James Taylor cancelled an upcoming concert in the Philippines, stating that President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on suspected drug offenders is “deeply concerning and unacceptable to anyone who loves the rule of law.” According to The New York Times, Human rights watchdogs report that Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs has left over 6,000 people dead. The Times recently published an extensive photo essay about the antidrug campaign titled “They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals,” in which a photographer documented 57 homicides in 35 days. It’s been reported that many suspected drug offenders are killed by police without any chance of legal proceedings or a fair trial.
James Taylor made the announcement that he will not appear at Manila’s Mall Of Asia Arena on 2/25 via Twitter. The musician, who battled heroin addiction before getting clean in the ’80s, condemned the reprehensible actions of Duterte in a short post. Read it below.
— James Taylor (@JamesTaylor_com) December 21, 2016