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Duterte admits being a dictator

Duterte: If I won't be a dictator, nothing will happen to PH
by Pia Ranada February 09, 2018 - with Video
President Rodrigo Duterte had previously said that becoming a dictator would dishonor his late mother, a prominent activist against the Marcos regime.
AMID fears of looming autocrat rule under his watch, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, February 7, admitted to imposing a "dictatorial" style of governance.
Duterte said he prefers to act like a "dictator" to be able to sustain the country's progress.
"If you say dictator, I am really a dictator. If I don't act (like a) dictator, son of a b****, nothing will happen to this country," the President said in Visayan.
"That's true. If I don't act (like a) dictator, which is my style now, nothing will happen to this country," he added.

At least 33 killed daily in the Philippines since Duterte assumed office
by Rambo Talabong June 15, 2018

The Philippine National Police records 23,518 homicide cases under investigation (HCUI) since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.
Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office almost two years ago, 33 people have been killed daily nationwide.

LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't
by Jodesz Gavilan November 08, 2018

Members of the judiciary are not spared from the culture of impunity

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'Special marshals' could prevent killings of judges
by Jodesz Gavilan November 29, 2018 - with Video
Special marshals are 'an elite force of armed professional state security operatives intended to provide protection to judges,' says Jose Agcaoili of the Philippine Bar Association

and also below: PH Bar Association's Jose Agcaoili on seeking justice for slain lawyers

PNP forms team to probe killings of local officials
by Sofia Tomacruz September 10, 2018

The national investigation task group will closely monitor and coordinate investigations of different PNP units, offices, and other task groups investigating the deaths of local officials

Bishop slams 'death squads' in 2 overnight Caloocan murders
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2018 - with Video

UPDATED 'We used to call them bonnet gangs. Now we just call them what they really are – death squads,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

Saying police did nothing to pursue the masked killers who "took their sweet time," Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David slammed "death squads" behind two back-to-back murders in Caloocan City on Wednesday evening, July 18.

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Priests, nuns donate P300,000 to kids of murdered mom
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 19, 2018
Hospicio de San Jose offers to accept the orphans of slain 27-year-old Jennifer Taburada, who was killed by masked gunmen in Caloocan City.

The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes
by Carlos H. Conde June 17, 2018

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects.

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A dangerous place
by Vergel O. Santos December 23, 2017

The Philippines is actually one of the world's most dangerous places not just for journalists but for its very own people.
The international organization Reporters Without Borders has rated the Philippines as the most dangerous place for journalists in Asia and among:

the 5 most dangerous in the world

Archbishop Villegas: Stand up vs 'reign of murder, vulgarity'
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 22, 2018

"Hindi ba sobra na? Hindi pa ba tayo maninindigan? Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?" Villegas said. (Isn't it too much? Will we not stand up yet? If not now, when?) says Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

Religion and our state
by Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino August 04, 2017

When 'secular state' becomes the reason that religion can no longer publicly manifest itself, that is most assuredly a threat to liberty

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Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill Zamboanga del Sur town councilor
December 04, 2018

Motorcycle-riding men on Tuesday, December 4, gunned down the Sominot town Councilor Romeo Mainar Sr is gunned down in Bobongan village in Ramon Magsaysay town, say police

Cop killed in front of his house in Pasig City
December 01, 2018

PO2 Manuel Melendrez III a cop assigned to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) was shot from behind and killed as he was helping his wife get off their van in front of their house in Pasig City just before midnight Thursday, November 29.

La Union vice mayor, security escort killed in ambush
by Frank Cimatu November 14, 2018

UPDATED Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion of Balaoan, La Union, dies as unknown assailants open fire on their convoy. His daughter, Mayor Aleli Concepcion, is undergoing medical treatment.

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Latest vice mayor killed: Who is Balaoan's Al-fred Concepcion?
by Jodesz Gavilan November 14, 2018
The killing of Balaoan Vice Mayor Al-fred Concepcion ends his more than two decades of working in government

Two supporters of Abra governor shot dead
by Frank Cimatu October 22, 2018

The two known backers of Abra Governor Joy Valera Bernos are gunned down while riding together on a motorcycle

FDA chief's convoy ambushed in Camarines Sur
- with Video

UPDATED The convoy of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director General Nela Charade Puno was ambushed in Lupi town in Camarines Sur on Thursday, October 18.
At least 3 cops are killed and 3 others wounded, while Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno is unharmed, police say.

