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5 Years of Duterte: A Calamity Reaching Its Crescendo
May 01, 2021

5 Years of Duterte: A Calamity Reaching Its Crescendo

By Michael Beltran
The Diplomat spoke with experts, victims, documenters, and communities affected by one of the most polarizing governments in Philippine history.

Philippine Man Dies After Being Forced to Exercise for Violating COVID-19 Curfew
April 09, 2021

Philippine Man Dies After Being Forced to Exercise for Violating COVID-19 Curfew

By Nick Aspinwall
The incident is the latest in a long list of alleged human rights abuses that have attended one of the world’s strictest coronavirus lockdowns.
Philippine Police Shoot Nine Dead in Anti-Communist Raids
March 09, 2021

Philippine Police Shoot Nine Dead in Anti-Communist Raids

By Sebastian Strangio
Activists claim the victims were unarmed political organizers and workers' advocates.

Myanmar’s Coup: The View from Manila
March 09, 2021

Myanmar’s Coup: The View from Manila

By Mong Palatino
The Philippines government has condemned the military coup, but does not want any similar scrutiny of its own human rights record.

Philippines Admits Police Culpability in Deadly Drug War
March 05, 2021

Philippines Admits Police Culpability in Deadly Drug War

By Nick Aspinwall
An international investigation of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war remains unlikely, even after a stunning admission by the justice secretary.

Independent Philippines Human Rights Probe Launches New Investigations
January 28, 2021

Independent Philippines Human Rights Probe Launches New Investigations

By Nick Aspinwall
Investigate PH was created in response to a U.N. decision not to launch an independent international probe into Philippines human rights abuses.

Philippines Ends Accord Barring State Forces From National University
January 21, 2021

Philippines Ends Accord Barring State Forces From National University

By Nick Aspinwall
Allowing military and police forces to enter University of the Philippines campuses could put students and activists at risk and endanger academic freedom.
Philippine Drug War Case Inches Forward at the ICC
December 16, 2020

Philippine Drug War Case Inches Forward at the ICC

By Sebastian Strangio
But many obstacles lie in the way of international accountability for President Duterte's bloody "war on drugs."

Philippines Celebrates Human Rights Day With Crackdown on Activists
December 14, 2020

Philippines Celebrates Human Rights Day With Crackdown on Activists

By Nick Aspinwall
A new slate of arrests follows weeks of baseless accusations by the Duterte administration that political opponents are associated with terrorist groups.

Duterte and Philippine Mayors Trade Loyalty for Drug Killings, Study Shows
December 04, 2020

Duterte and Philippine Mayors Trade Loyalty for Drug Killings, Study Shows

By Nick Aspinwall
Local officials have driven the Philippine president’s deadly drug war by ramping up anti-drug operations in exchange for political support.

Next Philippine Election Looms as an Institutional Stress Test
November 12, 2020

Next Philippine Election Looms as an Institutional Stress Test

By David Hutt
Joe Biden's defeat of Donald Trump has shown the resilience of U.S. political institutions. Will the same be true of the Philippines?
How Will the Biden Presidency Impact US-Philippines Security Relations?
November 10, 2020

How Will the Biden Presidency Impact US-Philippines Security Relations?

By Mico Galang
The new administration will take office at a crucial time for the U.S.-Philippines alliance.

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