Why did President Duterte say Richard King was killed because he was “involved in the drug front”?


By Raïssa Robles I was supposed to have a day off today and was so looking forward to it. Then I happened to turn on ANC and saw this old man take the "witness" seat at the Senate probe on extra-judicial killings that was nearly empty of senators and guests. Just another relative coming forward on yet another extra-judicial killing, I told myself and mentally filed it for later viewing. And then Edgar Matobato started talking in a monotone about the gruesome things he did for 30 years of his life.

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President Duterte’s own experience should show him extra-judicial killings can’t curb crime

By Raissa Robles - One of President Rodrigo Duterte’s talents lies in his skill of painting very graphic crime scenes for his listeners. It’s a talent that probably persuaded many Filipinos to accept extra-judicial killings as THE solution to crime. What he didn't tell his listeners recently was that the crime scenes he was describing had taken placed at the height of Ferdinand Marcos’ Martial Law.

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President Duterte meets accused top drug lord, as body count of lowly suspected drug pushers & addicts piles up

By Raissa Robles - On the night of July 15, President Rodrigo Duterte met with a certain "Peter Lim", a man Duterte recently identified as the head honcho of drug trafficking in central Philippines. Not only had the President ID’d the alleged drug lord, he had also warned that if Lim (who was then presumably abroad), returned here, “he will die” because he is “beyond redemption”. Despite the bloodcurdling threat, nothing happened to Lim when he met the President. In fact, apart from being thoroughly unscathed, Lim also got a job offer.

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Is President Duterte violating the law by ordering a stop to ‘tanim bala’ arrests?


Just my opinion by Raïssa Robles - Tanim-balaPresident Rodrigo Duterte believes he has found the solution to “tanim bala”, one of the most embarrassing and politically damaging issues faced by the previous administration. Simply put, match the bullet with the bearer.

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National Police Commission official asks netizens to do a very dangerous thing


By Raïssa Robles Today I heard National Police Commission vice chairman Eduardo Escueta ask netizens to please snap photos of ongoing crimes or suspicious activities and post these on the Internet. This was after the photo below was posted online and went "viral". It resulted in the arrest of two cops whom Napolcom suspected to be among the nine policemen behind the highway robbery that a stranger happened to snap. Now the Napolcom - the police force' disciplinary agency - wants netizens to help fight crime. This is very dangerous...

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Let’s start making mayors & governors accountable for crime in their areas

By Raïssa Robles Early this morning, five young men ages 20 to 23 were walking on a bridge when gunmen on two motorbikes shot them dead. The morning news shows on TV and radio quickly phoned senior police officers for updates. NO ONE called the mayors of Makati City and Pasay City to press them for their comment, since the […]

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Policing the Police


[I would like to share this article which remains relevant today, although written over a year ago by Alan Robles. I would like to thank D+C, the monthly publication funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, for allowing me to publish this.] The police’ official motto is “we serve and protect”. Filipinos might well ask – whom? By […]

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Star witness in Ramgen Revilla murder prompts probe of victim’s four siblings

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  Read Janelle Manahan’s reply-affidavit   My exclusive – by Raïssa Robles Left to die, Janelle Manahan summoned all her will and strength to text her family for help. In this gripping eyewitness account of her own attempted murder and the slaying of her live-in partner Ramgen Revilla, young aspiring model-actress Janelle Manahan narrates the events that changed her life […]

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Ramona sketches out Ramgen Revilla’s murder

Revilla - Ramons Revilla FB page

Read her signed counter-affidavit By Raïssa Robles Ramona Revilla is the only other living witness – besides girlfriend Janelle Manahan – to the murder of Ramgen Revilla on October 28, 2011. She submitted a 13-page counter-affidavit to the Philippine consulate in Ankara, Turkey last November 24. It is understandably short on details since the police has tagged her as an […]

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