Justice prevailed for the drug war victims today. Akbayan Partylist is celebrating the guilty verdict handed to the three Caloocan policemen who murdered 17 year old Kian delos Santos in 2017. 

This is the first conviction of murderous cops under President Duterte's War on Drugs but this shouldn't be the last. We remember that President Duterte once took the side of these murderous cops and maligned Kian delos Santos in his death.The public needs to be watchful over other cases filed in court by victims of extrajudicial killings against the Philippine National Police. We fervently hope that this decision will fuel the momentum for justice for the victims.

There are more than 29,000 lives lost that have yet to be given justice. A lot of those killed are poor and young, like Kian. This decision should inspire a wave of systemic changes, including an end to the murderous War on Drugs, reparations to the families of those killed and a guilty verdict to the perpetrators, even to President Duterte.###

Members of Akbayan Partylist, indigenous peoples groups from Rizal and PAKISAMA, a fisherfolks and farmers alliance, protested Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit in the Philippines at the Chinese Consulate Office in Makati on Wednesday.

“Karamihan sa pinirmahang mga kontrata ng Presidente kahapon ay magpapalubog satin sa utang. Ang babayaran nating utang sa Tsina ay aagaw sa badyet na laan dapat sa mga maralitang sektor. Kailangan natin pigilan ang mga debt trap deals na ito,” Ka Maning, rural sector leader of Akbayan Partylist said.

The protest exposed the irreversible damages that will be brought by the "debt trap deals" between President Duterte and President Xi Jinping, including the construction of the controversial Kaliwa Dam. 

“Malubha ang epekto ng pagtatayo ng Kaliwa Dam. Hindi lang ito trahedya sa mga susunod na henerasyon na magbabayad sa malaking interes ng utang para sa dam, lalong malaking trahedya ito para sa mga katutubo na posibleng madisplace dahil sa Kaliwa Dam,” Ka Maning added.

“Nanawagan kami sa kongreso at mga lokal na yunit ng gobyerno: makinig sa mga ordinaryong Pilipino. Harangin ang mga proyekto ng Tsina na magpapabaon sa atin sa utang. Hindi development ang displacement at debt trap,” Ka Maning said.

Citizens and basic sector groups warn that the Kaliwa Dam will endanger the lives of 100,000 Filipinos as the site has two active tectonic zones. The groups also lamented that the deal is bound to put us in a billion peso debt trap for years. ###

Akbayan Partylist slammed the signing of "debt trap deals" between the Philippines and Chinese government as President Xi Jinping visits the country today.

"We demand a stop to the debt traps which have irreversible consequences. One of the debt trap deals of Xi Jinping, the Kaliwa dam, poses a lot of risks. It places 100,000 lives in danger as it is within two active tectonic zones. The risk include draining us of public funds to pay off debt, as the Duterte government continues to keep the wording of the deals from the public eye," Machris Cabreros, Akbayan President said.

Akbayan will be joining PAKISAMA, a farmer and fisherfolk alliance, at the Chinese consulate in Makati at 9:30 on November 20 to protest the debt trap deals.

"Konti lang ang alam ng taumbayan sa mga uutangin ni Duterte. Pero ang taumbayan na rin at ang mga susunod na henerasyon ang magbabayad nito," Cabreros added. (Only a few people know about the terms of Duterte's debt trap deals. But it will be the Filipino public and the generations after us who will pay off the debt with our own taxes.)

"It's like openly inviting a thief into your own home to steal more. The Chinese government has intruded on our seas, harassed our fisherfolks, intimidated us with bomber jets and missiles and now we accept deals that will trap us in debt for decades," Cabreros added.

"Duterte should be pressuring the Chinese government to end the intrusion of the West PH Sea, which majority of Filipinos are demanding. It seems Duterte is extending the Chinese intrusion straight into Malacañang," Cabreros added.### 

Akbayan Partylist lauded the Sandiganbayan decision finding Imelda Marcos guilty of graft. Marcos is guilty for seven counts of violation of the anti-graft law.

"This legal victory is a two-decade struggle by the brave Filipino people. This is a victory against historical revisionism. This comes at the heels of a time when the Marcos family is desperately trying to revise history and clear their name of the crimes they have committed," Akbayan Chairperson Emeritus Etta Rosales said.

The decision is based on Imelda Marcos' illegal financial activities as governor of Metro Manila.

"This is retribution. The Marcoses thought they could get away with their crimes. They have after all institutionalized impunity within the criminal justice system as dictator over the past years," Etta Rosales added.

Akbayan Partylist condemns the brutal massacre of farmers and 2 teenagers on Saturday night in Sagay City, Negros Occidental.

"Ang walang-awang pagpatay sa mga magsasaka at mga bata sa Sagay noong Sabado ay bunga ng kultura ng karahasan na pinapairal ng administrasyong Duterte," Yoyong Merida, Sumilao farmer leader and Akbayan nominee said.

"Hindi lang pinapahirapan, binababoy, ginagago at tinatapakan ang sektor ng magsasaka na siyang nagtatanim upang masiguro na may pagkain sa mesa natin, pinapatay pa. Sa halip na tugunan ang mga problema ng mga naghihirap na magsasaka, bakit sila pinapaulanan ng bala? Kailangan mahuli ang mga salarin ngunit kailangan ding tapusin na ang deka-dekadang kaso ng agrarian injustice sa bansa natin," Merida added.

"Ito na dapat ang huling kaso ng karumal-dumal na pagpatay sa mga magsasaka. Kailangan maimbestigahan ito ng Kongreso at mabigyan ng hustisya ang mga pamilyang nawalan," Merida said. ##