Beyond Duterte’s Drug War, Frontline Philippine HR Defenders Address Peace Talks, Killings in U.S. Speaking Tour


April 12, 2017

Reference: Jessica Tulloch, ICHRP USA Northeast Regional Coordinator,

NEW YORK, NY — Amidst international scrutiny over drug war-related killings under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a delegation of frontline human rights defenders from the Philippines will kick-off a U.S. speaking tour this month in New York City and New Jersey on April 18 and April 19.

Cristina Palabay, secretary-general of Karapatan, a national Philippine human rights watchdog and Edre Olalia, legal counsel to the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) will be joined by indigenous leaders from Mindanao Dulphing Ogan and Josephine Pagalan for a multi-city U.S. tour entitled “#JustPeacePH Peace Tour 2017: Promoting Peace with Justice in the Philippines”.

“The deplorable human rights situation in the Philippines with Duterte’s drug war must be put in proper context and its roots examined. Rampant extrajudicial killings did not begin with Duterte nor are they all drug-related. There have been systematic extrajudicial killings of civilians, activists, organizers, and open critics of the policies of the Philippine government throughout regimes, even after Marcos’ martial law, to the early 2000’s under both the Arroyo and Aquino administrations, that continue under Duterte,” stated Palabay, who will also be recognized at the Carter Center’s 2017 Human Rights Defenders Forum, recognizing top human rights leaders around the world, which will be presided by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Atlanta this May.

The tour will commence on the cusp of the fourth round of peace negotiations between the NDFP and Duterte administration taking place April 2-6 in the Hague in the Netherlands. Despite seeking to address the roots of the 48-year old civil war in the Philippines, the recognition of international third party facilitators and the United Nations, there has been an international media blackout of the peace talks.

The #JustPeacePH Peace Tour is organized by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, a global network established in 2013.  Since July 2016, ICHRP has been promoting the Philippine peace process as a significant platform for raising visibility the fundamental social and economic reforms needed to address the roots of the human rights crisis in the country.

For more information, visit or contact Jessica Tulloch, ICHRP USA Northeast Regional Coordinator, at


About International Coalition of Human Rights in the Philippines

ICHRP is a global network of organizations outside of the Philippines concerned about the human rights situation in the Philippines and committed to campaign for a just and lasting peace in the country.



 Meet the delegates:

#JustPeacePH Peace Tour 2017 Events Across the U.S.

The JustPeacePH Peace Tour 2017 is an educational speaking tour that aims to promote grassroots movements for peace with justice and to gain support for the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Featuring four speakers:

Dulphing Ogan, Secretary General of Kalumaran (Kusog sa Katawhang Lumad sa Mindanao),

Edre Olalia, Legal Consultant of the Peace Negotiating Panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) in the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the NDFP and President of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers;

Tinay Palabay, Secretary General oKARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights;

Josephine Pagalan of Kasalo Caraga#JustPeacePH#ICHRPPeaceTour2017#StopLumadKillings

Experts in the historic social, economic and political issues which have given rise to the civil war in the Philippines, the NDFP consultants will speak to US audiences about the history, content, and significance of the peace negotiations and the Filipino people’s struggle for a just peace. One highlight of their presentations is that they will speak specifically about the content of the CASER, which is the agenda item currently being negotiated and which gets at the meat of the issues which must be resolved by the NDFP and GRP.

JustPeacePH is an international platform which supports the Philippine peace process. It has special emphasis in reaching out to individuals, organizations and institutions which have advocacies on peace and issue-based people’s concerns in various capacities outside of the country. In particular, JustPeacePH aims to seek support from individuals and organizations in multilateral organisations, people’s organisations, civil society organisations, academe, development institutions as well as governments. The overall objective of JustPeacePH is: To create an international network or platform to support peace negotiations between NDF and GPH and support the people’s aspirations for just and lasting peace.

New York/New Jersey

April 18th, 10 AM – Voices for Peace: a briefing on indigenous peoples and peace

April 18th, 6:30 PM – The Struggle for Peace in the Philippines Forum

April 19th, 6:30 PM – Beyond the Drug War: The Struggle for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines


Washington D.C.

April 21st, 6PM – Advance the People’s Aspiration for a Just Peace

Washington Peace Center Event

1525 Newton St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010


April 22, 1:45PM – “RISE & REBUILD: Confronting the Root of the Armed Conflict in the Philippines”

Location: PENTAGON 1 & 2, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington, D.C. – Crystal City , 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA


Northern California

April 25, 6:00PM – Peace Tour 2017: Bay Area

A Peoples’ Movement for a Just Peace:  Understanding the Root Causes of the Armed Conflict in the Philippines

First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland, California 94612


Southern California

April 27th –  Living Faith, Seeking Justice, Pursuing Peace – (Cal-Pac Taskforce Philippines and ICHRP SoCal)

4101 Rosewood Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90004

April 28th – Rise for Peace in the Philippines!  Down with U.S. War Machine!

3435 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

April 29th –  Lakad 5k for Peace Walk-a-Thon and Fundraiser

104 Berkshire Pl, La Canada Flintridge, CA


Seattle & Portland:

May 1st March and Rally 12pm,

ILPS Contingent Rally 2pm,

Rally at Fisher Green Stage (305 Harrison St.)

Indigenous Women Rise Up, Resist, Unite! 6:30pm

Seattle University – Bannan Auditorium 901 12th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122

Chicago & St. Louis:

May 3rd – May 10th


Quotes from Delegates: