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Petitioning Mayor Bernardo S. Paredes, Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines, United Nations, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Human Rights Campaign

End the Philippines War on Drugs

How many deaths is enough to realize an unviable solution? Extrajudicial killings are not the answer, the world need to hear what is really going on with Duterte. Read the Human Rights Watch Philippines World Report to educate yourself on the truth. Help end the Philippines War on Drugs by bringing this world issue and its human rights violations to light.     Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization made up of human rights professionals. Collecting information, statistics, and stories, the organization publishes many reports on human rights violating issues. They are collect information from almost 90 countries and their publications are read and referenced internationally. One of their larger and current initiatives is on the long and ongoing war on drugs in the Philippines. The drug war began on June 30, 2016, announced by current and long running President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte’s domestic policy has focused on stopping the illegal drug trade by commencing the Philippine Drug War. In an effort to control the drug trafficking, the government encourages police enforced brutality on anyone affiliated with drugs, which has ended up making many innocent people the victim of this war. The government has recently pulled out of the ICC (International Criminal Court) and has a track record of false claims and reports on the events in the country. Human Rights Watch has reported that 12000 Filipinos have been killed, 2555 because of police brutality. Despite intervention and an increase in negative attention, President Duterte has vowed to continue this drug war campaign.   The Philippine War on Drugs is entirely a world issue. In addition to violating an extent of human rights, the ongoing conflict is challenging its physical borders. Human Rights Watch has done a tremendous amount of work to cover the events of the war on drugs; bringing attention to both the severity of the issue and the truth behind what is being falsified by the Philippines government. An annual report of the drug war has been updated by Human Rights Watch, detailing each of the human rights violations of this conflict. This war violates several human rights through extrajudicial killings and attacks on human rights defenders, children, journalists. There have been several deaths by police, especially to innocent citizens. Also, the government falsified evidence on the death toll in an effort to justify the killings as ‘obstructing justice’; “Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) data indicates that police operations resulted in the deaths of 3,906 suspected drug users and dealers from July 1, 2016, to September 26, 2017. But unidentified gunmen have killed thousands more, bringing the total death toll to more than 12,000, according to credible media reports” (“World Report 2018: Rights Trends in Philippines.”). President Duterte’s campaign is very public in its support of violent police intervention. However, human rights are further violated by targeting specific groups. Duterte has sought to cut funding for human rights, giving groups a smaller voice and making them a larger target. “In August, Duterte encouraged police attacks against human rights groups and advocates, instructing police, “If they are obstructing justice, you shoot them””(“World Report 2018: Rights Trends in Philippines.”). Another group targeted is children. “In July, a Philippine children’s rights group published data indicating that police have killed 56 children since the start of the “drug war.” Most were killed while in the company of adults who were the apparent target of the shooting. Both Duterte and Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II have dismissed those child killings as “collateral damage”...In August, the government approved mandatory drug testing for high school and college students and applicants. This will effectively allow the police to extend their abusive anti-drug operations to high schools and university campuses” (“World Report 2018: Rights Trends in Philippines.”). The Duterte government is looking to end the illegal drug trade by killing any ‘relative’ aspects, in this case “collateral damage” is extremely problematic term by normalizing and justifying the mass innocent killings. Yet another targeted group are journalists attempting to cover the issue. “On social media, pro-Duterte trolls and supporters – some of them officially working for the government – have threatened violence against human rights advocates, including Human Rights Watch staff and journalists who report critically on the “drug war”” (“Philippines: Duterte's 'Drug War' Claims 12,000+ Lives.”). It is not only the violation of human rights making this conflict a world issue, the extent of this violence has turned caused the world to get involved. First, Human Rights Watch involvement in the issue, sending journalists and human rights advocates to report on the events, is crossing borders to make this an geopolitical concern. Deciding who is going to enter the Philippines to involve themselves in the conflict, and the Philippines response are all geopolitical decisions. A more recent concern that has stirred yet further geopolitical decision making is the fact that the Philippines has withdrawn from the International Criminal Court, potentially in hopes of avoiding charged based on false claims. However, this will not be effective for some time.  “President Duterte's spokesman, Harry Roque, dismissed the ICC's examination as a "waste of time and resources… "This announcement is a warning to leaders around the world that those who order or incite crimes against humanity including murder will not be able to get away with it, and will be subject to investigation under international law," said James Gomez, Amnesty's south-east Asia director” (BBC, Feb. 8, 2018). “Mr. Duterte temporarily placed the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in charge of the drug war last year after police officers were found to have killed three teenagers and then lied about how the boys died. News of their deaths prompted protests and a Senate investigation. The exact number of people killed since Mr. Duterte’s drug war took effect in 2017 is unknown. The government says fewer than 4,000 suspects have been killed, but Human Rights Watch last week estimated the figure at more than 12,000” (Villamor, Feb. 2, 2018). Following several false claims and extrajudicial killings, international concern for the liability of the Philippines has risen. “The truth is, the Philippine government needs to answer for the more than 12,000 lives lost without due process in this brutal campaign across the country. The government should stop depicting itself as the victim,” said Human Rights Watch Philippine researcher Carlos Conde” (Gamil, Inquirer News). As the drug war continues in its second year, the proof that extraducial and targeted killings are not a viable solution to the drug trade.   Human Rights Watch has made itself a major figurehead in the involvement of the Philippine War on Drugs. However, due to the extent of the violence and targeting of human rights activists and journalists, the groups main initiative has been bringing awareness and up to date, true report on the issue. This has not altered the impact of the initiative though, as Human Rights Watch has asserted itself as a very reliable source; providing true statistics on the killings. The group itself and affiliate reporters have been quoted as a reliable source in many articles concerning the drug war; including CBS News, The New York Times, and BBC. A CBS article suggested Duterte is violating women's rights; ”The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch said the remark last week was the latest in a "series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women" that encourage state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflicts” (CBS News, Feb. 13, 2018). These secondary sources not only provide coverage as the HRW reports do, they incorporate subsequent information that isn’t directly in the reports. Works Cited: “World Report 2018: Rights Trends in Philippines.” Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Watch, 19 Jan. 2018, “Philippines: Duterte's 'Drug War' Claims 12,000+ Lives.” Human Rights Watch, 18 Jan. 2018, “Philippines Drugs War: ICC Announces Initial Inquiry into Killings.” BBC News, BBC, 8 Feb. 2018, Villamor, Felipe. “Philippine Police Resume War on Drugs, Killing Dozens.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 2 Feb. 2018, Gamil, Jaymee T. “Rights Group Sneers at Gov't 'Playing Victim' in Drug War.” Inquirer News,, “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Slammed over Threat to Shoot Rebels in the Genitals.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 13 Feb. 2018,  

