Galimba along with Iglesia Filipina Independiente church workers.

The flyers were reportedly distributed and posted in Batac Shrine in Ilocos Norte on June 26.

Angel Galimba is a known church leader, indigenous people’s advocate and figurehead of the Ilocano youth opposition against historical distortion and tyranny.

Kabataan Party-list reported that there is heightened surveillance of its office in Ilocos Sur People’s Center in Vigan City.

The group added that state agents are profiling identified supporters and voters of progressive partylists in the Makabayan coalition and are knocking on their households to intimidate them into withdrawing support.

Meanwhile, in Negros Occidental and Southern Tagalog, Kabataan Party-list offices have been put under surveillance with outright police presence in the vicinity.

In Cebu, a Kabataan Party-list member’s house is put under surveillance, with their family members being tailed by unidentified elements. In Panay island, regional coordinators and leaders are also being surveilled and sought by state agents.

Kabataan Party-list sought a stop to red-tagging, surveillance and other attacks against the Filipino youth who are critical of those in power.

“We urge the Commission on Human Rights and other concerned offices to look into the matter and ensure the protection of Angel Galimba and others who are also put in danger by such activities,” the group said.