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Duterte accused of crimes against humanity at International Criminal Court

A Philippines lawyer has filed a complaint against President Duterte and senior officials at the International Criminal Court (ICC) today (Monday, April 24), accusing them of crimes against humanity. Attorney Jude Sabio’s 78-page complaint said that the president “repeatedly, unchangingly and continuously” committed crimes against humanity and that under him,…




Public support for Duterte’s war on drugs beginning to slip

Satisfaction with President Duterte’s war on drugs has declined among Filipinos this year, a survey has revealed today (Wednesday, April 19). Of 1,200 people surveyed by Social Weather Stations (SWS), 78 per cent said they were ‘satisfied’ by the government crackdown, down from 85 per cent in a similar poll…


Korean American drug dealer escapes hospital custody after operation

A Korean American arrested for selling at least 140 ecstasy tablets was able to escape custody on Saturday (April 15) after undergoing surgery for appendicitis. Jun No, who was arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) on April 5, was taken to hospital on April 10 after he…


New York Times profile of Duterte dismissed as “hack job” by palace

A New York Times article about President Duterte’s upbringing and background has been dismissed by the Malacañang as a “hack job”. “One would expect more from The New York Times,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said in a statement. “Their article, ‘Becoming Duterte: The Making of a Philippine Strongman,’ sounds like a…


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…


Mutineer-turned-lawmaker launches bid to impeach “criminal” Duterte

An opposition lawmaker has filed an impeachment complaint in the Philippine Congress against President Duterte, calling for his removal for “high crimes, betrayal of public trust and abuses of power”. Lower house representative Gary Alejano has accused the president of a long list of impeachable offences, including conflicts of interest,…