Stop War on Humanity, Stop the Killings in the Philippines Now

Today (21/9), in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the Philippines, the HKCTU participated in the demonstration organized by BAYAN Hong Kong & Macau and GABRIELA Hong Kong against the extrajudicial killings explicitly or implicitly sanctioned by the Duterte administration.

When Duterte was first elected as President in 2016, many in the Philippines hoped that he would bring genuine social change and progress to the country.  However, his campaign of “War on Drugs” has already caused human rights disaster across the country which resulted in the deaths of many innocent people, especially those of the poor and underprivileged.  In the past year, an estimated 13,000 people were killed in Duterte’s “War on Drugs”, including minors and teenagers, some of whom are children of overseas Filipino workers.  Recent events such as his attack on the Supreme Court and the Ombudsman, abandoning peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and cutting the budget of the Commission on Human Rights to a meagre P1,000 (HKD154) per year, further reveal Duterte’s attempt to consolidate power and disregard human rights.  When human rights and civil liberty is under threat, we are afraid that the Philippines are moving ever closer to another dictatorship since Marcos.

Thus, we demand the Duterte Government to stop all killings and suppressions on the civil society now, and at the meanwhile, carry out genuine reforms that would bring economic and civic justice to the people.