CPP on the arrest of Australian Missionary Patrica Fox

Information Bureau | Communist Party of the Philippines
 | April 19, 2018

Rights defenders are the people’s friends, Duterte is not

Australian missionary Sister Patricia Fox gestures as she is interviewed by reporters after she was released from custody at the Bureau of Immigration in Manila. Photo: AP

Human rights defenders, including foreigners such as Australian missionary Patricia Fox, are friends of the Filipino people, especially the toiling masses of workers and peasants. They help the people express their aspirations for peace and social justice and expose their grievances amid the brutality and cruelty of the Duterte regime. The people warmly welcome them into their communities, homes and hearts.

In contrast, Duterte the Terrorist is the Filipino people’s enemy. Their hatred for Duterte is intense for dropping bombs, murdering people and the wholesale curtailment of people’s rights. He is despised for his rehabilitation of the Marcoses, alliance with the Arroyos and other icons of fascism and corruption and for plundering government coffers together with his big business and foreign monopoly capitalist friends.

For his brutal and cruel wars of suppression and destruction, Duterte is considered persona non grata by the people who have suffered under his ruthless regime. The people demand retribution. Thus, Duterte morbidly fears the people. Hindi siya makalabas ng Malacañang na hindi siya balot-ng-bakal. Takot na takot siya sa mga binomba at ipinapatay niya. He cannot freely move around the country, especially in the rural areas and in the urban slums, without being escorted by battalions of fascist soldiers.