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Marcos noon, Duterte ngayon: Stark Parallelisms

Veteran human rights activists and Martial Law survivor Ms. Joanna Cariño said that there are glaring and stark parallelisms between the Marcos dictatorship and Duterte’s tyrannical rule. She also warned that these might replicate or even worsen under a Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte regime.

[FORUM Highlights] Prospects for Peace After the 2022 Elections: A Call for Just Peace and an End to Tyranny

“All in all, the human rights situation in the country is dark and gruesome not only during Marcos’s time but even now under the authoritarian rule of Duterte. This is why we should organize and build the critical mass, the broadest possible united front against dictatorship and tyranny, and gather international support. We should also be resolute, fear no sacrifice, and surmount every difficulty to win victory – end the Marcoses and Dutertes policital dynasty and control of Philippine government”, Joanna concluded. 

CSOs protest arrest of community doctor Dr. Natividad Castro

“It is outrageous that while the country is in dire need of doctors and medical professionals to better respond to the pandemic, Doc Naty, a veteran community health worker is unjustly arrested and imprisoned,” CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza said.

Victories in the dismissal of cases against development workers and the release of political prisoners bring hope—CPDG

“The acquittal and release of several political prisoners is not only reason to celebrate but also vindicates us in our fight. Moreover, these legal victories show just how dubious so many of the warrants mysteriously issued by different courts really are,” CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza said. She added, “The judges who scrutinize these cases and stop the use of the legal system to harass activists should be lauded.”

“Not surprising, everyone knew it all along”—CPDG on Sara Duterte’s withdrawal for Mayor reelection

Maza said that the remaining bits of integrity in the national elections will gradually disappear if this tactic remains legal. “It is so corrupted and it treats our voters as if they’re audiences waiting for entertainment: the cliffhanger, the “sundan ang susunod na kabanata”,” she said.

“Pursuing Climate Justice means putting People and Planet Over Profit”—CPDG on COP26

“Sec. Dominguez takes pride in the Sustainable Finance Roadmap and even declares concern about the marginalized sectors vulnerability in climate and ecological disasters. But the construction of large destructive dams and the continuance of chemical-intensive farming through GMOs defeats the purpose of climate action,” she further added.

“Unrelenting violations, impunity pose threat to a clean, democratic 2022 polls”—CPDG

Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) raises alarm on these non-stop and wholesale violations of people’s rights and lingering impunity especially as the 2022 national elections close in. CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza said that incumbent administrations are known to use a climate of terror against critics and the opposition for electoral advantage, such the red-tagging and terror-tagging in the 2016 national and 2019 midterm elections.

“Recognition, not vilification for CSOs”—CPDG to PH Gov’t on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The recognition of CSOs’ efforts by local and international bodies including the UN belie the claim that their activities are meant for destabilization and confirm how they capacitate communities and build their resilience to disasters.

“Violations, abuses continue one year after UN Human Rights Council PH resolution”—CPDG

Shortly after the release of the UNHRC resolution, the country saw impunity and disrespect by law enforcers on the death of Baby River, the three-month old daughter of political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino. Even after the UNHRC resolution, in the closing weeks of 2020,  there were successive arrests and killings of activists and development workers – i.e., the arrest of peasant volunteer worker Amanda Echanis and her then one-month old son Baby Randall (December 2), the arrest of seven activists ironically on International Human Rights Day (December 10), the extra-judicial killing of Dr. Mary Rose Sancelan and her husband (December 17), and the killing of nine Tumanduk indigenous people and the arrest of 16 more in Panay (December 30).

Groups to Duterte: “retirement is not enough”

Many political forces, especially those who are critical of the current administration, expressed their rejection of any Duterte candidacy at the national level. The same sentiments apply for the possibility of the Marcoses’ return to power through the late dictator’s son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.