Press Release
May 29, 2017

Statement of Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on today's Gathering for Civil Liberties
Monday, Annabel's Restaurant, Quezon City

Kami, mula sa iba't ibang sektor, komunidad at propesyon, ay nagtipon-tipon upang pag-usapan ang panganib ng gumagapang na martial law sa ating bansa. Kami ay nagtipon-tipon upang pagsamahin ang aming mga boses, lakas at inisyatiba upang ipagtanggol ang ating demokrasya at civil liberties.

This is just the first among the many gatherings that will happen in the near future as we fight back and defend the public's civil liberties.

We say NO to Maute terrorism. But we also say NO to Duterte's creeping authoritarianism.

To the Maute group, you can raise a million ISIS flags but we will only swear allegiance to the Philippine flag.

To President Duterte, you can declare Martial law again and again, but we will never lose our love and faith for democracy.

We will not surrender our freedom and basic rights by allowing them to control and manipulate our fears. Fear is the tool of terrorists and dictators. Truth and democracy, however, are the weapons of the brave.

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