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[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?

Jul 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The government trying to make systems work is a welcome thing, but is it sincere and is it moving fast enough? We take a nuanced look at policy work.


CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The World Organization Against Torture and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center say the number is 'a minimum' as families are often too afraid to report or testify

Taliban reject claims Russia aided fighters in attacks on U.S. troops

Jun 27, 2020 - 11:23 PM

Taliban also denies that its weapons were given by Russia

ATTACK. In this file photo taken on August 27, 2017, US Marines and Afghan Commandos stand together as an Afghan Air Force helicopter flies past during a combat training exercise at Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

South Korea, U.S. mark 70th anniversary of Korean War

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:04 PM

The fighting ended with an armistice that was never replaced by a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided by the Demilitarized Zone and the two Koreas still technically at war

(FILES) This file handout photo from the National Archives taken on July 18, 1950 at an undisclosed location shows US Army soldiers of the 24th Infantry Regiment loaded on trucks for transport up to the firing line during the Korean War. - Millions of people were swept apart by the 1950-53 Korean War, which separated brothers and sisters, parents and children and husbands and wives. The Korean peninsula marks the 70th anniversary of the war on June 25, 2020. (Photo by Handout / National Archives / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATIONAL ARCHIVES" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES

Russia stages grand WWII parade ahead of vote on Putin reforms

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:15 PM

The parade is held despite a ban on mass gatherings remaining in place. Russia has the third largest coronavirus caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.

75TH ANNIVERSARY. This handout picture provided by Host photo agency shows military vehicles moving through Red Square during a military parade, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, in Moscow on June 24, 2020. AFP PHOTO/Host photo agency/Evgeny Biyatov

[OPINION] Why you can't support both #BlackLivesMatter and Duterte’s drug war

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'

Amnesty PH slams PDEA for seeking info on 'drug suspects' via Facebook

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to get tips on drug suspects through a Facebook page. Amnesty International Philippines hits the 'dangerous' move.

OPEN FOR TIPS. The 'Isumbong mo kay Wilkins' Facebook page. Rappler screenshot

Tripoli gov't to boycott Arab League Libya talks

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:31 PM

The talks are called for by Egypt, a key supporter of the Tripoli government's archfoe, eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar

CEASEFIRE TALK. Fighters loyal to the UN-recognised Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) cheer after reseizing the capital Tripoli International Airport from rival forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar, on June 3, 2020. AFP phot

Putin accuses West of 'insulting' Russia over WWII legacy

Jun 19, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Putin has blamed the Western powers and Poland in particular for World War II, pointing to various treaties signed with Nazi Germany before the conflict began in 1939

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting on the situation with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease in Russia, via a teleconference call at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 13, 2020. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP)

'Star Wars: A New Hope' concert is postponed to 2021

Jun 18, 2020 - 4:08 PM

The event would have featured a screening of the 'Star Wars' film set to a live performance of its iconic score by John Williams

POSTPONED. The live concert film for 'Star Wars: A New Hope' is put on hold for 2021. Image courtesy of CC: Concepts

Lalamove rider killed in Cavite drug buy-bust

Jun 13, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Cavite police say the suspect shot at a cop and resisted arrest

The danger before us

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Do we sit back or do something?

U.S.-China trade deal 'impacted' by coronavirus

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Chinese official Zhu Guangyao acknowledges that the current status of the US-China relationship is 'very unsatisfactory,' but 'both sides should work together'

TRADE. This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020, shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Trump nixes idea of renaming U.S. bases honoring Confederate heroes

Jun 11, 2020 - 5:47 PM

10 bases honoring generals from the secessionist South, which lost the Civil War and its struggle to preserve slavery, are in the spotlight

Fort Bragg, NC / US - May 20, 2020: Iron Mike Statue Commemorating Airborne Troops Throughout History Shutterstock.com

PH refuses to fully implement U.N. human rights recommendations

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The Duterte administration 'fully rejects' findings of the UN human rights office that government actions are shrinking civic space for legitimate dissent and leading to serious abuses

Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Police seize P5.1B worth of shabu in Bulacan

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police earns praise from President Duterte for the buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of 3 suspects, including a Chinese

POLICE CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa earns praise from President Rodrigo Duterte for a drug bust operation in Marilao, Bulacan on June 4, 2020. Photo from the Philippine National Police

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

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


U.N. report: Documents suggest PH police planted guns in drug war ops

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

United Nations Human Rights Office says 'police repeatedly recovered guns bearing the same serial numbers from different victims in different locations'

Abuses, killings in PH possibly incited by Duterte's violent rhetoric – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Widespread killings and abuses 'suggest that [Duterte]'s public comments may have incited violence and may have had the effect of encouraging, backing, or even ordering human rights violations with impunity'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Office says human rights violations in the Philippines have been 'reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials,' some rising 'to the level of incitement to violence'

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOCUMENT: U.N. Human Rights report on killings, abuses in PH

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The report by the United Nations says the Duterte goverment's 'heavy-handed' focus on national security threats has led to serious human rights abuses

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Russia in talks with world leaders to attend June WWII parade

May 28, 2020 - 9:13 PM

'This will be coordinated with each country individually,' says Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov

VICTORY DAY. In this file photograph taken on May 9, 2019, soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow, as Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Duterte's violent drug war leaves children traumatized – HRW

May 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) The 'harmful consequences' of the anti-drug campaign go beyond bloody raids, says Human Rights Watch. Children who lose a loved one are left deeply scarred.

