The Powerful Message Behind the Spoliarium of 2016

The Spoliarium is the most valuable, iconic oil painting by Juan Luna which features a glimpse of Roman history focused on the gory bloodshed brought by gladiatorial matches. It’s the largest painting in the Philippines with its size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters.

Spoliarium, The Powerful Message Behind the Spoliarium of 2016

Spoliarium is a Latin word which refers to the Roman Colosseum basement where the dying gladiators are dumped in. This historical painting was an entry to the prestigious Exposicion de Bellas Artes in 1884 which eventually got Juan his first gold medal.

Now, countless killings have been done with the vigilante bullshit Duterte pulled on us, where he urged people to “do it themselves” aka to kill alleged drug lords and pushers.

As quoted via CNN:

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun … you have my support,” he [Duterte] told the crowd and television cameras.

The Kill List is growing each and every day since Duterte took on the presidency and it’s not getting any better. Countless killed in police operations, countless killed by unidentified hitmen.

And now, this is the Spoliarium of 2016 everyone is talking about. This is the #CardboardJustice the victims need.

You can see the victims with the drug pusher cardboards being dragged along a street with a police station, cameramen getting shot, and a woman crying.

The woman is possibly the symbol of the victim’s families mourning over a husband, a wife, a mother, a brother, a child. And their family will never get to see them anymore. They are all just suspects in a casket now.

We are all just suspects. #CardboardJustice