San Francisco supervisors pass resolution condemning Duterte’s drug war

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney addresses the Filipino community on a recent decision made by his fellow elected leaders.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a resolution condemning the Philippine drug war, and calling for a U.S. congressional hearing on the consequences of US tax dollars being used to fund such operations.

“We know there’s a terrible human rights catastrophe happening in the Philippines right now. I represent a district that represents many Filipino residents and they’ve come to me and told me about the impact that it had on their lives and their families. And I think it’s critical we as a city take a stand with the Filipino community,” said Sup. Matt Haney.

The board of supervisors says a congressional hearing will stop U.S. tax dollars from contributing to the over 20,000 deaths of Duterte’s war on drugs.

“We should have some accountability of where our money is going as taxpayers. If it’s going to human rights abuses against innocent people, if it’s impacting people who are living here in our country and certainly in our community we have a responsibility to speak out.”

Filipino organizations of San Francisco applaud the board of supervisors for their stance, and hope other cities will follow.

The resolution supports House resolution 233 which is authored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier.

Speier represents California’s 14the congressional district, which includes Filipino-populated cities such as Daly City, South San Francisco, and San Mateo.

Speier also condemns the discrimination and detention of Duterte critics, Philippine senator Leila de Lima and journalist Maria Ressa.

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  • Tiago Del Mundo
    30 April 2019 at 1:53 am - Reply

    A city like San Francisco, deemed to be the most “Liberal” in the nation, is in no doubt a sanctuary for Supervisors and Congresswomen who are acting like kids who cannot make the right decision for their district or state they represent. How so? The people know you are that educated by virtue of your position, but if you let some liberal sources whisper into your ears, hey Matt or Jackie, I don’t like President Duterte because he is feeding 20,000 chickens in his backyard and he is using my tax dollars. Since the only source of information appeared to be Liberal-Twisted Yellowoist, the usual result would be exaggerated figures, polls or statistics. It is hard to understand how people in San Francisco could just believe Leila De Lima (Protector) or Maria Ressa???