First Confirmed EJK Under Duterte Administration

IMG_4936.PNGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June of 2016, his political opponents and yellow-leaning news media as well as human rights groups have accused him of initiating or condoning extrajudicial killings in connection with his war on drugs.

The numbers quoted ranged from a low 3,000 to a high 9,000 or even more.

Yet, none of the individuals and groups could come forward with concrete evidence that the alleged summary killings were perpetrated by the government.

Finally, there is one killing that no one can deny to be extrajudicial.

Horacio “Atyo” Castillo III, a freshman law student at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), has died due to fraternity hazing initiation rites.  No government or police involvement. No vigilantes.

At last, Chito Gascon of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights as well as Agnès S. Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, have one documented incident of EJK under the Duterte administration that they can boast of.

The Adobo Chronicles tried to reach Vice President Leni Robredo as well as Senators Risa Hontiveros and Antonio Trillanes for comment, but they have not yet returned our calls.



New Movement Launched

IMG_4928.PNGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – A new group called ‘Tindig Pilipinas’ was launched at Club Filipino in San Juan on Monday.

Senators and congressmen from the minority bloc led by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, and Sen. Francis Pangilinan were present at the launch.

President Rodrigo Duterte made a surprise appearance to the delight of the attendees.

The group will organize a rally to celebrate the anniversary of  the declaration by the late Ferdinand E. Marcos of  Martial Law on September 21.

The new movement also pledged full support for the government’s war on drugs, acknowledging that the Philippines cannot rise (tindig) unless the country’s illegal drug trade is permanently addressed.

See, there are things that both the Dutertards and Yellows can agree on. It’s a matter of political will.




September 21 Luneta Rally Cancelled!

IMG_4920.PNGMANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Despite the offer of Malacañang to provide free umbrellas to all who will participate in the September 21 protest rally organized by the Movement Against Tyrrany (MAD), the organizers decided to cancel the event altogether.

PAGASA wasn’t on the side of the rallyists as it forecast a 100% chance of thunderstorm on Thursday, especially in the Luneta area.

The event cancellation was reflected in the giant billboard listing the Luneta (Rizal Park) events for September.

Well, better luck with the weather, next time!

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