THE national “Stop the Killings Speaking Tour: People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines” will culminate on Friday noon in a protest action in front of the Philippine Consulate in Los Angeles, California.
Hosted by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-US Chapter (ICHRP-US) and the MALAYA network, the rallyists will bring Filipino church leaders, students, rights advocates, and community groups to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody track record and unfulfilled promises. They will also specifically denounce the more than 20,000 killings of suspected drug dealers and users by the Duterte administration.
The rally, which is endorsed by the Answer Coalition, Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA), Korean Peace Alliance (KPA), Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES); is also a reaction to last month’s 28-hour interrogation, torture, and forced removal at the San Francisco International Airport of Jerome Succor Aba, a 25 year old Filipino Muslim peace advocate.
Aba was invited by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church to join the speaking tour across the United States but was prevented from entering the United States by the immigration authorities. Although he was stopped from joining the national tour, efforts persist to ensure his message about the dire human rights crisis in the Philippines is shared.
Speakers during the rally will include Pam Tau Lee, Pam Tau Lee, Chairperson, International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-US Chapter (ICHRP-US); Father Toting Tronco, Catholic priest, Convenor of MALAYA, a US-based network to stop the killings and dictatorship in the Philippines; Elmer Labog, Chairperson, Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) “May First Movement” in the Philippines, one of the largest democratic labor centers in the Philippines; and Bernadette Ellorin, Chairperson, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) USA, an alliance of progressive Filipino organizations.
The national “Stop the Killings Speaking Tour” started on April 20 in Washington D.C. and has embarked across seven major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco.