Philippines: Waging War on the People

Documentary, 25 minutes
Original version: English (Philippines: Waging War on the People)
© 2008 Productions Multi-Monde and the Centre d’appui aux Philippines – Centre for Philippine Concerns (CAP-CPC)

Documentary about the campaign to Stop the Killings in the Philippines. We follow the story of Dr. Constancio Chandu Claver, an indigenous community leader from the Philippines who survives an assassination attempt that takes the life of his wife. Alyce Claver is one of over 900 civilians, including students, workers, peasants and even a Bishop who have been assassinated in the Philippines since 2001 when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo came to power. The military and the police are clearly implicated and a climate of total impunity reigns. This is “war on terrorism” Philippines-style. While community groups and progressive forces raise their voices in protest, the government continues to enjoy the backing of the international community and particularly the Bush administration.

The international campaign to Stop the Killings in the Philippines is gaining ground. In 2007 a Canadian Church and NGO-sponsored tour brought over Philippine church representatives, human rights workers and Dr. Chandu Claver. Philippines: Waging War on the People follows the growing efforts to bring to light the situation in the Philippines, and some of the institutions and individuals who are adding volume to the voices of protest.

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