ARCHIPELAGIC CONVERSATION

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(W)aterways
(G)overnance
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(S)tructures ARCHIPELAGIC RADIOOctober 14, Wednesday
Rotterdam 1400–1545h CET
Manila 8:00–9:45pm GMT+8RADIO (Firefox/Safari)
https://varia.zone/en/pages/stream.html
CHAT
https://webchat.freenode.net/ Channel: #varia
PAD
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LANGUAGE
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Englishes (as opposed to just the one English) will be spoken. We may revert to other languages if this proves constraining. DIY interpretation/translation will be provided on the spot, when needed.++++++++++

GEOGRAPHY
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(ISLAND) Varia
A Rotterdam space for developing collective approaches around everyday technology.
(ISLAND) To Be Determined
A transitional, migratory structure (or yet-to-be-determined network) of sleeper cells that activate–deactivate for leaking access to cultural capital.
(ISLAND) EtnikoBandido Infoshop
A community center located in the slums of Pasig, Metro Manila dedicated to anti-authoritarian social relations and critical and technical thinking against systematic cultured mind-setting.++++++++++

HISTORY
++++++++++This radio broadcast is the result of conversations and working relationships that navigate the concept of what an archipelagic construction could mean, in terms of organization, belonging, and self. It was constructed between an archipelago of friends such as but not limited to Angeliki, Asher, Bas, Chung, Clara, Reinaart, and Tanex.This radio broadcast departs from conversations about the essay “Sketches of Archipelagic Poetics of Postcolonial Belonging” by maryamdeluz and Marco Cuevas-Hewitt. The essay was an (ISLAND) of a mutual aid anarchozine package compiled by EtnikoBandido. The zine package was an (ISLAND) of Comfort People Safety Curtain 24 Hour Souvenir Shop—a collective work produced by an active cell of To Be Determined. The work was an (ISLAND) of the Fictioning Comfort show at Showroom Mama Gallery from July–September 2020, curated by Worknot. Financing received for this archipelagic construction from the Mondrian Funds and Stimuleringsfonds was redistributed more or less equally to all the (ISLANDS).This current self-funded radio broadcast is part of the Terracotta Universe City workshop by Jatiwangi Art Factory (Jawa Barat) for students of WdKA (Rotterdam) and ZhDK (Zurich).(Unfaith)Full transcript WGBS Archipelagic Radio: https://pad.vvvvvvaria.org/WGBSAMRadioR
Fictioning Comfort: http://www.fictioningcomfort.space/
Comfort People Safety Curtain 24 Hour Souvenir Shop: http://www.fictioningcomfort.space/24h-souvenir-shop/++++++++++

ARCHIPELAGIC CONVERSATION
++++++++++Panelists and moderators will be experimenting with a proposed format of archipelagic conversation, allowing for silence (water) to flow between speech (islands). Mimicking conventions of shortwave radio, after a speaker is done with their intervention, they will say “over.” The rest of the group will wait approximately 5 seconds before adding a response. This is a welcoming of (radio) silence as a necessary part of (archipelagic) conversation. The listeners are encouraged to have parallel conversations on the IRC chat window, where it is OK to nongkrong on top of the speakers. Moderators will be actively monitoring IRC to give voice/volume to the neighborly din.

Banner-drop action by Malaysian Anarchist Against the Irresponsible Politician

We were told by friends in Malaysia that the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic has gradually subsided since the pandemic struck earlier this year.

Until the Sabah state election was held on September 26. Power-mad politicians have campaigned in Sabah which at that time was spreading brutally this pandemic.Politicians from Peninsular Malaysia, who originally came from controlled areas, entered Sabah which at the time was experiencing a contagious outbreak had campaigned to ensure their party won.

And then brought the epidemic of the disease back to the Peninsular thus triggering new infections and clusters when the virus spreads again.As a result of politicians not taking care of these SOPs and quarantine, the situation in Malaysia today is getting worse where the people are restless with the new wave that is hitting soon. Politicians are blaming the people again for the new wave as if the people are not following the SOP and social distancing. Malaysians to some extent began to reject these irresponsible politicians because they did not take seriously the issue of involving the health of the people.

The people are fed up with dirty politics and political coups that are more important than the health of the people. Because of that, the people began to show their dissatisfaction through various mediums, to make politicians aware of the courage to take responsibility for the no and the mistakes they have made.Friends there demanded that these politicians step down from their respective seats because they had failed in managing the well-being of the people.

