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Gov’t ready to face UN inquiry into drug war — Justice...

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Friday that the Philippine government is ready should the United Nations start a probe into the administration’s war on drugs, this after Reuters reported that Iceland has submitted a draft resolution calling for an investigation into the alleged killings related to the drug war.

Kolateral damage: Rap album takes on the war on drugs

BACKED BY two years of research into the Philippines’ ongoing drug war led by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, Kolateral is a 12-track rap album that includes the numbers, the stories, and the effects of the war on drugs.

CBCP issues ‘exhortation’ after Duterte’s attacks

THE CATHOLIC Bishops Conference of the Philippines, in a news conference on Monday, July 9, issued a “Pastoral Exhortation” that addressed, in part, “those in this world who boast of their own wisdom, those who arrogantly regard themselves as wise in their own estimation and the Christian faith as nonsense, those who blaspheme our God as stupid.”

Duterte to Catholic Church: Your ‘stupid’ God isn’t my God

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter “Your God is not my God, because your God is stupid; mine has a lot of common sense.” This was how...

Duterte considers arming barangay officials to help fight war on drugs

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Tuesday, June 12, that he might consider arming the newly elected village chiefs to...

DoJ seeks reversal of court dismissal of drug charges vs Taguba,...

The Department of Justice (DoJ) has appealed to Presiding Judge Arthur B. Melicor of the Velenzuela City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 284 to...

Comelec won’t disqualify candidates included in narco list

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said it won’t prohibit candidates included in the "narco list" released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to...

PDEA to file drug charges vs over 200 barangay officials, councilors

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to file charges against the 207 barangay captains and councilors involved in illegal drugs. "PDEA will be...

PDEA to release watchlist of barangay officials involved in illegal drugs

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to release its watchlist of barangay officials involved in illegal drugs within the week. "Finally I will...

SC to Sol-Gen: Submit drug war records

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) en banc on Tuesday gave the Office of the Solicitor-General (OSG) 15 days to submit to the high court records...

UN offers assistance to Philippines’ rehab program for drug users

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has offered to provide assistance to the Philippine government in its rehabilitation efforts for drug...

SC en banc orders government to submit records of operations related...

The Supreme Court (SC), sitting en banc, on Tuesday, April 3, gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) 15 days to submit to...

Espinosa, others summoned as DoJ sets new hearing on drug case

THE Department of Justice (DoJ), in an order dated March 22 and released on Wednesday, has subpoenaed alleged drug lord Peter Go Lim, confessed...

Justice department issues subpoena against suspected drug lords

The Department of Justice (DoJ) on Thursday, March 22, issued subpoenas against alleged drug lord Peter Go Lim, confessed drug distributor Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa,...

Philippines warns other countries will follow after ICC exit

The International Criminal Court (ICC) may sink into oblivion, and prosecutor Fatou Bom Bensouda is to blame, said Presidential Spokesperson Herminio Harry L. Roque,...

Duterte to review DoJ’s dismissal of charges vs. alleged drug lords

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, March 13, said he will personally review the Justice department’s dismissal of the drug charges...

DoJ drops drug charges vs Peter Lim, other suspected narco personalities

The Department of Justice has cleared alleged drug lord Peter Go Lim, confessed drug lord Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co and...

Cayetano: UN High Commissioner Zeid ‘being used’ to destabilize gov’t

The Philippines’ top diplomat on Friday said United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is being used to destabilize...

UN human rights chief says Duterte needs psychiatric evaluation

GENEVA — Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's slurs against U.N. human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist, U.N. High Commissioner for Human...

Duterte tells police: Do not talk to UN rapporteur

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte has instructed the police to ignore any special rapporteur tasked by the United Nations (UN) to investigate...

Are mobile games the next platform for pushing government agendas?

words by SANTIAGO J. ARNAIZ videos by GRETCHEN MALALAD illustrations by JIEGO GAVIN TOMAGANLate last year, Apple took down a number of Filipino-developed mobile games after over a hundred...

