In late February-early March, Pax Christi USA staff members Roxana Bendezu (also representing Migrant Roots Media) and Michelle Sherman participated in a human rights delegation to the Philippines and learned first-hand about the crises faced by activists and leaders who are resisting the current government.
President Ferdinand (“Bongbong”) Marcos, Jr. of the Philippines assumed office 10 months ago, and it appears that impunity for human rights abuses similar to those seen under the Duterte presidency goes on. Yet the United States continues to channel military assistance to the Philippines.
President Marcos, son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, will meet with President Biden at the White House on Monday, May 1.
To express our strong concerns about the deteriorating situation in the Philippines, Pax Christi USA has co-written a sign-on letter with the Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-US). We are calling on faith organizations, church institutions, local churches and people of faith to sign the letter in support of our call for peace and justice in the Philippines, and to urge President Biden to end U.S. military aid to the Philippines by passing the Philippine Human Rights Act.
For those in the Washington, D.C. area: Please join a vigil on Monday, May 1, at the White House, from 9 AM until 7 PM (Eastern), with a rally to be held at noon.
Use this link to read a recap of a webinar from March 21 with Michelle Sherman about the human rights delegation to the Philippines.
Flag of the Philippines, courtesy of Nicolas Raymond, Creative Commons License – Attribution 3.0 Unported.