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A year after Kian delos Santos’ death, injustice and terror prevail under Duterte’s criminal lordship
One year on after the gruesome killing of Kian delos Santos, son of an OFW, the onslaught of bloodshed under Duterte’s psychopathic drug war continues to claim more lives, ravaging one poor community to another. Just ten days ago, Allan Rafael, a former OFW battling cancer was robbed, tortured and slaughtered at the hands of police officers manning Barbosa police station.
Remorseless, Duterte showered favours to his agents of impunity. Among them is former Caloocan Chief Chito Bersaluna, now head of the entire Bulacan PNP. Bersaluna was back in the spotlight after the violent assault on striking NutriAsia workers and the illegal arrests of activists and media personnel. In parallel, Duterte appointed Caloocan Regional Trial Court judge Georgina Dumpit as Sandiganbayan associate justice after her dismissal of the murder cases against Caloocan cops involved in the slaying of teenagers Carl Arnaiz and Reynaldo “Kulot” De Guzman.
Duterte at the helm turned the Philippines into a vast furnace of suffering and torment for the majority of struggling Filipinos. Now it can be told that Duterte is the current supreme drug lord in the land serving as chief protector of big drug criminals and smugglers like his kumpadre Peter Lim and his very own son Pulong Duterte. Under his fake war on drugs which targets the poor, the death toll has now exceeded 20,000 while the regime feigns blindness as tons and tons of illegal drugs worth billions are shipped into the country. The stench of death reeks enormously while a sea of innocent blood cries out to the heavens.
In the same manner, human rights’ defenders are beset with abductions, killings and fabricated charges. Among the latest victims was Butch Rosales, a Cebu-based Rise Up volunteer gunned down while on board a passenger jeepney.
Consolidating an even more vicious Fascist clique, Arroyo’s rise back to power and the alignment of the Marcoses in Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ushered the revival of the arrest orders against the Makabayan4 which were quashed just recently for insufficient evidence. On the night of August 11, Rowena and Oliver Rosales were arrested in Balagtas, Bulacan on trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. The couple were former officers of the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE).
The range of Duterte’s tyrannical folly knows no geographical bounds. Lately, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) in collusion with the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) issued a blacklist order against Migrante’s Cordillera coordinator Caridad “Caring” Bachiller and 27 other rights activists who are mostly foreign nationals. Disregarding humanitarian considerations, immigration officers in the airport expelled 84 year-old Australian professor and human rights lawyer Gill Boehringer.
Migrante International reiterates its condemnation of all these Fascist attacks against the urban poor, OFW families and human rights defenders. We will exact justice for Kian and Allan Rafael as well as for the tens of thousands of victims of Duterte’s atrocious three-pronged war. Let it be known that history has never shown clemency to despotic tyrants. In due time, the emergent Duterte-Arroyo-Marcos fascist clique will face the full brunt of the people’s collective indignation.
Though faced with persecution, Migrante along with the rest of freedom-loving Filipinos will remain steadfast and defiant against repression and oppression. As long as the US-Duterte regime generates terror and impunity, we Filipinos will stand for justice and assert our democratic rights.
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Duterte’s drug war caused irreparable damage to communities and families – Karapatan
“Today, we remember and commemorate the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos. We likewise remember all the victims of the Duterte regime’s brutal war on drugs. The estimates point to more than 20,000 casualties while no significant and fundamental change has been observed in the government’s anti-narcotics drive. The Duterte regime is stuck in a rut. It does not know how to end the “war” that it has confidently started. As we are confronted with thousands of dead Filipinos in the wake of this campaign, Duterte will have to deal with thousands more of each victims’ families who are out to seek justice,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the first year commemoration of Kian Delos Santos’ killing.
Kian delos Santos was shot by the Caloocan police on August 16, 2017, after allegedly resisting arrest. He was accused of being a drug courier – information that the Caloocan PNP admitted was only reported to them on social media, and was thus never verified. The teenager’s death remained questionable as evidence, including a CCTV footage and statements from witnesses, revealed he was dragged, tied up, on his knees and begging for his life when he was shot. The killing of Delos Santos sparked public outrage and triggered broad criticism against the government’s anti-narcotics campaign.
“Police impunity remains to hound drug war operations. The Caloocan police chief sacked after Kian’s death was merely reassigned. Chito Bersaluna now acts as the Bulacan provincial police chief, responsible for the violent dispersal of striking Nutriasia workers on July 30, 2018. The Duterte regime remained true in its guarantee to protect State forces who implement the war on drugs. On the other hand, what of victims and their families? They are left grieving and still struggling to demand justice and accountability,” said Palabay.
Karapatan also cited the recent death of Allan Rafael, a cancer-stricken former overseas Filipino worker who died while in police custody. Rafael was accused of possessing illegal drugs and was sent to the Quiapo police station on August 2; he died on August 6. The victim was able to send messages to his family prior to his death, narrating how he was beaten and how he was foced to withdraw cash. The family believes he was beaten to death, but to remove the possibility of this being confirmed, the police embalmed Rafael’s body without the family’s consent.
“The Duterte regime’s war on drugs has spiraled into a graver problem of police cover-ups, police brutality, impunity, and widespread abuses. From the scourge of illicit drugs, the Filipino people is now plagued with another pestilence – the scourge of corrupt, bloodthirsty policemen who roam communities without any regard for people’s rights, believing they can get away with the protection of top authorities,” Palabay futher said.
“We reiterate that the war on drugs is ineffective. It has led to an embarrassing failure on the part of the Duterte regime, and irreparable damage to communities and families. It does not solve the fundamental socio-economic problems that have allowed the drug trade to thrive. The bodies keep piling up, while this government remains blind and stubborn in the peddling of this “war”. As rights continue to be violated, resources continue to be wasted, justice continues to be evasive, and impunity continues to be pervasive, the Filipino people are massing up its strength to demand justice and accountability,” concluded Palabay.
Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, 0917-3162831
Karapatan Public Information Desk, 0918-9790580