Remulla’s DOJ to look at ‘red flag pattern’ of drug war

‘The conduct and method has always been the issue so we’ll look at it,’ says the incoming justice chief MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) under president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will continue the drug war review to reinvestigate cases of killings in legitimate police operations, according to incoming justice secretary Jesus Crispin … Read more

Release reports, results of your drug war probes

The call for transparency comes as the Commission on Human Rights says its independent probes into drug war killings have been stonewalled by the Duterte government MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to be more transparent and disclose their findings … Read more

Duterte gov’t stonewalled CHR’s drug war probes

MANILA, Philippines – The Duterte administration consistently hindered the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) from accessing police documents vital to its investigations into extrajudicial killings during the violent war on drugs. In a recently published report, the commission mandated by the 1987 Philippine Constitution to investigate state abuses said that its probes were “hampered by … Read more

Espinosa retracts, clears De Lima of drug accusations: ‘I was coerced’

MANILA, Philippines – Detained alleged Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has retracted all his accusations against opposition senator Leila De Lima, and writes in a sworn affidavit that he was “coerced, pressured, intimidated and seriously threatened” to make all his past statement. “Any and all statements given during the Senate hearings, or in the form … Read more

Under Duterte, Philippines allowed forgery of drug war death records

PART 1: Families of Duterte drug war victims forced to lie about kin’s deathEXPLAINER: For crimes, how are death certificates produced? MANILA, Philippines – After being told that they would have to pay more and could face danger and discrimination, families of Philippine drug war victims agreed to fake the death certificates of their kin. … Read more

Forensic expert Raquel Fortun probes into Duterte drug war, spots irregularities

With the help of activist priest Flavie Villanueva, forensic expert Raquel Fortun re-autopsies remains of drug war victims exhumed for cremation MANILA, Philippines – Raquel Fortun, one of only two forensic pathologists in the Philippines, has started her own probe into the landmark project of President Rodrigo Duterte, the war on drugs. This was announced … Read more

Presidential bets call for due process, end to killings in drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidates on Sunday, April 3, agreed that while the proliferation of illegal drugs must be addressed, the violence and deaths that have dominated President Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship campaign must be stopped. During the second Comelec-sponsored PiliPinas presidential debate, moderator Ces Drilon brought up the issue of extrajudicial killings (EJKs) that have … Read more

Pacquiao may have softened on death penalty issue, but still wants to execute drug importers

MANILA, Philippines – After taking a step back from his previous hard-line support for the imposition of the death penalty, presidential bet Manny Pacquiao made it known Sunday, April 3, he still favored the capital punishment against drug importers. At the second presidential debate organized by the Commission on Elections, candidates were asked about extrajudicial … Read more

Lack of accountability paves way for more killings in Duterte drug war – Amnesty

Families of victims of President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent anti-drug campaign continue to face challenges in seeking justice for their loved ones MANILA, Philippines – The still elusive justice continues to pave the way for more killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent anti-drug campaign, Amnesty International said in its latest report released on Wednesday, March 29. … Read more