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Lawyers unite to fight rights abuse

Manila (UCAN): A group of lawyers and law students launched an alliance called Lawyers Against Extrajudicial Killings in Manila on November 2 to coordinate a series of legal challenges to the thousands of drug-related killings and other human rights abuses committed by the agents of the administration of the president, Rodrigo Duterte.
 
In a strongly worded statement, the group called the assault on the poor and the drug trade being conducted by the government “a blatant disregard of the right to life.”
 

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A country that tortures and murders children

MANILA (UCAN): The recent murders of three teenagers in Manila as part of what the president, Rodrigo Duterte, likes to call his war on drugs, have provided a compelling reason for people to rethink their support for the campaign.
 
“There are far too many deaths that demand answers,” Jose Luis Martin Gaston, the chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights, said following the discovery of the hog-tied and tortured remains of 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman, whose body was found floating face down in a creek on September 5.

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Philippine Church quietly pushing alternative narrative on drugs

MANILA (SE): The Church in The Philippines was stumped last year when the president-elect, Rodrigo Duterte, embarked on a mass murder campaign against anyone associated with drugs even before he moved into Malacañang.
 
Its first stumbling moves came from a couple of bishops, but they quickly wilted in the face of a barrage of expletives from the Mouth from the South before retreating to plan a second move.
 

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Independence of judiciary goes on trial

MANILA (UCAN): In what is set to become a test of the separation of the powers of the judiciary and the administration, the families of victims of the purge being conducted against the poor of The Philippines in the guise of a war on drugs filed charges in court on March 14 against the police they believe murdered their relatives.

Father Gilbert Billena described their action as a test case that will show whether or not the Philippine judicial system can prove itself as being a reliable place of justice.

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A house of cards founded on hallucination

MANILA (SE): As the administration of the Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, turns 100-days-old, it remains largely defined by his obsession—a massive onslaught on the poor in the guise of a war on drugs.

Although he has made significant progress with the Mindanao peace talks and in currying favour with China, his most conclusive achievement is inspiring over 4,000 murders of people who may or may not have been involved in drugs—certainly some were not.

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Swapping drug addiction for blood addiction

ARAKAN (SE): Father Peter Geremia, the Italian priest who came into the news as the offsider of the murdered Father Fausto Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato, in 2011, says that he had been told by a Filipino priest that the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, knows the heart of the ordinary people and knows that they want to oppose the drug syndicates, the murders, rapes, holdups and the system of corruption of the police and judiciary, as well as that in every other public office in the land.

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Execution seems okay by president

JAKARTA (SE): Following his debut appearance at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5 and 6, the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made his first visit as head of state to Indonesia.

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Stop cardboard justice

MANILA (SE): In a first Church-inspired public demonstration against the outright slaughter being perpetrated against his people by the president of the Republic of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, students lay prone outside the office of the Human Rights Commission in Quezon City on July 25 with placards reading, Stop Cardboard Justice.

Students imitating dead bodies lay prone in a protest initiated by Bishop Broderick Pabillo under the name of Thou Shalt not Kill (Huwag Kang Papatay).

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