The Filipino people’s outrage is rapidly accumulating against Rodrigo Duterte over the blood being spilt under his repressive tyrannical rule.
They indict Duterte for the successive killings of several youths these past days by his armed minions: Kian delos Santos, 17 years old, Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19 and Reynaldo de Guzman, 14, who all were tortured and killed by stabbing and shooting by the police in the “war against drugs”; and Obillio Bay-ao, 19, Lumad youth in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, who was shot and killed by paramilitary forces.
The people indict Duterte for the thousands upon thousands of lives snuffed by the three wars he has launched: the Oplan Tokhang “war against drugs”, the Oplan Kapayapaan war of suppression and martial law in Mindanao and the anti-Moro war and destruction of Marawi. The people detest Duterte for repeatedly ensuring protection and giving incentives to police and soldiers for blindly following his kill orders.
Duterte’s hands drip with blood in his wars of death and destruction. His soldiers and police run amuck. Over the past two weeks, almost 20 were killed under Oplan Kapayapaan. Oplan Tokhang killings are relentless. The AFP’s war in Marawi continues zealously after more than a 100 days of siege.
The people are fed up with Duterte’s repetitious, scornful and self-conceited speeches. His pretensions, spectacles and false images are rapidly losing efficacy in the face of actual measures, policies and programs which harm the interests of the people and oppress the downtrodden.
Duterte is turning a deaf ear to the calls of the people He does not heed the cries of Marawi and the Moro people, the anguish of the fathers and mothers of the youth murdered by the police, the clamor of the national minorities and peasants against militarization and repression, the outcry against aerial bombings, and the grievances of the urban poor, the workers, the youth and other classes and sectors against oppression and exploitation.
The people increasingly loathe the Duterte regime and its repressive policies such as its plan for a National ID system, the recently enacted law to suppress the freedom of expression and its push for charter change to give Duterte further monopoly of political power. Workers are bound to suffer greater oppression in the plan to abolish the 8-hour workday.
The national democratic forces must act vigorously to expand and consolidate the ranks of mass organizations and build the people’s broadest unity in order to isolate and resist the US-Duterte regime, its triple wars and various pro-imperialist, anti-people and anti-democratic policies and programs.
Every issue the people face under the Duterte regime compel them to unite in different forms of broad alliances. These alliances can involve various forces and Duterte’s political rivals. More importantly, these should reach out, mobilize and unite various organizations and associations in schools, communities, parishes, barangays, offices and so on.
Duterte’s “war against drugs” is now rousing widespread resistance over police abuses and killings. Various personalities, sectors, organizations and institutions are standing up. Youth organizations in communities and schools are waiting to be brought together in a broad front against Oplan Tokhang and police abuses and to demand a comprehensive socio-economic solution to the drug problem.
There is also basis to build a broad alliance against Oplan Kapayapaan and the anti-Moro war as well as against such repressive measures such as the National ID system. The people must unite as well to resist the suppression of the freedom of expression under the guise of fighting “fake news.” The mass of workers must be united to defend the 8-hour working day and to fight for regularization and wage increases.
Various forces can also unite against Duterte’s measures to suppress his political rivals (through detention, impeachment and murder) and to monopolize political power through charter change under its supposed pursuit of “federalism.”
The climate of awe and fear imposed by Duterte is now slowly being overcome and repudiated by the people. Amid the people’s widespread aversion of the US-Duterte regime, millions upon millions are awaiting the opportunity to join and act in order to demonstrate their stand against the fascist, anti-people and anti-democratic regime.