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February 22, 2017 4:20 PM Trump’s Clampdown on Undocumented Immigrants Will Fail

A nation’s laws are not handed down from on high, they are the creation of flawed human beings working through flawed political processes. Successful political leaders understand this reality, and try to work within its limitations. Those who ignore it risk creating damaging social conflict. The short version of the memos and the further explanation 3

February 22, 2017 1:14 PM Lacson panel to continue ‘Davao Death Squad’ probe

After debating on the floor on Wednesday, senators agreed that panel headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson should continue with the investigation of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS). Earlier, Sen. Grace Poe manifested that the Senate could create a special committee to investigate the allegation of confessed 3

February 22, 2017 10:31 AM Lacson panel will continue probe of ‘Davao Death Squad’

After debating on the floor on Wednesday, senators agreed that panel headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson should continue with the investigation of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS). Earlier, Sen. Grace Poe manifested that the Senate could create a special committee to investigate the allegation of confessed 5

February 22, 2017 8:37 AM Palace ‘in panic mode’ after Senate votes to probe Duterte—De Lima

Senator Leila De Lima said Malacañang was in a “panic mode” that it called some of her colleagues after majority of them voted in a caucus Tuesday to proceed with the Senate probe on the President’s alleged links to the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS). “We know for a fact na may mga pinatawag kagabi sa Palasyo,” De Lima told reporters on Wednesday 6

February 21, 2017 6:46 PM Trump’s New Guidance Calls for Vigorous Immigration Enforcement

The immigration-enforcement guidance issued by President Trump Tuesday morning patently aims to shift the presumption against deportation created by President Obama’s guidance. In 2014, under the guise of setting out “immigration enforcement priorities,” Obama’s Department of Homeland Security established a three-tier system for deportation. This was quite 4

February 21, 2017 3:26 PM DHS secretary orders immigration agent hiring surge, end to 'catch-and-release'

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly moved Tuesday to implement a host of immigration enforcement changes ordered by President Trump, directing agency heads to hire thousands more officers, end so-called “catch-and-release” policies and begin work on the president’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. “It is in the national interest of the United States 3

February 21, 2017 1:48 PM CHR: New witness is key to Duterte murder probe

Philippine Commission on Human Rights chief Jose Gascon says new evidence from a retired policeman had removed 'murkiness' about events in the president's past GENEVA, Switzerland – A probe into whether Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ran a death squad is making progress following crucial whistleblower testimony this week, the head of the country's 5

February 20, 2017 4:18 PM Duterte paid us to kill, says ex-cop

A retired police officer on Monday disclosed that President Duterte, when he was the mayor of Davao City, ordered and paid him and other members of a death squad to kill criminals and opponents. Human rights lawyers who presented retired SPO3 Arthur Lascañas to reporters during a news conference in the Senate said his disclosures could be grounds for impeaching 8

February 20, 2017 11:14 AM New Senate probe into Duterte’s link to death squad looms

Retired SPO3 Arturo Lascañas flank by (left) Atty. Arno Sanidad and Atty. Jose Diokno (right) appears before the media and admitted the existence of the Davao Death Squad at a press conference at the Senate on Monday, February 20, 2017. A new investigation by the Senate on President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged link to the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) 4

February 20, 2017 10:16 AM Retired Philippine Policeman Says Duterte Ordered "Death Squad" Hits From the 1980s Onward

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte operated a "death squad" while mayor of Davao city, giving cash and orders for police and assassins to murder criminals, according to a former policeman who said he was involved in the clandestine killings. In remarks contradicting his earlier denial of the existence of such a "death squad", Arturo Lascanas said he was one of the ringleaders 6