Salute Malaysian friends!

RIP Pong Spongtanyo (Gutson Heyres): A Passionate and Dedicated Anarchist

by Bandido

 

I first knew Pong way back in 2004. I saw them in a punk gig with a full battle gear street punk look alongside his friends Tonton and other Makati punks. I visited them in their hang out place in Makati, and then I knew that Pong lived in a jeepney and sometimes he stayed in university rooms or friend’s house in Makati. When his family moved into the relocation site in Cavite, Pong and his older brother still stayed in Makati. Pong was literally a nomad, moving from place to place. When I was working as a tricycle driver, Pong and others would visit me in our terminal hang out and eat together after I finished my work. If we wanted to visit the anarchist space in Cubao, we would go together and sleep outside on the streets at nighttime.

Pong did not finish his graphic design study and instead lived as a street punk and artist. He was actively the one who was making posters, flyers for gigs and events, doing banners for any political activities like demonstrations, banner-hanging actions, etc. His forte was a black and white drawing using a ball pen. The images of his artwork related to anti-war (Food Not Bombs), anti-civilization, counter-culture punks and anarchism.  He was inspired by the Black Bloc, anarchist personalities and Zapatistas. You would see that in his sketch book, zines or recycled bond paper. Pong stayed updated with socio-political events happening globally, and you noticed it with his drawings. I can say that he was an internationalist because of his concern with the situation around world. He drew Carlo Guilliani as a tribute for his loss; Carlo Guilliani was an Italian anarchist who was shot by the police in the Genoa Anti-G8 mobilization in 2001. In memory of Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was shot by special forces in Greece, Pong also drew images of him supporting the December 2008 riots in Exarchia. He also made a portrait of Santiago Maldonado, an Argentinian anarchist who was a victim of forced disappearance. An image of Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi was also in his artwork. When Tukijo, a Kulon Progo farmer, was released from jail, anarchists celebrated it, and again Pong drew a portrait of him getting out of prison and hugging his comrade. I gave this Pong masterpiece personally to Tukijo when we visited him in Indonesia in 2015.

In 2005-06, we worked together alongside other friends to campaign for the release of the Sagada 11 punks. Pong and I had many meetings with Asian Human Rights Commission, as they were the ones who were helping us in Manila with their para-legal advice and other stuff. AHRC asked Pong to make an illustration in solidarity with the torture victims. We organized a demonstration, together with other friends from Manila, Cainta and Bulacan, for the International Day against Torture that we held in Welcome Rotonda.

Pong was a diligent promoter of anti-election propaganda through his creative illustrations depicting the system of repetitive voting.

Pong as a street artist portrayed images that were relatively important to him. He supported indigenous struggle, not only Lumad for its self-determination, but also the Zapatistas, an indigenous community who are autonomously living in Chiapas, Mexico. He criticized urbanization, industrialization, poverty and the destruction of ecology. He was aware that capitalism and the State are mainly responsible for the madness happening in our world.

Most of the infoshop and autonomous spaces here in the Archipelago had mural paintings made by Pong. He was willing to share his talent with the community and friends; he liked to draw friends’ faces and give it to them as a gift. Most of the time, he would draw in his sketchbook or he would ask a friend if he could do a mural on their house. He had difficulty putting prices for his work, as he was not comfortable seeing his artwork as a commodity that needed to be purchased. He was willing to give it for free or for an exchange of trade.

For me, I know Pong had an anti-establishment and anti-institution critique in general, especially in the art world. As an artist, he was not amazed or interested to put his work in a gallery that was enclosed. He would be happy to exhibit his work in public places, streets, gigs/events, neighborhood areas, abandon buildings and squatters’ areas. I learned from him that for the people to appreciate art is to show it in public so the people could raise questions and create an awareness. He always participated in art exhibitions on streets like the events “Lansangan Koneksyon” and “Sining sa Kalye”. But because we were proud of his work to be exhibited in other venues like Ishmael Bernal Gallery, we managed to convince him in 2012 to participate in a group exhibition. The group art exhibition was part of the five-day event Anarkiya Fiesta in the University of the Philippines.

Aside from punk, Pong had a soft taste of music. He introduced to us songs like “Tonight the Streets are Ours” by Richard Hawley and to the band CocoRosie. If he was staying here in our infoshop, we always talked of many things from love life, family matters, socio-political issues, gossip, etc. He loved watching movies together with my girlfriend, and they would stay up all night movie tripping.

