SAN FRANCISCO — This is called the People’s Caravan for Peace and Justice in the Philippines, as part of a national speaking tour that sheds light on alleged human rights violations of the Duterte government.
With stops already made in Washington DC, New Jersey, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, it recently stopped outside of the federal building in San Francisco to send a message that the alleged killings and abuses amid President Duterte’s war on drugs must stop.
“We remind US authorities that the American taxpayers money are being used to justify the deployment of troops in indigenous people’s communities, to bomb Lumad schools, and also the rising number of extrajudicial killings across the country,” said Bayan Metro Manila chairman Mong Palatino.
The protest was also about the alleged mistreatment of Philippine peace advocate Jerome Aba — who was supposed to attend this tour but was stopped and detained for over 24 hours at San Francisco airport by US Customs and Borders Protection last
Aba’s colleagues say that he is not a criminal, and he did not deserve this kind of treatment.