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Youth groups deliver alternative SONA on drug-related killings
by Danielle Nakpil July 19, 2017

'It’s time to resist in a time of corruption and extrajudicial killings. There is a need to break the apathy... of the youth,' says rally leader at St Scholastica's College.

Ombudsman: Duterte's 'kill' threats unacceptable
by Lian Buan July 14, 2017

'He's goading people to kill people. That's a problem,' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says of President Rodrigo Duterte.
It appears Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has taken a stronger stance against President Rodrigo Duterte's tough talk on killing criminals and drug users.

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Duterte to Ombudsman: Shut up, don't be like Obama
by Pia Ranada July 17, 2017
(UPDATED) 'Since when did you anoint yourself spokesman of the criminals?' says President Rodrigo Duterte to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.
"Do not play God and shut up."
This was President Rodrigo Duterte's advice to Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales in response to her criticism of his threats to kill criminals.

Drug addiction is a health problem. Somebody please tell the President.
by Jee Y. Geronimo June 29, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte says shabu addicts can no longer be rehabilitated – an 'understanding that other countries had in the 1970s,' says a psychologist.


The Devastating Effects of the Philippines' War on Drugs
Published on Jul 13, 2017
Nanlaban follows the drug war being waged by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte through the eyes of a mother, a wife, and a body collector and shows the devastating effect it has had on the emotional, physical and financial well-being of those hardest hit.
The Philippine drug war – a culture of fear
by Alecs Ongcal Jun 30, 2017
What wounds has the war on drugs inflicted on communities?
What’s the psychological impact of the war on drugs?
What culture does it instill?
Aside from the victims, what wounds have been inflicted on the community?
Over 7,000 people have been killed in legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings in the Duterte government’s "war on drugs."
Noynoy Aquino on drug war: What's in store for the orphans?
by Bea Cupin July 19, 2017

'What’s in store for us down the line as a country for people who might not have redress in the systems in place?' asks the former president.

EU lawmakers visit PH to check human rights
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2017

Lawmakers from the European Union flew to the Philippines to check the human rights situation in the country, the head of this EU delegation said Tuesday, July 18.
EU lawmakers, led by Soraya Post, plan to visit detained Senator Leila de Lima during their trip to the Philippines.

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EU MPs 'concerned' over Philippine drug war deaths
by Agence France-Presse July 21, 2017
The EU delegation also expresses 'strong concern' over efforts to restore the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to 9.

U.S. lawmakers probe Duterte's bloody drug war
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 20, 2017

In his opening remarks, US Congressman Randy Hultgren pointed out that the Philippines "is a valuable ally of the United States and is the largest recipient of United States' assistance in East Asia."
'It is paramount that human rights violations are not an unintended consequence of the war on drugs'

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Duterte says he'll never visit 'lousy' America
by Agence France-Presse July 21, 2017
Duterte makes the declaration as he expresses anger at a US Congress human rights commission hearing where various advocate groups assailed his bloody war on drugs.

Malacañang to U.S. lawmakers: Filipinos real judge of drug war
by Pia Ranada July 21, 2017
'We trust that the [Filipino] people understand that they are really getting the better side of this deal,' says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella.

Two U.S. lawmakers slam Duterte in drug war hearing
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 21, 2017 - with Video
'I certainly believe, very strongly, that a man with the human rights record of President Duterte should not be invited to the White House,' a US lawmaker says.

Can Duterte use martial law for drug war?
by Pia Ranada June 05, 2017

Crimes other than rebellion or invasion cannot be basis for martial law, says a lawyer.

But Duterte's chief legal counsel says drug syndicates funding terror groups can be targets of martial law.

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Gov't, MILF sign cooperation agreement vs illegal drugs
by Manman Dejeto July 01, 2017
The protocol of cooperation provides guidelines and operational procedures for joint anti-illegal drug operations in MILF areas and communities.


Stop EJKs to stage Day of Prayer and Action on Independence Day
Published on May 18, 2017

Former Rep. Teddy Casiño is urging concerned Filipinos to show their rejection of extrajudicial killings by joining the Day of Prayer and Action on June 12, 2017, in Malate, Manila. (Video and editing by RYAN LEAGOGO)

Drug tests for public school teachers to start during school year 2017-2018
by Apple Danuco May 17, 2017
The initiative of the Department of Education is set to be extended to include secondary level students.

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In the PH drug war, it's likely EJK when...
by Jodesz Gavilan May 13, 2017
The circumstances surrounding the numerous drug-related deaths in the Philippines are almost always the same across all incidents

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Controversial Davao cop heads Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force
by Bea Cupin May 17, 2017
Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao Jr is tapped to lead the task force, which is under the newly-formed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs.

Is Duterte's '4 million drug addicts' a 'real number'?
by Pia Ranada May 06, 2017

The government holds a #RealNumbersPH forum but fails to justify the continued use of the '4 million drug addicts' figure.


Justice Secretary Aguirre on pork scam, martial law, and war on drugs
June 01, 2017
Rappler sits down with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to talk about, among others, constitutional issues pertaining to martial law and manpower inside the DOJ
Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II's most controversial move of late is holding exploratory talks with plunder defendant and alleged pork scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles.

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Aguirre wants SAF out of Bilibid as drug trade 'active again'
by Lian Buan June 02, 2017
Aguirre says he is closely watching the drug inmates they turned witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima amid this 'creeping resurgence' of drug trading.

Quibbling over life and death in the war on drugs
by Vergel O. Santos May 13, 2017
Thousands of lives have been taken summarily, and we are debating whether those killings were justified or not.
Senator Alan Cayetano traveled last week to Geneva, in Switzerland, to appear at a United Nations inquiry and argue on behalf of the Duterte government that, if any summary executions were happening in its war on drugs, these were not "state-sponsored".
Witnesses name Manila policeman behind drug-related summary killings
April 27, 2017
Witnesses interviewed during the 3-month investigation led by Patricia Evangelista name Police Officer 3 Ronald Alvarez of the Delpan Community Precinct as the alleged killer behind at least 4 drug-related deaths.

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Manila Police to 'killer' cop witnesses: Stand up to your claims
by Rambo Talabong May 07, 2017
Manila Police District Chief Directorial Staff Bartolome Bustamante calls on the accusers of PO3 Ronald Alvarez to stand up to their claims and to give their sworn statements.

Alejano to seek House probe into 'killer' cop named in Rappler report
by Mara Cepeda May 02, 2017
Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano will file a resolution at the House based on the investigative report, which Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says contains 'solid proof' of 'state-inspired mass murder'

Lacson, Trillanes want Manila cop probed over killings
by Camille Elemia May 01, 2017
The two senators react to Rappler's exclusive report identifying PO3 Ronald Alvarez as behind alleged summary executions in Tondo, Manila.

Anger, helplessness drive kin of drug war victims to name 'killer' cop
by Jodesz Gavilan April 29, 2017 - with video
The Manila Police District says the families need to appear before police to execute an affidavit if they want the killings to be investigated.

Duterte gov't to defend drug war, human rights record before UN
by Camille Elemia May 02, 2017
Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, part of the Philippine delegation, says he is 'ready' to defend President Rodrigo Duterte before the United Nations
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Where the war began
A 10-part investigative story
By Patricia Evangelista
Photos by Carlo Gabuco

Intro: Where the drug war began
1: 'I will kill you'
2: 'Good job'
3: 'They rape their mothers'
4: 'He looked for Mama'
5: 'The smoke of gunshots'
6: 'Like a dead chicken'
7: 'We killed him'
8: The 'demon' of Delpan
9: 'They will commit suicide'
10: 'They wanted it'

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Dela Rosa: PNP to probe 'killer' cop named in Rappler report
by Bea Cupin May 01, 2017 - with video
PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he wants an investigation to clear all doubts that the PNP condones executions by its own men.

Duterte’s drug war blinding PH from rising ISIS threat, analysts say
by Santiago J. Arnaiz April 09, 2017
Experts believe that not only is this fixation on the drug war allowing these terrorist groups room to operate, but may also be the reason the situation has gotten so out of hand.
Ratings drop shows drug war now 'national nightmare'
by Camille Elemia April 19, 2017
UPDATED 'The fear is real,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros in response to the decline in public satisfaction with the Duterte administration's controversial campaign.
"More killings, less public approval. As long as the government's anti-drug campaign continues to create a climate of fear, impunity, and killing, this war is a losing battle with less and less supporters"

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2 children among killed in Maguindanao drug raid
by Jeff Maitem May 03, 2017
Two other minors are wounded, including a 12-month-old boy, after men of suspected drug lord and BIFF member Willie Akil Utto fired upon the raiding team.

War on drugs: How the PNP responds to abuse, corruption charges
by Bea Cupin April 20, 2017
When faced with allegations – allegedly from their own men – the PNP has a rather predictable response.

CHR forms new team to probe Davao Death Squad killings
by Jodesz Gavilan March 08, 2017

The creation of the new team comes after former policeman Arturo Lascañas told the Senate that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings when he was Davao City mayor.

Robredo hits 'growing culture of apathy, impunity, lies'
by Patty Pasion February 24, 2017

'What kind of message are we sending to our children when our leader says it is alright to kill?' says Vice President Leni Robredo

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Marcos calls Robredo ‘unpatriotic’ over UN video message
by Mara Cepeda April 05, 2017
Former senator Bongbong Marcos says it's 'a matter of opinion' if Vice President Leni Robredo should be impeached for criticizing the government's drug war.

Drug war leaving Filipinos 'hopeless and helpless,' says Robredo
by Agence France-Presse March 15, 2017 - with video
'To know that the international community's eyes are on us and to feel that human rights advocates are watching over our country gives us comfort, courage, and hope,' says Robredo in taped message for a UN meeting on extrajudicial killings.

'Tone down' reports? Stop the killings – UN expert
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 23, 2017
This comes after Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo appealed to Vice President Leni Robredo and the media to 'tone down' their reporting of extrajudicial killings.

Impunity in PH? Ramos says 'it's starting to be like that'
with videos
February 12, 2017
Former Philippine president Fidel V. Ramos also says the government should reconsider President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to tap the military to lead the war on drugs
What can we learn from China’s long history of fighting illicit drugs?
by Eric Gutierrez April 05, 2017
Drug use is a problem, but sometimes the exaggeration of the problem could be more dangerous, and the cures on offer could be worse than the problem itself.
Trillanes ready to die fighting Duterte
by Camille Elemia February 26, 2017
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV said he is ready to face the consequences of his resistance against President Rodrigo Duterte, even if he ends up getting killed.
'Gawin ninyo kung ano 'yung gusto ninyong gawin. Hindi ako matitinag diyan. Pero kung ipapatumba nila ako dahil sa paninindigan ko, kasama po 'yan sa mandato ko'

The PNP's return to the war on drugs
March 24, 2017
Director Camilo Pancratius Cascolan, the PNP's Director for Operations talks about how the police is handling its return to anti-illegal drugs campaigns.

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What's the new PNP Drug Enforcement Group like?
March 10, 2017
Senior Superintendent Graciano Mijares explains how the new group is different from the now-dissolved PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group.

PNP back in drug war? Punish erring cops first
by Camille Elemia March 01, 2017
'It'd be the height of arrogance if our government would resume its most murderous war on drugs without getting rid of corrupt policemen,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima.

Duterte allows PNP's return to war on drugs
with video
by Pia Ranada February 28, 2017
The President orders the creation of smaller 'task forces' to be comprised of policemen with no record of corruption

Cayetano to Duterte, PNP: Relaunch 'war on drugs'
February 26, 2017
At a pro-Duterte vigil-rally in Luneta, Senator Cayetano says drug pushers have returned after Oplan TokHang was suspended in late January

TIMELINE: The PNP's use of the term 'deaths under investigation'
by Rappler Research Team March 30, 2017
We track how the PNP has released data on DUIs, and try to explain all the confusion it has generated.
Military 'ready' for war on drugs, vows no TokHang
with video
by Carmela Fonbuena February 19, 2017
The Armed Forces of the Philippines will create a 500-man task force to assist the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, but the AFP's main focus will still be internal threats.
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief General Eduardo Año has made arrangements with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to obey the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to help in the war against illegal drugs.
Narco-politics in the barangays
March 30, 2017
It's a claim that is on the verge of being accepted as truth by repetition and without verification. Most of the barangay officials - we have 42,036 barangays in the country - have links to the illegal drugs trade.
Editorial: Tokhang 2.0
March 08, 2017
OFFICIALS of the Central Visayas police did the right thing in deciding to invite priests, pastors and other religious leaders to join them in enforcing Oplan Tokhang. Should these clergymen accept, they will give the operation something it has lacked from the beginning: more transparency.
Police watchdog: Know enough about Internal Affairs Service?
by Jodesz Gavilan March 11, 2017
The Internal Affairs Service is an independent body tasked to investigate police accused of violating procedures and regulations
Senate hearing on 'tokhang for ransom'
February 23, 2017
South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo reportedly was a victim of 'tokhang for ransom' and died in the hands of the Philippine police

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South Korean kidnapped, murdered by PH policemen
by Agence France-Presse January 18, 2017
A South Korean businessman who went missing in the Philippines 3 months ago was kidnapped by policemen and murdered on the day he disappeared, a Seoul official says

War on drugs, war against the poor
by Matt Wells, Amnesty International February 04, 2017

'An industry of murder is thriving, at the expense of the urban poor. Family members we interviewed repeatedly described the 'war on drugs' as a war against the poor.'

Duterte hits critics who say he 'kills the poor'
March 25, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte says: 'I'm sorry. You say you're poor; that's not an answer. I have a problem: 4 million addicts. Do you want 4 million more?'

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Duterte: 'Vigilantes real, they got it from me'
by Pia Ranada March 29, 2017
The President warns drug personalities: 'Maniwala kayo, marami pang susunod sa akin, hihiritan talaga kayo'.


Enduring pain for drug war victim families
May 17, 2017

President Rodrigo Duterte's unprecedented crackdown on drug users and pushers has claimed the lives of thousands of people, the impacts on their families are the largely untold stories in what campaigners have called a war on the poor.

Children and Duterte's drug war: Lessons from the past
by Al Jazeera February 19, 2017
More than 30 children have been killed since Philippine Rodrigo Duterte launched his controversial war on drugs in June.
Jose flipped 3 coins into the air when two gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire.
They shot the 15-year-old suspected drug user 7 times. The boy hit the ground, along with the coins that he had tossed as part of a traditional Filipino game called hantak.
To the boy who lost his father to Duterte's drug war
by RJ Barrete March 21, 2017
'I wanted to tell you that violence is never a way out of desolation; that there is change in hope, not in fear'
More than 7,000 deaths have been linked to the war on drugs. But the bloody campaign did not only kill alleged drug addicts, it also turned children into orphans.
Beyond quick fixes: What we should do about the drug problem
by Gideon Lasco February 01, 2017

For as long as government officials and the public see drugs as an unqualified evil, another 'war on drugs' is bound to happen – and ultimately fail – in the future.

1st petition vs Oplan TokHang filed at SC
by Lian Buan January 27, 2017 - with video
(UPDATED) The first petition against the Oplan TokHang campaign of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was filed before the Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday, January 26.
The Center for International Law (CenterLaw) filed the petition on behalf of the families of 4 drug suspects killed in Payatas, Quezon City in August 2016.
Finger-pointing on Mamasapano
by Edilberto de Jesus, PhD January 28, 2017

If Aquino was ultimately responsible for Mamasapano

should not Duterte accept ultimate accountability for the murder by PNP officers of Jee Ick Joo, and any murder subsequently discovered to have been perpetrated by the police?

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

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

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CHR says no 'definite conclusion' yet on extrajudicial killings
by Jodesz Gavilan March 28, 2017
The Commission on Human Rights says it is still premature to draw any conclusion on whether or not extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs are state-sponsored.

CHR's Gana says no evidence yet linking extrajudicial killings to state
by Jodesz Gavilan March 28, 2017 - with video
(UPDATED) Commission on Human Rights official Gwen Pimentel-Gana, who heads the task force on EJKs, says government policy must exist for the extrajudicial killings to be considered state-sponsored.

An end to the ugly war
by Vergel O. Santos January 31, 2017
Now comes the test of Duterte's word
Nothing can be more consoling than the news that the police’s war on drugs has been called off.

Duterte to order soldiers to arrest corrupt police
by Pia Ranada January 31, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte will soon order soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to arrest corrupt policemen, as part of his administration’s cleansing of the Philippine National Police.

CHR: Stopping drug war acknowledges flaws and abuse in PNP
by Jodesz Gavilan January 31, 2017
Despite the halt of operations, the Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine National Police to ensure accountability and justice for all the deaths in the intense war on drugs

PNP out of drug war means end to 'tokhang,' buy-bust
with video
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017
What are policemen allowed and not allowed to do from today? The PNP explains in detail.

Duterte orders 'cleansing' of PNP, extends drug war again
by Pia Ranada January 30, 2017
The President orders the dissolution of all PNP anti-drug units and the creation of a new command to rid the police force of corrupt personnel.

PNP to create task force vs scalawag cops
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017
The task force will focus on corruption within the PNP's ranks.

Jee Ick Joo case: Tangled webs, inconsistent stories
by Bea Cupin January 28, 2017
Will the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police be able to work together and arrive at the truth?

Sta. Isabel: Garbo friend helped me enter intel directorate
by Bea Cupin Updated January 27, 2017
The testimony at the Senate is not the first time retired police general Marcelo Garbo is mentioned in relation to Ricky Sta Isabel, suspect in the killing of a Korean businessman

Koreans and crime in Angeles City

Rogue cops in action
with video
by Bea Cupin January 27, 2017
Senator Panfilo Lacson, who once headed the national police, shows this video during a Senate hearing and warns it's not an isolated case.

Jee Ick Joo killed to 'silence' him on cops' extortion of Koreans
by Camille Elemia Updated February 23, 2017
(UPDATED) 'He was really going to be assassinated,' says Senior Superintendent Glenn Dumlao, chief of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group, citing the findings of the investigation into the South Korean businessman's death.

the Video:
Jee Ick Joo death 'Korean mafia-related'
Feb 23, 2017

aboutphilippines.ph just ask: How can we trust PNP?

Leadership breakdown in PNP
January 30, 2017
It takes the death of a South Korean businessman – an embarrassment, says President Duterte – for the PNP to realize it's gone too far in its war on drugs.
Lest we forget, two things have led to the breakdown in the PNP – on top of its inherent organizational weaknesses:
  • President Duterte has unleashed a culture of impunity in his centerpiece war-on-drugs program.
  • De la Rosa’s leadership has inordinately focused on his visibility and self-promotion rather than keeping a tight rein on the police force.

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Dela Rosa orders PNP: Stop war on drugs
with the videos e.g.: Dela Rosa admits "breakdown on discipline" in PNP
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017
President Duterte will 'determine' when the police can go back to its anti-illegal drugs operations, says the PNP chief.

Editorial: Pause, effect
February 01, 2017

LET'S give the official story the benefit of the doubt. The suspension of police operations against illegal drugs does give Director General Ronald dela Rosa the opportunity to go after scalawags in his ranks.

Death in 'El Dorado'
by Kyungmin Bae January 29, 2017

'It is hoped that the Philippine government takes Jee's murder case seriously and ensures security for other Koreans in the Philippines.

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PNP, NBI probe Korean mafia's hand behind Jee kidnap-slay case
February 06, 2017 By Keith A. Calayag

PNP radio signals 'compromised'
January 28, 2017 By Johanna O. Bajenting
DRUG pushers have used hand-held radios they bought online to tap into the police's signal during raids.
"The real question here is where did they get the frequency?

Why do they have the frequency of the Lapu-Lapu Police Station?" Ruiz asked. It's possible that it was an inside job, he said!

FAST FACTS: What is active non-violence?
by Michael Bueza February 18, 2017

This form of peaceful protest has been employed in many countries, including the Philippines, in response to issues ranging from racism to oppression

2016, a year of sorrows and fear
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.

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
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.

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

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PDEA confirms Korean mafia presence in Cebu
February 06, 2017 By Johanna O. Bajenting, Elias O. Baquero, Sheila C. Gravinez
THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) - Central Visayas confirmed the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Duterte last Saturday night in Davao City that a Korean mafia is allegedly operating an illegal drug trade and a prostitution ring in Cebu.

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
Jan 3, 2017
The administration's war against illegal drugs is also being used to run after leftists in certain areas.
IBP: Duterte's criticism of lawyers defending drug suspects 'dangerous'
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

IMPORTANT look also

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
Dec 19, 2016

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!
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)

Look also the Videos and

'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?
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


A 'scholar ng bayan' speaks out ​on summary executions
December 09, 2016

Look also the article HERE


Rodrigo Duterte said, Let there be blood, and there was blood
Dec 15, 2016

IMPORTANT look also the article:



Number of stray bullet victims rise as war on drugs continue
Dec 23, 2016
PNP and the Duterte effect
December 05, 2016

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


‘Bato,’ dokumentaryo ni Jay Taruc
Jul 11, 2016 - Aired: July 9, 2016
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:
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.
Look also the Video

Impunity: Alias Heart
February 06, 2017

IMPORTANT look also the article:
February 07, 2017
Text by Patricia Evangelista | Photos by Carlo Gabuco

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.
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)
Aug 16, 2016
Aired: August 13, 2016
This video entitled ‘Tiis Piitan’ features ‘the overcrowded prison in Quezon City.’
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

Look MUCH more HERE

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.

Look also the Video:

Conflicting tales? Trillanes says Duterte told him different story on killings
Dec 17, 2016

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
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'

US looked into 2005 EJKS in Cebu
May 26, 2017 By Atty. Pachico A. Seares

A US Embassy 2005 document released by WikiLeaks says the US Government expressed to Cebu officials “strong deep concerns” over the extrajudicial killings that were then talked about and divided the city's political and civic sectors.

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.


Duterte behind summary killings in PH, Trillanes insists
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
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 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

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Hontiveros likens deaths under Duterte admin to 'necrophilia'
by Mara Cepeda February 15, 2017
Senator Risa Hontiveros says there seems to be an 'obsession with death' under the Duterte administration – from the death penalty to extrajudicial killings due to the war on drugs.

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
October 08, 2016
A hundred days of bluster and anger
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
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
Oct 7, 2016
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.

Look also HERE

Laws - Etc.

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

and Constitution - Etc. Laws

go to overview

Executive order 15/2017 ICAD Duterte created inter-agency body for war on drugs
The 18-member committee, headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, is divided into 4 clusters: enforcement, justice, advocacy, and rehabilitation.
Executive Order 15, signed on Monday, March 6, designates the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency as the chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs or ICAD.
The ICAD's membership – a total of 18 agencies or departments (excluding PDEA) – show how Duterte intends the war against drugs to be an all-government effort.
Duterte 'admitted complicity' in Davao killings – WikiLeaks
by Paterno Esmaquel II 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.

Look also the WikiLeaks documents:



and the article

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

Duterte to revive Philippine Constabulary
by Pia Ranada 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.

Look also the Video:

Is it really time to revive the Philippine Constabulary?
Feb 1, 2017

Remark this is an album in "Philippine Constabulary" in the album "Government Authorities - Etc."

Robredo: Reviving PH Constabulary won't solve drug problem
by Patty Pasion February 02, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo says the government should study models of other countries that have succeeded in the fight against illegal drugs without resorting to violence.

Duterte mulls reviving PH Constabulary to lead drug war
with video
by Pia Ranada January 31, 2017
Under the proposal, the Philippine Constabulary will be fully manned by military personnel who, President Rodrigo Duterte believes, are less prone to corruption than the police.

Lorenzana: 'Let's see if we need to revive Philippine Constabulary'
by Carmela Fonbuen 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 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'

Look more HERE

House committee drops use of 'extrajudicial killings' in probes, reports
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.

Look also the Video:
'Mismatched' PNP data seen on war on drugs
Dec 27, 2016


Police Checkpoints 101: How checkpoints work
Sep 16, 2016

Look also the article

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
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
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.

Look also the above articles and

Duterte to order soldiers to arrest corrupt police
by Pia Ranada January 31, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte will soon order soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to arrest corrupt policemen, as part of his administration’s cleansing of the Philippine National Police.

CHR: Stopping drug war acknowledges flaws and abuse in PNP
by Jodesz Gavilan January 31, 2017
Despite the halt of operations, the Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine National Police to ensure accountability and justice for all the deaths in the intense war on drugs

PNP out of drug war means end to 'tokhang,' buy-bust
with video
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017
What are policemen allowed and not allowed to do from today? The PNP explains in detail.

Duterte orders 'cleansing' of PNP, extends drug war again
by Pia Ranada January 30, 2017
The President orders the dissolution of all PNP anti-drug units and the creation of a new command to rid the police force of corrupt personnel.

PNP to create task force vs scalawag cops
by Bea Cupin January 30, 2017
The task force will focus on corruption within the PNP's ranks.

Duterte not happy, gives his drug war '5 out of 10' rating
by Pia Ranada 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

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 September 28, 2016

Bucor reveals 3 versions of Bilibid stabbing incident
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.

and the Videos and HERE



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 September 28, 2016

No to slut-shaming in Philippine Congress
by Rappler Social Media Team 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'
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).

and the Video:

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

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

IMPORTANT look also

Human Rights

Catholic leaders about EJK & War on Drugs

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

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

go to overview

Vatican says Philippine killings 'deeply troubling'
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 09, 2017

The Vatican also voices concern over enforced disappearances as well as human trafficking in the Philippines.

German bishops lobby to end Philippine killings
German bishops back the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in fighting extrajudicial killings and opposing the death penalty.
Look also
Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH
This is the first non-Filipino Catholic bishops' conference to speak out against human rights abuses in Duterte-led Philippines
Both by Paterno Esmaquel II March 18, May 13, 2017

CHR refutes Cayetano: We did not change definition of EJKs
by Jodesz Gavilan May 09, 2017 - with video
UPDATED The Commission on Human Rights joins at least 45 UN member states in calling on the Philippine government to conduct a 'thorough' investigation and hold accountable those behind the killings.

LOOK the 23 videos from the below articles - Etc. in HD in the album
"A Policy Forum"

Drug Issues, Different Perspectives – A Policy Forum
May 05, 2017 - with videos
A group of pro-bono lawyers called the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) mounted an event called Drug Issues, Different Perspectives at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium in the University of Philippines Diliman campus on Friday and Saturday, May 5 to 6.
Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur, is the keynote speaker.

Look also the articles - etc.:

Countries call for end to killings in PH drug war
by Jodesz Gavilan May 08, 2017
United Nations member states urge the Philippines to launch a thorough and impartial investigation to punish those behind drug-related killings.

Dr. Carl Hart on drug war and public health
May 08, 2017
Neuropharmacologist Dr. Carl Hart debunks prevalent myths on drug use and the human brain.

Callamard: PH gov't 'officially informed of my visit'
by Bea Cupin May 06, 2017
(UPDATED) The UN expert on summary killings says the Philippine government was told of her visit on April 28, and there were exchanges between them 'by phone, mail, and email' until May 4.

Palace 'disappointed' with visit of UN Special Rapporteur
May 05, 2017
(UPDATED) UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard, by supposedly not informing the Philippine government about her visit, shows she won't be objective in probing summary killings, says the Palace

Callamard says PH drug board presentation gave her 'hope'
by Bea Cupin May 06, 2017
The UN expert also dismisses criticism over her presence in the country. 'I'm used to it,' she tells media

UN expert in PH: Punitive measures worsen drug problem
by Bea Cupin May 05, 2017 - with video
UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard speaks at a drug policy forum organized by the Free Legal Assistance Group

UN rapporteur rebukes Duterte's war on drugs
May 05, 2017
United Nations (UN) special rapporteur has rebuked President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly campaign against illegal drugs, saying world leaders have recognized it does not work.

Callamard: No war on drugs probe during PH visit
by Bea Cupin May 05, 2017
'They are entitled to monitor me, absolutely,' says UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard of the Philippine government.

UN expert Agnes Callamard here
May 04, 2017
Callamard is seen at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Commission on Human Rights on Thursday, May 4.
President Rodrigo Duterte spoke of her during his speech Thursday afternoon in Davao City. He said the reason why she is here is to investigate extrajudicial killings.

CHR says Special Rapporteur Callamard in PH for 'academic visit'
by Jodesz Gavilan May 05, 2017
UPDATED Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says the Philippine government should already extend an invitation for Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to conduct a probe into extrajudicial killings.

Callamard: I'm waiting for PH to lift conditions of official visit
by Bea Cupin May 06, 2017 - with video
The Philippine government had earlier imposed 3 conditions for the Special Rapporteur's visit to the country.

Human Rights Watch to UN rights council: Denounce drug war killings in PH
The New York-based human rights group urges the ted Nations Human Rights Council to pressure the Philippines into supporting an international investigation into the drug-related killings.

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Human Rights Watch slams Cayetano for defending 'the indefensible' - with video
The global group says the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is 'delusional' for thinking it can sway other countries from pushing for accountability over drug-related killings.

Both by Jodesz Gavilan May 04, 10, 2017

Watchdog urges Asean to take stand vs Duterte’s drug war
April 26, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita
INTERNATIONAL human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday called on Association of Southeast Asian Nation (Asean) leaders to raise their concerns over the war on illegal drugs waged by President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines.
Lawyers' group asks SC to issue new rules for EJKs
by Lian Buan April 27, 2017
'An extrajudicial killing is an outright breach of law. And regardless of the fact that the suspect may have fought the police, it is not for the police to write off the crime and proclaim that the killing was justified,' CenterLaw tells the Supreme Court.
Karapatan brings cases of political killings in PH to UN
April 12, 2017
Cases of extrajudicial killings related to the Duterte administration's bloody war on drugs are next.
Rights group Karapatan submitted to the United Nations (UN) 47 cases of alleged political killings under the Duterte administration.
Learn from lessons of Jabidah massacre, Zambo youth tell Duterte
by Jieven Santisteban March 18, 2017

Young Mindanao activists urge President Rodrigo Duterte to stop extrajudicial killings

NY Times: Hit PH with trade tariffs over deadly drug war
March 27, 2017

'A more consequential action' other countries could make to protest the war on drugs is to impose tariffs on Philippine goods, a New York Times editorial says.

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Palace: NY Times 'demolition work' vs Duterte 'very obvious'
March 27, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita
MALACAÑANG believed Monday that the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte have launched a “well-funded” campaign against him to pay “hack writers” of American daily newspaper New York Times (NYT), who are "focused on undermining him."

Palace dismisses NY Times journalists as 'hack writers'
by Pia Ranada March 27, 2017
Duterte's spokesman now claims the New York Times is part of a plot to oust the President

EU Parliament approves call to free De Lima
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 17, 2017

European lawmakers also urge Philippine officials to 'immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty'

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Palace tells EU parliament, 'Our democracy works'
by Pia Ranada March 17, 2017
Malacañang asks European lawmakers to let the Philippines 'deal with our domestic challenges without unwarranted foreign interference'


Human Rights Watch on extrajudicial killings
“License to Kill.”
Police Fake Evidence in Philippines' Drug War Killings
Video courtesy of the Human Rights Watch

Look also the articles:

HRW: PH risks being lumped with North Korea, Syria
by Bea Cupin March 03, 2017
'The Philippine government needs to understand that their problems with the international community will not go away unless these killings stop'

HRW: Duterte could be held liable for crimes against humanity
by Jodesz Gavilan
Human Rights Watch's latest report says Duterte's repeated calls to kill alleged drug personalities are 'indicative of a government policy to attack a specific civilian population'

PNP behind extrajudicial killings – int'l rights group
by Patricia Evangelista
New York-based Human Rights Watch says it chose not to give the Duterte administration an advance copy of its report, adding it doubts a dialogue with the current government is possible

PH police 'falsifying' evidence in drugs war – Human Rights Watch
by Bea Cupin
A report by an international human rights group points to collusion between police and so-called vigilante groups in the execution of drug suspects.

Rights groups: Police have falsified evidence
(Updated) - A human rights watchdog accused the police in the Philippines of falsifying evidence to justify unlawful killings in the government's war on drugs that has caused more than 7,000 deaths, and pointed the finger at President Rodrigo Duterte as being ultimately responsible.

Duterte on war on drugs: 'More killings to come'
UPDATED March 03, 2017 with video
by Pia Ranada
President Rodrigo Duterte calls out Human Rights Watch for describing his anti-drug campaign as a 'war against humanity'

Palace blasts 'thoughtless, irresponsible' HRW report
by Pia Ranada
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella tells groups looking into the Duterte government's drug war to 'do their homework more diligently before attempting to engage in propaganda'

All March 02, 2017

An open letter to Human Rights Watch on EJKs, Duterte, and Karapatan
by Cameron Walker March 15, 2017
Has the militant rights group spoken out strongly against the wave of extrajudicial killings of drug suspects in the Philippines?
Naked prisoners in Philippine jail cause uproar
by Agence France-Presse March 02, 2017
The inmates of the Cebu provincial jail are woken before dawn on Tuesday, February 28, herded into the jail's quadrangle and forced to strip while anti-drug agents, police and military searched their cells.
With the photos gaining traction on social media, human rights groups voiced concern.
"This incident clearly amounts to cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment of prisoners," Amnesty International said in a statement.

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Panelo backs mass strip search at Cebu prison
March 04, 2017
Chief Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says the operation itself is justifiable but the photos of the naked prisoners should not have been released, as this violated their right to privacy.

Cebu guv 'did not order' stripping of inmates
March 03, 2017
Governor Hilario Davide III denied that he ordered law enforcers to strip naked the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) inmates during a raid on February 28.

Colombian ex-president to Duterte: Force won't solve drug war
by KD Suarez February 08, 2017

'Trust me, I learned the hard way,' former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria advises the Philippine leader in a New York Times op-ed entitled, 'President Duterte is repeating my mistakes'

Look also the Videos in the album "Duterte calls ex-Colombian president an ‘idiot’" in the album 'Maverick' Duterte:

Duterte calls ex-Colombian president an ‘idiot’ for drug war ‘lecture’ Feb 8, 2017

Duterte repeating Colombia's mistakes on war on drugs says ex-president Feb 8, 2017

Robredo on ex-Colombian president's comment on war on drugs
Feb 9, 2017 - Video by Noy Morcoso

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Robredo backs ex-Colombian president's advice on drug war
by Patty Pasion February 09, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo says the Philippine government must learn from other countries which used violence but failed to solve the drug problem

Duterte calls ex-Colombian president ‘idiot’ for comment on drug war
by Nestor Corrales INQUIRER.net February 08, 2017

Sereno: Extrajudicial killings a setback in judicial reforms
January 25, 2017

Chief Justice Sereno urges the police to 'reflect' on the way they have performed their duties that led to the increase of unsolved killings linked to war on drugs.


Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings
Jan 18, 2017

Amnesty warns of crimes against humanity in Philippines
Jan 31, 2017

Escudero wants AI to testify on pay-for-kill claim in drug war
Feb 1, 2017

Robredo on AI report
Feb 9, 2017 - Video by Noy Morcoso

Amnesty Int'l says police HQ paid P8k-15k per kill
Feb 11, 2017 by Jeannette Ifurung

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Duterte on AI report: Why would I pay police to kill?
by Pia Ranada February 03, 2017
The President says police claiming they were paid to kill are corrupt police who pocketed intelligence funds intended for catching drug pushers

Escudero wants Amnesty Int'l to face Senate probe into its report
February 02, 2017
'Ito'y seryosong alegasyon nanggaling pa sa international body. Dapat alamin kung may basehan nga ba o wala dahil dumudungis ito sa imahe ng ating bansa,' says Senator Francis Escudero

Cops fueled by 'economy of death' in drug war – Amnesty
by Bea Cupin February 01, 2017
The Amnesty International report details stories of police corruption and abuse in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.
“Pressures from the top” and “financial incentives” have created an “informal economy of death” to drive police killings.

UN human rights experts urge PH to stop drug-related killings
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.

‘Body Collector,’ dokumentaryo ni Cesar Apolinario (full episode)
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 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.

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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
Oct 3, 2016
How Duterte's drug war has affected rich users
byNatashya Gutierrez April 27, 2017

While shabu, the poor man's cocaine, is now as expensive as P25,000 a gram, the price of ecstasy, choice drug of the rich, has remained the same at P3,000 per tablet

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
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.

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Why Duterte's ‘4 million drug users’ is statistically improbable
May 26, 2017
A tighter grip on reality – through data and evidence – may be one of the best ways to brace ourselves against this new, rising wave of authoritarian rule.

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

Inquiries on an inquiry
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 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 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 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
Aug 25, 2016

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Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living
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
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 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 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 August 18 - 19, 2016

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Robredo: Family, church key in nat'l drug rehab program
by Patty Pasion 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 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
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 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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Dec 15 2016
Research by Jodesz Gavilan
Design by Wayne Manuel and Michan Lorenzo
Photos by Alecs Ongcal

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Duterte: 'I will kill more to get rid of drugs'
by Pia Ranada February 02, 2017
The President also bars the National Bureau of Investigation from taking part in the drug war, saying he has lost trust in the agency.

War against illegal drugs, year 1
June 29, 2017
TODAY marks President Rodrigo Duterte’s full first year in office, and people traditionally use the day to assess a president’s work. That the assessment varies from person to person means the method used is different and the aspect of governance assessed is not the same. Reminds us of the poem by John Godfrey Saxe titled “Blind Men and the Elephant.”
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

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Duterte stands by veracity of 'drug matrix' despite 'errors'
Sep 28, 2016
Duterte: 2,000 cops, village execs in new narco-list
Oct 24, 201

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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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 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
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 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 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
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 in the Manila Bulletin on Saturday, September 10.


Duterte's war on drugs: Opening a Pandora's box
by Ronan Jegou 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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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.

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by Pia Ranada 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 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 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
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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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 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 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
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
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 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 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
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?
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
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
Aug 23, 2016
A brutal war on drugs in the Philippines
Aug 19, 2016
Narco City
Aug 30, 2016

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

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Can Rodrigo Duterte win the war on illegal drugs?
Aug 21, 2016
Dead or alive: Is the Philippines' war on drugs out of control?
Aug 4, 2016
The Stream - Philippines' war on drugs
Aug 23, 2016
Dela Rosa tells drug pushers to kill drug lords
The World Tonight, ANC, August 25, 2016
What Is Fueling The Philippines' Violent Drug War?
Aug 25, 2016

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PMA alumni to Dela Rosa: Sound the call, we will be there
by Bea Cupin 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
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 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 August 28, 2016

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


‘Sa Ngalan ng Karapatan’
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"?

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LOOK BACK: Hitler and the Holocaust
by Katerina Francisco 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.

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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
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'
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 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
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'
Remark one video with English subtext

and the Video

NUJP alarmed by threats on journalists

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 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.

When you have looked the above links, so

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 - Etc.

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Rules of the Senate and

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

go to overview

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.


Matobato lawyer Jude Sabio on Duterte and the ICC
March 23, 2017
Lawyer Jude Sabio is expected to fly to the Netherlands to hold President Rodrigo Duterte accountable before the International Criminal Court over extrajudicial killings related to his war on illegal drugs.

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Killings in war on drugs 'extension' of DDS system – Sabio
by Jodesz Gavilan March 25, 2017 - with video
Lawyer Jude Sabio says testimonies of self-proclaimed Davao Death Squad members and pronouncements on killing drug personalities will help build a strong case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC

Things to know about Duterte's pet peeve ICC
by Jodesz Gavilan November 24, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to follow in the footsteps of Russian President Vladimir Putin and withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

Planned ICC case 'not applicable' to Duterte, PH – Palace
March 11, 2017
Malacañang reiterates that the extrajudicial killings – stated as the basis for a case against the President before the tribunal – are not state-sanctioned

De Lima to Duterte, 'blind' followers in drug war: Your time will come
by Camille Elemia March 03, 2017
The detained senator reiterates that the 'truth' has become a 'major casualty' in the Duterte administration's war on drugs.

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De Lima fears murder amid fake news of suicide
by Paterno Esmaquel II March 04, 2017
'In the unfortunate event that I die in prison, you all know who my murderer is,' Senator Leila de Lima says

Global lawmakers' group eyes PH visit to check on De Lima case
by Camille Elemia April 05, 2017
The Inter-Parliamentary Union expresses 'deep concern' over the detention of Senator Leila de Lima and the statements of President Rodrigo Duterte undermining the law.
Never again an Arroyo and De Lima injustice
by Tony La Viña February 25, 2017

This sad episode can also be good for the country if we finally reform our criminal due process system.

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De Lima's arrest: Justice as revenge
by Vicente L. Rafael February 26, 2017
De Lima has already been judged guilty by Duterte, Aguirre, and the rest of the President's followers. It's all about payback, with interest.

Sunday Essay: Regarding Gloria and Leila
February 25, 2017 By Isolde D. Amante

De Lima's fate: Karma or political persecution?
by Camille Elemia February 26, 2017
From June 30 to the days leading to her arrest, the senator was the persona of both defiance and acceptance – defiance of the status quo and acceptance of her future.

A senator is arrested
by Fr Ranhilio Callangan Aquino February 26, 2017
We know that she has been charged with many offenses, many of them too ridiculous to pass any laugh test. What we do not know – and what really matters – is whether she is guilty or not.


Bilibid drugs case: Ex-BuCor OIC Ragos surrenders to NBI
February 26, 2017
(UPDATED) Ex-Bureau of Corrections OIC Rafael Ragos said he 'delivered' drug money to Sen. Leila de Lima when she was still Justice Secretary.

Ex-BuCor head Ragos surrenders to NBI
February 26, 2017 By Keith A. Calayag


De Lima lawyers file certiorari and prohibition

De Lima lawyers file case at Supreme Court

De Lima camp questions arrest before Supreme Court

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SC schedules oral arguments on De Lima case
February 28, 2017
(UPDATED) It's set on March 14. The Regional Trial Court which issued the arrest warrant against De Lima is given a non-extendable deadline of March 10 to comment.

De Lima seeks SC help to stop 'illegal' arrest
with videos
by Camille Elemia
(UPDATED) The senator files a petition for certiorari and prohibition, seeking a status quo ante order on her arrest

All February 27, 2017

VACC to file contempt charges vs Robredo, LP senators
by Lian Buan February 28, 2017
VACC's lawyer Ferdinand Topacio told Rappler that they are now preparing a complaint against Robredo, Pangilinan, and Drilon, who have been vocal in opposing the arrest of their fellow Liberal Party (LP) member, Senator Leila de Lima.
De Lima detained in Camp Crame
by Lian Buan
Senator Leila de Lima will have officers from the Senate Office of the Sergeant-at-Arms with her at the PNP Custodial Center, says Senator Francis Pangilinan.

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Lawmaker describes arrest as ‘harassment’
February 25, 2017 By Justin K. Vestil
A PARTY-LIST representative believes that the filing of charges and subsequent arrest of Sen. Leila de Lima were meant to silence political opponents of President Rodrigo Duterte. “It’s pure harassment. Kung ebidensya lang, wala gyud sila’y ebidensya (They have no evidence),” said Akbayan Rep. Tomasito “Tom” Villarin.

TIMELINE: De Lima – from drug probe to arrest
Rappler looks back at the series of events – from the accusations to the House probes – that led to the arrest of the neophyte senator

Rep Alonte denies bribing Bilibid inmates for De Lima
by Mara Cepeda
(UPDATED) Biñan City Representative Marlyn Alonte, who jumped ship from LP to PDP-Laban, says she will not ruin the reputation of the President's party.

De Lima to bring own food, water to Crame jail – lawyer
by Camille Elemia
Former president Benigno Aquino III also expresses concern over the security of his former justice chief, who is now detained in Camp Crame.

Netizens celebrate, condemn De Lima's arrest
by Rappler Social Media Team
From ecstatic to enraged, social media has a lot to say about Senator Leila de Lima's arrest

the Videos:

A look back at the Duterte-De Lima rift

PNP holds press conference after De Lima surrender

All February 24, 2017

Hundreds on PH streets as Duterte jails top critic
by Agence France-Presse February 25, 2017

(UPDATED) Protesters mass outside Camp Crame where Senator Leila de Lima is detained, in a demonstration against the alleged death-squad murders of thousands of drug suspects.

ALL - Updated February 23, 2017

Court orders arrest of Leila de Lima
with the video Senator Leila de Lima holds presscon after issuance of arrest order
by Camille Elemia and Lian Buan Updated

(UPDATED) The arrest warrant is issued days after the Department of Justice filed charges against its former chief for allegedly receiving drug money from convicts

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De Lima: CIDG-NCR broke agreement on arrest
with the video De Lima: CIDG-NCR broke agreement on arrest
Senator Leila de Lima says her camp and police agreed the arrest would happen on Friday, but they were dismayed to find out the cops planned to arrest her Thursday night

(3rd UPDATE) Police agree to serve the arrest warrant against Senator Leila de Lima at the Senate on Friday morning, instead of Thursday night

EXPLAINER: What is Leila de Lima being accused of?
by Lian Buan
Take a look at the DOJ's drug charges against Senator Leila de Lima

FULL STATEMENT: LP senators on pending arrest of Leila de Lima
February 23, 2017
'This arrest is purely political vendetta and has no place in justice system that upholds the rule of law. This is condemnable,' say the Liberal Party senators

Palace: Arrest order vs De Lima 'major step forward' in drug war
by Pia Ranada
'The arrest of an incumbent senator demonstrates the President's strong resolve to fight pushers, peddlers, and their protectors,' says Malacañang

Who is the judge who ordered De Lima's arrest?
by Katerina Francisco
Senator Leila de Lima, during her time as chief of the Department of Justice, was involved in other cases with Muntinlupa Judge Juanita Guerrero.

Lacson ribs De Lima: 'Don't get jailed; we'll miss you'
by Camille Elemia
In an unusual break from their word war, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II agrees with Senator Leila de Lima's views at a Senate inquiry

Human Rights Watch: Charges vs De Lima 'politically motivated'
by Jodesz Gavilan February 19, 2017
The international human rights organization says drug charges against Senator Leila De Lima is an act of political vindictiveness as the current administration uses courts to 'punish' prominent critics.

Trillanes thinks he's next target of Duterte administration
Feb 27, 2017

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Condemned by crowd acclamation
by Vergel O. Santos March 03, 2017
Philippine society has slid back a couple of millennia to ancient Rome's standards by which justice was dispensed according to the crowd's level of lust for blood.

Duterte: Trillanes 'too insignificant’ to be next target
February 28, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita
Duterte denied Monday that his vocal critic, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, is the “next target” of the current administration, following the arrest of Senator Leila De Lima.

Senate ousts Drilon, LP senators from key posts
(UPDATED) The 4 ousted senators join the Senate minority bloc. The Senate on Monday, February 27, stripped 3 Liberal Party senators and their ally of committee chairmanships, following the arrest of their party mate Senator Leila de Lima.
It was neophyte senator Manny Pacquiao, a key administration ally, who motioned to remove from key positions LP senators Franklin Drilon, Francis Pangilinan, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, as well as Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros. Akbayan is allied with the LP.

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Liberal Party senators see Palace hand in ouster
'Nawala na ba ang pagiging independiente at magiging sunud-sunuran na lang ba [ang Senado] sa ehekutibo?' asks Senator Francis Pangilinan.

15 senators planned LP ouster in Pacquiao's house
by Camille Elemia February 28, 2017
'Hindi tayo makakagawa ng trabaho dito sa Senado kung hindi natin gaganunin. Ako, ayoko mamulitika. Kumbaga, nandito tayo para magtrabaho,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao

After LP ouster, Drilon is new Senate minority leader
Six senators now comprise the minority bloc: Franklin Drilon, Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, Francis Pangilinan, Risa Hontiveros, Leila de Lima, and Antonio Trillanes IV

All above by Camille Elemia February 27 - 28, 2017
Pacquiao tells LP they can keep some posts: 'May awa din ako'
February 28, 2017
The neophyte senator volunteers to initiate the move to oust the 4 Liberal Party senators on Monday, February 27

Palace denies hand in ouster of LP senators
by Pia Ranada February 28, 2017
Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says President Rodrigo Duterte can't control the '24 republics' that make up the Senate.

