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July 25, 2016
SONA STATEMENT of Citizens’ Council for Human Rights
In a little less than a month since his inauguration, President Rodrigo Duterte has delivered on his campaign promise to go after suspected drug pushers and users with little or no regard for human rights and due process. Units of the Philippine National Police, under the command of his close associate General Ronald (“Bato”) de la Rosa, have turned many low-income neighborhoods in the country into free fire zones. The bloody encounters taking place daily have polarized the country between those who support the president’s quick and dirty methods of dealing with drugs and crime and those who regard them as illegal, immoral, and self-defeating.
To date, more than 500 people had been killed in intensified anti-drug operations since the May 9 elections in which Duterte emerged as the victor. The pattern is worrisome: The police announce that drug pushers or users have been killed in an operation. Slain people are shown on television, invariably with firearms near their hands. The now routine police explanation: “The victims resisted arrest and fired on us, so we had to shoot them in self defense.” In some instances, the police story borders on the incredible. In a Pasay City precinct, for instance, two manacled suspects are shown on television being led into jail. Shortly thereafter, a policeman emerges to tell the press the father and son were shot dead inside the jail since they tried to reach for the police''s pistols and had to be killed "in self-defense."
Mayo 1, 2016 (Linggo)
Pinagdiriwang natin ngayong Mayo Uno, 2016 ang Pandaigdigang Araw ng Paggawa bilang pagpupugay sa natatanging papel ng uring manggagawa at anakpawis sa paglikha, pagbuhay at pagbabago ng lipunan.
Mula sa kanilang lakas-paggawa, sa kanilang pawis at dugo---nagpapakasasa ang mga ganid sa tubo at mga nabubuhay sa kaayusang mapanupil at magpagsamantala.
At mula sa kanilang sama-samang pagkilos upang pangunahan ang pagbaklas ng kanilang kadena ng pagkaalipin, ang uring manggagawa at anakpawis ang may pinakamatibay at pinakamatayog na pagsisikhay upang palayain ang iba pang binubusabos at inaapi sa ating lipunan.