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Rodrigo Duterte

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Petition to The Filipino People

Stop the Killings, Stand Against Tyranny!

(Photo courtesy of Wochit News YouTube Account) The Duterte government is fast unfolding into another despotic regime.  Since last year, Pres. Duterte has unleashed police and police-backed death squads in a brutal and murderous “war on drugs” that has victimized thousands of mostly poor, suspected small-time drug users and pushers and even innocents.  In his rush to end armed conflicts with the Bangsa Moro and the CPP-NPA-NDFP, he has imposed martial law and suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao. He has unleashed the full might of the military to bombard civilian communities and terrorize, kill and illegally arrest those he considers as “enemies of the state”.  His regime has continued the practice of filing trumped-up charges against activists and government critics, thus accumulating political prisoners.  He has bristled at criticism of his human rights record and has tried to undermine and pressure into submission the very institutions that exist as a check and balance to his powerful office, including the Supreme Court, Congress, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Commission on Human Rights.  He has lashed out at members of the mass media due to unfavorable or critical reports of his administration’s policies and pronouncements.   He has dismissed human rights as a needless obstacle to his administration’s law and order drive and continues to goad the police, military and paramilitary groups to violate those rights. He continues to incite state security forces to commit willful violence against the people while assuring them of protection from investigation, prosecution and punishment. IN THE FACE OF SUCH BLATANT ACTS OF TYRANNY, IT IS TIME TO TAKE A STAND, TO SPEAK OUT AND TO ACT. We demand an end to extrajudicial killings and mass murder in the name of the Duterte regime’s “war on drugs” and “war on terror”.  We demand a stop to indiscriminate aerial bombings, artillery fire and other destructive military operations that target civilian communities like Lumad and Moro communities, especially residences, schools, farms and commercial/business establishments. We say no to blanket martial law powers and its inevitable abuse. We demand an independent and impartial investigation of reported lootings, illegal arrests, and other human rights violations committed in the course of the Marawi siege. We resist efforts to silence the mass media and public opinion. We oppose moves to dismantle the system of checks and balances that are intended to prevent the return of dictatorship.  We oppose the filing of trumped-up cases, the unjust arrest and detention of critics, activists and those unjustly labelled as “enemies of the state”. We call for the release of all political prisoners. We shall shatter the silence, fear and acquiescence that has afflicted many, especially the victims of human rights violations, corruption and abuse. We shall defend and promote human rights and civil liberties at all cost. We shall oppose tyranny wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head.# Initial Signatories: Sen. Rene Saguisag; Mo. Mary John Mananzan, OSB; The Most Rev. Rhee Timbang, Obispo Maximo, IFI; Bp. Broderick Pabillo, Cong. Lorenzo Tañada III; Cong. Neri Colmenares; Cong. Antonio Tinio; UP Chancellor Michael Tan; Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno; Edith Burgos; Dean Macrina Morados; Prof. Julkipli Wadi; Prof. Roland Tolentino; Prof. Roland Simbulan; Dr. Carol Araullo; Atty. Arno V. Savidad; Atty. Edre Olalia; Vergel O. Santos; Inday Espina Varona; Kiri Lluch Dalena; Mae Paner, a.k.a. Juana Change; Monique Wilson; Chikoy Pura; Audie Gemora; Chef Chris de Jesus; Rossana Abueva; Kris Lanot Lacaba; Susan Tagle; Christina Palabay; Raoul Manuel; Bonifacio Ilagan; Dr. Delen de la Paz; Edna Aquino; Francisco Alcuaz; Tonyo Cruz, Katrina Stuart Santiago; Prof. Jose Dalisay Jr.; Fulgencio S. Factoran, Jr.; Bart Guingona; Dr. Potre Dirampatan-Diampuan; Tesa Casal de Vela; Clarita Tambunting Ordonez; Ching Manapat Yujuico; Tes Choa; Fernando Hicap, Danilo Ramos, D.D.; Fr. Gilbert Billena, OCarm; Rev. Oliver Castor, CSSR; Rev. Rudy Abao, MSC; Bro. Ciriaco Santiago III; Sr. Elenita Belardo, RGS; Teddy Casiño; Sol Juvida; Monina O. Valencia; Charo Simons; Judy Tecson; Jenny Romero Llaguno; Lan Mercado; Edwina Francesca Socorro S. Meily, OSA; Emily R. Bogayong; Concepcion Poblador; Fe Mangahas; Malu Maniquis; Sister Maribel Carceller, RSCJ; Weena Meily; Art Dimalanta; Josie Puey; Honorio Poblador III; Teresita Feraren; Ellen Ongkeko Marfil; Sonny Redor; Gertrudes Ranjo-Libang; Zanaida Soriano; Grundy Constantino; Sharon Cabusao-Silva; Rubylin Litao; Darlene Marquez Caramanzana; Atty. Corazon Fabros; Menchu Sarmiento; Menie Odulio; Ega Alcaraz; Carmencita Karagdag; Clemente Bautista; Owen Migraso; Ezron John Cabrera; Finesa Cosico; Mac Yanto; Atty. Minnie Lopez; Alex Umali; Prof. Fatima Castillo; Carla Samantha Pulido Ocampo; Mark Lester Valle; Jhoanna Cruz; Susan Severino Lara; Mark Lester Menor Valle; Carla Samantha Pulido Ocampo; Jhoanna Cruz; Susan Severino Lara; Dr. Joseph M. Carabeo MD; Dr. Eleanor A Jara MD; Violy Dr. Casiguran MD; Dr. Tess Betonio-Bacunata; Dr. Arnel Amata; Leonard Javier...

