Progressive Alliance and PES ask to step up international pressure on President Rodrigo Duterte of The Philippines


Delegation in Manila

A delegation of the Progressive Alliance (PA) and the Party of European Socialists (PES) visited Manila today to find about the human rights violations going on in The Philippines, in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs. PES Deputy Secretary General, Giacomo Filibeck was a part of the mission.

The delegation denounced the extra judicial killings of thousands of people and regretted that they are directly and publicly being encouraged by the president himself, who already had a record of rampant human rights violations as a mayor of Davao. 

The progressive delegation is equally alarmed at the aggressive efforts being undertaken by the government to silence dissent about these killings: like in the case of Senator Leila De Lima and now Senator Risa Hontiveros. 

If the human rights standards are not upheld, there must be consequences in the Philippines’ inclusion in the special trading instrument of the EU known as GSP+.

The progressive movement is united in supporting our sister party Akbayan in their defence of human rights.


Members of the Mission of the Progressive Alliance:

Emilia Töyrä, Member of Swedish Parliament

Thomas O. Melia, Senior Advisor to IREX (the International Research & Exchange Board)

Arne Lietz , Member of the European Parliament

Benjamin Maxfield works for the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

Giacomo Filibeck, Deputy Secretary General of the PES

Conny Reuter, Secretary General of SOLIDAR

Konstantin Woinoff, Coordinator of the Progressive Alliance