Pong not only inspired people, he CHALLENGED each of us, showing that despite how hard the life is, anyone can make something different.

PONX NOT DEAD

HE WILL REMAIN WITH US

Flush the Anti-Terrorist Law

This video has been created by a group of people in the Philippines, known as Local Autonomous Network (LAN), to document what is happening and to call for international solidarity and shared with A Radical Guide to help raise awareness and support around this issue.  No matter where we are in the world, we are in this together and will stand together to dismantle these oppressive systems of capitalism and colonialism.

In Solidarity with Jeepney Drivers

#governmentareincompetent #communitynotauthority #mutualaid

Members of KASAJDOI-ACTO Pasig/San Joaquin-Quiapo route stage a rally, appealing to the government to allow them to resume operations in order to survive the Covid-19 crisis.

According to Ding Bugas vice-president of KASAJDOI-ACTO, they are not given a chance to go back at work. Only 17-18 Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) route allowed by Land Transportation Franchise and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to resume operations and their route Pasig/San Joaquin- Quiapo are not included. They comply to suspend their operation because of the lockdown in relation to Covid-19 pandemic. At first, most of their member manage to acquire financial subsidy coming from the government but not all of them are lucky to be listed in Social Amelioration Program for drivers (SAP). They are already struggling for almost six months. Most of them are renting houses here and they cannot afford to pay their rent anymore. KASAJDOI-ACTO had approximately 300 members and the active members which are still living in Metro Manila are 105, the other 36 members of the association went back to their provinces as they cannot live in Metro Manila any longer.

They are now begging in streets, hoping someone might help and see their situation. All the collected money will be shared equally, so each of them can have at least 100 pesos to bring back to their families. This amount is not enough to support their family compare to the earnings that they can get if they resume operation. According to them, every day they can earn 700 – 1000 pesos daily excluding the boundary and fuels/diesel.  

In solidarity with them, we share 28 food packs as part of our mutual-aid action. We understand that they needed much support coming from private individuals like us.

 

August 16, 2020

Sining sa Buting 2.0

Ang Sining sa Buting ay isang kaganapan na layong ilapit sa komunidad ang kahalagahan ng sining. Isa itong inisyatibang bukas sa publiko na isinakatuparan ng mga boluntaryong indibidual mula sa lokalidad ng Buting. Ang sining ay hindi lamang nasa apat na sulok ng mga museo, mga gallery o mga institusyunal na pasilidad. Ang Sining sa Buting ay isang expresyon at praktika ng pagbabahagi ng mga malilikhaing obra, talento, inobasyon, kultura at sya ding daluyan ng pagbibigay-kabatiran partikular sa mga marhinalisadong lugar. Ang Sining sa Buting ay pantay na inorganisa ng mga magkakaibigan at magkakapit-bahay mula sa pagpaplano, pag-iimbita at koordinasyon sa suporta din ng kani-kanilang pamilya.
Ang naganap na aktibidad noong Feb.22, 2020 ay nagpapakita ng makulay, buhay at masasayang sandali, mga bagong kaibigan at pagkatuto sa bawat isa.
Pagsapit ng umaga ang mga boluntaryo ay nagsimula ng maghakot ng mga kagamitang gagamitin. Ang preparasyon ay bago sumapit ang ala-una ng hapon sa pagsasabit at pagkabit ng mga likhang-sining biswal sa mga pader ng aming mga kapitbahay, ang mga likha-sining ay nagmula sa mga kaibigan bilang suporta sa group art exhibition na ito. Sinimulan na din ang live street art ni A.lien at Raj tatoo sa pader ng Etniko Bandido Infoshop kasabay ng video documentation ni Gonz. Ang mga kasama natin sa Distronka Sistema at Pirate Studio ay nag-asikaso na din ng mga ilalatag na merchandise at mga zine.
Nagsimula na din magdatingan ang mga bisita’t kaibigan mula sa iba’t-ibang panig ng Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite at Antipolo at mula sa Mako, Non Collective, FNB Dasma, FNB Baliwag at Otonomiya Atinto Free School. Sinundan ng art workshop para sa mga bata, storytelling ni Robert at pagbibigay ng libreng vegetarian lomi. Bago magdilim ay nagkatugtugan na kasama ang kaibigang musikero’t tambolista sina Bi, Ivo, Roel, Siko. Hanggang umabot na ang gabi upang pasinayaan naman ang community film-screening na mga obra ng Pelikulaya, ilan sa mga pinalabas ay Eksena sa Kalye, Taal Ops at Pakikibaka-sakali ni Pong-Ispontanyo. Sinundan ito ng pagtula nila Kriselle at Jubert na syang naglilimbag ng Photozinethesis pagkatapos ay mga awiting mula naman kay Manu at Rei ang nagtapos ng gabi.
Group exhibition
Heidi Sarno
Soikee
Pong
Art De Leon
Neil Arvin
Peste El Kadiri
Alvin Casia
Thanex
Ja Reyalidad
Roman Soleno
Maraming salamat po sa lahat.
Komunidad Na Walang Awtoridad.
Mabuhay kayo!
Photos from Gonzalismo G’nash Borborygmi, Cetana Pura, Juey

