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‘Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos’–HRW

  President Duterte has brought the Philippines into its "worst human rights crisis" since 1986, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.   "President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s," HRW wrote in its World Report 2018 releasedThursday.   Duterte's crackdown against illegal drugs launched after he took office in June 2016 snuffed the lives out of about 4,000 drug suspects, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) data as of September 2017. However, human rights advocates said the number could be as high as 12,000.   HRW d...Keep on reading: ‘Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos’–HRW.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 19th, 2018

Cayetano dares HRW: Show proof 12,000 were killed in PH drug war

  Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano has dared NewYork-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) to prove that about 12,000 persons werekilled in the government's war on drugs. HRW, in its "World Report 2018" releasedon Thursday, claimed that the death toll inthe government's drug war has reached more than 12,000, whom they said weremostly from the urban poor. In its report, HRW cited "credible media reports" as its basis in coming up with thenumber. READ: 'Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos'--HRW "Human Rights Watch has politicized the issue for its own gain and has not done anyreal research, study or investigation ...Keep on reading: Cayetano dares HRW: Show proof 12,000 were killed in PH drug war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

& apos;Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos& apos;–HRW - Inquirer.net

'Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos'–HRW - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

‘Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos’–HRW

  President Duterte has brought the Philippines into its "worst human rights crisis" since 1986, New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.   "President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s," HRW wrote in its World Report 2018 releasedThursday.   Duterte's crackdown against illegal drugs launched after he took office in June 2016 snuffed the lives out of about 4,000 drug suspects, according to Philippine National Police (PNP) data as of September 2017. However, human rights advocates said the number could be as high as 12,000.   HRW d...Keep on reading: ‘Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis since Marcos’–HRW.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Palace belittles as ‘fiction’ HRW report on PH’s ‘worst’ rights situation

  Malacaanghas brushed aside as "fiction" a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, describing the human rights situation in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte as the "worst" since the lifting of Martial Lawby former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.   In its World Report 2018, HRW said Duterte has sunk the country into its worst human rights situation.   "President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into its worst human rights crisis since the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the 1970s and 1980s," the human rights watchdog said.   According to the HRW report, the Philippines, under Mr. Duterte, has made an "especially brazen an...Keep on reading: Palace belittles as ‘fiction’ HRW report on PH’s ‘worst’ rights situation.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Duterte plunged PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW

MANILA, Philippines – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday, January 18, called the current human rights situation under President Rodrigo Duterte as the worst since the lifting of Martial Law imposed by the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. “President Rodrigo Duterte has plunged the Philippines into ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Palace, DFA brush off HRW ‘fiction’

MALACAÑANG dismissed as “fiction” a Human Rights Watch (HRW) Report that said the human rights crisis in the Philippines under President Duterte was at its worst since the time of the late President Ferdinand Marcos. “That’s fiction,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. Roque, who is also the President’s adviser on….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Philippines in worst human rights crisis since Marcos

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is in the "worst human rights crisis" since the reign of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos because of the bloody and b.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

CHR to Duterte: Learn from lessons of Marcos dictatorship

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights reminded President Rodrigo Duterte of the lessons learned from the dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos.  “There is a need to learn from the lessons of an overthrown dictatorship which resulted to rampant human rights violations under the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

PH under ‘worst human rights crisis’ since Marcos

PH under ‘worst human rights crisis’ since Marcos.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Midnight replacements roil human rights claims board

After adjudicating 93 percent of some 75,000 cases filed by human rights violations victims and five months before its mandate ends in May 2018, the Human Rights Victims Claims Board (HRVCB) was surprised to learn this week that President Duterte had replaced two of its members.     The midnight replacements have claimants worrying other board members might be removed without due process.   The board was created by law to identify and compensate victims of human rights violations under the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.   Claimants worried   One of them, Trinidad Herrera, a 76-year-old former political detainee, torture victim and head...Keep on reading: Midnight replacements roil human rights claims board.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Duterte administration worse than Marcos dictatorship - youth activists

MANILA, Philippines – Only about two years into his term, President Rodrigo Duterte’s human rights record has already surpassed that of the Marcos regime's, youth activists claimed on December 10, International Human Rights Day. “From what we see today, it is worse than Marcosian dictatorship, and can ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Award for Larry Ilagan

Social Welfare Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan receives from President Rodrigo Duterte the Legal Award for Outstanding Lawyer in Community and Legal Aid Service (posthumous) conferred on her husband, Laurente Calanog Ilagan, who dared fight the Marcos dictatorship and was the first of three human rights lawyers in Davao City who were arrested in May 1985 for [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

Rody recognizes ‘gross human rights violations’ during martial law

MANILA, Philippines — Even as President Duterte has been accused of downplaying the atrocities committed during the Marcos regime, his proclamation on today’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Protesters demand return of Marcos ‘loot’

div class="feed-description"> p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; text-align: justify; text-indent: .2in; line-height: normal; vertical-align: baseline;"> span style="font-size: 9pt; font-family: Cambria, serif; letter-spacing: -0.1pt;">Survivors of martial law and human rights campaigners marched in the rain on Monday, Sept. 11, to demand the return of the stolen wealth of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his family, whose political rehabilitation by President Rodrigo Duterte was denounced by a Catholic bishop as a “shameful revision” of Philippine history. /span> p class="feed-readmore"> a target="_blank" href ="/news/2988-protesters-demand-return-of-marcos-loot">Read More... /a> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  filipinoexpressRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Editorial: International Day of the Disappeared

Since the Marcos dictatorship to date there are some 1857 victims of enforced disappearance in the Philippines: 759 were documented disappeared from 1971 to 1986 under the Marcos Dictatorship, 810 victims under the Corazon Aquino administration; 19 under Ramos; 38 under Estrada; 202 under Arroyo’s nine years; and 29 under Benigno Simeon Aquino III. Human rights monitoring shows there are four confirmed enforced disappearances under Duterte in his first year as president......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2017

