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Bay Area in San Francisco, and with its last leg in Los Angeles on 11 May.
The main organisers of the tour were the US chapter of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP-US) and the Malaya: A US Movement Against Killings and Dictatorship and for Democracy in the Philippines.
The organisers enjoin support for people’s rights in the Philippines. According to Alma Trinidad, Co-convener of the Malaya Movement, "Duterte is following in the footsteps of the Iron Fist rule of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. As Filipinos in the United States, we must take a stand, speak up, and take action now to stop him, his mentality and sense of governance. Oppression there in the motherland is oppression here for us in the U.S."
ICHRP and IBON International are among the co-convenors of the 2018 International Peoples’ Tribunal on the Philippines on September 19 to 20, to be held in Brussels, Belgium. The Tribunal would seek to raise the visibility of the worsening State attacks on peoples’ rights in the Philippines, counter to the standards of instruments such as the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). The Tribunal also aims to generate further political pressure on the Philippine government to heed the calls of the Filipino people.##