Press Statement | September 15, 2017

Reference:  Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831 
Karapatan Public Information Desk, +63918-9790580

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana’s statements that Pres. Rodrigo Duterte may declare martial law next week is an expression of the Duterte regime’s fear of its own demons. It is increasingly becoming desperate in quelling the legitimate and peaceful protest of the Filipino people against the fascist and anti-people policies of the regime. It is fearful of the people’s growing resistance against its tyrannical rule. 
Duterte has no one to blame for the rising dissent against his administration but himself. His military and police unleashed the slaughter of the poor through the war on drugs, Oplan Kapayapaan and martial law in Mindanao. Poverty, landlessness, unemployment, inhuman working conditions and meager wages have worsened. He has ingratiated himself to the military led by warmongers Lorenzana, Esperon and Ano, the oligarchs, the US government, as well as Russia and China, to perpetuate his rule.
If Duterte declares martial law nationwide, he is likewise declaring his regime’s quicker demise. The Filipino people have triumphed over dictator Marcos’s martial law. Through our unity, courage and determination to uphold people’s rights and genuine democracy, we are certain that the Filipino people will defeat Duterte’s martial law and tyranny.


Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights
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KARAPATAN is an alliance of human rights organizations and programs, human rights desks and committees of people’s organizations, and individual advocates committed to the defense and promotion of people’s rights and civil liberties.  It monitors and documents cases of human rights violations, assists and defends victims and conducts education, training and campaign.