Editorial: Good for democracy
February 28, 2017


De Lima: Duterte a 'murderer and sociopath serial killer'
Feb 20, 2017

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De Lima to Cabinet: Save PH, declare Duterte unfit to lead
by Lian Buan February 21, 2017
Senator Leila de Lima urges Filipinos to band together and 'stand up' against the dictatorial regime of a 'sociopathic serial killer'

De Lima to file 'test case' vs Duterte before SC
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: I don't want to be detained in Camp Crame
with video
by Lian Buan February 20, 2017
Senator Leila de Lima says she trusts the Armed Forces of the Philippines more than the Philippine National Police

Drilon, Sotto: Senate can't stop De Lima's arrest
February 13, 2017
The most they can do, the two senators said, is to ensure that the warrant won't be served inside the Senate session hall

Aguirre: Irresponsible to say DOJ rushing De Lima's arrest
by Lian Buan February 13, 2017
'It implies that we can control or influence our courts. We do not do that, at least in my time,' says Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II

De Lima expects arrest soon, prepares for 'worst'
with video
February 13, 2017
'I've been preparing for the worst-case scenario,' says Senator Leila de Lima ahead of a supposed arrest warrant against her.

De Lima files petition vs Duterte at Supreme Court
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

All by Camille Elemia

DOJ panel files drug charges vs De Lima
by Lian Buan February 17, 2017
(UPDATED) The case is filed at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed drug charges on Friday, February 17 against its former chief and now Senator Leila de Lima for allegedly receiving money from drug convicts in exchange of their protection.

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What happens after charges are filed against De Lima
by Lian Buan February 17, 2017
Rappler discusses the processes following the filing of criminal charges against Senator Leila de Lima

Bilibid inmates cleared of drug charges, turn state witnesses vs De Lima
by Lian Buan February 17, 2017
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dropped the drug trade charges against 5 high-profile inmates of the national penitentiary so they can be state witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima.

Duterte: De Lima 'has to face the music'
by Pia Ranada February 17, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that the Department of Justice has a solid case against Senator Leila de Lima, his fiercest critic.

De Lima prepared to be 'first political prisoner under this regime'
February 17, 2017
Senator Leila de Lima reacts to the drug case filed against her by the department she once led

Multisectoral group 'stands united' behind De Lima
February 17, 2017
'We believe that this is not just one woman’s fight, but a fight for democracy, justice, and rule of law,' say groups under the 'One for Leila' movement

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
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
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.

FACT CHECK: Did Aguirre reward inmates who testified vs De Lima?
by Camille Elemia February 09, 2017

While Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has repeatedly denied it, documents obtained by Rappler paint a different picture

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Does Justice Secretary Aguirre believe in fake news?
February 25, 2017
Aguirre seems set to hold the record for a Philippine justice chief with the most number of 'unsubstantiated' public pronouncements at a given time.
What does Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II do with information that he believes to be true, but authorities have dismissed as otherwise?
He stands by it!

Palace to verify Aguirre's order granting special privileges to NBP inmates
February 09, 2017 By Ruth Abbey Gita
MALACAÑANG said Thursday that it would look into the supposed order of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II granting special privileges to high-profile inmates at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP).

Palace probes VIP treatment of convicted drug lords
by Cynthia D. Balana, Leila B. Salaverria, Tarra Quismundo Philippine Daily Inquirer February 10, 2017

the Videos:

PNP chief and AFP chief on alleged special treatment for high profile inmates
Feb 9, 2017

Aguirre: 'No proof' of VIP treatment of inmates
Feb 15, 2017
The justice chief makes the statement before the Commission on Appointments even after the AFP confirmed the presence of 'unauthorized fixtures' in the inmates' cells in Camp Aguinaldo.
Look also the article by Camille Elemia February 15, 2017 HERE


Senator Leila de Lima's privilege speech on extrajudicial killings. Aug 2, 2016
De Lima: Duterte may be charged with crimes against humanity. Aug 15, 2016
FULL SPEECH: De Lima addresses Duterte tirade
Aug 17, 2016
Int'l court may probe drug-related killings in PH – CHR. August 24, 2016

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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
Sep 19, 2016
De Lima: Duterte is the lowest, vilest man in the country
Sep 26, 2016

Look also De Lima: Duterte has sunk to his lowest point
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 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
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 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 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?
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
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 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 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.'
Look the FULL TEXT as pdf HERE

Senators: De Lima ousted for being 'biased,' anti-Duterte
by Camille Elemia 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 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 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 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 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
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 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 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
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. Aug 17, 2016

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

by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino 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 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

Videos - The YouTube channel

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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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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'
Sep 17, 2016

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

House probe into Bilibid drugs: What to expect
by Mara Cepeda 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
Sep 20, 2016

Bilibid docu 'Inside the Gangster's code' a star at House hearing
Sep 19, 2016

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
16 Setyembre 2016


Why CHR's probe into Davao Death Squad stopped
September 16, 2016
Filipinos divided over allegations Duterte ordered 1,000 murders. Sep 16, 2016

Herbert Colanggo: Convicted crime leader, drug lord, recording artist
by Jodesz Gavilan 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 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
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 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 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 Aug 30 2016

De Lima vows to continue inquiry amid Duterte's attacks
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 Aug 25 2016

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

Colangco, 13 other witnesses vs De Lima in House probe
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
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 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 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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No state-sanctioned killings? Supt Marcos is 'damning proof'
by Bea Cupin July 17, 2017
Senator Risa Hontiveros says the reinstatement of a cop linked to the killing of a former mayor is the latest proof that 'EJK deniers' need

The other Marcos phenomenon
by Vergel O. Santos July 14, 2017
Why do Marvin Marcos and others in his infamous league get easy deals from the Duterte regime?
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'Put*ng i*a!': Lacson, senators slam reinstatement of Supt Marcos
July 13, 2017
(UPDATED) Senator Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, sums up the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos with the favorite expletive of the Chief Executive who had ordered it.

Duterte orders reinstatement of cop in Espinosa slay, again
by Rambo Talabong July 12, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday, July 12, that he has ordered the reinstatement of Superintendent Marvin Marcos, the police officer who led the team implicated in the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr in his Leyte jail cell last year.

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’
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
Dec 6, 2016

Espinosa’s death a ‘slap in the face’ of PH justice system
Nov 5, 2016

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
Nov 9, 2016

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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.
The Davao Death Squad, DDS - Witnesses tags Duterte: Edgar Matobato - Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas

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"Witness Edgar Matobato" - "Davao Death Squad (DDS) - tags Duterte"

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TIMELINE: Probing into the Davao Death Squad
by Jodesz Gavilan June 30, 2017

Several investigations, witnesses, and hearings have been conducted in the past decade yet the existence of the Davao Death Squad remains to be a very contested issue.

The day Duterte faced the Commission on Human Rights
by Jodesz Gavilan March 30, 2017
In 2009, then mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte denied the existence of the Davao Death Squad during a public hearing, but admitted there were 'unexplained, unresolved' killings.

Duterte confirms existence of DDS during martial law
Published on Mar 7, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed Tuesday the existence of the Davao Death Squad (DDS). Video from PTV

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Duterte: Davao Death Squad formed to fight NPA 'sparrow units'
by Pia Ranada March 07, 2017
'It was then known as the DDS during Martial Law. The sparrow units and the DDS were fighting it out,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
Senate hearing on Davao Death Squad
06 March 2017

Today is the testimony of witness Arthur Lascañas, a self-confessed former member of the Davao Death Squad allegedly led by president Rodrigo Duterte when he was Davao City mayor.

Lascañas, Matobato were not the first DDS whistle-blowers
by Jodesz Gavilan March 25, 2017
The sworn affidavits of the 4 witnesses in 2009 cover the structure of the alleged death squad, describe how the death contracts were carried out, and elaborate on the practice of burying victims in the Laud quarry.

Investigative: Arturo Lascañas: Duterte loyalist no more
Mar 9, 2017
Lascañas talks about his team of hitmen, addresses policemen who will be involved in the revived TokHang operations, and has a message for President Rodrigo Duterte as well.
Q&A with Arturo Lascañas
Mar 21, 2017

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More 'DDS whistle-blowers' coming forward?
with video
by Bea Cupin March 09, 2017
Will more people join the likes of Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas?

Lascañas' affidavit: Duterte's roles in Davao Death Squad killings
by Jodesz Gavilan March 06, 2017
Retired policeman Arturo Lascañas claims then-Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered operations, gave the go signal to kill, provided monetary rewards, and assured protection for Davao Death Squad members.

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Lascañas' DDS claims 'flooded with loopholes' – Senate committee
by Bea Cupin May 22, 2017
The Senate committee report recommends increase the penalty for witnesses who commit perjury

From DDS 'denier' to whistleblower: Why Lascañas changed tune
by Bea Cupin March 07, 2017
Senators grill the self-confessed Davao Death Squad hitman over his decision to recant an earlier claim before the Senate

FACT CHECK: Did CHR really clear Duterte over Davao Death Squad?
by Jodesz Gavilan February 21, 2017
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar claims the Commission on Human Rights cleared President Rodrigo Duterte of involvement in the Davao Death Squad. A 2012 resolution, however, states otherwise.

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Duterte: 'Thousands' killed in Davao City drug war
by Pia Ranada February 24, 2017
President Rodrigo Duterte responds to the allegation of retired Davao cop Arturo Lascañas that he ordered killings in Davao City when he was mayor.

Robredo urges Malacañang: Cooperate in Senate's DDS probe
by Patty Pasion February 23, 2017
Vice President Leni Robredo said the accusations of retired Davao City police officer Arthur Lascañas must be 'taken seriously and given careful consideration'

Lacson’s public order committee to handle Lascañas probe
by Lian Buan February 22, 2017
Senator Panfilo Lacson says he is requesting for the sworn statement of retired policeman Arthur Lascañas.

Senate to reopen probe into Davao Death Squad
February 21, 2017
The Senate will reopen its investigation into the Davao Death Squad (DDS), following revelations made by retired Davao policeman Arturo Lascañas in a press conference on Monday, February 20.

Profile - SPO3 Arthur Lascañas:
'Blind obedience' ends now
with videos
By BEA CUPIN February 21, 2017

Who is retired policeman Arthur Lascañas and can he be trusted?

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Senate summons Lascañas to Davao Death Squad probe
by Camille Elemia February 28, 2017
The Senate committee on public order sets the hearing for Tuesday, March 7

Duterte admits he knows Lascañas
February 27, 2017
'I saw him once, twice a year,' the President says

Senate votes to hear Lascañas' testimony
February 21, 2017 By Camille P. Balagtas
The Senate voted on Tuesday to give retired Senior Police Officer 3 Arturo Lascañas, the leader of the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), another chance to appear at the investigating body probing the extrajudicial killings.

LIST: Lascañas' involvement in killings allegedly ordered by Duterte
with Video
by Jodesz Gavilan February 21, 2017
Retired Davao policeman Arturo 'Arthur' Lascañas retracts his previous denials of his involvement with deaths attributed to the Davao Death Squad.

Lascañas ready to face perjury, murder charges
with video
by Lian Buan February 21, 2017
The retired Davao cop, the second confessed member of the Davao Death Squad to come out in public, knows that his revelations will have repercussions, his lawyer says.

Ex-Davao policeman tags Duterte in death squad, murder
February 20, 2017
(UPDATED) Four months after he denied his involvement in the Davao Death Squad, retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas drops a bombshell in a press conference.
A veteran Davao policeman on Monday, February 20, appeared at a press conference to corroborate earlier claims by whistle-blower Edgar Matobato on the involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS).

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Solgen Calida: Trillanes should be charged for 'coddling' Lascañas
by Lian Buan February 27, 2017
Asked what kind of case will be filed against the opposition senator, Calida says, 'Give me more time and I will have the proper case to be filed against him'

Senators call for reopening of Davao Death Squad probe
by Lian Buan
'Hindi ko inasahan, it's such a hair-raising thing... Dapat talaga mag-resume dito kung ano mang committee,' says Senator Leila de Lima on the allegations made by Arturo Lascañas against President Rodrigo Duterte

Meet Lascañas' battle-tested FLAG lawyers
by Katerina Francisco
Jose Manuel Diokno, Arno Sanidad, and Alexander Padilla have taken up the case of retired policeman Arturo Lascañas, who is linking President Duterte to death squad killings.

Senate media to Andanar: Prove claim or apologize for fake news
The journalists 'strongly protest the unsubstantiated and irresponsible' accusation of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, who said they may have been bribed to cover a press conference

Andanar: Media offered $1,000 to cover Lascañas press conference
by Pia Ranada
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Senate media deny the accusation, slamming Communications Secretary Martin Andanar as 'irresponsible'

Which information from Matobato does Lascañas corroborate?
by Jodesz Gavilan
Retired SPO3 Arturo 'Arthur' Lascañas, a self-confessed former Davao Death Squad member, confirms Matobato's stories and tags President Rodrigo Duterte as being behind the killings.

Ex-cop says Duterte paid him, others to kill crime suspects

Palace: Lascañas part of 'demolition job' vs Duterte
By Ruth Abbey Gita

and ALL the Videos Feb 20, 2017 in the album "Davao Death Squad (DDS) - tags Duterte":

Ex-Davao policeman tags Duterte in death squad, murder - Davao Death Squad (DDS)

Lascañas: I am a founding member of the Davao Death Squad
Retired policeman Arturo Lascañas introduces himself as a "founding member" of the Davao Death Squad.

Lascañas: I had my brothers killed

Duterte ordered killing of Jun Pala - confessed DDS leader
The leader of the infamous vigilante group Davao Death Squad (DDS) on Monday tagged President Rodrigo Duterte in the killing of Davao radio broadcaster Jun Pala in 2003.

‘DDS’ leader: Duterte ordered bombing of mosques

Confessed DDS leader admits hand in killing of brothers

Confessed DDS leader: Davao City police killed entire family

Vindicated De Lima says Lascañas confession ‘hair-raising, explosive’

De Lima says Lascañas confession will pin down Duterte

Pimentel: Lascañas confession not automatic to open DDS probe

Gordon rejects probe into Lascañas' new claims on DDS

Davao Death Squad witness Arturo Lascañas leaves PH for safety
By: Nikko Dizon - Philippine Daily Inquirer April 09, 2017 - with video
UPDATED Arturo Lascañas, the self-confessed member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS) who implicated President Duterte in the group’s grisly executions, silently left the Philippines on Saturday night.
“I have received threats that a lawsuit would be filed against me, and there are also people looking for me as well,” Lascañas told.

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Of all people, Lacson should understand why I left PH – Lascañas
by Camille Elemia April 11, 2017
In a statement, the self-confessed Davao Death Squad leader reminds Senator Lacson that he was once a fugitive.

Who paid for Lascañas' trip to Singapore?
by Camille Elemia April 10, 2017
Senator Panfilo Lacson, who led the Senate probe into Arturo Lascañas' testimony, says the family of the ex-Davao City cop also flew a month ahead of him.

Lascañas leaves Philippines, to return on April 22
April 10, 2017 By Keith A. Calayag
Bureau of Immigration (BI) spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang said according to Lascañas' return ticket, he will be back to the country next Saturday, April 22.

Lascañas left for Singapore – immigration spokesperson
by Patty Pasion April 09, 2017
Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang says there is no hold departure order or lookout bulletin against retired Davao City policeman Arturo Lascañas

Redemption or destabilization? What Arthur Lascañas is about
by Bea Cupin April 10, 2017 - with video
It's been more than 3 decades since Lascañas entered the police force and 4 months since he retired his police uniform. Now he has fled.

TIMELINE: Witness lists killings allegedly 'ordered by Duterte'
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 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 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 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


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Davao witness: I was pressured to invent drug issue vs Duterte
by Jodesz Gavilan April 05, 2017
Edgar Matobato's lawyer Jude Sabio insists Guillermina Barrido was not coached, and the only money given her was intended to help relocate her family for their protection.

Arrest warrant out for Matobato for 2002 kidnapping
by Editha Caduaya March 28, 2017
(UPDATED) Edgar Matobato is ordered arrested for the kidnapping of alleged terrorist Sali Makdum in 2002, a non-bailable offense.

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 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?
September 16, 2016
Edgar Matobato: I'm ready to face the consequences
Sep 27, 2016
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Trillanes turns over Matobato to CIDG
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
Oct 7, 2016
Trillanes, dela Rosa presscon on Matobato turn over
Oct 6, 2016
Change has come for Matobato
Apr 8, 2017
Confessed Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato narrates how and why he plans to pick up this pieces after living the life of an assassin.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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