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Emanuel “Manny” Asucion

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan

Emanuel “Manny” Asucion was a labour rights defender and the coordinator of the Cavite chapter of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, an umbrella organisation of workers’ unions, peasant associations, youth, women, indigenous peoples, committed to advocating for social rights, and the organising of campaigns protesting the extra-judicial killings of human rights defenders and the militarization of communities.

The climate of impunity in the Philippines, coupled with the administration's encouragement of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug users, as well as the increasingly hard line of the military against the Philippine National Democratic Front , have led to a serious deterioration of the situation of human rights defenders in the country. Since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2016, HRDs have faced a wave of assassinations and violence. Judicial harassment and the criminalization of HRDs remain common; politicians and private actors, such as mining companies, use the justice system to silence those who oppose their interests.