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No state-sanctioned killings? Supt Marcos is 'damning proof'

No state-sanctioned killings? Supt Marcos is 'damning proof'.....»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 17th, 2017

No state-sanctioned killings? Supt Marcos is 'damning proof' - Rappler

No state-sanctioned killings? Supt Marcos is 'damning proof' - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsJul 17th, 2017

ICC to inquire on raps vs Rody

ROQUE: MERE PROCESS TO DETERMINE BASIS President Duterte intends to defend himself, “if need be,” on the crimes against humanity charges that his opponents filed against him before The Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC), presidential spokesman Harry Roque said yesterday. Roque, an international law expert, explained that the ICC’s recognition was simply a proceeding to determine if the case has basis to proceed or not.Roque said Malacañang has received ICC’s notice for a “preliminary examination” on the complaints filed by the lawyer of self-confessed Davao Death Squad (DDS) assassin Edgar Matobato, who is under the care of Duterte’s chief critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.Roque said the 72-year-old Chief Executive is ready to submit himself before the proceedings once he is summoned to The Hague.“The President and I met about this extensively for two hours last night. The President welcomes the preliminary examination because he is sick and tired of being accused,” Roque told reporters. “Obviously, this is intended to embarrass the president. They will fail. The President said that if need be, he will argue his case before the ICC,” he added.Matobato’s counsel Jude Sabio, in April last year, submitted to the ICC a petition against Mr. Duterte on the basis of his apparent admission of “killing” suspected drug traffickers and criminals in Davao City when he was still its Mayor.By June, Trillanes and Magdalo Partylist Rep. Gary Alejano filed a supplemental complaint against the Chief Executive also at the ICC. The complaint is based on the series of extrajudicial killings attributed to the Duterte administration’s narcotics crackdown.Sabio, in a text message, claimed that the given development is already a victory on their end.“I feel so elated and vindicated. Finally, Mr. Duterte and his cohorts will face criminal investigation by the ICC prosecutor as a prelude to formal criminal investigation,” Sabio said. “It is a huge triumph toward justice. Duterte’s system of death squad killings that he continued in his war on drugs will be investigated and hopefully an arrest warrant will be issued against him and justice will be done,” he added.“I am confident that, based on my communication, as well as that of Sen. Trillanes’ and (Magdalo) Rep. (Gary) Alejano’s, we will hurdle this first big step, and hopefully a warrant of arrest will be issued soon by the ICC against Duterte and his cohorts,” he added. Critics overjoyedTrillanes, for his part, claimed that the ICC’s recognition of their complaint should remind Mr. Duterte that he is not above the law.“This development should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law. More importantly, this is the first step for the victims’ families’ quest for justice,” the senator said.But Roque said Trillanes and his group should not celebrate yet.“No one should claim victory… If they think the President has been indicted, they are so wrong,” he said.“There will be no formal investigation to be conducted in the country because at the level of the preliminary examination, where the Court does not include the budget for the prosecutor to come to the Philippines because it is not yet a preliminary investigation,” he said.“Now the objective is to determine if there is reasonable basis to proceed with the formal investigation,” he added.In Sabio’s complaint addressed to ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, he said that the international criminal court’s action “would... be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines.”“Crimes against humanity are crimes of universal jurisdiction, but where a State like the Philippines fails to assume such universal jurisdiction for crimes against humanity continuously being committed in its very own territory, then the International Criminal Court will have to intervene into a situation that is grave by any human standard,” Sabio said.“The grim statistics of more than 7,000 drug-related killings cannot be anything but grave, especially if viewed in the context of just seven months since Rodrigo Duterte became the President, compared to only about 3,000 committed during the 20-year Marcos regime. These more than 7,000 drug-related killings translate to roughly 1,000 killings per month,” he added.Two other opposition senators urged Malacañang, instead of criticizing this development, to deal with the issues being hurled at the President.“That shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the magnitude of deaths reaching thousands upon thousands in less than two years,” Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.“This is the chance for the government to answer the accusations raised against them. There is no reason to be afraid if the administration is not hiding anything,” Sen. Bam Aquino said.Aquino said this should be a welcome opportunity for the administration to make their case to an unbiased and globally respected tribunal. Villarin wants Roque charged, tooAkbayan Rep Tom Villarin said the entry of the ICC into the issues raised against Duterte gives hope to the thousands killed under the latter’s war on drugs. “It is a welcome development and gives hope to thousands of EJK (extra judicial killings) victims that finally justice will be served,” Villarin said.“This will also hold President Duterte and other top officials involved in the bloody war against drugs accountable as well as it gives us an opportunity to implead other enablers of EJKs, including possibly Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque,” Villarin added.While the Akbayan lawmaker said that the investigation may not lead to Duterte’s puster, he said that it will be damning and damaging to his administration in the eyes of our people and the international community.“I am hopeful that people will now realize the truth and demand accountability from him with all constitutional options available,” Villarin said.Alejano said that the preliminary examination will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation. “I hope that the preliminary examination will be allowed to carry on – unhindered and with full cooperation from concerned authorities, organizations, and personalities,” Alejano, one of those who brought the EJK issue before the ICC, said.“I am confident on the communication we sent to the ICC and strongly believe that President Duterte and those who perpetuate and defend this policy of killing should be held accountable before the law,” Alejano said. Angie M. Rosales, Gerry Baldo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

