war on drugs

Philippines EU GSP+ status hangs in the...

22 January, 2018 at 18:00

The status of the country’s Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) with the European Union (EU) continues to hang in the balance as the trade bloc hit anew human rights conditions in the Philippines…

[OPINION] Between Bato and a hard place

6 October, 2017 at 12:00

For a couple of days now, the PNP Chief has been belching fire at the media, the public, and anyone else critical of the casualties on the “war on drugs.”

[EDITORIAL] Wrong signal

19 September, 2017 at 10:16

Before the budget of the Commission on Human Rights was slashed to a mere P1,000 by the House of Representatives, the CHR faced only a 10-percent cut (to P649.48 million), as the Department of Budget and Management had proposed.

[EDITORIAL] Perceptions on peace and order

30 August, 2017 at 10:18

A number of noneconomic factors impact greatly on business, among them peace and order and the trade in illegal drugs.

[OPINION] Between a strongman and a strong...

29 August, 2017 at 13:00

At the recent inauguration of a production facility for solar panels in Santo Tomas, Batangas, President Duterte once again deviated from his prepared speech to talk about his favorite topics…

[OPINION] Violence begets violence

24 August, 2017 at 13:07

What worries me most with our current situation is that violence begets violence. The PNP is getting really reckless.

Spooking tourists

30 March, 2017 at 11:59

As the “mummies” started piling up last year in the administration’s vicious war on drugs, several foreign diplomats told me that investors and travel industry players had expressed concern about the situation in the Philippines.

Good cop, bad cop

30 January, 2017 at 16:30

The killing of retired Hanjin executive and Korean national Jee Ick-joo is an indication of how bad the situation has become in the Philippine National Police and just how deeply embedded corruption is among the ranks.

Duterte, war maker

14 November, 2016 at 13:30

Why is President Duterte so angry at those critics, especially from the West, who accuse him of human rights violations? Perhaps it is because he feels that such critics, by speaking out, are themselves violating his rights as the sovereign embodiment of the people…

How Rodrigo Duterte cast himself as an...

28 October, 2016 at 09:20

This is a column about high geopolitics: the United States, China, the Philippines, the fate of the American order in the Pacific. But the great forces that move history often have their origins at a much lower level. And some of them were visible last week on a cellphone in Manila.

Poverty is a bigger threat to society...

11 October, 2016 at 16:00

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte thinks that the drug menace is the biggest threat to the state. He warned that the Philippines could be turned into a “narco-state.” Hence, his all-out war on drugs.

Building consensus

11 October, 2016 at 12:00

Today marks the 100th day of the Duterte administration. It is a good time to pause and take stock.

Learning from mistakes

3 October, 2016 at 13:00

Preferably, from mistakes committed and paid for by others. We should thus thank Bangkok Post deputy editor Nopporn Wong-Anan who suggested that “Duterte should learn from Thai drug policy” in his article I caught during a Bangkok visit last month.

US unruffled by Rody’s tirades

3 October, 2016 at 11:00

The United States, on the surface at least, appears unruffled by President Duterte’s repeated tirades.

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