The National Council of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines denounced on 21 July the Duterte government for its designation of the NDFP as a ‘terrorist organization’, saying this signals the escalation of state terrorism against the NDFP and its 18 allied organizations. It said the ‘terrorist’ tag will also see an “escalation of attacks against legal social activists, human rights defenders, critics and oppositionists” who will be arbitrarily labeled as NDFP members and associates.
Thousands of Filipinos marched on the streets of Metro Manila and other parts of the country on 26 July, calling out the Rodrigo Duterte government as an “epic failure” and demanding an end to his “incompetent, corrupt, treasonous and murderous regime.” The protests marked Duterte’s State of the Nation Address before the joint Houses of Congress, his last before the presidential elections of May 2022.
Members of the US Senate on 26 July called on the administration of President Joseph Biden to address what they called “the pattern of human rights violations” of the Duterte government. The senators urged the Biden administration “to stand with the people of the Philippines as they continue to fight for their universal human rights.”
In a unanimous resolution approved on 16 March but published only on 21 July, the Supreme Court of the Republic of the Philippines declared that President Rodrigo Duterte is obliged to cooperate with the International Criminal Court investigations. Duterte has been publicly insisting that he will never allow such an investigation, threatening then ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to be “thrown to the crocodiles” if she comes to the Philippines.