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Duterte says he’s not afraid of ICC

President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photographers Division) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night said he is not afraid of suffering the consequences of his administration’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, saying his administration is just doing what is right for the greater good. Duterte rejected the remark made by former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that … Continue reading

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PH earmarks P4.85-M aid for Rohingya refugees: Locsin

PH earmarks P4.85-M aid for Rohingya refugees: Locsin By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   (Anadolu photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Philippine government has pledged USD100,000 or around PHP4.85 million to assist, through the United Nations, the Rohingya refugee crisis that has affected over a million people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 2017. “The Philippines is … Continue reading

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EU should check own glasshouses before throwing stones at PH

EU should check own glasshouses before throwing stones at PH By Gigie Arcilla   University of the Philippines Professor Clarita R. Carlos (Photo from Prof. Carlos FB page) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – A political analyst took to social media her stand on the recent recommendation of European Union (EU) lawmakers to impose economic sanctions on Philippine … Continue reading

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We will not dodge obligation to fight for human rights: President Duterte

We will not dodge obligation to fight for human rights: PRRD By Azer Parrocha  FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his fifth State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday (July 27, 2020). Duterte said his administration won’t dodge its obligation to fight for human rights. (Presidential photo) MANILA (Philippines News … Continue reading

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Palace to UN rights chief: Filipinos’ rights, freedoms protected

Palace to UN rights chief: Filipinos’ rights, freedoms protected By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  – Malacañang on Thursday asserted that the Philippines is not suppressing freedom of expression and tightening censorship during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis. “There is no truth to the accusation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights … Continue reading

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UN human rights experts laud Philippines’ milestones in crucial fronts

UN human rights experts laud PH’s milestones in crucial fronts MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — There is sad irony at the United Nations in Geneva! While a handful of Filipino-led nongovernment organizations have once again taken to vilifying the Philippines at the ongoing 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, … Continue reading

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PH urges Western critics to respect domestic processes

PH urges Western critics to respect domestic processes By Leslie Gatpolintan MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  —  The Philippines on Friday urged a group of mostly European countries to respect its domestic processes after it was criticized anew on its human rights record. “We take grave exception to the sweeping and politicized statement delivered by Iceland on … Continue reading

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Philippines presents ‘real’ state of human rights before United Nations

Philippines presents ‘real’ state of human rights before United Nations By Azer N. Parrocha MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — The government of the Philippines on Monday presented the ‘real’ state of human rights in the country and also defended Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s war on illegal drugs before the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Sen. … Continue reading

Philippines: New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses; Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings
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Philippines: New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses; Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings

News Release Philippines: New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings Manila — The Philippine National Police should hold to account all police officers responsible for human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the police chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez. President Benigno Aquino III appointed Marquez to the position on … Continue reading

Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines
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Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines

Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines   Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW One was a peasant leader. Another was a newspaper publisher. Both were shot and killed by men on motorcycles on the same day, underscoring a continuing legacy of violence and impunity in the Philippines. Joel Gulmatico, chairman of the Arakan Progressive Peasant Organization … Continue reading