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FDA chief not target of ambush, says Camarines Sur top cop.
'Hindi nila alam na andoon si FDA [chief]. Nagkataon lang na nando'n,' says Camarines Sur police chief Senior Superintendent Reynaldo Pawid

PNP: Someone may have leaked FDA chief's convoy route
with Video
'Either may nag-leak 'yan na may ganyang movement, lalong lalo na may VIP na involved,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

All by Rambo Talabong October 18, 2018

Judge handling Parojinog cases shot dead in Ozamiz City
by Rambo Talabong October 08, 2018

3rd UPDATE Pintac denied the arrested Parojinog siblings from attending the wake of their parents and relatives who were killed in a police raid.

La Union mayor Alexander Buquing ambushed
by Rambo Talabong October 01, 2018 - with Video

4. UPDATED Alexander "Alan" Buquing, the mayor of Sudipen town in La Union, was ambushed on Monday, October 1.
According to the initial police report, Buquing was on the way home to Sudipen with his wife when they were ambushed in Bangar town in the same province.
Buquing was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. His driver and police body guard are also dead, while his wife, Sudipen Vice Mayor Wendy Joy Buquing, is injured - undergoing treatment at a local hospital

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Slain La Union mayor shielded wife during attack
by Rambo Talabong October 02, 2018
Police say this explains how Vice Mayor Wendy Joy Buquing of Sudipen, La Union, survived the attack

Latest mayor killed: Who is Alexander Buquing of Sudipen, La Union?
by Jodesz Gavilan October 01, 2018

Gunman kills barangay chairman in Manila
September 13, 2018

Angel Joy Rivero Jr, Barangay Chairman of Barangay 330, Zone 33 in Santa Cruz, Manila, is shot and killed as he was riding his motorcycle

Next on kill list? Mayor Osmeña shrugs off death threats
by Rambo Talabong August 11, 2018 - with Video

'I’m like a security guard – that’s all I am, okay? When there’s a robbery, I have to stay there,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

Look also Tommy Osmeña on governing as a mayor under Duterte

and look more about the Cebu city and the Mayor:
Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud (part 1)

TOMMY OSMEÑA: Cebu City’s own (part 2)

Mayor’s hated, Duterte’s trusted (part 3)

All 3 BY RAMBO TALABONG October 10 - 11, 2018

Cebu town mayor Mariano Blanco shot dead
by Rambo Talabong September 05, 2018 - with Video

UPDATED Mayor Mariano Blanco III of Ronda, Cebu was shot inside his own office at the town hall on Wednesday, September 5. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
According to Ronda police chief Senior Inspector JR Palcon, Blanco was at his office at around 1:30 am on Wednesday when 4 unidentified men broke in and shot him.

Bilibid security officer shot dead in Muntinlupa
September 02, 2018

A security officer assigned to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) was shot dead on Sunday afternoon, September 2, in Muntinlupa City.
According to an initial report from the Southern Police District (SPD), Bureau of Corrections Inspector Romel Reyes was killed by an unidentified gunman who was aboard a motorcycle.

Abra town councilor shot dead
August 10, 2018

Lagayan Councilor Isagani Joson is killed inside his house in Sitio Manaois in Poblacion Wednesday night, August 8.

Ex-Batangas town vice mayor hurt in shooting incident
July 14, 2018

An initial police report says former Santo Tomas vice mayor Ferdinand Ramos was on his way home when he was shot by an unidentified suspect.

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Lipa City barangay councilor shot dead
by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta July 14, 2018
The incident happens on the same night as the shooting of ex-vice mayor Ferdinand Ramos of Santo Tomas, Batangas

Barangay chairman shot dead in Misamis Oriental
July 13, 2018

Barangay Danao Chairman Alfredo Zapanta of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental, was gunned down by unknown assailants at 5:40 am Friday, according to the spokesperson of Police Regional Office 10.n in Misamis Oriental, is the 7th local official killed in two weeks

Cebu City barangay councilor shot dead near barangay hall
by Rambo Talabong July 10, 2018

Barangay Kalunasan Councilor Roel Mabano is shot dead near their barangay hall in Cebu City

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Ex-barangay captain in Cebu survives ambush attempt
by Eloisa Lopez July 30, 2018
One of the assailants killed is identified as PO3 Eugene Alcain Calumba

Pasay barangay chairman shot dead by riding-in-tandem gunmen
by Rambo Talabong August 09, 2018

Pasay Barangay 28 Chairman Jovie Decena is shot dead while sitting outside the village outpost

 According to the police report, Barangay 28 Chairman Jovie Decena, 47, was just "sitting at the barangay outpost" along Villaruel Street in Pasay City at around 10:30 pm when two unidentified suspects aboard a motorcycle shot him "several times."

