Our Inang Bayan/Motherland, the Philippines, needs our voice and support now more than ever.
Under Trump-backed President Rodrigo Duterte, the Filipino people are currently facing an onslaught of fascist attacks:
Duterte is following in the footsteps of the Iron Fist rule of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. We must take a stand, speak up, and act now to stop him.
As Filipinos in the Canada, we have a role to play in putting a stop to the killings, ending Duterte’s campaign to silence dissent, and preventing the imposition of full-blown dictatorship in the Philippines. These repressive acts of the government will not solve the longstanding problems of poverty, landlessness, and unemployment that have forced millions of Filipinos out of the country. Enjoining fellow Filipinos to voice their condemnation of these authoritarian acts and desire for a better homeland will significantly contribute to bringing about social justice as a condition for true peace and genuine human rights in the Philippines.
The 1980’s saw a peak in broad international solidarity with the Filipino people during the dark days of martial law under the Marcos dictatorship. The active participation of Filipinos in Canada in building solidarity and pressure from all peace-loving peoples around the world played an influential role in the broadening of the democratic movement in the Philippines that eventually unseated Marcos from the presidency.
We are building the MALAYA Movement in Canada Against Killings and Dictatorship and for Democracy in the Philippines. As our name indicates, MALAYA (Filipino for “free”) seeks not only to broaden our opposition from Canada to fascism, but also to broaden Canada-based support for the cause of freedom and democracy in the Philippines. This movement is taking action now to:
STOP the KILLINGS: End Duterte’s war on drugs and on those struggling for change.
SCRAP EO 70, MO 32 and all other de facto Martial Law policies.
SAY NO to ANOTHER FASCIST DICTATORSHIP in the Philippines: stop the abuse of executive power and curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties.
END the SYSTEM OF POLITICAL DYNASTIES and CORRUPTION in the Philippines.
STAND for DEMOCRACY: pursue political, economic, and social reforms that benefit the majority of ordinary Filipinos and promote genuine sustainable development in the Philippines.
DEFEND PHILIPPINE SOVEREIGNTY against any foreign domination.