July 22, 2019
Today, Filipinos in Europe firmly stand with the United Peoples’ SONA to repudiate President Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address and to defend the nation’s sovereignty, democracy and human rights.
In spite the red-tagging tactics of Dutertes’s high ranking military officials of selected international organizations and progressive groups, on their visits and speeches before Filipino communities in Europe, many migrant organizations remain committed in their advocacy to expose the truth and to condemn in the strongest possible terms the continued violence and killings in the country perpetrated by Duterte’s military and police.
Enough of Duterte! Enough of treachery! Step down or be ousted! Duterte’s cowardice and puppetry to China by handing freely the country’s territorial rights to the West Philippines Sea is a blatant betrayal and denial of the Philippine’s sovereign rights. The refusal of the government to seek justice and let China pay for the sinking of a Filipino fishing boat by a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea shows where Duterte’s loyalty lies and whose interest he is protecting. His decision to allow China to fish in the country’s exclusive economic zone is outrageous and condemnable.
Duterte’s close relationship with the US like many of his predecessors has only brought forth a more alarming human rights situation. Under the US-designed counter-insurgency program of the Philippine government, more victims are expected to become victims of state terrorism, and Duterte’s war on drugs or “war against the poor”, has killed more than 23,000, and countless numbers of illegall arrests, detentions, tortures and extortions by Duterte’s death squads in police and military uniforms.
Duterte’s withdrawal in the peace talks between GRP and NDFP only tightened his subservience to US imperialism and has dashed hopes of achieving ment to a just and lasting peace.
Continued implementation of neo-liberal policies, contractualization, and anti-people policies and programs, has brought thousands of workers to become more vulnerable to trafficking, forced labor and abuses, and, 6,000 Filipinos are forced to leave and work abroad every day.
Filipinos overseas face many problems and issues particularly Filipino women. Disregarding the inhumane condition of OFWs and their families abroad, the Philippine government remains deaf to the cries of OFWs, instead, Duterte’s regime continues to invent unjustifiable and excessive fees to extort money from OFWs. Last February, President Duterte signed a law requiring expatriates to make a compulsory contribution of 960 pesos a month to the Social Security System or SSS. As for rules, no overseas employment certificate (OEC), which is a prerequisite for Filipino expats to return abroad, will be issued if the monthly premiums are not paid.
For Filipinos in Europe, obligatory payment of SSS is a double payment of social insurances. Monthly salaries have already been deducted by their employer for social insurance and this time they will be also obliged to pay SSS.
Ayoko sa traydor, bentador, diktador! End Fascism and forced migration. Trabaho sa ‘Pinas, hindi sa labas! Migrante Europe and its chapters and members all over the region join the call for Duterte’s ouster.
Europe events joining the United Peoples SONA:
July 20, Joint mobilization by different orgs. : FDWA,
Gabriela London, CHRP-UK
July 21 Rome protest organized by Comitato di Amicizia
Italo- Filipino in coordination with UMANGAT-Migrante,
and other organizations.
July 21, Protest Bologna, Italy
July 21, Protest in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
July 21, Rome Forum in Sentro Filipino organized by Socio-
Cultural Commission, Filipino Catholic Chaplaincy
July 22, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Cultutal activists
July 23, Protest in Paris, France led by Nagkakaisang Pilipino
saPransya with participation of progressive organizations:
Femmes En Lutte, Jeunes Revolutionnaires,
Socialist (Turkey North Kurdistan).
Fr. Herbert Fadriquela Jr.
Chairperson, Migrante Europe