Kapehan sa Buting January 25,2020

A Small Discussion about Gender, Sexuality and Beyond
Naging malaman at malusog ang diskusyon at bahagian ukol sa usapin ng Gender, Sexuality and Beyond. Sinaluhan pa ito ng mainit na kape at tinapay habang nagbabalitaktakan. Nagpapasalamat kami sa mga naging bahagi nito mula sa mga naghanda ng espasyo, ng kape at meryenda, sa gumawa ng koordinasyon/imbitasyon at sa mga nagsipagdalo para maisakatuparan ito.
Ibabahagi ko naman senyo ang ilan sa mga tumatak sakin na mga salita at pangungusap na iniluwal ng malayang talakayan na ito base sa personal kong pagkakaunawa.
Syempre, una at hanggang matapos ay ang paalala ng Respeto sa bawat isa, sa akin lang binabakasakali ko na itong usapin ay sensitibo at puno ng kontrobersiya kaya nilatag namin ang salitang Respeto.
Narining ko sa isang kasama ang salitang Social Maturity kung tama ang pagkakaintindi ko ang ibig sabihin ay ang kahandaan ng lipunan sa ganitong isyu, handa na pag-usapan ang Gender at Sekswalidad, handa ba o bukas na pagnilayan ang mga kaakibat nitong mga tunggalian ng pananaw.
Pinaliwanag din nun isa ang basic na pakahulugan kung anu ang LGBTQA++, L is for Lesbian, G is for Gay, B is for Bisexual, T is for Transgender, Q is for Queer at nalimutan ko un iba pa. Yun ++ naman ayon sa isang nagpaliwanag ay ang tao ay may dalawang soul mula sa paniniwala ng Native American.
Konektado dyan ang binahagi ng isang kaibigan na tumutukoy sa Teduray indigenous community sa Mindanao na kinokonsiderang may Genderless practices sa kanilang Tiruray genderless languages. Naisip ba natin halimbawa sa wikang Tagalog naman ay walang katumbas ang he or she.
Dahil bukas naman ang usapin ay may binasa kaming mensahe na nagbabahagi ng konserbatibong pagtingin naman para sa usapin ng LGBTQA++.
Binahagi din ang representasyon ng Baklang Kanal o sa pagkakaintindi ko na Lumpen sa hanay ng LGBTQA++ na syang tinuturing na marginalized sa loob ng LGBTQA++ community. May mga puna sila sa LQBTQA++ community not in general siguro, pero napapansin nila na may pagka-elitismo, na laging gusto ang inclusion sa nabubulok na sistema, at marami pang iba.
Ang isa sa hindi ko din malilimutan na ang usapin sa Gender ay walang tuldok.
Hindi ko na din matandaan ang iba pang impormasyon kaya minabuti na ang diskusyon ay mairecord gamit ang recorder at sa hinaharap ay maisapapel o gawing zine.
Sa susunod na kapehan sa Buting ay sana maging kabahagi namin kayo sa pagninilay-nilay, sama-samang pagtuklas o pag-aaral at malayang talakayan.

Community Not Authority Solidarity Shirt

Covid 19 pandemic in the Philippine context shows how irrelevant and unreliable the government in dealing with the health crisis. Instead of strengthening and supporting the medical and financial needs of the people, they’ve focus their effort on controlling the movement like we are living in a police state situation. Mutual aid sprouted in many communities in the Philippines, supporting each other and working together to lessen the suffering, as the government neglect the people with no clear plan on social services.

We are propagating against the existence of police authority and calling to build a much better community. In this pandemic era, we experienced the harsh condition, the neglect and the incapability of the government to handle health crisis. They’ve given much support on deploying police in uniform to fight the spread of Covid 19 virus and passed Anti-Terrorism Law which we see is inappropriate in this kind of situation. The history of abused, coercion and oppression of the police and military will soon be more legal in this kind of law.

