Duterte guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – “By withdrawing to the ICC, Duterte is guilty of committing genocide-like crimes against the humanity. This is to fuel Duterte’s passion for all-out abuse of human rights and civil liberties of the Filipino people,” According to the militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) condemning the move of President Rodrigo Duterte to pullout from the Rome Statute, a treaty which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“While the Duterte government never respected the ICC, it is still bothering to pull out from this international treaty because it will elude him from any legal sanction and accountability over his unbridled human rights violations,” said Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson in a statement.
PAMALAKAYA said even prior to the ICC withdrawal, the Duterte government was already unstoppable in committing grave crimes against the Filipinos through the brutal war on drugs dubbed as “Oplan Tokhang”, which has already claimed thousands of lives; and even bound to commit war crimes by encouraging his troops to disregard the international humanitarian law in the battle field through his marching order to shoot armed rebels right away.
“Duterte will join countries not signed to the treaty like Myanmar and Israel who never respect human rights. He is hell-bent in pursuing the political culture of state terror and brutality,”
CHR token budget sign of Duterte’s dictatorial rule – fisherfolk
Manila, Philippines – The activist fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday said that the approved 2018 budget for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is President Rodrigo Duterte exercising his authoritarian rule.
With 119-32 vote, House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a P1, 000 budget for the CHR for the year 2018. CHR has been critical against the government’s rampant human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings under Oplan Tokhang.
“It’s dictatorship in the making; President Duterte wants to totally abolish the CHR but because it needs a long-process constitutional amendment, he and his super majority in the Congress trimmed its budget to cripple its functions,”
“We are concerned with how the Duterte government treats human rights in our country. Curtailing the very function of the CHR by cutting its budget means the government shows no importance on the human rights of its people. We can see it by the numerous human rights violations committed by the state security forces with impunity,” Fernando Hicap, PAMALAKAYA Chairperson said in a statement.
The fisherfolk group said if the Congress approved only P1,000 of CHR budget for allegedly not fulfilling its duty, then the Philippine National Police (PNP) who spearheads the bloody war against drugs should also receive an insulting P1,000 on its 2018 budget for killing innocent civilians they tag as drug users and failing to serve and protect the people.