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Take Action for Human Rights in the Philippines
One year ago, on June 14th, 2021, Representative Susan Wild introduced the Philippine Human Rights Act to the House of Representatives for a second time. But Congress has failed to move the legislation forward even though the human rights crisis in the Philippines is worsening. Now, the Filipino people face even more chilling prospects. Now, the Filipino people face even more chilling prospects.

Despite reports of widespread abuses and irregularities, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and his running mate, Sara Duterte, daughter of outgoing president Rodrigo Duterte, were declared the election’s winners and will be inaugurated as president and vice president, respectively, on June 30. 

Bongbong’s presidency will mark the return of the Marcos family to power thirty-six years after his father, dictator Fernando Marcos, Sr., fled the country in the wake of the 1986 “People Power Revolution.” The fathers of both Marcos and Duterte presided over governments accused of rampant human rights abuses. Read more about the elections and the history of these new leaders

Please urge Congress to pass the Philippines Human Rights Act to suspend security assistance to the Philippines until the government demonstrates respect for human rights.   Now, more than ever, it is urgent that the United States refuse to fund institutions responsible for human rights abuses in the Philippines. 

Send a message to your representative in Congress to support the Philippines Human Rights Act today!

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