Amnesty International flags Philippines’ human rights situation in report

The state of human rights in the Philippines was marked by "increased lawlessness and violence" due mainly to the government's war on drugs, according...

No need for international court probe since Duterte’s been cleared already,...

THERE is no need for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate President Rodrigo R. Duterte because even the United Nations (UN) special rapporteur...

International court to tackle complaint against Duterte

By Arjay L. Balinbin MALACAÑANG ANNOUNCED on Thursday, Feb. 8, that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is set to begin its “preliminary examination” into a...

Endorse UN inquiry into drug war, HRW urges gov’t

THE PHILIPPINE government should “urgently support” a United Nations (UN)-led investigation into the killings in its war on drugs, New York-based advocacy group Human...

Analysts take stock of Duterte’s ratings

By Arjay L. Balinbin The 2018 SWS Survey Review showed that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s ratings in the previous year in almost all areas “are...

3 cops indicted for Kian murder

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) found probable cause to indict the three Caloocan City policemen for the murder of 17-year-old Kian Loyd D. delos...

Official figure on fatality count in drug war 3,987

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other agencies, in a press briefing at Malacañang on Monday, Jan. 22, reported that...

Cops in Arnaiz-De Guzman EJK charged

By Minde Nyl R. Dela Cruz THE Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday, Jan. 19, filed charges before the Caloocan Regional Trial Court (RTC) against...

PDEA chief’s first 100 days: 1,321 arrests, P228.81M seized, 0 deaths...

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted 3,476 operations, seized P228.81 million worth of drugs and “non-drug” evidence, and arrested 1,321 suspects but recorded...

Palace cites drug war, budget, TRAIN among achievements

THE TAX reform program as recently passed by Congress, the national budget next year, and the controversial anti-drug campaign are among the highlights of...

Palace: Action being taken on Davao Boys in Reuters story

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday, Dec. 21, said the government has already taken action regarding the so-called Davao Boys of police officers in Quezon City who...

PNP chief’s term extended — Duterte

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday, Dec. 13, said he will extend to three months the term of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director-General...

Duterte orders PNP back to drug war

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has ordered the return of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the drug campaign, but with the Philippine Drug Enforcement...

Carpio questions police memo focusing on street-level drug operations

SENIOR ASSOCIATE Justice Antonio T. Carpio has questioned the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) apparent focus on street-level operations in its anti-narcotics campaign and ignoring...

Senate budget debates begin with funds for drug war

SENATORS ON Thursday, Nov. 16, debated over the realignment of P900 million for the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) anti-illegal drug campaign “Oplan Double Barrel”...

Duterte lashes out at Canada’s Trudeau as Trump ties warm

President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European officials over their criticism of alleged human rights abuses under...

Trump meets Philippines’ controversial Duterte

Donald Trump sits down Monday, Nov. 13, with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who boasts about personally killing people and is waging a drug war...

Duterte confident Trump won’t take up human rights

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday, Nov. 12, expressed confidence that United States President Donald J. Trump won’t raise the issue of human rights...

Duterte proposes to lead summit to tackle human rights violations worldwide

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Nov. 9, said he wants the Philippines to host a world summit on human rights to tackle issues...

Drugs board chief Santiago resigns

THE HEAD of the Philippines’ narcotics control body has resigned after just five months in the job, the second successive official to vacate the...

Cops in Carl Arnaiz case given more time to file affidavits

POLICE OFFICERS who are facing charges over the death of 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz have been given by the Department of Justice (DoJ) more...

Lawyers band together vs EJKs, rights abuses

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez InterAksyon A BROAD NETWORK of lawyers, judges, law professors and students was launched on Thursday, Nov. 2, demanding an end to extrajudicial killings...

SWS poll shows 46% agree it is unavoidable that innocent lives...

By Arjay L. Balinbin ALMOST HALF of respondents in a new snapshot of the third-quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) agree that it...

SWS poll: About half disagree people into drugs cannot change

By Arjay L. Balinbin ABOUT half of Filipinos disagree that persons who use drugs or are involved in the illegal drug trade do not have...