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December 27, 2017


An Urgent Appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte

Malacanang Palace, 1000 Jose P Laurel Sr, San Miguel, Manila, 

Metro Manila, Philippines


Your Excellency,


The Philippines has recognized the importance of human rights when it voted in favor of adopting United Nations’ 1948 Resolution  to promote the  Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Filipino American human rights advocates in the United States subscribes to these principles and they can be a powerful force for good.

The Philippines placed promoting human rights at the center of the government’s framework of principles and policies. Promoting human rights and democratic governance was embodied in the Bill of Rights of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines.






The framers of the constitution also created the Commission on Human Rights to protect the human rights of all persons within the Philippines, as well as of Filipinos residing abroad as a response to the gross violations of human rights of the Marcos dictatorship from 1972 to 1981.

Respected Nationalist, Jose W. Diokno, as chairman of the Philippine Presidential Committee on Human Rights advocated to internalize reverence for human rights through vigilance like research and education on violations of human rights.

  Amnesty International recently published reports about the extrajudicial killings of over 7,000 persons suspected of dealing in illegal drugs or being simply drug addicts since you took office, with a third of these credibly attributed to actions by the PNP and/or state actors.

  The U.S. Department of State's 2017 Human Rights Report  also  stated that ``police and unknown vigilantes have killed more than  6,000  suspected drug dealers and users'' in the Philippines between July and December 2016, a period during which  extrajudicial killings  ``increased sharply''; and allegedly
undertaken by vigilantes, security forces, and insurgents.


PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte extends his condolences to the families of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao during his visit at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) on December 25, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO 

You promised to kill 100,000 drug dealers and addicts, and as president have repeated these numbers and even ten times this number—contrary to our democratic processes in which made it possible for you to become President of the Philippines.  Incitement to violence and discrimination is prohibited under international law.

The  right to life  is the most important human right of all, and is a fundamental right of all living persons.   Enforcement of the Philippine laws is your sworn duty.  Police must apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force, and carry out their duties in a way that ensure full respect for human rights, among them the right to life, liberty and security of all persons.



PRESIDENT RODRIGO Roa Duterte is accompanied by Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) Chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega upon his arrival at the SPMC to visit the families of the victims who died in the recent fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall Davao on December 25, 2017. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The  unlawful and deliberate killing carried out by order of officials or with the state’s complicity or acquiescence is an  extrajudicial killing  and is a crime under international law. Your administration must investigate and prosecute allegations of extrajudicial killings.

We ask that you:

·                  To condemn all extrajudicial killings and other unlawful killings and call on law enforcement officials to abide strictly by international law and standards on the use of force; 
·                  To ensure prompt, independent and impartial investigations into all reports of use of lethal force by the police, extrajudicial killings and other unlawful killings; 
·                  To ensure that those responsible are brought to justice through a fair trial process;
·                  To provide programs to rehabilitate drug addicts which is a proven way to stem illegal drug trafficking and usage.

In the loving spirit of the Christmas season, we thank you for your kind attention to these matters of grave importance to us and our people.
  In the loving spirit of the Christmas season, we thank you for your kind attention to these matter of grave importance to us and our people.

Sincerely yours,

Church and Society of the United Methodist Church of Daly City
Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines (EANP) by Tim McGloin and Paul Bloom
Filipino American Human Rights Alliance – Chicago (FAHRA-Chicago) by Jerry Clarito and Juanita S. Burris, Co-Chairpersons
Filipino American Human Rights Alliance – Los Angeles (FAHRA-LA) by Art Garcia
Filipino American Human Rights Alliance – San Francisco (FAHRA-SF) by Ago Pedalizo
Filipino Community Journalists of Chicago
Justice for Filipino-American Veterans (JFAV) 
Mariano A. Santos, Member of the Knights of Rizal 


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