‘Is this the new Filipino life?’ Manila rappers blast Duterte’s war on drugs

Pasay City, Philippines (CNN)The death of Micheal Siaron last July might have gone unnoticed; just one of the over 7,500 lives — so far — claimed during Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

But on the night of his killing, his partner, Jennilyn Olares, hurried from their shared shack in the Pasay City neighborhood of Santo Nio.
Upon seeing his body she pushed aside police officers and curious onlookers and instinctively drew it to her chest.

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    “We weren’t that close but I always (saw) him in the streets. It’s really a common feeling when your friend is grieving for someone which is why I (produced) these songs.”
    As with the origins of hip hop in the west, the song goes some way to expressing the anger felt by poor youth.
    They see their options as limited, and the outrage at what they see as unfair, discriminatory — and often deadly — policies visited upon their equally poverty-stricken peers.
    The song, “Hustisya,” which Jay wrote about Siaron, features lines like these:
    Is this the new Filipino life? I’m just a poor man, and I’m a man who lost someone I’m still mourning, because what happened cuts deep Is there still justice? No one can say The lives were just part of a “quota” Taken down because of links to drugs They weren’t given a chance to change

    Killed, just like that, treated like animals

    Duterte has mocked the “Pieta” image.
    In August, he said in a televised address: “If you don’t want to die and get hurt, don’t pin your hopes on priests and human rights (groups). They can’t stop death.
    “Then you end up sprawled on the ground and you are portrayed in a broadsheet like Mother Mary cradling the dead cadaver of Jesus Christ. Well, that’s very dramatic.”
    But for One Pro Exclusive, it’s no joke.
    “Hustisya” won’t bring their friend back, and it’s unlikely that their protest music will slow down Duterte’s bloody campaign for even a second.
    But, as has been seen time and again, the young and the poor turn to music to voice their anger at policies that ruin the lives of their friends and upend their communities.

    Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

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