DuterteReference: Justine Balane, Spokesperson

President Duterte once again made the United Nations a punchline to his jokes. In a speech in Camarines Sur, he declared he will have the UN solve the drug problem if the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) fails as the new head of his murderous campaign against illegal drugs. 

This comes at the heels of his recent admission of failure of his War on Drugs by ‘removing’ himself and the Philippine National Police (PNP) from his anti-drugs campaign after seeing his trust rating slump on the latest survey.

When it comes to the UN, Duterte is all bark but no bite. He previously declared to set up local offices for the UN in every police station and in the same breath, accused the UN of meddling into the country’s affairs.

pdeaQuote: Akbayan Sec Gen Kit Melgar

There is no greater admission of failure than President Duterte’s decision to let the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) head his campaign against drugs, forcing the Philippine National Police (PNP) to bow down after 15 months of non-stop killings.

The decision is not borne from Duterte's goodwill. It was a result of Duterte panicking at the sight of his eroding trust ratings and the growing opposition to the killings. 

But even if PDEA takes the lead in the murderous campaign against drugs, the change of head agency does not absolve President Duterte and the PNP from the killings of 13,000. The Duterte government, until now, shows no remorse at the death of thousands of people, including the poor and young, under his brutal campaign against drugs. The PNP, in their recent statements, is lurking to sink its teeth back into the war and continue the bloodbath.

Justice for the victims won’t be served by just a mere change of guards. Akbayan calls on the Duterte government to stop the killings and take responsibility for the 13,000 dead under his war on drugs. The solution to the drug problem is not in the pile of thousands of Filipinos dead but a recognition of justice to the victims and a health and rights-based approach to get rid off the drug menace. ###


PESThis is the statement of a seven-member delegation of the Progressive Alliance (PA) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) that have visited Manila this week to assess the situation and to demonstrate solidarity in support for democracy in the Philippines. The delegation was hosted by Akbayan Party, a member of Progressive Alliance.

The delegation includes: Konstantin Woinoff (Coordinator, Progressive Alliance), Giacomo Filibeck (Deputy Secretary General, Party of European Socialists), Emilia Töyrä (Member of Parliament, Sweden), Thomas O. Melia (Deputy assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights in the Barack Obama  administration), Arne Lietz (Member of European Parliament, S&D Group, SPD), Conny Reuter (Secretary General, SOLIDAR), and Ben Maxfield (Australian Labour Party). The delegation met with political leaders from several parties, leaders of civic organizations and visited communities in Caloocan and Navotas.

We, the 7-member human rights mission of Progressive Alliance (PA) and the Party of European Socialists (PES), are extremely alarmed at the mounting number of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.

The killings of persons accused, without evidence or trial, of involvement in the drug trade continue unabated even in recent days. Yet the Philippines government continues to deny it to the international community. 

ombudsman 1Akbayan awards “Di Takot Kay Digong Award” to Ombudsman Morales 


Akbayan awarded Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales with a “People’s Medal of Valor” on Wednesday for doing her constitutional duty to probe abuses in government, including allegations of undisclosed wealth in President Rodrigo Duterte’s bank accounts.

“In a time where people cower in fear to the President’s threats, Ombudsman Morales has shown that she will do her duty without fear or favor,” Akbayan Secretary General Kit Melgar said.

The group, composed of women and community leaders, hung a large plaque and offered messages on the Ombudsman gates thanking her for a job well done in probing government excesses.

The “awarding” comes after President Duterte attacked the Ombudsman with allegations of corruption and declared that he won't cooperate in their probe. 

we remember45 years ago today, we remember the horrors of the Martial Law dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. 

Thousands of Filipinos were murdered by state forces; detained and disappeared over two decades of military rule. People were denied of their rights as the police cracked down on free speech and free movement. Billions of public funds and loans were plundered by the Marcos family and their cronies, most of which still burden Filipinos today. 

This year, we don't remember the dictatorship as a distant past but as a current reality. The new dictator is President Rodrigo Duterte.

In Duterte's dictatorship, he has made the police force his personal killing machine, turning its crosshairs on the poor and defenseless. His gospel of violence led to 13,000 killed, some of them as young as 4 years old. The streets he promised he would sweep clean of criminality became his killing field, painting the sidewalks with the blood of his own people.