Militant student group decries death threat on SHS student amid activist crackdown
by Angelika Ortega
(UPDATED Dec. 8, 9 a.m. ) Militant student group League of Filipino Students — UST (LFS-UST) has denounced a death threat sent to one of its members, a senior high school student, through an anonymous phone call received Dec. 4, Monday.
In a statement posted on the group’s Facebook page, LFS-UST detailed that a “much older man” told the student “maghanap ka na ng paglilibingan mo” in a call that lasted for one minute and 33 seconds.
The activist group rebuked the fatal warning given to its member, who requested to remain anonymous for security purposes.
“The League of Filipino Students-UST strongly condemns this lousy threat to our member in this time of crackdown on progressive organizations,” the post read.
The statement continued: “It is with great indignation that we find this threat during this time of political uncertainty.”
People bearing the names of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the United States Army were allegedly sending the student Facebook friend requests amid the threats.
Yesterday afternoon, 3:51 p.m., the student also received a Facebook password reset code through a text message, suggesting attempts to hack and access LFS-UST member’s account.
The account has since been recovered earlier today.
Prior to the Monday call, the threatened student had been receiving phone calls from the same number since Saturday, Dec. 2.
The call came from the number 09063168000, which is still unreachable as of updated press time. The same number also sent death threats to a member of poetry collective KM64 last Dec. 6.
Kabataan Patylist has included the case of the LFS-UST SHS member in its “crackdown bulletin” for Dec. 5 and Dec. 6.
Earlier today, LFS-UST posted an update containing a series of phone screenshots from its member, who received more threats through text messages last midnight sent from the same number.
Progressive groups from other schools have reported similar cases of harassment and intimidation of their members by police and suspected military agents over the past months in the midst of the government’s crackdown on activists (READ: Anti-revgov protesters blocked from Mendiola on Bonifacio Day).
Following the collapse of the peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), Pres. Rodrigo Duterte stated last Nov. 22 that he will order the arrest of progressive groups , which he referred to as CPP’s “legal fronts.”
The President has accused them of terrorism and conspiring with the New People’s Army (NPA), CPP’s armed wing.
“I will simply declare you all terrorists. Terorista kayo pati ‘yang mga legal front niyo,” he said, adding: “You are helping each other, conspiring to topple or whatever to sow terror.”
Yesterday, Nov. 5, the President signed Proclamation No. 374 declaring CPP-NPA as terrorist organizations. — with additional reports from P. Jamilla