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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:…







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…