Crafted by a Congress that propped up the failed war on drugs, extended martial law in Mindanao, legislated TRAIN, reintroduced death penalty, lowered the age of criminal responsibility of children, pushed for the term extension of President Duterte and applauded his misogynist jokes, the new draft Constitution spells further political and economic crises for the Philippines.
IDEFEND welcomes the decision of the ICC Prosecutor to conduct a preliminary investigation into EJKs under the government’s war on illegal drugs
In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement welcomes the decision of the ICC Prosecutor to conduct a preliminary investigation into EJKs under the government’s war on illegal drugs. iDEFEND considers it as a critical opportunity for government to seriously re-asses its violent approach to the drugs issue in the country and to finally abandon the current war on drugs.
The Philippines ratified the ICC Statute on August 30, 2011, giving the ICC jurisdiction over defined crimes as well as committing its full cooperation in the enforcement of the Court’s duties. Prior to this the Philippines had actively participated in the drafting of its Statute (Rome Statute), defining the crimes under the ICC jurisdiction (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, crimes of aggression), and influencing other Asian states to ratify the same.
On a platform of change Duterte won the Presidency. More than one year into his term, change only came in the form of deeper poverty and corruption, betrayed hopes and political suppression.
From the promises of eliminating drug trafficking, crime, corruption, ending contractualization, demolitions, ending environmental destruction, oligarchy, and the decades old war with the CPP-NPA rebels, nothing has been fulfilled except the persecution of political opponents, destruction of democratic institutions, undermining of due process, fake news, twisted values and renewed war.
Nobyembre 26, labing-isang kalalakihan ang inaresto sa isang hotel sa lunsod ng Taguig. Ayon sa PDEA, naaktuhan ang mga ito na kasalukuyang gumagamit ng droga. Di umano, dalawa sa kanila’y matagal nang target ng ahensya dahil sa pagbebenta at paggamit ng droga. Binuksan ng pangyayaring ito ang maraming usapin na malaon na nating pinaglalaban.
Takot at Pananakot
Sa pagpapatuloy ng marahas na kampanya ng gubyerno laban sa droga, namamayani na ang kultura ng takot at pananakot. Hawak man ito ng PNP o PDEA, hindi tumitigil ang death toll mula sa mga operasyon. Lalo lamang lumalaki ang pangamba sa ating mga kababayan na kahit na sino ay maaring mapahamak — damputin at / o patayin.