Philippine doctors outraged over Covid-19 funds abuses

More than 300 doctors from the Philippine College of Physicians issued an “Expression of Indignation and Call to Action” on 11 October, protesting corruption in the Duterte government amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the health professionals are condemning President Rodrigo Duterte’s attempts to block the investigations of the Philippine Senate on anomalies in the disbursements of COVID-19 response funds.

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Duterte, Marcoses colluding to hijack 2022 Elections – CPP

The Communist Party of the Philippines on 7 October painted a “horrid image” of the 2022 Elections saying “It is becoming crystal clear how it will be used to perpetuate the Duterte clique in power and pave the way for the Marcoses’ return to Malacañang.”

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AFP commits war crimes in series of operations

The Communist Party of the Philippines reported on 7 October that the Armed Forces of the Philippines committed several acts in violation of international humanitarian law in the last couple of weeks, including the killing of hors de combat and bombings of rural villages.

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Investigate PH: Hold government officials accountable for rights violations

The Independent International Commission of Investigation into Human Rights Violations in the Philippines INVESTIGATE PH released its Final Report on 13 September, calling on the international community to hold the officials of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines accountable “for the thousands of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law carried out as official state policies.”

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Security forces ban ‘subversive’ books from university libraries

Duterte government officials under the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) this month confiscated “subversive textbooks and reading materials” from libraries of three state universities. The books are being replaced by materials provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

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Aid NGOs decry ‘Red-tagging’ of Leyte Center for Development

Various Philippine non-government organizations decried “despicable acts” by elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines aimed at maligning and harassing humanitarian organization Leyte Center for Development. On 21 September, 15 people staged a ‘protest action’ in front of the LCDe’s office in Palo, Leyte, claiming that the NGO is a terrorist organization and a supporter of the ‘CPP-NPA-NDF’.

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ICC authorizes investigation of Philippines ‘drug war’ killings

The International Criminal Court announced on 15 September that its Pre-Trial Chamber I has granted the ICC Prosecutor’s request to commence an investigation in relation to crimes committed in the Philippines “in the context of the so-called ‘war on drugs’ campaign” of the Duterte government.

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