Russia virus peak 'passed,' Putin orders WWII parade in June

May 26, 2020 - 11:24 PM

'According to experts, the peak can be considered passed,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

VICTORY DAY. In this file photograph taken on May 9, 2019, soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow, as Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

[EDITORIAL] In the face of impunity and double standards, #LawIsLaw

May 18, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Duterte and former police chief Bato dela Rosa have created a monster force – one that will make Hitler proud

Fitch Ratings enters China's credit market

May 14, 2020 - 9:15 PM

The People's Bank of China says Fitch Bohua will be able to conduct ratings in China's interbank bond market, marking a further step in opening the industry

China exempts more U.S. goods from tariffs as virus hits economy

May 12, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The list of goods includes medical disinfectant, rare-earth metal ores, and some silicon wafers used in the electronics industry

TARIFFS SUSPENDED. Containers are shown at the foreign trade container terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province, on November 21, 2019. File photo by AFP

European leaders evoke WWII spirit to beat pandemic

May 08, 2020 - 9:41 PM

In Berlin, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urges nations to remember how they joined forces to fight the tyranny of Nazism and says the same unity is needed now to defeat the coronavirus

75TH ANNIVERSARY. (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament) Wolfgang Schaeuble, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the current president of the Bundesrat (upper house of parliament) and Brandenburg's state premier Dietmar Woidke and Andreas Vosskuhle, President of Germany's Constitutional Court, attend a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, at the Neue Wache Memorial in Berlin, Germany, May 8, 2020. Photo by Hannibal Hanschke/Pool/AFP

China, U.S. commit to implement trade deal despite virus row

May 08, 2020 - 2:45 PM

After trading barbs over the origin of the coronavirus, the United States and China agree 'good progress' is being made on their phase one trade deal

Taika Waititi to direct new 'Stars Wars' film

May 05, 2020 - 9:57 AM

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi is set to direct a new 'Star Wars' film and write it alongside '1917' screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Global stocks mostly drop as Trump revives trade war fears

May 05, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Investors are rattled as the Trump administration steps up its criticism of China over the coronavirus

US President Donald Trump looks on as the US attorney general delivers remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

4 drug suspects dead, 9 arrested in Bulacan anti-illegal drugs operations

May 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Authorities say all the alleged shootout happened in the wee hours covered by the curfew imposed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the province

DRUG WAR. Personnel from Scene of Crime Operatives cordon off an area where an alleged shootout between the police and a suspected drug pusher happened. Photo from Bulacan Police Provincial Office

Saudi-led coalition rejects south Yemen self-rule declaration

Apr 27, 2020 - 7:25 PM

'The coalition demands an end to any escalatory actions and calls for return to the agreement by the participating parties,' says the Saudi-led military coalition in war-torn Yemen

SELF-RULE. Fighters with Yemen's Southern Transitional Council (STC) drive a vehicle past a separatist flag (the old flag of South Yemen) as they deploy in the southern city of Aden, on April 26, 2020, after the council declared self-rule in the south. Photo by Saleh Al-Obeidi/AFP

Virus kills WWII veteran 100 years after twin died of Spanish flu

Apr 23, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Philip Kahn is not the only person to die from the new coronavirus after losing a sibling to the 1918-19 Spanish flu

Female-centric 'Star Wars' series in works – reports

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:31 AM

Hollywood reports say that the upcoming TV series for Disney+ will be a 'female-driven action thriller' with martial arts elements set in an alternate 'Star Wars' timeline

Mexico bans virus cremations due to search for drug war dead

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Victims of cartel hitmen or corrupt authorities often disappear without a trace. A wave of violence since 2006 has left more than 60,000 missing.

HOMELESS. A homeless woman sleeps outside the closed cathedral on Easter Sunday after Holy Week celebrations were canceled amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

'Coronavirus ceasefire' in Yemen's long conflict begins

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:24 PM

If the ceasefire does hold, it would be the first breakthrough since the warring parties agreed to a UN-brokered truce in the port city of Hodeida during talks in Sweden in late 2018

AID. This handout picture provided by the Yemen Red Crescent Society on April 6, 2020 shows members of the society handing out assistant packages including blankets and cleaning and sterilization materials to a quarantine centre, as part of efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, in the Huthi-rebel-held capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/HO/YEMEN RED CRESCENT SOCIETY

Syria war records lowest monthly death toll in 9 years

Apr 01, 2020 - 10:56 PM

Of the total deaths, some 51 people were killed in shelling and air strikes by the Syrian regime, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

SYRIA WAR. Displaced Syrian children walk at a school that was reportedly targeted in a regime forces' air strike in Syria's northwestern Idlib province on March 3, 2020 near the town of Adwan. File photo by Ibrahim Yasouf/AFP

'Star Wars' actor Andrew Jack, 76, dies of coronavirus

Apr 01, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The British actor and dialect coach died two days after he was diagnosed with the disease

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: DOJ and warrantless arrests

Mar 29, 2020 - 6:55 PM

In the 2nd and final part of the 'War on the Law' podcast, we take a look at the evolving definition of warrantless arrests under the Department of Justice

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: War on the Law Part 1

Mar 21, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Is there an ongoing war on the law?

U.S.-China trade truce at risk as virus hits global economy

Mar 16, 2020 - 10:40 AM

Concerns are mounting that conditions of the initial deal between the United States and China cannot be met as the coronavirus threatens the world economy

U.N. says nearly 5 million children born into Syria war

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:20 PM

UNICEF also says close to 5,000 children were recruited into the fighting

Syrian children play as they sit on the tip of an abandoned missile at the Ash'ari camp for the displaced in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta area outside the capital Damascus on October 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Amer ALMOHIBANY

Duterte: It is my job to kill

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:04 PM

'It is my job to scare people, to intimidate people, and to kill people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech before local officials

THE PRESIDENT'S JOB. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference in Malacañang March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo