Inquirer Article: Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’

Fil-Am activists resist ‘looming Duterte’s dictatorship’

INQUIRER.net US Bureau / 12:36 AM June 20, 2018

The Malaya contingent during the Philippine Independence Day parade at Madison Square Park in New York City on June 3. JADE PALMA GIL

The anti-dictatorship movement in the Filipino American community helped oust Ferdinand Marcos during the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising. That spirit of opposition to repression and injustice didn’t go away after 1986.

When President Rodrigo Duterte launched his War on Drugs in 2016, leaving thousands of mostly poor victims dead, the killings and the administration’s impulse to heavy-handed rule rekindled the spirit of opposition in the Fil-Am community.

With their US taxes used as aid in procuring weapons, intelligence, and the war on drugs, as well as Duterte’s closeness to Trump and China, many community leaders and activists have decided to begin educating the public about a “looming dictatorship” in the Philippines.

Malaya was born

On February 6, 2018 twenty-five community leaders from all over the US, many of them former anti-martial law activists, faith leaders, academics, youths, entrepreneurs, and human rights advocates, launched the US-based alliance MALAYA (free): US Movement Against Killings and Dictatorship and for Democracy in the Philippines to condemn “increasing fascism” under the Duterte administration.

Since then they have been staging protests and campaigns on social media, including the hashtags #Babaeako and #Hindipendence day.

Urgent Call

“I joined Malaya and agreed to be a co-lead convener due to the urgent call in organizing ourselves in the U.S. We cannot stay idle,” says Dr. Alma Trinidad. Born in Hawai’i to Filipino immigrants who worked in the sugar and pineapple industries, Trinidad is a professor and social worker who is based in Oregon.

Trinidad’s activism began as a youth, when she observed social problems in Hawai’i like gang violence, drug and alcohol abuse, school drop-outs, teenage pregnancy, poverty, immigration, labor issues, among others.

“(We have a) role as Filipino Americans. We can influence change by engaging internally in our Filipino community, as well as externally, advocating for policies, locally and globally, that meet our needs and advance our voices,” Trinidad believes.

“It is my hope that we continue to popularize our Filipino American history in a given region in the U.S., share with others our family migration stories and analysis of what led to the current conditions and lived experiences, some of which are traumatic, of our families and communities. It is through these means we can find authentic freedom, ways to move towards healing, and advance progress in sustainable and humane ways,” she explains.

Dr. Trinidad calls on to the Filipinos to stand and promote a democracy that benefits the least fortunate and the majority of ordinary Filipinos. She believes that it is unity that will bring promise.

Dark times call for resistance

Chrissi Fabro’s parents disliked activism. Her mother even accused her of being communist-inspired. Nevertheless, Chrissi decided to become an activist in college, where she had learned about the history of Filipino immigration to the US and the reasons why thousands of Filipinos like her parents left their homeland. The New York-born Fabro is a community health worker and the external vice-president of Kabataan Alliance.

Fabro was inspired by the Filipinos’ history of resistance, and the trafficking of Filipino workers in the US moved her to serve the community.

“Even though times are dark in our motherland, there is a rising resistance movement that shines a light of hope for our country and people.  Our unity and resistance can and will bring down a dictator as it had done in the past. I wanted to be a part of that and contribute to the fight for freedom and democracy as a US-born Filipino,” Fabro explains.

Activism is a responsibility

Gina Apostol, an award-winning author who started her activism at UP Diliman, is a dual citizen of the Philippines and the U.S. She joined Malaya because she wanted to be in an organized united front.

“The Duterte regime needs a united front to oppose him. I wanted to be with a very organized, united front organization. We need to focus, organization, and unity against this fascist regime. We can’t pretend we can do things on our own.”

Professor Nerissa Balce, was moved by the photographs of the extrajudicial killings, which circulated in social media. Along with the human rights activists, she says that photojournalists are becoming modern day heroes in their covering of Duterte’s brutal war on drugs.

“I believe it is my ethical responsibility, as a Filipina academic and an immigrant, to join a movement to stop the killings and to stand against dictatorship. Any Filipino immigrant, now more than ever, is affected by tyranny or an oppressive government,” she says.

Professor Balce claims that the Filipino American communities are open to the message of organizing against the extrajudicial killings and Duterte’s authoritarianism.

