BAYAN-Canada is deeply shocked and outraged by the cold-blooded murder of Felix Randy Malayao, National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant, former political prisoner and long-time activist-writer. We strongly denounce this senseless and cowardly attack on a defenseless peace advocate who spent his life bravely fighting for the rights and welfare of vulnerable Filipino families.
According to reports published by Kodao, Malayao was on board a passenger bus from Metro Manila to Santiago, Isabela. The bus made a stop in Aritao town at around 2:00 am, when an unidentified gunman boarded the bus and shot Malayao in his sleep. Malayao was 49 years old.
As an NDFP consultant, Malayao should have been protected by the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), an agreement by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the NDFP.
His death comes after President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the termination of the peace talks between the NDFP and the government in the Netherlands. The peace negotiations which were supposed to resume in June 2018 were cancelled by Mr. Duterte who instead declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) to be tagged as “terrorist groups.”
Several peace consultants, including Vicente Ladlad, Adelberto Silva and Rey Casambre, have already been arbitrarily arrested, detained, and slapped with trumped-up charges. These legal offensives, together with the many blatant violations of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), deliberately make it difficult to resume the peace negotiations with the Duterte government.
As a human rights activist in Cagayan Valley in the 1990s, Malayao fought alongside the peasants in forwarding calls such as ending military operations that resulted to various rights violations like displacement, harassment, killings and illegal detention in the provinces. He was also an active participant in the peace talks, often speaking in public fora and attending formal sessions of the negotiations.
In the mid-2000s, Malayao was abducted, heavily tortured and detained as a political prisoner for several years during the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regime. He was released when he was acquitted of all charges against him.
Before that, Malayao was a student leader and organizer when he was in university. He was the founding chair of the League of Filipino Students University of the Philippines Miag-Ao chapter, the editor-in-chief of the Ang Mangingisda, the official university paper in his senior year and one of the leading officers of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP). Malayao graduated with a B.S. in Fisheries from the UP Visayas-Miag-Ao in 1992. He was an example of a true Iskolar ng Bayan who stood up to the mandate of serving the people by using his skills and talents to further advance nationalistic causes and propagate actual change in the society.
BAYAN-Canada commits to exposing and opposing the anti-people and fascist acts of the Duterte regime against the Filipino people.
- We call for an immediate investigation into the extra-judicial killing of Malayao and demand that the perpetrators be punished.
- We call on our member organizations and friends to denounce the killing of Malayao and demand a stop of extra-judicial killings and other violations of human rights by the Duterte regime, the military and the courts.
- We enjoin our compatriots in Canada in our campaign to end Duterte’s tyranny, fascism, dictatorship and neoliberal economic agenda.
- We continue the struggle for national democracy.
May Ka Randy Malayao rest in peace but may his death trigger our outrage for justice.
(Sgd.) Christopher Sorio
(Sgd.) Christopher Sorio
(Sgd.) Rhea A. Gamana