Aside from blood and death, President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war also stirred controversy – from the deadly execution of anti-drug operations, to hundreds of recorded abuses by police officials and other authorities. Even Duterte’s allies became victims of this atrocious campaign. And five years on, some of these controversies and injustices remain unsettled. Below is a list of some of them. Jee Ick Joo case Even foreigners became victims of Duterte’s drug war. Only months into the deadly war on drugs, Korean Jee Ick Joo made headlines after he was reported to be killed by a cop. On October 18, 2016, Jee was abducted from his house in Angeles City, Pampanga by a policeman. The same day, he was brought to Camp Crame, national headquarters of the police, and was allegedly strangled to death by a member of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG). Jee’s case later became one of the biggest drug war-related controversies ... » Learn More about LIST: Whatever happened to these drug war issues under Duterte?
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SINGAPORE: Imagine being in a large, dark house - there are cameras, but you can't see in all the corners. This is how Mr Eric Nagel, general manager for APAC at cybersecurity firm Cybereason, characterises the way the company hunted down a ransomware attack in a high-end Asian manufacturing company. In a ransomware attack, hackers - or threat actors - use malicious software to encrypt files on a device, then demand ransom, typically in cryptocurrency, to undo their work. The first signs of suspicion in this attack came from some abnormal communication between machines. Aware that something was wrong, but not knowing why, the company reached out for help. Working like snipers, Cybereason threat hunters searched for the ransomware, while sales engineers and technical consultants mapped the enterprise’s ecology, pinning down the servers, workstations, laptops and operating systems. Then they deployed the latest cybersecurity solution - an endpoint detection and response tool, ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: How ready is Singapore for a major ransomware attack?
Can the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta do a repeat of 2007 when the High Tribunal adopted judicial activism to address killings and disappearances under former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo? "If there are complaints about disappearances and unnecessary surveillance, they can come to court and then file the necessary petitions, and there are petitions pending before the Court of Appeals and habeas data and writ of amparo. The rules have not changed, it's still there," Peralta said on Thursday, June 11, in a rare press conference held online for the first time because of quarantine rules. Peralta's answer falls short of the activism the Supreme Court exhibited during the time of Arroyo. The Chief Justice said people can always file cases, consistent with the principle of passivity. The judiciary is a passive branch, it will not act until one files a case before it. Some justices prefer judicial restraint, which prevents ... » Learn More about Can Supreme Court under Peralta repeat Arroyo-time judicial activism?
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has said, time and again, that even “one whiff of corruption” is enough for him to fire or sanction an official. But a list compiled by Rappler shows presidential or government actions that appear to contradict this “zero tolerance” for corruption. Sixteen officials who have been accused of corruption or abuse of public funds were reappointed, retained in another capacity, or promoted within the Duterte government. Corruption allegations against some of these officials came from Duterte himself. In some cases, it was other government officials – such as lawmakers or the Office of the Ombudsman – who made the allegations, whether based on information from resource persons or an investigation. It seems the President has had no problem overlooking these accusations, even if some of them were made by offices like the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, which he had trusted enough to put them in charge ... » Learn More about LIST: No to corruption? Duterte’s controversial reappointees