Tag Archives: drug war


Next admin must sustain fight vs. illegal drugs: Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday urged anew the incoming administration to support all initiatives that would put an end to the narcotics trade in the country.Duterte renewed his appeal to sustain the momentum in the government’s fight against illegal drugs and for… Read More

Duterte could not stand narco-politicians: Palace

 June 17, 2022, 1:46 pm

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte remains firm with his commitment to eradicating illegal drugs until his last days in office, considering there are several politicians linked to the narcotics trade, Malacañang said Friday.This, after Duterte earlier took a swipe anew at former Iloilo… Read More

ICC okays probe into Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’

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But the judges said that even though the Philippines had withdrawn as a state party to the court, the alleged crimes took place while Manila was still a signature to the court’s Rome Statute, so it could still probe them.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.

DUTERTE: Illegal drugs can put the country under the control of the narco-politicians

‘Drug problem is a never-ending one’

 June 27, 2021

MANILA – Almost five years after his administration launched a massive campaign against illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said drug problem is a “never-ending one” and if not resolved, can put the country under the control of the narco-politicians.This, according to… Read More

Duterte shrugs off planned ICC probe vs. drug war

 June 17, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has merely brushed aside the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) request for judicial authorization to investigate his administration’s anti-narcotics drive, Malacañang said on Thursday.“You know, he (Duterte) shrugged off,”… Read More


ROQUE: Whatever happens, we will not help, we will not cooperate

ICC prosecutor Bensouda playing politics

 December 16, 2020

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

ICC needs to show proof if gov’t violated human rights: PNP

 December 16, 2020

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

ICC report on PH anti-drug campaign ‘unfair, one-sided’

 December 16, 2020

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

TRILLANES: Duterte trembling in fear over criminal court decision

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.

Time for reckoning is near

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


To hunt down ‘big fish’ in drug trade

Incoming Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Lt. Gen. Camilo Pancratius Cascolan on Wednesday said he would focus on going after high-value targets (HVTs) in continuing the government’s anti-drug campaign.”Atin pong titiningnan na dapat ang mga high value individuals ay sila ang… Read More