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U.N.'s Callamard: 'We must go on offensive' vs EJKs, attacks on free speech

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'All of us, we must all understand that we must go on the offensive and we must disrupt what’s happening,' says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Tao Po: Juana Change knocks on hearts for EJK victims

Mar 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Mae Paner brings 'Tao Po' to Baguio and is attended by National artists Kidlat Tahimik and Bencab

Baguio-based National artists BenCab and Kidlat Tahimik together with University of the Cordilleras president Ray Dean Salvosa led the signing of Manifesto of Artists for Human Rights declaring to use art as tool to uphold truth and human dignity for all at all times.

Senate bets push for body cams, anti-EJK law to stop killings

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

'Hanggang nandiyan si President Duterte, hindi matatapos ang patayan sa Pilipinas,' says opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Finally, EJKs defined

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A new law, RA 11188, now defines extrajudicial killings – a significant step forward in providing justice to many victims

New law includes new definition of EJKs

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:32 PM

In the new law protecting children in armed conflict, extrajudicial killings are committed by 'state actors' and cover any violation to the right of life as embodied by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

League of Filipino Students gather at the steps of Palma Hall on August 11 as part of a nationwide “Day of Action” against the spate of extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte governments' war on illegal drugs.

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines

Iba residents fear 3 missing men latest victims of EJK

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Three months ago, the bodies of three men who were also reported missing here were dumped in a shallow grave

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.

PH 'salvaging' self through drug war, Cayetano tells U.N.

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:58 AM

At the United Nations, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says that if given a choice, the Philippines will protect law-abiding citizens instead of criminals

DEFENDING THE DRUG WAR. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly on September 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of UN News

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.

Support for families of drug war victims crucial in 'long process' for justice

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases

'Political, personal repercussions' may await gov't officials linked to drug war

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:15 PM

These repercussions could include restricted travel and frozen assets, says international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza

Activist priest recounts 'close call' with death squad

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Father Amado Picardal has spent his life documenting Davao Death Squad killings. He sees himself as the target of the notorious group.

"Running priest" Robert Reyes holds Father Picardal and lay person Chito Generoso before he sends them off to their 1500-kilometer bike trip.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Kian memorial is for all EJK victims, too

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:44 PM

A memorial marker for slain 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos is unveiled in Caloocan City a year after his death

FIRST ANNIVERSARY. A commemorative marker remembers the death of Kian delos Santos, the 17-year-old killed by police in 2017 during an anti-drug operation. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte asks God: Let EJK victims go to heaven

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'You enjoy your human rights there in heaven,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he opens Mindanao's biggest drug rehabilitation center

Gary Alejano: Duterte can't do to ICC what he does to CHR, SC, Ombudsman

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration have no control over the International Criminal Court, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says

Duterte 'plunged' PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes,' the New York-based human rights organization says

Sereno casts doubt on PNP's 'presumption of regularity' defense

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:33 PM

CenterLaw's Joel Butuyan says that as soon as police kill a suspect, they are also subject to legal scrutiny, putting the presumption of regularity into question

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

NZ’s Ardern: PH drug war deaths 'require investigation'

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

'Our view is that the number of deaths certainly requires investigation and oversight at the very least,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

FIRST VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prior to the start of the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Malacañang

Taking PNP out of drug war won't stop international pressure – HRW

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Human Rights Watch says the fight will not end 'until there is justice and accountability for the thousands of victims' of President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs

Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Philippines police officers who want to speak out about "extrajudicial killings and summary executions" in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war have been offered sanctuary and legal help by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, has been one of the leading critics of the drug war and its offer to police on Monday was another step in its efforts to stop the killings. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

PNP probes ineffective, inefficient 'EJK' police investigators

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The PNP probes its own investigators to find out if they have been looking into the rise in deaths since the declaration of the drug war

INEFFECTIVE? 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

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Oct 03, 2017 - 12:45 PM

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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

Robredo on killings: 'Hindi ganito ang Pilipino'

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Hindi natin maaaring palagpasin ito Kailangang huminto ang walang pakundangang patayan says Vice President Leni Robredo

CONDEMNATION. Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates that killings in the Philippines must stop. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

U.S. calls for 'full accountability' in Kian delos Santos killing

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:10 PM

My condolences go out to the family and friends of Kian US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says of slain 17 year old student Kian delos Santos

NO TO KILLINGS. Protesters stage a rally to demand justice for slain 17-year-old student Kian delos Santos as well as other victims of drug-related killings. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte: If police murdered Kian delos Santos, they will 'rot in jail'

Aug 21, 2017 - 10:21 PM

The President says the CCTV footage convinced him that this was not the usual nanlaban case as alleged by police

PROMISING JUSTICE. President Rodrigo Duterte says the cops involved in Kian delos Santos' killing will 'rot in jail' if proven guilty. Photo by Pia Ranada/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

In the PH drug war, it's likely EJK when...

