Duterte extrajudicial killing - updates

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Roque: Duterte didn't admit to anything because no such crime as EJK

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

Duterte's EJK remark 'far fetched' as evidence before ICC – Sotto

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says Duterte simply meant the government’s anti-drug campaign may have been used by other parties to carry out other agenda

KILLED. Families of Extra Judicial Killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war hold photos of their slain loved ones during the gathering and requiem mass at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Quirino Extension, Manila in observe of All Soul's Day on November 02, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Umamin na si Duterte. Uwian na ba?

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:17 AM

Going past the debate of whether this is an 'admission' or a 'joke,' what are we going to do about this? What democratic institutions are left to pursue this?

Duterte's EJK admission just 'out of frustration,' says PNP

Sep 28, 2018 - 3:52 PM

'The President said that (his admission) out of frustration, kasi wala nang maibato sa kanya,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

FRUSTRATED? President Rodrigo Duterte admits that his involvement in extrajudicial killings is his only sin. Malacañang file photo

Not funny: CHR calls out Duterte over extrajudicial killings remark

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:11 PM

'Hindi tama na gawing paksa ng biro ang pagkamatay ng libu-libong Pilipino na patuloy na humihingi ng hustisya,' says CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia

DUTERTE SPEECH. President Rodrigo Duterte makes another controversial remark – that his only 'sin' is extrajudicial killings – in his speech at a Malacanang event on September 28, 2018. Presidential Photo

Repent, bishop says after Duterte admits to EJKs

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:17 AM

'We should welcome this public confession,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after President Rodrigo Duterte admits his 'only sin' is extrajudicial killings

REJECTING KILLINGS. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is one of the bishops most outspoken against drug war killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte 'not serious' about EJK remark – Roque

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'I don’t think the context there was literal,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, rehashing his previous explanations of President Rodrigo Duterte's past controversial statements

EXPLAINING DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque explains President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks. RTVM screenshot

Duterte says his only 'sin' is extrajudicial killings

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is known for giving conflicting statements on his involvement in death squads and summary killings. How will Malacañang explain his latest remark?

Body of the unidentified person carried away from the crime scene. 11/29/2016.

Theater therapy for widows, orphans of Duterte drug campaign

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The participants in the workshop are asked to narrate how their loved ones were killed over and over again until they can tell their stories without stuttering or wailing

HEALING. Mariana (left) and Ellah hold each other as they perform their roles in the stage play about the drug war at Lasalle Greenhills, Mandaluyong City.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

'Decaying' justice system aiding crime, corruption in PH – lawyers

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Low conviction rates and long trial times make justice difficult to achieve and impunity rampant in the country, lawyers at the Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny forum say

Convenors and members of MANLABAN sa EJK pose for a photo at Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny at UP College of Law. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

UN probers need Duterte clearance for drug war documents – Dela Rosa

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DUTERTE NOD NEEDED. PNP chief Ronald del Rosa says he would ask for Duterte's order to share documents before he shares drug war documents with any UN investigator. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

Dec 04, 2017 - 8:02 AM

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

Schoolmates pay their last visit during the wake of Kian Delos Santos on August 25, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Reynaldo 'Kulot' de Guzman finally buried

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:12 AM

UPDATED The burial pushes through despite claims by the PNP that a test they conducted showed that the DNA of the boy found floating in a creek with 30 stab wounds did not match that of his parents

Callamard says PH visit 'not vehicle for entertainment'

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:39 PM

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says a proposed visit to the Philippines at the invitation of government should neither be used for theatrics or politicking

UN RAPPORTEUR. Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions, refuses conditions set by the Philippine government for a probe into President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Youth groups deliver alternative SONA on drug-related killings

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:37 PM

It’s time to resist in a time of corruption and extrajudicial killings There is a need to break the apathy of the youth says rally leader at St Scholastica s College

WEEK BEFORE SONA. Students of the St. Scholastica's College along with various activist groups rally outside the college in Manila on July 16, 2017 against the thousands of extra judicial killings involved in the drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte, a week before his 2nd State of the Nation Address. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Being a Filipino abroad in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:00 PM

At the end of the day my passport says Pilipinas and not Duterte so I represent the values our heroes died for I do not represent Duterte says a Filipino abroad

