No harsh dictatorship like North Korea, no military rule like Myanmar or Laos and no civil wars like in Somalia yet 800 people were victims of extra-judicial killings in the Philippines. Ever since Gloria Arroyo assumed power in 2001, hundreds of people (usually activists, journalists, human rights advocates among some) have reportedly disappeared or have been mysteriously killed. On December 7, 2006 Brian Campbell of International Labor Rights Fund tried to re-enter the Philippines to continue investigations on human rights issues, Campbell had previously visited the Philippines to investigate deaths of trade unionists like Diosdado Fortuna. On December 7, Campbell was informed he was on the blacklist by the Filipino Immigration Authority and was banned from entering the country. He immediately left the country.
The Philippines is also a very dangerous place for journalists, with about 52 journalists killed between 1986 and 2005. Legal harassment such as libel suits have also been used to torture journalists in the country. During the 2006 World Press Freedom Index, the country was among the worst ranked standing at 142 out of 169 counties making it the second most dangerous place for journalists in the world after Iraq.
During the Marcos era, he declared martial law and human rights violations were expected but there is no martial law right now in the Philippines, yet there are a lot of human rights violations. With this being said, the government still has the pride to condemn human rights violators like North Korea and Myanmar. Philippines, look first in your own backyard!