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[Statement] Statement of Overseas Filipinos living in Thailand on the Philippine situation -ANAK

STATEMENT OF OVERSEAS FILIPINOS LIVING IN THAILAND ON THE PHILIPPINE SITUATION
5 October 2017; Bangkok, Thailand

As Filipinos based in Thailand, we are outraged and alarmed by the spiraling human rights crisis and political situation in the Philippines under the Duterte administration. With the worsening drug-related killings in the country because of Duterte’s war on drugs, we are deeply worried about the safety and welfare of our family members and loved ones at home, especially our children.

As Filipinos living overseas, we are deeply disturbed by the tragedies that befell returning overseas Filipino workers who got summarily executed or unjustly killed by police officers or by vigilantes. We are horrified by stories of children and young Filipinos who got killed in Duterte’s war on drugs; they could be our children, our own loved ones.

We are outraged by how the Duterte government is using the war on drugs as a platform to attack our democratic institutions. It is morally reprehensible for the government to fan hysteria on drugs to rationalize its attack on Philippine democracy. Duterte is exaggerating the drug problem so that he and his allies, including the Marcoses, can revive authoritarianism in the country and recreate the same climate of oppression and plunder that drove thousands of Filipinos to leave their homes and families in search of better lives. We also condemn his blatant attempt to silence voices of dissent in the Philippines, and to mangle the truth through his machinery of fake news and online trolls.

Drugs and drug use are a public health issue, and as such, they are best addressed from the lens of evidence, health, and human rights. The war on drugs will push the country into a bottomless pit of extrajudicial killings, violence, human rights abuses, epidemics, societal polarization, police abuse, and unnecessary government expenses. To address the drug problem, the government should instead improve law enforcement to curb large-scale drug trafficking and introduce harm reduction interventions as an effective strategy to reduce the demand for and the harm caused by drugs.

Duterte’s war on drugs goes against our dream for the Filipino nation: the promotion of our common humanity, our respect for life. As overseas Filipinos based in Thailand, we commit to sustaining our own initiatives inside and outside the Philippines to protect our democracy and the lives of others. We will reach out to other OFW communities to organize coordinated initiatives to hold the Duterte government accountable for its abuses and to defend the Filipino people from its own government.

We urge leaders from different sectors, from politics and business to civil society and our faith-based communities, to resist this attempt by the Duterte government to tear our society apart. We call on our fellow OFWs to stand up for truth and justice.

ABOUT ANAK

The Advocacy Network against Killings in the Philippines (ANAK) is an informal group of Thailand-based Filipinos deeply concerned about the human rights situation in the Philippines.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: stopkillings@gmail.com

Twitter: @ANAK_StopEJKs

Facebook Page: Advocacy Network Against Killings in the Philippines – ANAK (@ANAK.StopKillings)

 

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[Featured blog last week] Listen to the CRIES of the CHILDREN of ‘DESAPARECIDOS’

By Lenin Castillo

Unsilenced by SAD

Unsilenced by SAD

The anakngdesaparecidos.wordpress.com is the official blog site of members of the Samahan ng mga Anak ng Desaparecidos (SAD). In this site all articles, literary pieces and even art works (video, painting, photos, etc) created by children of disappeared will be posted here as well as position papers and statements of the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance.

The blog will reflect the in-depth thoughts and feelings of a son, daughter, sister, brother or any younger relative of the victim of the disappeared. This will show how we, the children understand the disappearance of our fathers.

[The article below best describes what SAD is.  The article is an excerpt from “City of Lost Parents: The SAD Story” written by Celia L. Sevilla posted in anakngdesaparecidos.wordpress.com]

IN THE BEGINNING…

SAD or Samahan ng mga Anak ng mga Desaparecidos (Children of the Disappeared) was founded in 1990 by the Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND). The Welfare and Rehabilitation Committee if FIND recognized that the children as well as the younger siblings of victims of involuntary disappearance needed special attention and rehabilitation. To ensure that their needs are adequately addressed, these children were organized into a group which was then included in the six lines of work of FIND. Thus, SAD was born.

The objective for founding SAD was to provide the children with much-needed rehabilitation. In its early years, the focus of SAD was the attainment of this objective. Rehabilitation sessions and family conferences were conducted to help the children cope with their parents’ disappearance.

AND THEN THERE WAS MIGHT…

Gradually, as SAD evolved, it began to serve another purpose. The group became a very potent medium in projecting the issue of involuntary disappearance to the general public. It has since become an effective arm of FIND in the organization’s campaign against involuntary disappearance both locally and internationally.

In 1993, FIND together with Amnesty International (AI) launched a campaign against political killings and enforced disappearances. SAD actively took part in this activity, touring four European countries (Belgium, United Kingdom, Holland and Switzerland) to protest the killings and disappearances through stage plays.

[Next featured blog of the week: Carpe Diem by Darwin Mendiola.]