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Martial law survivors hold ‘Black Friday’ protest

Martial law survivors led a protest action in Mendiola to protest President Rodirgo Duterte’s military rule declaration in Mindanao last May 26.

The recalled the horrors the Filipino people suffered under Ferdinand Marcos’ 14-year old martial law and warned more such human rights violations are bound to happen under the current government.

The protesters urged the Duterte government to lift martial law. (Videography by Ivan Dexter Tolentino and Esther Anne Cabrillas / Editing by Jo Maline D. Mamangun)

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Peasants commemorate 30th anniversary of Mendiola Massacre


The Peasant Movement of the Philippines led the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Mendiola Massacre with a rally at the site of the bloody incident.

Families of the seven killed on January 22, 1987 called on President Rodrigo Duterte to reopen the investigation to give justice to the victims.

Human rights defenders declare Aquino guilty of violations

Human rights defenders from all over the Philippines commemorated the 66th International Human Rights Day in Manila by staging a symbolic trial of President Benigno for his government’s violations.

They proclaimed the Aquino government is guilty of about 175,000 documented cases of human rights violations ranging from extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and many others in its four-and-a-half year reign so far.

They blame the Manila government’s implementation of its US-sponsored counter-insurgency program called Oplan Bayanihan for non-stop harassment and forced evacuation specially of indigenous peoples’ communities in the regions.

The protest actions last December 10 concluded with the burning of a US flag-draped effigy of Aquino.
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