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Cardinal Tagle backs February 24 walk vs killings

Feb 23, 2018 - 6:33 PM

'Maglakad para sa buhay,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle ahead of the Walk for Life on Saturday, February 24

'LAKAS, HINDI DAHAS.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle pushes for 'active non-violence' during the Catholic-led Walk for Life on February 18, 2017. File photo by Roy Lagarde

Like at SC, Dela Rosa says PNP has nothing to hide about drug war from ICC

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:53 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa also says they won't be sharing their drug war documents fully should the international tribunal make a request

LIMITED TRANSPARENCY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa doesn't want to fully disclose their documents to the International Criminal Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Church sets February 24 walk vs killings, dictatorship

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:28 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle is expected to say Mass at the Walk for Life to be held at the Quirino Grandstand

Keep 'balance of power' in government – IBP head

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:38 AM

'If we are to stick to the rule of law, the balance of power must not be disturbed,' says Integrated Bar of the Philippines president Abdiel Fajardo on Rappler Talk

Sister of drug war victim Carl Arnaiz gets full scholarship from CHED

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:05 PM

CHED officer-in-charge Prospero de Vera III says the grant was given to Camille Anne Arnaiz upon President Rodrigo Duterte's orders

FREE EDUCATION. CHED OIC Popoy De Vera hands over the certificate of educational coverage to Camille Anne Arnaiz on February 9, 2018. Photo from CHED

HRW: Indonesia's award for Dela Rosa 'an insult' to PH drug war victims

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'[The award] is perverse assessment of a Philippine government official implicated in possible crimes against humanity for inciting and instigating killings linked to the war on drugs,' HRW’s deputy Asia director Phelim Kine says

Indonesian police honors PNP's Dela Rosa for drug war leadership

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The PNP chief says he was praised by Indonesian police for his 'rockstar-like inspiration' and for showing how the drug war should be fought

AWARDED. PNP chief Dela Rosa is admired by Indonesian police. PNP photo

PNP knocks on hearts of commuters on Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Armed with roses and safety pamphlets, policemen show their 'soft side' to MRT3 passengers to get closer to the public

SURPRISE. Cops greet commuters a happy Valentine's Day in Cubao. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to Int'l Criminal Court: Drug war continues, case or no case

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:01 PM

'The war or the drive against drugs will not stop and it will last until the day I step out,' says a defiant President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Malasakit Program at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City on February 12, 2018, pledges to give P50-million for the Malasakit Program. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR notes 'improvement' in PNP's relaunched Oplan Tokhang

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights cites the crafting of tight guidelines for the drug war, but says it is still 'premature' to commend the campaign as 'less bloody'

'NEW TOKHANG'. A suspected drug user in Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, is invited to undergo rehabilitation by Quezon City District Police Director Guillermo Eleazar. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Will govt be compelled to submit TokHang documents? SC to decide

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Petitioner Jose Manuel Diokno says the full documentation 'will go a long way in the fight against impunity and excesses by those clothed with government authority'

Rights groups laud Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of PH drug war

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:27 PM

'The ICC’s action is a rebuke of the Philippine government’s campaign of denial and distraction seemingly designed to deflect growing evidence of extrajudicial executions,' says Human Rights Watch

Int'l Criminal Court closely following drug war killings from 2016

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:06 PM

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says her office has conducted 'a careful, independent, and impartial review of communications and reports documenting alleged crimes'

Trillanes, Sabio welcome Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of drug war killings

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in the process, and hopes that the police and justice department would fully cooperate as well

Int'l Criminal Court takes 1st step in probe into Duterte drug war

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor starts a 'preliminary examination' to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the case falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

Court orders arrest of cops, informant in Kian delos Santos slay

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Caloocan City cops and their informant are charged with murder and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act for planting evidence

CALOOCAN COPS. (Left to right) Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, Police Office 1 Jerwin Cruz, and Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares attend the Senate probe into the killing of Kian delos Santos on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa slams CBCP: 'Kayo lang ang banal, porke kayo ang pari?'

