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Maria Ressa’s Libel Conviction Is a Blow to Press Freedom

James Risen The Intercept
Ressa and Rappler have so angered Duterte with their unstinting coverage of his brutal drug war, which has left thousands dead, that since 2017, Duterte has used one trumped-up legal charge after another to try to silence them.

Stop the $2 Billion Arms Sale to the Philippines

Amee Chew Jacobin
Police in Philippines told to shoot people during lockdown. Amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, the US government is brokering a $2 billion arms sale to Rodrigo Duterte’s repressive regime. The sale would only pour further fuel on an already dire human rights catastrophe.

Junk the VFA and End Unequal Policies with the US!

Bayan Bayan
protest sign “The termination of the VFA should have happened a long time ago because it violates national sovereignty, and places foreign interests and the security of U.S. military soldiers above the interests of everyday Filipinos..."

Congress: Stop Funding Duterte

Drew Elizarde-Miller and Azadeh Shahshahani Foreign Policy in Focus
U.S. military aid to the Philippines doesn’t defend the country from invaders. It’s turned inward, against the poor, journalists, and human rights defenders.
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