Karapatan stages political satire against repression, tyranny and impunity

On December 5, 2018, Karapatan staged a short skit involving President Duterte, House Speaker Gloria Arroyo, Ilocos Norte Governor and convicted criminal Imelda Marcos, and the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Mendiola. The political satire revolved around the characters’ conversations on repressive measures and advising Imelda Marcos on how she can escape accountability. 

“Many things that are happening now belong to the realm of the ludicrous and unjust. The kind of politics that we are forced to bear witness to is a circus of greedy, foul-mouthed and ruthless masterminds of plunder and violations; it is unfitting to call them our leaders. The Duterte regime, of course, have been an active player in all these injustice, choosing to side with the criminals that the Filipino people have already rejected,” said SELDA vice chairperson Danilo dela Fuente, referring to the political rehabilitation of the Marcoses and Arroyo, and the myriad of fascist policies being implemented now. SELDA, or Samahan ng mga Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto, is composed of former political prisoners from the time of the Marcos regime up to the present.

“The fiction and unbelievable narratives being spun by the police and the military to jail critics are laughable. The double standard in the country’s justice system is laughable. Our President, who jokes about serious and life-or-death matters, is laughable. This government is targeting us and while we relegate these attacks against us as ludicrous, we must do more than laugh,” added Dela Fuente.

For Dela Fuente, this does not mean the current state of the country’s political circus cannot be used as material for a creative protest. “This is a form of protest, of raising people’s consciousness, of resistance. They have employed a whole spectrum of violations against us, so have we adapted a whole range of protest and forms of resistance against them,” he further added. 

The SELDA officer also raised the issue of the possible extension of martial law in Mindanao, and the creeping dictatorship that is looming above our heads. “With the deployment of more troops in the Visayas and the repressive policies piled on top of the other, it is becoming evident that fear and repression are the foremost weapon of tyrants.  

“The skit will end with Duterte, Arroyo, and Imelda Marcos in jail. The Filipino people, symbolized by the audience, will push them behind bars. It is a testament to our hounding, our defiance, our commitment to seek accountability whenever these criminals think they have installed and deepened impunity. The champions of historical revisionism and authors of past and present repressive policies will be shunned away by the very people whom they have victimized. The situation necessitates us to strengthen, redouble our efforts. We will stand against another martial law extension, against counterinsurgency program Oplan Kapayapaan, against the sham drug war, against corruption and plunder, and we will do so by confronting the government with a unified and widespread resistance,” Dela Fuente concluded. 
**Watch the skit live at: https://www.facebook.com/karapatan/videos/1996921640366495/