HUNT ON FOR COHORTS OF 3 CHINESE SLAIN IN P3-BILLION DRUG BUST

 September 8, 2021, 2:50 pm

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday continues to hunt cohorts of the foreign drug traffickers who were killed in an operation in Zambales and three others who were nabbed in Bataan to put an end to their operations in the country.PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, tasked… Read More

Duterte ‘defends’ PNP, PDEA operatives in Zambales drug bust

 September 8, 2021

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has defended the anti-drug operatives who conducted a buy-bust operation in Zambales that resulted in the death of four Chinese nationals.In a pre-recorded Talk to the People delivered Tuesday night but aired Wednesday morning, Duterte said law enforcement… Read More

DUTERTE: Illegal drugs can put the country under the control of the narco-politicians

‘Drug problem is a never-ending one’

 June 27, 2021

MANILA – Almost five years after his administration launched a massive campaign against illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said drug problem is a “never-ending one” and if not resolved, can put the country under the control of the narco-politicians.This, according to… Read More

De Lima brought to hospital over possible mild stroke

Sen. Leila de Lima was brought to the hospital Saturday to undergo medical examination after two local courts where she was facing drugs raps, issued a three–day medical furlough for the senator on the petition of her doctor that she might have experienced a mild stroke.

“The senator is stable; she needs to undergo MRI [magnetic resonance imaging] and other tests to ascertain her current state of health. She is very grateful for all the prayers,” De Lima’s camp said in a statement.

The Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 256 and Muntinlupa RTC Branch 205 allowed De Lima to undergo further tests at the Manila Doctors Hospital beginning Saturday. 

De Lima has been acquitted in one of three drug cases she is facing, which she has described as trumped up charges hatched up by President Rodrigo Duterte.

ICC FINDS BASIS DUTERTE COMMITTED CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found “reasonable basis” to believe that crimes against humanity were committed in President Duterte’s war on drugs, which international organizations claimed have killed over 20,000 people since 2016.

“The Office is satisfied that information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that the crimes against humanity of murder (article 7(1)(a)), torture (article 7(1)(f)) and the infliction of serious physical injury and mental harm as other inhumane Acts (article 7(1)(k)) were committed on the territory of the Philippines between at least 1 July 2016 and 16 March 2019, in connection to the WoD campaign launched throughout the country,” ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a report released on Tuesday.

Bensouda’s office launched in February 2018 a preliminary examination into the alleged summary killings in the Philippines since July 1, 2016 related to Duterte’s anti-illegal drug campaign. PhilStar

Palace confident ICC will reject probe into drug war

 December 15, 2020

Malacañang is confident that International Criminal Court (ICC) judges will eventually decide against opening a preliminary investigation into the Duterte administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made… Read More

Malacañang says country drug-free by 2022 still possible

Duterte promised to end the drug menace

Attainable with the cooperation of local government units

20,538 out of 42,045 barangays in the country are already drug-free

Drug-free before Duterte steps down

 December 10, 2020

Malacañang on Thursday expressed confidence that President Rodrigo Duterte would still be able to fulfill his promise of a drug-free Philippines before he steps down in 2022.Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement after Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chairman… Read More

United Nations reclassifies marijuana (cannabis) as a less dangerous drug

U N Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UN-CND) removes marijuana from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, a list of the world’s most dangerous drugs

Marijuana still illegal under PH laws

 December 10, 2020

The decision of a United Nations body reclassifying marijuana (cannabis) as a less dangerous drug would not affect the Philippines’ policy outlawing its use, the country’s anti-narcotics agencies said on Thursday.In a joint statement, the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) and the Philippine… Read More

BONG GO HOPING OKAY OF DEATH PENALTY BEFORE DUTERTE’S TERM ENDS

With less than two years to the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reiterated his call for approval of a bill that would reimpose death penalty for certain heinous crimes.

During an interview after he led the distribution of assistance to typhoon-affected residents in Lobo, Batangas on Thursday, November 5, Go said he remains firm in his commitment to push for the passage of a measure that would reinstate the death penalty and designate plunder and drug-related offenses as capital offenses.

