Unity Statement: Stop the Duterte Regime’s Terror-Tagging of Migrant Rights’ Activists and Advocates (28 September 2020)

We, the undersigned, demand an immediate stop to the tagging of activists and progressive organizations worldwide as “communist terrorist groups” by the Duterte regime.

Progressive, migrant-serving and human rights organizations and their leaders including Migrante International, United Filipinos in Hong Kong,  BAYAN HK-Macau, GABRIELA HK, MIGRANTE Aotearoa, MIGRANTE Australia, Anakbayan Europe, GABRIELA USA and BAYAN USA have been the victims of such terror-tagging as a result of their continued services to migrants and overseas Filipinos, advocacy for human rights, democracy, and sovereignty in the Philippines. These attacks led to attempted deportation of a Filipino worker in Taiwan and are carried out through government officials’ Facebook pages, such as that of Lorraine Badoy, the Undersecretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). Moreover, anonymous Facebook pages such as “For the Global Public” and “Enlightened Youth” are also used to spread false information and black propaganda.

Terror-tagging, or “red-tagging”, is a dangerous tactic used by fascist governments in an attempt to discredit individuals and organizations that express critical views. In the Philippines, red-tagging is used to justify harassment, arrests, and assasination by state forces and its armed goons. Jory Porquia, a former MIGRANTE International organizer abroad and coordinator in Iloilo City was killed inside his home after long series of redtagging. Zara Alvarez, a human rights worker who was placed on a government “terror-list” in 2018, was recently murdered this August. Similarly, Brandon Lee, an environmental activist who survived an assassination attempt by state agents in 2019, was vilified by the Philippine military for years prior. With Duterte’s Terror Law now in effect, we can only expect more brazen attacks.

As human rights abuses and poverty continue to worsen under the Duterte administration, it is important that Filipinos and their allies overseas continue to raise their voices against tyranny. We understand that this commitment to justice will only elicit further contempt from the Duterte administration. Despite this, we affirm our commitment to supporting and defending the necessary work bravely being done by the Migrante International, Anakbayan Europe, GABRIELA USA BAYAN USA and the many other progressive organizations fighting for genuine change in the Philippines.

Signed,

(Initial signatories of organizations)

BAYAN USA

MIGRANTE USA

GABRIELA USA

ANAKBAYAN USA

Asia -Pacific

Abra Migrant Workers Welfare Association

Association of Concerned Filipinos

BAYAN Hong Kong & Macau

Gabriela Women Organization Hong Kong Bank Chapter

GABRIELA Hong Kong

Filipino Migrant Worker’s Union

Filipino Friends

Filipino Lesbian Organization

Filipino Women Organization (FILWOM)

Filguys Gabriela Association

Friends of Bethune House

Likha Filipino Migrants Cultural Organization

Migrante Artista ng Bayan

Migrante Pier
Mission Volunteers (MOVERS)

Samahang Migrante

Sta Maria Migrants Association

Cuyapo OFW Association

Hong Kong
Filipino Migrant Domestic Workers Union

Filipino Migrants Association (FMA)

Filipino Mission-Ward Methodist

Filipino Women Migrant Association (FILWOM)

Luzviminda Migrante

Migrante Shatin

Migrante Tamar

Migrante Tsing Yi

Migrante Tsuen Wan

Migrante Tuen Mun

Migrante Visayas

Migrante Yuen Long

Organic Environmental & Cultural Organization

Pangasinan Organization for Welfare and Rights (POWER)

Philippine Independent Church- Choir

Pinatud A Saleng Ti Umili (PSU)

United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL MIGRANTE HK)

Promotion Of Church People Response (PCPR Hong Kong)

KASAMMAKO

MIGRANTE EPS

New Era Foundation

Pag-Iribang Bicolnon in Korea

Aguman Kapampangan

TERESA

Migrante Taiwan

Bayan Australia

Gabriela Australia – Victoria

Philippine Australia Womens Association (PAWA)

Gabriela Greater Sydney

Gabriela Central Coast

Gabriela Western Australia

Migrante Melbourne

Migrante Melbourne East

Migrante Melbourne North East

(Samahang Tatak Pinoy – STP)

Migrante Melbourne West

Migrante Southwest (Sydney)

Lingap North (Sydney)

Migrante Perth (WA)

Anakbayan Melbourne

Philippine Studies Network of Australia (PINAS)

Advance League of Peoples Artists (ALPA)

Promotion for Church Peoples Response – Australia

Philippine Caucus for Peace (PCP)

Europe

AnakBayan Europe

Campaign for the Human Rights in the Philippines – United Kingdom

Europe Network for Justice and Peace in the Philippines

Promotion of Church Peoples Response (PCPR) – Europe

Filipinol Ecumenical Migrants Ministry – IFI

Federation of Domestic Workers Association – United Kingdom

FOA-Au Pair (Denmark)

Gebriela Germany

Gabriela London, UK

Gabriela, Rome Italy

Gabriela Switzerland

Kanlungan Filipino Consortium – United Kingdom

Kasama Ko – Greece

Makabayang Samahang Pilipino – The Netherlands

Migrante Austria

Migrante Bologna

Migrante Como

Migrante Cyprus

Migrante Denmark

Migrante Firenze-Italy

Migrante Iceland

Migrante Ireland

Migrante-Mantova, Italy

Migrante-Milano, Italy

Migrante Amsterdam

Migrante-The Netherlands-The Hague

Migrante -Utrecht

Migrante Sectoral Partylist – Europe

Migrante-Zurich, Switzerland

Milan OFW Kapitbisig – Italy

Nagkakaisang Pilipino sa Pransya

Pinay sa Holland – Gabriela

Samahan ng mga Kabataan sa Netherlands

Ugnayang Pilipino sa Belgium

Umangat Migrante Italy

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