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Rights group: PH killings ‘alarming’

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CEBU CITY–A global human rights organization has described as “alarming” the spate of drug-related killings in the country that took place since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed his post in July 2016. In its annual report, Amnesty International (AI) said at least 7,080 drug suspects throughout the Philippines were killed either in police operations or by […]

Posted: March 7th, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Mandaue police arrest 1 after PNP resumes drug war

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A suspected drug pusher was arrested by the police during a buy-bust operation last Friday night in Barangay Canduman, Mandaue City. Operatives of Canduman Police Station led by station commander Aldrin Villacampa collared Levie Requilme, 35, in his house located on an interior portion of Canduman Housing past 9 p.m. last Friday. Recovered from his […]

Posted: March 4th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

DUTERTE DECLARES NO END TO DRUG WAR

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President Rodrigo Duterte remains committed to the war against drugs even if it meant that more drug suspects will die. The President, speaking while in Cordova town on Mactan Island yesterday, said the criticisms of the Catholic priests and bishops and even by international human rights groups cannot stop the drug war unless all drug […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Duterte lambasts church anew, defends gov’t’s drug war efforts

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CORDOVA, Cebu–President Rodrigo Duterte stepped up his attacks against the Catholic Church whom he criticized for their alleged hypocrisy as he defended the government’s war against illegal drugs. In a speech laced with profanities, Mr. Duterte pointed out that priests were fond of wearing golden cross on their chests and using golden chalices while living […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2017 in Breaking | Read More »

Official: Soldiers’ arrest has no effect on Army’s role in drug war

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THE ARREST of the three soldiers inside a suspected drug den would not affect plans to have Army personnel assist the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in curbing illegal drugs. 1st Lt. Roger Abitria, acting spokesperson of the Cebu-based Armed Forces Central Command, assured the public that the arrest of the soldiers was an isolated […]

Posted: February 28th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Hope and life emerge amid drug war deaths

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They surrendered and lived to tell their stories. And to these men and women who, only months ago, could not even imagine giving up a life of drugs, it was a day like no other. Wearing green shirts with a scripture text proclaiming a rebirth in Christ, at least 25 individuals who were once enslaved […]

Posted: February 17th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

My God, I pray

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That as I am wracked with doubt that you are even there at all, I will never lose sight of the wisdom in believing in you, exactly as the ages and my own parents had taught me; that the more I doubt, the more I should argue in favor of faith such as my mother […]

Posted: February 14th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

CCPO: No drug deaths since January

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Months before Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa yanked the police out of the war on drugs, there has been no death related to police anti-drug operations in Cebu City. Since late last year, no drug-related killing occurred during operations by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said Senior Supt. […]

Posted: February 12th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Reign of terror

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The recent debate between the Catholic Church and the Duterte administration in the war against illegal drugs came amid two major developments: one, an Amnesty International report that accused the government of tolerating not only a culture of impunity but also allowing police to benefit from the extrajudicial killings of indigent drug suspects; and two, […]

Posted: February 8th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

PDEA: HIGH-LEVEL TARGETS FIRST

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The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) is ready to take on the drug war that was let go by the Philippine National Police (PNP) but admitted it only has enough manpower to handle “high-value targets.” “Our manpower is only for high-value targets. We don’t have enough men to go after the street […]

Posted: January 31st, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »