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Deploying soldiers to war on drugs risks suspension of US military aid

Washington could suspend military aid to the Philippines if soldiers are deployed to President Duterte’s war drugs, an American analyst said today (Friday March 10). He also said that annual US-Filipino war games – that have been held for more than three decades and are the cornerstone of the two…


Duterte hits back at human rights report: “They have no humanity, goddamn it!”

President Duterte responded to a human rights watchdog’s hard-hitting investigation into extra-judicial killings, by declaring that criminals have no humanity. “When you kill criminals, it is not a crime against humanity. The criminals have no humanity, goddamn it,” the president said. He was responding to a report compiled by New…



“You’re full of shit… and you smell,” Duterte’s message to church leaders

President Duterte has launched a foul-mouthed tirade against church leaders, saying that they are “full of shit” and smell. The president’s latest rant against religious leaders came yesterday (Tuesday, January 24) as he met families of 44 police commandos who died in the Mamasapano massacre. The president claimed that Catholic leaders had…


Drug cops strangled kidnap victim outside office of national police chief

The South Korean murdered by rogue anti-drug police was driven to Manila before being strangled inside Camp Crame, the nation’s police headquarters. It has been reported that the businessman was killed in an SUV parked just yards from the office of police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who has spoken of…



“Prepare to fight another dictator” – battle lines drawn over martial law comments

Patriotic Filipinos “should start preparing to fight another dictator”, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV warned today (Monday, January 16) following Duterte’s latest comments on martial law. Former Navy officer Trillanes, who led two coup attempts against President Gloria Arroyo, said: “Soldiers should also start reviewing their constitutional mandate.” Speaking in Davao City on…


Duterte: “No one can stop me declaring martial law if I want to”

President Duterte has again raised the spectre of martial law, saying he could declare it “if I want to” and that “no one can stop me.” Speaking in Davao city yesterday (Saturday, January 14) he said he was willing to trigger the suspension of basic rights should the situation in the country…


The human cost: One family’s experience on the frontline of the drug war

The human cost of President Duterte’s controversial war on drugs is most usually measured in stark numbers — a steadily mounting body count, ticking its way through the hundreds and thousands. However, this report by journalist Aie Balagtas See for Inquirer.net looks behind these faceless numbers to examine how one death…