Kahit ang pandemya ay hindi naging hadlang sa pag-atake sa demokrasya at pagtapak sa karapatang pantao sa Pilipinas nitong 2020.
Nakisabay sa pagtaas ng kaso ng coronavirus ang pagdami ng mga aktibistang kinasuhan at inaresto, pati na rin ang mga kaso ng pagpatay sa ordinaryong mamamayan, abogado, at miyembro ng mga progresibong grupo. Walang nakaligtas sa ilalim ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.
Sa episode na ito, tatalakayin nina Rappler justice reporter Lian Buan, police reporter Rambo Talabong, at researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan ang malalaking isyu tungkol sa demokrasya at human rights nitong Nobyembre.
Bakit mas marahas ang atake sa mga aktibista at progressive groups ngayong 2020? Ayon kay Lian:
Para sa akin, it’s a template that worked and maybe they feel like it will still work. Sa drug war, they have to paint people as drug addicts to justify the killings and crackdown. With politicians, they have to put them in the narco list to justify them being dead.... And, here, they have to paint activists as terrorists and communists, even though it’s not a crime to be a communist in this country. But you have to paint them as someone to be able to justify violating their human rights or oppressing them. As you see, the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) engaged in widespread red-tagging. You will see that they have cheerleaders, same as the police having cheerleaders in the drug war.... So why is it brazen? It’s because it has support. Hindi natin alam gaano pa kalakas ang support, but there is support. I think those fuel the brazenness of these crackdowns.
May mas lalala pa ba sa mga nangyari sa taong ito? Ano ang dapat nating abangan sa 2021? Ayon kay Rambo:
The thing about this administration is that you can imagine something and they can find something to make it worse. There are so many things that happened this year: closure of ABS-CBN, the killings, everything that comes from the President's mouth. Even if I say, okay, this might happen [like the anti-terror law being upheld by the Supreme Court], but that’s just in January. There are 11 other months, and that could lead to so many abuses, so many words that can come out of the mouth of the President, and so many things that the 200,000-strong PNP might do under a new police chief [once Debold Sinas retires in May]. And we all know it’s an election year. Violence really spikes before election comes. We can expect that...[but] even if the statistics will become higher, we don’t know the [extent] of the brutality of the killings.
Ano ang dapat gawin ng publiko kung ganito ang nangyayari? Pakinggan ang episode.
Ang Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories ay podcast series ng Rappler tungkol sa mahahalaga at malalaking isyu sa Pilipinas. – Rappler.com
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