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Duterte admits being a dictator

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH
by Pia Ranada February 09, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime.
AMID fears of looming autocrat rule under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, admitted to imposing a "dictatorial" style of governance.
Duterte said he prefers to act like a "dictator" to be able to sustain the country's progress.
"If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don't act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country," the President said in Visayan.
"That's true. If I don't act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country," he added.

At least 33 killed daily in the Philippines since Duterte assumed office
by Rambo Talabong June 15, 2018

The Philippine National Police records 23,518 homicide cases under investigation (HCUI) since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office almost two years ago, 33 people have been killed daily nationwide.

Bishop slams 'death squads' in 2 overnight Caloocan murders
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2018 - with Video

UPDATED 'We used to call them bonnet gangs. Now we just call them what they really are – death squads,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

Saying police did nothing to pursue the masked killers who "took their sweet time," Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David slammed "death squads" behind two back-to-back murders in Caloocan City on Wednesday evening, July 18.

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Priests, nuns donate P300,000 to kids of murdered mom
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2018
Hospicio de San Jose offers to accept the orphans of slain 27-year-old Jennifer Taburada, who was killed by masked gunmen in Caloocan City.

The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes
by Carlos H. Conde June 17, 2018

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects.

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A dangerous place
by Vergel O. Santos December 23, 2017

The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people.
The international organization Reporters Without Borders has rated the Philippines as the most dangerous place for journalists in Asia and among:

the 5 most dangerous in the world

Archbishop Villegas: Stand up vs 'reign of murder, vulgarity'
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 22, 2018

"Hindi ba sobra na? Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?" Villegas said. (Isn't it too much? Will we not stand up yet? If not now, when?) says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

Religion and our state
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino August 04, 2017

When 'secular state' becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself, that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

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Next on kill list? Mayor Osmeña shrugs off death threats
by Rambo Talabong August 11, 2018 - with Video

'I’m like a security guard – that’s all I am, okay? When there’s a robbery, I have to stay there,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

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Abra town councilor shot dead
August 10, 2018

Lagayan Councilor Isagani Joson is killed inside his house in Sitio Manaois in Poblacion Wednesday night, August 8.

Ex-Batangas town vice mayor hurt in shooting incident
July 14, 2018

An initial police report says former Santo Tomas vice mayor Ferdinand Ramos was on his way home when he was shot by an unidentified suspect.

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Lipa City barangay councilor shot dead
by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta July 14, 2018
The incident happens on the same night as the shooting of ex-vice mayor Ferdinand Ramos of Santo Tomas, Batangas

Barangay chairman shot dead in Misamis Oriental
July 13, 2018

Barangay Danao Chairman Alfredo Zapanta of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, was gunned down by unknown assailants at 5:40 am Friday, according to the spokesperson of Police Regional Office 10.n in Misamis Oriental, is the 7th local official killed in two weeks

Cebu City barangay councilor shot dead near barangay hall
by Rambo Talabong July 10, 2018

Barangay Kalunasan Councilor Roel Mabano is shot dead near their barangay hall in Cebu City

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Ex-barangay captain in Cebu survives ambush attempt
by Eloisa Lopez July 30, 2018
One of the assailants killed is identified as PO3 Eugene Alcain Calumba

Pasay barangay chairman shot dead by riding-in-tandem gunmen
by Rambo Talabong August 09, 2018

Pasay Barangay 28 Chairman Jovie Decena is shot dead while sitting outside the village outpost

 According to the police report, Barangay 28 Chairman Jovie Decena, 47, was just "sitting at the barangay outpost" along Villaruel Street in Pasay City at around 10:30 pm when two unidentified suspects aboard a motorcycle shot him "several times."

4 PH officials killed as Duterte starts 3rd year
by Rambo Talabong July 08, 2018

'Are these deliberate and orchestrated attempts at creating an atmosphere of lawlessness to justify strongman rule?' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan.

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Politics is a 'strong motive' in the killing

Vice Mayor Lubigan killed after revealing plan to run for mayor
by Rambo Talabong July 09, 2018

Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov't
by Jodesz Gavilan July 02, 2018

Rappler tallies at least 2 vice mayors and 8 mayors slain since July 2016

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Cop allegedly behind Tawi-Tawi vice mayor assassination
by Rambo Talabong August 06, 2018
A Lamitan City policeman is suspected to have killed Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali

Tawi-tawi town vice mayor shot dead
by Richard Falcatan July 11, 2018
3. UPDATED Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is killed in Zamboanga City
Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali of the municipality of Sapa-Sapa in Tawi-Tawi province was shot dead Wednesday afternoon, July 11, in Zamboanga City.

