Tao Po‘, a play/monologue tackling the reality of Duterte’s brutal so-called war on drugs that has resulted in the killings of more than 25,000 poor Filipinos, featuring renowned Filipino cultural activist and theater actor Ms. Mae Paner had its Amsterdam run last October 5 at the CREA University of Amsterdam to an overflow crowd that included distinguished guests from several progressive international organizations, Dutch and Canadian filmmakers, Filipino artists, teachers, lawyers, trade unionists, students, human rights defenders and many migrant Filipinos in the Netherlands, and some who even came all the way from the UK and Belgium.

The open forum that followed after the play which was participated in by filmmakers, a cultural activist, Ms. Mae Paner, a mother of one of the thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings, a church lay activist, and a Redemptorist brother helping the families of extrajudicial killings.

The play is currently on a tour of Europe from September 23 to October, 22 and had its premier in Geneva, and after Amsterdam, will run in Rome, Vienna, Berlin and London in the following weeks. The performance in Amsterdam was sponsored by the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, Migrante Europe, Stichting Linangan and the Nederlandse-Filipijnse Solidariteitsbeweging.

Photos by Jon Bustamante