Auckland Philippines Solidarity is excited to host Professor Judy Taguiwalo for a speaking tour of NZ in September. She is a well-known activist in the Philippines and was a political prisoner under the Marcos dictatorship. Professor Taguiwalo briefly served as a Cabinet member under President Duterte but was forced from office following her challenge to patronage politics and the Administration‘s crackdown on progressives. She provides a former insider’s view of the Duterte Administration – a rare direct insight into one of the most controversial regimes in contemporary World affairs.
There will be public meetings in:
Wellington (17 September 2019) https://www.facebook.com/events/733602783751214/
Christchurch (18 September 2019) https://www.facebook.com/events/2393509014224232/permalink/2393509020890898/?notif_t=page_post_reaction¬if_id=1566791645428253
Auckland (25 September 2019) https://www.facebook.com/events/2326608344118932/
She agreed to take the position hoping to advance progressive change in the Philippines. In Cabinet she pushed reforms to improve the distribution of aid to the poor, including removing the corrupt practice requiring welfare recipients to get a signature from a local political representative to receive assistance, while also opposing reactionary policies of the Duterte administration, such as the re-imposition of the death penalty and support for extrajudicial killings.
In 2017, following the break down of the peace talks, Prof. Taguiwalo was forced from her position by the elite-dominated Congress and Senate, outraged by her challenges to patronage politics.
In this public meeting, “Manay Judy” – as she is fondly called – gives an insider account of the present administration, her views on the current human rights situation in the Philippines, and what can the international community can do to show solidarity for the victims of oppression under the brutal Duterte regime.