Group decries arrest of peasant leader accused of rebellion

Published February 26, 2021, 3:11 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Peasant women’s group Amihan condemned the arrest of the peasant leader over a rebellion case in Occidental Mindoro early this week.


In a statement, Amihan denounced the arrest and the filing of a rebellion case against Genalyn Avelino in Rizal town, Occidental Mindoro last Feb. 24, saying that the arrest was “illegal” and the charge against her was “fabricated.”

“Avelino’s case was similar to the cases of peasant women political prisoners across the country that fell victims to political persecution as reprisal in standing against landlessness, neoliberal policies and rights abuses,” said Zenaida Soriano, national chairperson of Amihan National Federation of Peasant Women.

“We appeal for her immediate and unconditional release and hold Duterte and his state forces accountable for her arrest,” she added.

Avelino is a leader of Samahang Kababaihang Magsasaka sa Mindoro (SAMAKASAMIN) and the former chairperson of Samahan ng Magbubukid sa Kanlurang Mindoro (SAMAKAMI).

According to the group, Avelino was nabbed by authorities through a warrant of arrest for a rebellion case filed before the Regional Trial Court Branch 43 in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.

“We will continue to demand for her immediate and unconditional release along with other incarcerated peasant women under Duterte,” Soriano said.

Amihan said it will lodge an appeal before the Commission on Human Rights to investigate Avelino’s case.

The group will also coordinate with Gabriela Women’s Party to file a house resolution directing the lower house to conduct an inquiry.