Herbert Docena


On the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, young activists in the Philippines urge their fellow Filipinos to fight against the tyrannical rule of Duterte and to defend the democratic rights of the people. 2017 September 21. Quezon City, Philippines.

In many countries in Asia, new forms of authoritarianism are on the rise. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte—a former mayor accused of organizing death squads and who promised to make the fish of Manila Bay grow fat from the bodies of drug dealers—won the presidential elections in 2016. In Thailand in 2014, a general who had favored cracking down on demonstrators led other military leaders in launching a coup against the democratically elected government.

By Herbert Docena

Herbert is a former staff member of Focus. He is in Paris monitoring the developments inside and outside the talks.

Photo Caption: Which road to systems change? Photo by Joseph Purugganan. Paris 2015. 

PARIS - As usual, the deadlock in the on-going UN climate change summit here in Paris is being depicted the by media, government officials, NGOs, and even activists as a reprise of the long-running struggle between the so-called “developed” and “developing” countries and/or between “big polluters” and the “people.”


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