4 PH officials killed as Duterte starts 3rd year
by Rambo Talabong July 08, 2018

'Are these deliberate and orchestrated attempts at creating an atmosphere of lawlessness to justify strongman rule?' says Liberal Party president Senator Francis Pangilinan.

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Politics is a 'strong motive' in the killing

Vice Mayor Lubigan killed after revealing plan to run for mayor
by Rambo Talabong July 09, 2018

Mayors, vice mayors killed under Duterte gov't
by Jodesz Gavilan July 02, 2018

Rappler tallies at least 2 vice mayors and 8 mayors slain since July 2016

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Cop allegedly behind Tawi-Tawi vice mayor assassination
by Rambo Talabong August 06, 2018
A Lamitan City policeman is suspected to have killed Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali

Tawi-tawi town vice mayor shot dead
by Richard Falcatan July 11, 2018
3. UPDATED Sapa-Sapa Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali is killed in Zamboanga City
Vice Mayor Al Rashid Mohammad Ali of the municipality of Sapa-Sapa in Tawi-Tawi province was shot dead Wednesday afternoon, July 11, in Zamboanga City.

Village councilor shot dead in Zamboanga City
by Aika Rey July 07, 2018
Zamboanga City police confirm that Santa Catalina village councilor Michael Magallanes was shot dead around 7:20 am Saturday, July 7

Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan shot dead
by Lian Buan July 07, 2018
3. UPDATE Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan is the 5th vice mayor killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

Mayor Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija killed in an ambush
by Rambo Talabong July 03, 2018 - with Video
4. UPDATE General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote is ambushed on Tuesday, a day after an attack on another mayor, Antonio Halili of Tanauan City, Batangas

Tanauan City mayor Halili shot dead during flag ceremony
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018 - with Videos
5th UPDATE Antonio Halili was gunned down before the national anthem ended during Tanauan City's weekly flag raising ceremony

WATCH: Last seconds of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018
Videos catch the final moments of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili


By Jodesz Gavilan July 11, 2018

Know who these local executives are, their political affiliations, and possible motives for their killing

Mayors seek dialogue with Duterte after Halili, Bote killings
by Rambo Talabong July 04, 2018 - with Video

'Kung sakali naman po may maling nagawa ang mayor, hindi naman po tama na patayin sila,' says League of Municipalities of the Philippines president Marife Brondial.
By Rappler's count, there have been at least 14 mayors and vice mayors killed under the presidency of Duterte, who was a longtime mayor of Davao City.

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Mayor Halili's daughter urges Duterte: 'Give us justice'
by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta July 07, 2018
'I will not feel helpless. All the more I will fight back,' says Angeline Halili who has vowed to seek justice for her slain father, Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

Lacson: Family of slain Tanauan mayor sees gov’t’s hand in murder
By: Maila Ager July 05, 2018 - with Video

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The Church & religious leaders vs Malacañang, Duterte's 'stupid God' and the "Dictator administration"

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PMA imam gunned down in Baguio
by Frank Cimatu December 06, 2018

Bedejim Abdullah, an imam of Muslim cadets at the Philippine Military Academy, was instrumental in setting up the first mosque in Baguio City and helped coordinate peace events with other religious leaders
Bedejim Abdullah, a popular and unconventional imam in Baguio, was gunned down Thursday noon, December 6, at Kayang Street here.
Abdullah was shot twice in the head and thrice in the body by a still-unidentified assailant in a crowded street in central Baguio.

