Philippine’s Duterte Administration in His Anti-Drugs War, Anti-Muslim War and Anti-Communist War

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:45
Oral Presentation
Phoebe Zoe Maria SANCHEZ, University of the Philippines Cebu, Philippines
Duplicities rule. First, Duterte called for peace, so the left sat in the peace process but the armed forces continue their attacks at communities. He said he is anti-corruption but dictator Pres. Marcos of the 1970s was given a hero’s burial. He called to protect communities but orders the killing of the poor and the bombing of Lumads (natives). He said he will stop casualization of labor, but sustained Art. 106-109 of the labor code that allows business to employ flexible labor and justified it through a department order. When rido, a cultural dispute in Muslim society took place, he elevated it to ISIS and had aerial bombings even beyond the Marawi City where rido took place. He said land will be redistributed to the farmers, but subjected land reform to the concurrence of landlords in congress. He said government is anti-destructive mining but sustains massive mining.

Thousands of deaths sustain as the war in Marawi and the ever bolder anti-drugs war, killing particularly thousands of poor civilians and youths continue.

Six civil society political leaders and members were murdered at Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental from July 24, 2017 to Sept. 8, 2017. Hence, Mr. Leboy Tecson, Vice-Chair of PAMALAKAYA (fisherfolk organization), was murdred July 24, 2017, Mr. Danilo Salazar and Rene Faburada of PISTON (drivers' organization) were murdered July 28 and August 4, 2017 respectively, Barangay Captain Leodegario Benero, Jr. of Barangay Hinakpan, Guihulngan City murdered August 17, 2017, Mr. Oscar Asildo of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) (New Nationalist Alliance), was murdered August 30, 2017 and Mr. Luardo Yac of KAUGMAON-KMP (national peasants' movement) was murdered in Sept. 8, 2017

Hence, this paper shall look into the spate of killings and wars that the Duterte administration is engaging amid the socio-political, cultural and economic backdrop of Philippine society.