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“I see this openness when I give my lectures on the photographs of the extrajudicial killings. A lot of young Filipinos, and some older members of the community, are eager to discuss the issues,” she says.

March for human rights

On June 3rd, while the Philippine Consulate in New York was holding a parade in celebration of the 120thIndependence Day of the Philippines, over 400 Malaya members and supporters staged a protest dubbed as the “March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines.”

The celebration was a mix of Duterte and anti-Duterte supporters. There were people dressed as mangoes and bananas; the Batangas group held its banner to show the diversity of the Filipino American community.

Apostol told the group that the Batanguenos are fighters and resisters and were one of the last to surrender to the Americans during the Philippine-American. She encouraged them to join in the fight against Duterte.

“We need to keep fighting against a government that kills its own people. That is part of history, part of our sense of self as makabayang Pilipino. Fight and speak up for those who are dying, who are under the gun, who are dead. It is an unjust regime that makes shoot-to-kill a norm rather than a travesty. It is patriotic to resist it,” Apostol said. “Be on the right side of history! Join us. Join Malaya and our movement against fascism and tyranny in the Philippines. Filipinos in the U.S. have nothing to lose but their apathy.”

We Are Not Free Under Duterte’s Tyranny

We Are Not Free Under Duterte’s Tyranny


On the 120th anniversary of Philippine Independence from Spain on June 12, Malaya Movement joins the Filipino people in saying #HINDIpendence. / No independence. Hindi tayo #Malaya. / We are not free. We call for peace and justice in the Philippines and protest the misogyny, violence, corruption and fascism of Duterte.

In the past two years, the economic and political situation in the Philippines has deteriorated under Duterte’s presidency. The drug war killings, claiming more than 20,000 lives, and the attack on lumad peoples, human rights activists and the media continue. Three Catholic priests have been slain for their service to the poor. The most recent killing of Father Richmond Nilo happened just two days ago on June 10.  Duterte’s personal appointees are corrupt and his social media propagandists spin lies and fake news.

Despite claims of a thriving economy, the majority of Filipinos are left in crushing poverty. According to Ibon Foundation, the job crisis has worsened under Duterte where close to 700,000 Filipinos lost their jobs between April 2017 – 2018. This is not including 35,000 from the closure of Boracay this year. The looming jeepney phase-out scheme could wipe out the livelihood of two million families. Now, 56 million Filipinos live on only Php100 per person per day. Duterte has pushed more widespread contractualization of jobs, which further destabilizes the workforce and forces more than 6,000 Filipinos to migrate abroad in search of jobs. Women’s rights groups continue to condemn Duterte’s outright degradation of women. But his sexist language and actions divert the public away from from the real issues of the country.  

Duterte is the biggest threat to Philippine independence.

We now have Chinese missile launchers and bomber planes landing in disputed islands in the West Philippines Sea. And despite Duterte cursing against Obama, we still have 3,000 US military troops, mainly US Special Operations Forces, on our land with the US facility now being constructed in Pampanga. Duterte’s idea of an independent foreign policy is to subordinate the interests and welfare of the Filipino people to more foreign powers, particularly China and the United States.

In these dark times, we remember our people’s history of resistance. It was only through organizing and the unified efforts of the Filipino people that we waged an armed revolution against Spain and victoriously claimed our independence. To truly commemorate this day, we Filipinos overseas must continue our fight for genuine independence and democracy. Though we are thousands of miles away, we are part of a growing movement of U.S. based Filipinos and allies calling for peace, justice and genuine democracy for the Philippines. We must build a protest movement to hold Duterte accountable. We also must demand our legislators here to cut U.S. military aid towards the Philippines. We don’t want our hard earned tax dollars are to be used to fund Duterte’s brutal regime which is supported by the Trump administration. On #HINDIndependence Day, we collectively resist the violence and the tyranny of the Duterte regime until the Philippines is truly free.

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Hundreds protest Duterte at Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City

 

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New York – Last June 3rd, around 400 joined the “March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines” organized by Malaya Movement, a U.S.-based coalition of individuals and organizations against the killings and dictatorship back in the Philippines. The Malaya Movement called for a Black Sunday Protest to highlight the deteriorating situation back in the Philippines.

