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July 25, 2016
SONA STATEMENT of Citizens’ Council for Human Rights
In a little less than a month since his inauguration, President Rodrigo Duterte has delivered on his campaign promise to go after suspected drug pushers and users with little or no regard for human rights and due process. Units of the Philippine National Police, under the command of his close associate General Ronald (“Bato”) de la Rosa, have turned many low-income neighborhoods in the country into free fire zones. The bloody encounters taking place daily have polarized the country between those who support the president’s quick and dirty methods of dealing with drugs and crime and those who regard them as illegal, immoral, and self-defeating.
To date, more than 500 people had been killed in intensified anti-drug operations since the May 9 elections in which Duterte emerged as the victor. The pattern is worrisome: The police announce that drug pushers or users have been killed in an operation. Slain people are shown on television, invariably with firearms near their hands. The now routine police explanation: “The victims resisted arrest and fired on us, so we had to shoot them in self defense.” In some instances, the police story borders on the incredible. In a Pasay City precinct, for instance, two manacled suspects are shown on television being led into jail. Shortly thereafter, a policeman emerges to tell the press the father and son were shot dead inside the jail since they tried to reach for the police's pistols and had to be killed "in self-defense."
June 19, 2016
The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) strongly urges the City Council of Batangas to deny the application for local clearance that will commence the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Batangas City.
In particular, FDC asks Mr. Gerry Dela Roca, the Chairperson of the Land Use Committee, to lead the vote against the application for the construction of two boiler units of the new coal plant at 300MW each. The said project was the main target of the 10,000-strong mobilization against the coal energy and plants held last May 4 in Batangas City and as part of the global campaign to Break Free from Fossil Fuels.
FDC, together with other environmental groups, have been asserting that the so-called “clean coal” being peddled by coal energy adherents is, in fact, a dirty lie. It has already been proven that coal-fired plants are detrimental to both the environment and the health of those living in its vicinity. If the national government is serious with its commitment to reduce by 70% the country’s carbon emissions by 2030, it should begin by pressuring local governments to reject any future applications to build new coal-fired power plants.