Archive for the Drug Traffic Category

PRESIDENT Duterte’s proclamation of a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in Mindanao calls for warrantless arrests in four specific cases but requires that existing rules and jurisprudence be “strictly observed.” (more…)

A witness who claimed to be a member of the Davao Death Squad (DDS), the notorious vigilante group allegedly behind the killings in the President’s hometown, appeared before the Senate on Sept. 15 and made explosive accusations against President Rodrigo Duterte on his alleged orders to kill more than 1,000 individuals when he was still mayor. (more…)

I am not embarrassed to say that I cried in a restaurant in Makati where I was having breakfast when I saw the Philippine Daily Inquirer Sunday edition with that front page photo [of a present day Pieta]. I have not been so moved by a photo in years. I could see the love, anguish, sorrow and despair in the face of the woman as she grieved over the body of her husband. (more…)

In what could arguably be the “mother of all scandals,” President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte dropped a bombshell in front of Sen. Leila de Lima’s face. Calling it a “drugs matrix” — known as the “Muntinglupa Connection” — Duterte released a document showing links between De Lima and several others allegedly involved in illegal drug activities at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during the previous Aquino administration. The NBP is colloquially called “Munti,” short for Muntinglupa City where the NBP is located. De Lima at that time was the country’s Justice Secretary. Wouldn’t that be like Don Vito Corleone – “Godfather” of La Cosa Nostra fame — being appointed Attorney General of the United States? (more…)

“The big-time, convicted drug lords must be contained in an isolated island surrounded by shark-infested waters to cut them off from their contact with their syndicates,” our source quoted Justice Secretary Aguirre. He said Corregidor Island in Manila Bay and islands near existing  penal colonies in Palawan, Leyte, Zamboanga and Davao could be ideal satellite island prison facilities. (more…)