Philippine protesters decry alleged injustices underneath Marcos

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MANILA, Philippines — A whole bunch of individuals marched within the Philippine capital on Saturday protesting what they stated was a rising variety of extrajudicial killings and different injustices underneath the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

The protesters, led by a Philippines-based rights group, gathered at a public sq. in Manila earlier than marching towards the presidential palace to demand justice for victims. Police estimated round 800 protesters took half within the rally, which coincided with Worldwide Human Rights Day.

The protesters held a short program close to the palace, then dispersed peacefully shortly after midday.

Cristina Palabay of the rights group Karapatan stated underneath the Marcos administration’s counter-insurgency marketing campaign the group has documented at the very least 17 instances of extrajudicial killings along with 4 different incidents of violence the place victims survived.

The variety of political prisoners has continued to rise, with 828 detained as of Nov. 30, Palabay stated, noting that at the very least 25 of them had been arrested after Marcos took workplace in June.

“Despite these sordid figures there has been zero justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings,” Palabay stated in a press release. “The culture of impunity continues to rear its ugly head.”

Organizers stated among the many protesters in Manila and different components of the nation had been households of activists who disappeared or had been tortured throughout the administration of Marcos’ father and namesake, ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos, in addition to human rights victims underneath former President Rodrigo Duterte, whose brutal struggle on medicine is underneath investigation by the Worldwide Felony Court docket after leaving hundreds useless.

The dictator was ousted in an army-backed “People Power” revolt in 1986 and died three years later in exile within the U.S. with out admitting any wrongdoing, together with accusations that he, his household and different associates amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion whereas he was in energy.

“We come together as families of victims from different regimes and presidents,” Evangeline Hernandez, chairperson of a human rights victims group, stated in a press release. “We have made it a point that every International Human Rights Day we call for justice, and commit to not allow the same violations to happen to others.”

A youth group that joined the rally additionally referred to as out the Marcos administration for its alleged failure to deal with human rights abuses within the nation.

“Behind the veil of idleness and decadence being projected by President Marcos, Jr. himself, human rights violations have been reminiscent of the abuses done by his dictator father,” stated Kej Andres, a spokesperson for the Scholar Christian Motion of the Philippines.

Karapatan stated the present administration can also be growing the usage of terror legal guidelines to suppress dissent and curbing freedom of expression, press freedom and freedom of affiliation.

Palabay appealed to the worldwide human rights group to step up processes to make sure that justice is attained, particularly for hundreds of victims of extrajudicial killings.

The U.N. Human Rights Council has urged the Marcos administration to deal with the alleged killings and different rights abuses.

The Marcos authorities has stated it’s dedicated to defending human rights, citing reforms within the nation’s judicial system.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, in a speech final month in Geneva earlier than the UNHRC, dismissed allegations that there’s a tradition of impunity within the Philippines. He stated the federal government is not going to tolerate the denial of justice or the violation of rights.

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