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Murder in the cathedral
by Vergel O. Santos January 23, 2017

Why this brazenness, why this air of impunity, why this roguery?


in the album 'Maverick' Duterte

Duterte criticizes Catholic church:
Duterte hits Church: You have no moral ascendancy
Duterte to Church: Help, don't criticize drug war
Both published on Jan 19, 2017
President Duterte criticizes catholic groups, priests during PNP oath taking speech
Published on Jan 20, 2017
Palace seeks dialogue with Church after Duterte
Published on Jan 19, 2017
Malacanang is now seeking a dialogue with Church authorities, days after President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted Catholic officials for criticizing his war on drugs.

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Church in Bulacan runs 27-year-old drug rehab program
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 22, 2017
Despite efforts like this, President Rodrigo Duterte asks Catholic leaders, 'Meron ba kayong isang bahay lang, maski limang kuwarto para rehab?'

Bishop on Duterte tirades: 'Sick doctor still cures others'
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 21, 2017
'Churchmen are not perfect,' Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles admits, but they should 'proclaim what is right and proper' despite their own misdeeds.

Duterte to Church: Help, don't criticize drug war
(with video)
by Pia Ranada January 19, 2017
If the Roman Catholic Church cannot atone for its own sins, President Rodrigo Duterte says its leaders 'have no moral ascendancy to lecture on us all'

Duterte to priests, cardinals: 'Try' shabu to understand drug problem
by Pia Ranada January 18, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte poked fun at parish priests and religious groups who recently criticized his campaign against illegal drugs, suggesting they themselves take shabu (methampethamine) to understand the problem.

Catholics to stage 'Walk for Life' on February 18
incl. the video:
Death cannot solve our problems, bishop says
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 11, 2017

Called a 'grand procession,' the Walk for Life is set at the Quirino Grandstand Parade Ground in Manila.
Catholics will stage a "Walk for Life" on February 18 to oppose drug-related killings, the death penalty, and other measures labeled by the Catholic Church as "anti-life."


Umali on death penalty, Bilibid drug trade and justice Duterte-style
Published January 06, 2017

How will the House's justice committee thrive in the Duterte administration's iron-clad rule? Watch our interview with Umali.

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Umali: Expect ‘compromises’ in death penalty bill after House debates
As he reiterates his support for capital punishment, Representative Reynaldo Umali says Filipinos can only choose between drug-related EJKs and the return of the death penalty.

'Change of heart': Umali supports death penalty due to drug use in PH
'I do support the pro-life stand. But after the Bilibid probe, I had a change of heart,' says Representative Reynaldo Umali on his support for the capital punishment's return in the country.

both by Mara Cepeda January 08, 2017

2016, a year of sorrows and fear
Published December 26, 2016

Fear weakens our reasoning and leads us to cocoons of silence. Rather than take a stand and let our voices be heard, we retreat.
As the light of 2016 fades, we gather our thoughts and look back at a year that gave us sorrows. Never in our contemporary history have we seen these many deaths in so short a time.

Published December 27, 2016

Christmas is for family, even when Papa is in a coffin and Mama disappears

Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco, Research by Rambo Talabong

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Pregnant woman, 6 others killed in suspected drug feud
Published December 29, 2016
There have been at least 4,000 victims of extrajudicial or vigilante-style killings since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on drugs.

Full text of pastoral letter for Christmas Day

Archbishop Villegas on killings and Christmas
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas December 24, 2016

'Christmas comes to us as a feast of beauty, but we are not blind and numb to the ugliness that has come upon us,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas.
Here is the full text of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas' pastoral letter for Christmas Day. Villegas, also president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, denounces the killings of thousands as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a war on drugs.

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Cardinal Tagle on Christmas: Why no hope for those astray?
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 23, 2016
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle asks, 'Why is there room for destroying lives but minute space for saving them?'

Published December 25, 2016
At the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the brutality of extrajudicial killings becomes the image of Christmas.
Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco, Research by Rambo Talabong

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PH to host Congress on Mercy amid killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 03, 2017
The 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy hosted by the Philippines 'will be a healing process for us,' Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos says.


HUMAN RIGHTS DAY - December 10, 2016

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Left's 1st effigy under Duterte depicts fascist monster
by Voltaire Tupaz December 10, 2016
The effigy depicts the 'resurrection and rehabilitation of the Marcoses' and concerns over the rise in extrajudicial killings, Karapatan says.
For the first time since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed power, militant groups will feature, and burn, a monstrous effigy said to embody the "authoritarian tendencies" of the new leader.

Next PH envoy to UN hits death penalty revival, extrajudicial killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 21, 2016
Ambassador-designate Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr criticizes the Duterte administration on the two controversial issues.
Philippine Ambassador-designate to the United Nations Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr said he opposes the death penalty, which Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to revive as part of his war on drugs.
Locsin also said the spate of killings in the Philippines should stop.
MAP: Where did violence in PH erupt in past 6 months?
by Katerina Francisco December 17, 2016
Bomb scares, explosions, public officials killed – a list of the violent incidents that have erupted as of mid-December in the Philippines
Aside from the administration's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs – which has racked up over 6,000 victims – there's been a number of violent incidents in recent months adding to the body count of Filipinos killed.
Epicenters of fatalities in drug war: Metro Manila, Cebu top list
by Ronald U. Mendoza and Miann Banaag December 19, 2016

There are troubling reports that policemen are involved in these killings. The PNP needs to shore up its reputation by more vigorously investigating these allegations

Part 1: Drugs 101: What you need to know about the PH drug situation
Killing people – especially by police and paramilitary forces – has never stopped a drug problem anywhere. Instead, it contributes to a climate of fear, instability, and distrust in law enforcement personnel.
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Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs
A public health approach, rather than a law enforcement one, should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

Both by Vicente S. Salas December 20, 2016


War on drugs also used vs leftists, says NDF lawyer
Published on Jan 3, 2017
The administration's war against illegal drugs is also being used to run after leftists in certain areas, a lawyer for the communists said on Tuesday.
In an interview with ANC's Headstart, senior legal consultant for the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) Rachel Pastores said they have received reports the drug campaign is being used to "even attack who are involved in political activities."
IBP: Duterte's criticism of lawyers defending drug suspects 'dangerous'
Published December 09, 2016

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines says Duterte's statements criticizing lawyers of drug suspects creates a dangerous 'chilling effect'

According to the latest survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS):
Filipinos say drug war 'excellent,' but 78% 'very worried' about EJKs
December 19, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

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Senators: SWS poll proves Filipinos feel scared, unsafe under Duterte
by Camille Elemia December 19, 2016
Both majority and minority senators say it is high time for President Rodrigo Duterte to ensure that the rule of law is followed in the war on drugs.

and the Video:
8 out of 10 Pinoys fear dying in drug war
Published on Dec 19, 2016
Kat Domingo keeps us in the loop on the latest SWS survey on the government's war on drugs.

Lawmakers to Duterte: Reveal your medical status
by Agence France-Presse December 18, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte is urged to disclose a medical bulletin on his health after he admitted that he used to take a highly potent painkiller.
President Rodrigo Duterte's admission that he used a powerful painkiller has prompted concern about his health, with lawmakers urging him Sunday, December 18, to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results.

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Palace: No need for Duterte to disclose health records
December 20, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte has been “very transparent” about his health condition and does not need to undergo a medical examination and disclose the results, Malacañang said Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella assured that the 71-year-old chief executive is “in the pink of health.”

Doctor, doctor, President Duterte is sick!
Published December 19, 2016
It’s time Malacañang release medical bulletins
President Duterte’s recent revelation that he used Fentanyl, a pain killer for cancer patients that is “50 to 100 more times more potent” than morphine, has raised concerns about the state of his mental and physical health.

Amending Juvenile Justice Law
December 13, 2016
When the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte launched Operation Tokhang (“toktok-hangyo”) as part of the “war” against illegal drugs, it ended up being overwhelmed by the number of drug users and alleged drug pushers who surrendered nationwide. It was obvious Tokhang was launched hastily and without much preparation. Months later, the surrenderers remain in limbo.
Draft Senate report on killings: Oplan TokHang unconstitutional
by Camille Elemia Updated December 07, 2016
Oplan TokHang violates people's constitutional rights.
This was one of the findings of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, which conducted a probe into the spate of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.
(In Oplan TokHang, there is violation of people's constitutional rights. They need to have lawyers, and they should be taught their constitutional rights against self-incrimination and their rights against rogue policemen.)

"TokHang" is a contraction of the Visayan words "toktok" (knock) and "hangyo" (request)

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'Tokhang' unconstitutional? Dela Rosa unfazed
by Bea Cupin December 08, 2016
The PNP chief says he doesn't want illegal drugs to flourish once again

Senate panels to Duterte: Follow the law
by Camille Elemia December 08, 2016
In a report, two Senate committees say there is not enough evidence to link President Rodrigo Duterte to extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs.

Duterte on killings: Do you think I enjoy that?
Published December 11, 2016
'I do not allow extrajudicial killings ... We do not do that. It's a dirty job,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Tarlac City

Bishop hits PNP, says Oplan TokHang 'a bringer of death'
by Paterno Esmaquel II January 18, 2017

'What kind of police force do we have that cannot catch the killers of 4,000 people?' asks Bishop Teodoro Bacani at the Congress on Mercy.

Cardinal Tagle: 'I will not give up on criminals'
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 14, 2016
'Tao 'yan, buhay 'yan! May pag-asa 'yan,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says of drug addicts and others 'drawn into vices'
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle made an impassioned appeal for criminals, including drug addicts, as he denounced the death penalty being pushed by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies in Congress.

A 'scholar ng bayan' speaks out ​on summary executions
Published December 09, 2016
MovePH's Voltaire Tupaz talks to fourth year University of the Philippines student Adrienne Onday and asks her about her views on the war on drugs, her fears as an ordinary citizen on the streets and her hopes for her country and her people.
Adrienne Onday hung a cardboard sign around her that said "We could all be drug pusher."

Look also the article HERE


Rodrigo Duterte said, Let there be blood, and there was blood
Dec 15, 2016
Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco
Design by Dominic Go, Video editing by Paolo Villaluna

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Number of stray bullet victims rise as war on drugs continue
Published on Dec 23, 2016

TJ Manotoc keeps us in the loop on the rising number of stray bullet victims as the government's war on drugs continue.

Good riddance, 2016!
by Marites Dañguilan Vitug December 02, 2016
6 reasons to look forward to the end of the year.
Like others, I can’t wait to say goodbye to 2016. Many awful things have happened and these are bearing down hard on our democratic values, striking at our long-held foundations, and even on our private spaces, our equanimity.
Our national conversation has crackled with threats and profanities, led by the angry voice of President Rodrigo Duterte. The polarization is so palpable on social media, where reason has given way to vitriolic emotions and lies have disguised as facts.
The saddest and most worrying thought, however, is that all these may continue into the new year. It’s up to us, to a vigilant public, to arrest the erosion of our democracy in this post-truth age.
PNP and the Duterte effect
Published December 05, 2016

President Duterte is weakening the PNP as a law enforcement institution!


‘Bato,’ dokumentaryo ni Jay Taruc
Published on Jul 11, 2016 - Aired: July 9, 2016
This episode entitled ‘Bato’ features ‘PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa and his fight against drugs and criminality.’

Nakasalalay kay bagong PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa ang magiging tagumpay ng bagong administrasyong Duterte sa giyera nito na wakasan o kaya ay baguhin nang husto ang kriminalidad at droga sa bansa sa loob ng tatlo hanggang anim na buwan. Layunin din ng bagong PNP Chief na linisin ang hanay ng mga kapulisan at baguhin ang imahe sa publiko ng mga pulis.
Samahan si Jay Taruc sa kanyang buong araw na pagsama kay Gen. Bato Dela Rosa, alamin din ang mga pinagsamahan nila ni bagong Presidente Rodrigo Duterte at ang kwento mula sa mga taong nakatrabaho at nakasalamuha ang bagong PNP Chief.

Lawmaker: Declare Nov 23 nat’l commemoration day for EJK victims
by Mara Cepeda November 23, 2016
If passed into law, HB 4502 will direct DepEd, CHED, and PCOO to organize 'consciousness-raising' activities on the freedom of the press and the elimination of all forms of violence or impunity.
CHR in 2016: 'We are not enemies of the fight against drugs'
by Jodesz Gavilan December 03, 2016
The Commission on Human Rights hopes that law enforcers, especially the Philippine National Police, will cooperate more as the country faces an unprecedented number of drug-related killings.
Grief in a time of terror
October 31, 2016

Tears mingle with fear and rage. But one thing we’re sure of: these killings must come to an end.
Tears, rather than words, come to us as we remember the dead, those killed in President Duterte’s war on drugs and those slain as a result of this environment of murder. A horrific war gone rogue. And among some of us, a tacit acceptance of this situation.