Ciara M
7,686 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Bernardo S. Paredes, Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines, Donald J. Trump

Death Penalty should not be restored in Philippines

Because of what happened to the victim of a rape with homicide case, Christine Lee Silayaw, the issue about restoring Death Penalty have arose again. Lots of netizens in different social media sites have been arguing about its restoration. Another case happened in 20th century. George Stinney Jr. was the youngest person sentenced to death in the 20th century in the United States. He was only 14 when he was executed by electric chair. During his trial, until the day of his execution, he always carried a Bible in his hands, claiming for innocence. He was accused of killing two white girls, Betty of 11 years old and Mary of 7, the bodies were found near the house where the teenager resided with his parents. At that time all the jurors were white. The trial lasted only 2 hours and the sentence was handed down 10 minutes later. The child's parents were threatened and prevented from giving him gifts in the courtroom and then expelling them from that city. Before the execution, George spent 81 days without being able to see his parents. He was trapped in a solitary cell, 80 km from his city. He was heard alone without the presence of his parents or a lawyer. He was electrocuted with 5,380 volts in the head. 70 years later, his innocence was finally proven by a judge in South Carolina. The beam with which the two girls were killed, weighed more than 19.07 kilograms. Therefore, it was impossible for Stinney to be able to lift it, let alone be able to hit hard enough to kill the two girls. The child was innocent, someone put everything together to blame him just for being black. Stephen King was inspired by this case to write his book #TheGreenMile, which was taken to theaters in 1999. The death penalty is not proven deterrent to future murders. Those who believes that deterrence justifies the  burden of proving that death penalty is deterrent. The overwhelming conclusion from years of deterrence studies is that the death penalty is,at best no more of deterrent than a sentence if life in prison . The enrich studies have been widely  discredited. In fact,some criminologist such as Williams Bowers of Northeastern University maintain that the death penalty has the opposite effect that is society is brutalized by the use of the death penalty and this increases the likelihood of more murder. Even most supporters. Another reason why the death penalty should not be reinstated, is because when the wrong person has been convicted of ah crime,and has been executed,it is a mistake that cannot be made undone,if the wrong person was convicted,and sentenced to life in prison ,compensation can always be paid to the victim of injustice. A dead person stays dead. A wrong did will never be right by doing wrong too.  

