Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is in Vientiane, Laos, September 6 - 8, for his first ever appearance on the international stage since becoming head of state in June 2016. He shall be having his debut via the ASEAN Summit, where his main agenda, among others, will be to promote his war on drugs and push for a “drug-free ASEAN.” A statement issued on his behalf during his departure, September 5, from Davao City, southern Philippines, has also underscored “the importance of the rule of law and peaceful settlement of disputes” as a key talking point during the 2016 Summit.
By Clarissa V. Militante
Impunity has been de ned by the international legal community, including the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, as being ‘exempt from punishment’, and thus the implication is that when the perpetrator is not brought before justice and excepted from punishment based on law, then the victim and his/her kin are denied due process and justice too.
Some six thousand farmers*, including Lumads, from North Cotabato and their families marched to the Cotabato provincial high-way last week and staged a rally to ask the government for sacks of rice and emergency funds that should already have been released after the province was declared to be in a state of calamity as a result of slow and prolonged drought.
We're pleased to announce the release of State of Fragmentation: The Philippines in Transition. The book is jointly published by Focus on the Global South and Friedrich Ebert Siftung and authored by: Walden Bello, Kenneth Cardenas, Jerome Patrick Cruz, Alinaya Fabros, Mary Ann Manahan, Clarissa Militante, Joseph Purugganan, and Jenina Joy Chavez.
A book launch was held in Manila on October 17, and photos are on our Facebook page.