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President Obama cancels meeting with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte

September 7, 2016 ·  By Asia for

President Duterte's diplomacy is anything but diplomatic

President Duterte’s outspoken style and crime-fighting record have made him popular with many Filipinos. Here are some of his most contentious statement: Insulting the US president With China and the Philippines engaged in a dispute over territory, it would be conventional for Mr Duterte to build close ties with the country’s most powerful ally, the […]


Death toll breaches 2,000-mark as war on drugs enters 3rd month

September 2, 2016 ·  By Bea Cupin for

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

All in all, 2,446 people have died since the new administration began its campaign against illegal drugs on July 1 MANILA, Philippines – As the Philippine government’s “war on drugs” entered its third month, the Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that the death toll has breached the 2,000-mark. All in all, 2,446 people have died […]


Bishop Bacani: Drug killings worse than martial law

September 1, 2016 ·  By for

LAMENTATION A weeping Jennelyn Olaires hugs partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver and alleged drug pusher, who was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen near Pasay Rotonda on Edsa. He was one of six killed in drug-related incidents in Pasay and Manila yesterday. RAFFY LERMA/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Worse than martial law. This was how a Catholic Church official depicted the spate of killings under the Duterte administration. In an interview with Radyo Veritas, Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani lamented that Filipinos may now get used to the summary executions because of their high incidence since President Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office. […]


Denounce all forms of killings, Tagle urges

September 1, 2016 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. FILE PHOTO

MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has called on Filipinos to value the sanctity of life, not just by condemning extrajudicial killings but all forms such as abortion and unfair labor practices. In an interview on Sunday on Church-run Radio Veritas, Tagle stressed that all forms of killings should be denounced. “Many are worried about […]


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

August 22, 2016 ·  By for

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers a speech during the 115th Police Service Anniversary celebration at Camp Crame on August 17. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Two United Nations special rapporteurs call for drug trafficking offenses to be ‘judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets’ MANILA, Philippines – Two United Nations (UN) human rights experts criticized the Philippines’ war against drugs and the extrajudicial killings that it is believed to have spurred. They called on Philippine […]


Philippine senators urged to uncover truth behind killings

August 22, 2016 ·  By Joel Torres, Manila for

Members of the ecumenical group Promotion of Church Peoples' Response call on the government to observe human rights in the war against illegal drugs during a demonstration outside a Catholic church in Manila. (Photo by Vincent Go)

Congressional inquiry grills senior police officers over hundreds of deaths in Duterte’s war on drugs A Catholic bishop has urged Philippine senators not to be afraid about uncovering the truth behind the spate of killings in the country as the government’s all-out war against illegal drugs continues to intensify. Senators have initiated a congressional inquiry […]


Philippine villagers claim victory over mining firm

August 22, 2016 ·  By Joel Torres, Manila for

A man stands on one of the sites of a nickel ore mine on Manicani Island in the central Philippines. (Photo courtesy of A. Tan Singco)

Government slaps suspension order on company stopping removal of nickel ore from island mine Residents of a small island in the central Philippines were celebrating a victory on Aug. 18 after the government ordered a mining company to stop removing nickel ore stockpiles from their village. The removal of the ore was ruining local ecosystems, […]


Wrongly accused US man freed from PH jail after 5 years

August 18, 2016 ·  By Associated Press / U.S Bureau for

Scott McMahon, freed after five years. WEBSITE

MANILA — An American man jailed in the Philippines for more than five years was freed Tuesday, August 2 after being acquitted of rape. A court in metropolitan Manila cleared Scott McMahon, of Seattle, after finding no clear evidence that he committed rape, as a Filipino woman alleged, a court official said on condition of […]


Cop who linked PNP execs to drugs found dead

August 17, 2016 ·  By Norman Mendoza for

CEBU CITY—PO2 Ryan Casiban left his post as desk officer of the police station in Cordova town in northern Cebu province early morning of Aug. 10, even if his shift had yet to end. Two days later, his decomposing body was found on a vacant lot near a firing range in Lapu-Lapu City, with a […]


Dela Rosa: No investigation can stop PNP’s war vs drugs

August 17, 2016 ·  By Julliane Love De Jesus for

DRESSING DOWN Local government officials and policemen linked by President Duterte to the illegal drug trade get a dressing down from PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa in Camp Crame, Quezon City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

With clean hearts and untainted consciences. That is how Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and top police officials will face the Senate when it conducts an inquiry on the increasing number of extrajudicial executions amid the government’s drug war, he said. The Senate has summoned Dela Rosa and other PNP officials to […]

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