Police confirm shooting at Cebu Archbishop's Residence
by Rambo Talabong July 10, 2018

7. UPDATED Reports from local news agencies say Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma is safe.
Palma is a vocal critic of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

Man killed in shootout inside Cebu Archbishop's Residence.
The gunman is identified as Jeffrey Cañedo, who reportedly looked for Archbishop Jose Palma before shooting it out with cops

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Cebu Archbishop Palma calls father of shooting suspect
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 10, 2018
'We enjoin everyone to pray for the soul of the deceased,' says the Archdiocese of Cebu after a shootout killed a gunman at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence

Cebu Archbishop Palma safe, appeals for calm after shootout
by Paterno Esmaquel II July 10, 2018
UPDATED Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma calls on the public 'to refrain from making any speculation' about the shooting incident at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence.

Activist priest recounts 'close call' with death squad
by Jodesz Gavilan August 27, 2018

Father Amado Picardal has spent his life documenting Davao Death Squad killings. He sees himself as the target of the notorious group.

Drenched in God’s blood
June 18, 2018

President Duterte’s persistent attacks against the Catholic Church, even after these killings, leave us with only one thought: that beyond his insensitivity, he is out to silence an institution that has now become his fierce critic.

The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes
by Carlos H. Conde June 17, 2018

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects.

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FACT CHECK: Misleading video on priest in Camarines Sur murder case
June 26, 2018

The blog post uses a November 2016 news report that is unrelated to the murder. Authorities have not yet officially named any suspect in the case nor confirmed there is a video of the crime

Bishops hit priests carrying guns amid killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 17, 2018

Bishops on Sunday, June 17, criticized priests who carry guns for their personal safety, as certain quarters have proposed arming clergymen in the face of recent killings.
'Gun-toting priests? They might want to consider leaving the priesthood and joining the police or the military instead,'
says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

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CBCP head says priests shouldn't carry guns despite killings
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 25, 2018
Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, says the CBCP gives its 'trust and confidence' to the Philippine National Police

'They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds.'
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 11, 2018

Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders call on President Rodrigo Duterte 'to stop the verbal persecution of the Catholic Church,' as they denounce the killing of Father Richmond Nilo.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas and other leaders of his archdiocese released a strongly worded statement.

"They are killing our flock. They are killing us shepherds. They are killing our faith. They are cursing our Church. They are killing God again as they did in Calvary," their statement read.

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We must not keep quiet
by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas June 24, 2018
Kill us if they wish but our blood will speak louder than our voices. There is a message that only martyrdom can teach. We will not be threatened.

Malacañang condemns killings of priests
by Pia Ranada June 13, 2018

'We join the Catholic bishops and faithful in condemning the murder of Catholic priests,' says Malacañang but remains mum on calls for President Rodrigo Duterte to tone down verbal insults against the Church that may embolden more attacks.

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PNP arrests 'mastermind' in killing of Fr Richmond Nilo
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018
Manuel Torres allegedly paid P100,000 to self-confessed gunman Omar Mallari to kill Father Richmond Nilo

A prayer interrupted: What we know so far in Father Nilo's killing
by Rambo Talabong July 02, 2018
Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo is shot dead on June 10, just as he was preparing to say evening Mass. There are now 8 suspects in the killing

Suspect in killing of Fr Nilo released; new suspect identified
by Eloisa Lopez June 29, 2018
Cabanatuan City RTC orders withdrawal of the criminal charges against Adell Milan

'We only want real justice for Fr Richmond Nilo'
by Eloisa Lopez June 22, 2018
Diocese of Cabanatuan Vicar General Noel Jetajobe says: 'It will be a double injustice if we send the wrong guy to jail and fail to get the guilty ones'

PNP got the wrong guy – grandma of accused in Fr Nilo murder
by Eloisa Lopez June 22, 2018
Elena Matias, grandmother of the accused Adell Milan, says the PNP’s facial sketch will show that her grandson does not look like the suspect at all.

CCTV footage shows arrested suspect in Fr Nilo slay far from crime scene
by Eloisa Lopez June 22, 2018 - with Video
The family and lawyer of Adell Milan present CCTV footage showing the primary suspect in the murder of Fr Richmond Nilo in another town less than an hour before the priest is killed.

Finally, outrage and alarm over priests’ killing
By YEN MAKABENTA June 19, 2018

More Catholics outraged by killings of priests
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 18, 2018
'Let us not stop making noise until our cry for justice and truth is heard. Let the killings stop!' says Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco after the recent murder of Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo.