While preparing for the march, speakers from Malaya, the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP) and GABRIELA New York spoke about the various burning issues in the Philippines. Atty. Rodrigo Bacus of NYCHRP talked about the ongoing human rights violations in the Philippines perpetrated by state forces. He also talked about his experiences at the recently concluded International Solidarity Affairs, organized by the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) that exposed the conditions of Hanjin workers in Central Luzon. Zila Renfro of Gabriela New York, on the other hand, slammed Duterte’s misogyny and sexism against women. She condemned state violence as the highest form of violence against women. As a a Black and Filipina woman, she also made the connections with the experiences of African American community of state violence in the hands of the police.

The Malaya Movement contingent, donned in all-black, carried a 21 foot banner that says, “Resist Duterte’s Fascist Dictatorship! Defend Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines!” The marchers want to raise awareness that the Duterte regime is now a full-blown dictatorship. The contingent also showed a Duterte effigy, with a forked tongue colored in US and Chinese flags, symbolizing Duterte’s puppetry to both countries, dressed in a bloodied barong and a machine gun, symbolizing his brutal rule.

Chants of “No justice, no peace! Stop the killings in the Philippines” and “Makibaka, huwag matakot!” reverberated down Madison Avenue as the contingent joined the Independence Day parade. Crowds of parade viewers cheered and expressed their support. At the Grandstand, the contingent staged a 2 minute die-in symbolizing the more than 20,000, mostly poor, who were killed in Duterte’s drug war.

At the end, the contingent held a rally along 30th street. Speakers took turns in discussing various burning issues. Members of Malaya Movement, prominent writer Gina Apostol, professor Luis Francia, criticized Duterte’s selling out of our sovereignty as well as the ongoing human rights violations. Representative from Kabataan Alliance, Chrissi Fabro, called on the Filipino American youth to join the struggle for human rights and democracy. Eric Lachica of the US Filipinos for Good Governance criticized Duterte’s subservience to China. Gary Labao of Migrante-USA National Organizing Committee expressed the frustration of overseas Filipino workers at Duterte’s broken promises. Anakbayan-USA representative, Joelle Lingat called on the people to work towards Duterte’s ouster while BAYAN-USA chairperson, Berna Ellorin called for greater unity among various Filipino organizations to struggle to hold Duterte accountable. The rally ended with a very moving singing of “Bayan Ko”, a song that became popular as a protest song against the Marcos dictatorship.

The Malaya Movement calls on the Filipino community and allies to hold a nationwide protest in front of Philippine Consulates across the United States to counter Duterte’s lies as he delivers his 3rd State of the Nation Address. In the Northeast, Malaya Movement is specifically calling for a protest in front of the Philippine Consulate General of New York on Monday, July 23, 6pm.

 

Resist Duterte’s Dictatorship! Defend Human Rights & Democracy in the Philippines!

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(This statement was disseminated at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City on June 3rd, 2018 as part of Malaya’s March for Human Rights & Democracy in the Philippines march and rally.)

This is our message and appeal to everyone, especially to all patriotic Filipinos, here at the Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City. In the past two years, the economic and political situation in the Philippines has and continues to deteriorate under president Rodrigo Duterte. He promised heaven for Filipinos, but instead what we got is a hellish war on the poor and a de facto dictatorship.

We are holding a “Black Sunday Protest” to symbolize the dark times our motherland is now in, under Duterte. We strongly condemn and reject the brutality, fascism, puppetry and tyranny of Duterte’s regime. We also want to let our kababayans and everyone else know that there’s a growing movement from U.S. based Filipinos and allies calling for peace, justice and genuine democracy for the Philippines.

Many hoped for genuine change as Duterte promised many things: fighting corruption; ending forced migration; and building a peaceful, independent, and prosperous Philippines. Everything turned out to be a lie except his “war on drugs” that is now looking more like Hitler’s holocaust and his own dictatorial ambitions.

Under Duterte– same old corruption, different faces. Duterte’s personal appointees— mostly his friends and cronies— are living lavishly off the people’s money: Department of Tourism’s Wanda Teo-Tulfo’s Php 60 million, Solicitor General Jose Calida Php150 million contracts for his private security agency, just to name a few.

