Solidarity Message to the United People’s SONA 2018

The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines sends its militant solidarity to Gabriela, SANDUGO, KMP, KMU, KARAPATAN, the League of Filipino Students, to the Moro people, BAYAN and to all the sectors rallying for the United People’s State of the Nation to protest at President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address.
We denounce the misogyny of President Duterte which unleashes massive violence and discrimination against Filipino women.
We support the workers’ just demand for the end to contractualisation, and for a national minimum wage of P750 per day in the private sector and for P16,000 per month in the public sector. We condemn President Duterte for his failure to deliver on these basic campaign promises two years after he was elected.
We support the calls of the Lumad communities for an end to militarisation, land-grabbing and the attacks on their leaders and schools.
We support the peasants’ demands for genuine land reform and condemn the escalating campaign of assassination of peasant leaders in Mindanao and across the country.
We call for the return of the Marawi City evacuees to their homes and an end to the land-grabbing by giant corporations in Marawi city.
We join with you in opposing a new federal constitution for your republic, which would water down the workers’ and people’s rights and increase the rights of foreign capitalists.
Instead of all Duterte’s attacks on women, on the poor, the farmers, the indigenous peoples, the workers and peasants, and the human rights advocates, there should be a return to the peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to address the root causes of the long running social conflict in the Philippines.
All political prisoners should be released to enable these peace talks to really progress the proposed Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms.
In solidarity,
Peter Murphy, Chairperson
Global Council, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines
peter_murphy1_au@bigpond.com