Is Duterte fascist?

[This commentary was originally published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on January 9, 2017.] While President Duterte rode on the support of groups and individuals with diverse, even contradictory political leanings to win the 2016 election, the luster of his populist promise of change that many pinned their hopes on seems to be quickly fading…

Educating millennials on martial law

[This commentary was originally published by the Philippine Daily Inquirer on October 5, 2016.] Of late, members of the younger generation, commonly referred to as “millennials,” have been the target of condemnation by some sectors for their supposed clueless acceptance of deceptive accounts of Ferdinand Marcos’ dictatorship. But blaming millennials obscures the role played by…

Don’t make the fascist ROTC mandatory – Anakbayan

Anakbayan is urging President Rodrigo Duterte to back off the proposed revival of mandatory service to the Reserved Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The program has never instilled nationalism, social responsibility, or discipline to the youth. It is a training ground for fascist repression and corruption that must be abolished and not made mandatory. Let us…

Oppose Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani – Anakbayan

Anakbayan calls on the Filipino youth and people to strongly oppose the efforts of the Duterte government to bury the remains of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Bicutan. At least 70,000 people were illegally imprisoned, thousands more summarily executed, and millions victimized by various forms of…

Nationwide “Day of Action” against extrajudicial killings

Youth and student groups led by Anakbayan held protest actions in various schools and sites last August 11, 2016 as part of a nationwide “Day of Action” against the spate of extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte regime’s anti-drugs drive and counterinsurgency war as well as the menace of Martial Law. “Youths, students, teachers, and…