How can Filipinos kill priests? By killing God first.
By RICARDO SALUDO June 17, 2018

Suspect in Father Nilo's killing arrested – Nueva Ecija police
June 15, 2018
UPDATED Authorities identify the suspect as Adell Milan.
This is a developing story. Refresh the page for updates. – Rambo Talabong

Third priest killed in the Philippines in 6 months
By Robin Gomes, Vatican News
Fr. Richmond Nilo of Cabanatuan Diocese was gunned down on June 10 as he was about to celebrate Sunday Mass.

Killing priests
By JOJO ROBLES June 14, 2018

Have they started killing Catholic priests?
By FRANCISCO TATAD on June 13, 2018

After priest killings, Duterte again threatens Church leaders
by Pia Ranada June 13, 2018
'Ang problema ng mga buwang na ito, santo lahat. Gobyerno, military, police, puro demonyo na,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about Catholic leaders urging him to tone down his tirades against the Church.

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Priest shot dead after Sunday Mass in Cagayan
April 29, 2018
UPDATED Father Mark Ventura, 37, is killed by unidentified assailants as he is blessing children and talking to choir members after Sunday Mass in Gattaran, Cagayan

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'Murder is murder,' bishop says as Duterte hits Fr Mark Ventura
by Paterno Esmaquel II May 21, 2018
President Rodrigo Duterte justifies the death of Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura by claiming that the 37-year-old priest had affairs with at least 4 women.
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David stressed the need to seek justice for slain Cagayan priest Father Mark Ventura, even after President Rodrigo Duterte justified the priest's death by claiming he was involved in illicit affairs.

Priest killed in Nueva Ecija
December 05, 2017
UPDATED The incident happened hours after Fr Marcelito Paez assisted in facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan, says rights group Karapatan

Priest shot dead in Nueva Ecija
UPDATED June 11, 2018 - with Video
Father Richmond Nilo is the latest member of the clergy killed by unidentified gunmen.

CBCP condemns 'outrageously evil' murder of Fr Richmond Nilo
by Paterno Esmaquel II June 11, 2018
The bishop of slain Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo slams the 'escalating violence and culture of impunity in the country, even against helpless clergymen'

Father Nilo: Nueva Ecija's hardworking defender of the Catholic Church
by Eloisa Lopez June 12, 2018 - with the Video: Parishioners pay their last respects to Fr. Nilo
The gunman who killed Fr Richmond Nilo fired his gun from the window of the chapel while the priest was preparing to say the 5 pm Mass.


Priests, nuns hold prayer-march amid killings of clergymen

Priests, nuns, and members of the laity conducted a prayer-march to seek justice for the recent killings of clergymen.

Sherrie Ann Torres with the details. – The World Tonight, ANC, June 22, 2018

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First consultation meeting to address PH journalists' safety takes place
November 10, 2018
The first multi-stakeholder meeting was organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism Communication and the International Media Support
A new level of audacity for impunity and journalist murders
by Andrew Heslop November 01, 2018

The world marks November 2, International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, at a time when threats to journalistic endeavor are more widespread than ever

Philippine Star correspondent stabbed to death in Albay
by Rhaydz B. Barcia November 11, 2018

Celso Amo was stabbed after a heated argument during a basketball game, say police and witnesses

Despite improved status, PH ranks 5th on Global Impunity Index
November 02, 2018 - with Video

The Philippines has been on the impunity list for 11 years, and still has 40 unsolved cases out of a population of 104.9 million.
Despite an "improved" status on the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) 2018 Global Impunity Index, the Philippines ranks 5th among countries where the murders of journalists are left unprosecuted.

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#TruthNeverDies: 'Killing a journalist does not kill the truth'
November 02, 2018
Media from around the world take part in a global campaign calling for the end of impunity against journalist

Press groups count 85 attacks vs media under Duterte
by Gaea Katreena Cabico May 3, 2018
There have been 85 cases of attacks against the Philippine press - long considered the freest and liveliest in Asia - since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, according to a report of various media watchdogs.
According to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, nine journalists have been killed from June 30, 2016 to May 1, 2018.
Philippines 'deadliest country' in Asia for journalists in 2017
by Jodesz Gavilan December 19, 2017

Reporters Without Borders identified 4 Filipino journalists killed in line with their work in 2017, adding that President Rodrigo Duterte's 'cryptic but alarming comment' against journalists in May 2016 proved to be more than just talk.

