Huwag Magpalinlang sa Huwad na Rebolusyon

“Rebolusyong Duterte” laban sa oligarkiya sa pulitika at 
“tanging si Duterte ang makakapamuno dito”.

Nangunguna sa pagbabando dito ang koalisyong Tapang at Malasakit ni Presidential Daughter at Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, kasama ang mga namamag-asang makapasok sa pulitika,pati dating rebeldeng sundalo at “rebolusyonaryo”, at ang mga Marcoses.

Sisikapin sa pangalawang pagtatangka mula Pebrero 25, 2017 (EDSA Anniversary), na may maipakitang “popular support” ang naturang hakbang. Katuwang ang ahensya ng gubyerno, tulad ng DSWD at DILG kasabay ang presyur sa mga barangay officials, tinutulak ang pagpapalahok/ paghahakot ng mga “supporters”.

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Duterte a gross human rights violator

"Duterte is a gross human rights violator who uses the war on drugs as a tool to impose authoritarian rule in order to inflict unopposed, anti-people economic policies, towards further exacerbating human rights violations against the Filipino nation. He has effectively undermined the spaces and opportunities for engagement with civil society as well as government’s obligations to human rights."

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Press Statement: On the occasion of the 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty

On October 10, In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) marks World Day Against the Death Penalty. The Philippines is poised to re-introduce the death penalty after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted in favor of House Bill 4724 earlier this year. Capital punishment was twice abolished- via the 1987 Constitution, and by an implementing law under the Macapagal-Arroyo administration. However government continues to justify its re-introduction as a counter-crime measure, with the President touting it as retribution on behalf of families of victims of violent crime. House Speaker Pantaleon Alverez spoke of the draft bill as “judicial killing”, offering it as alternative to the much criticized extrajudicial killing of suspected drug traffickers.

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Shutdown the House of Representatives

12,000 killed. 0 justice. 1,000 pesos for human rights.

From electing to return the death penalty law, to confirming Martial Law in Mindanao, initiating impeachment proceedings against officials responsible for checks and balances in government, the House of Representatives now has reached a new low in voting down the budget of the Commission on Human Rights to just one thousand pesos for 2018. This is tantamount to shutting down perhaps the single most credible public mechanism to address the massive human rights violations in the country today.

This act puts Congress in violation of the Constitution, which has created the Commission on Human Rights to investigate abuses by state agents. This budget puts at risk thousands of relatives of EJK victims seeking protection and relief, victims of abuse by government elements, internally displaced persons, and victims of Martial Law in Mindanao. This appalling behavior on the part of the House of Representatives compromises the country’s commitments to the UN Human Rights Council, which is set to adopt the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review to improve human rights in the Philippines this September in Geneva.

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