May 13, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The circumstances surrounding the numerous drug related deaths in the Philippines are almost always the same across all incidents

CHR refutes Cayetano: We did not change definition of EJKs

May 08, 2017 - 10:47 PM

The Commission on Human Rights joins at least 45 UN member states in calling on the Philippine government to conduct a thorough investigation and hold accountable those behind the killings

CHR says no 'definite conclusion' yet on extrajudicial killings

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:39 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is still premature to draw any conclusion on whether or not extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs are state sponsored

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

ICC case vs Duterte is PH's 'last recourse' – opposition lawmakers

Mar 14, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The congressmen argue that the ICC may step in if the Philippines is 'shown to be unwilling or unable to investigate, prosecute, and try in good faith'

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Mar 03, 2017 - 2:05 PM

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Duterte 'normalized act of extrajudicial killing'

Jan 06, 2017 - 1:08 PM

International watchdog Front Line Defenders also calls out the President for threatening to kill human rights defenders who criticize his campaign against illegal drugs

PH gov't to study conditions set by UN rapporteur for PH visit

Nov 23, 2016 - 7:40 PM

An inter agency body will deliberate on how to respond to the letter of UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard says the Palace

DILG chief orders Napolcom probe into Espinosa death

Nov 07, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Although the PNP in Eastern Visayas has started its own investigation Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno says it is still necessary for Napolcom to get into the picture to lend integrity and credibility to the probe

NAPOLCOM PROBE, TOO. Police inspect the Leyte sub provincial jail in Baybay city where Rolando Espinosa was killed on November 5. File photo courtesy of Leyte police

LIVE: Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings, 13 October 2016

Oct 13, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Get live updates on the Senate hearing on extrajudicial killings on Thursday October 13 2016 at 9:00am

Epicenters of fatalities in the war on drugs

Aug 22, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Most fatalities are in Metro Manila and Cebu; Pasay stands out in terms of salvage victims

PH rejects 'interference' of UN in 'household affairs'

Aug 20, 2016 - 5:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte finds the pronouncements from certain bodies as unwelcome meddling in national matters such as the war on drugs

OFF-LIMITS. A Filipino cirme scene investigator conducts an investigation where the body of a suspected drug dealer, who was shot dead by an unidentified gunman, lies on a street in Pasay City on August 4, 2016. Photo by Francis Malasig/EPA

Duterte hits UN for 'stupid proposition' vs drugs

Aug 17, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte: Why would the United Nations be so easy to be swayed into interfering in the affairs of this Republic?

SLAMMING UN. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticizes the United Nations for backing a 'stupid proposition' against illegal drugs. File photo by Simeon Celi/PPD

War on drugs: While you were sleeping

Aug 10, 2016 - 11:00 AM

One silent bloody night two women are summarily executed in Paco Park their heads wrapped in duct tape and their hands tied

War on drugs 'brutally taking its toll' on poor Filipinos – ex-CHR chief

Aug 09, 2016 - 7:36 PM

In an open letter former Commission on Human Rights chairperson Loretta Ann Rosales expresses concern over the Duterte administration s war on drugs

epaselect epa05466576 A picture made available on 09 August 2016 shows members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conduct an investigation on a dead body following a police operation against illegal drugs in Las Pinas City, south of Manila, Philippines, 08 August 2016. During his first speech as a senator on 08 August, Filipino boxing icon Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao said he would seek the re-imposition of the death penalty in support of president Rodrigo Duterte's campaign against illegal drugs. Duterte's war on illegal drugs has resulted in more than 600 suspected drug dealers and users being killed, and more than 100,000 people have surrendered to police authorities during the first month of campaign. EPA/EUGENIO LORETO ATTENTION EDITORS : GRAPHIC CONTENT

Duterte to Sereno: I'm just doing my duty

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The President assures the Chief Justice that he has basis for naming the 7 judges with alleged links to the drug trade

'MY DUTY.' President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to reporters on August 8, 2016 in Hotel Elena, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto

Robredo: Speak out, end 'culture of hatred'

Aug 07, 2016 - 6:30 PM

UPDATED In Pennsylvania Vice President Leni Robredo tells Filipinos that the culture of hatred in the Philippines and the world is scary

Philippine VP Leni Robredo (L) speaks at a briefing with Philippine New York consul-general Mario de Leon Jr. Photo by Elton Lugay

Aquino: Gov't addressing media killings

Apr 28, 2014 - 7:23 PM

President Aquino says administration critics are free to lambast him and other government officials without fear of being silenced