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Govt should do more to stop media killings
By The Manila Times July 22, 2018
The killing of Albay broadcaster Joey Llana before dawn on Friday adds to the already long list of media workers killed since the restoration of democracy in 1986. It is the 12th media killing under the Duterte administration and the 185th since the first Aquino administration.

Mindanao journos, Reporters Without Borders condemn killing of Denora
June 08, 2018

RSF says Dennis Denora, publisher of the weekly community newspaper Trends and Times in Panabo City in Davao del Norte, is the 6th journalist murdered during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

PH ranks 5th worst country in unsolved media killings
by Jodesz Gavilan November 01, 2017

While President Rodrigo Duterte created a task force to probe media killings, it has so far failed to hold accountable the people responsible for violence against journalists in the Philippines, the CPJ report says.

Radio announcer shot dead in Albay
by Rhaydz B. Barcia July 20, 2018

8TH UPDATE Joey Llana was on his way to his radio station when he was ambushed

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Bicol bishop slams broadcaster's slay: 'Voice of truth will never be stifled'
by Rhaydz Barcia July 21, 2018
Bishop Joel Baylon of the Diocese of Legazpi joins other voices in Bicol seeking justice for hard-hitting Albay broadcaster Joey Llana

Catanduanes publisher Larry Que slain – colleagues
by Agence France-Presse December 20, 2016

Larry Que, publisher of the local paper Catanduanes News Now, is the first journalist to be killed since Duterte's inauguration on June 30.
The victim had criticized in his column the "negligence" of local officials over an illegal drug factory on the island that was discovered in a police raid three weeks ago, said the union secretary-general Dabet Panelo.

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NUJP condemns killing of Catanduanes newspaper publisher
December 20, 2016 4:52pm
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Tuesday condemned the killing of Catanduanes-based journalist Larry Que, believing it is job-related considering the topic of his last newspaper column.

Maguindanao Massacre, election-related violence and media killings, November 23, 2009

6 updates on Maguindanao massacre's 6th year
by Jodesz Gavilan November 21, 2015
Rappler lists down what happened during the months leading to the 6th year of the worst case of election-related violence and media killings in the Philippines

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7 years later: What happened to the Maguindanao massacre case?
by Katerina Francisco Updated November 23, 2016
UPDATED Will the worst case of election-related violence in the Philippines reach its resolution under the Duterte administration?

the slideshow: Dozens of bodies found in mass grave in Amputuan, Maguindanao province

and the Videos in the album "Media Killings - Etc.":

What Really Happened During the Maguindanao Massacre?


Duterte's media security chief: Interview
by Pia Ranada November 22, 2017
Presidential Task Force on Media Security head Joel Sy Egco on updates on the Maguindanao massacre case


in the album "Media Killings - Etc."
Senate panel investigates media killings
8 August 2018

in the album "Media Killings - Etc."

Duterte OKs creation of task force vs media killings
October 13, 2016

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed Administrative Order (AO) 1 creating a presidential task force against media killings, a Palace official said on Thursday.

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Duterte creates presidential task force to probe media killings
by Pia Ranada Pia Ranada October 13, 2016
President Rodrigo Duterte signs an administrative order committing that the government will investigate unsolved cases of media killings

President Rodrigo Duterte signed an administrative order (AO) creating the "Presidential Task Force on Violations of the Right to Life, Liberty and Security of the Members of the Media."


in the album "Media Killings - Etc."

Task force vs media killings
Sep 23, 2016

Presidential Communications Chief Martin Andanar joined Cebu-based media practitioners in a candle-light ceremony at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Grounds in Cebu City on Friday, September 23.

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By Giovanni Nilles Updated July 18, 2016


HRW urges PH state action vs media killings
by Jodesz Gavilan August 12, 2017
The New York-based human rights organization says that media freedom will remain under threat if those responsible for killings of journalists are not held accountable.

NUJP website downed by 'massive' denial of service attack
January 10, 2017

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines calls the cyberattacker an enemy 'of press freedom and of free expression'


NUJP alarmed by threats on journalists
Oct 3, 2016

Two Filipino journalists working for an international news agency have been threatened online after reporting how President Rodrigo Duterte referred to the Nazi Holocaust in vowing to slaughter millions of drug addicts

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Attacks against - Killings of Environmental activists - Lawyers - Etc.