Nene Pimentel: Martial law is “unconventional way of developing the whole of Mindanao”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) &'8212;  Martial law Duterte style is an &'8220;unconventional way of developing the whole of Mindanao,&'8221; former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., said. In a statement sent to MindaNews Saturday night, the elder Pimentel, father of the incumbent Senate President and a victim of human rights violation under Marcos' martial [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2017

Elder Pimentel: Martial law is “unconventional way of developing the whole of Mindanao”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 July) &'8212;  Martial law Duterte style is an &'8220;unconventional way of developing the whole of Mindanao,&'8221; former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel, Jr., said. In a statement sent to MindaNews Saturday night, the elder Pimentel, father of the incumbent Senate President and a victim of human rights violation under Marcos' martial [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

Duterte urged to continue peace talks with rebels

DAVAO CITY – Farmers fighting for genuine land reform have appealed on Sunday to President Rodrigo Duterte to continue the peace talks with communist rebels after he scrapped the negotiations following the spate of deadly attacks by insurgents in southern Philippines. Duterte’s decision to abandon the negotiations with communist leaders came on Saturday barely a day after he terminated the government’s unilateral ceasefire with New People’s Army rebels who also ended earlier its own truce. Since then, at least 4 soldiers had been killed by rebels in separate attacks and three more are being held prisoners in the troubled region. The rebels demanded the release of some 400 political prisoners &'' mostly NPA fighters and their leaders – languishing in jails across the country, but Duterte flatly rejected the demand, saying, a peace accord must be signed first before he could grant amnesty to political prisoners, although he had ordered the release from prison at least 21 senior rebel leaders to join the peace talks. Duterte said he cannot free all political prisoners and claimed that such action may trigger unrest in the police and military. Peace talks and land reform  But Joseph Canlas, chairman of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas, one of the biggest farmers’ organizations in the country, said the continuation of peace negotiations is in the best interest of farmers, who are pressing for genuine land reform, land distribution and real change under the Duterte administration. “Farmers want the peace negotiations to continue. We want the peace talks to help address the problem of land monopoly, landlessness of farmers, unemployment and to realize the equitable distribution of social wealth,” Canlas said. “The peace negotiation is a separate and distinct track of struggle to press for significant pro-people reforms. While the New People’s Army and President Duterte announced the termination of the unilateral interim ceasefires, it should not hinder the continuation of the talks that is gaining relevant developments with regard to discussions on the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms, particularly agrarian reform and rural development,” he added. Canlas said based on the reported outcome of third round of the peace talks in Rome recently, the government, in principle, acquiesced to free land distribution to farmers and farm workers and that alone is a milestone with regard to pushing for socio-economic reforms and enough grounds to continue the talks. Pedro Arnado, leader of the farmers’ group in southern Mindanao, also urged Duterte not to abandon the peace talks, saying, the resumption of war with rebels may spark a series of illegal arrest and human rights violations, and even extrajudicial killings of civilians by government soldiers. “We call for the continuation of the peace talks and compliance to the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Law to avoid rights violations of civilians,” said Arnado, who noted that at least 20 farmers and national minorities were killed during the ceasefire period. “For us farmers, a just peace means food for our families, education for our children and recognition of our right to the land we till.” Arnado said while the ultimate goal of the peace talks is to resolve the armed conflict and achieve cessation of hostilities, that wouldn’t be possible at this period when there are conflicting social classes and interests. “Big land estates, haciendas and landholdings remain intact and under the control of a few landlord families. That is in contrast with the situation of millions of tillers,” Arnado said, adding, Duterte should realize that people in the countryside are supporting and even joining the armed revolution because of the systemic and chronic crisis that is worsened by the government’s failure to address the most basic problems in rural areas. “Historically, it is the peasant masses that have made the ultimate sacrifices to achieve peace. Buhay na ang ibinuwis ng mga magsasaka para sa lupa at kapayapaan. The cost of peace is too expensive, farmers have paid it with their lives,” Arnado said. Cancel passport of communist negotiators Duterte also threatened to cancel the passports of the representatives National Democratic Front of the Philippines &'' the political wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the NPA &'' who make up the peace panel negotiating with the government, saying, “they are in the wanted list, so I will alert the International Police to arrest them where they are because they are in wanted list. I'll cancel their passports.” “They can return, all of them. For those released by the government, they should, on their own volition, return here and go back to prison. Or else I will be forced to, I am alerting all the intelligence community to keep track of where they are now,” Duterte said. “Iyon na-release temporarily to talk with us in Oslo, they should come back and submit themselves to the jurisdiction of the government because they are still in prison. Walang pardon, walang amnesty, wala lahat.” Blame Duterte, AFP The NPA blamed Duterte for the breakdown of the talks and accused the military of sabotaging the peace negotiations, saying, security forces encroached and attacked rebel territories in Mindanao, and murdered innocent civilians suspected of supporting the communist group. “To conceal their own ceasefire violation, the spin doctors of the Armed Forces of the Philippines concocted yet another storyline of an anti-criminality operation to assist the Philippine National Police in going after lawless elements such as their botched combat operations in Makilala and Matalam [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2017

KOMENTARYO: Paano ba mag-move on isang araw pagkatapos ng libing?

(Paki-abot po ito kina Imee, Bongbong at Irene at sa Commission of Human Rights at Pangulong Duterte na rin.) Top Three Priorities for Moving-on Dear Imee, Bong-bong and Irene, Isang araw pagkatapos ng libing ng dating Pangulong Ferdinand E. Marcos, saan .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 19th, 2016