Justice For Randy Malayao
Stop The Killings
Karapatan condemns the cold-blooded murder of peace and human rights advocate Randy Felix Malayao, 49, a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines on political and constitutional reforms, at 2:30 this morning, January 30, 2019.
According to initial reports, Malayao was shot twice while sleeping onboard a bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. The gunman boarded the bus while it was parked at the CCQ Restaurant and left with another onboard a black Yamaha Mio motorcycle. Malayao was killed on the spot.
Malayao participated in the formal peace talks of the NDFP and the GRP. He actively participated in forums and gatherings to pursue the agenda for just peace. He was abducted, tortured and charged with trumped up charges in 2008, and was released from prison in 2012. While in prison, he attended to the needs of detainees and conducted literacy classes among them. After imprisonment, aside from undertaking his role as a consultant in the peace process, he was an active human rights campaigner in Cagayan Valley, as military operations in the region resulted to various rights violations such as killings, illegal arrests, and forced evacuation of peasants in the provinces. Suspected military agents hounded Malayao and his fellow activists in the region. Malayao was among the more than 600 individuals falsely implicated in the proscription petition of the Department of Justice in February 2018.
Malayao earned his degree on fisheries at the UP Visayas campus in Miag-ao, Iloilo. He was the former editor in chief of the Ang Mangingisda, the official publication of the college, and was a previous official of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines.
As we grieve with the family, friends and colleagues of Randy, we join them in their indignant call for justice for Randy and all victims of extrajudicial killings. We ascribe Malayao’s killing, as with the deaths of Fr. Marcelito Paez, Elisa Badayos and Eleuterio Moises, and Atty. Benjamin Ramos and thousands others in the counterinsurgency program and the sham drug war, to the death squads of the Duterte regime, which has ceaselessly incited and ordered the killing of peace and human rights advocates, peasants and indigenous peoples, the urban poor, church people and many others.
Justice for Randy Malayao!
Justice for all victims of the Duterte regime!
Please join the indignation rally this afternoon, 5pm, at the UP Oblation in Diliman, Quezon City.
We in Karapatan Cagayan Valley offer our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family and friends of Randy Malayao, National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant.
He was gunned down early this morning at a bus stop in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. We hold the US-Duterte regime accountable for this cowardly act and for the culture of impunity that prevails under its watch.
Prior to his murder, he has been targeted by the government thru its armed minions,the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police. He was abducted in 2008 and detained with trumped-up charges, which were eventually dismissed. Under the current administration the same old tactics and baseless accusations were reincarnated. His name was included in the Proscription list filed by the Department of Justice tagging him as a terrorist. Not content with that, this fascist government made him and other individuals as open targets by stringing sack streamers and strewn leaflets in Cagayan valley accusing him as a member of the New Peoples Army in the urban areas.
Why is this government afraid of Randy Malayao?
He is a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines panel. He is an avid supporter for the continuation of the canceled 5th round of peace talks in which the issue of Genuine Land Reform and National Industrialization would be tackled that would benefit the toiling masses of our country.
We demand JUSTICE for Randy Malayao!
May his perpetrators find their PEACE.
Biguin ang Diktadura! Ibagsak ang Rehimeng US-Duterte!
College of Fisheries
WE CALL FOR JUSTICE FOR RANDY FELIX MALAYAO!
The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Student Council together with its constituents demand justice for the unjust killing of our college alumnus and a former editor-in-chief of Ang Mangingisda. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant was gunned and killed on-the-spot inside the bus around 2:30 AM at Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.
Malayao represented the NDFP in peace talks and formal negotiations within the country and abroad. He was convicted as a political prisoner during Gloria M. Arroyo regime and suffered abduction and four years of heavy torture.
The SC calls out the Duterte administration to bring forth justice for the death of Malayao. He is noted to be in the forefront of fighting for genuine peace and forwarding the rights and freedom of every Filipino people. We also demand the administration to abolish the continuous harassments, attacks, targeting and killing of activists.
The CFOS Student Body stands with Malayao’s family, friends and colleagues to strongly condemn the brutal killing. For the College, Malayao was an important reinvigorator of student organizations in the Visayas during his student days.
WE ALSO DEMAND FOR JUSTICE REGARDING HIS KILLING AND ALL THE OTHER KILLINGS OF NATIONAL ACTIVISTS.
KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
April 17, 2018 ·
“Had I not been an activist-writer, I might have joined the academe as a researcher-scientist, put up a panciteria or catering services, joined Reuters as a photo-journalist, have sold books in a bookstore, landed a job in the library, or served as an anchor in a music station,” smiled Randy Malayao.
Randy says he is a good cook, thus the possibility of being a panciteria owner should he have taken different path. Not with the expertise of a chef though, he quickly clarified. Randy was a presidential scholar while in college, and a food technologist by training. He majored in fish processing technology. Years later, as an activist, he still remembers lessons in food microbiology, chemistry, and physics. “I put those learnings to heart,” he said.
Unknown to many, Randy is a certified sensory panelist in the laboratory. “I know the rudiments and advances of fish drying and salting, smoking, canning, fermenting, and fish sauce and paste making,” he says. His thesis topic? You’ve guessed it. It is a study about seafood, titled “Accelerated shelf-life study of squid surimi”. His thesis was funded by the World Bank (would you have guessed?) and his thesis adviser remains as one of his best friends.
Just like any other cook, Randy has a favorite: his pancit cabagan. He narrated the steps of how he cooks his specialty, ending that “the secret of it all lies in the unconditional love for the people that go with the passion for food,” as he recalls cooking for his family, fellow activists and peasants. (Note: Anyone interested about Randy’s pancit cabagan recipe can message us here).
As his fellow participants to the peace talks would attest, Randy has an interest in photojournalism, though he takes pictures using his laptop! He was also a former Vice President for Visayas of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines. Apart from cooking, he is also a bookworm and a music lover.
Randy Malayao is among the activists whose names were listed in the Justice Department’s proscription petition. He is a consultant of the National Democratic front of the Philippines, a member of the Board of Trustees of SELDA- Northern Luzon, and the current Vice President of Makabayan Coalition.