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Labor leader in Agusan del Norte shot dead
by Bobby Lagsa November 29, 2018

Linus Cubol was killed in front of his furniture store by motorcyle-riding gunmen.
On the day President Rodrigo Duterte said he would create a team like the SPARU (Special Partisan Unit - 'sparrow units') that would target New People’s Army rebels and supporters, a labor leader was killed in Agusan del Norte.


PH Bar Association's Jose Agcaoili on seeking justice for slain lawyers
November 26, 2018

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks with Philippine Bar Association president Jose Agcaoili to discuss the killings of members of the legal profession in recent years

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PH Bar Association on lawyers' killings: 'End this madness'
by Jodesz Gavilan November 28, 2018 - with Video
The organization calls the killings a 'vicious and mortal assault on the very institution, the system that promises justice for all'

and above: LIST: Judges, prosecutors, lawyers killed under Duterte gov't

'Mabinay 6' lawyer shot dead in Negros Occidental
by Marchel P. Espina November 07, 2018

UPDATED Human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos, the secretary-general of the Negros Occidental arm of the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL), was in front of a store near the public plaza in Kabankalan City when he was shot at close range by two unidentified men

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The people lost another good defender
by Amber A. Heckelman November 11, 2018
Atty Ben committed his life to building the resources and infrastructure necessary to empower farmers. He believed in farmers.

Murder of 'Mabinay 6' lawyer 'an attack vs human rights movement'
by Jodesz Gavilan November 07, 2018
Human rights groups call on the government to 'act with urgency' in addressing the rising violence against human rights defenders

Negros Oriental hospital chief shot dead
by Marchel P. Espina November 20, 2018

Dr Adelex Amor, director of Canlaon District Hospital, is attacked by 3 unidentified men in Barangay Basak, Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental

9 farmers killed at Negros Occidental hacienda
UPDATED October 22, 2018 - with Video

Dozens of armed men allegedly fired at the farmers inside Hacienda Nene on Saturday night, October 20

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Child abuse complaint filed vs Sagay police over massacre case
by Lian Buan December 04, 2018
National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers' Kathy Panguban claims that the police have been using an estranged father to get his son to testify that NPA rebels are behind the Sagay massacre

Duterte warns groups occupying lands: I will have you arrested, shot
October 29, 2018
'If they resist violently, shoot them, and if they die, I do not care,' says President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte seemed to be referring to the massacre of 9 sugar farmers at Hacienda Nene in Sagay City, Negros Occidental. The farmers were occupying land at the hacienda.

Police file murder charges vs 2 Sagay massacre suspects
by Rambo Talabong October 27, 2018
The suspects, identified as National Federation of Sugar Workers recruiters Rene Manlangit and Rogelio Arquillo, remain at large

Massacres, incidents of violence against farmers
by Jodesz Gavilan October 23, 2018
Filipino farmers have taken it upon themselves to fight for their rights but have been met with bullets as protests turn violent

CHR on Negros farmers' slay: Death should not be price of claiming one's rights
by Jodesz Gavilan October 22, 2018
CHR's regional office in Bacolod City sends a fact-finding team 'to find out the truth in the incident towards ascertaining accountabilities'

Negros farmers' recruiter 'left them' before the bloodbath
by Rambo Talabong and Marchel P. Espina October 22, 2018
Western Visayas top cop John Bulalacao says the farmers may have been used as bait by the New People's Army to incite hate against the government

PNP probes person of interest in Negros farmers' slay
by Rambo Talabong October 22, 2018
Local police say it is too early to blame the armed communist group, the New People's Army, as perpetrators of the killings

P500,000 reward up over farmers' slay in Negros Occidental
4th UPDATE Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr condemns the killing of 9 farmers at Hacienda Nene in his hometown of Sagay City

Both by Marchel P. Espina October 21, 2018

Malacañang condemns killing of 9 Negros farmers
October 21, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the government 'will enforce the full wrath' of the law against those who killed 9 farmers in Negros Occidental

5 farmers killed in North Cotabato ambush
by Allan Nawal December 01, 2018

Matalam town police are eyeing a land dispute as the motive for the attack.
They were attacked by at least 16 suspects in Purok Ragsak, in Barangay Kibudoc


Nagbabagang Lupa Tribute to Farmers
by Malu Maniquis, Oct 24, 2018

This is my way of paying tribute to the now 172 farmers and farm workers killed from July 2016 to October 2018 for fighting for their right to land, right to food, and right to life. Let us support the cause of our agricultural sector. Stop the killings!

