Kathmandu. KMP demands justice for veteran peace advocate, peasant rights defender Randall ‘Randy’ Echanis, a media statement by KMP mentioned.
Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) denounces in the strongest terms the brutal and heinous killing of its national deputy secretary general, Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis, today August 10. Echanis, 71, was brutally killed in a rented house in Novaliches, Quezon City, at around 1:30am by five suspects believed to be state forces. He was killed along with a neighbor.
KMP calls for national indignation and protest on the killing of Echanis. “We have all reasons to believe that this is the handiwork of state forces and mercenaries of the Duterte government.”
“Echanis has been advocating for substantive reforms for the peasantry and in achieving a lasting peace for four decades. Only rabid hacienderos, land grabbers, and militarist peace spoilers desire his death,” KMP national chairperson Danilo Ramos says.
Echanis has participated in the peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) since 2002. He also serves as consultant for the forging of a Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms particularly on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development. In 2017, he played a decisive role in clinching an agreement on the principle of free land distribution with GRP negotiators, before the peace talks were unilaterally terminated by the GRP.
The current national chairperson of Anakpawis Partylist, Echanis has contributed in the formation and advancing of pro-poor legislations and resolutions, most notably Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill (GARB). Echanis also played a role in the formation of Karapatan, the largest human rights advocacy organization in the country.
“Ka Randy has wholly given his life in service of the peasantry and the people. Selfless and resolute, Ka Randy continued in working for genuine land reform and a just peace despite being detained three times under the presidencies of Ferdinand Marcos, Cory Aquino, and Gloria Arroyo. He lived a simple life and amassed nothing but contributions to the people’s struggles,” Ramos narrates.
“We demand justice for the death of Ka Randy. His killing is made more heartless and cruel amid a pandemic when death and hunger abounds. We hold accountable the Duterte regime which has persistently proclaimed and acted against genuine land reform and a just peace,” Ramos ends.