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The PNP chief is furious at the Catholic bishops' group for criticizing cops who brought bibles and rosaries in their return to the anti-drug war

FURIOUS. PNP chief Dela Rosa slams the CBCP during a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

HRW calls for independent probe to 'clarify' PH drug war toll

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

An 'impartial and verifiable death toll' is a crucial first step in attaining justice, says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

FIRST STEP. Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government should support an independent probe. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PH ranking in global rule of law index sinks under Duterte

Jan 31, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The Philippines drops 18 slots to rank 88th out of 113 countries in the newly released World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

Malacañang wants 'less controversial' Tokhang operations

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The Palace hopes Philippine police have 'learned from their past experience' as they implement new drug war guidelines

Members of the Police Ststion 6 in Batasan Hills in a formation before operations to the suspected drug users house the relaunching of Oplan Tokhang Nationwide on Monday, January 29, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

PNP chief invites public to join Oplan Tokhang

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'Wala kaming tinatago,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

ALL INVITED. PNP chief Dela Rosa is swarmed by Filipinos who want to share a photo. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa claims bloodless drug war 'impossible'

Jan 29, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP chief makes this claim even as at least one police station – in Bogo City, Cebu – reportedly brought their city to drug-free status without any deaths

'BALONEY'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he cannot promise a bloodless return to the war on drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How the 'new' Oplan Tokhang should be done

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The PNP releases new guidelines for Oplan Tokhang. Will these be enough to stop the blood from flowing?

PNP to require human rights officers, advocates in Tokhang ops

Jan 28, 2018 - 9:02 AM

'The Tokhang team shall be joined by...at least one representative from PNP [Human Rights Affairs Office] or any Human Rights Advocate,' reads one of the new Oplan Tokhang provisions

NEW COMPANY. The PNP requires that Tokhang teams include with them a human rights officer or advocate. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will body cameras solve alleged police abuse in the drug war?

Jan 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

The PNP's latest initiative, which it prepares to roll out in 2018, involves more than just strapping another gadget to cops who conduct raids and arrests

Poverty not an excuse to get into drugs – DDB chief Cuy

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:33 PM

'Hindi justification 'yun to be involved in drugs, just because you say na poor ka o walang ibang income,' says DDB chief Catalino Cuy

NOT VALID. DDB chief Catalino Cuy says poor Filipinos involved in drugs can turn to their government for rehabilitation that leads to employment. Rappler screengrab

Rappler Talk: DDB Chairman Catalino Cuy on drug war policy

Jan 26, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Rappler talks to newly appointed Dangerous Drugs Board chief Catalino Cuy

PDEA changes mind, requires body cameras in drug war

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:01 PM

'Agents and witnesses, particularly media representatives shall mandatorily wear body cameras,' says a PDEA order dated January 22

NEW ORDER. PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino presents seized contraband to the media. PDEA photo

Philippines formally rejects P380 million in EU aid

Jan 24, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippines is also about to reject an additional P2.4 billion in European aid for sustainable energy projects

REJECTED AID. Ambassador Franz Jessen, head of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, says the Philippines has formally rejected 6.1 million euros in European aid. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

PNP to require body cameras once all police stations have at least one

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'Magkakaron tayo ng policy: No anti-drug operations without body-worn camera na naka-on,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

IT TAKES TIME. PNP chief Dela Rosa asks for patience in requiring body cameras for cops. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to fire police officials with subordinates linked to drugs

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:26 PM

This 'one strike policy' for negligent police chiefs is included in the new drug war guidelines of the Philippine National Police

ONE STRIKE POLICY. PNP will sack ranking cops who have juniors linked to drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Body cameras not required, just 'encouraged' in new drug war rules

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'When available, the use of [a] body camera and other gadgets to record all anti-illegal drugs operations is encouraged,' says the Philippine National Police

BODY CAM. A Pasig police officer wears a local-government-issued body camera. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Submitting drug war documents will endanger cops' lives – Dela Rosa

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:37 PM

'Alam mo na ang pag-disclose ng mga pangalan, hindi lang ma-e-endanger ang buhay mo, kundi pati pamilya mo,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says of cops who joined drug war operations

NO SHARING. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug operations. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Democracy has never been more alive in PH' – Cayetano

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:41 PM

This comes after Human Rights Watch said President Rodrigo Duterte 'has plunged the Philippines in its worst human rights crisis' since the Marcos dictatorship