Duterte ‘held nation together’ but missed campaign vows – Lagman

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Another opposition lawmaker Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says the President is too preoccupied with the drug war that he forgets his other promises

FATHER OF THE NATION. President Rodrigo Dutere attends as guest of honor during the 140th founding anniversary celebration of the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. Photo courtesy of Malacañang

Ramos fears 'more harmful' martial law under Duterte

May 26, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Former president Fidel V Ramos says We would be much higher now in the ranking of nations in the appreciation of other nations about the Philippines if we did not have martial law As a military man pagmasdan mo ang lalim ng sinasabi ko

MARTIAL LAW. Former president Fidel V. Ramos, an 89-year-old former Marcos general, fears a 'more harmful' martial law to come under President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Human Rights Watch to UN rights council: Denounce drug war killings in PH

May 04, 2017 - 1:07 PM

The New York based human rights group urges the United Nations Human Rights Council to pressure the Philippines into supporting an international investigation into the drug related killings

A hooded woman bring along with her the photos of her husband and son at the Ombudsman as she filed criminal charges on drug related killings against the government at the office of the Ombudsman in Quezon City on Tuesday. Her husband and son was killed during Oplan Tokhang operations in Caloocan. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Sueno hits Robredo for criticizing drug war, 'hurting' trade deals

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno says Vice President Leni Robredo s criticism of the drug war is affecting the Philippines standing in the international community

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Mar 15, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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U.S. State Dept notes killings in Duterte-led Philippines

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The most significant human rights problems were killings allegedly undertaken by vigilantes security forces and insurgents the US State Department says

'TRUMP OF THE EAST.' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates US President Donald Trump during a phone call in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

PH police 'falsifying' evidence in drugs war – Human Rights Watch

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:45 AM

A report by an international human rights group points to collusion between police and so called vigilante groups in the execution of drug suspects

The body of a suspected drug dealer killed after an alleged shootout with police in Caloocan, Metro Manila, September 9, 2016. Carlo Gabuco for Human Rights Watch

Senators call for reopening of Davao Death Squad probe

Feb 20, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Hindi ko inasahan it s such a hair raising thing Dapat talaga mag resume dito kung ano mang committee says Senator Leila de Lima on the allegations made by Arturo Lascañas against President Rodrigo Duterte

'EXPLOSIVE' CLAIMS. Retired SPO3 Arturo "Arthur" Lascañas admits involvement in the Davao Death Squad, which he claims took orders from then-mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Palace on Lascañas claims: 'Political drama' to destroy Duterte

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:15 PM

The Palace dismisses the accusations of a former Davao City policeman as character assassination driven by vicious politics

DDS LEADER? The Palace says sectors are out to bring down President Rodrigo Duterte through claims about the DDS. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Ex-Davao cop: 'Sabi ni mayor Rody, patayin 'nyo na 'yan'

Feb 20, 2017 - 12:45 PM

As Davao mayor President Rodrigo Duterte promised members of the Davao Death Squad protection from lawsuits says a retired policeman

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Ex-Davao policeman tags Duterte in death squad, murder

Feb 20, 2017 - 10:37 AM

UPDATED Four months after he denied his involvement in the Davao Death Squad a retired Davao policeman drops a bombshell in a press conference


Hontiveros likens deaths under Duterte admin to 'necrophilia'

Feb 15, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says there seems to be an obsession with death under the Duterte administration – from the death penalty to extrajudicial killings due to the war on drugs

ANTI-DEATH PENALTY. Senator Risa Hontiveros and Albay 1st District Representative Edcel Lagman are both opposing the rising number of deaths under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

De Lima fears being another 'EJK victim' once in prison

Feb 14, 2017 - 2:20 PM

I m not asking [for] any special or VIP treatment Basta ba siguraduhin lang nila na it s a safe and secure area says Senator Leila de Lima as she expects to be arrested and detained soon

Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte to priests, cardinals: 'Try' shabu to understand drug problem

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:16 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells religious leaders that the killings will only stop if the illegal drug trade itself stops

WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte slams critics of his key campaign. Malacanang file photo

#AnimatED: 2016, a year of sorrows and fear

Dec 26, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Fear weakens our reasoning and leads us to cocoons of silence Rather than take a stand and let our voices be heard we retreat

Duterte kills 3 – so what?

