The banality of bloodshed

By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan More than 6,000 people have been killed because of alleged links to illegal drugs since Rodrigo Duterte became president in July 2016. That’s 1,000 corpses per month, or 33 per day. More than 4,000 of those killed were victims of outright murder committed by masked vigilantes. That’s 670 victims of murder […] More →

Bigger fear of crooked cops

By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan THERE’S A disconnect in the war of words between President Duterte and his critics in the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs. His critics are condemning the means employed, while the President is defending the goal he seeks to achieve. The goal is to cleanse the country of illegal drugs. The means […] More →

Jardeleza to ban ‘tokhang’ house visits

By: Oscar Franklin Tan– @inquirerdotnet SINGAPORE — Justice Francis Jardeleza proclaimed a slam dunk theory to end “Project Tokhang” house visits during the second Supreme Court “tokhang” hearing last Nov. 28. On deck were Free Legal Assistance Group led by Dean Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno, and CenterLaw’s young lawyers led by Inquirer columnist Joel Butuyan. CenterLaw’s Gil […] More →

Video message from Prof. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

(Video message of Prof.David Kaye shared via Vera Files) Video message from Prof. David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur to the participants of the Southeast Asia Regional Conference entitled  “THE NEXT ASEAN 50: SOUTHEAST ASIA REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON FAKE NEWS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION” 17 November 2017, Dusit Thani, Manila, Makati City, Philippines organized by Advocates for […] More →

A year before Kian, there was Efren

By: Gil Anthony Aquino We heard a story like Kian delos Santos’ in 2016. A year ago yesterday, Nonoy Daa, Jessie Cule, Rhaffy Gabo and Anthony Comendo were killed in a “tokhang” operation by Quezon City policemen in Barangay Payatas. Efren Morillo, a fruit and vegetable vendor, was there, too, but he survived. He lived to […] More →

‘If fear is contagious, so is courage’

By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan It was the most impressive delivery of justice I have witnessed in my more than two decades of being a lawyer. The families of four garbage collectors who were killed and a vegetable vendor who survived, were given permanent protection from four policemen who perpetrated the killings under the guise of […] More →

The cruel, the fearful, and the brave

By: Joel Ruiz Butuyan After 7,000 deaths, the first case initiated on behalf of victims of “Operation Tokhang” was filed in the Supreme Court on Jan. 26. The case involved the killing of four men and the near-fatal shooting of another by Quezon City policemen in August 2016. There are three notable groups of people […] More →