Despite heavy snow, Filipinos in the Netherlands held a symbolic protest at the Philippine Embassy in The Hague on Dec. 11 to denounce “state-sponsored” killings under the Duterte administration.
“Everybody should stand up against the tyrant.”
Progressives marked the International Day of Human Rights at the Bonifacio Shrine in Manila. A mural created by artist group UgatLahi was one of the highlights in the program.
“We live in a time where truth is being undermined and where lies reign. In order for reason to triumph, we must fight for it.”
The honoring of heroes and martyrs took place amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats of crackdown on activists and declaration of a so-called “revolutionary government.”
“The quest for just peace is a complicated process that requires perseverance amidst difficulties, wisdom in handling disagreements and a sincerity to bring about significant reforms as the people demand.”
Five journalists have been gunned down under the Duterte administration, bringing to 178 the total of media killings since 1986, the restoration of democratic institutions.
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Before the incident, the broadcaster had reported receiving multiple death threats, some of which he posted on his Facebook page.
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“Aside from unilaterally revising the law and reinterpreting it to suit one’s draconian fetishes, to label legitimate and legal people’s actions is a foreboding of worse things to come,” the NUPL said.