Despite claims of a thriving economy, the majority of Filipinos are left in crushing poverty. Close to 400,000 Filipinos lost their jobs in April 2017, including 35,000 from the closure of Boracay alone. This is on top of the looming jeepney phaseout scheme that would wipe out the livelihood of two million families. Now, 56 million Filipinos live around Php100 per person per day. Duterte has pushed more widespread contractualization and more than 6,000 Filipinos still migrate abroad in search of jobs.

One of Duterte’s biggest claims is the promotion and assertion of an independent foreign policy. Now we have Chinese missile launchers and bomber planes landing in disputed islands in the West Philippines Sea. And despite all the cursing against Obama, we still have 3,000 US military troops, mainly US Special Operations Forces, on our land with the US facility now being constructed in Pampanga. Instead of an independent foreign policy, we ended up serving two foreign masters, the United States and China.

Even his war on drugs turned out to be fake. 20,000 were murdered in cold blood, including innocent youth like Kian Delos Santos, Carl Arnaiz and many others. Duterte’s war on drugs is targeting everyone except the actual drug lords like Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, Peter Co, even his own son and former Vice Mayor of Davao, Paulo Duterte.

Duterte’s thirst for blood extends towards the opposition and all who criticize his policies– 141 activists, mostly peasant leaders, indigenous rights activists, trade unionists, youth and even church people, including Fr. Tito Paez and the most recent case of Fr. Mark Ventura. 543 political prisoners, including labor organizer Maoj Maga, activist Ferdinand Castillo, Opposition Leila De Lima and many others. He has unleashed an all out war against suspected communists.

Despite this gloomy picture, the people are fighting back. Last February, thousands of students staged a nationwide walk out to protest Duterte’s tyrannical rule. Last May 1st, 150,000 workers took to the streets to hold Duterte accountable. Today, hundreds have joined our march to say enough is enough!

Even though we are thousands of miles away, we have a lot to contribute to the struggle. First, we must build a broad protest movement here in the United States against the Duterte regime, just like the days of loud protest from the US against the Marcos dictatorship which contributed to its toppling. Second, we must demand our legislators here to cut the U.S. military aid towards the Philippines, our hard earned tax dollars that are being used to fund Duterte’s brutal regime which is supported by the Trump administration. We call on all patriotic Filipinos and allies to join the struggle for justice, human rights and genuine democracy in the Philippines.

This coming July 23, Monday, we shall come together again and hold a People’s State of the Nation Address to counter Duterte’s 3rd State of the Nation Address and expose the real state of the nation. This is for Kian Delos Santos, for Fr. Mark Ventura, for the countless others who have fallen victim under this murderous, fascist regime.

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Makibaka! Huwag matakot! (Dare to struggle! Don’t be afraid!)
Dismantle Duterte’s fascist dictatorship!
The people, united, will never be defeated!

 

March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines

Friends and Allies,

We invite you to join us in on the March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines. This march aims to register our opposition to and rejection of the brutal Duterte administration and our affirmation of human rights and democracy in the Philippines.

The march and rally aims to unite everyone to challenge ongoing “War on Drugs” that have already claimed the lives of an estimated 20,000 people, which in reality is a war on the poor; the continuing attacks against human rights defenders, church people, the press, women, indigenous peoples, trade unionists and peasants; Duterte’s outright sell-out of Philippine sovereignty to foreign powers; and his dictatorial ambitions.

The march and rally will be happening at the 120th Philippine Independence Day Parade on June 3, 2018, Sunday, at 10:30am in New York City where thousand of people from across the tri-state are expected to attend. This is the most opportune time to show that there is an organized and growing opposition from the overseas Filipino community, as well as from the international community.  

  • What: Rally and March for Democracy in the Philippines
  • When: June 3, 2018 Sunday
  • Where: 38th Street Between Madison Ave and Park Ave.

The theme of the march and rally “March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines. We will use this action to unite various communities who are concerned about the following, but not limited to:

  • The continuing War on Drugs that have claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people without due process
  • The attacks on democracy and its institutions, including the attacks on judicial independence with the ouster of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, the attacks on the Commission on Human Rights, and others
  • The attacks on human rights defenders and activists, with the labelling of over 600+ individuals as “terrorists”, including a UN Special Rapporteur, Ms. Vicky Tauli-Corpuz
  • The sellout of Philippine sovereignty, with Duterte silent on both China’s occupation of our territories in the West Philippines Sea and the continuing Balikatan military exercises with the United States
  • The continuing rampant corruption that continues to impoverish our people
  • The dictatorial ambitions of Duterte, by changing the constitution with term extensions, extension and expansion of Martial Law in Mindanao or through a Revolutionary Government”

If you are interested in joining us and mobilizing your members to participate in the June 3rd March for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines, please sign up as an endorsing organization here:

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After signing up we’ll follow up with you directly to discuss your organizations participation. In the meantime, here’s a Facebook event to join and share with your friends and networks:

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If you have questions, ideas or need more information, please contact malayamovement.ne@gmail.com

For background information on the Malaya Movement, including the history, principles and full list of demands, checkout: www.malayamovement.com

There is much for us to do together as we get ready in the next couple of weeks.  If you or members of your organization would like to support, please email malayamovement.ne@gmail.com

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Malaya Movement Condemns Duterte’s Drift Towards Dictatorship, Calls for Day of Action for Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines

On the heels of the ouster of the Philippine Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on May 11, MALAYA: US Movement Against Killings and Dictatorship and for Democracy in the Philippines (“MALAYA Movement”) condemns President Rodrigo Duterte’s “further drift into dictatorship.” Just days before the one year anniversary of President Duterte’s imposition of martial law on Mindanao, Sereno’s ouster was done through a petition for quo warranto, a move widely viewed as both illegal and a politically motivated attempt to silence opposition to the President.

“The Philippine Constitution provides that all impeachable officials can only be removed by Impeachment. The eight Associate Justices dismissed Chief Justice  Sereno by exercising a power which does not belong to them. Since only the Congress of the Philippines can remove the CJ through impeachment, the eight Justices dismissed Sereno through Quo Warranto in violation of the Constitution,” stated National Co-Lead Convener of Malaya, Dante Simbulan, Ph.D., a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (1952) turned activist during the Marcos dictatorship. “Also, the circumstances surrounding the dismissal indicate that the action was really taken upon the intervention of President Rodrigo Duterte on the eight Justices. Duterte admitted that he wanted CJ Sereno out of the Supreme Court. It is also reported that the eight members who unconstitutionally dismissed Sereno had an ‘axe to grind’ against her,” said Simbulan.

The ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Supreme Court Chief Justice has eroded the remaining checks and balances in government, with Duterte now having control of the executive, legislative and judicial branches. In response, MALAYA Movement has issued a call for a national day of action on May 23, as Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao marks its first year in effect. MALAYA Movement calls on Filipinos across the United States and all people who oppose the dictatorial moves of Duterte to express their protest at the Philippine Embassy and consulates across the United States.

MALAYA is a U.S. based movement against the killings and dictatorship in the Philippines and has members across the United States. It aims to advance the cause of freedom and democracy in the Philippines. For more information and to become a member, visit https://malayamovement.com and sign the MALAYA petition.

 

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MAY 23 DAY OF ACTION: LIFT MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO! JUSTICE FOR JEROME! NO TO DICTATORSHIP! YES TO DEMOCRACY!

May 23 marks the 1st anniversary of martial law in Mindanao, Philippines under the Duterte administration. Despite declaring that alleged ISIS rebels were contained in the city of Marawi last October 2017, the government has extended military rule until the end of 2018. Martial law has worsened the human rights situation in Mindanao, displacing almost half a million people and emboldening state forces to drop bombs and harass Muslim and indigenous communities. We call for the immediate lifting of martial law in Mindanao!

Jerome Aba, a Muslim activist from the Philippines invited by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines  US Malaya Movementand  church leaders across the US to speak on the human rights crisis in Mindanao, was denied entry in the San Francisco International airport last April 17thFor 28 hours, he was not given access to a lawyer and was physically and psychologically tortured, before being deported back to the Philippines. We call for justice for Jerome!

Furthermore, the recent ouster of Maria Lourdes Sereno as Supreme Court Chief Justice has eroded the remaining checks and balances in government, with Duterte having control of the legislative and judicial branches. We condemn this authoritarian move of the government. We say no to dictatorship and yes to democracy!


