What we are witnessing is a war against civilians since Duterte assumed the presidency. He started with the thousands of poor drug suspects, using anti-drugs campaign as a veil. Now, authorities are mouthing anti-criminality and counterinsurgency for going after civilians.
Tags: extrajudicial killings
“We pray for our nation and all the inhabitants therein, that they will know peace, genuine peace based on justice and righteousness.”
President Rodrigo Duterte’s admission that extrajudicial killings is his “only sin” has “legal and moral implications.”
Three mothers of victims of Duterte’s drug war narrate how they have risen up from grief and despair to finding hope in the struggle for justice.
Within months of his coming to power in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte’s profanities, tirades, threats, outrageous remarks about women, human rights, heads of foreign states, and what he was actually doing, had called the attention of international media — in Japan, the United States and Europe — to what was happening in the Philippines. As…
“Just days after his speech against the church, another killing was committed; the serious and alarming statements from the president against church people are very disturbing. It is in effect, license to those who committed these murders.”
“The culture of impunity in this country does not exempt Church people and those who are genuinely serving the poor, the oppressed, the marginalized, and the rejected.”
“We came here for a very urgent reason, we came here to verify mounting reports of rights abuse against peasant and Lumad communities perpetrated allegedly by military elements. No wonder the military people do not want us here.”
Military presence in Eastern Visayas is likened to the prevalence of pests in the area — a burden and a pretext to greater destruction of farmers’ crops and even their lives. Following the arrival of the military in each village is always a long list of rights violations and the continued culture of impunity.
“The relaunch of the police and Duterte administration’s Oplan Tokhang, after being suspended twice in 2017, is a tacit admission that there is something fundamentally wrong with these policies.”
Karapatan has criticized Duterte’s counterinsurgency program “Oplan Kapayapaan” as no different from the past administrations’ policies, targeting civilians and activists and peasant and indigenous peoples’ communities.