Lawyers' groups condemn murder of defense attorney Rafael Atotubo
by Jodesz Gavilan August 27, 2018 - with Video

'The attacks on lawyers are part of this dastardly attempt to dismantle the legal system by means of fear and violence,' says Free Legal Assistance Group chairperson Jose Manuel Diokno

Lawyer of alleged drug lord Odicta shot dead in Roxas City
by Rambo Talabong September 28, 2018

Edel Julio Romero served as the lawyer of Melvin Odicta, alleged top drug lord of Iloilo province, until the latter was gunned down in August 2016

Kerwin Espinosa's lawyer killed in ambush near Cebu City courthouse
by MW Mosqueda and Rambo Talabong February 19, 2018

Gunmen spray bullets at the car of Jonah John Ungab, lawyer of the suspected drug lord

PH still deadliest country in Asia for environmental defenders – report
by Jee Y. Geronimo July 13, 2017
At least 28 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines in 2016, according to environmental monitor Global Witness.

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2016 deadliest year for environment defenders – report
by Jee Y. Geronimo July 13, 2017
At least 200 land and environmental defenders died in 2016, the deadliest year on record according to the latest report by environmental monitor Global Witness

Environmental lawyer murdered in Philippines
by Agence France-Presse February 17, 2017
Her death brings to 112 the number of environmental campaigners murdered in the Philippines over the past 15 years, according to Filipino environment monitor Kalikasan.
A Philippine lawyer who specialized in investigating crimes against the environment has been ambushed and shot dead, police said Friday, February 17.
The murder on Wednesday of Mia Manuelita Mascarinas-Green deepened concerns that the Philippines is one of the world's most dangerous places for environmental campaigners, with more than 100 killed over the past 15 years.

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Lawyer gunned down in front of kids in Tagbilaran
February 16, 2017

Robredo seeks probe: 12 environmental advocates killed under Duterte
by Patty Pasion February 20, 2017
The Vice President cites the records of the non-governmental group Kalikasan, which has recorded the killings of environmental activists in the first 7 months of the current administration.

Robredo seeks probe: 12 environmental advocates killed under Duterte
by Patty Pasion February 20, 2017
The Vice President cites the records of the non-governmental group Kalikasan, which has recorded the killings of environmental activists in the first 7 months of the current administration.
Enforced disappearances - Etc.

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Families of desaparecidos call for justice on All Souls' Day
by Jodesz Gavilan November 03, 2018

Families of victims of enforced disappearances light candles and offer flowers as they continue searching for their missing loved ones

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What you need to know about enforced disappearances in the Philippines
by Jodesz Gavilan August 29, 2018

According to latest data, there are at least 1,996 documented cases of enforced disappearance in the Philippines – 1,165 are missing while 244 were found dead

Edita Burgos fights for all victims of injustice
by JODESZ GAVILAN September 01, 2018

'This is bigger than Jonas as it made me realize that the search is not just for him but also for all victims. If I find him, I will continue working for the disappearance of enforced disappearances'

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Dec 2, 2018
Edita Burgos has devoted 11 years of her senior years searching for her missing son – Jonas Burgos, one of the highest profile desaparecidos cases – with the passion, doggedness, and tenacity that's inspired many

Poor law implementation denies desaparecidos justice
BY JODESZ GAVILAN August 30, 2018

Hailed as comprehensive by advocates, the Anti-Enforced Or Involuntary Disappearance Act of 2012 still faces several challenges, including lack of funding and overall improper grasp of the concept of human rights

Manila cop gunned down by unidentified gunman
by Eloisa Lopez July 25, 2018

Manila Police District Spokesperson Carlo Magno Manuel says they are looking into the possibility the cop’s killing was related to his work

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Retired cop on Duterte drug list shot dead
by Mara Cepeda August 05, 2018
Retired Police Superintendent Roberto Palisoc is killed by unidentified gunmen

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