Extrajudicial killings

President Rodrigo Duterte and the International Criminal Court.

PerryScope By Perry Diaz On November 17, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte, before heading to Lima, Peru, told the media he just might order the Philippines’ withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC). He got the idea following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s withdrawal of Russia’s membership from ICC, who the day before had signed an order to formally withdraw Russia’s signature from the founding statute of Read More …

Duterte-and-De-Lima

PerryScope By Perry Diaz When then Justice Secretary Leila de Lima ran for the Senate in 2016, little did she know that she was on a road taken by a growing number of politicians, one that leads to incarceration. These include former presidents Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Joseph Estrada, former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, and Senators Jinggoy Estrada and Bong Revilla. And if the “tradition” of Read More …

The "La-Pieta" like photo which symbolized the extra judicial killings in the Philippines (Photo by Raffy Lerma/Philippine Daily Inquirer)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted last September 24-26 showed Duterte receiving a public satisfaction rating of 76%, “dissatisfied” rating of 11%, and “undecided” rating of 13%. According to SWS, Duterte’s +54 “net satisfaction” rating is better than most of his post-EDSA revolution predecessors, except for Fidel V. Ramos who scored +66 in 1992. During that same period last September, Read More …

(CREDIT: KIWI BULACLAC/PPD)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Five weeks after former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte was sworn in as President of the Philippines, his promise to rid the country of criminality and illegal drugs is paying off. To date, more than 400 people – drug lords, drug pushers, drug addicts, house thieves, and other kinds of criminals — have been killed and more than 4,000 captured. Read More …

Tagum City former mayor Rey "Chiong" Uy

By Fr. Shay Cullen PREDA Foundation What should be a matter of outrage and great moral concern of every Filipino and decent human being is the very recent, well documented revelations by Human Rights Watch, alleging the actions of a death squad in Tagum city, Mindanao where hundreds have been murdered including street children as young as 9 years old. The killings were allegedly carried Read More …

(File Photo)

Fr. Shay Cullen The Philippines is quickly becoming the killing fields for journalists, reporters, and writers with 14 killed in 2013; ten of them by suspected assassination squads. According to the International News Safety Institute (INSI) based in the UK, this makes the Philippines the third most dangerous place in the world for news reporters after Syria and Iraq. Four died on the job during Read More …

Philippines Hostages Killed

“If you have to kill a snake, kill it once and for all.” — Japanese Proverb By Alex P. Vidal As community journalists, we have heard in brutal details how some of our colleagues were killed in cold blood by hired assassins. Sometimes they died in the line of duty like cops and soldiers in battlefields. When we joined the press after the EDSA Revolution, Read More …

Riding-in-tandem hitmen (file photo)

ON DISTANT SHORE By Val G. Abelgas The murder of Zamboanga Judge Reynerio Estacio Sr. of the Zamboanga Regional Trial Court last Friday by two motorcycle-riding men brought to focus once more the culture of impunity that has pervaded Philippine society for decades. The ambush also brought to fore the worsening peace and order condition in the country and the incompetence of the country’s law Read More …

Extrajudicial-killings-protest-rally

Source: The Daily Tribune INT’L RIGHTS BODY TO ASSESS RP A record figure that is not expected to form part of President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (Sona) is the 142 extra-judicial killings recorded from the start of Aquino’s presidency which a human rights group said was aside from several cases of abuses during the three years Aquino is in power. From July 2010, Read More …

Journalists-killed

Source: The Daily Tribune Malacañang has yet to effectively address the killing of journalists and threats to their safety despite its commitment to protect them as the trend continued under the Aquino administration. The Philippines this year has been ranked sixth most dangerous place on earth for reporters by the Swiss-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), a media watchdog which fights for the protection of journalists. Read More …