Philippine senator seeks suspension of habeas corpus for drug war

(From The Philippine Star)

Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon is set to file a Senate resolution which would grant emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the drug problem in the country.

Sen. Richard Gordon

Sen. Richard Gordon

The proposed emergency powers would include the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus, a court order which commands an individual or government official to produce a prisoner and justify its detention.

“We are at war with drugs right now…,” Gordon told members of the press in an interview.

The senator said he would file the bill by next week or as soon as he finishes the proposed measure. Read More

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