Editorial: Call out red-tagging

“Red-tagging” labels individuals or groups as members or sympathizers of the left-wing insurgency, exposing them to the risks of harassment, bodily harm and death from counterinsurgency entities and vigilantes operating with government collusion.According to a May 5, 2022 article posted by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a US-based non-profit organization exposing global violations of […]

Help ICC probe of Duterte drug war, DFA told

THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) should help the International Criminal Court (ICC) in its investigation of the Philippine government’s war on drugs, according to a congressman. “We don’t believe the judicial system is working fine,” Party-list Rep. Raoul Danniel A. Manuel told a congressional hearing on Wednesday, noting that families of drug war victims […]

Tell it to SunStar: Marcos Jr.’s refusal to rejoin ICC denies justice for drug war victims, promotes climate of impunity

The refusal of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to rejoin the International Criminal Court (ICC), as well as former president Rodrigo Duterte’s adamant rejection of the ICC’s jurisdiction in relation to its investigation on the crimes against humanity committed in the brutal drug war by Duterte and cohorts, come as no surprise to […]

Briones: Looming drug problem

From July 1, 2016 to June 26, 2022, or during the term of former president Rodrigo Duterte, close to 60,000 drug personalities were arrested and a little over P4 billion worth of shabu and nearly P300 million worth of marijuana were seized in more than 40,000 anti-narcotics operations.Looks impressive? Wait till you see the death […]

Wenceslao: Homestretch

Candidates are apparently starting to get tense now. We are on the homestretch. In the presidential election, Team Leni Robredo is hoping its bet is closing the distance in popularity surveys, but I say those surveys no longer matter. They have not reflected the strength of the Robredo campaign on the ground for so long. […]

Duterte endorses Rama-Garcia tandem

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has formally endorsed the candidacies of Mayor Mike Rama and Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia as mayor and vice mayor of Cebu City for the May 9, 2022 elections.The President formally made his endorsement during the PDP-Laban Grand Rally and Joint Forum of the National and Regional Task Force to End Local Communist […]

PHL has enough calamity response laws — solons

EXISTING Philippine laws are sufficient for the implementation of quick response measures during disaster situations, solons asserted on Tuesday after President Rodrigo R. Duterte said “stupid laws passed by Congress” restricted him from immediately declaring a state of calamity.  “That law should be changed. And it behooves upon this Congress, if they want to, or […]

Kusug keeps alliance with PDP-Laban

LOCAL political party Kugi Uswag Sugbo (Kusug) will continue to uphold its alliance with the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), and it will cast its lot with the faction that is behind President Rodrigo Duterte’s candidacy for Vice President in the 2022 elections. This was confirmed Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, by Kusug president Raymond […]

Wenceslao: Gold medal

HOW would Malacañang deal with Hidilyn Diaz, the Air Force personnel who has given the country its first ever Olympic gold medal? In 2019, then presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo showed a piece of cartolina containing a diagram of the personalities said to be conspiring to oust President Duterte. Among the names were those of Diaz […]