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IN NUMBERS: The Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’

November 2, 2016 ·  By Michael Bueza for www.rappler.com

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(16th UPDATE) As of the 4th week of October 2016, there have been over 4,700 deaths, both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings MANILA, Philippines (16th UPDATE) – Exasperated by the illegal drugs menace in the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has waged an all-out campaign against it since he assumed office. From […]

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Duterte on drug-related deaths: Expect 20,000 or 30,000 more

November 2, 2016 ·  By news.abs-cbn.com

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MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday evening said the Philippines could expect about 20,000 or 30,000 more deaths in his administration’s bloody war on drugs. Duterte said the number of casualties will triple if he fails to get rid the country of the drug problem. “I tell you, I will triple it. ‘Pag hindi […]

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2 dead cops daily and other ‘dubious’ data in Du30’s war on drugs

November 2, 2016 ·  By Clare Baldwin and Andrew R.C. Marshall, Reuters for news.abs-cbn.com

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MANILA – Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte ended a recent speech in Manila with a now-familiar claim: Two policemen were dying every day in his violent battle to rid the country of illegal drugs. But police statistics have shown that figure to be exaggerated. From July 1, when Duterte launched his “war on drugs,” to Oct. […]

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Police say as many as 5000 dead in war-on-drugs

October 27, 2016 ·  By Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News for news.abs-cbn.com

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MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is stepping up its anti-illegal drugs campaign with “Project Double Barrel Alpha”. Cops will be visiting schools and offices to convince illegal drug users and pushers to surrender. The Dangerous Drugs Board has estimated that there are 1.8 million drug users in the Philippines. President Duterte has given […]

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Church offers addicts ‘concrete hope’

October 27, 2016 ·  By www.cbcpnews.com

Cardinal Tagle presides over a Mass before the launching of the “Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay” program at the Manila Cathedral on Oct. 23, 2016. (RCAM photo)

MANILA, Oct. 24, 2016— A parish-based center for the treatment of drug addicts was launched in the Archdiocese of Manila on Sunday, offering concrete hope and a chance to change to countless drug dependents. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle believes that drug addiction is about “spiritual warfare” – good and evil battling against each other. “We […]

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FBI help rescue dozens of trafficked children

October 21, 2016 ·  By www.manilatimes.net

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and several international law enforcement partners, rescued 82 minors and arrested 239 traffickers and their associates in operations carried out in the Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia. The arrests were made under Operation Cross Country, an international effort […]

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UN body urges bolstering of PH public education

October 20, 2016 ·  By INQUIRER.net US Bureau for globalnation.inquirer.net

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GENEVA — A United Nations committee urged the Duterte administration to strengthen public education in the face of insufficient funding and a widening social divide resulting from increased privatization. The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) noted the “insufficient” funding for education, “segregation” arising from the privatization drive, and the lack of […]

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NBI closes ‘child porn’ family business in Taguig

October 20, 2016 · 

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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested five people behind online child pornography “pretty.mirth” being operated as a “family business” since 2011. Arrested last Saturday in an entrapment operation were Shaira Candaza, Girlie Candaza, Estrellita Candaza, Mary Rose Reyes and Mary Grace Cahanding. They will be charged with violation of Republic Act 9208 or the […]

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Cops turned hitmen

October 20, 2016 · 

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As has been made obvious, Philippine National Police Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa is quite the showman. Naturally at ease before the cameras, the top cop comes across as both affable and unflappable, ever ready with a disarming quip or an earnest remark about the government’s touchstone war on drugs and crime. Recently, he […]

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The silent Church

October 20, 2016 ·  By Walden Bello for www.rappler.com

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The Catholic Church is undergoing a very deep crisis of credibility, if not legitimacy – one that its leaders feel could worsen should it challenge President Rodrigo Duterte on the killings A recent Reuters article portrayed the Catholic Church as an institution intimidated by the new Philippine president and very careful in voicing its views […]

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