IMPORTANT to look:
Published Nov 2, 2016
Updated November 03, 2016
On the eve of the day of the dead, five people were executed by men who decided they did not deserve to live.
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Welcome to Manila, where torture is a joke, and murder is a hashtag.
December 01, 2016 Text by Patricia Evangelista Photos by Carlo Gabuco
The policeman was sure there was at least one body – the naked curve of the back and the denim waistband showed just under the black garbage bag fluttering in the breeze. What might have been another body was curled on the sidewalk, fully swaddled in black plastic. The head was bound tight with a crosshatch of packing tape – what looked, from afar, like a head in a goalie's helmet.
‘Noble cause’ police corruption: When good cops turn bad
by Raymund Narag November 16, 2016
Are we going to tolerate noble cause police corruption? It makes the criminal in all of us.
But is noble cause police corruption the answer? Will killing all drug addicts, criminals, and the corrupt, improve trust to the criminal justice system? Will it lead to a crime-free Philippines?
Editorial: Canceling the surrender option
November 07, 2016

The killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and inmate Raul Yap by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Eastern Visayas in the sub-provincial jail located in Baybay City, Leyte is the second violent incident that happened inside a detention center in the country in less than two months. The first was in late September in the New Bilibid Prison.


At least 12 people were killed between dusk and dawn one Monday in October.
Published October 21, 2016 Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco

Caught in the middle of the drug war
by Alecs Ongcal October 30, 2016

One is expected to surrender, otherwise feel unsafe. Yet if one does surrender, there is no assurance of safety even though a surrenderer is living a clean life.


‘Tiis Piitan,’ dokumentaryo ni Jay Taruc (full episode)
Published on Aug 16, 2016
Aired: August 13, 2016
This video entitled ‘Tiis Piitan’ features ‘the overcrowded prison in Quezon City.’
Sa pinaigting na kampanya ni Pangulong Duterte kontra droga, tulad ng Oplan Lambat Sibat, isa sa nakaramdam ng epekto nito ay ang mga kulungan sa bansa.
House panel wants to reimpose death penalty for drug cases
by Mara Cepeda October 18, 2016

The House justice committee wants to put the BuCor and the BJMP under a single department for the 'rationalization' of the jail management system

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Death squads: An incomplete history
by Vicente Rafael October 27, 2016

Rooted in colonial history, their growth was spurred during the periods of transition when state power was up for grabs.
What is the history of death squads in the Philippines? Insofar as they usually enjoy the support and protection of the military, police, local and national officials, what role do they play in the formation of the state and the projection of its power?

Duterte: I personally killed drug suspects
By: Marlon Ramos Philippine Daily Inquirer December 14, 2016
Just hours after declaring he was “not a killer,” President Duterte told a group of business leaders on Monday night that he “personally” killed drug suspects when he was mayor of Davao City.

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Conflicting tales? Trillanes says Duterte told him different story on killings
Published on Dec 17, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte’s story of how he killed suspected criminals when he was still mayor of Davao City is a different tale from what Senator Antonio Trillanes IV claims Duterte told him.

and the articles:

Duterte kills 3 – so what?
by Vergel O. Santos December 23, 2016
Whether he has killed 3 or 3 million or 4, it doesn’t matter for now, his lawyers say: he is beyond the reach of the law while he’s president.

UN rights chief urges Philippines to probe president for murder
by Agence France-Presse December 20, 2016
'The killings committed by Mr. Duterte, by his own admission, at a time when he was a mayor, clearly constitute murder,' UN rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says. Look also HERE

Probe Duterte on killings, UN rights chief says
December 20, 2016

De Lima to int'l community: Duterte is a 'self-confessed serial killer'
by Camille Elemia December 19, 2016
'In May of this year, 16 million Filipinos elected a self-confessed serial killer as President,' says Senator Leila de Lima in Berlin, Germany.

Duterte should be impeached after declaring he killed suspects
December 18, 2016 By Keith A. Calayag
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said Sunday that President Rodrigo Duterte's admission that he killed criminals when he was mayor of Davao City mayor could be grounds for impeachment.

Duterte says he 'maybe' killed a man at 17
Published December 18, 2016
The would-be president reveals this in an interview with Esquire magazine in 2015, before he declared his candidacy.

Duterte to Robredo: ‘I’ll resign if you’ll prove I order killings’
President Rodrigo Duterte challenged Saturday Vice President Leni Robredo to prove that he is behind the killings of suspected drug personalities in the country

Duterte: ‘I killed to protect people’
Following his admission of killings criminals, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said that he was merely forced to kill them to “protect people.”

both above links December 17, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

Duterte admits to personally killing during 1989 Davao hostage crisis (with video)
by Pia Ranada December 16, 2016
President Duterte, in an interview with reporters, says the time he killed criminals personally was during the 1989 hostage-taking in Davao, a story he has told before in public.

Duterte didn't say he 'personally killed'
by Pia Ranada December 15, 2016
The President's spokesman Andanar advises media and the public not to take Duterte's statements 'literally'

Philippines President Duterte should be impeached for 'mass murder': critic
By James Griffiths, CNN Updated December 16, 2016
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte should be impeached after he admitted to personally killing drug suspects, one of his top critics told CNN.
On Monday, Duterte said that when mayor of the southern city of Davao, he would patrol the streets "looking for an encounter so I could kill."
Duterte killing of suspects not illegal
by Camille Elemia December 14, 2016
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says killing criminal suspects 'could be done in a justifiable cause, circumstances'.

After another statement from President Rodrigo Duterte that he personally killed drug suspects, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II defended his boss anew, saying he did not violate the law.

UN committee to Philippines: Stop extrajudicial killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 12, 2016
The UN panel also says declarations by top officials 'may be seen to encourage and legitimize violence against drug users, including extrajudicial killings' A United Nations (UN) committee urged the Philippines to stop extrajudicial killings in the country, and warned that declarations by high-ranking officials could "legitimize" violence against drug users.
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Duterte behind summary killings in PH, Trillanes insists
Published Nov 2, 2016
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV insisted on Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte was behind the alleged extrajudicial killings in the country, otherwise, he said the President would have ordered the police to end them. Video and editing by Noy Morcoso
Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco
Published August 22, 2016 - Updated November 04, 2016
Ask them if they are afraid, and they will hesitate, and then they will say no. It is not dangerous, said a young tricycle driver who knew Jerome. You will be safe, for as long as you behave.
Profiles of a drug war: An executor and a victim
Text by Patricia Evangelista, Photos by Carlo Gabuco Published October 10, 2016
Patricia Evangelista tells the story of police superintendent Robert Domingo who led operations that killed notorious drug dealer Crocodile. She also tells the story of scholar Jeffrey Bunuan, who happened to be sleeping in the wrong house the night policemen raided a house in Sta Ana. The irony was that Jeffrey was focused on the single dream of becoming a policeman.
PH can’t win war on drugs with guns alone
by Senator Risa Hontiveros October 11, 2016

As a health advocate, it pains me that our government misses the complexity of the drug problem

Propaganda war: Weaponizing the internet
by Maria A. Ressa October 03, 2016

In the Philippines, paid trolls, fallacious reasoning, leaps in logic, poisoning the well – these are only some of the propaganda techniques that have helped shift public opinion on key issues.


Day 100: Duterte’s war on drugs
Published October 08, 2016

The death toll of the war on drugs continues to rise as President Rodrigo Duterte enters his 100th day in office

More than 700,000 drug personalities surrendered.
More than 3,600 people killed in drug-related police operations and extrajudicial killings.
The war on drugs continues.

A hundred days of bluster and anger
Published October 03, 2016
These have been the most exhausting and saddest first 100 days of any Philippine president since democracy's rebirth in 1986
President Rodrigo Duterte marks his 100th day in office on October 7, and truth to tell, they seem like a lifetime to many Filipinos.
A lifetime to Joseph Escaño, whose 5-year-old daughter Danica was shot dead

Isandaang araw ng angas at poot
Published October 04, 2016
Ito na ang pinakanakakapagod at nakakalungkot na unang 100 araw ng isang pangulo simula nang mabawi natin ang demokrasya noong 1986


SWS: Many Filipinos do not want drug suspects killed
Published on Oct 7, 2016

A Social Weather Stations survey reveals many Filipinos are satisfied with the government's anti-drug campaign. But the same survey reveals majority of respondents do not want drug suspects killed

US stops sale of assault rifles to PNP – report
Reuters says the US State Department stopped the sale of more than 26,000 assault rifles after a senator expresses concern over supposed human rights violations in the country.

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Dela Rosa wants DFA help after U.S. halts rifles sale
'Makakaapekto nga in the sense na yung ating firepower capability, nababawasan," says the PNP chief

Both above by Bea Cupin November 01, 2016

Duterte downplays halted rifle sale with US
November 02, 2016 by Ruth Abbey Gita

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China offers Philippines weapons for drug war
by Agence France-Presse December 13, 2016
Ambassador Zhao Jianhua confirms China is ready to supply the Philippines with weapons. 'We're exploring the possibilities of providing arms, light arms,' Zhao tells reporters.

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Duterte: 'Free' weapons from China now available
December 11, 2016
Unlike before, Duterte said the Philippines does not need to beg now for weapons from other countries because China is now willing to give them. He said the acquisition of weapons from Beijing would be payable in 25 years, which he considered as "practically giving" to the Philippines "free."


In the album 'Maverick' Duterte

Duterte has a duty to act like a statesman

says Senator Richard Gordon

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Why Duterte needs to act like a diplomat
by Paterno Esmaquel II October 08, 2016
Based on Philippine laws, President Rodrigo Duterte is the country's chief diplomat, whether he likes it or not

Gordon says 'noisy' Duterte 'falling on his own sword'
by Camille Elemia October 03, 2016

'Maingay ang Pangulo, sobrang ingay ng Pangulo'

French paper banners Duterte as ‘serial killer president’
By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales October 09, 2016

A French newspaper has tagged President Rodrigo Duterte as a “serial killer president” amid a piling body count in the administration’s bloody war on drugs.
Duterte landed on the front page of France’s “The Liberation” daily, which featured the Philippine government’s relentless antidrug drive in its four-page story.

‘President no serial killer, psychopath’
By: Christine O. Avendaño October 10, 2016
Malacañang on Sunday came to the defense of President Duterte who was branded as a “serial killer president” and a “psychopath” by a foreign newspaper and a local entertainment personality, respectively.

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Laws - Etc.

IMPORTANT look also Foreign Policy - etc.  - The Philippines (Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte) vs US - UN & EU

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The Constitution of the Philippines - Saligang Batas ng Pilipinas

popularly known as the 1987 Constitution, is the constitution or the supreme law of the Republic of the Philippines. It was enacted in 1987, during the administration of President Corazon C. Aquino.

Proclamation No. 55, s. 2016
Signed September 4, 2016


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Memorandum Order No. 3, s. 2016
Signed September 7, 2016

Memorandum Order No. 4, s. 2016

State of nat'l emergency: More police, military in malls, train stations
by Pia Ranada Published September 06, 2016
The Palace releases guidelines for implementing President Duterte's declaration of 'state of national emergency on account of lawless violence'

De Lima: Palace guidelines on state of nat'l emergency 'prone to abuse'
by Camille Elemia Published September 08, 2016
Senator Leila De Lima – deemed the fiercest critic of President Duterte – expects the declaration to be questioned before the Supreme Court

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What’s a ‘state of lawlessness’?
Updated September 03, 2016
(UPDATED) Expect to see more soldiers, policemen, and checkpoints in key areas. Curfews can be imposed as the need arises.
The Videos

Duterte declares state of lawlessness - Ambush Interview - Davao City 9-3-2016
Published 3 Sep 2016

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these Videos in the album "‘State of lawlessness’ - 'State of national emergency', Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution"

What’s a ‘state of lawlessness’, Section 18, Article VII of the Constitution

State of lawlessness meant to keep things 'under control'

Mga limitasyon ng 'state of lawlessness'

'State of national emergency', nilagdaan ni Duterte

Dokumento sa deklarasyon ng State of National Emergency, inilabas ng Malacañang

Palace directives on 'State of national emergency'

and the articles:

State of lawlessness: Prelude to Martial Law?
by HOMOBONO A. ADAZA September 8, 2016

Prelude to Martial Law
December 06, 2016 by Ver F. Pacete

Diokno to Duterte: Why the continued state of nat'l emergency?
by Jodesz Gavilan October 22, 2016
Jose Manuel Diokno, dean of the De La Salle University College of Law, also says the involvement of the military in the war on drugs is questionable, with or without a state of national emergency

Congressmen justify drug war extension
by Mara Cepeda Published September 19, 2016
Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Barbers, chairman of the committee on dangerous drugs, says the campaign against illegal drugs 'should not be time-bound'

Duterte seeks 6-month extension on drug war deadline
Published September 18, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday, September 18, asked for a 6-month "extension" on his self-imposed deadline to end illegal drugs in 3 to 6 months.
Duterte said he has a final list that is about 3 inches thick, bearing the names of alleged drug personalities that include public officials. He said he had no idea of the extent of the drug problem until he became Chief Executive.

Dela Rosa thankful for 'war on drugs' extension
by Bea Cupin Published September 18, 2016
The PNP chief says he did not even discuss the idea of an extension with President Rodrigo Duterte but reckons the Chief Executive has seen that police are 'having a hard time'

Duterte signs state of nat'l emergency proclamation
Updated September 05, 2016
(UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring a "state of national emergency on account of lawless violence," confirmed Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to media on Monday, September 5. Look also HERE

How 'state of lawlessness' was miscommunicated
by Pia Ranada Published September 04, 2016
The conflicting statements about the ‘state of lawlessness’ declared by the President leave the public in a state of confusion. Who's responsible?

