On March 5, in another of Philippine President Duterte’s inflammatory speeches, he declared "Kill, kill them all. Finish them. Don’t mind human rights.” This marching order led to the massacre two days later of nine civilians in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal, all located southeast of the country’s capital. The killings are being referred to as “Bloody Sunday” by human rights advocates. Others were arrested or are missing.
We have written to Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau calling for an end to Canada's silence on the ongoing atrocities committed against human rights activists, labour and farmer organizers, Indigenous people, and others in the Philippines.
Photo credit: International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.