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'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs
'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin
A year since President Rodrigo Duterte vowed the drug war would remain 'chilling' and 'relentless,' the government records 5,526 deaths from July 2016 to June 2019
'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima
Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution
Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office
Rappler's 6-month investigation shows strong indications that the police were outsourcing extrajudicial killings to the Confederate Sentinels Group, a group of force multipliers they had also accused of murder
'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr
The Philippine government will only respond to requests for documents if Malacañang 'feels that the question is legitimate'
(UPDATED) The exhibit features performances from BLKD and CALIX, as well as work by Ezra Acayan, Basilio Sepe, Kimberly Dela Cruz, and Leeroy New
'Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang,' says the Philippine President, poking fun at the country that drafted a resolution urging UN action against drug-related killings
These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Colonel Vinluan says her orders to police are to neutralize, 'but not to kill' suspects
A United Nations-led investigation can help end the mass murder and climate of impunity in the Philippines
(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 18 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom: 'There will be consequences, far-reaching ones'
'There’s no other time,' say Philippine human rights groups attending the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council
Senator Risa Hontiveros hopes Senator Ronald dela Rosa, who is expected to chair the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, will be 'fair and judicious' if her resolution is referred to the panel
Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, among others, to expedite investigations into killings in the Philippines
'Nakakahiya naman yata na iba pa iyong nakapansin, iba pa iyong nagmamalasakit, iba pa iyong nababahala,' says Vice President Leni Robredo
The justice secretary's comment is contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's general aversion to international interference in his campaign against drugs
(UPDATED) 'Nonchalance has no place in this situation,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson in response to the controversial comment of Senator Ronald dela Rosa
(3rd UPDATE) If the draft resolution is approved, the United Nations Human Rights Council will request rights chief Michelle Bachelet to prepare a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines
(UPDATED) Three-year-old Myka Ulpina is the latest addition to the growing list of minors killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs
On the death of the 3-year-old child during a drug operation, Senator Ronald dela Rosa says: 'Ikaw pulis ka, gusto mo bata matamaan? Never.'
Police say the girl was used by her father, a drug suspect, as a human shield
The High Court issues a writ of habeas data to Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso who wants the government to strike his name off of its narcolist
Senator-elect Ronald dela Rosa, who is poised to chair the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs in the 18th Congress, says he would 'not be biased' since he was no longer a cop
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says the recorded 5,425 deaths in police operations in the Philippines would be a matter of concern already for any country
Randy Ribay's 'Patron Saints of Nothing' tells the story of a young Fil-Am who flies to the Philippines after his cousin dies because of the campaign against illegal drugs
If the cumulative death count to date is 5,000, that means the killings have slowed to 1,000 in the past year and a half. But does that mean the government will now allow itself to be investigated?
'Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses UN experts of 'peddling a biased and absolutely false recital of facts'
(UPDATED) Eleven independent experts say in a statement, 'The government has shown no indication that they will step up to fulfill their obligation to conduct prompt and full investigations into these cases, and to hold perpetrators accountable'
But the former police general stands by his earlier call. 'Freedom of expression is limited. It's not absolute,' he says.
'It is urgent to investigate this apparent shift of focus to Central Luzon and to assess the strategy pursued by the administration’s drug war'
San Fernando's dead politicians are just some of the elected government officials killed since Duterte declared his war on illegal drugs, a battle also waged on Facebook
'Minsan habulan, eh napagod 'yung pulis, binaril na lang sa likod. Eh that's violation of human rights,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso
'Normally midterms act as a check on the president. But there's nothing normal about President Rodrigo Duterte,' says the comedian
‘We will support the war on drugs in a manner that is within the bounds of the law,' says Manila mayoral bet Isko Moreno
Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya
On the campaign trail in Mandaluyong City, senatorial bet Bong Go defends President Rodrigo Duterte's 'drug war'
At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another
If you respect our country’s sovereignty – and want to avoid paying more onerous Chinese loans and to resist China’s exploitation of our resources in the West Philippine Sea – vote for the opposition
The PNP circular and the corrective resolutions that followed show haste on the part of the Duterte administration to launch the anti-illegal drug campaign
PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reacts to a paper by the Ateneo Human Rights Center which says drug war circulars of President Duterte violate the rights of suspects guaranteed in the Constitution
Senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa led the first few years of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-illegal drug campaign whose campaign promise was eradicating drugs 'in 3 to 6 months'
(UPDATED) Voluntary submission in existing laws can exempt a drug suspect from criminal liability. In Duterte’s war on drugs, a surrenderer may further expose himself to prosecution, according to research done by the Ateneo Human Rights Center
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings
Mexico's Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System says the 8,493 murders recorded from January to March represents a 9.6% rise on the same period in 2018