“Duterte’s regime has gone berserk! It is using all its machinery to launch an all-out war to the people. From ordering the mercenary police force to kill more than 7,000 in its war on drugs, to commanding its fascist military dogs in a killing spree in the country side, to using the congress to pass the death penalty. By the day, the crimes of Duterte against the people increase”.
This is the statement of League of Filipino Students (LFS) national spokesperson JP Rosos on Tuesday afternoon as they lead students in a protest in front of the House of Representatives. LFS denounced the moves of the administration to railroad death penalty.
“There is no place for death penalty especially if our current justice system only caters the interest of the few ruling elite and foreign entities. A death sentence under the anti-poor and rotten system will only be use to enforce the fascist rule of the administration,” said Rosos.
“Numerous violations of human rights and civil liberties are undeniable under this administration. There is always the ‘nanlaban’ reason for killing alleged drug pushers and users. There is summary killings to those alleged members of CPP-NPA-NDFP. Death penalty will only legitimize the pile of dead bodies under Duterte’s Marcosian rule,” Rosos added.
Rosos pointed out that more than 15 farmers have been killed already under Duterte’s all-out war and numerous communities have been heavily militarized. The youth leader also added that several illegal arrests were committed since the all-out war announcement. Death penalty, according to Rosos, is another face of the unforgivable fascist attacks on the people.
“Duterte and his cohorts in congress should also stop using fight against criminality to push for death penalty. In fact, it will be one of the biggest legitimized crime against the people,” Rosos continued.
“It is only a cover-up to the failure of Duterte to fulfill his promise to eradicate crimes. This administration has once again failed to address the root cause of crimes just like how it failed to address the root cause of drugs – poverty. And just like its fascist approach in the drug issue, Duterte will start another round of killings,” Rosos added.
Rosos pointed out that the death penalty is just the tip of the iceberg. According to the youth leader, the proposal will only enforce a reign of terror and impunity that is allowed by our current social and judicial system.
“We cannot discuss death penalty without touching the issues of our current justice system. So long as the fundamental nature of our justice system remains flawed, death penalty will be another crime against the people. When there are illegal arrests from time to time, when there is political persecution, when there is criminalization of activists, when there are innocent people languishing in jail, we say that this justice system fails us and therefore we cannot allow death penalty,” said Rosos.
“There are far too many crimes committed by the Duterte regime against the people. We will not rest until justice is served and we will smash everything that will hinder this justice – death penalty included. We will fight tooth and nail against our anti-poor, pro-foreign social system that perpetuates injustices through a fascist rule,” Rosos added.
Rosos noted that students will mobilize on International Women’s Day tomorrow to denounce this series of attacks. They will condemn and make Duterte accountable for all his crimes against the people. ###