Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte rose to power promising to be tough on drugs, and a friend to the working class. However, not long after gaining office, Duterte began his clampdown on civil society, openly attacking unions and sanctioning murders of political activists.
To date, more than 300 justice activists and grassroots organisers have been killed.
Even during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Duterte used the crisis to push through 'anti-terror' legislation, which has been widely criticised as a move to further his agenda of suppressing civil society opposition through state-sanctioned violence and intimidation
Join us to hear from two people active on the front lines in the Philippines in the fight for workers' rights.