Village councilor shot dead in Zamboanga City
by Aika Rey July 07, 2018
Zamboanga City police confirm that Santa Catalina village councilor Michael Magallanes was shot dead around 7:20 am Saturday, July 7

Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan shot dead
by Lian Buan July 07, 2018
3. UPDATE Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan is the 5th vice mayor killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

Mayor Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija killed in an ambush
by Rambo Talabong July 03, 2018 - with Video
4. UPDATE General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote is ambushed on Tuesday, a day after an attack on another mayor, Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas

Tanauan City mayor Halili shot dead during flag ceremony
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018 - with Videos
5th UPDATE Antonio Halili was gunned down before the national anthem ended during Tanauan City's weekly flag raising ceremony

WATCH: Last seconds of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018
Videos catch the final moments of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

CULTURE OF IMPUNITY

WHO ARE MAYORS, VICE MAYORS KILLED UNDER DUTERTE?
By Jodesz Gavilan July 11, 2018

Know who these local executives are, their political affiliations, and possible motives for their killing

Mayors seek dialogue with Duterte after Halili, Bote killings
by Rambo Talabong July 04, 2018 - with Video

'Kung sakali naman po may maling nagawa ang mayor, hindi naman po tama na patayin sila,' says League of Municipalities of the Philippines president Marife Brondial.
By Rappler's count, there have been at least 14 mayors and vice mayors killed under the presidency of Duterte, who was a longtime mayor of Davao City.

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Mayor Halili's daughter urges Duterte: 'Give us justice'
by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta July 07, 2018
'I will not feel helpless. All the more I will fight back,' says Angeline Halili who has vowed to seek justice for her slain father, Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

Lacson: Family of slain Tanauan mayor sees gov’t’s hand in murder
By: Maila Ager July 05, 2018 - with Video

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Police confirm shooting at Cebu Archbishop's Residence
by Rambo Talabong July 10, 2018

7. UPDATED Reports from local news agencies say Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is safe.
Palma is a vocal critic of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Man killed in shootout inside Cebu Archbishop's Residence.
The gunman is identified as Jeffrey Cañedo, who reportedly looked for Archbishop Jose Palma before shooting it out with cops

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Cebu Archbishop Palma calls father of shooting suspect
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 10, 2018
'We enjoin everyone to pray for the soul of the deceased,' says the Archdiocese of Cebu after a shootout killed a gunman at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence

Cebu Archbishop Palma safe, appeals for calm after shootout
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 10, 2018
UPDATED Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma calls on the public 'to refrain from making any speculation' about the shooting incident at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence.

Drenched in God’s blood
June 18, 2018

President Duterte’s persistent attacks against the Catholic Church, even after these killings, leave us with only one thought: that beyond his insensitivity, he is out to silence an institution that has now become his fierce critic.

The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes
by Carlos H. Conde June 17, 2018

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects.

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FACT CHECK: Misleading video on priest in Camarines Sur murder case
June 26, 2018

The blog post uses a November 2016 news report that is unrelated to the murder. Authorities have not yet officially named any suspect in the case nor confirmed there is a video of the crime

Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 17, 2018

Bishops on Sunday, June 17, criticized priests who carry guns for their personal safety, as certain quarters have proposed arming clergymen in the face of recent killings.
'Gun-toting priests? They might want to consider leaving the priesthood and joining the police or the military instead,'
says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

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CBCP head says priests shouldn't carry guns despite killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 25, 2018
Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, says the CBCP gives its 'trust and confidence' to the Philippine National Police

'They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds.'
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 11, 2018

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders call on President Rodrigo Duterte 'to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church,' as they denounce the killing of Father Richmond Nilo.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders of his archdiocese released a strongly worded statement.

"They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary," their statement read.

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We must not keep quiet
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas June 24, 2018
Kill us if they wish but our blood will speak louder than our voices. There is a message that only martyrdom can teach. We will not be threatened.

Malacañang condemns killings of priests
by Pia Ranada June 13, 2018

'We join the Catholic bishops and faithful in condemning the murder of Catholic priests,' says Malacañang but remains mum on calls for President Rodrigo Duterte to tone down verbal insults against the Church that may embolden more attacks.

