Rights violations in wars vs insurgency, illegal drugs

Criticized for its muddled, bumbling response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duterte government has been trying to rev up its two priority wars – against insurgency and against illegal drugs – in the remaining 14 months of its term......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarMar 5th, 2021

Rights violations in wars vs insurgency, illegal drugs

Criticized for its muddled, bumbling response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Duterte government has been trying to rev up its two priority wars – against insurgency and against illegal drugs – in the remaining 14 months of its term......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 5th, 2021

Duterte says admin won’t ‘dodge’ duty to fight for human rights

MANILA, Philippines — Despite repeatedly condemning international investigations into alleged human-rights violations in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday assured that his administration “will not dodge our obligation to fight for human rights.” “My administration always believed that freedom from illegal drugs, terrorism, corruption and criminality, is itself a [human right],” Duterte said during […] The post Duterte says admin won’t ‘dodge’ duty to fight for human rights appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2020

Grave violations : Bachelet presents report on Philippines to UN rights council

“Findings of the report were very serious. Law and policies countering national security threats and illegal drugs have been crafted and implemented in ways that severely impact human rights,” Bachelet said as she formally presented her office’s report on the situation in the Philippines to the UN Human Rights Council during its 44th session......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

UN: Philippines anti-drug, security measures violate rights

The Duterte administration’s heavy-handed focus on countering national security threats and illegal drugs – exacerbated by harmful rhetoric from top officials – has resulted in serious human rights violations in the country, the United Nations Human Rights Office said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2020

UN Rights Body Resolution: Reactions Bury Some Exceptions

Screengrab from CNN ITS early months in 2016, the government's campaign against illegal drugs has been confronted with protest against human rights violations in its imp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

UN Rights Body Resolution: Reactions Bury Some Exceptions

Screengrab from CNN ITS early months in 2016, the government's campaign against illegal drugs has been confronted with protest against human rights violations in its imp.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

PH to present human rights record before UN committee

AMID allegations of human rights violations relative to the Duterte administration's massive campaign to rid the country of illegal drugs, the Philippines is scheduled to present its combined 5th and 6th periodic reports under the International Covenant o.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsSep 26th, 2016

Obama to raise human rights in meet with Duterte

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama will meet President Rodrigo Duterte to discuss alleged human rights violations in connection with the Philippine government’s war against illegal drugs, during a regional summit in Laos in September, the White House said o.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 30th, 2016

EDITORIAL - Bloody Sunday

After admitting recently before the United Nations Human Rights Council that “lapses” have been committed in the brutal campaign against illegal drugs, the government may also have to look into similar lapses or abuses in counterinsurgency operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2021

Duterte tells human rights advocates: Look for another fight

President Duterte has asked human rights advocates pick another fight and to just let him enforce his crackdown on illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2020

Wars Duterte can& rsquo;t win

In 2016, when Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte was a presidential candidate, he vowed that he would stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in six months, and that he would also end corruption and criminality......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 18th, 2020

Realign portion of NTF-ELCAC’s P16 B to help typhoon victims — Hontiveros

Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday the government should realign a portion of the P16-billion anti-insurgency fund to relief and rehabilitation efforts for communities ravaged by super typhoon “Rolly.” Sen. Risa Hontiveros (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Instead of funding a controversial program under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), Hontiveros said the budget could go a long way in helping Filipinos recover from the calamity.“Ngayong panahon ng sakuna, ‘di hamak na mas kailangan ng mga kababayan natin sa Bicolandia at sa iba pang mga lugar na nasalanta ng bagyo ang milyon-milyong pondo ng pamahalaan. (During this time of calamity, our people in the Bicol region and other provinces badly-hit by the typhoon need government funds),” Hontiveros said.“It is clear that the billions earmarked for NTF-ELCAC would be better spent on helping Filipinos battered by the typhoon get back on their feet,” the senator stressed.“Unahin nating bigyang-tulong at pondo ang mga nabiktima ng kalamidad, hindi ang mga ahensiya na puro pagre-redtag at pagkakalat ng fake news ang ginagawa. (Let’s prioritize helping victims of calamities by giving them funds, not agencies that do nothing but red tag people and just go about spreading fake news),”  she reiterated.At the hearing of the Senate Committee on National Defense, the lawmaker noted that NTF-ELCAC has been allocated a proposed budget of P19-billion for 2021. Of this amount, P16-billion has been earmarked for its Barangay Development Program. Hontiveros also pointed out that the budget for NTF-ELCAC is “questionably astronomic” compared to the proposed budgets of other key agencies particularly the Department of Housing Settlements and Urban Development which only has P632-million, Office of the Ombudsman with only P3.36-billion, Department of Budget & Management (DBM) with only P1.9-billion, and even the Department of Finance (DOF) which only has P17.46-billion.“We should not spend such an inordinate amount of time and money on an agency running after ordinary citizens using the communist bogeyman. This is on top of the NTF-ELCAC’s bad track record of spreading fake news and silencing critical and dissenting voices,” she said. Hontiveros earlier defended entertainment personalities and women’s rights groups from the red tagging activities of Lt. General Antonio Parlade, chief of the Southern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and NTF-ELCAC spokesperson.  She said she cannot begin “to imagine the anguish and emotional toll this must have taken on these women who have been directly-hit by these accusations, as well as their families.”“I am certain that it has also caused a chilling effect on citizens who only want to weigh in on issues of national importance and hold the government to account for its failures to the people,” she stressed. “The issues of the communist insurgency are not new to me. My party Akbayan historically has called for human rights accountability of non-state actors, at kasama dito ang NPA. I will not hesitate to speak against the violations of the NPA,” she further said. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Group airs concern over armed men in protected area