DEMOCRACY ALIVE? Press freedom advocates stage a solidarity gathering in Quezon City on January 19, 2018, after the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked the license of Rappler, an attack against press freedom in the Philippines. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Calida insists government not providing tokhang documents to SC

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Supreme Court en banc orders the petitioners to respond to Calida's motion for reconsideration

MOTION. Solicitor General Jose Calida files a motion for reconsideration seeking the recall of the Supreme Court's order to provide full documentation of the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Chinese linked to P6.4-B smuggled shabu denies bribing BI to leave PH

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Richard Tan's lawyer says his client was not informed by the DOJ that an Immigration lookout bulletin was already issued against him

NOT INFORMED? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, says he wasn't informed a lookout bulletin was issued against him. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

De Lima hits Calida for 'cover-up' of drug war documents

Jan 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

'Just like his master Duterte, Solicitor General Jose Calida has no word of honor,' Senator Leila de Lima says

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida

Dela Rosa's 2018 call to cops: Let's bring back PNP's good image

Jan 13, 2018 - 4:36 PM

'Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past,' says Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

Dela Rosa admits cops demanded money to remove names from drug list

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The PNP chief warns policemen against the illegal practice as the organization prepares to revive its Oplan Tokhang in January – their 3rd try with the campaign

NEW TOKHANG? Dela Rosa asks PNP's top officials to conduct Tokhang differently once they return. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PANOORIN: Ano ang ginagawa ng Quiapo Church laban sa patayan?

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Ipinaliwanag ng Quiapo Church rector ang mga programa ng simbahan para sa drug rehabilitation at pagtulong sa mga pamilya ng EJK victims

NAZARENE FEAST. A replica of the image of the Black Nazarene is seen on top of a jeepney on January 7, 2018, in a replica procession ahead of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dela Rosa on Mandaluyong cops, Tropical Depression Agaton, marijuana in California | Evening wRap

Jan 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

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Roque hits Agnes Callamard: She’s not qualified to probe EJKs

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:21 PM

But UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard has a 'distinguished' career in human rights and humanitarian work across the globe

QUALIFIED. UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard delivers a keynote message during the "Drug Issues, Different Perspective: A Policy Forum" at the UP campus on May 5, 2017. Screenshot from Rappler

De Lima's 2018 wishes: Justice for drug war victims, safety for the living

Dec 31, 2017 - 5:32 PM

'Saan sila kukuha ng pag-asa? Saan sila huhugot ng determinasyong harapin ang Bagong Taon?'

Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017.

Dela Rosa tells PNP: Thank you for rowing the boat I captain

Dec 31, 2017 - 1:25 PM

He also reminds cops to stay alert during the New Year festivities

PNP CHIEF. Ronald dela Rosa speaks during a press conference at Camp Crame on Tueaday, December 12, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit

Liberal Party: 2018 'may be the fight for nation's soul'

Dec 31, 2017 - 1:03 PM

The party says lies ‘defined’ the year that was

LIBERAL PARTY. The party calls out the administration for its lies in 2017. File photo

FilAm, Church groups ask Duterte to condemn EJKs, probe killings

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:32 PM

The Duterte administration has long been accused of either being behind the killings links to the drug war or being passive in stamping it out

DRUG WAR DEATHS. Families and activist light lanterns and candles in a symbolic event to condemn the spate of killings – including those linked to the drug war – at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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PDEA tallies over 1,000 arrests, zero deaths under new chief

Dec 28, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The PDEA, the country's lead agency for all anti-illegal drug efforts, nets over P228.81 million in drug and non-drug evidence during its new chief's first 100 days

PDEA CHIEF. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, who was a police regional director in the first year of Duterte's drug war, now heads the PDEA. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

On Holy Innocents Day, De Lima calls for justice for children killed in drug war

Dec 28, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls out the Duterte administration for the death of children and minors in its drug war

ANTI-DRUG WAR. 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

IN PHOTOS: When the Church rose up vs killings in 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:07 AM

Rappler compiles 12 best images of the Philippine Catholic Church that prayed, marched, and fought for the value of life this year

NOT HOPELESS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle embraces a graduate of the Archdiocese of Manila's Sanlakbay drug rehabilitation program on October 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler