Top UN And Philippines’ Officials In A Heated War Of Words Over Claims That Duterte Should Undergo ‘Psychiatric Evaluation’ 1

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed his concerns over the Philippine government’s treatment of UN human rights investigators, and has suggested that President Duterte should “submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.” This comes after the Philippine government included special rapporteur on indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, […]

The Philippines On China’s Controversial Military Buildup In The South China Sea

The resource-rich South China Sea serves as a source of fishing and mining for Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and China. These countries are entitled to extract resources up to 200 nautical miles from their coast in their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). With the exception of China, most countries […]

Will Canada Continue To Fuel Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs?’

On February 6, the Canadian Commercial Corporation announced the $233 million sale of sixteen combat helicopters to the Philippine air force. In the initial announcement, the public was reassured that the Bell helicopters would be used solely for “disaster relief, search and rescue, passenger transport and utility transport.” However, the […]

Duterte Extends Martial Law In Mindanao To ‘Eradicate’ ISIL

On Wednesday, The Filipino Congress approved President Duterte‘s appeal to extend martial law in the country’s southern region, Mindanao, until the end of 2018 in order to “totally eradicate” ISIL supporters and communist fighters. Duterte appealed for the extension on Monday in a letter to legislators, saying that in order to contain an ongoing […]

Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs’ Kills Philippines Most Vulnerable

Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, has again reinstated the national police force in his ‘war on drugs’ after withdrawing the force on October 12. This is the second time the police have been reinstated to the anti-drug operation, ‘double barrel,’ after they were removed in January and re-involved in March. Since […]

Philippines Suspends Police Anti-Drug Operations

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte announced last week that he has suspended the anti-drug operations of the Philippine National Police. All operations will now be transferred to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which will entail a refocusing on larger drug syndicates as opposed to low-level street dealers and users. Since […]

The Philippines’ Commission For Human Rights Is Paralyzed Amidst A Barbaric ‘War on Drugs’

Rodrigo Duterte, president of Philippines, in June 2016 launched a highly controversial “war on drugs.” This war has led to the unlawful killings of over 7,000 people involved in criminal activity. Upon inauguration, Duterte called for citizens to kill drug-addicts, as well as any individuals involved in the drug trade. […]