Philippine Police Killing Surge Prompts Probes

Senate and Rights Body to Investigate Drug Dealer Deaths By Phelim Kine The Philippine Senate and the official Commission on Human Rights (CHR) are undertaking what the new administration and the Philippine National Police (PNP) refuse to do: investigate the alarming increase in police killings of suspected drug dealers and users. Senator Leila de Lima 

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A show of political will or disregard for due process?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Since the beginning of his campaign for the presidency, Rodrigo Duterte has been accused of disregarding due process, especially with his endorsement of extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals by the so-called Davao death squad. His campaign promise of ending criminality and the drug menace within the first six months into his presidency 

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Elitist politics and economics: the real Aquino legacy

Towards the end of its six years in office, the Aquino government boasted its legacy of inclusive growth. Indeed for its neoliberal thrusts the Aquino administration may have achieved certain economic outcomes. But for the Filipino people, an unprecedented jobs crisis, using public funds to guarantee private profits, an even wider gap between rich and 

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Groups condemn SC’s dismissal of plunder charges vs. ex-Pres. Arroyo

DAVAO CITY — Partylist lawmaker Carlos Isagani Zarate on Tuesday, July 19 expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court’s dismissal of plunder charges against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The case involves the alleged plunder of the P366-million confidential intelligence fund of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) during Arroyo’s term as president. Arroyo now serves as 

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Philippine officials shrug at surge in drug killings

Philippine National Police chief, Director General Ronald dela Rosa, provides cold comfort for Filipinos aghast at the surge in police killings of suspected drug dealers and drug users since President Roderigo Duterte took office on June 30. Dela Rosa, on July 11, slammed calls for a Senate probe of those killings as “legal harassment” and 

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VP Robredo is Duterte’s housing czar

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte offered Vice President Leni Robredo a Cabinet post, specifically the position of chairperson of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC). The HUDCC was the same agency headed by Robredo’s predecessors, former Vice President Jejomar Binay and Noli de Castro. This was announced by Justice Secretary Vitaliano 

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Duterte names alleged police generals in drug trade

PAMPANGA, Philippines (7th UPDATE) – Saying he was “compelled by a sense of duty,” President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, July 5, named 5 police generals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. “I am compelled by my sense of duty to tell you the police who contributed to deterioration of law and order in this 

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Militants set foot in Malacañang

MANILA – For the first time in over a decade, militant groups set foot in Malacanang, a feat that would have been unimaginable in previous administrations. On Thursday, members of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) entered the Malacañang Palace to have a dialogue with the new president. “Today, leaders of Bayan met with President Rodrigo 

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Excited by dreams of change, thousands push for People’s Agenda

“The people are expecting, hoping for genuine change, but what is clear is that they could only achieve that through their strong mass movement.” By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA – It was neither a protest rally nor a celebratory party, but the thousands that filled to bursting capacity the UP Diliman’s Film Center on June 

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15 pronouncements Duterte got right

By Altermidya.Net Much has been written about the wrong or unwelcome pronouncements of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte: his statement on journalist killings, catcalling, revival of the death penalty, and plans to bury late dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. An unconventional political figure, he has generated criticism and fear, on one hand, but 

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