PORTLAND COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Rise against Fascism march in Portland on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration with PCHRP, Anakbayan Portland, and SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice).
Kababayan Let's talk: Martial Law
On May 23, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the region of Mindanao, after a firefight between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Maute Group, a militant group linked to the Islamic State, in Marawi City. Martial Law has been placed for 60 days, which is in line with the 1987 constitutional limits on the use of military rule. Calls to lift martial law were rejected by the President. Petitions against martial law were inadequately dismissed by the Supreme Court members on July 4. With this decision, it’s possible that the government of the Philippines may attempt to extend martial law.
Since the implementation of martial law, more than 400 people have been killed in the battle, including 337 militants, 85 members of the security forces and 44 civilians. More than 300,000 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes. There have been 70 cases of extrajudicial killings mainly of peasants and indigenous organizers.
The continued indiscriminate aerial bombing and firing of machine guns by AFP put civilians in danger. More military operations also put women and children at higher risk of sexual abuse and harassment. Military presence have also prevented relief efforts from reaching affected communities.
Only July 28, we created space for a discussion on the current situation of the Philippines.
Hosts National Alliance For Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) - a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality.
Kapit Bisig Kabataan Network (KBKN) - a national Filipino youth and student led relief network built in response to Typhoon Haiyan that focuses on environmental justice and human rights, addressing the root problems of the Philippines,and connecting Filipino-American youth to their roots in the Philippines back home.
Pinoy Van-Port Ministries - A new Filipino-American faith community seeking to provide ministries that connect and reach out to those who relate to Filipino-Americans in the Vancouver (WA) and Portland (OR) areas. This group aims to provide inspiring and life giving ministries that cross state lines and cultural divides. We are an open and welcoming group!