Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The Defend Negros #StopTheAttacks Network will hold a public forum, “Pagdampig: Negros Human Rights Situationer” at the UP Asian Center, Quezon City, 1 August 2019, 2 pm to 5 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Walk-ins are welcome but encouraged to sign up.


The spate of killings in Negros Island that has so far claimed 87 lives since President Duterte assumed power places the whole island in a continuing state of terrorism. All of the victims were unarmed civilians (lawyers, teachers, rights defenders, activists, church people, and farmers) of which the youngest is a one-year-old baby boy killed alongside his father. Many were gunned down in their own homes or in makeshift huts, several while in their sleep. Fifteen were killed from July 23 to 28.

The death toll notably spiked and steadily increased when President Duterte signed the Memorandum Order 32 (MO 32) on 22 November 2018 which authorizes the deployment of more troops to parts of Visayas and the Bicol Region to supposedly implement "measures to suppress and prevent lawless violence ... in order to prevent further loss of innocent lives." This memorandum reinforces guidelines under state of national emergency wherein the AFP and PNP can conduct warrantless arrests, searches, and seizures. The method employed bore peculiar similarities with the "tokhang style" of armed operations as shown in the conduct of Oplan Sauron where 14 people in three towns of Negros Oriental were killed on 30 March 2019. It is as if the Order was issued to simply legalize the killings.

Silence towards this chilling reality will only further embolden the perpetrators to continue their merciless attacks. This is not just a pressing concern of Negros. As Prof. Taguiwalo wrote, "Today it is Negros. Tomorrow it can be your province." Negros is a mirror reflecting the painful truths we now contend with as a country.

We therefore invite you to attend this forum and listen to the stories of families who witnessed firsthand the atrocities committed to their loved ones. A comprehensive discussion on the current political situation in Negros will be delivered by the Defend Negros #StopThe Attacks Network. This is a gathering to call for consciences to be disturbed and humanity to be restored. A call for true actions to put a stop to all attacks on human rights and to ultimately put an end to the senseless killings in Negros and elsewhere in the country. — From Defend Negros #StopTheAttacks


Defend Negros, Stop the Attacks is a formation of Negrenses based in the Manila (includes those who have roots in Negros Island). Non-Negrenses are also part of the network as advocates.


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