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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 25, 2017

Apr 25, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Hello! Here are the top stories you must know this Tuesday.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 25, 2017

Where the drug war began

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:35 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Families of the Philippine drug war's dead claim they know the man who shot their children – and they're willing to speak his name

Where the drug war began

Palace says ICC complaint meant to 'embarrass, shame' Duterte

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Malacañang says it is more than coincidence that the complaint was filed days before the start of the 30th ASEAN Summit, the first international event to be hosted by Duterte

Palace says ICC complaint meant to 'embarrass, shame' Duterte

Duterte tells Palaro athletes to fight for country

Apr 23, 2017 - 8:20 PM

'You always ask America for help? They will not die for you. Kayo ang magpakamatay [para] sa bayan natin,' says President Rodrigo Duterte at the opening ceremony of Palarong Pambansa 2017

Duterte tells Palaro athletes to fight for country

War on drugs: How the PNP responds to abuse, corruption charges

Apr 20, 2017 - 12:45 PM

When faced with allegations – allegedly from their own men – the PNP has a rather predictable response

War on drugs: How the PNP responds to abuse, corruption charges

Ratings drop shows drug war now 'national nightmare' – senators

Apr 19, 2017 - 2:41 PM

(2ND UPDATE) 'The fear is real,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros in response to the decline in public satisfaction with the Duterte administration's controversial campaign

Ratings drop shows drug war now 'national nightmare' – senators

'Satisfaction' with war on drugs drops – SWS survey

Apr 18, 2017 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) In a March 2017 Social Weather Stations survey, President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs gets a 'very good' net satisfaction rating, an 11-point drop from 3 months back

'Satisfaction' with war on drugs drops – SWS survey

American arrested for selling ecstasy escapes after surgery

Apr 17, 2017 - 11:23 AM

A man arrested for selling ecstasy drugs escapes from the hospital after one of his guards went out for breakfast and the other fell asleep

American arrested for selling ecstasy escapes after surgery

Tagle tells Catholics to reject killing culture

Apr 14, 2017 - 1:50 PM

On Good Friday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says, 'Masindak tayo at malungkot, huwag po nating hayaan na ang kultura ay kumalat'

Tagle tells Catholics to reject killing culture

Dela Rosa: I take priests' war on drugs criticism 'positively'

Apr 11, 2017 - 8:08 PM

During a visit to a church that once hosted a photo exhibit on the drug war killings, the PNP chief says priests and police are both after preserving lives

Dela Rosa: I take priests' war on drugs criticism 'positively'

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, April 3-9, 2017

Apr 09, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Hello! Here's a round-up of videos from the past week you need to watch

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, April 3-9, 2017

No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?

Apr 08, 2017 - 7:36 PM

'What we noticed is that if we are going to concentrate big rehabilitation centers in one region, there would be some difficulties,' says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?

Students' murder shows need to support war on drugs – Briones

Apr 06, 2017 - 2:25 PM

After an alleged drug user killed two students in Siquijor, Education Secretary Leonor Briones laments that 'not much focus' is given to victims of drug addicts

Students' murder shows need to support war on drugs – Briones

Marcos calls Robredo 'unpatriotic' over UN video message

Apr 05, 2017 - 2:56 PM

Former senator Bongbong Marcos says it's 'a matter of opinion' if Vice President Leni Robredo should be impeached for criticizing the government's drug war

Marcos calls Robredo 'unpatriotic' over UN video message

To kids, Duterte promises death for criminals

Apr 03, 2017 - 7:30 PM

'Talagang pumapatay ako ng tao, 'pag ginalaw ninyo ang mga anak namin,' the President tells an audience of kids as young as 4 years old

To kids, Duterte promises death for criminals

Why Duterte won't leave CIDG 8 cops hanging

Apr 03, 2017 - 2:18 PM

But the case involving Superintendent Marvin Marcos isn't as simple as cops doing their job

Why Duterte won't leave CIDG 8 cops hanging

Human rights part of trade conditions, EU reminds PH

Apr 02, 2017 - 8:46 AM

(3rd UPDATE) 'It's not 27 [human rights] conventions that we are imposing on you. It's 27 conventions that you already signed up for in the UN system,' EU Ambassador Franz Jessen says