Dec 23, 2016 - 2:41 PM

Whether he has killed 3 or 3 million or 4 it doesn’t matter for now his lawyers say: he is beyond the reach of the law while he’s president

President Duterte. File photo from PPD

Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP

Part 1: Drugs 101: What you need to know about the PH drug situation

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Killing people – especially by police and paramilitary forces – has never stopped a drug problem anywhere Instead it contributes to a climate of fear instability and distrust in law enforcement personnel

WAR ON DRUGS. Scene of the Crime Operatives process a scene where drug suspects were killed. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

UN expert proposes press conference with Duterte

Dec 17, 2016 - 11:23 AM

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says President Rodrigo Duterte can offer his analysis reply or rebuttal through a press conference

UN EXPERT. Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on summary executions, addresses the event on the 'Parliamentary Fact Sheet on the Death Penalty and Terrorism-related Offenses' on October 20, 2016. Photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

De Lima: Duterte can be impeached for 'promoting,' admitting killings

Dec 15, 2016 - 4:05 PM

We do have an unfit President He just confessed to doing the killing of people in Davao and we know that he s the one promoting and tolerating these killings Senator Leila de Lima tells CNN International

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes its public inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016.

Why Gordon isn't buying De Lima's FP recognition

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:14 PM

Senator Richard Gordon is so puzzled by his colleague s inclusion in the Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers that he suspects the US government is behind it

Duterte killing of suspects not illegal – Aguirre

Dec 14, 2016 - 12:08 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says killing criminal suspects could be done in a justifiable cause circumstances

NOT ILLEGAL. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says there's nothing wrong and illegal with President Rodrigo Duterte's killing of suspects.

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Dec 12, 2016 - 12:27 PM

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Duterte on killings: Do you think I enjoy that?

Dec 11, 2016 - 10:15 PM

I do not allow extrajudicial [killings] We do not do that It s a dirty job President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech in Tarlac City

Matobato files murder, kidnapping charges vs Duterte

Dec 09, 2016 - 10:26 AM

The self confessed member of the Davao Death Squad a key witness at the Senate probe into extrajudicial killings also accuses the President of committing genocide and crimes against humanity

KEY WITNESS. Self-confessed hitman Edgar matobato during the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016. Photo by LeAnneJazul/Rappler

CHR to probe killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa

Nov 05, 2016 - 6:28 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the killing of Albuera Mayor Espinosa while inside his jail cell raises serious questions

DRUG SUSPECT. This photo taken on August 2, 2016, shows Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa (left) talking to Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa (right) at Camp Crame. Photo by Agence France-Presse

De Lima on Undas: Cries, pleas of thousands killed 'too loud to ignore'

Nov 01, 2016 - 2:29 PM

I shall pray on behalf of those who were killed in the government s war against drugs says the senator

The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights resumes on its public probe on extrajudicial killings on October 13, 2016. Photo by Alex Nuevaespana/PRIB

Death squads: An incomplete history

Oct 27, 2016 - 2:33 PM

Rooted in colonial history their growth was spurred during the periods of transition when state power was up for grabs

DRUG WAR'S TOLL. Three suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima to public: 'Fight greatest fight since EDSA People Power'

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:44 AM

My battles are my own says the senator The battlefield is actually the Filipino people’s minds Social media has been weaponized

PH can’t win war on drugs with guns alone

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:15 PM

As a health advocate it pains me that our government misses the complexity of the drug problem

Trillanes to surrender Matobato to PNP chief on Oct 7

Oct 06, 2016 - 5:00 PM

UPDATED But Senator Antonio Trillanes IV describes the timing of the arrest warrant as highly suspicious saying the case against the witness was filed in 2014

FANNING THE FLAME. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warns against politicians and communist groups supposedly fanning anti-Aquino sentiment after Mamasapano. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Justice Leonen speaks up on killings, 'De Lima' video

Oct 03, 2016 - 5:40 PM

In a series of tweets Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen reminds the public that the Constitution and the law mandate the protection of human rights and dignity

'THE LAW IS NOT BIASED.' SC Associate Justice Marvic Leonen (left) uses Twitter to chime in on current events. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Matobato's hits and misses

Oct 02, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Rappler compares the statements of supposed former Davao Death Squad member Edgar Matobato with official documents news reports and interviews

The Senate committe on human rights and justice joint with the committe on public order and dangerous drugs resumes its public inquiry on the extrajucial killings on September 22, 2016.