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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…





Brussels demands answers after Duterte threatened to hang EU officials

The European Union is demanding explanation for an foul-mouthed tirade by President Duterte, who threatened to hang EU officials for criticising his plans to bring back the death penalty. The EU’s external action service said it summoned the Philippine Charge d’Affaires Alan Deniega to its headquarters to provide “an explanation…


Tit for tat? Vice president impeachment bid filed days after Duterte complaint

A lawyer who used to represent Ferdinand Marcos has slapped an impeachment complaint against Vice President Leni Robredo after she publicly criticised Duterte’s war on drugs. The complaint for “violation of the constitution and betrayal of public trust” was sent by Oliver Lozano to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, a close ally…