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Another night of bloodshed as war on drugs steps up a gear

At least 26 drug suspects were killed in police operations in Manila last night, just a day after 32 alleged dealers were gunned down in nearby Bulacan province. Speaking today (Thursday, August 17), Colonel Erwin Margarejo, of Manila police, said: “This is ‘one-time, big-time’ operations, so it is not focused…



Duterte threatens to scrap government’s human rights watchdog

President Duterte has again slammed the government’s human rights watchdog, accusing it of being biased against the army and police. The president has suggested that the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) could be scrapped, and has ordered police officers or soldiers being investigated by the constitutionally mandated body to seek…


Duterte’s first anniversary sparks human rights debate

Amnesty International claims that in just one year of the Duterte government there have been more extrajudicial killings than under the decade-long rule of Ferdinand Marcos. James Gomez, the human rights watchdog’s regional director, said: “Duterte came to power vowing to rid the Philippines of crime. “Instead, people have been…


Philippines complains of UN human rights watchdog’s “bias”

The Philippines has made a formal complaint to the United Nations about ‘special rapporteur’ Agnes Callamard’s “consistent biased prejudgement” about President Duterte’s war on drugs. Evan Garcia, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva, said that the Philippines “strongly supports the call of the international community for human…


Deerhurst: Police say cell hidden behind bookcase “wasn’t a secret”

In-house police investigators have concluded that the jail cell carefully hidden behind a hinged bookcase at a Manila police station was not “secret” — and has cleared officers involved of any wrongdoing. Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo of the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said imprisoning 12 undocumented suspects in the squalid,…



China is lone voice of support as Duterte’s drug war slammed by UN

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) overwhelmingly rejected a Philippine senator’s defence of his government’s drug war. Of 46 countries represented only China gave its backing to the country’s human rights record, with all the others calling for action to be taken on extrajudicial killings. As we reported yesterday,…


Duterte’s human rights record defended at UN human rights council

A Filipino senator has issued a spirited defence of the Duterte administration’s human rights record before a UN panel in Geneva, Switzerland. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano appeared before the UN’s Human Rights Council with a slide show, and repeated claims that critics were smearing the government with “fake news”. He said:…