No state-sanctioned EJK – Senate report

MANILA, Philippines - After six hearings, the Senate committee on justice and human rights found no proof that the drug-related killings in the country were.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2016

Palace, intl media group laud Filipino journalist for winning Pulitzer

MALACANANG on Tuesday lauded a Filipino journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs but maintained that administration’s anti-narcotics campaign was legitimate. Speaking to reporters in Boracay, Palace spokesman Harry Roque reiterated that alleged drug-related killings were not state-sanctioned and that police would act within the law. “Definitely, I’d [...] The post Palace, intl media group laud Filipino journalist for winning Pulitzer appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Duterte to ICC probers: Stop your nonsense or I will arrest you

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday threatened to arrest investigators of the International Criminal Court should they visit the Philippines to conduct an inquiry on the alleged state sanctioned killings being linked to his war on drugs. Source link link: Duterte to ICC probers: Stop your nonsense or I will arrest you.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 13th, 2018

PNP dispels insinuations that drug deaths are gov’t-sanctioned

  The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday dispelled the Supreme Court's allegation that all the killings under the anti-drug campaign may be sanctioned by the government itself. PNP spokesman Chief Supt. John Bulalacao maintained that the anti-drug campaign is "constitutional, legal and is implemented in the interest of public safety" and the presumption of regularity sides with authorities until disproven in court. "All allegations are part of the healthy democracy that the country has," Bulalacao said in a statement. "The presumption of regularity remains with the law enforcers and unless proven otherwise in the court of law," he added. The SC, in a res...Keep on reading: PNP dispels insinuations that drug deaths are gov’t-sanctioned.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 12th, 2018

Duterte denies meddling in case vs cops charged in drug killings

          DAVAO CITY---President Rodrigo Duterteon Thursdaysaid he did not meddle in the cases filed against policemen, who were accused of killing drug suspects, in order to downgrade their cases from murder to homicide.   Duterte did not cite a specific case but he was obviously referring to the murder charges filed against 19 policemen -- including Supt. Marvin Marcos -- for the killing of Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa.   Homicide, unlike murder, is a bailable offense.   "Harassment? You file a case, you convict. (Justice Secretary Vitaliano) said: 'Sir, it's murder,'" Duterte said, obviously referrin...Keep on reading: Duterte denies meddling in case vs cops charged in drug killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018

Callamard not welcome — Palace

MALACANANG yesterday said the government is open to an investigation by the United Nations (UN) into alleged state-sanctioned killings related to the war on drugs except that it should not be done by special rapporteur Agnes Callamard. “I’m about to make a recommendation as a presidential adviser on human rights,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

‘Dengvaxia is state-sanctioned killing’

ANTI-Crime advocates on Thursday questioned the silence of the Church and the Commission of Human rights (CHR) on the Dengvaxia issue despite the number of deaths linked to the anti-dengue vaccine. Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), said that unlike the alleged extrajudicial killings (EJK) as a result of the [...] The post ‘Dengvaxia is state-sanctioned killing’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

‘Davao Boys’ story bad journalism – Palace; ‘Bato’ backs unit head

MALACAÑANG yesterday insisted that the alleged operations of the so-called Davao Boys were not sanctioned by the Palace. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that the fact that the government acted on the complaints against the PNP Station 6 in Batasan, Quezon City led by one Supt. Lito Patay is proof….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Palace to Senate: Killings not state-sanctioned - GMA News

Palace to Senate: Killings not state-sanctioned - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: When killings are sanctioned by the State

Extra-judicial killing (EJK) is now becoming a hot issue in our country today. Thanks to the social media for opening the eyes of people, including the President, to the inhuman and brutal nature of the “war on drugs” that the Duterte government declared from the very start......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 27th, 2017

Marcos’ victims remind Duterte that Martial Law was never good

MANILA — “How can martial law be ‘very good,’ Pres. Duterte? Are the arrests, detention, torture, killings during martial law good? The mindset of the military from Marcos and up to now remains the same, that anybody who they consider an enemy of the state may be targetted. What is good with that?”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMay 28th, 2017

EDITORIAL - Rewarding murder

This is why drug-related killings are being described as state-sanctioned summary executions......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 2nd, 2017

Lascañas is first cop to admit police involvement in Davao Death Squad

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews / 08 March) &'8212; Retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas is the first policeman to testify before a government investigating body that there were state-sanctioned killings here under the rule of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (now President), that the Davao Death Squad (DDS) is real and not a &'8220;media hype&'8221; as he claimed under oath [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 8th, 2017

Palace: Extrajudicial killings not state-sanctioned

MANILA, Philippines — Disputing the report of an international human rights watchdog on President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, Malacañang stressed that ex.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Nation: Senate report on EJKs clears government role

A REPORT on the Senate investigation into extrajudicial killings (EJKs) said it found no proof of state-sponsored murders, but noted the culture of impunity amid the thousands of reported killings "in the last two decades at least.".....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsDec 8th, 2016

Palace: No state-sanctioned killings

Palace: No state-sanctioned killings.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsOct 14th, 2016

No proof of state-sponsored drug killings, Gordon says - Inquirer.net

No proof of state-sponsored drug killings, Gordon says - Inquirer.net.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 13th, 2016

US senators reconsider assistance to Philippines amid drug war

MANILA, Philippines — An American senator warned that the United States government may take action if the extrajudicial killings and state-sanctioned violenc.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2016