𝗖𝗢𝗥𝗗𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗘𝗥𝗔 𝗛𝗨𝗠𝗔𝗡 𝗥𝗜𝗚𝗛𝗧𝗦 𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗜𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘'𝗦 𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗠𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗢𝗡 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝟮𝗡𝗗 𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗧𝗘 𝗢𝗙 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗡𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡 𝗔𝗗𝗗𝗥𝗘𝗦𝗦
July 24, 2023
Just like his speech for last year's State of the Nation Address, Bongbong Marcos closes his second SONA speech with "I know that the state of the nation is sound."
How sound, really, is the state? From the passing of the presidency from Rodrigo Duterte to Marcos Jr., the country has been nothing but sound as impunity has continued.
The truth is, the PEOPLE ARE IN AGONY. As prices for basic commodities continue to shoot higher, the government is focused on railroading laws and policies such as the Maharlika Wealth Fund that legalizes the Marcoses' and Dutertes' plunder of peoples' funds. The state is bent on making the Philippines an investment pot for foreign entities, creating fake illusion that the country is booming and not minding the actual state of the people.
Instead of upholding human rights through passing rights laws such as the Human Rights Defenders BIll, Marcos Jr. instead commits to further strengthening and modernizing the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police - giving them more benefits and advantage that they can use to further to violate peoples' rights.
In the Cordillera alone, since the return of the Marcoses and Dutertes, we have recorded 4 incidents of aerial bombings on indigenous communities where around 14 bombs on each occasions have been reported. This has caused massive effects on the livelihood of residents in Apayao (2022), Kalinga (March 2023) and Abra (June 2023). Intensified militarization continues in indigenous communities, causing disruption of everyday living.
In August of 2022, the region has witnessed it's first case of abduction after long years which has caused uproar amongst human rights defenders, friends, colleagues and families around and outside the region which has caused the immediate surfacing Steve Tauli.
On April 28, Dexter Capuyan and Bazoo De Jesus, both former student leaders in the Cordillera, were abducted by state forces and they remain missing, almost three months after. The AFP and the PNP continue to deny having them under their custody despite accounts pointing to state forces as perpetrators.
A few weeks before today's SONA, 4 activists from the Cordillera Peoples Alliance - Windel Bolinget, Sarah Alikes, Jennifer Awingan, Steve Tauli - were designated as terrorists by the Anti-Terrorism Council under the Anti-Terror Law. This comes a few months after their names were removed from a trumped-up charge of rebellion filed against them and warrants of arrests quashed early this year. All 4 individuals have experienced relentless red-tagging, surveillance, threat, harassment, intimidation and numerous trumped-up charges from state forces because of their advocacy and work as indigenous activists and human rights defenders. This BASELESS, ARBITRARY terrorist designation against the 4 individuals is a last resort of the state to silence them and the CPA as an organization as even the courts have ruled that they are NOT rebels or terrorists.
The absence of updates on the human rights situation in the Philippines in Marcos Jr.'s speech shows how the state willingly turns a blind eye on the peoples' rights. Actually, we did not expect this to turn up in his speech as he tries to cover up his and the previous administration's grave record of human rights violations against the indigenous and the Filipino people.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗜𝗦 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝘁𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 - 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘀, 𝗗𝘂𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 - 𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝗶𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗹𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗼𝗿 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝘀.#