President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during a press conference at Hotel Elena in Davao City on August 8, congratulates Filipina Olympian Hidilyn Diaz for winning a silver medal in weightlifting at the Rio Olympics 2016. • Public Domain Image

On May 24, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao, Philippines. This declaration, opposed by a handful of members of the Philippine Congress, was done for national security reasons in the fight against Isis-linked forces. A forum sponsored by Legacy of Equality, Leadership and Organizing (LELO) proposes the following questions: Will Duterte’s martial law spread to the whole nation? What of the over 9,000 extra-judicial killings? What is the relationship between martial law, the war on terrorism and drugs?

The forum will be held at the Nagomi Tea House, 519 6th Avenue South in the Chinatown International District on June 8 from 6:00 8:00 p.m.

Speakers include:

• Rene Cruz, Editor of, the official website of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, providing news from the Philippines and US-Filipino communities. Cruz is also co-editor of the upcoming University of Washington publication—”A Time To Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP).

• Mila De Guzman, author of the book, “Women Against Marcos – Stories of Filipino and Filipino American Women Who Fought a Dictator” and member of San Francisco’s Filipino American Human Rights Alliance.

• Cindy Domingo, Member of Akbayan International Committee, LELO and Co-editor of “A Time To Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP).

• Rick Rocamora, award-winning social documentarian photographer with his latest book, “Blood, Sweat, Hope and Quiapo.”

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