Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ is estimated to have led to more than 13,000 killings. Artists – both in the Philippines and beyond – are helping communities work through their trauma.
Duterte enjoys a cult-like following and support from millions of Filipinos, who see him as the best hope for change.
Duterte unleashed the anti-drugs war after taking office in June last year following an election campaign in which he vowed to use deadly force to wipe out crime and drugs.
The firebrand leader said he could not justify last week’s high-profile killing of a high school student and that the police responsible would face justice.
Earlier this week, 67 people were gunned down and more than 200 arrested in Manila and provinces adjoining the Philippines capital.
Ambivalence among voters is reason to think about how democracy is working for us as a community. To keep democracy alive we need to be sceptical about the exercise of power and keep it in check.
The president believed the benefits outweighed the potential short-term budgetary challenges, said Menardo Guevarra, senior deputy executive secretary.
The defence top brass is struggling to tackle the highly organised, pro-ISIS fighters who swept through Marawi City on May 23.
Some 261 legislators agreed to extend military rule until the end of the year in a seven hour-long joint session of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
After violating a ceasefire for the evacuation of the city’s residents, the militants have now stockpiled weapons in mosques and tunnels.
Seven other soldiers were wounded when two air force SF-260 close air support planes dropped bombs on a target in the heart of Marawi City.
In a widely expected outcome, a congressional panel of Philippine lawmakers dismissed an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte on the grounds of ‘insufficient substance.’
The ongoing debate is a continuation of the Philippines’ long journey towards reproductive health – and its having been turned into a political and moral issue by various actors.
Duterte has asked for a public debate with Callamard before allowing her to conduct an inquiry into allegations of human rights violations against him.
Trump’s encouragement of Duterte suggests that US pressure on regimes around the world to uphold civil liberties may have become a thing of the past.
White House spokesperson Spicer stressed the right circumstances for a meeting between the two leaders do not exist right now.
China is not a member of ASEAN but is extremely sensitive about the content of its statements considering it a barometer of the bloc’s dissent over its artificial islands.
The complaint is the first publicly known communication to the ICC against the president and is based on the testimony of two self-confessed hit men.
A Philippine army spokesman said the downsizing of the exercises was in response to Duterte’s dislike of war games with Washington.
Leila De Lima led a probe into killings during Duterte’s anti-drugs campaign last year but has since been detained on charges of involvement in the drugs trade.
In a recent report two officers said the Philippine National Police officers carried out most of the drug killings they have blamed on vigilantes.
An intelligence officer has authored an unpublished 26-page report on the conduct of the drug war in the Philippines.
The Philippine leader had last week announced his plan to raise the Philippine flag in the island of Thitu and fortify it with barracks, setting off alarm bells.
Duterte’s plan is unlikely to sit well with China, which lays claim to almost all the South China Sea, especially as it comes amid a fast-warming relationship in recent months.
The complaint adds to a laundry list of what Gary Alejano says are impeachable offences that amount to high crimes, abuse of power and betrayal of public trust.
Police and “unidentified gunmen” have killed more than 7,000 suspected drug users and drug dealers in the country since July 2016. Until there’s an urgent and loud international response, there’s no end in sight for Duterte’s drug war.
Proponents of inward-looking politics have demonstrated an impressive capacity to exploit the globalisation of the political sphere.
The Philippines police chief announced the re-launch on Monday of police anti-narcotics operations he hoped would be less bloody, “or even bloodless”, entering a new phase in a war on drugs that has caused international alarm.
The protesters condemned the deadly narcotics crackdown, which has killed about 7,700 people since the firebrand leader came to power on June 30.
President Duterte and the Philippine police forces have denied the existence of a Davao death squad, describing it as fiction.
More than 7,700 people have been killed since Duterte unleashed his bloody war on drugs seven months ago.
When it came to race, climate, or diplomacy, Barack Obama was like a visitor from the future. On trade and intervention, however, he was often stuck in the past.
The Southeast Asian nation has for decades been plagued by insurgencies by Muslim rebels in its southern islands, with Duterte seeking to promote broad peace in the predominantly Catholic country.
It was not immediately clear when or where the helicopter incident Duterte spoke of took place.
More than 6,000 people have been killed in the anti-narcotics drive since Duterte came to power.
Continuing disappointment with their democracy means that Filipinos must now support a populist president.
An independent pollster asked 1,500 Filipinos nationwide if they were concerned that either they or someone they knew could fall victim to an extrajudicial killing, and 78% said they were either very worried or somewhat worried.
His comments were focused on the Obama administration, which has criticised Duterte over reports of extra-judicial killings.
Special rapporteur Agnes Callamard had declined to accept the conditions set by the Duterte government because of which the trip was cancelled.
The Philippine president has come under fire for admitting that he ‘personally killed’ two criminals while mayor of Davao City.