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Dela Rosa on calls to drop Tokhang term: 'What's in a name?'

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:58 PM

'What is important is the result, anong nangyari sa kampanya mo. Wala iyan sa pangalan,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

JUST NAMES. Dela Rosa speaks to reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dela Rosa to Carpio: Are Espinosa, Parojinog small-time drug lords?

Dec 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa questions why Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio thinks police are ignoring big-time drug lords

LOOK HERE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa points to Kerwin Espinosa. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

New PNP drug enforcement chief urges Filipinos to 'own' drug war

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:21 AM

'We need the Filipino people to own this campaign against illegal drugs. The Filipino people should recognize that the President is with them against illegal drugs,' says PNP DEG chief Albert Ferro

ASKING HELP. PNP DEG chief Albert Ferro says they won't go far without the help of civilians.File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA admits ‘failing’ in street-level drug war

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:47 PM

Chief Aaron Aquino says the real focus of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is on high-value targets

TRUTH BE TOLD. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they were failing in the streets when they were alone in the drug war. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PDEA seizes P57.5M worth of shabu at FedEx branch

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:26 PM

A drug suspect based in California sends 11.5 kilograms of alleged shabu into the country, declaring them as 'toys'

BIG HAUL. The PDEA reels in almost 12 kilograms of shabu within 5 days. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PDEA chief wants PNP to drop the term tokhang

Dec 11, 2017 - 4:50 PM

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino says the term tokhang now means 'killing' for most of Filipinos

NO TO 'TOKHANG'. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino suggests that the PNP stop using 'slogans' in the drug war. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The holidays turn somber for those whose loved ones died in extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.

The Eusebio Funeral Services in Malabon on October 27, 2017

PNP announces new drug enforcement chief

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro, who used to head the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, is the new PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief

NO STRANGER. Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro is set to be the new DEG chief. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima calls on intergov’t bodies to take action vs PH drug war

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Leila de Lima says addressing human right violations does not only rest on governments as 'we, the people ourselves, have to act – act with urgency and in solidarity with each other'

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Under heavy police guard, Senator Leila de Lima waves at her supporters after appearing before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 where her trumped-up charges on illegal drug trade are being heard. Photo from De Lima's office

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

Western Visayas police invite residents to screen drug war cops

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:58 PM

Western Visayans have a say on cops who can participate in the war on drugs

'SERVE AND PROTECT'. Cops in formation at Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

P18.9-B worth of drugs seized by Duterte's drug war since start – PDEA

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Law enforcers conduct a total of 79,492 anti-illegal drugs operations from July 1, 2016 to December 5, 2017

SHABU. Cops seize drugs from a drug operation. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Behind the scenes, PH scrambles to mend EU ties

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A European official sees the appointment of Edgardo Angara as special envoy as 'a positive sign' to 'control the damage' done by President Rodrigo Duterte

MENDING TIES. The Philippine embassy in Brussels, Belgium, stands witness to the efforts of Filipino officials to mend ties with Europe in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against Europeans. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

P50-M shabu, firearms seized from Parojinog-linked homes in Ozamiz

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Police say the shabu and the firearms were seized from 4 houses owned by supporters of the late Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, who was killed in a bloody drug raid

PNP to add new drug war rules before resuming Tokhang

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The new rules are expected to complement the guidelines under Oplan Double Barrel, which is being challenged before the Supreme Court

NEW GUIDELINES. PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos says they will meet on the guidelines on December 7. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sarcastic Duterte says drug war death toll to rise with PNP return

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The President also warns drug personalities, 'No human rights office will protect you'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu on December 1, 2017, reiterates his vow to provide the military with the necessary equipment for them to carry out their duties efficiently. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR tells PNP to make arrests, and not kill, in return to drug war

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:55 PM

'We are hopeful that they will follow the lead of the PDEA, that previous operations in the past months have resulted to more apprehensions rather than alleged cases of extrajudicial killings,' says Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jackie de Guia

New drug war deadline? 'Give me another year' – Duterte

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The President says he will no longer respond to criticisms of his drug war by human rights groups

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through the report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as he explains the effect of various illegal drugs while delivering his speech during the 2017 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Magdalo urges PNP to revise drug war's rules of engagement

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Doing so would 'prove the sincerity of the administration in correcting its policy on combatting illegal drugs,' the group says

RETURN TO DRUG WAR. The PNP is officially ordered to return to Duterte's drug war. Rappler file photo

PNP drug enforcement chief: No need for body cameras, we have God

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our camera as policemen is God,' says PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief Joseph Adnol

DRUG ENFORCEMENT CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol talks to reporters in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Calida says during Tokhang police don't barge into homes

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the Supreme Court that the police do not 'insist and just move on to the next house' if individuals do not want to let them in. Media coverage of at least 5 drug war deaths show otherwise.

Before foreign legislators, Fariñas defends Duterte's drug war

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:39 PM

'[Duterte] continues to enjoy not only the support of the political leaders of the Philippines but the entire Filipino nation,' says Rodolfo Fariñas, House Majority Floor Leader

DRUG WAR DEFENDER. Rodolfo Fariñas, one of Duterte’s key allies in the House, defends the President and the drug war before a gathering of legislators from all over the world. Photo courtesy of Representative Rodolfo Fariñas

PNP, PDEA welcome police return in war on drugs

Dec 05, 2017 - 5:51 PM

'We will follow the order of the Commander-in-Chief and Chief Executive,' says PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos

RETURNING. Cops march inside Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte officially orders return of PNP to drug war

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) Despite this, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency remains the lead agency for the drug war, Malacañang says

PROBE. Scene of the Crime Operatives at a crime scene in Caloocan City, Spetember 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler/File

SC Justice Carpio: ‘Why is PNP ignoring big-time drug lords?’

