MANILA, Philippines — “Stop the killings” and “Stop silencing dissent.”
This has been the call of a mission of international parliamentarians and civil society leaders who visited the Philippines to observe the human rights condition of the Philippines.
The mission includes members of some non-governmental organization (NGOs) from Germany, Sweden, Italy, United States and Australia who condemn the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
The NGOs insisted that the Philippine government should put a stop to its drug war following the deaths of several minors, further noting the usual victims of such a campaign are the poor.
However, the deputy of the Party of European Socialist (PES) explained that they are not meddling in the manner Mr. Duterte is leading the Philippines.
“We do not wish to interfere in the decision-making processes of legitimate democratical government,” said PES Deputy Secretary-General Giacomo Filibeck.
“The reason why we are here is because we know that is no law that allows killings of thousand of people,” he added.
The NGOs also condemned what they claim as the Duterte administration’s political persecution of its critics.
“Democracy lives from contradiction, from the pride of public opinion, does not live of killing, democracy lives thru dissents because dissents are the essence of democracy,” said Solidar Secretary-General Conny Reuter.
Due to the rising number of alleged human rights violation in the country, the civil society groups are worried the Philippines might lose its special trading deal with the European Union (EU).
“This GSP plus situation is not being kept up that means our trading relations will suffer in particular agricultural products,” said S&D MEP Arne Lietz, member of the delegation.
They also called on the government to allow the UN human rights council to conduct its own investigation into what they describe as unreasonable deaths, and thus, properly resolve the country’s problem on illegal drugs. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue
8 out of 10 Filipinos satisfied with Duterte’s drug war — SWS
MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign remains popular among Filipinos according to the latest survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Sunday.
The anti-drug initiative received a “very good” net satisfaction rating of +65; a one-point increase from the +64 rating in March.
The survey, conducted on June 27 to 30 among 1,250 respondents, shows that 8 out of 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug war.
The highest net satisfaction rating came from the Mindanao region with +84, while Visayas recorded the lowest with a +57 rating.
Seventy-three percent (73%) of respondents who are contented with the anti-drug war are also satisfied the performance of President Duterte.
Meanwhile, 3 out of 5 Filipinos believe that the arrest of loiterers on the streets violates human rights.
This is also based on the SWS survey released yesterday, September 23.
In June, Duterte ordered the police to strictly implement city ordinances against loiterers whom he considers potential threats to the public.
The survey also revealed that 68 percent of Filipinos worry that they or someone they know will get arrested for loitering in public places. — Asher Cadapan Jr.
PH earns praises from UN, EU, Japan for the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ enactment of the landmark Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) has earned compliments from the international community following its official signing by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 26.
The United Nations, in a statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, recognized it as “a landmark achievement on the road to lasting peace in the southern Philippines.”
The European Union said, “The passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law represents an opportunity for the Filipino people to embrace peace and stability after decades of strife,” in a statement by EU Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic.
The Philippines’ ally Japan, meanwhile, was the first to express its support “for the development of Mindanao in a wide range of fields, in accordance with progress in the peace process.” This, according to Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kano, is Japan’s commitment under the Japan-Philippines Joint Statement on Bilateral Cooperation for the next five years announced in October 2017,
The Bangsamoro Organic law is considered a key step to ending a decade-long armed conflict in the southern Philippines that had claimed thousands of lives since it began in the 1970s.
For his part, President Duterte appealed to the Moro community to give BOL a chance in leading the path towards peace.
“Hindi pa kami nag-usap sa Tausug group, kay Nur, o kahit kanino ang kailangan kausapin ko. Iyong BBL tapos na. Bigyan lang natin ng panahon. Huwag tayong mag-giyera. Kasi kung mag-giyera — wala naman problema mamatay tayo. Mamatay man tayo lahat. Ang problema, ang mga mahirapan ang mga bata, matanda, pati mga babae. Mag-iwan lang tayo ng maraming orphans. Maglaki ng walang tatay, hirap ang nanay. Papaano… Huwag natin pasukan ‘yan. Hindi panahon natin ‘yan. Hindi ‘yung away na pwede tayong makipagsapalaran na ubusan. Mag-usap na lang. Iyong Abu Sayyaf, mag-usap na lang tayo,” the President said during his visit to fire-affected residents in Brgy. Bus-Bus in Jolo, Sulu on Friday (July 27).
A ceremonial signing of the BOL is being prepared between President Duterte and the leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo
69% of Filipinos see war on drugs as Duterte admin’s ‘most important achievement’
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Majority of Filipinos believe that the government’s drug war is President Rodrigo Duterte’s “most important achievement.”
According to a Pulse Asia Survey released on Monday (July 23), 69% of Filipinos consider the elimination of the country’s problems in illegal drugs as the top achievement of the administration.
Metro Manila (77%) has the highest sentiment at 77% with 74% among the rich or ABC classes.
Fighting criminality is the second in the list of achievements with 50% and the salary increase for police and soldiers with 30% came third.
Fourth is the government’s fight against graft and corruption with 28% while its grant of free tuition in SUCs came fifth at 21%.
The survey was conducted from June 15-21, 2018 using face-to-face interviews with 1,800 registered voters aged 18 and above.
It was released hours before the President’s third state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday afternoon. — Marje Pelayo