We are calling to abolish police.
Build a just and better community without authority.

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#Flush the Terror Bill in the Toilet Bowl #Government is the Real TERRORIST #Abolish Fascist State #In Solidarity to Black Lives Matter

At this moment in time, abuse of power and the dominance by police, military, politician and State itself are became common practices in different parts of world. In the US, the police killed George Floyd in broad daylight with witnesses standing in front of them. The urge to repress the breathing of a human being justify how State’s forces cruel intention towards its people. This kind of killing and violence made by the police, military and authority in uniform in many parts of the world shows how savagery and dangerous in living under this system. In the Philippines alone, more than 20,000 lives lost since 2016 in the so-called War on Drugs instigated by the State. In the history of human kind, you cannot make an assurance living peacefully while at the same time having a police or military in your community because this people are being summoned by the State to suppress and oppress the people, being an authority gives them an entitlement to use their guns in any way possible. It is very clear for an ordinary citizen to see how authority behave, they are not here “to protect and serve”, they are just here to show their power over its people. That’s the very essence of “Authority”.

While the Philippines are struggling with the Covid 19 pandemic crisis; still most of the people cannot go back to work, health services are declining, starvation and hunger are experienced by most of the population, with no clear plan how to stop the pandemic and yet politician in the Senate and Congress are busy passing Anti-Terrorism Bill. One of the gravest misconducts made by the politician, instead of helping many communities affected by the health crisis they focus their power on decision-making to secure their property, position and interest and leaving most of the people in despair and agony.

June 12,2020 As we celebrating, Independence Day. Many people showed up to protest and voice-out their grievances specifically against the Anti-Terrorism Bill and the incompetency of the government to address the issue of the Covid 19 pandemic. Anarchist also participated on the event of action and shared an statement; ” Flush the Terror Bill in the Toilet Bowl “.  The venue of the demonstration are in University of the Philippines Diliman Quezon City, the government warns the public not to do public mass gathering as it will violates the quarantine restriction and they deploy police in uniforms in all the entry points going to UP Diliman to intimidate and harassed the people from participating.

What we are experiencing now is a clear manifestation of how State/Government function, it is undoubtedly that the State are not here to serve the people but for us to be in an unlivable community threaten by fear and terror with the used of their police and military as their private armies.

The Anti-Terrorism Bill can be interpreted in a lot of ways and with a lot of loopholes on it, there is a guarantee that this bill will be abused by the people in power. There is no clarity to ensure the public that their rights will not be violated.

Some of the questionable provision in the bill:

“Provided, That, terrorism as defined in this Section shall not include advocacy, protest, dissent, stoppage of work, industrial or mass action, and other similar exercises of civil and political rights, which are not intended to cause death or serious physical harm to a person, to endanger a person’s life, or to create a serious risk to public safety. “

“SEC. 13. Humanitarian Exemption. – Humanitarian activities undertaken by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), and other state-recognized impartial humanitarian partners or organizations in conformity with the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), do not fall within the scope of Section 12 of this Act.”

“SEC. 29. Detention Without Judicial Warrant of Arrest. – The provisions of Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code to the contrary notwithstanding, any law enforcement agent or military personnel, who, having been duly authorized in writing by the ATC has taken custody of a person suspected of committing any of the acts defined and penalized under Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 of this Act, shall, without incurring any criminal liability for delay in the delivery of detained persons to the proper judicial authorities, deliver said suspected person to the proper judicial authority within a period of fourteen (14) calendar days counted from the moment the said suspected person has been apprehended or arrested, detained, and taken into custody by the law enforcement agent or military personnel. The period of detention may be extended to a maximum period of ten (10) calendar days if it is established that (1) further detention of the person/s is necessary to preserve evidence related to the terrorism or complete the investigation; (2) further detention of the person/s is necessary to prevent the commission of another terrorism; and (3) the investigation is being conducted properly and without delay.”

 

A CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY TO AUTONOMOUS RESISTANCE AND FOOD NOT BOMBS INITIATIVES AROUND THE GLOBE

Homelessness and hunger is prevalent in many countries. People begging for food and malnourished children are common images in many places around the world that used to have healthy communities and ecology. While people are enduring poverty and hunger, governments particularly the first worlds are spending hundreds of billions of dollars to develop war materials they use to control other countries through war, intimidation and manipulations.

