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Palace hits back at EU condemnation of Senator De Lima’s arrest

The European parliament has condemned the Philippines for arresting Senator Leila de Lima, President Duterte’s staunchest critic, for allegedly being involved in the Bilibid Prison drugs trade. A resolution passed by European Union lawmakers said they had serious concerns that the charges against Senator De Lima — who is imprisoned…




Shades of grey: Does the case against Senator De Lima really stack up?

Jailed senator Leila de Lima is a divisive figure — opinions about her are rarely in any shade of grey. Supporters of Duterte’s administration tend to paint her as the black widow of the drug trade, while her own backers consider her a Snow White of righteous resistance. According to current opinion…


Duterte tightens grip on power with purge of jailed De Lima’s senate allies

President Duterte has tightened his grip on power by stripping allies of jailed senator Leila de Lima of senior roles in the government. In a motion led by boxer-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao, a close ally of the president, three senators lost their leadership of house committees and one was ousted as pro-tempore,…


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…



Duterte on drugs: Fentanyl made me feel like I was “on cloud nine”

The question of President Duterte’s use of powerful opiate painkillers has arisen again, after he said fentanyl made him feel “on cloud nine”. The remark was made as the president addressed a crowd in Davao City this week, and has renewed calls for the leader to release his health records….


Critics appalled as Duterte raises spectre of martial law

Critics have reacted with dismay after president Duterte said he wanted the constitution amended to make it easier for a president to declare martial law. Speaking in Angeles City yesterday (Thursday, December 22), he said the constitution tied the president’s hands when it came to dealing with security crises. The…