Brillante Mendoza’s “Amo”, which tackles the government’s drug war, is the Philippines’ first series on the streaming service Netflix.
While it’s a chance for the country to present a TV show on the world stage, the series has its critics, including those opposed to the present administration’s war on drugs, as it has allegedly taken thousands of lives without due process.
A mother who lost her son to the drug war, Luzviminda Siapo, has launched a petition on the website change.org, with the plea, “Netflix, Don’t Air Pro-Duterte Drug War Series.”
Last April, Raymart Siapo, a 19-year-old from Navotas, was abducted by 14 armed men on motorbikes just a day after a neighbor outed him to a barangay watchman for selling marijuana. Barangay and police officials would later say that he did not belong on any drug watchlist.
After being kidnapped, the teen was ordered to get off the motorbike he was forced onto and to run; he could not, due to his club feet. He was then made to sit and was shot in the head twice. Both his arms were broken.
Her petition reads, ”My son was one of the thousands of victims of President Duterte’s campaign against drugs. Now that AMO, a show about the war on drugs in the Philippines, is to be screened on Netflix, I am deeply concerned. According to its director Brillante Mendoza, the war on drugs is necessary in the Philippines and other countries having problems with illegal drugs.”
“I would like to ask you to cancel this show,” she further appealed. “War on drugs is not the solution. For me, killing is not right. Everyone deserves a chance to live and change his life.”