Abner Bugtong
329 supporters
Petitioning Mayor Bernardo S. Paredes, Cavite City, Cavite, Philippines

Solid waste management

"SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT" Solid waste is defined as generation of undesirable substances which is left after they are used once. And through this solid waste management we can reduce the garbage/waste in our country,prevent pollution and help save mother earth.Actually,waste can be considered as nothing but useful material at wrong place. There is no material in this world, which is not useful in one-way or another. Also there is no material, which is created out of nothing. Solid waste management is the discipline associated with control of generation, storage, collection, transport or transfer, processing and disposal of solid waste materials in a way that addresses the range of public health conservation and other environmental considerations. Solid waste management is very important aspect of the environment in making sure that the place and environment is free from any waste that can cause health risks. People want a clean environment, then they have to constantly clean their area, put some tools and equipment like a garbage disposal to help in keeping the area clean and free from harmful bacteria. Avoidance of having trash is one way of lessening the garbage problem in the country. This activity is very relevant especially for students and the people of the country, the goal of solid waste management and reducing eliminating adverse impacts of waste materials on human health and environment to support economic development and superior quality of life. It also provide prevention, preparing for reuse, recycling and proper disposal. It highlights the 3R's; Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. For more information just contact us on our cellphone number 09355044397 and 0936198877 or email us on

Christian dave Cacal
56 supporters
Please identify the persons who did this cruel act to the dog and file charges of violation of the Animal Welfare Act with Cavite City government as the complainant. Local government units are expected to implement all laws and punish violators.

CAVITE CITY ADVISORY On the matter pertaining to the post on Facebook which accounted an alleged cruelty to a pet dog in Cavite City on June 1, 2015, please be advised that Mayor Bernardo S. Paredes instructed the City Veterinary Office to coordinate with the barangay officials who have the jurisdiction over the parties involved thereinto take appropriate actionsin order to resolve the issue. As a result of the inquiry by the City Veterinarian, the Local Government was able to corroborate the identity of the owners who were also the passengers of the motor vehicle with whom the dog was seen. The following conclusions and precepts were established: 1. The person who was seen holding the dog was a 12-year old female whose mother was also in the vehicle when the incident happened. 2. According to the mother, her family is fond of gallivanting about the City Streets in their open owner-type jeepney with the subject pet dog. 3. On the said date and time in question, while stuck in traffic, the child decided to put the dog down. Subsequently, as the vehicle advanced, she grabbed the dog by the loose skin at its nape. The minor persisted twice until her mother scolded and prevented her from doing so on the third strife. 4. Both the minor and the mother were categorical when they stated that the incident was unintentional, thus, disproving that they were maltreating their pet dog. The minor was under the impression that she was just playing around and this was gravely misconstrued by others. 5. The minor, as well as the mother, conceded to the fact that the scenario caused a backlash which prompted them to rectify their misdeed. They even agreed to receive animal welfare counseling under the Cavite City Veterinary Office.A formal undertaking was recorded at the concerned Barangay Office. 6. The City Veterinarian conducted a physical examination of the subject animal’s overall well-being. The results were affirmative. For instance, there were no signs that the dog was maltreated and contrary to the claims of most of the witnesses, the dog was even lively. It has been further observed that puppies are accustomed to such gesture for it is a natural way for mother dogs to clutch their younglings. The foregoing actions of the Local Government have been duly documented considering that the rights of the minor in this case have to be protected under applicable laws. Any elaborate detail would be impermissible without substantive evidence. All concerned citizens can verify the obtained documents pertinent to this matter at their most convenient time. We are truly grateful for bringing this matter to our attention. Rest assured that the City will continuously endeavor to uphold the laws on Animal Welfare and Development. ORIGINAL SIGNED DR. ANNA TERESA B. BALEDA City Veterinarian

4 years ago