Philippines: Hundreds protest human rights, repression under Duterte

Hundreds of anti-Duterte protesters took the streets of Manila on Friday to express their outrage over human rights and political repression. Former Bayan Muna (Nation First) party representative Teddy Casino said, “When Duterte says that he is a dictator, he really means it and this has resulted in thousands of dead bodies; this has resulted in massive violation of human rights especially... Еще among indigenous peoples and farmers; this has resulted in the undermining of the system of checks and balances between congress, between the Supreme Court and the executive.” “When the dictatorship cracks down on those who dissent—on those who say what’s wrong—on those who fight for freedom of democracy and human rights, then we will end up with a regime that violates everyone’s rights,” he added. Demonstrators descended upon the Mendiola gates of the Malacañang Presidential Palace in Manila, carrying crosses depicting the people’s struggles under an alleged fascist leadership and dubbed it as “Calvary of the People”. Since his election last year, Duterte has repeatedly threatened to impose nationwide martial law to crackdown on drug trafficking and corruption. More recently, he said that he would be prepared to establish a «revolutionary government» to halt alleged efforts to oust him from power.

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