Food Not Bombs (FNB) is a solidarity and non-violent action against social injustice. Food sharing is a practical respond to hunger caused by inequality where huge number of people deprived of access to protein while the few elite live extravagantly and using social patrimony to state activities involving violence and oppression of people and destruction of ecology.  People from Punk/Hardcore, DIY, Art communities and anarchists who are involved in culture of sharing and inclined to horizontal processes naturally attracted to FNB.

Many marginalized communities in so-called Philippine archipelago are enduring the lack of basic necessity such as shelter, food, water, education and livelihood.  The acute inequality and social justice rob the people of opportunities to improve their well being to secure the future of their families and communities.

FNB came in the archipelago during the 1990’s as a respond to systemic poverty. It quickly spread like a wildfire in the archipelago particularly after the famous Battle in Seattle – a resistance against trade liberalization during World Trade Organisations Conference. Incidentally, during this period, anarchist collectives and individuals sprouted like mushrooms which thrive in fertile underground culture scenes and art communities.

Currently FNB initiatives in the archipelago operate in autonomous fashion in different locations in different localities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Some are in constant connections with each other and many of which regularly conduct different activities involving sharing of food, information, skills and struggle.

FNB is not a monotonous activity of food provision to hungry people. It is a creative resistance designed to provide not only protein requirements but also engaged in sharing critical information and skills through workshops, discussions, dialogue, cultural presentations and other educational activities. It is frequently combined with really, really free market where people are encouraged to share their unwanted things to those in need. This event is not design to recruit people to a particular group but this encourages the people to self organize based on voluntary basis according to their own capacity. It encourages communities to practice self management under the theme of respect, diversity, decentralize and non-hierarchical relations. FNB is a direct action against capitalism, consumerism and statism. FNB is not an organization but rather an event or an activity can be organized by anyone without asking any permission to anyone or making affiliation to any group. An individual or group of people could organize FNB anytime, anywhere based on their actual context as long as it uphold the basic principles of non-hierarchical, respect, ecological and anti-authoritarian.

Prior to Anti-Terrorism Act, Duterte is already violent. His humorous extemporaneous speeches with twist of sexist acts and remarks could not conceive his thirst for violence.  In many occasions he explicitly mentioned his actual involvement in killings.  Duterte is a megalomaniac person; he desires more power and hates those who threaten his position. He is vengeful and angry. His words are not empty. He is equitable in terms of retaliations to his “enemies”; from low life thugs, to a teacher, a laborer, overseas worker, senators, and lawyers and as big as corporate media and international institutions they will not be spared from forms of intimidation and harassment. Incarceration of oppositions and killings perpetrated by uniformed personnel and masked motor riding gunmen are the trademarks of his government.

His appetite for violence killed FNB volunteers and incarcerated one. These non-non violent people perished and suffered during War on Drugs operations that killed more than 12,000 which the great majority came from poor families and marginalized communities. Essentially, the war on drugs program is war against the poor and intended to intimidate the people and all forms of oppositions in general.

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 will surely exacerbate the already worst situation of our society. The Duterte administration shrewdly fast tracked the law in the middle of pandemic crisis. A perfect timing were different oppositions rendered immobile giving no chance to react. It has been approved at the committee level and members of the House of Representatives are expected to debate and fast-track its approval before they go on a two-month break from June 6 of this year.

This law will categorize the  activities and initiatives of FNB volunteers, autonomous activists and anarchists as terrorism. Under this law, solidarity actions which commonly conduct by the said groups of people will be considered as crime allowing the state to detain suspected individuals without a warrant;  longer detentions without charge and give the executive branch more power against dissent. It ruled out the Human Security Act removing government obligations to compensate wrongly accused people.

The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 is an obvious instrument of a fascist government to curtail freedom that desires to instill fear among the populace to serve the interests of the oligarchs and foreign counterparts

Food Not Bombs volunteers, autonomous activists, independent artists and anarchists strongly condemn the fascist government. We are calling the international resistance to send solidarity to the struggle of different people and community of the archipelago against the authoritarian who serves the interests of few privilege elite.

If you may please organize different forms of action against the Philippines Embassy in your own country to send your support to our fight for freedom.

FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE! FIGHT FASCISM AND STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM! END WAR, POVERTY, HUNGER AND ECOLOGICAL SLAUGHTER

– FOOD NOT BOMBS ARCHIPELAGO