5 Security Tips and Tools in Times of Repression and Tyranny


December 7, 2017

December 6, 2017


Since rising to power as President of the Republic, PRRD’s term has been characterized by an escalating kill count in the name of a bloody War on Drugs [1], the decimation of the city of Marawi [2], continuous attacks on the judiciary and system of checks and balances in government [3], and a general flouting of the rule of law in the name of strongman rule.


More recently, community organizers, development workers, and human rights defenders affiliated with organizations critical of his tyrannical rule have faced increasing vilification, the filing of trumped-up if not foolish charges, harassment, and physical attacks. In the first five days of December alone, a priest and a pastor have been killed [4], 8 indigenous peoples massacred [5], a young woman abducted [6], and a transport leader forcibly arrested [7]. All of them are leaders and/or members of progressive organizations very vocally opposed to PRRD’s strongman, pro-oligarch policies and their impacts on the Filipino people.


As activists, progressives, nonprofits, and development workers put in the crosshairs of PRRD’s campaign to strongman rule, we need to equip ourselves with the basic tools to secure ourselves and our communications with our colleagues. As freedom-loving Filipino citizens, we need to secure our liberties and ensure that these are not taken from us.


Here are some security tips and tools we can use in these times of repression, tyranny, and a creeping crackdown against civil liberties and the people:


  1. Tag around a buddy everywhere you go. Broadcast your whereabouts securely to trusted colleagues and loved ones (see more on Tips #2 and #3 below).
  2. Secure your online communications lines. Use an end-to-end encrypted, open source chat application like Signal Messenger (www.signal.org) as a secure alternative to more popular messaging apps. On a similar note, use an end-to-end encrypted email service like ProtonMail (protonmail.com).
  3. Secure your phone by removing unnecessary apps, restricting app permissions, and enabling app restrictions.
  4. Leverage on the power of social media to report cases of intimidation, harassment, physical assault, illegal searches and arrests, enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killings, and other human rights violations done by state agents. Take photos, tag human rights organizations such as @KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights, and tag media outfits (including people’s media groups such as @Altermidya – People’s Alternative Media Network) as well.
  5. Stand for civil liberties and join the people’s action on Human Rights Day, December 10, 4pm at Boni Shrine. Join fellow human rights defenders, civil libertarians, and freedom-loving Filipinos in fighting for democracy and rights and in denouncing impunity, fascism, and tyranny being fostered by the PRRD regime.




[1] www.rappler.com/nation/179222-chr-number-drug-war-victims

[2] bulatlat.com/main/2017/06/23/marawi-will-truly-flattened-humanitarian-mission-airs-peoples-sentiments-vs-martial-law-govt-airstrikes-mindanao/

[3] newsinfo.inquirer.net/916532/days-of-disquiet-in-judiciary-under-duterte

[4] www.ucanews.com/news/rage-grief-sweep-philippines-after-murder-of-priest...

[5] karapatan.org/Priest%2C+pastor+shot+dead+in+separate+incidents+in+Luzon%3B+massacre+of+8+Lumad+reported+in+Mindanao

[6] http://bit.ly/2BCw0l1

 [7] http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/05/17/piston-head-george-san-mateo-arres...