A few months ago, UP students lit candles for the victims extrajudicial killings in the country at the Palma Hall steps. Youth organizations and students strongly condemned President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs.”
A girl caught international media’s attention as well as pro-Duterte critics and trolls. She hung a cardboard around her neck, mimicking the fate of many Filipinos who died by summary executions around the country: a cardboard over their bodies claiming they were drug pushers.
The girl’s carboard said, “We could all be drug pushers.”
The rhetorics of the cardboard message eluded many. Comments under the post harshly lambasted the girl, calling her stupid, incensed at the suggestion they could be drug pushers as well.
Some jumped in to explain: Even if you are innocent and have nothing to do with drugs, someone can just put a sign on your corpse and it’s “case closed.”
As of December 3, there have been over 5,800 deaths, both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings.
A day before Human Rights Day, MovePH’s Voltaire Tupaz talks to the girl with the cardboard – fourth year University of the Philippines student Adrienne Onday. Rappler will ask her about her views on the war on drugs, her fears as an ordinary citizen on the streets and her hopes for her country and her people. – Rappler.com