Two years (and counting) into the Duterte regime, attacks against the civil, political, economic, and sovereign rights of the Filipino people not only continue unabated, but remain perpetrated, ironically, by the very President entrusted with the protection of these rights. After securing a 2016 election victory on the strength of campaign promises to rid the country of illegal drugs and corruption and to push for genuine social justice and social change, Rodrigo Duterte, a self-proclaimed "leftist" leader, has instead gone on to secure a legacy of broken vows and unmitigated dictatorial acts that have only showcased his utter contempt and sheer disregard for civil liberties and human rights.
Thus did the "Magliliyab" initiative start in July of 2018 as a collective response from members of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP). Envisioned as a collaborative piece that would help drum up both national and international support for the "Stop The Attacks" (STA) campaign, the initial effort resulted in the creation of a song that would debut as the live soundtrack to the burning of Duterte's effigy at the July 23 "United People's SONA". "Magliliyab" has since been refined and recorded, and now comes as a powerful music video supporting the initiative to hold the Duterte regime accountable for its abuses and attacks in formal proceedings set to begin on 17 September 2018 at the International Peoples Tribunal in Brussels, Belgium.
"Magliliyab" isn't just a creative response against both foreign and domestic attacks being endured by the people under the current administration. It is an indictment of it all, and - more importantly - a call to action for all concerned citizens, fellow Filipinos, and members of the international community to help resist, prevent, and fight the coming of yet another full-blown, fascist dictatorship in the Philippines.