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida defends the PNP, saying that they were ordered to target all drug suspects, big or small

CRITICAL. Antonio Carpio questions the thrust of the PNP's war on drugs. Rappler file photo

Dela Rosa no-show in Supreme Court EJK hearing

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:37 PM

The PNP chief is in New York for an 'anti-terrorism conference', says Solicitor General Jose Calida

ABSENT. PNP chief Dela Rosa faces reporters outside the Supreme Court main building. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

The Fifth Man

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:58 AM

The police call it an encounter. The survivor says it was an execution. Forensic evidence says he may be right.

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

Dec 04, 2017 - 8:02 AM

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

Schoolmates pay their last visit during the wake of Kian Delos Santos on August 25, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PDEA seizes P5 million worth of suspected shabu in hotel buy-bust

Dec 03, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Two Chinese nationals considered 'high-value targets' and two Filipinos are arrested during the operation

'SHABU'. Methamphetamine is a popular illegal drug in the Philippines. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The red mark

Nov 30, 2017 - 1:16 PM

For three months in 2017, the Payatas village hall and the police station demanded the profiling and drug testing of residents they believed were drug personalities. Every household that refused was marked red.

Reuters 'edited' Tondo video to make PNP look bad – Dela Rosa

Nov 29, 2017 - 4:05 PM

'We will investigate at gagawin namin ang kaukulang investigation, pero huwag naman sana ganoon na talagang pina-project 'yung timing at 'yung pagka-edit,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DOUBTFUL. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa launches another tirade against Reuters. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Robredo urges police, military, Church to support drug rehab programs

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

'Sa inyo po kami huhugot ng pag-asa. Alam po namin na mas marami iyong matitino,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells police and military officers

DRUG REHAB ADVOCATE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech in front of 28 graduates of a drug rehabilitation program in Nueva Ecija. Photo from Robredo's Facebook page

PNP says 125 cops punished for drug war-related offenses

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The punishments range from salary forfeitures to permanent dismissal from the police service, PNP Internal Affairs Service chief Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo tells the Supreme Court

FORMATION. Cops line up at Camp Crame, the PNP's national headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP: Suspicious timing for 'baseless' Reuters report on drug killings

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The report – about a Manila police operation where suspects are allegedly killed deliberately – is released a day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the PNP's war on drugs

PNP CHIEF. Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa attends the Supreme Court oral arguments on their war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida: Drug war petitions part of 'destabilization' moves

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Solicitor General says the police circular – while it may be abused – should be looked at by the Supreme Court for its purpose and not its effects

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

8.8M homes covered by TokHang when PNP led drug war

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Comparing the Philippine National Police data with numbers from the Philippine Statistics Authority, police visited at least a third of the country's households when it was on the front line of the campaign

VISITATION. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang 'looking into' Reuters report on Manila cops

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:16 PM

The Duterte administration 'does not tolerate police violence, brutality, and killing,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Human rights groups and other progressive organizations held protest rally outside Camp Crame on Friday, to denounce the violence and crimes perpetrated by police officers in the name of Oplan Tokhang. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

PNP won't change drug war guidelines, says Dela Rosa

Nov 27, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine National Police will only change its memorandum on the war on drugs if the Supreme Court orders it to do so

NO COMPROMISE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa stands his ground against Supreme Court petitioners seeking to declare their suspended campaign as unconstitutional. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa on PNP's drug war return: 'We have learned a lot of lessons'

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:39 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says they will proceed at 'full speed' but with 'extreme caution'

'LESSONS LEARNED' PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa. File photo by Joel Liporada

This is where they do not die

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:07 PM

The war, as we have discovered, is fought in places where privilege does not extend

IBP partners with CHR to provide free legal aid to victims of rights violations

Nov 24, 2017 - 11:47 PM

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) says the involvement of IBP with its current 60,000-membership now 'sends forth a ripple of hope in this troubling and violent crimes besetting our country'

CHR's Gascon reiterates concern over 'sense of impunity' in PH

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:23 PM

Regardless of who is at the helm of the government's drug war, Commission on Human Rights chief Chito Gascon assures the public that they will continue to monitor and investigate human rights violations but asks law enforcers to cooperate

Senators express concern over return of PNP to drug war

Nov 24, 2017 - 2:41 PM

'It is a return to the horrors of extrajudicial killings. It opens up the dangerous possibility of another Kian delos Santos,' says opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros

The blood of a summarily executed unidentified man flowing pass the yellow line in C4 road December 27, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

'More bloodshed, deaths' as PNP returns to war on drugs, says rights orgs

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International warn that the return of the Philippine National Police in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war can lead to more deaths

PNP on drug war return: 'We are ready'

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will follow the directive of the President, Chief Executive, and Commander-in-Chief...We are ready,' says PNP Spokesman Dionardo Carlos

PDEA chief on PNP’s drug war return: ‘I hope they change their guidelines first’

Nov 22, 2017 - 9:29 PM

PDEA chief Aquino's advice comes at a time when the PNP's guidelines to the drug war is being questioned at the Supreme Court

WISH TO BE GRANTED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says it has been their wish from the start to have the PNP returned to the drug war. Rappler screengrab

Duterte to bring police back to drug war

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency may not be able to implement the drug war on its own

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the updated list of those involved in the illegal trade in his speech during his visit to the Ozamiz City Police Station on August 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR's Gascon to Duterte: Words matter

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'This is particularly important to remember when words are spoken by those who are supposed to be our leaders,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, after another tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte