PRESS RELEASE October 8, 2022 The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 45th Session adopted a resolution on October 7, 2020, urging the Philippine government to receive “technical assistance” and “capacity-building” as well as undertake “independent, full, and transparent” investigations to ensure accountability for abuses and violations of human rights by State actors. The Philippine […]
It is nearly three months since the dictator Marcos’ son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was sworn into the presidency. The country’s 17th president took office with a large majority of votes according to elections long criticized as opaque and vulnerable to electronic cheating, aside from campaigning marred by massive vote-buying and disinformation. When the election […]
“A climate of injustice and impunity looms under the incoming presidency. Both are apologists for the outgoing Duterte administration’s misdeeds and vowed to continue its anti-people policies including the constricting of democratic spaces,” Maza pointed out.
Highlights from “Prospects for Peace After the 2022 Elections: A Call for Just Peace and An End to Tyranny”February 28, 2022
In case you missed it, you may watch the forum here: Prospects for Peace After the 2022 Elections: A Call for Just Peace and an End to Tyranny
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 TyrannyFebruary 23, 2022
“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.
In a few months come May 9, 2022 we look forward to having a change of governance and hopefully peace. But this will not happen under a Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte victory at the polls.
Just like the late dictator who is known for amassing ill-gotten wealth, Duterte clearly follows suit. There are billions worth of funds that have been misappropriated and misused, even though the pandemic demands increasing spending on health and medical services. The national debt also keeps on increasing but the funds are not used for the urgent demands and interests of the people. Maza added that “burying the country in debt is a legacy where Duterte and Marcos are very much alike”. Thus, the indignation and protest of the people constantly increase over his consistently failing policies, especially in combating COVID-19.