Human rights part of trade conditions, EU reminds PH

Tagle to wash feet of ex-drug addicts, police

Apr 01, 2017 - 7:12 PM

Relatives of victims of extrajudicial killings will also join the annual 'Washing of the Feet' ritual to be led by Cardinal Tagle on Holy Thursday

Tagle to wash feet of ex-drug addicts, police

Police Superintendent arrested over drug use

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:41 PM

The NCRPO says Police Superintendent Lito Dumandan Cabamongan, who is assigned to the PNP Crime Lab, had been in trouble before for his erratic behavior

Police Superintendent arrested over drug use

Duterte: 'Vigilantes real, they got it from me'

Mar 29, 2017 - 9:51 PM

The President warns drug personalities: 'Maniwala kayo, marami pang susunod sa akin, hihiritan talaga kayo'

Duterte: 'Vigilantes real, they got it from me'

CHR says no 'definite conclusion' yet on extrajudicial killings

Mar 28, 2017 - 7:39 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is still premature to draw any conclusion on whether or not extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs are state-sponsored

CHR says no 'definite conclusion' yet on extrajudicial killings

Negros Occidental police chief, 5 others relieved over alleged drug links

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:19 PM

The relieved policemen were mentioned in the supplemental affidavit of the region's top drug suspect Ricky Serenio, who is believed to be the bagman of the Berya drug group

Negros Occidental police chief, 5 others relieved over alleged drug links

CHR's Gana says no evidence yet linking extrajudicial killings to state

Mar 28, 2017 - 1:04 PM

(UPDATED) Commission on Human Rights official Gwen Pimentel-Gana, who heads the task force on EJKs, says government policy must exist for the extrajudicial killings to be considered state-sponsored

CHR's Gana says no evidence yet linking extrajudicial killings to state

Palace dismisses NY Times journalists as 'hack writers'

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Duterte's spokesman now claims the New York Times is part of a plot to oust the President

Palace dismisses NY Times journalists as 'hack writers'

Kahihiyan o karangalan

Mar 27, 2017 - 12:19 PM

Ang sagot sa pahayag ng administrasyong Duterte na hindi dapat nakikialam ang mga banyaga sa mga pangyayari sa Pilipinas: may karapatan silang makialam kapag mga Pilipino na rin mismo ang nagrereklamo sa kanila

Kahihiyan o karangalan

NY Times: Hit PH with trade tariffs over deadly drug war

Mar 27, 2017 - 11:39 AM

(UPDATED) 'A more consequential action' other countries could make to protest the war on drugs is to impose tariffs on Philippine goods, a New York Times editorial says

NY Times: Hit PH with trade tariffs over deadly drug war

Duterte hits critics who say he 'kills the poor'

Mar 25, 2017 - 5:04 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says: 'I'm sorry. You say you're poor; that's not an answer. I have a problem: 4 million addicts. Do you want 4 million more?'

Duterte hits critics who say he 'kills the poor'

Killings in war on drugs 'extension' of DDS system – Sabio

Mar 25, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Lawyer Jude Sabio says testimonies of self-proclaimed Davao Death Squad members and pronouncements on killing drug personalities will help build a strong case against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC

Killings in war on drugs 'extension' of DDS system – Sabio

Duterte promises 'trust fund' for kids of slain cops

Mar 24, 2017 - 5:33 PM

Addressing graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy, President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates a promise he's made to cops: Do your job, and I'll have your back

Duterte promises 'trust fund' for kids of slain cops

'Tone down' reports? Stop the killings – UN expert

Mar 23, 2017 - 9:30 PM

This comes after Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo appealed to Vice President Leni Robredo and the media to 'tone down' their reporting of extrajudicial killings

'Tone down' reports? Stop the killings – UN expert

Archbishop Villegas backs Matobato, Lascañas

Mar 23, 2017 - 7:42 PM

In his Lenten message, Archbishop Socrates Villegas presents 'true stories of conversion' from self-confessed hitmen Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas

Archbishop Villegas backs Matobato, Lascañas

Robredo video not played at UN meeting, DFA says

Mar 23, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's video was instead screened in one of a hundred side events and exhibits mounted by NGOs, the DFA explains

Robredo video not played at UN meeting, DFA says

FACT CHECK: Was Robredo's UN video a basis for EU warning?