What You Can Do:

  1. Join local activities!

  2. Call your Philippine Consulate and the Philippine Embassy!

  3. Change your profile picture and share this image on social media! Tag Malaya Movement and use our hashtags #LiftMartialLaw and #Justice4Jerome.

As Duterte Rises towards Dictatorship, A US Movement Grows

Filipinos and Advocates Announce US Wide Speaking Tour and Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines

 

From April 20 – May 11, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines US Chapter and the Malaya Movement will host the Stop the Killings Speaking Tour: The People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines. The tour, which will feature human rights experts and survivors of human rights violations from the Philippines and US-based Filipinos and faith leaders, will span seven major US cities from coast to coast.

 

“The 14,000 extrajudicial killings in the Philippines continue to climb in number,” said Pam Tau Lee, Chairperson of ICHRP-US. “But beyond the gross number of killings, we see the Filipino people are under attack. Under Martial Law and a heightened crackdown on activists, the basic rights of the people are being thwarted.  As fellow human rights advocates and faith leaders, we are glad to announce a U.S. Wide Tour Speaking Tour and Caravan against the killings and the growing repression in the Philippines.”

 

Since the Government of the Philippines’ cancellation of peace talks with the National Democratic Front amidst a 50 year civil war, a rising dictatorship has emerged under the regime of Rodrigo Duterte. While the Filipino people have remained steadfast in the struggle for just and lasting peace, upholding demands for the basic social and economic reforms, President Duterte, like his hero Marcos, has paid no heed to the basic rights of the people. In just over a year and a half as President, Duterte has committed 14,000 killings against poor and innocent Filipinos; encouraged soldiers to rape; placed human rights activists, like UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, on a terrorist list; and, he is pushing legislation that would result in the extension of his Presidency beyond the current limitations set by the Philippine constitution.

 

Alma Trinidad, Co-Convener of Malaya: A US Movement Against Killings and Dictatorship, and for Democracy in the Philippines, stated: “Our Inang Bayan/Motherland, the Philippines, needs our voice and support now more than ever. Duterte is following in the footsteps of the Iron Fist rule of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos.  As Filipinos in the United States, we must take a stand, speak up, and take action now to stop him, his mentality and sense of governance. Oppression there in the motherland is oppression here for us in the U.S.”

 

While the crisis in the Philippines has worsened, the U.S. has expanded support for the growing fascist regime. Trump has expressed admiration for Duterte and the drug war in the Philippines, and has promise more military AID while secretly beginning a new military endeavor, Operation Pacific Eagle, which creates provisions for endless spending similar to what occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan in the war on terror. Within the past week, the U.S. provided 13.5 million dollars worth of surveillance drones to the Philippine military that continues to commit crimes against human rights defenders.

 

Set to begin in Washington DC for Ecumenical Advocacy Days, the tour moves on to New York, Chicago, and on to the West Coast. ICHRP-US and the Malaya Movement invite friends of the Filipino people to join the caravan alongside the Stop the Killings tour bus, which has planned  stops in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

 

“As repression in the Philippines grows with the backing of Donald Trump, we call on all people to join the Filipino people in calling for an end to the killings in the Philippines,” said Lee. “We are seeking the broadest possible support and calling on the U.S. Senate to end US military aid to another fascist dictatorship in the Philippines.”

 

This year’s tour happens in wake of the 2017 Peace Tour, in which ICHRP-US hosted human rights advocates and indigenous people from the Philippines to advocate for the now stalled peace talks. “We remain steady in our call for the peace talks to resume between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and the Philippine government” Alma Trinidad reiterated. “The voices of the people cannot go unheard until there is just and lasting peace in the Philippines.”

Stop the Killings Speaking Tour

Stop the Killings Speaking Tour: The People’s Caravan for Peace & Justice in the Philippines

The human rights crisis in the Philippines continues to worsen under Philippine President Duterte’s regime. While the number of extrajudicial killings rise as innocent poor people and even faith-based leaders become victims to the 14,000 that have already perished in Duterte’s attacks on the Filipino people, we call for the deepest solidarity with the Filipino people and the broadest opposition to stop the killings, end U.S. military aid, and prevent another fascist dictatorship in the Philippines.