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PNP arrests 'mastermind' in killing of Fr Richmond Nilo
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018
Manuel Torres allegedly paid P100,000 to self-confessed gunman Omar Mallari to kill Father Richmond Nilo

A prayer interrupted: What we know so far in Father Nilo's killing
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018
Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo is shot dead on June 10, just as he was preparing to say evening Mass. There are now 8 suspects in the killing

Suspect in killing of Fr Nilo released; new suspect identified
by Eloisa Lopez June 29, 2018
Cabanatuan City RTC orders withdrawal of the criminal charges against Adell Milan

'We only want real justice for Fr Richmond Nilo'
by Eloisa Lopez June 22, 2018
Diocese of Cabanatuan Vicar General Noel Jetajobe says: 'It will be a double injustice if we send the wrong guy to jail and fail to get the guilty ones'

PNP got the wrong guy – grandma of accused in Fr Nilo murder
by Eloisa Lopez June 22, 2018
Elena Matias, grandmother of the accused Adell Milan, says the PNP’s facial sketch will show that her grandson does not look like the suspect at all.

CCTV footage shows arrested suspect in Fr Nilo slay far from crime scene
by Eloisa Lopez June 22, 2018 - with Video
The family and lawyer of Adell Milan present CCTV footage showing the primary suspect in the murder of Fr Richmond Nilo in another town less than an hour before the priest is killed.

Finally, outrage and alarm over priests’ killing
By YEN MAKABENTA June 19, 2018

More Catholics outraged by killings of priests
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 18, 2018
'Let us not stop making noise until our cry for justice and truth is heard. Let the killings stop!' says Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco after the recent murder of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo.

How can Filipinos kill priests? By killing God first.
By RICARDO SALUDO June 17, 2018

Suspect in Father Nilo's killing arrested – Nueva Ecija police
June 15, 2018
UPDATED Authorities identify the suspect as Adell Milan.
This is a developing story. Refresh the page for updates. – Rambo Talabong

Third priest killed in the Philippines in 6 months
By Robin Gomes, Vatican News
Fr. Richmond Nilo of Cabanatuan Diocese was gunned down on June 10 as he was about to celebrate Sunday Mass.

Killing priests
By JOJO ROBLES June 14, 2018

Have they started killing Catholic priests?
By FRANCISCO TATAD on June 13, 2018

After priest killings, Duterte again threatens Church leaders
by Pia Ranada June 13, 2018
'Ang problema ng mga buwang na ito, santo lahat. Gobyerno, military, police, puro demonyo na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Catholic leaders urging him to tone down his tirades against the Church.

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Priest shot dead after Sunday Mass in Cagayan
April 29, 2018
UPDATED Father Mark Ventura, 37, is killed by unidentified assailants as he is blessing children and talking to choir members after Sunday Mass in Gattaran, Cagayan

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'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 21, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women.
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David stressed the need to seek justice for slain Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura, even after President Rodrigo Duterte justified the priest's death by claiming he was involved in illicit affairs.

Priest killed in Nueva Ecija
December 05, 2017
UPDATED The incident happened hours after Fr Marcelito Paez assisted in facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan, says rights group Karapatan

Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija
UPDATED June 11, 2018 - with Video
Father Richmond Nilo is the latest member of the clergy killed by unidentified gunmen.

CBCP condemns 'outrageously evil' murder of Fr Richmond Nilo
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 11, 2018
The bishop of slain Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo slams the 'escalating violence and culture of impunity in the country, even against helpless clergymen'

Father Nilo: Nueva Ecija's hardworking defender of the Catholic Church
by Eloisa Lopez June 12, 2018 - with the Video: Parishioners pay their last respects to Fr. Nilo
The gunman who killed Fr Richmond Nilo fired his gun from the window of the chapel while the priest was preparing to say the 5 pm Mass.

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Priests, nuns hold prayer-march amid killings of clergymen

Priests, nuns, and members of the laity conducted a prayer-march to seek justice for the recent killings of clergymen.

Sherrie Ann Torres with the details. – The World Tonight, ANC, June 22, 2018

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Philippines 'deadliest country' in Asia for journalists in 2017
by Jodesz Gavilan December 19, 2017

Reporters Without Borders identified 4 Filipino journalists killed in line with their work in 2017, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte's 'cryptic but alarming comment' against journalists in May 2016 proved to be more than just talk.

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Govt should do more to stop media killings
By The Manila Times July 22, 2018
The killing of Albay broadcaster Joey Llana before dawn on Friday adds to the already long list of media workers killed since the restoration of democracy in 1986. It is the 12th media killing under the Duterte administration and the 185th since the first Aquino administration.

Mindanao journos, Reporters Without Borders condemn killing of Denora
June 08, 2018

RSF says Dennis Denora, publisher of the weekly community newspaper Trends and Times in Panabo City in Davao del Norte, is the 6th journalist murdered during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

PH ranks 5th worst country in unsolved media killings
by Jodesz Gavilan November 01, 2017

While President Rodrigo Duterte created a task force to probe media killings, it has so far failed to hold accountable the people responsible for violence against journalists in the Philippines, the CPJ report says.

