MANILA - Activist groups on Thursday held a protest action in Hong Kong as President Rodrigo Duterte visits the Chinese special administrative region.
The group Hong Kong Campaign for the Advancement of Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (HKCAHRPP) together with militant group Bayan held a protest to slam the killings under Duterte’s drug war.
“No to dictatorship! Fight tyranny! Stop the killings in the Philippines!” shouted the protesters.
“The economic and social condition in the Philippines is worsening. His popularity cannot cover the fact that there are thousands of people who are protesting, fighting this tyranny,” said Bayan Hong Kong chairman Eman Villanueva.
The Philippine government has many times defended its war on drugs, which has left about 4,000 drug suspects killed in legitimate operations. Human rights groups, however, believe this figure is understated as this does not include those killed by so-called vigilante groups which they suspect were state-sponsored.
Duterte has been in Hong Kong since Tuesday evening. He had a private time on Wednesday and is expected to meet the Filipino community on Thursday evening.
Before departing for China, Duterte said he will report to Filipinos in Hong Kong “the developments at home and listen to their concerns and also their hopes.” - report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News.