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Duterte threatens martial law, military courts and suspension of elections

President Duterte warned today (Thursday, March 23) that he may impose martial law and suspend elections for tens of thousands of barangay (village) officials. The president said both measures were being considered as part of his war on drugs, and added that martial law would also solve other threats to the…


Lawmaker says firing squad executions should be broadcast on television

A member of the Congress of the Philippines has said that any future death sentences carried out in the Philippines should be broadcast live on television. La Union Representative Sandra Young Eriguel said people should watch the executions in order to “sow fear” among would-be criminals. The policy would be a return…


Duterte threatens martial law if violence in Mindanao gets worse

President Duterte warned today (Thursday, March 9) that he would be “forced” to declare martial law in Mindanao if violence in the region got any worse. Speaking to an audience of local officials in Davao City, the president said: “You help me, or I will declare martial law tomorrow for…



Banged up and butt naked: Prisoners forced to strip off during cell search

Photos showing hundreds of prisoners stripped naked while their cells are searched for contraband have prompted fresh criticism from a human rights watchdog. On the day that New York-based Human Rights Watch released a damning report about the war on drugs, the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) prompted further criticism by releasing…


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…


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…