PNP’s use of LRAD is US-style fascism: Scientist group


November 15, 2017


We at AGHAM - Advocates of Science and Technology for the People strongly condemn the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s use of sonic weapon Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) against participants of the mobilization coinciding with the ASEAN Summit.This brute attack is a manifestation of the increasing fascism of the Duterte administration, always ready to employ repressive measures and brutal techniques against the people in defence of its US masters and their interest.

LRAD is a sonic weapon which indiscriminately emits a loud sound way above the average human limit for hearing without damage at 85 decibels. Its intense, high-pitched sound is proven to have health consequences, causing potential ear damage or permanent loss of hearing to activists, bystanders and members of the police force alike.

The model that PNP used during the rally can be either the LRAD 1000 or the 1950XL; both models can reach an output as high as 149 dB. According to a study, targets 50 meters away from the LRAD 1000 can still be exposed to more than 110 dB and that exposure at this intensity may still cause permanent hearing damage if it lasts for more than a few seconds. The PNP’s use of such device placed all within hearing range of it in serious potential harm.

The PNP’s use of LRAD is patterned after “US-style” fascism to suppress the people by whatever means. LRAD was first used to disperse a protest in 2009 during the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where victims sustained permanent hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing of the ears), barotrauma, ear pain, and disorientation when the LRAD was activated without warning.

It is the people’s right to voice out their demands against the anti-people agenda of the United States, China, Russia and other imperialist countries which has transformed the majority of other countries as a source of raw materials and cheap labor, and a market for their surplus products.

This agenda is done through ASEAN, one of the US’ mechanisms that perpetuates the current state of the country’s import-dependent and export-oriented economy. For 50 years, ASEAN has served as a platform for these nations to keep control of their neocolonies, where the member countries enter into multilateral and bilateral agreements on trade and security at the expense of their sovereignty.

At a time when science and technology is being used against us, we will strengthen our collective action and raise our voices against Duterte and Trump’s fascism and militarism. We will continue to struggle for justice and genuine change, and for science that serves the interest of the people.#

For reference:
Dr. Giovanni Tapang
Chairperson, AGHAM - Advocates of Science and Technology for the People
+63921 312 2416