Conservation group Masungi Georeserve Foundation has expressed alarm over the presence of armed men who have constructed a fence in a restoration project area in the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape in Rizal. The foundation, which is managing the restoration and conservation of the site in Baras, Rizal, found out about the illegal activity last Friday as they were on their way “to reinforce the station of our rangers, who have been bravely protecting this area from rampant illegal logging.” “The site is part the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape under Presidential Proclamation 296, which can never be any person or any company’s private property, as it is a protected area and wildlife sanctuary. It has been protected by various laws since 1904 as a critical watershed,” the conservation group explained. “As the authorized manager of the site, we asked for their title or permit, but they could not present any. We likewise gave our contacts so they can submit these, to no avail,” it said. The Masungi Georeserve explained that without a title, there is simply no ownership, as well as deals of so-called “rights” and tax declarations are not proofs of ownership, especially in protected forestland, it added. The group appealed to President Duterte to put a stop to the rampant land speculation and trafficking in Masungi, and all other forests and watersheds in the country. “They have suffered way too long and our collective future from floods, landslides, water loss, and climate change is kept hostage,” it stressed. The group said it has already sent letters to its implementation partners Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Bureau of Investigation, local government of Baras, and Barangay Pinugay “to help quash the repeated violations, and abuse and neglect of our forests.”.....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 24th, 2020

Año orders probe of alleged BJMP violations during Nasino’s furlough

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday, Oct. 19, he has ordered an investigation over allegations that the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) committed violations in escorting political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino to the wake and burial of her dead baby River. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Pinatitingnan ko rin kung meron silang violations diyan sa behavior nila para we will also apply appropriate sanctions (I have ordered a look into their behavior so we can apply the appropriate sanctions),” he said during an interview over CNN Philippines. “I already instructed the chief BJMP Director Allan Iral to look into the matter and to see if there (were) lapses committed by the BJMP officers,” added Año. On the other hand, Año expressed support to the personal statement made by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago who said that the alleged cruelty committed against Nasino during her visit to the wake and burial should not be sensationalized anymore considering that not all persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are granted furlough. “Tama yun. Hindi lahat pinapayagan (She’s right. Not all PDLs are granted furlough),” Ano said. “So that’s one big privilege talaga sa PDL, hindi lahat napagbibigyan ng ganyan (Furlough is one big privilege to PDL, not all PDLs are granted that),” he pointed out. The secretary explained that being a PDL “hanggang hindi natatapos ang kaso mo deprived of liberty ka kasama na ang ibang karapatan mo diyan sapagkat nahaharap ka sa kaso (until all you cases are done, you are deprived of liberty as well as you other rights because you are facing charges). He said that Nasino has been ordered detained by a Manila court due to non-bailable charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms. With this, Año believes that BJMP officers and personnel who escorted Nasino to wake and burial of her baby were just doing their job. “Just the same we regret what happened but I will stand by my people, the BJMP. They are professional people. They don’t have personal or vested interests. They are just doing their job professionally,” he stated. He reminded that the BJMP was only ensuring that the court’s order was being followed, which included not allowing the PDL to escape, that she will not be harmed, and she is safely returned to detention. Año defended the decision of the BJMP to keep Nasino surrounded with security personnel and keep her handcuffed during the wake and burial. “Yan talaga kasi yung standard (That’s the standard),” he stressed. If Nasino had managed to escape because the security detail assigned to her did not follow regulations, Año said these BJMP officers would face sanctions. “It was supposed to be a solemn occasion and you know we also sympathize and condole with the family of Nasino. Pero hindi siya naging solemn kasi dinumog ng tao, dinumog ng media (But it did not become solemn because of the crowds and media),” lamented Año who noted that the BJMP officers were outnumbered by the number of people at the wake and burial. Año observed that the BJMP officers “assigned to escort Nasino were insulted, harassed and verbally abused by these leftist groups aligned with Ms. Nasino.” The secretary explained that BJMP officers were also doing their job in preventing Nasino from being interviewed by the media since this is part of the regulations. “Yung interview hindi siya pwede sa mga PDL (PDL interviews are not allowed). It’s a big, big violation of the regulations,” he stressed......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Duterte slams critics for ‘weaponizing’ human rights

President Duterte slammed critics for “weaponizing” human rights issues as he defended himself before the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday after receiving a backlash for his bloody war on illegal drugs, campaign against criminality and terrorism in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 24th, 2020

Human rights not in the way of drug war – PNP

The Philippine National Police yesterday dismissed the recent clamor of the United Nations’ human rights chief for the government to scrap policies in its war on illegal drug that led to killings and human rights violations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

EU Parliament condemns ‘rapidly deteriorating’ state of human rights, press freedom in Philippines

The resolution, adopted Thursday with 626 votes in favor, seven against and 52 abstentions, denounced the thousands of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations related to the government’s internationally condemned war on drugs and the attacks and the harassment against activists, trade unionists and journalists......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Cascolan sets tougher policy vs. virus, drugs

Philippine National Police Chief Camilo Cascolan has vowed a tougher approach against the COVID-19 pandemic, illegal drugs and the insurgency......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 8th, 2020

UN expert calls for protection of rights workers in Philippines after killing of Zara Alvarez

In a series of tweets, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions Agnes Callamard said human rights violations in the Philippines, which include the brutal war on drugs and attacks against activists and press, must stop......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 26th, 2020

Duterte tells legislators: Have a problem with POGOs? Pass a law to regulate them

Various illegal acts have been tied to the operation of POGOs, the latest being the alleged links between some of their transactions to various suspicious activities including violations of e-commerce act, fraud, and illegal drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 10th, 2020