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The tragic end to the hostage-taking incident at the Quirino Grandstand on Monday, August 23, exposed once again a Philippine National Police (PNP) that’s suffering from many weaknesses–from lack of training and professionalism to inadequate equipment. This is nothing new. A United Nations Development Program report released in 2005 already explored these problems and recommended [...]

Posted on August 25, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector
Posted on January 3, 2009   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in our series of year beginners. More men and money are at the top of the wish list of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for 2009.

Posted on December 29, 2008   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector

In the past decade or so, government auditors have consistently found indications that funds meant for civilian forces helping in the military’s anti-insurgency campaign are being misused.

Posted on December 27, 2008   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector
Posted on April 8, 2008   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector

The Chief of the Compliance and Investigation Unit of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) testified today in the trial on plunder charges filed against retired Major General Carlos Garcia, former comptroller of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. During his testimony, Richard David Funk narrated the findings of the financial investigation he conducted on Maj. [...]

Posted on January 18, 2008   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector
Posted on November 26, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector

Bases are out, ‘cooperative security locations’ are in

Posted on November 23, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector

The disbanded Melo Commission has recommended in its final report the investigation of retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan for his alleged involvement in the killing of a human rights activist in Oriental Mindoro in 2002, Newsbreak learned today.

Posted on November 9, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector

Through three separate orders, the government has institutionalized the principle of command responsibility in the National Police and the Armed Forces—and human rights groups can easily invoke these in filing human rights violations complaints against men in uniform. To read more about this, visit the Security Sector and Human Rights page of our Democracy and [...]

Posted on October 24, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector

The Supreme Court today approved the rules covering the issuance of the writ of amparo, which allow Filipinos to seek court protection whenever they feel threatened.

Posted on September 25, 2007   |   CATEGORY: Security Sector
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