This Spring, ICHRP-US & Malaya Movement will be hosting STOP THE KILLINGS SPEAKING TOUR: The People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines. Kicking off with the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) and Senate Hearing in Washington DC, the caravan will travel through major cities in the US to bring peace and justice loving community members, faith leaders, government representatives, and solidarity allies the opportunity to bear witness to the testimonies of resource persons from the Philippines who have witnessed the grave human rights abuses in the country.

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For inquiries, please send us an email at ichrpus@gmail.com.

Feb 25th-Call to Action on the EDSA Anniversary: Never Again to Dictatorship in the Philippines!

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION – FEB. 25, 2018

EDSA People Power!

February 25, 2018 marks the 32nd Anniversary of the EDSA People Power movement and the end of  Ferdinand Marcos’ 21 years as president and dictator.

Today, President Rodrigo Duterte has proven himself to be no different from his predecessors and has already exceeded the total number of those killed during his idol Marcos’s term in office.  Duterte’s continued attacks on the people through his bloody drug war, Oplan Kapayapaan, and Martial Law in Mindanao have fueled the fire burning in Filipino people desiring genuine change in the Philippines.  And just as the popular People Power movement took to the streets to remove Marcos and finally end his brutal dictatorship, people are rising up again in the Philippines and abroad against tyranny and violence of the Duterte administration!

We are not alone.

More and more international attention shines the spotlight on Duterte’s ruthless drug war, including the International Criminal Court (ICC) which recently launched a preliminary inquiry into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Rodrigo Duterte. Though Duterte’s legal team was quick to dismiss the ICC’s examination as a “waste of time,” the more than 14,000 victims, their families and human rights advocates do not.  Duterte has brazenly encouraged these crimes against humanity and more, such as in the recent killings of human rights advocates, religious leaders, Lumad among many others. Just this week, the Armed Forces of the Philippines illegally arrested and detained Jolita Tolino, a volunteer teacher and four community members in  Montevista town, Compostela Valley province who were conducting a youth anti-drug workshop.

Duterte’s maneuvers to impose dictatorship on the Filipino people also extends beyond his deadly crackdown on the streets; he is now seeking to cement his tyrannical rule into the country’s constitution by advancing plans for Charter Change.  Duterte and his followers in Congress are proposing dangerous changes to the Philippine constitution, which would consolidate executive powers, extend terms of elected officials, dissolve congress, exempt lawmakers and administration officials from paying taxes, remove restrictions on 100% foreign ownership of land and strategic enterprises, and water down or entirely delete provisions prohibiting foreign bases, troops, facilities and nuclear weapons in Philippine territory.

We call on all Filipinos and friends across the U.S. to join the international day of action on February 25 to not only commemorate the anniversary, but to continue to build the power of the people seeking freedom from tyranny and dictatorship.  We urge you to join MALAYA: U.S. Movement Against Killings and Dictatorship, and for Democracy in the Philippines.

WE Demand

 

  • Never Again to Dictatorship in the Philippines!
  • Free All Political Prisoners!
  • STOP the Killings!
  • Lift Martial Law in Mindanao NOW!
  • Stand for Democracy and Genuine Sustainable Development!

 

MATERIALS & SOCIAL MEDIA  

 

  • Hashtags:  #StopTheKillingsPH  #DefendDemocracy  #FightTyranny

 

TAKE ACTION

 

  • JOIN or START an ACTION in your area!  Please let us know if you are hosting an action & we can update our website with your details! Email MalayaMovement@gmail.com to post your action. Some ideas for actions:

 

      1. Protest at the Philippine Embassy or your local Philippine Consulate or a community location
      2. Special sermons, prayers of the faithful/general intercessions, and other prayer offerings at church services (note: Feb. 25 is a Sunday)
      3. Banner drops displaying the Day of Action demands or hashtags at prominent locations
      4. Vigil at the Philippine Embassy or your local Philippine Consulate or a community location
      5. No to Cha Cha march and dance flash mob

 

  • SIGN the PETITION and share it widely!  to garner widespread support and media attention.
  • Produce creative art, posters, infographics, social media memes, songs, and more to inform the public about the human rights situation in the Philippines! Tag @MalayaMovement on Facebook
  • Issue public statements to condemn Duterte’s fascist repression and moves to impose dictatorship including through Charter Change

 

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