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SEN. LEILA DE LIMA: Persecuted or Narco Politician?

De Lima to file ‘test case’ vs Duterte before Supreme Court

MANILA–Amid incessant attacks against her, Senator Leila de Lima said on Tuesday, October 11, that she is set to file a case against no less than President Rodrigo Duterte before the Supreme Court next week. De Lima said she would file a writ of amparo and writ of habeas data against the President, who has 

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Int’l criminal court ‘closely following’ PH war on drugs

MANILA, Philippines – The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague is “closely following” the war on drugs in the Philippines to see if the spate of deaths in the past 3 months may be considered “extrajudicial killings” that warrant a preliminary examination. “My Office, in accordance with its mandate under the Rome Statute, will 

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Arnel Figueroa was shot dead by security guard hired by government at Yulo Ranch in Palawan.

Farmer leader’s death violates ceasefire, peace talks – groups say

CAMARINES NORTE, Philippines – Various groups believed that the killing of farmer leader in Compostela, Valley is a violation of the unilateral ceasefire declared by the government in connection with the ongoing peace talks with the National Democratic Front. During a temporary stopover in Tabugon, Sta. Elena here, on Tuesday afternoon, Moro and Lumad leaders 

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Duterte invites UN, EU officials to PH to probe killings

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte is inviting United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and European Union officials to the Philippines to conduct their own investigation into extrajudicial killings. “I am inviting the United Nations, si Ban Ki – hindi ko alam ang pangalan ng yawang ‘yan, Ban Ki-moon, Ban Ki-sun – I am 

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Spare the peddled, punish the peddlers

Statement by the National Union of People’s Lawyers on the case of overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso We believe it is quite politically palatable to plead for the life of one of the poor Filipinos whose ill fates made President Duterte say in exasperation, “My God, I hate drugs.” Is it not because of 

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Lumad evacuees’ return home signals rebuilding of alternative schools

The ​Educators’ Forum for Development (EfD), a network of 100 schools nationwide advocating transformative education, commended the more than 2,000 Lumad evacuees on the reclaiming of their homes and ancestral land in Bgy. Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. The group said that this also signifies initial steps towards the rebuilding of Lumad alternative schools and continuation 

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Peasant leader killed in Isabela

MANILA – A peasant leader was shot dead in Isabela province today, the fifth peasant victim killed in as many days. In a statement, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) condemned the killing of Ariel Diaz, chairperson of the Danggayan Dagiti Mannalon ti Isabela (DAGAMI), who was shot dead by three armed men at 8 

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‘Stop the killings,’ anti-EJK group demands

By Chantal Eco, Manila Today “We unite to demand an end to the killings in the name of war on drugs. Justice and due process must be upheld,” said Mary Queen Shelsy Paño, spokesperson of Stop The Killings Network. The network was formed to call against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines, reportedly reaching almost 2,000 

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NDF Chief Political Consultant Joma Sison signs the agreements forged during Oslo talks. 
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A ceasefire, an Amnesty Proclamation and a new round of talks

After more than half a decade of impasse, the first round of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) ended with the two parties agreeing on all six points in their agenda. “The Joint Statement that you are about to sign 

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CPP, NPA ‘celebrate’ resumption of formal talks, declare 7-day unilateral ceasefire

DAVAO CITY — The Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Operational Command of the New People’s Army issued a unilateral declaration of a seven-day ceasefire that will take effect starting Sunday, August 21. In a statement on Friday evening, August 19 the CPP said its Central Committee and the NPA declared the unilateral 

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