Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chairperson Jose Luis Nartin “Chito” Gascon has died due to COVID-19.
“At a time of unprecedented human rights challenges, Chair Chito courageously and steadfastly upheld the constitutional mandate of the Commission. Amidst the unrelenting attacks against the institution and to him personally, he was unwavering and unflinching in fighting for the universal values of freedom, truth, and justice that are essential in the pursuit of human rights. He was undaunting in the fight for human rights, rule of law, and democracy out of deep reverence to the equal rights and dignity of all.,” CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement on Saturday, October 9. READ MORE
MANILA–The United Nations Philippines sent its sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon who passed away on Saturday morning due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) complications.“The human rights… Read More
The International Criminal Court on Wednesday,September 15, approved the conduct of a full investigation into crimes against humanity during the Philippines’ so-called “war on drugs” under Philipine President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a statement, the ICC said its judges “found there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation, noting the specific element of the crime against humanity of murder.”
Set up in 2002, the ICC is a so-called court of last resort and only becomes involved in probing the world’s worst crimes if its member states are unable or unwilling to do so.
The ICC handed down its decision even as Manila left the court in 2019 following a preliminary probe into Duterte’s crackdown claimed by human rights groups to have killed thousands of civilians.
But the judges said that even though the Philippines had withdrawn as a state party to the court, the alleged crimes took place while Manila was still a signature to the court’s Rome Statute, so it could still probe them. The probe will cover the period from 2011 to 2019.
BUTUAN CITY – The Commission on Human Rights in Caraga Region has found violations of human rights perpetrated by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) after the group killed last year the Indigenous People Mandatory Representative (IPMR) of Lianga town in Surigao del Sur.Rebels admitted… Read More
BUTUAN CITY – The arrests made by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on threesuspected top leaders of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in the Caraga Region are based on court-issued warrants.The Police Regional Office in Caraga… Read More
First of 2 parts THE Philippine Star* last week ran a front-page story headlined “ICC sees crimes against humanity in Philippines drug war.” Its lead read: “The International Criminal Court has found ‘reasonable basis’ to believe that crimes against humanity were committed in President Duterte’s war on drugs, which has reportedly killed over 20,000 people since 2016.” The next day, Duterte’s critics were ecstatic over the report, with the Philippine Daily Inquirer banner story screaming: “Drug War Critics on ICC Report: Reckoning Near.”
They are “journalism” of the most despicable kind: They spread false, fake news. (The Star article even used the “20,000” figure, which has been proven to be totally without basis, with the government’s figure of about 6,000 fatalities accepted by most.)READ MORE
Malacañang on Wednesday accused a prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) of “playing politics” after releasing a report which allegedly found “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity were committed in the Duterte… Read More
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday said the International Criminal Court (ICC) needs to show “pieces of evidence” to support its claims that the government has committed human rights and crimes against humanity in the conduct of its anti-illegal drugs… Read More
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday questioned the basis of the report of the International Criminal Court (ICC) citing a “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed under the Philippine government’s… Read More
DUTERTE: I will die for my principles. If those principles will be the death of me, it’s fine by me. If I’m sentenced to life imprisonment, it’s fine as long as I did what was right
Duterte says he’s not afraid of ICC
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night said he is not afraid of suffering the consequences of his administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, saying his administration is just doing what is right for the greater good.
Duterte rejected the remark made by former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that he must be “trembling in fear” after International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office released a report saying there was “reasonable basis” to believe that he and his subordinates committed crimes against humanity in the drug war.READ MORE
The “Real Numbers” data being released by the Philippine government is the most accurate source of information on the campaign against illegal drugs in the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Tuesday.PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon made this comment in… Read More