For Immediate Release
June 12, 2018
Reference: Glenn Ramirez, Organizational Development Officer, New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (NYCHRP), firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YORK, NY – Today, June 12, marks 120 years since the Philippines declared independence from Spanish colonization. Many Filipino communities, both home and abroad, are commemorating this milestone with festivities. Lamentably, there is nothing to truly celebrate as the Philippines is not yet an actual sovereign.
Last week, on June 3, 2018, members of NYCHRP joined migrants, professors, college students, youth, children, activists, members of the Filipino diaspora, and other human rights defenders, advocates, and allies for a Black Sunday Protest that took place during the annual Philippine Independence Day Parade in New York City. Led by the Malaya Movement as part of their campaign to Resist Duterte’s Dictatorship and Defend Human Rights and Democracy in the Philippines, the action intended to register the growing concern amongst Filipinos and allies in the US by taking to the streets to march and rally in protest.
400 demonstrators wore black, marchers in protest took part of the parade, proceeding down Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. As the group approached the grandstand, the members of the demonstration laid down for a die-in to demonstrate the killings of people in the Philippines as a result of the drug war and others that have been killed through the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao and impunity in the country.
A few weeks before June 3, NYCHRP held a vigil to mourn the one year anniversary of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, commemorating all the lives that have been lost since this declaration and since Duterte’s presidency more generally, particularly in his War Against Drugs that has led to the killings of at least 20,000 Philippine people, a number that continues to rise every day.
NYCHRP is aware of this rise in the consolidation of Duterte’s power, and we remain vigilant by standing up for human rights, justice, and democracy.
NYCHRP condemns Duterte’s fascist regime and the actions of the Philippine government and those that support him. We reject his human rights violations, his anti-people policies, his corruption and his selling-out of Philippine sovereignty. We call for an end to the killings, his drug war, and the funding from the US that directly supports Duterte and his dictatorship.
As a member organization of the Northeast chapter of the recently launched ICHRP-US (International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines), it is our mission as peace loving people to raise awareness to the worsening human rights abuses happening in the Philippines.
We support the Philippine people in their quest to realize genuine democracy in their homeland.
STOP THE KILLINGS! FIGHT TYRANNY!