Category Archives: EJKs

TO THE POINT: Did He Admit or Not?

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 05 October) – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, speaking to newly-appointed career officials in Malacañang last September 27, made a statement in Tagalog which his critics gleefully interpreted as an admission of his responsibility for the extra judicial killings in his two-year anti-drug war. Frantic denials and clarifications from his top […]

Fr. Amado Picardal: “I will continue to speak out against evil in society through my writings”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 August) — From wherever he has moved to a “more secure location” due to death threats, Redemptorist priest Amado “Picx” Picardal vowed late Sunday night to “continue to speak out against evil in society through my writings” and on Thursday morning, replied to government officials who called on him to […]

Fr. Amado Picardal: “I will continue to speak out against evil in society through my writings”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 31 August) — From wherever he has moved to a “more secure location” due to death threats, Redemptorist priest Amado “Picx” Picardal vowed late Sunday night to “continue to speak out against evil in society through my writings” and on Thursday morning, replied to government officials who called on him to […]

Bike for Life and Peace

Redemptorist priest Amado Picardal (in orange) receives blessing from fellow priests during the send-off Wednesday, 14 March 2018 at the Baclaran church in Metro Manila. Picardal left Baclaran for a 16-day “Bike for Life and Peace” from Baclaran to Iligan City in Mindanao. Photo courtesy of CHRISTOPHER P. FIEDALAN             READ […]

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Priest bikes “for life and peace;” appeals for resumption of peace talks and end to EJKs and martial law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 14 March) —  A Mindanawon priest who biked “for life and peace” from Mindanao to Luzon four times since 2000 and walked from Mindanao to Aparri in 2011, embarked on another “Bike for Life and Peace” Wednesday from Baclaran in Metro Manila to Iligan City in Mindanao, his last long-distance bike […]

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Duterte on ICC’s preliminary examination: “What is extrajudicial killing?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 10 February) — President Rodrigo Duterte wants to know what crime he is being accused of before the International Criminal Court (ICC) because “extrajudicial killing,” he said, is not found in the penal code of the country and the world. “What is extrajudicial killing? If you accuse me of what is […]

Abp Valles on drug-related killings: “inspire the police” to adhere to rule of law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 November) – Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles will take over as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on December 1 with the bloody war on drugs still a major issue confronting the Catholic church and the Duterte administration. Drug-related killings are “terrible,” Valles said as he urged […]

Abp Valles on drug-related killings: “inspire the police” to adhere to rule of law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 05 November) – Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles will take over as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on December 1 with the bloody war on drugs still a major issue confronting the Catholic church and the Duterte administration. Drug-related killings are “terrible,” Valles said as he urged […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: 120th anniversary of DOJ. 26 Sept 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 120TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [Delivered at Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center | 26 September […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: 120th anniversary of DOJ. 26 Sept 2017

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk SPEECH OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE DURING THE 120TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [Delivered at Reception Hall, Philippine International Convention Center | 26 September […]

A SOJOURNER’S VIEW: Justice and the Politics of Difference

DAVAO  CITY (MindaNews/13 March) — The Keynote Speaker did not directly refer to Extra-Judicial Killings (EJKs) taking place in the country today on account of the current State’s “war on drugs” but to the phenomenon of violence. His words to his young audience mid-way through his talk: “You agree with violence! After all you are […]

DUTERTE TRANSCRIPTS: CNN Philippines’ interview. 29 Dec 2016

(Note from MindaNews: This is the official transcript of CNN Philippines’ interview with President Rodrigo Duterte, released by the Presidential News Desk of the Presidential Communications Office) Presidential Communications Office Presidential News Desk CNN PHILIPPINES’ ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE [Malacañan Palace | December 29, 2016] Pinky Webb: Good afternoon from Malacañang and good […]

COMMENTARY: Stalked by Death: Indigenous Lumad killings continue in the Philippines

QUEZON CITY (MindaNews/23 Dec) — The Lumad peoples of the southern Philippine island of Mindanao are composed of 18 different ethnolingustic groups, including the B’laan, Higaonon, Manobo and Subanon peoples. They are some of the poorest people in the country despite the fact that their ancestral lands are some of the most fertile lands on […]

BAYAN: “We say, enough!”

Press Statement December 10, 2016   On International Human Rights Day: “We say, enough!”   Human Rights have taken a serious beating the past few months.   The sneaky burial of the dictator Marcos was an assault on the thousands of human rights victims of the dictatorship. The unjust detention of more than 400 political […]

STATEMENT: Human Rights violations in Mindanao continue to rise amidst peace talks

The worsening human rights violations in Mindanao have been disregarded by the Duterte government despite the unilateral ceasefire of the GRP and his declaration of support to the peace talks. The relentless military operations of government troops in the rural communities have resulted in the encampment of community schools, extra-judicial killings, harassment and vilification involving […]

STATEMENT of NAKP: Stop the killings! End impunity! Human rights for all!

There has been an epidemic of summary killings and extrajudicial executions across the Philippines for decades now. From 1998 to December 2015, a total of 1,424 were documented to have been killed by the so-called Davao Death Squad in Davao City. More such killings, often perpetrated by so-called “riding in tandem” killers and death squads, […]

16 cops deny existence of Davao Death Squad; only one denies knowing Matobato

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 October) – Sixteen of the policemen who testified before the Senate Committee hearing on extrajudicial killings Monday denied the existence of a Davao Death Squad (DDS) but only one denied knowing Edgar Matobato, who alleged on September 15 and 22 that former Davao City mayor, now President Rodrigto Duterte, founded the DDS […]

TRANSLATING DIGONG: Translating Digong: Take Two

[The UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences (in Davao City) organized an event last September 19 themed “Translating Digong: A Forum on the Public Persona of President Rodrigo R. Duterte”. The members of the panel were respected members of the academe—Professors Karl Gaspar, Vicente Rafael, Nelfa Glova and Aya Ragragio on behalf of Myfel […]

Duterte to UN, EU: respect and fair treatment

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 24 Sept) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday called for respect and fair treatment from the United Nations (UN), other states and international bodies as he reiterated the government’s resolve to rid the country of illegal drugs. Speaking before officers and personnel of the Police Regional Office-12 here, the President urged […]

SC rules on DDS case: PNP can search quarry for bodies

By Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism TWO YEARS AGO, the existence of the “Davao Death Squad” or DDS was enrolled and confirmed in the dockets of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. In a decision issued on Nov. 9, 2014, the Supreme Court’s First Division upheld the grant of a search warrant to […]

COMMENTARY: President Duterte and the Drug War

ARAKAN, North Cotabato (MindaNews/15 Sept) – A Filipino Priest said that President Duterte is the only president he knows with a heart for the ordinary people. He has exposed the drug syndicate as ‘the mother of all crimes’ from murders, rapes, hold-ups, etc. to the system of corruption involving some policemen, politicians, business people and […]

Duterte threatens to leave UN

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 Aug) —  President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to leave the United Nations (UN) amid its criticisms on the current administration’s campaign against illegal drugs that allegedly shot up the cases of extrajudicial killings. He told an early morning press conference at the Malacañang of the South at the Department of Public Works and […]

Duterte to HR groups on killings: “do not keep on harping; go out and collect evidence”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte called on human rights groups to investigate alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of suspects in his war on drugs. “Do not keep on harping. Go out and collect evidence,” Duterte said late Friday night after meeting with Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim. The latter claimed he was […]