Duterte’s shameless political rehabilitation of Marcoses, threats on nationwide martial law are the ways of a tyrant - Karapatan

News Release | September 11, 2017

“President Duterte’s continuing glorification of dictator Marcos and his threats of declaring martial law nationwide, ala-Marcos, are all ways of a tyrannical regime, amid the relentless extrajudicial killings in line with the war on drugs, counter-insurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan and Mindanao martial rule,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, as the human rights alliance joined the September 11, 2017 protest action led by the Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacanang(CARMMA) and the Samahan ng Ex-detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto(SELDA) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 

Karapatan said that “Duterte’s pronouncements on declaring September 11 as a holiday in Ilocos Norte and his offer for a compromise deal with the Marcoses, on top of his conferment of a hero’s burial for Ferdinand Marcos Sr., are all machinations to glorify a fascist and a plunderer. These shameless concessions handed by Duterte will whitewash Marcos’ heinous crimes against the Filipino people, while his family creeps back into power.”

“We should reject all forms of political rehabilitation of the Marcoses. The billions they siphoned off of public funds should be confiscated and given back to martial law victims and the people. They deserve punishment for their crimes, and their deeds are not any cause for celebration,” Palabay said. 

The Karapatan leader also scored Duterte’s recent statements threatening a nationwide martial law declaration if communists will stage a rebellion in the streets. “Duterte is running out of excuses to expand martial law from Mindanao to the whole country, and at the same time, he is further laying the pretext for more State-instigated violence against peaceful assemblies and protests. His recent threats are similar to Ferdinand Marcos’ wild conspiracy theories before declaring martial law,” she stated. 

“The regime’s kill, kill, kill policy is in full throttle, with thousands of poor people, including innocent youths, falling prey to Duterte’s drug war, and his equally dirty war against peasants, Moro and indigenous peoples. The latter has resulted in at least 88 victims of extrajudicial killings in the countryside. Duterte effectively exonerates previous presidents like Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III, and butcher-generals Hermogenes Esperon and Eduardo Ano, from accountability for human rights violations. Alongside his preference for butchers and plunderers, he continues to refuse the pursuance of genuine economic and social reforms that will advance the peace processes,” Palabay said.  

“Duterte should be reminded of the fate of tyrants. The use of bare-faced State terror will only stoke the brewing unrest and dissent of the people,” she concluded. 

Reference:  Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831 

Karapatan Public Information Desk, 0918-9790580