Peace Films produces documentaries on hot international political issues—usually, events ignored by the mainstream news.
Co-producer. Filipino activist, former Philippines church & peasant organizer.
The people of the Philippines endured decades of corruption and violence under the control of an iron-fisted dictator, Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Then, Corazon “Cory” Aquino was catapulted into office by a popular uprising. She was the most prominent figure of the 1986 People Power Revolution, which toppled the 21-year authoritarian rule of President Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy to the Philippines.
However, unfortunately, in the end, she failed to institute basic reforms.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte makes a “fist bump”, his May presidential elections campaign gesture, with soldiers during a visit at Capinpin military camp in Tanay, Rizal in the Philippines August 24, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro
In July 2016 many Filipinos initially breathed a sigh of relief upon the election of Rodrigo Duterte. At first, he had a good working relationship with the people’s movement, appointing progressives to cabinet positions and appearing to support fundamental reforms. However, he then did a 180-degree turn-around and cut off communication with the people’s movement and fired his progressive appointees. One year into his term, in July 2017 he declared martial law for first the town of Marawi and then for the entire island of Mindanao.
Yet the US and other mainstream media have barely covered these calamitous events. Peace Films plans to travel to the Philippines and thoroughly investigate. We will interview the full spectrum of Philippine society, all the way from rural peasants to current and former members of the Duterte administration. And as is our mission, we will ascertain what if any involvement the United States has in this crisis.