Radio announcer shot dead in Albay
by Rhaydz B. Barcia July 20, 2018

8TH UPDATE Joey Llana was on his way to his radio station when he was ambushed

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Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'
by Rhaydz Barcia July 21, 2018
Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

Catanduanes publisher Larry Que slain – colleagues
by Agence France-Presse December 20, 2016

Larry Que, publisher of the local paper Catanduanes News Now, is the first journalist to be killed since Duterte's inauguration on June 30.
The victim had criticized in his column the "negligence" of local officials over an illegal drug factory on the island that was discovered in a police raid three weeks ago, said the union secretary-general Dabet Panelo.

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NUJP condemns killing of Catanduanes newspaper publisher
December 20, 2016 4:52pm
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Tuesday condemned the killing of Catanduanes-based journalist Larry Que, believing it is job-related considering the topic of his last newspaper column.

Maguindanao Massacre, election-related violence and media killings, November 23, 2009

6 updates on Maguindanao massacre's 6th year
by Jodesz Gavilan November 21, 2015
Rappler lists down what happened during the months leading to the 6th year of the worst case of election-related violence and media killings in the Philippines

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7 years later: What happened to the Maguindanao massacre case?
by Katerina Francisco Updated November 23, 2016
UPDATED Will the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines reach its resolution under the Duterte administration?

the slideshow: Dozens of bodies found in mass grave in Amputuan, Maguindanao province

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Senate panel investigates media killings
8 August 2018
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Duterte OKs creation of task force vs media killings
October 13, 2016

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed Administrative Order (AO) 1 creating a presidential task force against media killings, a Palace official said on Thursday.

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Duterte creates presidential task force to probe media killings
by Pia Ranada Pia Ranada October 13, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte signs an administrative order committing that the government will investigate unsolved cases of media killings

President Rodrigo Duterte signed an administrative order (AO) creating the "Presidential Task Force on Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Members of the Media."

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Task force vs media killings
Sep 23, 2016

Presidential Communications Chief Martin Andanar joined Cebu-based media practitioners in a candle-light ceremony at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Grounds in Cebu City on Friday, September 23.

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By Giovanni Nilles Updated July 18, 2016

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HRW urges PH state action vs media killings
by Jodesz Gavilan August 12, 2017
The New York-based human rights organization says that media freedom will remain under threat if those responsible for killings of journalists are not held accountable.

NUJP website downed by 'massive' denial of service attack
January 10, 2017

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls the cyberattacker an enemy 'of press freedom and of free expression'

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NUJP alarmed by threats on journalists
Oct 3, 2016

Two Filipino journalists working for an international news agency have been threatened online after reporting how President Rodrigo Duterte referred to the Nazi Holocaust in vowing to slaughter millions of drug addicts

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PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report
by Jee Y. Geronimo July 13, 2017
At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016, according to environmental monitor Global Witness.

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2016 deadliest year for environment defenders – report
by Jee Y. Geronimo July 13, 2017
At least 200 land and environmental defenders died in 2016, the deadliest year on record according to the latest report by environmental monitor Global Witness

Environmental lawyer murdered in Philippines
by Agence France-Presse February 17, 2017
Her death brings to 112 the number of environmental campaigners murdered in the Philippines over the past 15 years, according to Filipino environment monitor Kalikasan.
A Philippine lawyer who specialized in investigating crimes against the environment has been ambushed and shot dead, police said Friday, February 17.
The murder on Wednesday of Mia Manuelita Mascarinas-Green deepened concerns that the Philippines is one of the world's most dangerous places for environmental campaigners, with more than 100 killed over the past 15 years.

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Lawyer gunned down in front of kids in Tagbilaran
February 16, 2017

Robredo seeks probe: 12 environmental advocates killed under Duterte
by Patty Pasion February 20, 2017
The Vice President cites the records of the non-governmental group Kalikasan, which has recorded the killings of environmental activists in the first 7 months of the current administration.

Robredo seeks probe: 12 environmental advocates killed under Duterte
by Patty Pasion February 20, 2017
The Vice President cites the records of the non-governmental group Kalikasan, which has recorded the killings of environmental activists in the first 7 months of the current administration.
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Manila cop gunned down by unidentified gunman
by Eloisa Lopez July 25, 2018

Manila Police District Spokesperson Carlo Magno Manuel says they are looking into the possibility the cop’s killing was related to his work

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Retired cop on Duterte drug list shot dead
by Mara Cepeda August 05, 2018
Retired Police Superintendent Roberto Palisoc is killed by unidentified gunmen

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