Opinion & Analysis

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Will justice be attained for the death of Atio Castillo?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The death due to hazing of 22-year-old Horacio “Atio” Castillo III shocked the public once more. Castillo died while undergoing hazing by his ‘brothers’ from the Aegis Juris fraternity of the University of Sto. Tomas law school. The public discussion that Castillo’s death generated is comparable to that of Leonardo 

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Desperate measures

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Social Weather Station released the results of its un-commissioned survey, covering the period September 23 to 27, showing that the satisfaction and trust ratings of President Duterte dropped significantly. His satisfaction rating was 48 percent, an 18 percent drop from June, and his trust ratings dropped 14 percent to 

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No end to Duterte’s abusive prosecution of De Lima

By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division, HRW The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dashed hopes it would overturn the politically motivated prosecution of the highest-profile critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s murderous “war on drugs.” The court voted 9 to 6 to uphold the arrest and detention of Senator Leila de Lima on drug charges. 

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FILM REVIEW: Madilim Ang Gabi (Dark is the Night)

By Ysh Cabana Madilim ang Gabi (Dark is the Night), written and directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. is a stark look at a household in a busy city torn by the looming bureaucratic anti-drug crackdown. With Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s fascist drug war as its backdrop, it is a haunting lamentation that bears witness to 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Technique and style leave message and drama out in the dark

By Petronila G. Cleto (Warning: Story spoilers abound – Ed.) When Toronto TIFF film aficionados learned what darkness this film by Adolfo Alix, Jr. was going to tackle – extra-judicial killings or “EJKs” in the drug war – what expectations did they have of a film that has had to pass the Manila censors? Myself, 

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Deadly ‘drop boxes’ fuel Philippines’s ‘War on Drugs’

By Carlos H. Conde The Philippine National Police has a sinister new tactic in its murderous “war on drugs”: public “drop boxes” for residents to anonymously submit the names of alleged drug dealers and users. This neighborhood informant system was first reported in July in Quezon City, a part of Metro Manila, but has since spread to 

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39 countries express concern over killings in PH

GENEVA, Sept. 28, 2017–Today, Iceland delivered a joint statement at the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of 39 states, expressing concern at the thousands of killings and climate of impunity associated with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called “war on drugs.” This represents an increase over the 32 states which expressed similar concerns at the 

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Adoption of the outcome of the UPR of the Philippines

Human Rights Watch statement September 22, 2017 Thank you, Mr. President. We are dismayed that the Philippines rejected all UPR recommendations that would make a practical difference in ending extrajudicial killings perpetrated in the name of its murderous “war on drugs.” It rejected Peru’s recommendation to cooperate with special procedures by extending a standing invitation, 

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Let’s put Patrick Brown as Premier of Ontario

By Rodel J. Ramos It seems our Filipino leaders have no vision and no ambition except to lead their small ethnic tribes and followers to socials, beauty contest, religious, sports and yearly traditions that lead to nowhere and no future for our people. While some are involved in politics, we do not seem to know 

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Will Duterte declare Martial Law like Marcos?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Talks about President Duterte declaring martial law this week became louder and sounded more urgent five days ago when the AFP (Agence France-Presse) came out with an article with the title “Philippines’ Duterte may declare martial law: defense chief.” This triggered alarm bells and the AFP article was posted by 

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