Today (6PM Pacific, 8PM Central, 9PM Eastern), Philippine President Duterte will call on a special session of the Congress to grant him special national emergency powers that are far-reaching and overkill. It is an urgent time to expose Duterte’s fascist power-grab and amplify the health-based demands of the people for free mass testing, healthcare, and economic relief. There is no need to abuse emergency powers to meet these demands.
When does the social media action start?
Today @ 6PM Pacific, 8PM Central, 9PM Eastern
Take Action Today:
- Use the official hashtags: #ResignDuterte #NoToEmergencyPowers #OustDuterte
- Project our demands:
- NO TO THE GRANTING OF EMERGENCY POWERS to the Duterte government.
- END MILITARIZATION of Manila and Luzon
- GUARANTEE FREE MASS TESTING for all
- IMMEDIATE REALLOCATE FUNDING for food assistance, healthcare services, staffing, and equipment for all healthcare facilities in the Philippines
- STOP THE ONGOING STATE REPRESSION, DISPLACEMENT, AND EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS of the rural and urban poor, advocates for the poor, and critics of Duterte
- 1. Adequate budget for free testing, treatment and containment of COVID-19 as well as rehabilitation of health services;
- 2. Free and systematic mass testing for COVID-19, prioritizing PUIs, PUMs, and those in high infection areas;
- 3. Additional equipment, supplies and personnel for hospitals’
- 4. Community-based sanitation and quarantine centers;
- 5. Support and protection for frontline health personnel;
- 6. Improved systems to address COVID-19 down to the community level.
- Socio-economic measures:
- 7. Prohibit layoffs and provide assisstance to affected workers;
- 8. Emergency relief packs and other assistance to the poor;
- 9. Moratorium on payments and penalties for basic utilities and services, including rent and loans;
- 10. Price controls and adequate supply of basic goods and services;
- 11. Adequate transportation for those who need it;
- 12. Prohibit demolition of informal settlers and provide shelter to the homeless
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