ELLECER CARLOS, spokesperson, iDEFEND, The Philippines, asks the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL), to continue calling on President Duterte to stop the killings, stop the incitement to violence, stop dehumanizing drug dependents, stop threatening human rights defenders, and enable the Philippine National Police to return to the rule of law and respect for due process and to undertake affirmative action to resolve the vigilante killings at the Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Thursday (July 20). (JGL Screengrab by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
TOM LANTOS PANEL:
REP. JACKIE SPEIER (third from left) (D-CA-14) makes an opening statement during the hearing on the Human Rights Consequences of the War on Drugs in the Philippines before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives co-chaired by Rep. James P. McGovern (extreme left) (D-MA) and Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) at the Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. on Thursday (July 20). (JGL Screengrab by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
ELLECER CARLOS (extreme left), spokesperson, iDEFEND, The Philippines, responds to a question from theTom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday (July 20) in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. during the hearing on the Human Rights Consequences of the War on Drugs in the Philippines. Photo also shows from left Matthew Wells, Senior Crisis Advisor of Amnesty International, who described Mr. Duterte’s war on drugs as “war on the poor” and Phelim Kine, Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch. (JGL Screengrab by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
ECONOMY OF MURDER:
MATTHEW WELLS, Senior Crisis Advisor of Amnesty International, told the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday (July 20) that AI investigation found that, in at least some areas of the Philippines, police officers have received significant under-the-table payments for “encounters” in which alleged drug offenders are killed. A police officer with more than a decade of experience, and who was part of an anti-illegal drug unit they interviewed, confirmed this practice, indicating they were paid on an escalating scale depending on whether the target was a “user” or “pusher” of drugs. He said payments were known and approved by higher-level police officials and ranged from 8,000 Philippine pesos (US $160) for killing a person who uses drugs to 15,000 pesos (US $300) for killing a small-scale “pusher.” (JGL Screengrab by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
PHELIM KINE, Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, holds a photo of a little girl who was killed while riding on a motorcycle driven by her father who was in in the “watch list” of the police as a collateral damage in President Duterte’s war on drug. Kine also said when he criticized Mr. Duterte in 2015 for his past extra judicial violence while then Mayor Duterte was being egged on to run for president, he was invited by the mayor to come to Davao thru the media “where I can be publicly executed.” (JGL Screengrab by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
LESS IS MORE:
HUMAN RIGHTS advocates in Chicago, Illinois took time out to watch in real time the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday (July 20) at the Hana Center at 4300 N. California Avenue thru their mini-computer. Photo shows from left Deye Fidel of Balitaang Pilipinas and Juanita Burris of Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines. Not in photo are Pastor Bert Villaluz of Bride of Christ Church and Jerry B. Clarito of the Filipino American Human Rights Alliance. (JGL Photo used with permission)
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) – A scenic drive to Malagos, Calinan and a visit to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City await those who will join the July 11-16, 2017 guided 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of Manila and Davao City in the Philippines.
This was jointly announced by the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D. C. who also said that deadline for registration for those interested who will join will be next Tuesday, May 30.
Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge said it is possible that when the tour will visit Davao City, tour participants may be able to pay a call on President Rody Duterte if the President were in Davao City during the tour. Please watch the video clip below.
9341 - Ms. Zeny Pallugna presents the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour itinerary, rates, and packages to DC community, encourages the audience to promote Philippine tourism and economic development. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.) There is also a tentative dinner to be hosted by the President’s daughter, City Davao Mayor Sarah “Inday” Duterte. (Photo by Philippine Embassy)
Consul Mel P. Lalunio, Jr. said participants may reconnect with their Filipino roots through an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.
This year’s tour will visit Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States.
WITH CHARGE D’ AFFAIRES:
Ms. Zeny Pallugna (3rd from left) of PDOT-NY conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 15 May 2017. Joining her in the photo are (from left) Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Ann Artates, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, Travel Wise representatives Marielle and Max Kabin, and Mr. Nelson Garcia. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.)
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Philippine Department of Tourism office in New York (PDOT-NY) conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour on 15 May 2017 at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall, underscoring the Tour’s unique characteristics and its significance to the overall cultural and tourism promotion strategy of the country.
“The 11th Ambassadors’ Tour will give participants the opportunity to visit Davao, an exciting, emerging tourism destination in the Philippines, within an affordable package that also includes Manila, the capital city of fun,” said Zeny Pallugna, Officer-in-Charge of PDOT-NY.
CONSUL MELCHOR P. LALUNIO, Jr. makes a pitch to invite members and friends of the Filipino community to join the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines July 11-16, 2017 in Manila and Davao City. Deadline for registration is next Tuesday, May 30. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Ms. Pallugna also highlighted the post-basic tour packages featuring other emerging destinations Cagayan De Oro-Camiguin and Dumaguete-Siquijor. She urged audience members to participate in the Tour and take a more active role in promoting Philippine tourism.
“If you visit the Philippines, or get even just one person to visit, that will create employment for one Filipino,” Ms. Pallugna told the audience.
Mr. Patrick Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy also pitched for the Tour, saying that “This year, the tour for Filipino-Americans has been re-branded to shift the focus to the participants who are envisioned to become ‘Philippine Ambassadors in their own right’ after spending their summer holiday in the Philippines. The 11th Ambassador’s Tour features key destinations in Manila and the King City of the South—Davao. It promises to be another fun-filled outing, and in keeping with its tradition of providing a unique and memorable experience, the Ambassador’s Tour offers VIP treatment, guided tours, and world-class accommodations.”
“I strongly encourage every one of you to consider joining the 11th Ambassador’s Tour and spreading the word to your networks. Doing so will contribute to the sustained and inclusive economic development of the Philippines. Your support will go a long way in empowering the local communities in Manila and Davao, and cultivating good will between the people of the Philippines and the United States,” he concluded.
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