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Thousands held protest rallies in Metro Manila and key cities nationwide on Thursday, September 21, the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Marcos’ Martial Law. They called for an end to killings related to the Duterte administration’s drug war.
On the same day – visiting the battle zone of Marawi in Mindanao for the 5th time, President Rodrigo Duterte said he would lift martial law in the southern island as soon as clearing operations are completed.
A recently publicized worldwide index showed that an increase in violence and terrorist activities has made the Philippines worst in impunity.
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The Philippines’ high impunity index is indicative of the country “going through one of its most critical moments, due to the increase of violence related with organized crime and increased terrorist activities from local gangs linked to the Islamic State (ISIS).”
The loudest and most repeated call at the Luneta was for President Rodrigo Duterte to end the drug war and assure Filipinos he will not expand coverage of martial law.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono estimates that North Korea would lose 90% of its export revenue if all nations implemented existing UN Security Council resolutions.
President Rodrigo Duterte says Department of Information and Communications Technology Rodolfo Salalima offered to leave his post due to “conflict of interest,” having served as vice president of Globe Telecom before his appointment. The President says he is scouting for a replacement.
“It will lifted anytime after things are all ready. There’s a clean up,” President Duterte said, but didn’t give a timeline.
“They have nothing to fear from us. They should fear more the ones hiding them or the ones advising them not to come out. They can be dangerous people,” said Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II of Aegis Juris fraternity members.
The study, which tracked 130,000 people in 17 countries, “confirms on a global scale that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease.”