Palace justifies Duterte’s declaration of ‘state of lawlessness’
Published September 03, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

State of lawlessness meant to keep things 'under control'
by Michael Bueza Published September 03, 2016
San Beda Graduate School of Law Dean Fr Ranhilio Aquino says that President Duterte's declaration of a state of lawlessness 'does not in any way entail the curtailment of any of our freedoms and liberties'

Duterte declares state of lawlessness
Updated September 03, 2016
(5TH UPDATE) The declaration is to ensure "coordinated efforts" between the police and the military in the government's fight against terrorism and illegal drugs, the President says

Government clarifies state of lawlessness order
Published September 03, 2016

Duterte declares 'state of lawless violence,' hikes military, police presence
Updated September 3, 2016

Making sense of Duterte's declaration of state of lawlessness
by Tony La Viña Published September 03, 2016
For now, Duterte's declaration does not appear to lead us to a slippery slope. But we must be vigilant.

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  Philippine habeas corpus cases - Article III

By: Cherry Apple M. Delaminez

are cases decided by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, concerning the writ of habeas corpus.
The writ of habeas corpus may be suspended in order to prevent any violence in cases of rebellion or insurrection, as the case may be. In Philippine jurisdiction, the present 1987 Philippine Constitution, Article III, Section 15 provides that “The privilege of the writ of habeas corpus shall not be suspended except in cases of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it.

Look it as pdf HERE or as Slideshow in the album with the Videos Published Sep 8, 2016:

De Lima vs suspension of habeas corpus: We already have 'creeping martial law, authoritarianism'

Gordon wants Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus

Suspensyon ng habeas corpus, iminungkahi ni Gordon

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Duterte to Congress: Suspending habeas corpus a ‘passing thought’
by Camille Elemia November 15, 2016
'He was only thinking out loud, na ano ba 'yung mga weapons, ammunition, methods available to him,' Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III recalls the President telling lawmakers while discussing his war on drugs at a Palace meeting.

Duterte: Leaders need to do 'wrong' to protect people
by Pia Ranada November 14, 2016
President Duterte, after his warning to suspend the writ of habeas corpus, says, 'Either we do something to protect society or do something sometimes wrong to protect society'

Dela Rosa: Suspending habeas corpus makes job 'easier'
by Bea Cupin November 14, 2016
The PNP chief assures the public that even if the writ of habeas corpus is suspended, they will remain 'here to serve and protect.

LP senators: 'No basis' to suspend writ of habeas corpus
by Bea Cupin November 13, 2016
'The drug menace is not a ground to suspend the privilege of the writ,' say the 4 Liberal Party senators in a joint statement

Suspending habeas corpus to harm PNP, drug war - Lacson
by Mara Cepeda November 13, 2016
Malacañang, meanwhile, says the suspension of the writ 'is just an idea' so far.

Duterte to suspend writ of habeas corpus if 'forced'
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 12, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte says the law allows him to do this 'to protect the Republic of the Philippines'
President Rodrigo Duterte warned that he can suspend the writ of habeas corpus, a safeguard against warrantless arrests, if lawlessness – particularly the illegal drugs trade – persists in the country.

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Understanding the writ of habeas corpus
November 16, 2016 by Nicko Tubo

Last November 11, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might suspend the writ of habeas corpus to strengthen the war on drugs and supress lawlessness in Mindanao.
But what is writ of habeas corpus?


Robredo: Duterte has no legal basis to suspend habeas corpus

President Rodrigo Duterte's threat to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus has caused concern among ordinary citizens and public officials alike. Palace officials have quickly defended the president on his latest remarks, saying the possible suspension is an option accorded by law when conditions call for it. – ANC, The World Tonight, November 14, 2016

Proposal to suspend habeas corpus writ alarms senators
November 14, 2016 by Camille P. Balagt​as
Several senators expressed their disagreement on President Rodrigo Duterte’s idea to suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus as a response to the country's "worsening" drug problem and lawlessness.

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Lawmakers hit Duterte's 'twisted, Marcosian' logic
by Mara Cepeda November 15, 2016
Congressmen from the independent minority bloc of the House cite the 'dangers' of President Rodrigo Duterte's unclear thought process.

Duterte: Give president sole power to declare martial law
by Jun A. Malig December 23, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to amend in the Constitution another 'reckless reaction' to the Marcos regime – the term limits on local officials.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, December 22, said he wants the Constitution amended to make it less difficult for any president to declare martial, saying the current safeguards were mere “reckless reaction” to what Filipinos experienced during Martial Law.
He also said there is also a need to review the current term limit on local officials, where a maximum of 3 consecutive 3-year terms is allowed.

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Duterte: Martial law futile, will 'burden' the innocent
by Pia Ranada December 30, 2016
'Okay na ako sa state of lawlessness,' President Rodrigo Duterte says in an interview with Rappler's Maria Ressa.
Martial law is futile and will only "burden" the innocent, President Rodrigo Duterte said, as he dispelled fears that recent bombings in Cotabato and Leyte will persuade him to impose military rule.

Threat of martial law 'worst Christmas gift'
Published December 23, 2016
The Vice President asks Filipinos to 'remain vigilant against the threat of martial law,' calling President Duterte's challenge to the Constitution 'appealing'

Duterte 'admitted complicity' in Davao killings – WikiLeaks
by Paterno Esmaquel II Published September 25, 2016

This is based on a confidential cable by US ambassador Kristie Kenney, quoting statements from then CHR regional director Alberto Sipaco Jr.

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US Government: “Duterte is clearly behind the Davao Death Squad”

Duterte to revive Philippine Constabulary
by Pia Ranada Published September 20, 2016
The President says he needs more law enforcers to fight urban terrorism

"I will return the Philippine Constabulary under the 4 commands – army tapos Philippine Constabulary kasi kailangan ko ng tao sa urban terrorism like the SAF (Special Action Forces)," said Duterte

Philippine Constabulary - PC was a gendarmerie-type police force of the Philippines from 1901 to 1991.
On January 29, 1991, it was merged with the Integrated National Police to form the Philippine National Police.

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Lorenzana: 'Let's see if we need to revive Philippine Constabulary'
by Carmela Fonbuen Published September 27, 2016
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he has no idea how President Rodrigo Duterte plans to revive the Philippine Constabulary

Dela Rosa favors return of Philippine Constabulary
by Bea Cupin Published September 26, 2016
Ronald dela Rosa, the chief of the civilian Philippine National Police, says splitting the national force into 'federal' and 'local' cops will result in checks and balances – an important feature in the context of the 'war on drugs'

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House committee drops use of 'extrajudicial killings' in probes, reports
Published September 18, 2016

The House committee on public order and safety has approved a motion to use 'deaths under investigation' – instead of extrajudicial killings – in future hearings, investigations, and reports

PNP says most murder victims are drug personalities, not innocents
by Bea Cupin December 27, 2016

The PNP says that while all murder or homicide cases deserve investigation, people should see the difference between innocents killed and drug suspects killed.

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'Mismatched' PNP data seen on war on drugs
Published on Dec 27, 2016


Police Checkpoints 101: How checkpoints work
Published Sep 16, 2016

We visited a checkpoint in Taguig City to see how checkpoints work and what citizens should and shouldn’t see in checkpoints

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10 things to remember at PNP checkpoints
Posted by ABS-CBN News at Sep 06 2016
Look - download the poster as pdf HERE

Duterte orders dismantling of 'nuisance' police, military checkpoints nationwide
October 29, 2016 by Keith A. Calayag
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered Saturday, October 29, the dismantling of all the "nuisance" police and military checkpoints all over the country.

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Duterte orders 'unnecessary' checkpoints nationwide dismantled
Published October 29, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte says checkpoints should be retained in areas where there is a probability or reliable information that wanted suspects are passing through

Lacson to Duterte: 'Reconsider order vs police checkpoints'
October 30, 2016 by Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo
Senator Panfilo Lacson urged on Sunday President Rodrigo Duterte to let the Philippine National Police (PNP) maintain the conduct of police checkpoints, which is part of the its anti-criminality campaign.
He said police checkpoints should be retained and enhanced through time.

Dela Rosa: Mobile checkpoints to replace fixed ones
by Bea Cupin October 31, 2016
The chief of the PNP says the mobile checkpoints will be random and short-lived


Duterte wants war on crime, drugs extended for 6 more months
Published Sep 18, 2016

“Give me another six months.”
President Duterte on Sunday admitted that he could not stop crime and illegal drugs in three to six months.

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Duterte not happy, gives his drug war '5 out of 10' rating
by Pia Ranada Published September 23, 2016
'I will have the command conference with the police, just a reminder for them also that I’m not happy with what has happened,' the President says

Gordon wants emergency powers for Duterte, suspension of habeas corpus
by Camille Elemia Updated September 08, 2016

(UPDATED) The idea does not sit well with senators Franklin Drilon and Leila De Lima, with De Lima saying it would be similar to 'creeping martial law, authoritarianism'

EXPLAINER: Office of the President's confidential, intel funds
by Michael Bueza Published September 18, 2016
With the Duterte administration's ongoing war against illegal drugs, how will these funds come into play?
The allotment for confidential and intelligence funds increased by 400%, from only P250 million ($5.2 million) in 2016 to a proposed P1.25 billion ($26.1 million) for 2017.

In the album 'Maverick' Duterte

Of profanity and public trust: Why Duterte remains popular
Published Sep 19, 2016

While the president's prevalent use of colorful language has earned him flak from local and international communities, it's the same strategy that endeared him to the poor.

High-profile inmate killed, 4 hurt in Bilibid 'riot'

(UPDATED) High-profile convict Tony Co is killed in a stabbing incident that led to a 'riot' at the national state penitentiary, says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

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House probe on Bilibid to push through with or without Sebastian
House committee on justice chairperson Reynaldo Umali says high-profile Bilibid inmate Jaybee Sebastian is 'not the be-all and end-all' of the investigation

both by Bea Cupin Published September 28, 2016

Bucor reveals 3 versions of Bilibid stabbing incident
Published September 28, 2016 By Keith Calayag
The Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) is looking into three versions of the stabbing incident in the New Bilibid Prison's building 14 that resulted in the death of one Chinese crime lord and injury to four others.

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Alvarez on Bilibid riot: 'Forces' out to derail House probe

'After all these years, why are they only killing each other inside just now? The intended resource persons of the committee on justice were targeted,' says Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez
There are forces who don't want Jaybee Sebastian to testify and we'll look for the motive, for the person who may not want the truth to come out," said Alvarez.

Look also Alvarez: OK to show De Lima's alleged sex tape in House probe
(UPDATED) Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez claims this is not to shame Senator Leila de Lima but only to 'reveal' her alleged relationship with her former driver, Ronnie Dayan

both by Mara Cepeda Published September 28, 2016

No to slut-shaming in Philippine Congress
by Rappler Social Media Team Published September 30, 2016
'Every woman should be concerned when something like that is used to shame women' Look also Slut-Shaming

Robredo: Showing sex videos is against the law
Thursday, September 29, 2016 By PS Jun M. Sarmiento
Vice President Leni Robredo said the decision of the House of Representatives to show a supposed sex video of Senator Leila de Lima and her alleged lover is a clear violation of the penal law.

Senators: Showing of De Lima's alleged sex video in probe 'reckless, foul'
Published September 28, 2016 By Camille P. Balagtas
A number of senators opposed the plan of the House of Representatives to show the alleged sex video of Senator Leila de Lima on its inquiry into the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

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Pimentel on House plan to show De Lima video: Be ready to pay 'political price' of 'reckless' acts
Published Sep 28, 2016

Informations from the international society, independent organisations and persons, etc.

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Human Rights

Foreign Policy - etc. - Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte vs US - UN & EU

and below Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, "The NEW Hitler"?

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Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings
Published on Jan 18, 2017

The Catholic church, one of the Philippines' oldest and most powerful institutions, speaks out against the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's war against drugs, which has claimed about 6,000 thousand lives.

UN human rights experts urge PH to stop drug-related killings
Published August 18, 2016
Two United Nations special rapporteurs call for drug trafficking offenses to be 'judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets'

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Duterte to police, military: Kill innocents, I'll shoot you
by Pia Ranada December 12, 2016
'I am not a killer. I do not relish or enjoy a Filipino sprawled there with all the blood and gore,' says the President days after activists condemned what they call his worsening human rights record.

Duterte 'normalized act of extrajudicial killing'
by Jee Y. Geronimo January 06, 2017

International watchdog Front Line Defenders also calls out the President for threatening to kill human rights defenders who criticize his campaign against illegal drugs.

Christian churches: 'Stop the killings, Mr President!'
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 13, 2016
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines asks why 'he who expressed disdain over Filipinos killing fellow Filipinos would now tolerate impunity'
The National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP) joined the call for President Rodrigo Duterte to stop the killings under his watch, as more than 5,900 people have died in Duterte's war on drugs.
The NCCP also denounced the death penalty, which Duterte has vowed to restore through his allies in Congress.
OFWs in peril of 'drug war' killings – Human Rights Watch
by Phelim Kine October 13, 2016
'Unless the Duterte government rethinks its abusive war on drugs, Filipinos living outside the Philippines won't be much safer than those living in the country'
This is a press release from Human Rights Watch.
UN committee examines human rights in Philippines
by Paterno Esmaquel II Published 10:37 AM, September 30, 2016

Recent extrajudicial killings in the Philippines 'seemed to target the poorest populations,' UN human rights experts say.
A United Nations (UN) committee on Thursday evening, September 29, concluded its two-day review of human rights in the Philippines, with topics ranging from indigenous peoples to the recent extrajudicial killings in the country.


‘Body Collector,’ dokumentaryo ni Cesar Apolinario (full episode)
Published on Nov 13, 2016 - Aired: November 12, 2016

This video entitled ‘Body Collector’ features ‘the issue of Extra Judicial Killings.’

Photo used by Duterte camp to hit critics taken in Brazil,


by Camille Elemia Published August 29, 2016

Critics accuse the President's supporters of misleading the public for posting a photo of a 9-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Brazil in 2014
Supporters of the administration have also spread the photo online, with other netizens sharing it as well. It turns out, however, that the photo was not even taken in the Philippines.

This is not the first time fake items and news headlines have spread online, purportedly favoring the President.

San Francisco police cut ties with PNP over drug war
by Ryan Macasero October 26, 2016

The police department terminates its 16-year-old exchange program with the Philippine National Police over 'concerns of allegations of civil rights violations'

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Dela Rosa on PNP, US ties: ‘As is’
The chief of the PNP says nothing has changed in the relationship of the PNP with US law enforcement agencies

Dela Rosa downplays San Francisco police's cutting of ties
‘Not so much,’ says the PNP chief when asked about the impact of the San Francisco Police Department’s decision to end a long-running training program

both by Bea Cupin October 27, 2016


Why Duterte's war on drugs drew flak
Published Oct 3, 2016

The Duterte administration marks its first 100 days by October 7. In that span of time, President Rodrigo Duterte has grabbed headlines in the Philippines and worldwide because of his controversial war on drugs

Data in the drug war: Why accurate numbers matter
by Jodesz Gavilan November 04, 2016

Duterte claims there are 3 to 4 million drug addicts in the Philippines but data from the Dangerous Drugs Board show there are only 1.8 million current drug users. How will this affect the war on drugs?

Policy on drugs must be based on facts
Published September 26, 2016

Despite recent official data of 1.8 million drug users, President Duterte hikes it to ‘4 million addicts.
On September 19, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) released its most recent nationwide survey on drug abuse in the Philippines showing 1.8 million current users of illicit drugs or 1.8% of our 101 million population.
DDB is a policy-making body under the Office of the President and is the repository of official data on illegal drugs.

Sweden voices concern over killings in Philippines
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 17, 2016

'We trust that the Philippine government is investigating these killings,' Swedish Ambassador-designate Harald Fries says

Legazpi bishop, flock on killings: Have we become heartless?
by Paterno Esmaquel II December 03, 2016
'We are sadly witnessing a growing callousness among our people,' Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon and his flock say in a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte.
Baylon and the priests, nuns and brothers, and lay leaders of the Diocese of Legazpi also called on Duterte to stop and investigate these killings.
Wake up, my people! Wake up!
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas Published September 03, 2016
'There is no peace for cowards. The next life to be snuffed could be yours.'

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas issued a pastoral message on the recent killings in the Philippines. Villegas ordered all priests in the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan to read this message in full on Sunday, September 4, in place of their regular homilies.
Here is the full text of Villegas' pastoral message.

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Church leaders express concerns over killings
Published on Oct 10, 2016
Some leaders of the Catholic Church have expressed their concerns over the rising death toll in the government's war on drugs

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Duterte curses bishops, priests who criticize drug war
by Pia Ranada October 10, 2016
'Mga pare, putangina, bwisit. Mga pa-moral, moral,' says President Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte resumed his word war with the Catholic Church and its leaders, calling some of them "sons of bitches" for criticizing his drug war.

4 bishops in Negros Island condemn extrajudicial killings
October 07, 2016 By Marchel P. Espina
The four Catholic dioceses in Negros Island Region condemned the increasing number of extrajudicial killings in the wake of the national government-led campaign against illegal drugs

4 dioceses in Negros condemn extrajudicial killings
by Marchel P. Espina October 06, 2016
'As pastors of our flock, we commit ourselves and our dioceses to pray constantly that our country may be effectively rid of drugs, but in the manner that is just and lawful,' several dioceses of Negros Island Region say in a joint statement

CBCP President Soc Villegas grieved over Duterte’s cursing

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Church launches prayer campaign amid killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II Published September 20, 2016
'You cannot imagine what prayer can do,' CBCP president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

CBCP speaks up on killings: Respect human rights
by Jee Y. Geronimo Published September 15, 2016
'Our fear of reprisal and our timidity born from misplaced prudence have brought about these upheavals,' says the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines

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FULL TEXT: CBCP statement on human rights
Published September 15, 2016
'May our cold indifference be cured by a new fire of Pentecost,' says the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Read the full text, in English and Filipino, here.

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Catholic leaders hit 'silence' vs PH killings
'We are alarmed at the silence of majority of the people in the face of these killings,' the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines says

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Jesuit head in Philippines: Killings 'deplorable'
Father Antonio Moreno, provincial superior of the Philippine Jesuits, hits 'a dangerous culture of impunity' that 'is seeping into our social fabric'

Cardinal Tagle breaks silence: Condemn murder
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle denounces not only extrajudicial killings but also other forms of murder, such as abortion

All by Paterno Esmaquel II Published August 27-28, 2016

Inquiries on an inquiry
Published September 23, 2016 By Tyrone Velez

THE Senate we know in recent years is a Senate of hearings. Hearing this, and hearing that. Hearings about the pork barrel. The Mamasapano incident.
And now we have the hearing about Matobato.
Are we hearing the truth? So far, while killing our time (and our tax money) watching the Senate soap opera that is the hearing, we have learned about these:
How many senators does it take to find out if Matobato is telling the truth?

President Duterte, do not kill in my name
by Jose Manuel Diokno Published July 08, 2016

The bandwagon that the President has created is a bandwagon of hate.
President Duterte’s war on crime has spawned a nuclear explosion of violence that is spiralling out of control and creating a nation without judges, without law, and without reason.

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Confronting extrajudicial killings under Duterte
by Teddy Casiño Published September 19, 2016
If we are to stop the killings, the first challenge is for the public to denounce it. Public opposition, or better yet outrage, is needed for the government to change its policy.

Please don't kill my father
by Kira Bueno Published August 16, 2016

I know for sure that just like me, there are daughters of drug addicts out there who would choose to send their fathers to institutions that will care for them.


Inside Manila's drug war Female assassin's story BBC News
Published Aug 25, 2016
A violent crackdown on illegal drugs in the Philippines has left more than 1,900 people dead in the last seven weeks.
The BBC spoke to two people in the middle of the drug war - a small-time drug dealer fearing for his life, and an assassin hired to kill people just like him.

Remark this is an album in the album "War on Drugs"

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Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living
Published 26 August 2016

When you meet an assassin who has killed six people, you don't expect to encounter a diminutive, nervous young woman carrying a baby.
"My first job was two years ago in this province nearby. I felt really scared and nervous because it was my first time."

The BBC's Jonathan Head explores the country's dark underbelly of dealers and assassins through the story of one woman trapped in a chilling predicament.

Editorial: Stand proud, stand strong, and be forgiving
Published September 05, 2016
WE THOUGHT the campaign for the May 9 2016 elections was the worst when we and our city became the target of derisive remarks and the Dabawenyos were subjected to ridicule as our erstwhile Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was leading the race between money and the masses.
We were called Dutertards, and every smudge and dirt of our city was sneered at.
EXPLAINER: How serious is the PH drug problem? Here's the data
by Students from UP Published August 27, 2016

This could help contextualize the country’s drug problem and put in perspective the government’s response

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War on drugs? Other countries focus on demand, not supply
by JC Punongbayan Published September 10, 2016
A drug war that focuses disproportionately on supply reduction tends to strengthen and enrich – rather than weaken and impoverish – the operations of drug suppliers.

War on drugs: Rehabilitation must be more than a knee-jerk reaction
But with more drug users surrendering by the day, government cannot afford to tarry in providing much-needed interventions for Filipinos who've made the first step away from drugs
Look also part 2: Inside the brain of a drug user
Psychiatrists say the effect of drugs on the brain could be so damaging as to cause paranoia even months after a person has already stopped using the substance
both by Jee Y. Geronimo Published August 18 - 19, 2016

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Robredo: Family, church key in nat'l drug rehab program
by Patty Pasion Published September 06, 2016
In Naga City, the families are integrated in the campaign against drugs while the church is a strong partner in Catanduanes. These have been factors of success

'We cannot arrest our way out of this drug problem'
by Paterno Esmaquel II Published October 01, 2016
Speaking to Rappler, US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield says the drug problem 'is a public health crisis as much as it is a law enforcement crisis'

Editorial: Junkies are humans
Published August 28, 2016
Second Chances. “Junkies are not humans,” recently declared President Rodrigo Duterte, defending the human cost of the War on Drugs. Other stakeholders, like the academic and religious community, are focusing on peer education and community-based rehabilitation programs that can mean a second chance for drug dependents “crying for help.”
PEERS can pressure a youth to turn to drugs. That’s been demonstrated often enough.
However, can peers steer a youth to turn away from going down the wrong path?
Philippines must get rid of its militias now
by Emerlynne Gil Published September 22, 2016

If the Senate hearings would result in abolishing militias and demobilizing their members, it would be an important step towards ending abuses committed by these government-sponsored death squads

Undertaker misery on frontlines of Philippine drug war
by Agence France-Presse December 09, 2016
Funeral parlors, while busy, are not necessarily making lots of money, with relatives of many victims often too poor to be able to pay for a funeral.
Business has never been busier for undertaker Alejandro Ormeneta but, after 5 months on the frontlines of the Philippines' brutal drug war, he just wants the killings to stop.
War on Drugs

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Published Dec 15 2016
Research by Jodesz Gavilan
Design by Wayne Manuel and Michan Lorenzo
Photos by Alecs Ongcal
Duterte to drug addicts: Free meds or rope this Christmas?
by Pia Ranada December 13, 2016
Duterte also tells addicts to stay inside their homes or face consequences. 'Mas mabuti 'di kayo lumabas ng bahay. Magkulong na lang kayo ng bahay, pag nakita kita sa labas, dadamputin kita.'
President Rodrigo Duterte wants drug addicts to choose what they will get free from the government this Christmas season: medicine or a rope to hang themselves with?

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Duterte says sorry for 'unintended' drug war killings
by Patty Pasion December 29, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte apologized for the killing of innocent people whom he called "collateral damage" in the government's war on drugs.


Rody names politicians, judges, cops allegedly into illegal drugs
Posted Aug 7, 2016 Updated to include names of policemen, other officials
President Rodrigo Duterte named politicians, members of the judiciary and law enforcers who he said were involved in illegal drugs.
Duterte’s list includes mayors, congressmen, judges, police and the military

Look the article HERE - download Duterte’s list
Duterte stands by veracity of 'drug matrix' despite 'errors'
Published Sep 28, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte stood by the veracity of the drug matrix he presented to the public despite several "errors" that tagged innocent government officials as narcopoliticians.
Duterte: 2,000 cops, village execs in new narco-list
Published on Oct 24, 201
President Duterte revealed Tuesday that government agencies have completed the validation of his newest list of individuals with alleged drug links.

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Duterte gives final drug list to Pimentel, Alvarez, Sereno
by Pia Ranada December 07, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte says he also shared the list with new AFP chief General Eduardo Año because he needs the military to help the 'fractured' PNP in the war on drugs.

Duterte may submit final 'drug list' to NSC next week
Published November 27, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte says the National Security Council will 'formulate' a plan to protect the next generation from the drug menace.

Duterte wants 'consensus' with lawmakers on drug list release
by Pia Ranada October 25, 2016
Duterte says there are 'about a thousand" barangay captains and 'thousands' of police personnel, with 'about a few mayors and national officials', involved in drugs

Philippines, China to share list of drug suspects
Published October 22, 2016
The Philippines and China have agreed to share the list of drug suspects, the anti-narcotics agency said Saturday, October 22.

Duterte 'thinking twice' about releasing final drug list
by Pia Ranada October 12, 2016
The President says announcing 'thousands' of names of drug personalities is time-consuming and may lead to more killings.
President Rodrigo Duterte is not sure if he'll still release his final list of drug personalities as promised.

Duterte on drug list: 'I had it revalidated again'
by Paterno Esmaquel II Published September 24, 2016
'Kasi may mga nakita ako doon na mga kaibigan ko na hindi ko sukat akalain,' President Rodrigo Duterte says.
President Rodrigo Duterte said he has ordered his men to revalidate the list of around 1,000 alleged drug pushers and drug lords, including barangay captains, mayors, and governors.

Duterte implicates 40 judges in drug trade
by Rhaydz B. Barcia Published September 23, 2016
The President tells the Army’s 9th Infantry Division in Pili, Camarines Sur: 'If the drug problem outlasts me for unknown reason... continue this fight against drugs. Do not abandon me.'
President Rodrigo Duterte has implicated 40 judges in the country’s drug trade, along with Chinese nationals and a certain Diana Lagman from Pampanga.
The President said that these 40 judges are assigned in various regions.

Duterte shows 'drug list' with '1,000' names of gov't officials
by Pia Ranada Published September 15, 2016
Though he did not read out the names, he says the list includes governors, congressmen, mayors, barangay captains, and policemen

Duterte: 'Final validation' of new drug list done
by Pia Ranada Published September 14, 2016
A new list of alleged drug personalities may soon be ready for release after President Rodrigo Duterte announces it has gone through third and final validation

LIST: Suspected drug lords killed under Duterte gov't
by Jodesz Gavilan Published August 30, 2016
Rappler lists alleged drug lords killed – during legitimate operations or otherwise – under the Duterte administration starting July 1

Palace believes war against illegal drugs successful
by Nestor Corrales August 30th, 2016
Despite its imperfections, the Duterte administration considered the war versus illegal drugs as “successful”.

Duterte says no genocide in his bloody drug war
Published August 29, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that his bloody anti-drug campaign that has left nearly 1,800 people dead does not amount to genocide, but that he's ready to go to jail to defend his men from lawsuits.

Duterte offers P2-M bounty for cops into drug trade
by Pia Ranada Published August 29, 2016
To those involved in illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte says, 'Pray that I'll die without a resurrection'
President Rodrigo Duterte offered a reward of P2 million for the arrest of police involved in the illegal drug trade.

Duterte warns: More narco-politicians to be named after validation
Published August 09, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has confirmed that there are still many narco-politicians who are yet to be named as he first ordered to validate the second roster containing the names of supposed government officials linked to drugs.

FACT CHECK: Dead ex-mayor, non-legislator also in Duterte list
by Jodesz Gavilan Published August 08, 2016
Spelling errors and wrong information mar the list of local government officials alleged to be involved in the illegal drug trade

FACT CHECK: One judge in Duterte list already dead for 8 years
by Jodesz Gavilan Published August 08, 2016
(UPDATED) Rappler is crowdsourcing information on the 158 government officials listed as allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. How accurate is this list?

Ramos denies giving 'drug list' to Duterte
Published September 12, 2016

In the official Malacañang video and transcript of the speech, President Rodrigo Duterte is shown making the claim that he got his 'drug list' from former president Fidel Ramos
Former president Fidel Ramos denied he gave President Rodrigo Duterte a thick list of drug personalities.

His denial was in a postscript at the bottom of an opinion piece published in the Manila Bulletin on Saturday, September 10.


Duterte's war on drugs: Opening a Pandora's box
by Ronan Jegou Published July 11, 2016

'Death and wrath have been set free. However you may try to justify it, violence breeds violence.'

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Duterte to drug war critics: Why don't you adopt an addict?
by Pia Ranada December 12, 2016
The President even comes up with a tag line for his proposed program: 'Adopt an addict, share a love between your fellow man'

Using drug war to extort? 'I'll break your necks,' Dela Rosa tells cops
by Bea Cupin November 14, 2016
The chief of the Philippine National Police calls on the public to 'police' the PNP's ranks

The moral dilemma of extra judicial killings
by Raymund Narag October 02, 2016
'There is no excuse to undermine our already fragile laws and weak constitution'

IN NUMBERS: The Philippines' 'war on drugs'
by Michael Bueza Published September 13, 2016
As of the 2nd week of September 2016, there have been over 3,000 deaths, both from legitimate police operations and extrajudicial or unexplained killings

Terrorists sought to kill Duterte, dela Rosa
Published August 10, 2016 By Ivy C. Tejano
PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald dela Rosa said drug lords are trying to establish contact with terrorist groups whom they could hire to kill him and President Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte threatens to declare martial law if SC thwarts drug war
INQUIRER.net August 9th, 2016
PRESIDENT Duterte on Tuesday threatened Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno that he would declare martial law if the Supreme Court would hinder his war against illegal drugs.

PH 'war on drugs' should draw lessons from other countries
by Joy Aceron and Mary Grace Santos Published August 09, 2016
'Is there another way to achieve the same result and make drug addicts or users surrender or cooperate with authorities without capitalizing on the threat of death?

War on drugs: A spurious disjunction between firmness and due process
Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino Published July 29, 2016
'No real gain is made when the law is sacrificed. It is precisely because trafficking in drugs offends the law that there is legitimacy in the full application of the State’s reserve of force against those who engage in it with impunity.'

Before Duterte: How did anti-illegal drug operations fare?
by Jodesz Gavilan Published July 29, 2016
More than 63,000 drug suspects were arrested from 2011 to 2015, but low conviction rates plague the government's anti-illegal drugs efforts, according to PDEA data

Epicenters of fatalities in the war on drugs
by Ronald U. Mendoza and Miann Banaag Published August 22, 2016
Most fatalities are in Metro Manila and Cebu; Pasay stands out in terms of 'salvage' victims

The moral dilemma of extra judicial killings
by Raymund Narag October 02, 2016
'There is no excuse to undermine our already fragile laws and weak constitution'
Duterte warns Sereno of martial law
Published August 09, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte threatened Chief Justice Marie Lourdes Sereno on Tuesday that he would declare Martial Law if the Supreme Court would stand in the way of his war against illegal drugs.
“Would you rather that I declare Martial Law?” He said.

Look also Duterte to Sereno: Want me to declare martial law?
by Pia Ranada Published August 09, 2016
Duterte warns the Supreme Court: 'Do not create a crisis because I will order everybody in the executive department not to honor you'
President Rodrigo Duterte took offense with Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's letter, saying he did not appreciate being "ordered" around by the Supreme Court.

Drug lords controlling politicians – Dela Rosa
by Rhaydz B. Barcia Published September 17, 2016

PNP chief Dela Rosa says, 'Our fearless forecast is that by January 1, we will eliminate 70% to 90% of drugs

Police take war on drugs to Happyland
by Alecs Ongcal Published September 25, 2016

As the war on drugs continues, dozens of men are rounded up in a police operation in the city of Manila. Some of them tell however, that they have nothing to do with drugs.

Poe tells PNP: Probe child deaths amid war on drugs
Published September 07, 2016
Senator Poe: 'The PNP-IAS must ensure that scalawags in the police service are held accountable, more so in cases where children and minors are senselessly caught in the crossfire. Their vulnerability must not be trampled upon.'

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Published September 06, 2016
She was a sweet girl, funny and kind. Her mother found her with a gunshot wound to her nape. She will always be five years old.

The ominous knock on the door
by Vergel O. Santos October 06, 2016

'Duterte’s war on drugs is finally hitting home.... If fascism begins with a knock on the door, we have been taken well past that. We have ignored the signs and continue to ignore them.'

Australian falsely accused in Philippine drug war – court
by Agence France-Presse October 14, 2016

Damian Berg has insisted police dragged him out of his hotel room, then brought him to the street where ecstasy tablets were placed on him, and he was paraded before waiting journalists

On a drug list and innocent? Here's what you should do
by Jodesz Gavilan Published September 02, 2016

Among others, know that you can't be forced to go to a police station without an arrest warrant – unless you're caught in the act of committing a crime.

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How the Public Attorney's Office fits in the war against drugs
by Katerina Francisco Published September 11, 2016
For those voluntarily surrendering to police or seeking to clear their name in the war against drugs, the Public Attorney's Office serves to ensure their legal rights are respected

Mga dapat gawin kung ikaw ay nasa drug list
Published September 03, 2016
Hindi ka maaaring piliting pumunta sa istasyon ng pulis nang walang arrest warrant – liban na lamang kung nahuli ka sa akto ng paggawa ng krimen

War on crime creates impression of a safe destination
Published August 30, 2016 By Katlene O. Cacho

WHILE some sectors have criticized the body count in the government’s war on drugs and crime, some tourism stakeholders believe the stand helps promote the country as a safer destination for foreign tourists.

War on drugs: Who are the Odictas of Iloilo?
by Bea Cupin Published August 29, 2016
Melvin and Merriam Odicta, allegedly among Iloilo's top drug lords, are gunned down by unidentified men

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Duterte on alleged Iloilo drug lord: He was being hunted
by Pia Ranada Published August 29, 2016
'Yang Odicta was really being hunted. Sa Iloilo, siya ang number one. Inabot siya ng malas,' says President Duterte

Death of Iloilo 'drug lord' seen to cut drugs supply in Negros
Published August 30, 2016
THE death of a suspected Iloilo drug lord considered the biggest illegal drug financer in Western Visayas is seen to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in Negros Occidental.

MAP: Are the drug-related killings related to poverty, crime rate?
Published August 13, 2016
Do factors like poverty and crime rate play a role in the drug-related killings across regions? Rappler maps the data to see correlations. The government's war against drugs continues, with the number of reported drug-related killings increasing by the day.
Data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) show that from the day after the May elections up to the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte, 57 suspects were killed. The figures jumped to 402 the following month.
Kill drug dealers and I'll give you a medal, says Philippines president
Published by Associated Press in Manila 5 June 2016

Addressing huge crowd, Rodrigo Duterte urges DIY law enforcement and threatens to humiliate police generals.
The Philippine president-elect has urged citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers who resist arrest and fight back.

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Shoot to kill? Duterte's statements on killing drug users
by Katerina Francisco October 05, 2016
Human rights groups and foreign leaders are concerned that Duterte's statements are an 'apparent endorsement' of extrajudicial killings – an allegation the Palace vehemently denies


Rodrigo Duterte on the frontline of the Philippines’ drug war
Published Aug 23, 2016
"If you know of any drug addicts go and kill them yourselves, as getting their parents to do it will be too painful!" The chilling words of Rodrigo Duterte the President of the Philippines.
A brutal war on drugs in the Philippines
Published Aug 19, 2016
The president of the Philippines is showing no mercy in his war on drugs, but some say he may have gone too far, as CNN's Ivan Watson reports.
Narco City
Published Aug 30, 2016
We watched police operations from a distance and this is what we saw

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War on drugs: 'Nanlaban'
by Vina Salazar Published August 30, 2016

In this album:

Can Rodrigo Duterte win the war on illegal drugs?
Published Aug 21, 2016
Dead or alive: Is the Philippines' war on drugs out of control?
Published Aug 4, 2016
The Stream - Philippines' war on drugs
Published Aug 23, 2016
Dela Rosa tells drug pushers to kill drug lords
More tough talk from Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa. This time, he is enlisting the aid of drug pushers in assassinating the heads of drug syndicates. - The World Tonight, ANC, August 25, 2016
What Is Fueling The Philippines' Violent Drug War?
Published Aug 25, 2016
Since his election in May 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has waged a bloody drug war. So how bad is the Philippines' drug war

Remark these are albums in the album "War on Drugs"

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PMA alumni to Dela Rosa: Sound the call, we will be there
by Bea Cupin Published August 28, 2016
Alumni of the PMA 'pledge' to help another alumnus, PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa in the country’s campaign against illegal drugs

Philippines war on drugs: '1,900 killed' amid crackdown
Published 23 August 2016
The head of the Philippines police has said more than 1,900 people have been killed during a crackdown on illegal drugs in the past seven weeks.

'Nanlaban sila': Duterte's war on drugs
by Bea Cupin Published August 23, 2016
Who wins and who loses in the Philippines' war on illegal drugs?

Harrowing pictures show the brutal truth of the Philippines' war on drugs

Addict risks all in deadly Philippine drug war
by afp Published August 28, 2016

What's scarier for a drug user: getting killed or stopping their age-old habit?


‘Sa Ngalan ng Karapatan’
Published Sep 12, 2016

This video entitled ‘Sa Ngalan ng Karapatan’ features ‘the side of the Commission on Human Rights in the alleged extra-judicial killings in the Philippines.’

In war on drugs, lives of police at risk too
by Mara Cepeda Updated August 20, 2016

(UPDATED) 'Mas lugi pa nga kami kasi naghihintay kaming barilin eh. Naghihintay kami na may action kami bago kami gumalaw eh,' says a precinct commander in Manila

Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte, "The NEW Hitler"?

Look also above Informations from the international society, independent organisations and persons, etc.

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LOOK BACK: Hitler and the Holocaust
by Katerina Francisco Published October 01, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte sparks outrage after he drew parallels between the Holocaust and his own bloody war on drugs.
President Rodrigo Duterte was once again on the receiving end of international criticism after he drew parallels between his bloody war against drugs and the extermination of millions of Jews during World War II.

Look also Fraternally yours: Adolf's message to Rody
by Walden Bello October 03, 2016
I want to inform you that killing even a million undesirables takes organization. You can profit from our mistakes. We began with firing squads.

Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler
Published September 30, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte has compared his bloody anti-drug campaign, which has left more than 3,000 people dead, to how Hitler massacred millions of Jews, saying he would be "happy to slaughter" three million addicts.
Duterte issued his latest threat against drug dealers and users early Friday on arrival in Davao City after visiting Vietnam, where he discussed his anti-drug campaign with Vietnamese leaders among other concerns

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Duterte: I'm being portrayed as a 'cousin of Hitler'
Published September 30, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte draws parallels between Hitler's annihilation of 3 million Jews and his controversial campaign against drugs

Germany to PH envoy: Duterte's Hitler remarks 'unacceptable'
by afp Published September 30, 2016
'Any comparison of the singular atrocities of the Holocaust with anything else is totally unacceptable,' ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer tells reporters

Duterte ‘Hitler’ talk reaps international censure
Israel seeks clarification of PH leader’s words
By: Jaymee T. Gamil October 2nd, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday faced a barrage of criticism from the United Nations, Israel, Western governments and international rights groups for drawing parallels with his brutal war on drugs and Adolf Hitler’s extermination of Jews before and during World War II.

Duterte apologizes for Hitler remarks
Published October 02, 2016
'There was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of 6 million Jews murdered by the Germans,' says Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

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Duterte's ‘Hitler’ remark 'unacceptable'

Duterte apologizes to Jews for Hitler remark - By THE WAY....
Remark one video with English subtext

and the Video

NUJP alarmed by threats on journalists
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

Human Rights Watch: Duterte's Hitler remarks 'obscene'
by Jee Y. Geronimo Updated October 01, 2016

(UPDATED) The group calls on foreign donors such as the US and the EU to send a strong message to the Philippine government that it risks suspension of security assistance unless the 'abusive war on drugs... comes to a halt'

Duterte's Hitler remarks 'troubling' – Pentagon chief
by afp Published 9:31 AM, October 01, 2016

(UPDATED) Pentagon chief Ashton Carter says, 'Speaking personally for myself, I find those comments deeply troubling

A Furious Germany? Dissecting Duterte's Hitler Statement
October 1, 2016

Dear President Duterte, you need to apologize for the Hitler analogy, but...
The Guardian's Bangkok-based Southeast Asian correspondent Oliver Holmes quoted Duterte's statement, "If Germany had Hitler, the Philippines would have [Duterte points to himself]" Hitler massacred three million Jews ... there's three million drug addicts. There are. I'd be happy to slaughter them.
Taken at face value, this statement is absolutely controversial, if not absolutely offensive. As expected, Duterte critics were quick to capitalize on this newest pronouncement. Duterte supporters, on the other hand, were quick to defend the old man.
That Duterte said those words is not a matter of debate. The issue, however, is what those words really meant.

Demonic forces engulfing PH — Duterte should resign
By: Ted Laguatan Esq. @inquirerdotnet October 15, 2016

The world’s good and decent people should force President Rodrigo Duterte to resign. It’s also for his own good. I don’t hate Duterte. But I hate his terrible sins.
A terrible dark evil presence now engulfs the Philippines. We have a leader who is not leading our people to a better life. But a leader full of demons who brings death and sufferings to so many – and expresses vicious hostility to world leaders and other nations.

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look also the below about what's going on in this "soap opera" of what the President says about.... and next a spokesman tells are wrong - misunderstood etc. Look the examples e.g. here below and HERE ....

Statement of 01 October 2016
The Philippines recognizes the deep significance of the Jewish experience especially their tragic and painful history.
The President's reference to the slaughter was an oblique deflection of the way he has been pictured as a mass murderer, a Hitler, a label he rejects.
Palace clarifies Duterte's Hitler remark after comment leaves UN, human rights groups aghast
By Lara Tan, Eimor P. Santos, CNN Philippines October 1, 2016

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Palace: Duterte only addressing ‘negative comparison with Hitler’
October 01, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

Extrajudicial killings incl. Hearings and Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte vs Senator Leila de Lima

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Rules of the Senate and

IMPORTANT: The Philippines (Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte) vs UN

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Int'l criminal court should probe Duterte's war on drugs
by Carmela Fonbuena October 05, 2016

Former International Criminal Court official and Harvard law professor Alex Whiting says an urgent action from the court will send a strong signal to President Rodrigo Duterte

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Palace to ICC: Duterte admin not behind extrajudicial killings
by Pia Ranada October 14, 2016
'Drug-related killings, including vigilante killings, are not state-sanctioned,' says Malacañang

Int'l criminal court 'closely following' PH war on drugs
by Carmela Fonbuena October 14, 2016
'Public statements of high officials of the Republic of the Philippines seem to condone such killings and further seem to encourage State forces and civilians alike to continue targeting these individuals with lethal force,' says ICC's Fatou Bensouda

ICC prosecutor warns PH authorities over killings
October 14, 2016
The Hague, Netherlands — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said Thursday that she is "deeply concerned" about reports of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines.

De Lima to file 'test case' vs Duterte before SC
by Camille Elemia October 11, 2016
The senator, who accuses President Rodrigo Duterte of 'blatantly abusing his power,' says the case will test the doctrine of presidential immunity

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De Lima files petition vs Duterte at Supreme Court
by Camille Elemia November 07, 2016
(UPDATED) The embattled senator believes President Duterte has abused his immunity from suit, and asks the High Court to stop the Chief Executive and his representatives from collecting information about her private life

The public trial of Leila de Lima
by Mara Cepeda October 05, 2016

Rappler lists down all the accusations made against Senator Leila de Lima in the past 3 months and her responses

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Aquino hopes for 'fair' probe into De Lima's alleged drug links
by Patty Pasion November 06, 2016
The former president says he hopes legal proceedings today are far from the 'fraudulent' ones conducted during the Martial Law era

House minority wants De Lima charged for plunder, bribery, drugs
by Mara Cepeda October 27, 2016
The House minority says the justice committee put weeks of hearings 'to waste' when it did not recommend prosecuting Senator Leila de Lima despite the witnesses' testimonies against her.

Duterte: De Lima will suffer same fate as Gloria Arroyo
by Pia Ranada October 19, 2016
(UPDATED) 'She will rot in jail,' says President Rodrigo Duterte on Senator Leila De Lima

House report on Bilibid drugs: ‘All evidence point to De Lima’
by Mara Cepeda October 18, 2016
But the House justice committee does not recommend the filing of criminal charges against Senator Leila de Lima and other officials, saying this is already a function of the justice department

Aguirre creates 5-member panel to probe De Lima, 7 others
Published October 14, 2016
The DOJ panel will determine whether there's sufficient evidence to charge the senator and her co-accused in court

2 more drug charges filed against De Lima
Published October 13, 2016
Two former NBI officials sacked by Senator Leila de Lima when she was justice secretary accuse their ex-boss of being the 'mother of all drug lords'

Albuera police chief files drug charges vs De Lima
October 13, 2016 By Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo
The Albuera, Leyte, police chief filed at the Office of the Ombudsman Wednesday a complaint against Senator Leila de Lima for allegedly receiving drug money from Kerwin Espinosa, a drug lord who operates in Eastern Visayas.

Drug raps filed vs De Lima, 7 others
by Camille Elemia October 11, 2016
The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says the senator and others accused 'clearly acted in conspiracy' to perpetuate illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison. Look also the Video

CBCP official to De Lima accusers: 'Sue her'
October 10, 2016
AN OFFICIAL of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Prison Pastoral Care (CBCP-ECPPC) has defended Senator Leila de Lima against those accusing her of allowing drug proliferation in the National Bilibid Prison (NBP).
CBCP-ECPPC Executive Secretary Rodolfo Diamante noted that such allegations need to be supported by sufficient evidence and accusers should present evidence not on statements of inmates.


Senator Leila de Lima's privilege speech on extrajudicial killings. Published Aug 2, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima makes a privilege speech on extrajudicial killings at the Senate, August 2
De Lima: Duterte may be charged with crimes against humanity. Published Aug 15, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte may be charged with crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague for the spate of drug-related deaths which have increased since Duterte assumed the presidency.
FULL SPEECH: De Lima addresses Duterte tirade
Published Aug 17, 2016
On the verge of tears, Sen. Leila de Lima lamented on Wednesday, the President’s latest tirade against her, calling it an ill-timed “character assassination” just a few days before her committee formally began its investigation into the spate of deaths amid the administration’s brutal drug war.

Int'l court may probe drug-related killings in PH – CHR. Published August 24, 2016
The ICC may intervene if the government fails to address the issue of extrajudicial killings, says CHR chief Chito Gascon.
If the unexplained killings continue, President Rodrigo Duterte may face charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
CHR chairperson Jose Luis Martin "Chito" Gascon said the ICC may exercise jurisdiction over the matter if the government fails to address the issue.

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Chief state counsel: ICC has no jurisdiction on EJKs in Philippines
by Katerina Francisco November 16, 2016
Chief state counsel Ricardo Paras says the International Criminal Court cannot exercise jurisdiction over extrajudicial killing cases as long as Philippine courts are open.
De Lima, pinatalsik bilang pinuno ng Senate justice committee
Published Sep 19, 2016
Talsik na bilang pinuno ng Senate Justice Committee si Senador Leila de Lima. Ito ang lumabas sa botohan sa Senado kani-kanina lamang, kasunod ng mosyon ni Senador Manny Pacquiao na alisin si de Lima at iba pang miyembro sa komite, na nag-iimbestiga sa umano'y extrajudicial killings sa gitna ng kampanya kontra kontra droga ni Pangulong Duterte. Nagpa-Patrol, Adrian Ayalin.
De Lima: Duterte is the lowest, vilest man in the country
Published Sep 26, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to stop harassing her.
Naaawa na po ako sa inyo mahal na Pangulo. Tigilan nyo na po ako. Ano pong gusto nyo sakin? May gusto po ba kayo sakin?

Look also De Lima: Duterte has sunk to his lowest point
Published September 26, 2016 By Camille P. Balagtas
"I pity President Duterte for he is now the lowest and the vilest man in the entire country."

Emotional De Lima dares Duterte: 'Arrest me now! I'll wait for you'
by Camille Elemia Published September 28, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima reiterates that the allegations against her have been fabricated by President Rodrigo Duterte and his men who are 'cowards, fools, liars'

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De Lima: Convicted cop who testified against me is Duterte kin
Published October 09, 2016
Senator Leila De Lima on Saturday, October 8, said that the claims of a convicted police official over her alleged involvement in the drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) were "all lies," and that he is allegedly related to President Rodrigo Duterte.

De Lima: Duterte apology over 'trash' matrix proves my innocence
by Camille Elemia Published September 28, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima says if such faulty information reaches the President's desk, what more the drug lists provided by the police to barangay captains?

P300M 'lost' in Bilibid raid? 'Fantastic' lie – De Lima
by Camille Elemia Published September 27, 2016
'Ang dami na nilang kino-concoct na mga fantastic tale,' says neophyte Senator Leila De Lima

De Lima to Duterte: 'What do you want from me? Do you like me?'
by Camille Elemia Updated September 26, 2016
(UPDATED) 'All of a sudden, for me, he's the lowest and the vilest man in the country sa sobrang kabastusan na po niya,' Senator Leila De Lima says on the recent attacks against her by the President

De Lima pleads Duterte to stop bothering her: May gusto po ba kayo sa ‘kin?
Published September 26, 2016

De Lima calls Duterte ‘lowest, vilest’ man in PH
By Maila Ager September 26th, 2016

Duterte: Testimonies against De Lima can’t be orchestrated
By: Nestor Corrales September 23rd, 2016

Dummies? NBI probes De Lima's friends for laundering
Published September 23, 2016
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says also under investigation are several corporations, where some of the stockholders reportedly have connections to drug lords

Duterte to De Lima: Prove I was behind deaths in Davao
by Pia Ranada Published September 21, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte said Senator Leila De Lima has yet to prove he is behind the extrajudicial killings in Davao City, one of the accusations of witness Edgar Matobato during a Senate investigation De Lima helmed.
"Maraming namatay dito, totoo 'yan, but prove na ako ang pumatay at kung sino," said Duterte on Tuesday, September 20, during an event in Davao City.

