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DOJ received no FOI request?
Check your facts, Mr Aguirre!

JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, in a message relayed to the media by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, on Saturday denied that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had received a request for data on the drug war from PCIJ and the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG). Both Aguirre and Abella apparently do not know whereof they […]

FOI request on drug war data:
PNP, DILG, DOJ won’t open up

LAST JULY 23, President Rodrigo R. Duterte enacted Executive Order No. 2, “Operationalizing in the Executive Branch the people’s constitutional right to information and the state policies to full public disclosure and transparency in the public service and providing guidelines therefor.” Two weeks later, PCIJ and the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), the largest and […]

Aguirre defends Laud vs. CIDG, CHR

SC rules on DDS case: PNP
can search quarry for bodies

TWO YEARS AGO, the existence of the “Davao Death Squad” or DDS was enrolled and confirmed in the dockets of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. In a decision issued on Nov. 9, 2014, the Supreme Court’s First Division upheld the grant of a search warrant to uncover the bones of six victims who, on […]

Extra-judicial confessions on cam

DDB sets templates for cops
to make ‘surrenderees’ talk

EXTRA-JUDICIAL KILLINGS — the term has gained currency as a major criticism of the war on drugs of the Duterte administration. The proof of the crime: bodies felled by unidentified killers or vigilantes, in the dead of night or in the light of day. Extra-judicial confessions — the term is known to men and women […]

PNP Legal Service Advisory
to lawmen: Know, follow law

LAWYERS of the Philippine National Police-Legal Service used to sing a different song in regard to voluntary surrender and extra-judicial confession of suspects in crime. Their stern warning to policemen was: Respect the rights of the accused, know, follow the law. In April 2012, the PNP Legal Service issued a “Legal Advisory” on the matter […]


Duterte’s drug war snares
20,860 women ‘surrenderees’

THE PINK BLOTTER of the Women and Children Desk that should exist in every police station tells not only the story of children in conflict with the law, but also of the women, lesbians, and bisexuals linked to alleged violations of the law. From July 1 to Aug. 28, 2016, data from the Philippine National […]

'I will kill all the drug lords'

The making of Rodrigo Duterte

IN THE PHILIPPINES, the end of Ferdinand Marcos’s 20-year dictatorship in 1986 was a tumultuous time. The new government of Corazon Aquino was being challenged on all fronts: from the Right, by ambitious military factions plotting coups; from the Left, by peasant guerrillas and angry protesters demanding radical reforms. In those days, I was working […]

PNP data, July-August 2016

Drug war lists 20,584 kids
as ‘users, pushers, runners’

TANAY, RIZAL — The fresh wind blowing through the spacious rundown facility can make one feel relax, energized, or even nostalgic. But many of those who had taken temporary residence here had been constantly plotting to escape it – until recently. “They tell me, ‘we no longer want to get out of here because of […]

Investigating bad cops

‘Internal cleansing’ in PNP
an internal, secret affair

THEIR TASKS have never really been easy, but President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s war on drugs has most probably made their life much more toxic. Aside from their regular duties, they are now expected to run after “ninja cops” or coddlers of drug syndicates, as well as investigate the cases of violent deaths that keep on […]

Cash for drugs, drug kills:
How will Duterte pay up?

THERE’S OBVIOUSLY big money in the illegal-drug trade, so much so that it has made criminals even out of some members of the police force – a fact that authorities themselves have often acknowledged. And that may be why the Duterte administration has decided to throw money on the table as well in its bid […]

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