Six years of blood and violence: People we lost under Duterte

6/25/2022 3:12:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's rhetoric and policies make violence and a culture of impunity the norm in the Philippines

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PANOORIN: Naging madugo ang anim na taon sa ilalim ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte. Kailan kaya makakamit ng mga biktima ng mga pagpatay at ng kanilang mga pamilya ang hustisya? Narito ang report ni Rappler researcher-writer jodeszgavilan:

President Rodrigo Duterte's rhetoric and policies make violence and a culture of impunity the norm in the Philippines

Over the past six years, “kill” and other related words were a staple in his public speeches. And, more often than not, these violent rhetoric did not just stay as words but had become policies that targeted many sectors in society, most especially the most vulnerable.

It’s not that Duterte himself did the killings, but his policies made a culture of impunity the norm in the Philippines.Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan said that Duterte’s legacy would be the “institutionalization of state violence” in the country, adding that he has done this not just in his war on drugs but also in other aspects of governance.

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Over the past six years, “kill” and other related words were a staple in his public speeches. And, more often than not, these violent rhetoric did not just stay as words but had become policies that targeted many sectors in society, most especially the most vulnerable. Julio* knew this all too well. It’s not that Duterte himself did the killings, but his policies made a culture of impunity the norm in the Philippines. The idolatry surrounding Duterte gave rise to many tribute art pieces – portraits of the President made by adoring fans. Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights) executive director Nymia Pimentel-Simbulan said that Duterte’s legacy would be the “institutionalization of state violence” in the country, adding that he has done this not just in his war on drugs but also in other aspects of governance. But along the way, due to mounting pressure and the vicious cycle of poverty, Julio turned to illegal drugs. As Duterte steps down from office, Rappler takes a look at the number of lives lost in different sectors during his administration.com Jun 23, 2022 9:44 PM PHT June 23: Rehashes anti-ICC, pro-drug war rhetoric No Duterte speech is complete without the President resorting to his trademark rhetoric against the illegal drug trade, human rights, and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

DRUG WAR VICTIMS Duterte waged a war against illegal drugs in the Philippines. (He told me I won’t be able to understand him because I have a stable job and can get another job if I want to, while he doesn’t have that opportunity. In what is perhaps one of the more extreme acts of devotion, one artist even used his blood to depict Duterte. But at the end of his six-year term, there is still no strong indication that he really ended or even just dented this problem. He succeeded, however, at smudging roads and alleys across the country red with blood. With a new baby on the way, 39-year-old Julio was determined more than ever to change. His drug war campaign targeted the poorest communities, killing alleged drug personalities without them seeing a day in court. At the time, he said , “Bilib talaga ako sa kaniya. Government data shows that at least 6,252 people were killed in police anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016, to May 31, 2022. “ Gusto niya na iyong iyong nagawa niyang pagkukulang sa unang pamilya niya, hindi na ulit mangyari doon sa ipinagbubuntis ng kanyang kinakasama ,” Cristina recalled. To the NPAs, drop the guns, and tomorrow, it will be heaven for all of us.

This number does not include those killed by unidentified perpetrators – also called victims of vigilante-style killings – whom human rights groups estimate to be between 27,000 and 30,000. Rappler, in September 2020, obtained government data showing that at least 7,884 drug suspects had been killed by the police since Duterte assumed office in 2016 until August 31, 2020.) But President Rodrigo Duterte had other plans for Julio and thousands of others who came from the poorest communities in the Philippines. Sometimes he speaks negatively, but he’s just like a friend that you understand even if he speaks differently. Justice remains elusive for thousands of families left behind by victims, as only one case has led to a conviction so far – the killing of  17-year-old Kian delos Santos  in 2017. Their families continue to face challenges in terms of getting the right documents from police to help their cases. Duterte made an enemy out of drug users and waged a “war” that smudged gutters, roads, and narrow alleys all over the country with blood. Many also choose not to pursue legal actions, fearing for their safety under a climate of impunity. While the report claimed to show the “ pinakabago at tunay (newest and truest)” numbers on the drug war, human rights groups estimated the total death toll to reach 30,000, including victims of vigilante-style killings.com.

Even the Commission of Human Rights, mandated by the 1987 Philippine Constitution to investigate state abuses, was consistently hindered by the Duterte government from doing its job. But figures obtained by Rappler show that the Philippine National Police (PNP) already recorded 7,884 deaths from July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2020. In a report released in May, the commission said its probes were “ hampered by the predilection and uncooperativeness ” of government agencies involved in the war on drugs.  Because of the dire situation regarding domestic mechanisms, families and human rights groups are banking on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to help provide justice for the victims. One person told his family that their son was standing outside when he and a companion were abducted by men riding a white van.” In a dim room lined with grisly photos of drug war victims, lights flickered and a voice recording of a drug war orphan was played as the actual chair her father was shot in was set under a spotlight at the center. The ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor began its .