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PH Cops Kill for Cash, Trump's List of Undocumented Filipinos + Other Terrible News

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PH police officers receive cash for killings.

An Amnesty International (AI) investigation lays out a detailed system behind the killings of alleged drug criminals and users. While President Duterte condemns police corruption and plans to enlist the army in fighting criminal conduct within the PNP, the war on drugs has created economic incentives leading to killings based on flimsy or even planted evidence. AI states that officers and paid killers receive between PHP 8,000 and 15,000 per killing, an under-the-table payment reportedly instituted by police headquarters, which incentivizes killing instead of arresting suspects. Furthermore, witnesses claimed that funeral parlors paid officers to send them the bodies.

300,000 Filipinos living illegally in U.S. may face deportation.

Special envoy to the U.S. Babes Romualdez stated that Filipinos living in the U.S. illegally may be severely affected by President Trump’s decision to crack down on illegal immigration. While he was not shown the list, Romualdez was told that the U.S. government possesses a record of undocumented Filipino nationals, and advises them “to be prepared to leave.” Recently, President Duterte stated that the PH government would not support any Filipinos living in the U.S. illegally.  

NPA declares end of ceasefire.

While the firefight between the NPA and AFP in Makilala, North Cotabato, didn’t lead to disruption at the negotiation table, the rebel group has now officially put an end to their unilateral ceasefire. The group claims that the recent skirmishes between the two parties were initiated by the AFP and will resume “planning, coordinating and carrying out military campaigns and tactical offensives” effective February 11. However, the NPA also stated that negotiations should continue.

U.S. diplomats oppose Trump executive order.

As protests against President Trump’s immigration ban continue to gather momentum globally, around 1,000 U.S. diplomats decided to voice their dissent via a State Department cable. Claiming that the ban is “counterproductive,” the cable states that diplomats do not believe that it would “achieve its stated aim to protect the American people from terrorist attacks.” Acting U.S. attorney general Sally Yates’ refusal to defend the ban and subsequent firing is the most high profile case of opposition among diplomats and government officials, which has been brewing ever since Trump’s inauguration.

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