The Senator filed In July 2019 Senate Bill No. 207 that would reinstate capital punishment for illegal drugs and plunder. Plunder, or the illegal acquisition of wealth with an aggregate amount of at least P50 million, will be punishable by death.

Drug-related crimes will also be subject to capital punishment. These specifically refer to the importation, distribution and possession of dangerous drugs or essential chemicals; the maintenance of dens for related activities; the cultivation of illicit narcotic plants; the unlawful prescription of dangerous drugs; the misapplication of confiscated drugs by public officers; and the planting of evidence.

Go said the Duterte Administration’s campaign against corruption, illegal drugs and crime improved the peace and order situation in the country and allowed communities and businesses to flourish.This is made evident by the findings of a recent report by the Washington-based analytics and advisory firm Gallup. The 2020 Global Law and Order report, an index of the public’s perceptions of personal security and confidence in the police, assigned the Philippines a score of 84 out of 100. This placed the country within the top fifty alongside Australia, New Zealand, Poland and Serbia.

Despite these gains, Go urged the government not to be complacent and even intensify further its campaign against the ‘ills of society’. He reassured members of the Philippine National Police that he and the President would protect them while in the performance of their duties for as long as they operated within the bounds of the law.

Go explained that with the continuing campaign of the administration against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, “more Filipinos feel safer walking in the streets and can now focus on their jobs without worrying about their safety, more of their kids are going to school, and more communities are declared as drug-free.”

PANELO TO OPPOSITION SENATORS: Stop lawyering for De Lima

 Focus on national budget!

Members of the Senate minority bloc should focus on the deliberation of the proposed 2021 budget instead of renewing calls for the release of detained Senator Leila de Lima, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said Sunday.

“The colleagues of de Lima should focus on their duties on deliberating on the national budget and stop themselves from lawyering for de Lima. That’s not what the taxpayers pay them to do,” Panelo said in a statement. Read More

Philippines: No Letup in ‘Drug War’ Killings

HRW WORLD REPORT 2020: Duterte’s anti-drug campaign remains as brutal as when it started

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Protesters, mostly relatives of victims of alleged extra-judicial killings, display placards during a protest outside the Philippine military and police camps in Quezon City, Philippines on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
 
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The Philippine government’s murderous “war on drugs” remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2020. Security forces were also implicated in often deadly attacks on activists.

 “President Duterte’s anti-drug campaign remains as brutal as when it started, with drug suspects being killed regularly across the country,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. “Four years into the ‘drug war,’ the need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever.”

In the 652-page World Report 2020, its 30th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in nearly 100 countries. In his introductory essay, Executive Director Kenneth Roth says that the Chinese government, which depends on repression to stay in power, is carrying out the most intense attack on the global human rights system in decades. He finds that Beijing’s actions both encourage and gain support from autocratic populists around the globe, while Chinese authorities use their economic clout to deter criticism from other governments. It is urgent to resist this assault, which threatens decades of progress on human rights and our future.

Duterte’s appointment in November of Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Drugs (ICAD) raised hopes that drug campaign violence would be tempered. But Duterte fired Robredo, an opponent of the anti-drug campaign, just days later.

In July, the Philippine National Police reported that its forces had killed more than 5,500 people during drug raids. Local rights groups as well as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights contend that the number could be more than 27,000. Except for three police officers involved in a highly publicized killing in August 2017, no one has been convicted in any “drug war” killings. Duterte continued to defend the drug war and promised to protect law enforcement officers who killed drug suspects in these raids.

In December 2019, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency reported that its forces had killed 5,552 people during drug raids from July 1, 2016 to November 30, 2019. The International Criminal Court (ICC) had yet to conclude its preliminary examination into “drug war” killings, which it began in February 2018. A UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution on the Philippines adopted in July 2019 directs the UN human rights office to issue a report in June 2020.

There was an upsurge in 2019 in often deadly attacks against left-wing activists, including peasant leaders, environmentalists, tribal leaders, and religious figures who were deemed to be linked to the communist New People’s Army (NPA). Violence was particularly high on the island of Negros, where alleged state security forces killed peasants, their leaders, environmentalists, religious leaders, and their community supporters.

Left-wing, politically active groups faced police raids that resulted in arbitrary arrests and detention. Groups alleged that police planted weapons and other “evidence” to justify the raids and arrests. The government and military frequently labeled these groups and individuals as communist rebels or sympathizers, a practice commonly known as “red tagging.” Some journalists also faced similar political attacks.

As with the anti-drug campaign, the Duterte administration has done little to investigate and prosecute those responsible for politically motivated attacks against activists. Duterte has instead seemingly encouraged such attacks, for instance, in August calling on the military to “implement a more severe measure” against the insurgency.

“There are sadly no signs that President Duterte is going to end ‘drug war’ killings or act to stop attacks on activists,” Robertson said. “That makes it all the more important for international institutions like the International Criminal Court and the UN Human Rights Council to do what they can to hold Duterte and other senior officials to account for their abuses.”

BONG GO SLAMS ROBREDO’S ANTI-ILLEGAL DRUGS REPORT

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that the Filipino people should be the better judge of the government’s campaign against illegal drugs and not Vice President Leni Robredo  who claims that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs is a “massive failure.”

“Sila ang mga ordinaryong mamamayan natin na direktang nakikinabang. Sila kasi ang nagsasabing mas ligtas sila ngayon kaysa noong panahon ng nagdaang administrasyon,” Go said in response to claim of Robredo who was designated  by Duterte as co-chair of  the government’s top anti-drug agency and them sacked only after 18 days for her alleged ignorance of the country’s drug situation.

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Robredo, who was the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), in a press conference stated that she would give the government’s campaign against illegal drugs a score of 1 over 100.
“Sa kabila ng mga ginawang hakbang ng gobyerno, sa kabila ng walang humpay na kampanya kontra droga, para kay VP Leni ang grado ng gobyerno ay 1/100 lamang. Parang may mali naman sa batayan ng ating Vice President kung ano ang makakabuti sa bayan,” Go said.
“Between one person using her own computation giving a grade of 1%, and 79% of Filipinos who said they are satisfied with our campaign, I will choose to believe the latter,” he added.
The Senator emphasized that the war on drugs is a continuing effort. “Habang nandyan pa ang mga adik, nandyan ang mga drug lords, nandyan ang kasakiman sa pera, hindi agad-agad mawawala ang supply ng shabu sa bansa. Ito ang rason kung kaya’t patuloy ang kampanya ng gobyerno na puksain ito at iligtas ang mga inosenteng nabibiktima ng iligal na droga. Habang tumatagal, mas pinapalakas natin dapat ang kampanyang ito.”
He also said that the government must maintain its firm stance. “The war against illegal drugs is a continuing campaign and a relentless one. We will not stop until we put an end to this menace. Hindi po ito madadaan sa salita lamang. Dapat takutin at, kung kailangan, patayin ang masasamang loob para sugpuin ang iligal na droga sa bansa.”
He added that the method has been effective. “Noong umupo si Pangulong Duterte, nawala na ang mga ‘tiangge’ na nagbebenta ng iligal na droga. Dahil maraming takot mamatay, maraming piniling magbagong buhay. Nasa datos rin iyan ng PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency) at PNP (Philippine National Police).”

Robredo said that the government must change its strategy, but Go said that while he respects her recommendations, he believes that the government must continue what it has been doing.
“Let me reiterate, hindi po madadaan sa salita lamang ang laban sa iligal na droga. Dapat takutin, dapat handang pumatay ng masama para sa kabutihan ng mga inosenteng Pilipinong apektado dito,” Go said.
“Siguro kung si VP Leni pa rin ang nakaupong co-chair ng ICAD, mas dadami pa ang supply ng shabu dahil hindi matatakot ang drug lords sa kanyang iminumungkahing stratehiya,” he added.
Go also called for Robredo to listen to the people. “VP Leni, tanungin nalang natin ang taumbayan. Pakinggan ninyo po ang hinaing ng ordinaryong mamamayan. Majority of Filipinos are satisfied with the war against illegal drugs because they feel safer now.”
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