FULL TEXT: De Lima's privilege speech on her ouster
by Senator Leila De Lima Published September 20, 2016
'We must remember that all power, no matter how seemingly absolute, is fleeting. What is permanent is truth and justice'
De Lima hits 'Poong Duterte:' All dictatorships end
'Kapag hindi ka sumamba kay Poong Duterte, ikaw ay adik, dahil adik lang ang hindi sumasamba kay Poong Duterte.'
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Senators: De Lima ousted for being 'biased,' anti-Duterte
by Camille Elemia Published September 20, 2016
'I urge my fellow senators not to use their committees as a venue to besmirch anyone, to remain impartial and do not allow anyone to use our chamber for grandstanding and mudslinging,' says Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III

Duterte: Senate hearings won't stop drug war
by Pia Ranada Published September 19, 2016
'I don’t care if there are a thousand hearings everywhere. Naka-focus lang ako sa trabaho ko,' says President Duterte days after a Senate probe into extrajudicial killings
Even if Ban Ki Moon comes here, I do not give a shit

De Lima says Duterte plotted her ouster
by Camille Elemia Published September 19, 2016
'Wala po akong duda na may kinalaman diyan ang ating Pangulo. Imposible po walang kinalaman dito ang ating Pangulo,' says Senator Leila De Lima

Senate ousts De Lima as justice committee chairperson
by Camille Elemia Published September 19, 2016
The senators' 16-4 vote comes days after she presented a witness who accused President Duterte of ordering extrajudicial killings as Davao City mayor

De Lima walks out during Cayetano Senate speech
by Camille Elemia Published September 19, 2016
Senator Manny Pacquiao also moves that the entire committee on justice and human rights, which Senator De Lima heads, be declared vacant

De Lima: Expect more witnesses to drug-related killings
Published September 14, 2016
At least 9 witnesses are expected to testify on 8 cases, involving 11 victims, when the justice committee chaired by Senator Leila de Lima resumes hearings on September 15

Duterte war on drugs 'martial law without declaration'
by Camille Elemia Published September 02, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima also believes a hero's burial for the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos is meant to make martial law acceptable to the public to usher in a new dictator

Int'l court may probe drug-related killings in PH – CHR
by Camille Elemia UPDATED August 24, 2016

De Lima: Cop killing suspect about to surrender 'clearly a crime'
by Camille Elemia Published August 24, 2016
The Commission on Human Rights has already sent an investigation team, saying there seems to be an 'excessive use of force'

Amnesty Int'l seeks independent body on rights abuse
That over 1,700 killings by unknown assassins and police have occurred since the Duterte administration assumed power in June 2016 is "a terrifying indication that the authorities are grossly failing in their obligations to respect and protect the right to life," Amnesty International said in a statement released August 24 2016

Editorial: Murder by numbers
Published August 23, 2016

Emotional De Lima calls Duterte tirades ‘character assassination’
'I did not expect this from the President'
By: Tarra Quismundo Philippine Daily Inquirer August 17th, 2016
On the verge of tears, Sen. Leila de Lima lamented on Wednesday, the President’s latest tirade against her, calling it an ill-timed “character assassination” just a few days before her committee formally began its investigation into the spate of deaths amid the administration’s brutal drug war.
Look also the Video FULL SPEECH: De Lima addresses Duterte tirade. Published Aug 17, 2016

De Lima: Duterte may be charged with crimes against humanity
by Aries Joseph Hegina Published Aug 15, 2016

by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino Published September 20, 2016
I do not know if this has happened at any time before: the committee chairmanship is declared vacant to prevent a witness from testifying
Who's destroying PH image? Cayetano says this 'DDS'
by Camille Elemia Published September 19, 2016

President Duterte's ally, Senator Alan Cayetano, accuses Leila de Lima, Franklin Drilon, and Sonny Trillanes of misleading international media on extrajudicial killings

Senate ends probe:

Neither Duterte nor state sponsored killings
by Camille Elemia October 13, 2016

Senator Richard Gordon, chair of the committee on justice and human rights, says the committee report will likely be out on Monday, October 17

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Senate hearings on extrajudicial killings

With the Duterte administration's war against drugs in full swing, the Philippine Senate probes into the series of extrajudicial killings allegedly brought about.
Senator Leila de Lima leads the hearing.

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De Lima's ex-aide to testify at Bilibid drugs hearing
by Mara Cepeda October 05, 2016
Senator Leila De Lima's ex-security aide has supposedly seen the former justice secretary's alleged sex video with her driver who received money from drug lords

Senate to continue probe into killings but without Matobato
by Camille Elemia October 04, 2016
The decision is reached as majority of the committee members hold a caucus. Senators Leila de Lima and Antonio Trillanes IV, however, were not invited to the meeting

Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings

Trillanes files reso to include 'Davao Death Squad' killings in Senate probe
by Camille Elemia Published September 19, 2016
This comes after Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III rejects protective custody for witness Edgar Matobato for being 'off topic' in relation to Senator Leila De Lima's original resolution that prompted the hearing

Trillanes takes custody of DDS witness after Senate refusal
Published September 15, 2016 By Camille P. Balagtas
EDGAR Matobato is now under the personal custody of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV after Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III refused to take Senate custody of the alleged witness who earlier testified that President Rodrigo Duterte was behind the Davao Death Squad (DDS).

Pimentel denies Senate protection for witness vs Duterte
by Camille Elemia Published September 15, 2016
Senator Leila De Lima says the security of the witness cannot be left to any agency of the Executive Branch

Witness' allegations vs Duterte must be probed – minority lawmakers
by Mara Cepeda Published September 15, 2016
'We can't take yet this as gospel truth. I will not condemn so easily. More investigations are needed to validate facts,' says Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr

Duterte is 'Ampatuan of Davao City,' 'Pablo Escobar of PH' – Trillanes
by Camille Elemia Published September 15, 2016
Based on the allegations of a hired gun, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV likens the President to an alleged murderer and a drug cartel leader

Palace: Duterte 'not capable' of ordering extrajudicial killings
by Pia Ranada Published September 15, 2016
Malacañang says it will issue a full statement to refuse the allegations of a Senate witness against President Rodrigo Duterte, after consulting with the justice chief

Dela Rosa surprised by De Lima's 'Davao Death Squad' witness
by Bea Cupin Published September 15, 2016
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa, former Davao City police director, denies knowing Senator Leila de Lima's key witness at a probe into the spate of killings linked to the government's war on drugs

De Lima witness: Duterte 'ordered' killings in Davao
by Bea Cupin Updated September 15, 2016
(UPDATED) Edgar Matobato testifies that President Rodrigo Duterte, as then mayor of Davao City, ordered gunmen to kill Muslims in a mosque in 1993

Lacson questions witness testimony on Richard King slay
by Katerina Francisco Published September 15, 2016
Edgar Matobato says Richard King was shot inside a McDonald's restaurant, but Senator Panfilo Lacson points out the businessman was killed inside his office


Senate probe of drug war looks like a 'demolition job'
Published Sep 17, 2016

A Senate investigation that linked President Rodrigo Duterte to alleged vigilante killings in Davao City during his term appeared like a "demolition job" since the witness sounded like he was "coached," a political analyst said

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Policy issues from Matobato's testimony
by Joy Aceron Published September 18, 2016

House probe into Bilibid drugs: What to expect
by Mara Cepeda Published September 19, 2016

The House committee on justice plans to conduct back to back hearings on September 20 and 21
The Lower House will investigate how drugs proliferated inside the New Bilibid Prison during the stint of Senator Leila de Lima as justice secretary.

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House justice committee hearings on the alleged Bilibid drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison, report and press con

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Colanggo, itinuro si de Lima sa droga sa Bilibid
Published Sep 20, 2016
Diniin din ng isa pang high-profile inmate na si Herbert Colanggo si Senator Leila de Lima sa umano’y drug trade sa Bilibid. Mula sa House of Representatives, nagpa-Patrol, Ron Gagalac

Bilibid docu 'Inside the Gangster's code' a star at House hearing
Published Sep 19, 2016
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre on Tuesday showed congressmen a documentary on how ruthless prison gangs exerted control over the New Bilibid Prisons during the previous administration.

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Day 3 Bilibid probe: 12 hours of testimonies vs De Lima
by Mara Cepeda October 07, 2016
Witnesses testify about Senator Leila De Lima's supposed negligence as former justice secretary

Lawmaker defends convicts testifying vs De Lima
by Paterno Esmaquel II Published September 24, 2016
The chairman of the House committee on justice on Saturday, September 24, defended the convicts testifying against Senator Leila de Lima on the alleged illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP)

Bilibid probe: Why did drugs proliferate behind bars?
by Bea Cupin Published September 23, 2016
The House of Representatives and the justice department bring out witnesses – most of them convicts – who claim Leila de Lima coddled drug lords during her time as justice secretary to fund her senatorial campaign

Lacson: Strong evidence vs De Lima in House probe
by Camille Elemia Published September 21, 2016
'I can bet that... probable cause will be established, hence a warrant for her arrest will be issued by the court,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Why is Aguirre allowed to question witnesses in House probe?
by Mara Cepeda Published September 20, 2016
No rule has been violated, says Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas

Bilibid probe witnesses: We delivered P5-M ‘quota’ to De Lima
by Mara Cepeda Published September 20, 2016
Former Bureau of Corrections official Rafael Ragos and NBI officer Jovencio Ablen Jr claim they brought drug money to the residence of then justice secretary Leila de Lima

Colangco: I gave De Lima 'payola'
by Bea Cupin Published, September 20, 2016
Herbert Colangco says in his affidavit which he signs as 'Herbert Colanggo', he 'was giving Secretary De Lima 3 million and the director 1.2 million monthly'

Bilibid compound ‘Little Las Vegas’ under De Lima – convicted cop
by Bea Cupin Published September 20, 2016
Convicted ex-cop Rodolfo Magleo testifies before the House committee on justice that 'known singers and celebrities' were known to hold concerts inside the compound during the previous administration

LIST: Witnesses vs De Lima who were granted immunity
by Mara Cepeda October 07, 2016
In the House probe, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has granted immunity to 12 witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima, 9 of whom are inmates at the New Bilibid Prison

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2 more Bilibid drugs probe witnesses granted immunity
by Mara Cepeda October 06, 2016
New Bilibid Prison convicts Nonilo Arile and Engelberto Durano are the latest witnesses to receive immunity from Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

Immunity granted to 4 more witnesses in Bilibid drugs probe
by Mara Cepeda Published September 21, 2016
There are now 10 witnesses – mostly convicts – at the House inquiry who enjoy immunity from suit for their testimonies against Senator Leila de Lima and on illegal drug operations at the New Bilibid Prison

Bilibid drugs probe: Immunity granted to 6 witnesses
by Mara Cepeda Published September 20, 2016
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the 6 witnesses, including high-profile inmates, should be granted immunity before they testify at the House probe

FAQ: Immunity to witnesses in legislative hearings
by Katerina Francisco Published September 20, 2016
Witnesses in legislative hearings may be granted immunity and admission into the witness protection program upon final approval of the justice department



Ombudsman, walang nakitang ebidensya kay Duterte at DDS
Lumabas sa imbestigasyon ng Ombudsman na walang ebidensyang nagsasabi na ang Davao Death Squad at ang noo'y Mayor Rodrigo Duterte ang nasa likod ng mga pagpatay sa Davao City. Nagpa-Patrol, Carolyn Bonquin. TV Patrol, Biyernes, 16 Setyembre 2016


Why CHR's probe into Davao Death Squad stopped
The camp of President Duterte has denied the existence of the Davao Death Squad. But there have been several investigations implicating a group of killers with hundreds of victims in Davao City. – ANC, The World Tonight, September 16, 2016
Filipinos divided over allegations Duterte ordered 1,000 murders. Published Sep 16, 2016

Filipinos are divided over allegations made by a self-confessed hitman that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a thousands murders when he was a city mayor, and even shot dead one of the victims.

Herbert Colanggo: Convicted crime leader, drug lord, recording artist
by Jodesz Gavilan Published September 20, 2016

Herbert Colanggo, who recorded a full music album while serving life in the New Bilibid Prison, has submitted an affidavit against Senator Leila de Lima

Duterte to De Lima: Resign, hang yourself
by Pia Ranada Published August 29, 2016

The President tells the feisty lady senator that she should resign amid allegations she is involved in the New Bilibid Prison illegal drug trade

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Duterte 'certain' De Lima will face jail time over drug-related cases
Published September 26, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita
President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that his staunchest critic, Senator Leila de Lima, would be imprisoned for her alleged involvement in illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Duterte: De Lima will surely go to jail
by Pia Ranada Published September 26, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to be the one asking Senator Leila De Lima questions about her ties to prison gang lord Jaybee Sebastian

De Lima to ignore 'sham' House probe
by Camille Elemia Published September 18, 2016
'I'm not at all recognizing that proceedings. It is a sham inquiry, with no objective other than to demolish or destroy me, upon orders of the President,' says Senator Leila De Lima

De Lima vows to press on in battle with Duterte
by John Chalmers, Reuters Published Aug 30 2016

De Lima vows to continue inquiry amid Duterte's attacks
Published August 29, 2016 By John Chalmers, Reuters

De Lima calls House probe ‘Duterte’s kangaroo court’
by Tarra Quismundo, Philippine Daily Inquirer, August 28th, 2016

Furious de Lima slams Duterte 'drug matrix': Is this a joke?
by Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News Published Aug 25 2016

Duterte won't back down vs De Lima
by ABS-CBN News Published Aug 18 2016

Colangco, 13 other witnesses vs De Lima in House probe
Published September 16, 2016
High-profile inmates led by Herbert Colangco will be among the witnesses who will testify against Senator Leila de Lima at a congressional inquiry into the drug trade at the state penitentiary on September 20, 2016, says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.
“Two will testify that they delivered drug money to Senator De Lima at her house in Parañaque. Each delivery is worth P5 million ($104,666)."

Look also Drug convict Colangco to testify vs de Lima
Published September 16, 2016 By Keith Calayag
Convicted drug lord Herbert Colangco, one of the high profile inmates detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP), will testify against Senator Leila de Lima in a congressional inquiry on drug proliferation at the national penitentiary next week.

Leila de Lima: A woman for all seasons
by Tony La Viña Published August 30, 2016

Senator De Lima is an imperfect woman, morally flawed for sure as many of us (author included) are. But like Saint Thomas More, she is only doing her duty.

