President Duterte’s willingness to proclaim martial law “if the drug problem becomes virulent” contradicts his police chief’s pronouncement last September that the war on drugs is winning, with PNP Chief de la Rosa himself claiming that Operations “Oplan Tokhang” and “Oplan Double Barrel Alpha” have reduced the supply of drugs by some 80-90 percent. Government’s lack of concrete data on the drug menace as well as its ineptitude in identifying drug related and non-drug related crimes at the beginning of the campaign allowed the President not only to confuse us with numbers and figures, and justify the killing of innocents as collateral damage, it lets the President threaten us with Martial Law despite the fact that 74% of the populace are against it. (Pulse Asia)
It is hardly surprising that 78% of Filipinos worried about being victimized in the government's war on drugs, regardless whether they are actual drug users. Given President Duterte's confession of personally killing suspects, commitment to kill drug suspects until the end of his term, promising pardon for police who kill during operations, enforcing death penalty on 6 convicts daily and considering children as collateral damage, Filipinos see no legal shelter in this environment of relentless violence.
International Human Rights Day , December 10, 2016
Attempts of the Duterte administration to link the drug trade with a supposed rebellion in Mindanao to justify a nationwide terror alert level 3, the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, the railroading of the death penalty bill in Congress, lowering the age of criminal responsibility of children from 15 to nine (9) years old, revisions in the anti-wiretapping law, attacks on human rights values & principles, misogyny, derogation of the rule of law and due process, and death threats to human rights defenders, have revealed a dangerous political direction which the people must resist.
In response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s blatant attack on human rights, continuing and rampant killings, railroading of death bills (bills to restore death penalty and lowering of the age of criminal liability), ordering the Marcos Burial in LNMB, sexist attack on women, while failing to fulfill campaign promises like end of ENDO, genuine FOI and the lack of decisive programs to end poverty etc. iDEFEND (In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement) enjoins all human rights defenders and the public, including Filipinos and solidarity groups in different countries to unite and creatively protest against the rampant killings and violent governance of Duterte while failing to fulfill campaign promises on economic and social wellbeing of the Filipinos to a Global campaign to defend the RIGHT TO LIFE in the Philippines.