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)
SAN FRANCISCO, California (JGL) – After 11 years, Twitter is still lighting up the online news and social networking service world as it sends away 140 words like telegram in the past century.
It was founded by Jack Dorsey, Noal Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams in March 2006 and launched it in July of that year. By 2012, it had 100 million users and had been tweeted by 340-million users everyday.
By 2013, it was one of the ten most visited websites becoming the “SMS of the Internet.” By 2016, there have been 319-M active users every month.
It has its headquarters in San Francisco, California and 25 offices worldwide.
Twitter has now become a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. (PM)
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