Philippines

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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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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By Emmanuel S. de Dios

Vox populi vox Dei?

It is a common misapprehension that the essence of democracy is sufficiently defined as the popular will expressed through elections or plebiscites and as implemented by the rule of the majority. Vox populi vox Dei, the saying goes, and on this basis elected representatives believe they have carte blanche to change rules big and small, 

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Lies Tatay Digong told me

By Rappler Early in the campaign, President Rodrigo Duterte proudly admitted, “Yes, I cannot lie, I killed 3 people.” Many people said, “That is a brutally honest man,” and believed him. They reasoned, if he can admit to a crime, he must be incapable of lying. We say we’re tired of the lies, but the 

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IN PHOTOS: Massive anti-tyranny protest in Luneta marks 45th Martial Law anniversary

By Manila Today Staff – Sep 22, 2017 espite threats to impose martial law nationwide, suspended government work and classes in public schools, limited rally space in Luneta, and a scheduled nationwide earthquake drill, around 30,000 protesters flooded Kalaw Avenue yesterday afternoon until late into the evening. Intermittent rains failed to put down the collective 

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Protesters slam Duterte, Luneta park admin for trying to limit September 21 rally space

By Manila Today Staff – Sep 20, 2017 “And as a mater of fact, I’m giving you all the space, all the streets. Wala nang permit-permit. Sige, bahala kayo. Hindi ko nga rin kayo mahuli kung manghingi ako ng permit because that is guaranteed under the Constitution, the right for a redress of grievance, the 

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SC orders release of all detainees whose pending cases exceed mandated periods

By Rey Panaligan Manila Bulletin The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the release of “all detainees whose pending cases have gone beyond the mandated periods for the conduct of preliminary investigation, or whose cases have already been dismissed on inquest or preliminary investigation, despite pending appeal, reconsideration, reinvestigation or automatic review by the Secretary of 

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‘Justice for Kian’ | Groups rally for slain victims of War on Drugs

MANILA – Different groups today, Aug. 21, joined the “Walk for Justice” in Caloocan City to demand police accountability in the killing of a minor and for all victims of President Duterte’s War on Drugs. Groups led by the Stop the Killings Network and Rise Up for Life and Rights gathered in the village 160, 

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Group claims dead in Duterte’s drug war now at 13,000

By Mart D. Sambalud Bulatlat.com DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Human rights advocates demand the Duterte administration to end the spate of killings as the casualties of the bloody war on drugs now stood at 13,000. “The human rights situation in the Philippines has become far worse than how it was in the first quarter of President Duterte’s 

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Progressive groups enraged by CA rejection of Taguiwalo as social welfare minister

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat MANILA – Calling it a “rejection of reforms,” various progressive groups deplored the Commission on Appointments’s dismissal of the ad interim appointment of Judy Taguiwalo as social welfare secretary on Wednesday, Aug. 16. “The rejection of Sec. Taguiwalo only shows that the interest of patronage politics and corruption prevails. 

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