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FEATURING BEVERLY L. LONGID – The controversial president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, gave his annual “state of the nation” speech on Monday remaining defiant in the face of mass protests against his oversight of a deadly drug war that has claimed thousands of lives. Earlier this month the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a crucial resolution to hold Duterte’s administration responsible for mass violations of human rights.

Here in the US, the Filipino American diaspora has held weeks of protests in cities around the nation aimed at Duterte and his broader extremist agenda.

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Beverly L. Longid, Global Coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL) and Co-chair of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness. She is also a member of the Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch and was a central witness in advocating alongside Amnesty International for the passage of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council resolution calling for an investigation of the killings in the Philippines.

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