Koko Pimentel, Alan Cayetano: From De Lima's clients to 'critics'?
by Camille Elemia Published September 12, 2016

Neophyte Senator Leila De Lima says they have built friendships along the way – something that may have little to no importance given the current circumstances

Rolando Espinosa Sr., Albuera town, Leyte Mayor  - Kerwin Espinosa, Suspected drug lord

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Albuera Mayor Espinosa killed in jail operation
November 05, 2016
(UPDATED) Police say Espinosa, detailed at the Baybay City Sub-Provincial Jail, was killed after a shootout with CIDG personnel who were trying to serve a search warrant

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Duterte: I won’t let cops in Espinosa slay go to jail
by Pia Ranada December 07, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte gives the assurance to Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his men a day after the National Bureau of Investigation recommended multiple murder charges against them.

De Lima: Duterte may be impeached for protecting cops in Espinosa slay
by Camille Elemia December 07, 2016
Senator Leila de Lima says President Rodrigo Duterte's pronouncement is a 'betrayal of public trust'

NBI: Mayor Espinosa’s death a ‘rubout’
Published December 06, 2016
The National Bureau of Investigation recommends criminal charges against 24 members of the team involved in the raid on the jail cell of the late Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr, as well as the team's informant.

Duterte: No need to explain order to retain Marcos
by Pia Ranada December 05, 2016
Did the President himself order Rolando Espinosa Sr killed? He says he doesn't need to explain his decisions to anyone.

Who ordered Espinosa’s killing?
December 04, 2016 by Bobby G. Nalzaro
It was a well-planned and well-executed operation.

Senate probe: Poorly-written script in Espinosa killing?
by Bea Cupin November 12, 2016
The big question is, who will the senators believe, especially after Duterte declares he believes the police?

Leyte cops called SOCO an hour before Espinosa killing
by Bea Cupin Updated November 11, 2016
Senators grill policemen over inconsistencies in their version of the November operation in a Leyte jail

Senators: Duterte support for cops won't stop probe into Espinosa slay
by Camille Elemia November 11, 2016
Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon says testimonies at the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr point to a 'rubout'

Duterte on Espinosa slay: I believe the police’s story
by Miriam Grace A. Go November 11, 2016
(UPDATED) Why is he siding with the police in operations like this? President Duterte says: ‘Natural, utos ko iyon eh. The fight against drugs is mine. it was not somebody else’s order.’

De Lima denies role in Espinosa death: 'Absurd, pathetic'
by Camille Elemia November 07, 2016
'Nakakatawa na po sila. They are so absurd to the point of being pathetic already,' says Senator Leila de Lima on the accusations thrown by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

Baybay City jail ‘shootout’
November 06, 2016 by Bong O. Wenceslao
There are a number of reasons why the killing inside the sub-provincial jail in Baybay City in Leyte of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and inmate Raul Yap by operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Northern Leyte has become controversial.

Dela Rosa: 'No cover-ups' in probe into Espinosa death
by Bea Cupin November 06, 2016
Dela Rosa says the police will also be looking at the possibility that a so-called 'blue book' that contains the names of officials who supposedly aided and protected Kerwin’s illegal operation had something to do with the mayor’s death.

Albuera Mayor Espinosa shot at police: official
by Kimberly Jane Tan, ABS-CBN News, Updated Nov 05 2016 01:48 PM

Albuera Mayor Espinosa killed inside jail
November 05, 2016
(Updated) Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., father of the alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin, was killed inside his detention cell in Baybay City, Leyte, around 4 a.m. Saturday.

CHR to probe killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa
by Paterno Esmaquel II November 05, 2016
The Commission on Human Rights says the killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa while inside his jail cell 'raises serious questions'
The CHR added in its statement: "The reported death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa today, while in detention at the Baybay City Provincial Jail, raises serious questions on the responsibility of the State to protect persons deprived of liberty, especially in relation to the primordial right to life of every human being."

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NBI: 'Rub-out' ang pagpatay kay Espinosa
Published on Dec 6, 2016
Naniniwala ang NBI na isang "rub-out" ang pagpatay kay Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa. Inireklamo ng multiple murder ang 24 na mga pulis ng CIDG Region 8, kasama ang kanilang hepe na si Supt. Marvin Marcos. Nagpa-Patrol si Niko Baua.

Espinosa’s death a ‘slap in the face’ of PH justice system
Published Nov 5, 2016
The death of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr., inside his jail cell is a "slap in the face" of the country's criminal justice system, Senator Richard Gordon said on Saturday.

Espinosa's final affidavit names 50 gov't execs protecting son
November 07, 2016 by Keith A. Calayag
The late Albuera town, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. has linked government officials and members of the media as the "protectors" of the illegal drug activity of his son "Kerwin," an alleged big time drug operator in Eastern Visayas.
In a six-page judicial affidavit obtained by the media on Monday, the senior Espinosa disclosed to the Albuera police the names of the government officials who allegedly served as his son's protectors.
Top on the list is the name of Senator Leila de Lima, the former Justice Secretary accused of benefiting from illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).
Robredo: Espinosa's death puts police integrity into question
by Patty Pasion November 07, 2016

'Given the peculiar context, this killing raises a lot of questions on the official accounts of [the] CIDG,' says the Vice President.
Vice President Leni Robredo is among the government officials expressing disbelief over the death of detained Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr, and for the Vice President, the killing also casts doubt on the police force.


Conflicting stories mark Espinosa slay probe
Published on Nov 9, 2016
One operation, two conflicting stories. CIDG operatives and jail personnel gave differing details on the killing of detained Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. during a predawn raid of Baybay Provincial Jail last Saturday.

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Siding with the police
November 11, 2016
THERE’S a twist in the investigation on the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa and another inmate, Raul Yap, in the Leyte sub-provincial jail located in Baybay City.

Kerwin Espinosa fears for his life upon return to PH
by Jojo Dass, The Filipino Times November 11, 2016

Philippine Ambassador Constancio R. Vingno Jr says a distraught Kerwin Espinosa asked that his common-law wife and 3 children be allowed to fly home with him.
Suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa fears he would suffer the same fate as his father, slain Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr, once he is deported to the Philippines

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'Big time drug lord': Who is Kerwin Espinosa?
by Bea Cupin November 20, 2016
Kerwin Espinosa – the 'key' to uncovering the illegal drugs trade in Eastern Visayas, according to authorities – returns to the Philippines.

Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa arrives in PH
(UPDATED) Kerwin Espinosa arrives in the Philippines 5 months after he fled the country and weeks after his father was gunned down inside a provincial jail.

Dela Rosa: Kerwin Espinosa 'breakthrough' in PH drug war
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa himself assured the alleged drug lord of his safety ahead of his return to the country

Kerwin Espinosa on De Lima's alleged drug links: ‘No comment’
The alleged drug lord says he would only respond to questions about Senator Leila de Lima to the people he has chosen to speak with.

All 3 by Bea Cupin November 18, 2016

De Lima to Kerwin Espinosa: Gov't will make sure you'll die
'Don't ever think that your 'cooperation' will spare you your life. Sooner or later this government is going to make sure you end up like your father,' Senator Leila de Lima tells the alleged drug lord.

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Kerwin Espinosa's life in danger? 'Over our dead body' – Dela Rosa
The PNP chief brushes off Senator Leila de Lima’s warning to alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

both by Bea Cupin November 20 - 21, 2016

Kerwin as state witness?
November 21, 2016
This can be an interesting point of discussion. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre, who is obsessed with establishing Sen. Leila de Lima’s alleged links to the illegal drugs trade, wants suspected big-time drug lord Kerwin Espinosa to turn state witness so whatever he spills could be used by the government in court.
Drama reaches climax
November 24, 2016
The drama that is the congressional investigation into the illegal drug trade involving alleged big-time drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and Sen. Leila de Lima is reaching its climax or denouement with Espinosa's return to the country after his arrest in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and the capture (was it a surrender?) of de Lima's former driver and lover Ronnie Dayan in La Union.
Witness Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former member of the Davao Death Squad, DDS

REMARK: Most of the videos in this section are albums in the album "Witness Edgar Matobato"

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TIMELINE: Witness lists killings allegedly 'ordered by Duterte'
Published September 15, 2016

Edgar Matobato, a self-confessed former member of the Davao Death Squad, links President Rodrigo Duterte and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte to several killings in previous years

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Senate panel to recommend perjury, murder raps vs Matobato
by Camille Elemia October 17, 2016
'Kasama sa report baka ma-perjury sya at the least and at the most, murder charges against him,' says Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the justice panel

Matobato tells Senate: They can have me killed, I won't run
by Bea Cupin Published September 22, 2016
The supposed hitman of the Davao Death Squad turns emotional after hours of being grilled during a Senate hearing

Duterte on Matobato: Lying under oath a crime
by Pia Ranada Published September 19, 2016
President Duterte says anyone who eggs someone to commit perjury is also an 'active participant' in a crime

‘Killed for no reason’: Matobato’s claims on the Davao Death Squad
by Bea Cupin Published September 16, 2016
Edgar Matobato, who claims to have been a member of the infamous ‘Davao Death Squad,’ goes into detail on their so-called operations


Exclusive Interview with Edgar Matobato
Published on Jan 3, 2017
Edgar Matobato, self-confessed killer and member of the Davao Death Squad, said he saw President Rodrigo Duterte kill eight times, seven at the now infamous Ma-a quarry site in Davao City.
Confessed hitman recalls how Duterte ordered Davao killings
Published Sep 18, 2016

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Matobato is holding out
by Vergel O. Santos January 08, 2017
Edgar Matobato is prepared to hang for his crime, he maintains, but President Rodrigo Duterte should go first.

Matobato and the pathology of power
by Vergel O. Santos Published September 16, 2016
The nation may be in for an even more worrisome time than it already is: Where the position becomes desperately untenable, martial law may well be a recourse.
Who is Edgar Matobato?

Some senators fear for the safety of Edgar Matobato following his explosive testimony at the Senate. Matobato not only linked President Duterte and his son to killings in Davao City, he also admitted to being a member of the Davao Death Squad. Hernel Tocmo digs deeper into the identity of the self-confessed hitman. – ANC, The World Tonight, September 16, 2016
Edgar Matobato: I'm ready to face the consequences
Published Sep 27, 2016
(4 videos)

Edgar Matobato says he wants to atone for all the killings he's done." Gusto ko masabi lahat ng nasa loob ng puso ko. Maski ano man mangyari sa akin, maski bitayin ako, pilit ko haharapin iyan."
Trillanes turns over Matobato to CIDG
Published on Oct 6, 2016
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV turned over confessed hitman Edgar Matobato to the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP CIDG) after an arrest warrant for illegal possession of firearms was issued against him on Thursday.
Trillanes, Dela Rosa on Matobato's surrender
Published Oct 7, 2016
Trillanes, dela Rosa presscon on Matobato turn over
Published Oct 6, 2016

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Who brought Matobato out in the light?
by Vergel O. Santos October 12, 2016
It is a curiosity that nags both sides of the political divide. After all, Matobato has come out to indict President Duterte himself.

Edgar Matobato surrenders at Camp Crame
by Bea Cupin October 07, 2016
(UPDATED) PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa assures the safety of the chief accuser of President Rodrigo Duterte while in police custody

Trillanes to surrender Matobato to PNP chief on Oct 7
by Camille Elemia
(UPDATED) But Senator Antonio Trillanes IV describes the timing of the arrest warrant as 'highly suspicious,' saying the case against the witness was filed in 2014

Matobato's hits and misses
by Jodesz Gavilan October 02, 2016
Rappler compares the statements of supposed former Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato with official documents, news reports, and interviews.

Edgar Matobato: Liar or truth-teller?
by Chay F. Hofileña Published September 27, 2016
He’s either a shameless, well-trained prevaricator, a repentant truth-teller, or someone caught in between.
57-year-old Edgar Matobato appeared twice before partisan senators who grilled him and tried to assert that his shocking revelations about the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS) and President Rodrigo Duterte were too incredible to be true.

Ambush survivor: 'Matobato tried to kill me in 2014'
by Editha Z. Caduaya Published September 16, 2016

A retired agrarian reform adjudicator sees Senate witness Edgar Matobato on TV: 'I clearly remember his eyes, nose, and mouth, every attribute, including his ball cap. He is the same person who tried to kill me on October 23, 2014'

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Ambush survivor files frustrated murder raps vs Matobato
by Editha Caduaya Published September 23, 2016
Retired agrarian reform adjudicator Abeto Salcedo Jr has earlier identified Edgar Matobato as the gunman who ambushed him in 2014

Duterte denies knowing Matobato personally
by Pia Ranada Published September 24, 2016

Asked if he knows Edgar Matobato, President Rodrigo Duterte says: 'Hindi. I don't remember. Kasi kagaya nito, when I was the mayor, the one providing security, puro pulis.'

Policy issues from Matobato's testimony
by Joy Aceron Published September 18, 2016
The testimony of Edgar Matobato is rich with information that have policy implications and can therefore aid future legislation

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Senate probe of drug war looks like a 'demolition job'
Published Sep 17, 2016

Media Killings

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Duterte OKs creation of task force vs media killings
October 13, 2016 By Ruth Abbey Gita

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."

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
Published 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.

Newspaper publisher killed after release of column on drug trade
By: Ed Margareth Barahan December 20, 2016


Task force vs media killings

Published 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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Task force seen to help end media killings
By Giovanni Nilles Updated July 18, 2016

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