Duterte’s shoot-to-kill order vs Kadamay members, violent dispersal of workers’ strike show how Duterte abhors the poor

“Poor Filipinos have always been at the losing end, with governments upholding the interests of the rich and big business. Duterte’s rule is no different; in fact, it is more ruthless and more brutal on the poor. This is evident from killings as a defective solution to the problems regarding illegal drugs and criminality, the imposition of new regressive tax burdens, continuation of contractualization schemes and non-increase of minimum wage, and, recently, a violent dispersal of a picket line of workers and a shoot-to-kill order on Kadamay members claiming their right to decent housing,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay.

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