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The Daily Telegraph, a national British daily newspaper published in London and distributed across the United Kingdom and internationally, published the following opening paragraphs about the killing of young Kian Loyd delos Santos in Caloocan City reportedly by members of Caloocan City Police Department the other week.

“A horrifying image of a schoolboy being dragged to a violent death in a dirty alleyway has galvanized the Philippines against a brutal state-led war on drugs that has killed over 12,500 people in the last year.

“For a nation now largely immune to the bloodied corpses of alleged small time drugs users and dealers dumped on the streets, the graphic reports of the final moments of Kian delos Santos, 17, who was allegedly shot three times by undercover police officers, have been too much to bear.

“His killing last week has united the public, senior politicians and the Catholic Church into the most significant sweep of mass protests since President Rodrigo Duterte pushed for a savage crackdown on drugs after his election last June.”

The New York Times, in its story about Kian, raised the possibility that the 17-year-old boy would be the next Ninoy? (Ninoy Aquino’s assassination in the tarmac of then Manila International Airport united the opposition and the Filipinos against Marcos which led to the dictator’s ouster in 1986.)

The Washington Post titled its story: “Philippine teenager’s burial turns into protest vs. killings.”

The published stories, as well as, those broadcast in radio and television and posted in social media, put the blame for Kian’s death on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody anti-drug war since he assumed office in June 2016, where over 12,000 suspected poor drug traffickers had been killed supposedly by police and unknown gunmen.

The killings are continuing.


New Movements


Less than 48 hours after Kian was interred, “Movement Against Tyranny” (MAT) was organized by a network of civic organizations and leaders of civic, religious and academic communities in the Philippines.

MAT calls for an end to drug killings and the so-called “tyranny and fascism” of the Duterte Administration.

The group scheduled a massive rally on Sept. 21 at Rizal Park to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the late Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law declaration.


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PADEM


The other newborn group seeks the resignation of President Duterte calling themselves “Patriotic and Democratic Movement” or PADEM.

PADEM claims its members are officers of Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police calling President Duterte to step down from the presidency.

They gave 10 reasons why President Duterte should resign.

All 10 seemed valid issues to us.

Among them, “for betraying public trust and violating national sovereignty and democratic rights of the people.”

In a PADEM Manifesto, the group cited the virtual “sell out” of the Philippines to China by the Duterte regime.

It also condemned extrajudicial killings since Duterte assumed office.

In PADEM’s own wordings as posted in social media, the following are some of their charges in support of their resignation demand:

1. “Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practicing favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers;

2. “Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects;

3. “Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea;

4. “Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and

5. “Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters of national security with an even more lopsided relationship with China and Russia.”

A spokesman of the AFP was quick to deny the PADEM existence and its charges.

However, the group is continuing its presence in the Internet.


Rappler.com article


In an article posted by Rappler, a respected news outlet in Manila, University of the Philippines Professor Herbert Docena wrote a lengthy opinion story titled “Why Duterte has to be ousted, and still not enough to defend ourselves.”

Here in America, basis social media posts by Fil-Am Facebook persons, there has been an increase in anti-Duterte sentiments since the death of Kian delos Santos.

Some remained loyal to President Duterte, though.

We don’t know what will happen next.

What we know is that political change could either happen suddenly or it could take a while.

In the native country, it took almost 20 years before Marcos was toppled by the same people who put him and voted him to power.

What fate awaits President Rodrigo Duterte?

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