September 21, 2017, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law in the country, became a Day of Protest. Several protests called for an end to tyranny and extrajudicial killings. The normalization of extrajudicial killings linked to the government’s war on drugs has been alarming, to say the least, but shows no signs of abating. Recently, the proposed budget next year for the Commission on Human Rights was slashed down to a mere Php1000, rendering the Commission useless. Now, more than ever, it is vital for people to speak out and express their views about the issues we are facing today. Art can be used as an outlet and platform to speak truth to power. Social Realist stalwarts such as Antipas Delotavo, Jose Tence Ruiz, Pablo Baen Santos, Renato Habulan and others sought to expose the true conditions of society. The new generation of young artists today can hopefully continue what the Social Realists started and carry the torch. Here, we look at artworks that tackle and even critique Philippine society and politics.