On Monday this week President Duterte threatened to kill human rights defenders criticizing his war on drugs. And so it is revealed. The main program of the President for this country is to kill. Kill suspected drug peddlers yesterday, human rights activists today, kill all opposition voices tomorrow.
President Duterte’s paradigm of change rests solely on a framework of Peace and Order that promises a development agenda which, five months into his term, is slowly being revealed as the same anti-poor, pro-oligarch, neo-liberal agenda. The peace and security purportedly being felt in our communities are nothing more than the silent terror of a bullet through our doors and bullets delivered by those “riding in tandem”. Duterte’s brand of change is grimly familiar with former President Ramos’ “Philippines 2000” development aggression, and Gloria Arroyo’s “Strong Republic” with its own body count of extrajudicial killings and internal displacement. It is most familiar of course, with the Marcos family, the architects of Martial Law.
Sa araw na ito ay ginugunita ng iDEFEND ang kabayanihan ni Gat Andres Bonifacio, rebolusyonaryo, ama ng himagsikang Pilipino. Higit na mahalaga at napapanahon ang pagpapatingkad ng ating paggunita sa harap ng pagtangka ng Pangulong Duterte at ng pamilyang Marcos na baguhin ang kasaysayan ng Martial Law.
Like a thief in the night, the dictator’s corpse is snuck into the Libingan ng mga Bayani in lightning fashion, to avoid the protests that would surely accompany it to the grave. Until the end the Marcos family displays their characteristic treachery on the Filipino people with no regard for the victims of Martial Law.
iDEFEND strongly condemns the mowing down of protesters near the US embassy yesterday, and the firing of water cannons at them in front of Camp Aguinaldo last Tuesday.
The rallies called for a stop to militarization and intrusion of foreign corporations in ancestral territories and the end of EDCA. The groups further demanded an end to the presence of U.S. troops in the country, supporting what they believe to be the call for an ‘independent foreign policy’ by President Rodrigo Duterte.