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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Duterte threatens to slap human rights advocate in front of Robredo

KLINE: DUTERTE A MASS MURDERER By ABS/CBN News President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night warned that he will slap a foreign human rights advocate if he enters the country to help Vice President Leni Robredo end the drug war. “P******** … Continue reading Duterte threatens to slap human rights advocate in front of Robredo

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Duterte to Human Rights Watch: You are all hypocrites !

MAYOR Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Human Rights Watch after the New York-based human rights group asked the Aquino administration to conduct a probe on his alleged involvement in extrajudicial killings in Davao City. Duterte on Tuesday night, May 19, … Continue reading Duterte to Human Rights Watch: You are all hypocrites !

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MAYOR ALLAN RELLON CONFIRMS EXISTENCE OF TAGUM DEATH SQUAD

BY ROGER M. BALANZA HRW: 298 murders from 2007 to 2013 under former Mayor Rey Uy. The mayor of Davao del Norte’s capital city of Tagum has confirmed the existence of the Tagum Death Squad whose gunmen were under the … Continue reading MAYOR ALLAN RELLON CONFIRMS EXISTENCE OF TAGUM DEATH SQUAD

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Rights group commends Supreme Court action vs. cybercrime law

Karla & Pait-pait As Philippine elections go, mudslinging is expected to be the order of the day when candidates go at each other’s throat when campaigning heats up for the May 2013 election. Charges of libel or threats of being hailed to court are political realities that media must have to face as they report on politicians in a mission to educate the public on who are the deserving candidates they should vote lead government for the next three years. Media’s woes over penalties in the Penal Code has doubled with fines and penalties enshrined in the new Cybercrime Act, … Continue reading Rights group commends Supreme Court action vs. cybercrime law

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Human Rights Watch: Cybercrime law violates free expression rights

New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch on Friday urged the Philippine government to “repeal or replace” the Cybercrime Prevention Act, saying it violates the Constitution as well as international conventions. Brad Adams, Asia director for HRW, said the law “violates Filipinos’ rights to free expression and it is wholly incompatible with the Philippine government’s obligations under international law.” The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the Philippines has been a partner since 1986, ensures “the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless … Continue reading Human Rights Watch: Cybercrime law violates free expression rights

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Witnesses in Maguindanao Massacre warned vs. ‘Ampatuan Chainsaw Gang’

A government prosecutor said witnesses in the gruesome mass murder in 2009 of 57 people, 32 of them members of the press, in Maguindanao province in southern Philippines could end up being shredded to pieces with a chainsaw by henchmen of the suspects. A man who testified in court on the Philippines’ worst political massacre was found dead “probably chain-sawed to pieces” in a killing meant to silence other witnesses, the prosecutor said. “If we mention someone he might also end up dead,” said prosecutor Nena Santos. Prior to the mass killing, there are widespread reports that people who crossed … Continue reading Witnesses in Maguindanao Massacre warned vs. ‘Ampatuan Chainsaw Gang’

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Rights group scores military over Palparan

    The New York-based Human Rights Watch has expressed concern about the failure of the government to apprehend retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, who is wanted on an arrest warrant issued in December 2011 for his involvement in the 2006 kidnapping and illegal detention of two university students. Dellosa should publicly announce to all armed forces personnel that assisting Palparan in avoiding arrest or failing to cooperate with civilian authorities is obstructing justice and subject to prosecution. “Every day that Palparan avoids arrest further damages the military’s reputation,” Pearson said. “The armed forces leadership needs to send a message that … Continue reading Rights group scores military over Palparan

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Davao City cops fined over Davao death squads

For neglect of duty that resulted to 720 murders allegedly carried out by the ‘Davao death squad’, the Office of the Ombudsman ordered 21 Philippine National Police officials to give a fine equivalent to a month’s salary.Police Senior Superintendents Catalino Cuy and Jaime Morente and Police Superintendents Harry Espela, Michael John Dubria, and Rommil Mitra were found guilty of Simple Neglect of Duty over the killings. Also found guilty were other police chief inspectors, police senior inspectors, and police inspectors from the Davao City Police Office. Although the usual penalty for neglect of duty is suspension for one month, Ombudsman … Continue reading Davao City cops fined over Davao death squads

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