Philippines: No Letup in ‘Drug War’ Killings

HRW WORLD REPORT 2020: Duterte’s anti-drug campaign remains as brutal as when it started The Philippine government’s murderous “war on drugs” remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2020. Security forces … Continue reading Philippines: No Letup in ‘Drug War’ Killings

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GO TO HELL: Duterte tells UN rapporteur

Don’t meddle with Philippine affairs A United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Diego Garcia-Sayan should not interfere with Philippine affairs, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said Saturday. Duterte made this remark in response to the … Continue reading GO TO HELL: Duterte tells UN rapporteur

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Alarm raised vs gun-for-hire groups in Davao City

     Are there gun-for-hire groups operating in Davao City? Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte thinks so and has warned residents against the gunmen he said were behind the series of killings in the city. He said people should be wary about the groups and report immediately to police those who offer them hit jobs for a fee. Gun-for-hire syndicates are usually involved in extortion and liquidation jobs in land disputes, he said in a late night press conference here on Wednesday in Davao City. “This has to stop, otherwise, we will have a very dangerous situation,” he said adding police … Continue reading Alarm raised vs gun-for-hire groups in Davao City

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DABAWENYOS CRY FOR RETURN OF DAVAO DEATH SQUAD

RODY: I cannot stop Davao Death Squad BY ROGER M. BALANZA The clamor is not acceptable, not by the Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights watch. This was the terse answer given by the Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte during his weekly cable television show, Ato ni Bay when he was asked if he would allow the return of extrajudicial killings in the city. Duterte, who many times in the past, had been suspected to have connections with the Davao Death Squad, also said he also would not want the human rights groups to put the blame on him … Continue reading DABAWENYOS CRY FOR RETURN OF DAVAO DEATH SQUAD

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Pro-DDS to hold own indignation rally?

DAVAO DEATH SQUAD cartoon by rOgerb COMMENTARY        An estimated 5,000 people gathered at the Rizal Park in Davao City on July 26, 2011, in what is touted as a massive rally of indignation against summary executions in the Davao Region, according to the Commission on Human Rights in region eleven which spearheaded the mass action.        The rally was preceded by a march through the city’s main streets participated by students, religious, the public, members of the police and the military and representatives from some government agencies and of course, Atty. Alberto Sipaco,head of the CHR in Region Eleven. … Continue reading Pro-DDS to hold own indignation rally?

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CHR to Sara: Don’t be blind to DDS killings

BY ROGER M. BALANZA In a stinging verbal assault, the Commission on Human Rights told City Hall not to dispute summary killings by the Davao Death Squad, as Mayor Sara Duterte said police should check whether the deadly death squad was behind the summary executions. The CHR in Davao Region said there is no need to verify reports of the summary killings with the Davao City Police Office (DCPO). CHR regional director Alberto Sipaco said the records of summary killings were all documented by independent investigation by the rights body, police reports and reports in media. Earlier Duterte said there … Continue reading CHR to Sara: Don’t be blind to DDS killings

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CHR probe result on summary killings in Davao City in limbo

  By Roger M. Balanza             The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) could be as dead as the alleged victims allegedly shot dead by the alleged Davao Death Squad: it is unspeaking and wordless about the release of the results of its investigation on the summary killings nearly two years.             Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, as then CHR chair, spearheaded the 2009 probe on the reported summary killing of more than 1000 people that tried to link then mayor Rodrigo Duterte.             In Congress last year, First District Congressman Karlo Nograles in a privilege speech urged DOJ … Continue reading CHR probe result on summary killings in Davao City in limbo

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Rody Duterte vows to shoot, burn carnappers

By ROGER M. BALANZA             What carnappers did to their two victims in Manila—shot and then burned—Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte would do the same here: He would shoot and then burn….the carnappers.             Duterte said however that he may not be able to inflict his punishment here on carnappers doing the same dastardly criminal act, being no longer the mayor.             If I am the mayor—I would shoot them and burn them, he said cautiously at the Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa television program on ABS/CBN on Sunday.             The verbal ploy apparently is meant to skirt possibility of … Continue reading Rody Duterte vows to shoot, burn carnappers

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Duterte junks offer to head DILG

“Manila people want me to be their DDS”                 Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed new clamor for him to head the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), saying those pushing him to the top job has a morbid agenda.                 Radio callers on public affairs programs of radio DZMM in Manila, according to Davao City broadcast journalist Ethel Cantor-Tolentino, have been suggesting that President Aquino appoint Duterte as head of the interior department, as carnappers killed and burned two car dealers in the capital city last week.                 Rising crimes in Manila are sparking calls for an iron-fisted … Continue reading Duterte junks offer to head DILG

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Dutertes back death penalty

 BY ROGER M. BALANZA            Mayor Sara Duterte and father Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte want the death penalty back despite President Aquino ruling out reintroducing capital punishment.             Calls for the return of the death penalty have increased following the recent murders of two car dealers in Manila.             Mayor Duterte told The Durian Post she is in favor of the death penalty. “The death penalty should be imposed in heinous crimes.”             Vice Mayor Duterte said his position favoring return of the death penalty has not changed. He said he opposed moves in Congress when he was serving as a congressman … Continue reading Dutertes back death penalty

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