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Filipino Police Shot Dead Activists Who Spray-Painted “Oust Duterte” Sign

HeadlineJul 27, 2021

In the Philippines, police shot dead two activists Monday who were spray-painting the words “Oust Duterte” on public property ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation address. The Philippines-based rights group Defend Bicol condemned the killings, saying, “Dissent may take on many forms, but to kill innocent unarmed civilians in the dead of the night for painting the people’s call is purely fascist and brutal.” Rights groups estimate there have been over 400 extrajudicial killings since Duterte took office. Thousands have been killed since Duterte unleashed a brutal so-called war on drugs.

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