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Palace hits back at EU condemnation of Senator De Lima’s arrest

The European parliament has condemned the Philippines for arresting Senator Leila de Lima, President Duterte’s staunchest critic, for allegedly being involved in the Bilibid Prison drugs trade. A resolution passed by European Union lawmakers said they had serious concerns that the charges against Senator De Lima — who is imprisoned…




Ex-cop claims he murdered about 200 people on Duterte’s orders

Former policeman Arturo Lascañas has told a Senate hearing he was a hit-man who killed some 200 people on the orders of then city mayor Rodrigo Duterte. His evidence was a complete U-turn after a Senate appearance last October, when he denied the so-called Davao Death Squad even existed or that…


Senator: Duterte’s hit man plotted to assassinate me in “an accident”

Opposition senator Antonio Trillanes IV has claimed that President Duterte made plans to have him killed. Sen. Trillanes quoted self-confessed leader of the Davao Death Squad, Arturo Lascañas, who claims he suggested that the killing should be made to look like an accident. (Read more here and here.) The senator’s…



Defiant De Lima issues ferocious broadside against Duterte from behind bars

Jailed senator Leila de Lima has issued a defiant broadside against President Duterte and his allies. De Lima, who was arrested for drugs charges dating back to her tenure as Justice Secretary, denies any wrongdoing and claims the charges against her are politically motivated. While in government, De Lima led…




Confessions of a hitman: Is this the man who could bring down Duterte?

Self-confessed hitman Edgar Matobato has apparently had a crisis of conscience. It seems the ghosts of the 50-or-so people he murdered as a member of the Davao Death Squad have started to haunt him. Now in hiding, he wants the man he says ordered the killings to help shoulder the blame. That man, he claims, is…