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Police called back to drug war amid calls to target Abu Sayyaf terrorists

President Duterte has relaunched his war on drugs, despite calls for extra manpower to be deployed against Abu Sayyaf and other terror groups. Less than a month after the Philippine National Police (PNP) was fired from his campaign, the president said he now needed more manpower to redouble his crusade…



Drug war deaths “crime against humanity” says Amnesty International

Amnesty International has described the wave of killings unleashed by President Duterte’s anti-drug crusade as a “crime against humanity” and a “war on the poor”. A report released by the human rights watchdog today (Wednesday, February 1) says “pressures from the top” and “financial incentives” have created an “informal economy…



The Friday Briefing: Burning bridges and building airports

It’s clear from the sheer output of stories this week that the newsrooms of the Philippines haven’t wound down for Christmas yet. As always, the words and actions of President Duterte have set the agenda, with insults and accusations flying in all directions. Here’s our executive summary of the week’s news: Two…


Duterte should be investigated over murder confession, says UN

The United Nations human rights commission has urged the Philippines to launch a murder investigation after President Duterte claimed he killed suspects while mayor of Davao. Since his presidency began in July, 6,000 people have been killed in his war on drugs. About a third of these died during police…