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Duterte gov’t ordered, paid killers in war on drugs — AI

February 3, 2017 ·  By for

Amnesty International said on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, that the government of President Rodrigo Duterte ordered or paid killers in a wave of ‘extrajudicial executions’ in the country. RAFFY LERMA / PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER

Amnesty International (AI) accused the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday of ordering the police and paying others “to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions” after the group investigated some killings in the government’s bloody war on drugs. The killings “may amount to crimes against humanity,” said AI […]


PNP is ‘most organized criminal group,’ says De Lima

January 31, 2017 ·  By Maila Ager - Reporter for

Senator Leila de Lima on Monday dubbed the Philippine National Police (PNP) as “the most organized criminal group in the country.” “The moment Duterte turned the PNP into a vigilante death squad, its transformation into an organized criminal syndicate has been completed,” De Lima said in a statement. “The PNP under Duterte can now be […]



January 30, 2017 ·  By Ador Vincent S. Mayol, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag for

PETER Gerard Scully is being brought to the Lumbia City Jail in Cagayan de Oro where he would be detained while facing charges of child abuse and trafficking in this photo taken on Feb. 20, 2015

Even behind bars, Peter Gerard Scully, the notorious alleged sex predator who brutally sodomized children in Mindanao, continues to communicate with the outside world. And if that was not enough, Scully is now believed to be operating his nefarious child trafficking business from inside the Lumbia City Jail in Cagayan de Oro, some 15 kilometers […]


Bacani vows to give Duterte P10M if he can prove ‘two wives’ claim

January 30, 2017 ·  By Marilyn Campbell, QUT for


Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani on Thursday said that he will give President Rodrigo Duterte P10 million if the latter can reveal his “two wives” to the public. “Unang-una, saan nakuha ng presidente ‘yun? Alam mo, kung makapag-produce ang presidente ng kahit na isang asawa ko, bibigyan ko siya ng limang milyong piso. Kahit mangutang […]


Duterte tirades vs bishops not meant to gag Church – Palace

January 30, 2017 ·  By Nestor Corrales - Reporter for

Manila Cathedral, the main Church of the Archdiocese of Manila (PHOTO BY RAFFY LERMA / INQUIRER)

President Rodrigo Duterte is not gagging the Catholic Church despite his series of tirades against some bishops and priests for allegedly committing corruption and engaging in illicit affairs, a Palace official said. “He’s not trying to silence them. He’s just trying to say, as far as we can see, [let’s] have a more collegial [relationship]. […]


CHR backs Korea rights group call for PH to respect human rights

January 27, 2017 ·  By Ed Margareth Barahan for


The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Thursday urged the government to investigate the abduction and killing of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo in October last year by rogue members of Philippine National Police (PNP). In a statement, CHR said it supports the statement of National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) chairperson Lee Sung-ho […]


Gov’t urged to phase out cash transfer program

January 27, 2017 ·  By Nestor Corrales - Reporter for

QUEUES by beneficiaries of the government’s cash transfer program have become a familiar sight where the program is being implemented, like in Mauban, Quezon, where the local Land Bank of the Phils. branch gets filled with cash claimants every month. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

President Duterte’s adviser on entrepreneurship urged the government on Thursday to gradually phase out the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program and shift to funding other government intervention programs. “We give about 65 billion pesos to those that are really at the bottom of the pyramid, which is fine, which is good. But frankly, it does […]


NBI nabs woman tagged in child porn, torture in Cebu

January 27, 2017 ·  By Ador Vincent Mayol for


CEBU CITY — Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) arrested a Filipina who had 16 pending arrest warrants in Cagayan de Oro City for allegedly luring street children into her fold, forcing them to perform sexual acts, and torturing some of them to death. Liezyl Margallo, a native of Misamis […]


Try meth before criticizing war on drugs, Duterte tells priests the day Pope blesses Philippines

January 20, 2017 ·  By

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte © Erik de Castro / Reuters

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has taunted the country’s bishops and priests to drop their “hypocrisy” and try drugs themselves to fully grasp the seriousness of the problem. The Catholic Church got the emphatic message on Wednesday, the same day the Philippines was blessed by Pope Francis. In a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the […]


Duterte dines with tycoons

January 19, 2017 ·  By Marlon Ramos for

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion arranged a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and the Go Negosyo Kapatid taipans to express their support to the President in helping all areas of conflict and extreme poverty in the country.(In photo L-R: Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Sulu Coordinator; Alfred Ty, GT Capital Holdings Corporation Co-Vice Chairman; Manny Pangilinan, First Pacific Managing Director and CEO; Federico Lopez, First Philippine Holdings Corporation Chairman and CEO; Doris Magsaysay Ho, Magsaysay Corporation President and CEO; Michael Tan, LT Group President and COO; George Barcelon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President; Kevin Tan, Megaword Corporation First Vice President – Commercial Division; Hans Sy, SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee; Enrique Razon, International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) Chairman, Cong. Arthur Yap, Bohol 3rd District Representative; Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Department of Finance Secretary; Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; President Rodrigo Duterte; Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion; Tomas Alcantara, Alsons Group Chairman; Merly Cruz, Go Negosyo MSME Development Adviser; Erramon Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures President and CEO; Alice Eduardo, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation President and CEO; Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO; Tony Tan Caktiong, Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO; Edgar “Injap” Sia, Double Dragon Investment Chairman and CEO; Dr. Francisco Duque, Department of Health Former Secretary; and Domingo Yap, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President. GO NEGOSYO PHOTO RELEASE

After threatening to banish them, President Duterte is now rubbing elbows with the businessmen he considers oligarchs, hosting a dinner for them in Malacañang on Tuesday night. As his spokesperson, Ernesto Abella, put it, Mr. Duterte relished his tete-a-tete with the influential business leaders, whom he had earlier described as “monsters.” Abella said the dinner […]

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