Archive for the ‘Illegal Drugs’ Category

ICC will be the next battleground

It was not surprising that the Malacañang-friendly congressmen killed without much fuss the impeachment complaint against President Duterte filed by Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano Monday. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, also a member of the Magdalo group (which started as a group of young military officers advocating for reforms in the military), lamented the quick dismissal […]

May 17, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  4 Comments

When protectors become tormentors

Update: SC issues writ of amparo in favor of kin of slain drug suspects http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/597757/news/nation/sc-issues-writ-of-amparo-in-favor-of-kin-of-slain-drug-suspects There’s a part in the narration by the surviving victims of Oplan Tokhang in Payatas in Quezon City last August 21 that sends chills down one’s spine. In the petition for Writ of Amparo filed by Centerlaw before the Supreme […]

January 29, 2017  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  12 Comments

A scary scenario: A drug-tainted police officer has a protector in Malacanang?

Update: Duterte admits ordering Marcos re-instatement http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/02/16/duterte-admits-ordering-marcos-reinstatement If Police Supt. Marvin Marcos has long been identified as a protector of drug lords, why is somebody high up in Malacañang protecting him? What does this make of President Duterte’s bloody campaign to eliminate illegal drugs in the country which has claimed the lives of some 3,000 […]

December 2, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs, Philippine National Police  17 Comments

Mourning the lack of collective outrage

Every Undas or All Souls Day (Nov. 2) when Filipinos troop to cemeteries to remember departed loved ones, I always think of the families of desaparecidos. Where do they go to offer flowers and light the candles for their dead whom they didn’t bury? I think of Edith Burgos, whose son Jonas was last seen […]

October 31, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  12 Comments

The Filipino people will survive Duterte

In the traditional first 100 days assessment of a President’s performance one does not really expect concrete results knowing the complexities of governance but within the first three months, the public should have an idea the direction that the president is leading the country to. Duterte has made clear what the public can expect in […]

September 27, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Governance, Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  14 Comments

Side effects of Duterte’s war against illegal drugs

Do you feel sick watching daily images on TV and newspapers of people killed, lying lifeless on the sidewalks covered with newspapers or plastic with only their dirty feet and worn-out rubber slippers seen? And of course near the corpse, the cardboard sign “Drug pusher ako, huwag tularan”, which has now become a standard accessory […]

August 5, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs, Media  14 Comments

Duterte: a poor drug user is also a pusher

A drug user who is rich is not necessarily a pusher because he has the money to buy the illegal substance. But if the drug user is poor, he is also a pusher. That’s according to President Duterte. In the President’s meeting with soldiers and policemen in Camp Nakar in Lucena City last July 28, […]

August 3, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  9 Comments

Like Andanar, I cried listening to the President’s speech

Press Secretary Martin Andanar, who said he cried when he read the draft of President Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address, was not being melodramatic. I, too, cried listening to the President’s speech. I don’t know which part made Andanar cry. As for me, it was the part when he lambasted media for likening […]

July 26, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  23 Comments

Inspired by Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, solons propose state-run crematoriums

Inspired by the spate of killings which is an offshoot of President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, three congressmen proposed building a crematorium in every legislative district. The proposal, contained in House Bill No. 135 authored by AKO Bicol party list Representatives Rodel Batocabe, Alfredo Garbin, and Christopher Co, is reminiscent of Nazi Germany more […]

July 12, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Human Rights, Illegal Drugs  5 Comments

The Marine who said ‘No’

This article was first published on January 18, 2009. We are re-posting this as Lt. Col Ferdinand Marcelino is again in the news after he was arrested in a drug bust operation last Jan. 21. Marcelino says his presence in the shabu den was a legal operation. His lawyer said it was a “frameup” By […]

January 26, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: Illegal Drugs  34 Comments