Eye on the world: The moral courage of the people

In “ ‘People power’ for rule of law in the PhilippinesThe Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial Board writes: “One gift to the world from the Philippines has been the term ‘people power,’ or peaceful resistance in the streets against a leader’s arbitrary rule and violent suppression. In 1986, it led to a dictator’s fall and inspired pro-democracy protests in other countries. Three decades later, Filipinos are at it again. This time they are quietly resisting President Rodrigo Duterte’s neglect of both the rule of law and the presumption of innocence in a violent crackdown on drug users and dealers…. [T]he Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines warns that Duterte’s war on drugs has created a ‘reign of terror in many places of the poor.’ An even greater concern is ‘the indifference of many to this kind of wrong.’ That indifference, however, is steadily eroding as more Filipinos speak out. People power is at work again.”

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