Thousands of Catholic faithful gathered in the Philippine capital on Saturday for a "show of force" in the biggest rally yet to stop extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war. More than 6,000 people have died since Duterte took office seven months ago and ordered an unprecedented crime war that has drawn global criticism for alleged human rights abuses, but is popular with many in the mainly Catholic country. Members of one of the nation's oldest and most powerful institutions chanted prayers and sang hymns as they marched to condemn a "spreading culture of violence". "We have to stand up. Somehow this is already a show of force by the faithful that they don't like these extrajudicial killings," Manila bishop Broderick Pabillo told AFP before addressing the crowd. "I am alarmed and angry at what's happening because this is something that is regressive. It does not show our humanity." Duterte, 71, has attacked the Church as "the most hypocritical institution" for … [Read more...] about Philippine Church in ‘show of force’ against drug killings DTiNews
The Philippines has vowed to investigate reports of a wave of extrajudicial killings, the government said Sunday, after Washington warned military aid to its Asian ally was dependent on respect for human rights. According to media reports, nearly a thousand people have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte won a landslide election victory in May largely on a pledge to kill tens of thousands of criminals. The US embassy warned the Duterte government on Friday that millions of dollars of military aid alloted to the Philippines was tied to adherence to the rule of law, due process and respect for human rights. "We are concerned by reports regarding extrajudicial killings of individuals suspected to have been involved in drug activity in the Philippines," it said. "We strongly urge the Philippines to ensure its law enforcement efforts are consistent with its human rights obligations," the embassy added. A Philippine foreign department statement sent to AFP on Sunday said that it took … [Read more...] about Drug killings to be investigated, Philippines tells US
Iran's border patrol police said it seized more than 11 tonnes of drug, killing one smuggler, in the "biggest" bust since the 1979 Islamic revolution, media reported on Sunday. Photo: AFP "The biggest drug load busted since the revolution, weighing 11 tonnes, has been seized in Jakigour area in Sistan-Baluchestan," bordering Pakistan, border police chief Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaqari said. The general, quoted in the media, said "one of the drug traffickers was killed and a number of others wounded but managed to escape to the other side of the border," without elaborating. Zolfaqari said 10 tonnes were opium and the rest hashish, adding that the bust came in a 36-hour operation. Iran, which lies on a key transit route for narcotics headed for Europe and the Middle East, has seized more than 350 tonnes of drugs, mostly opium, since the start of 2012, according to official figures. Three border guards were killed in October during an operation in … [Read more...] about Iran seizes 11 tonnes of drug in ‘biggest’ bust
Seventeen Mexican drug gang members were killed near the U.S. border on Saturday, their bodies scattered along a road after one of the deadliest shootouts in Mexico's three-year narco-war. Rival factions of the Arellano Felix drug cartel in Tijuana on the Mexico-California border battled each other with rifles and machine guns in the early hours of the morning, police said. Fourteen bodies were lying in pools of blood on a road near assembly-for-export maquiladora plants on the city's eastern limits. The corpses were surrounded by hundreds of bullet casings and many of their faces were destroyed. The 15th body was found nearby. Two more men died in hospital on Saturday evening, police said. Six men were wounded and another six were arrested, but some gang members are thought to have escaped. Two of the dead were believed to be senior hitmen for the Arellano Felix cartel and were identified by large gold rings on their fingers. The rings carried the icon of Saint Death, a … [Read more...] about Seventeen killed in Mexico drug battle near U.S.
Bogus drugs made by a Chinese company have killed four people and led to severe kidney failure in at least six, Chinese newspapers reported Monday. Injections of Armillarisin A, produced by Qiqihar No 2 Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., based in the northeastern province of Heilonjiang, killed four people at a hospital in the southern city of Guangzhou, the Beijing Times said. Six remained in hospital in serious condition, it said. The drug, which is used to treat gall bladder, liver and gastric disorders, had "serious flaws in the manufacturing process", the China Daily quoted the country's State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA) as saying. A chemical produced by a manufacturer in China's eastern province of Jiangsu and used in the manufacture of the drug, propylene glycol, was found to be bogus, said SFDA official Cao Yongwen. Police detained an employee of Taixing Chemical Plant, the Jiangsu chemical maker, in connection with the incident, the Shanghai Daily said. The … [Read more...] about Bogus drugs kill 4 in southern China