Group demands accountability, justice in Duterte's final year

Published July 1, 2021, 2:34 PM

by Gabriela Baron

As President Rodrigo Duterte’s six-year term is coming to a close, the Council for People’s Development (CPDG) is demanding accountability and justice in his final year.

President Rodrigo Duterte (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The group blasted Duterte for his “poor COVID-19 response” which drove the economy into a deep recession.

“Millions of Filipinos suffer hunger, joblessness, and discontent even as the pandemic continues to spread. Amid all this, oligarchs continued to amass wealth and the largest corporations continued to profit,” lamented CPDG spokesperson Liza Maza.

“In response, the people–especially those in the most vulnerable and marginalized sectors–clamor for a better government response that alleviates their conditions from the dire economics crisis. The government has instead unleashed its security forces to repress dissent on the pretext of peace and order resulting in worsening human rights abuses,” Maza added.

The group also hit Duterte for focusing on his “dubious campaign” against criminality, drugs, and terrorism which “only victimizes the poor, vulnerable sectors, and critical voices” instead of providing aid and rights-based needs of Filipinos.

Duterte marked on June 30 the start of his last year in office.