Movement Against Tyranny
5,460 supporters
This petition won 1 year ago

Petition to Pres. Rody Duterte

State Funeral befitting to a remarkable Philippine Leader: Miriam Defensor Santiago

(Disclaimer: If the family will allow it) FORMER senator and presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago, one of the most highly respected personalities in Philippine politics, died Thursday morning at age 71. The former judge succumbed to lung cancer and “died peacefully” at a hospital in the capital of Manila, according to a BBC article quoting her husband. Other reports said she breathed her last while she was sleeping. The senator from Iloilo, campaigning on an anti-corruption platform, ran for presidency first in 1992 but reportedly lost then, allegedly due to vote-rigging. According to her biodata on the Philippine Senate website, it was then that this saying was born: “Miriam won in the voting, but lost in the counting.” A dogged competitor, Santiago ran and lost again in the 1998 polls before trying one last time in the last May polls, even though she was already diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in 2014. Some said her loss was largely due to concerns over her health. Moments after news of her death hit media headlines, the Internet was awash with condolence messages from grieving Filipinos who dubbed it a great loss to the nation. Media outlets worldwide penned obituaries that chronicled her political journey, which has led her to serve in all three branches of the Philippine government – the judiciary, the executive and the legislative. The reports recounted her quick wit and even quicker tongue, her fearlessness in the face of adversities, and her immovable belief in staying the course to weed out systemic corruption. Throughout her career, Santiago, was hailed as bold and brilliant as a politician, and has been crowned countless times with titles like Dragon Lady, Platinum Lady, the Incorruptible Lady, the Tiger Lady, and most popular of all, the Iron Lady of Asia. “She is a renowned celebrity. Like a rock star, she attracts crowds everywhere. She is the most sought-after guest speaker of university students. Sen. Santiago is a woman of destiny. She will be remembered in Philippine history as a genuine hero of her people,” her biodata says. “She has been called the incorruptible lady, the platinum lady, the tiger lady, the dragon lady, the iron lady of Asia, the queen of popularity polls, and the undisputed campus hero.. “But to her millions of fans, she is best known for the unique brand of charismatic leadership that media likes to call ‘Miriam Magic’,” it adds. Filipino netizens, in mourning her death, said she was the “best president we never had”. Let us therefore give her the highest final respect befitting her life full of sacrifice and love for us all, if the family permits it also. (Source: Asian Correspondent)

Elvin Jerome Laceda
180 supporters