Immediate release of sickly peasant leader sought; Duterte blamed for endangering health of Canlas

Manila, Philippines – “Every single day that peasant leader Joseph Canlas is deprived of liberty is a ticking time bomb for his life. The Duterte government is accountable for whatever would happen to Canlas because of his unjust and prolonged detention,” according to the national fishers’ group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA) on Monday, as it demanded the immediate and unconditional release of detained peasant activist Joseph Canlas over humanitarian grounds.

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