Political prisoners and other detainees sign petition to stop the killings

A signature campaign expressing concern over the widespread drug-related killings was launched by detainees, including political prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. The petition, calling to end the spate of killings, was supported by other detainees charged with drug cases. The initiative was started by female political prisoners from the Taguig City Jail – Female Dormitory in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.


Nais naming ipaabot sa mga kinauukulan na nagpapahalaga at tagapagtaguyod ng karapatan ng mamamayan ang aming mariing pagtutol sa malaganap na pagpaslang, lalo na sa mga menor-de-edad at sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatan ng mamamayan na mapasailalim sa tamang proseso ng batas,” the petition read.

The petition was signed by 314 female inmates from the Taguig City Jail – Female Dormitory and 433 detainees from the male dormitory. The initiative was started on September 21, 2017, and has been circulated in both the male and female dormitories in Camp Bagong Diwa.

“The victims of the drug war also include those who have been illegally arrested, and even the latter are standing up to condemn how this campaign is taking shape. A consolidated voice to condemn the continuation of the war on drugs is a blow to the Duterte regime’s unabated defense of this fascist policy. This also amplifies the call for Duterte and his police force to be accountable to the scores of urban poor communities brutalized by this campaign. From inside prison cells, the clamor for justice increases,” political prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa stated.

The petition also cited the many detainees who fell victim to illegal police operations, including warantless searches, planting of evidence, and false testimonies. Prisoners lamented how the poor killed in the course of the drug war campaign have been deprived of a chance to rectify their ways, if indeed they are guilty.

The petitioners underscored that “innocence or guilt seem to be inconsequential in this campaign. Due process is immaterial. More than a year after this ‘war’ and nothing concrete has been achieved, save for the reaffirmation of how brutal State security forces can be when they are allowed to kill with impunity. The Duterte regime’s war on drugs is ineffective, and whatever efforts the government makes to rebrand this campaign, it can never erase the thousands of poor Filipinos it has left lying dead on dark alleyways, nor can it silence the cry for justice from the victims’ kin.”  

Political prisoners, along with the detainees who supported the initiative, said that this is also part of their solidarity to the families of the victims of Duterte’s drug war. “Nais naming makiisa at suportahan ang mga magulang, kapatid, asawa at kaibigan ng mga pinaslang at iba pang biktima ng paglabag sa karapatang pantao sa kanilang paghahanap ng hustisya,” the petition concluded.

 *Copies of the original petition available upon request to karapatan@karapatan.org