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Robredo releases statement on extrajudicial killings, concerned with “growing culture of vigilantism, violence 

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Vice President Leni Robredo released a statement on the growing number of cases of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines on Monday, July 11, via her official Twitter account.

She started off expressing her support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war against drugs following the law.

“We support President Duterte’s declaration that the fight against drugs and crime must be done with an uncompromising exercise of the rule of law,” Robredo said in a statement.

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“However, there have been over a hundred cases of drug-related reported killings in less than a month,” she added.

According to Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Kill List, which will be regularly updated based on reported drug-related killings, there have been 136 people killed since the inauguration on June 30 until noon of Monday, July 11.

Kill List on Campaign Against Illegal Drugs

Robredo also showed her concern over the incidents and the possible casualties in this war – the “innocent and the defenseless.”

“While we are one with the fight against drugs, we are concerned with the growing culture of vigilantism and violence. We hope that the war is not done at the expense of the innocent and defenseless,” she said.

Robredo looked to the authorities for support on how these cases should be handled.

“We encourage authorities concerned to look into these cases. If there is really culpability, then justice requires that appropriate cases be filed and that those proven to be accountable be punished,” she added.

And the fact that Duterte is a lawyer himself seems to give her assurance that he will know the right thing to do.

“Since the President is a lawyer and former prosecutor, we trust that he will do what is appropriate.”

The netizens reacted differently to the vice president’s statement.

One commented that there is a “third path” to solving the drug problem in the Philippines, noting that he/she lived in Davao for 20 years, and shared a link to an Economist article about legalizing drugs.

How to Stop Drug Wars

Another Twitter user said that Robredo should help solve the problem instead of believing what the media says.

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Someone also brought up how killings also happened in Davao City, but drugs are still available in the city.

Drugs in Davao

And as what we’ve all seen on social media since the election, the bashers are still in full force.

But by releasing a statement, Robredo showed her awareness of what has been happening in the country and her faith that with Duterte’s goal of eradicating drugs and crime in the country, he and the authorities will still do what the law dictates.

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Watch how artists’ group teaches Filipinos about their rights during TokHang

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Resbak, an alliance of artists, posted an almost six-minute video on their Facebook page about what you should do when you are dealing with the police during Operation TokHang. With over 7,000 deaths, the group wanted to educate the Filipinos about what to do when they suddenly find themselves the subject of TokHang. They easily abbreviates these eight fundamental rights into M.A.T.A.P.A.N.G.

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  • M for Manahimik. You can choose to keep quiet and not answer the cops’ questions during interrogations.
  • A for Ayoko. You don’t really need to grant the cops entry into your home if they say they want to search your home for illegal drugs.
  • T for Tumawag. You can call your lawyer and avail of his services even if you don’t have money to pay for it.
  • A for Alis. You can leave if the cops cannot provide enough basis to keep you in the police station.
  • P for Pribado. You should only be frisked for illegal items in a private place and only cops of the same sex should do it.
  • A for Alamin. You have the right to know the name and rank of the cop in charge of the operation.
  • N for Numero. You can call Resbak at 0956 874 2385 if you or someone’s rights got violated under TokHang.
  • G for Go. You go and follow the rules indicated above.

You can watch the video below, which was done as a spoof of the recently concluded Miss Universe 2017.



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Are you in DCW’s list? Here are tips on how to remove your name from that list and more

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If you find your name in Duterte Cyber Warrior’s “Wall of Shame,” which may make you a target of cyber threats, such as identity theft and other kinds of attacks, you can do something about it.

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Facebook user Khary Woulfe posted some tips on how you can hit back at the group’s threats.

Before visiting the page, make sure to do “Disable COOKIES, JAVASCRIPT and POP-UPS from your browser before clicking the link,” Woulfe said.

He also referred netizens to a safer version of the list, similar to the one posted by the Superficial Gazette. You can access it here.

As for taking your name, Woulfe suggested these tips:

  1. Verify your Facebook with your phone number. This is required to change your FB username.
  2. Change your username everyday (or more frequent than that.) The Messenger change username option is the fastest way to do so. (Otherwise, go to https://facebook.com/username if you’re on computer or on web version of Facebook.)
    This way, your old Facebook address included on their lists will point instead to a 404 (Page Not Found) page.

“However, if you haven’t provided your username beforehand and your link has been listed as https://facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000xxxx, the link would still point to your profile right after changing your username. If this is your case, it is better to deactivate your account for the mean time,” he added.

 

Woulfe also gave tips on how to take down the website hosting DCW’s list.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to https://www.cloudflare.com/abuse/form and select Violent Threats.
  2. Fill in Full name with any name that isn’t your true name.
  3. Fill in your email address.
  4. Fill in Evidence URL with https://profile.du30cw.org/wos.
  5. Fill in Logs with:
    The link provided points to a website hosted on CloudFlare. The “Wall of Shame” is actually a list of Facebook profiles with links pointing to profiles that they are going to steal infos and photos. They also send death threats and other forms of black mails. I believe such kind of activity is illegal. My family and friends are included in the list. Please don’t allow your services to be instrumental to such kind of illegal activites. Thank you.
  6. Click Submit.

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Superficial Gazette urges people and FB pages in DCW’s ‘Wall of Shame’ to be more cautious but not be silenced

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Superficial Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines (SGRP) warned the private individuals and Facebook pages that are included in the list monitored by a group of “hackers” supporting Duterte, known as “Duterte Cyber Warriors (DCW),” to secure their accounts against cyber threats.

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SGRP also provided a version of DCW’s list of potential cyber tokhang targets, called “Wall of Shame,” that is safer and easier to access, the link of which can be found here.

As of February 3, at around 3:30 pm, the list contained more than 2,250 names and FB pages, some of which are the Superficial Gazette, Madam Claudia, Change Scamming, Silent No More, Resbak Operatives, Jim Paredes, Carlos Celdran.

Even Meme Buster was included in the list at #615 after receiving three reports.

DCW Wall of Shame

For SGRP, the list should be viewed as a compilation of “names of pages and people that are worth following.”

Their advice for those who found their name in DCW’s Wall of Shame?

“Secure your accounts, change your passwords, and maybe your username. But do not be silenced – for you to stop opposing this government’s crimes is exactly what they want,” SGRP wrote.

One commenter noted how coming up with the list seemed like how the Nazis identified their “enemies” then and rounded them up.

DCW Wall of Shame

Another person on the list just laughed it off, feeling flattered he was in the list of people who are also “fighting for truth.”

DCW Wall of Shame

Someone also commented on how this action is a “subtle way of suppressing freedom of expression” of the opposition.

DCW Wall of Shame

Earlier, Superficial Gazette also posted a screenshot of how DCW posted the link of the Facebook profile of a certain individual while urging their followers to conduct a “cyber tokhang” on that person and gather the address of the target’s known relatives and friends.

In December last year, SGRP wrote about how Madam Claudia, a page critical of the Duterte administration, was removed from Facebook after being mass-reported. Despite not violating any of the FB community’s standards, the FB moderators still removed the page, leading SGRP to conclude that some of FB Philippines’ administrators may have been biased.

This is also the reason why Superficial Gazette hit the Duterte’s supporters’ “#defendFREEspeech” campaign because other supporters were also targeting Duterte’s critics with cyber tokhang, as initiated by Mr. Riyoh and Duterte Cyber Warriors, public shaming, and other kinds of attacks.

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