Rights groups amplify calls to stop the continuing slaughter of Filipinos

“The reality of the Philippines under Duterte is tainted with the blood and sufferings of the poor, denied of their rights and continuously being burdened by the government's repressive and anti-people policies,” said Karapatan deputy secretary general Roneo Clamor during a protest action at the Boy Scout Circle, Tomas Morato, QC on September 7, 2018.
 
 
Karapatan, Rise Up, Bayan Metro Manila, artists, and rights advocates held a Black Friday Protest against the continuing extrajudicial killings and other attacks against the Filipino people.

Protesters reinterpreted an iconic sculpture in Renaissance Art - the Pieta by Michelangelo. The original work depicting Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus was re-imagined to reflect the many mothers and relatives holding their slaughtered kin, shot and killed in line with the government’s counterinsurgency program and the war on drugs.

“The miniature tableau aims to paint a tragic reality that has been normalized by the Duterte regime. The scene of suffering, loss, fear and grief has engulfed every street in urban cities and in the countryside. Many are left helpless against police forces who brandish their guns with an air of arrogance and invincibility. We are here to show these criminals that they are not invincible; that their victims are far from helpless; and that many are now standing up to demand an end to this brutality,” added Clamor, citing that an estimate of 23,000 Filipinos have already been killed in Duterte’s bloody anti-narcotics drive.

Clamor added that “the continuing assault against the people’s civil and political rights has reached an unprecedented degree. This regime is relentless in showing that it can use brute force to get what it wants. Yet it is utterly useless in providing comprehensive solutions to the multi-faceted problems of our society. The only solution that Duterte seems to know is to kill and bypass people’s fundamental rights. No wonder nothing is resolved, and we are left with more bodies piling up, coupled with guaranteed impunity.”

“We will continue to protest, to add our voices to the growing clamor for justice and substantial change. There is growing outrage and discontent over the anti-people policies of the Duterte regime. His false promises are being exposed. Certainly, the victims and their families will be there to hold Duterte and his bloodthirsty minions to account,” Clamor concluded.