Mar 22, 2017 - 6:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, not Vice President Leni Robredo, is the highest official mentioned by the EU Parliament in its resolution against extrajudicial killings

FACT CHECK: Was Robredo's UN video a basis for EU warning?

Sueno hits Robredo for criticizing drug war, 'hurting' trade deals

Mar 22, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno says Vice President Leni Robredo's criticism of the drug war is affecting the Philippines' standing in the international community

Sueno hits Robredo for criticizing drug war, 'hurting' trade deals

Tourism chief Teo asks Robredo, media to 'tone down' statements on killings

Mar 22, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Strong statements against extrajudicial killings in the country are making it difficult for the tourism department to promote the Philippines, says DOT chief Wanda Teo

Tourism chief Teo asks Robredo, media to 'tone down' statements on killings

Aquino, Hontiveros seek probe into PNP, funeral homes conspiracy

Mar 22, 2017 - 9:32 AM

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Paolo Benigno Aquino IV say there is a need to protect victims' families from excessive funeral expenses that benefit corrupt cops

Aquino, Hontiveros seek probe into PNP, funeral homes conspiracy

Don't believe Robredo, Pagcor chief tells ASEAN gaming summit

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines is one of the best places to invest in, Andrea Domingo tells potential investors. Ignore the noise, she adds.

Don't believe Robredo, Pagcor chief tells ASEAN gaming summit

Australia vs Duterte? 'Just difference in perspective,' Abella says

Mar 21, 2017 - 6:12 PM

There 'was no contradiction' between President Rodrigo Duterte and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

Australia vs Duterte? 'Just difference in perspective,' Abella says

Why Dela Rosa didn’t get Robredo's letter to PNP

Mar 21, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Is a clerical error to blame?

Why Dela Rosa didn’t get Robredo's letter to PNP

Singapore says it respects Philippines' drug war

Mar 21, 2017 - 4:55 PM

Singaporean Ambassador Kok Li Peng also sees in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte the 'political will and determination' of Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew

Singapore says it respects Philippines' drug war

LOOK: Robredo's letter to PNP requesting info on drug war

Mar 20, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The Office of the Vice President shows a copy of its January 30 letter seeking information from the Philippine National Police, which it says went unanswered

LOOK: Robredo's letter to PNP requesting info on drug war

Cops in 'palit-ulo'? I'll beat them up myself, says Dela Rosa

Mar 20, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine National Police chief says he has yet to get reports of this alleged scheme

Cops in 'palit-ulo'? I'll beat them up myself, says Dela Rosa

Cardinal Tagle slams drug trade, launches rehab

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Selling drugs is killing people, Cardinal Tagle says, as he launches another Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program

Cardinal Tagle slams drug trade, launches rehab

Top gov't lawyer offers help to impeach Robredo

Mar 18, 2017 - 8:16 PM

'VP Robredo will reap the people's wrath and contempt for her treasonous act,' Solicitor General Jose Calida says

Top gov't lawyer offers help to impeach Robredo

Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:18 AM

This is the first non-Filipino Catholic bishops' conference to speak out against human rights abuses in Duterte-led Philippines

Austrian bishops slam human rights abuses in PH

Robredo only stated facts in UN video, says spokesperson

Mar 17, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo also denies any hand in the first impeachment complaint filed against President Rodrigo Duterte

Robredo only stated facts in UN video, says spokesperson

Duterte impeachment complaint, Leila de Lima, McDonalds | Midday wRap

Mar 17, 2017 - 1:18 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Maria Ressa

Duterte impeachment complaint, Leila de Lima, McDonalds | Midday wRap

EU Parliament approves call to free De Lima

Mar 17, 2017 - 9:14 AM

European lawmakers also urge Philippine officials to 'immediately halt ongoing proceedings to reinstate the death penalty'

EU Parliament approves call to free De Lima

Duterte impeachment case, Leila de Lima, Whatsapp & Telegram | Midday wRap

Mar 16, 2017 - 2:21 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Duterte impeachment case, Leila de Lima, Whatsapp & Telegram | Midday wRap

Draft EU resolution calls for De Lima's 'immediate release'

Mar 16, 2017 - 8:50 AM

European lawmakers also want the Philippine government 'to drop all politically motivated charges' against President Rodrigo Duterte's fiercest critic

Draft EU resolution calls for De Lima's 'immediate release'