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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

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Oct 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

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'Small majority' of Filipinos want Church help in drug rehab

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Only 13% of those surveyed, meanwhile, think the Church should not 'interfere' with the anti-drugs campaign

REHAB EFFORTS. A Filipino attends a Mass presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (not in photo) on March 17, 2017, to launch a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program in San Juan. File photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

3 conditions when police can join PDEA drug war operations

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives the special circumstances needed when the PNP can join in illegal drug operations

EXCEPTION. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says cops can only join operations if PDEA agents are losing a gunfight. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Most Filipinos afraid they'd end up like Kian delos Santos – Pulse Asia

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:06 PM

In a poll held a month after the teenager's death, more than three-fourths of Filipinos who knew about Kian delos Santos said they were worried they or somebody they knew would meet the same fate

KIAN'S FATE. A survey shows most Filipinos are worried they could end up like the 17-year-old, who died during a police operation. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Most Filipinos believe EJKs happen in war on drugs – poll

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) While 88% support the war on drugs, 73% also believe EJKs are happening in its conduct

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

Why are Filipinos supporting Duterte's drug war?

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Despite concerns and controversies, 7 in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration's drug war led by the Philippine National Police

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Taking PNP out of drug war won't stop international pressure – HRW

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Human Rights Watch says the fight will not end 'until there is justice and accountability for the thousands of victims' of President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs

Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Philippines police officers who want to speak out about "extrajudicial killings and summary executions" in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war have been offered sanctuary and legal help by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, has been one of the leading critics of the drug war and its offer to police on Monday was another step in its efforts to stop the killings. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

If crimes rise, I'll ask Duterte to order PNP back to drug war – Dela Rosa

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Will the PNP return to the drug war?

BE RIGHT BACK? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he will ask President Duterte to bring them back to the drug war front lines, if things go bad. Photo File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Get to know PDEA, the 'sole agency' now in charge of Duterte's war on drugs

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's dream of a drug-free Philippines now lies solely on the shoulders of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Are they up to the task?

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR (PDEA) agent hold an inventory of suspected shabu and paraphernalia at the drug den in Holy Spirit in Quezon City, on Thursday, during the first drug operation by PDEA after the PNP suspended its operation on drug war. At least 30 sachet of alleged shabu, drug paraphernalias and one home made shootgun "sumpak" were confiscated during raid and arrested 14 suspected drug users and pushers. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Senate to realign P900M Tokhang budget to PDEA, housing – Pimentel

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency should prioritize running after big-time suppliers and not drug pushers

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

NO TO KILLINGS. Catholics join a Mass on September 21, 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of Martial Law and to oppose extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP suspends Oplan Double Barrel, again

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) This follows President Rodrigo Duterte ordering all agencies to leave all anti-drug operations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)

STOPPED. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Rappler file photo

PNP's next target: 'Riding-in-tandem' shooters

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:06 AM

'Yung mga riding-in-tandem, bantay kayo ngayon. Uupakan namin kayo,' warns PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

NEW 'PROJECT'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells shooters riding motorcycles to brace themselves. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

France hits bid to revive death penalty in PH

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:48 PM

'France is opposed to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances,' the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs says

DEATH PENALTY. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes to revive the death penalty in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

In Senate debate, DILG vows to 'drop' drop boxes for drug reporting

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:53 PM

Senator Joseph Victor Ejercito is keen on taking the suggestion of Senator Risa Hontiveros to realign the P500-million budget of the Masa Masid program to existing local anti-drug and peace councils

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa apologizes for dip in Duterte ratings

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:50 PM

'Sorry, kami [ang] nagbigay ng dissatisfaction ng mga tao towards the President,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs and the committee on justice and human rights resumes its probe on December 5, 2016 investigating the death of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

Drug war reason for satisfaction, dissatisfaction on Duterte – SWS

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Weather Stations revealed the finding during its Opinion on Drug War study presentation. They say the numbers have yet to be released.

SAME REASON. The SWS says the satisfaction and dissatisfaction for President Rodrigo Duterte's performance is the war on drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

PDEA chief says PNP 'still needed' in drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency only has over a thousand agents, says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

READY? PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they still need the PNP. Rappler file photo

Duterte names PDEA as 'sole agency' for drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sidelines the Philippine National Police (PNP) as it faces public outrage over abuses in the anti-drug campaign

DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte names PDEA as the 'sole agency' in charge of his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang file photo

PH can be kicked out of UN council if killings continue – HRW

Oct 09, 2017 - 5:09 PM

Human Rights Watch Geneva director John Fisher says the Philippine delegation 'dug themselves deeper into the hole' with their response to the recommendations by member-states in the United Nations Human Rights Council

Duterte ratings dip expected but 'love still there' – Malacañang

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says Filipinos are now managing their expectations 'after the honeymoon period' of the Duterte administration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017, reminds the government troops to remain loyal to the Constitution and the flag. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte fires two PNP 'narco-generals'

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

They are former Quezon City police director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, and former Metro Manila police chief Director Joel Pagdilao

FIRED. In this file photo, Quezon City Police District director PCSupt. Edgardo Tinio (left) accepts the command flag from NCRPO and outgoing QCPD director PCSupt. Joel Pagdilao on July 30, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

No extrajudicial killings in PH? World 'not fooled,' says HRW

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government is limiting its definition of extrajudicial killings to avoid responsibility for the thousands of deaths linked to the drug war

Drilon compares PNP 'lies' in Duterte's drug war to Nazi propaganda

Oct 08, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'Ginagago ang taumbayan, to put it bluntly,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, reacting to the PNP's claim that there have been no extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch

CRIME SCENE. Kian Loyd delos Santos' uncle, Randy, points to the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes are visible with Kian's blood splattered around. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

TRANSCRIPT: Al Jazeera host grills Cayetano on drug war

Oct 07, 2017 - 4:26 PM

In this Al Jazeera interview, Secretary Cayetano falsely claims that the 3,800 Filipinos killed in the Duterte administration's war on drugs were all drug dealers

DRUG WAR. Journalist Mehdi Hasan grills Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on the war on drugs. Screengrab from Al Jazeera's youtube page

High-ranking cop fired for sniffing shabu

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Police Superintendent Lito Cabamongan is fired after the PNP's Internal Affairs Service found him guilty of grave misconduct

FIRED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa confronts Superintendent Lito Dumandan Cabamongan. File photo from PNP PIO

All 3,800 killed by PNP were drug dealers – Cayetano

Oct 07, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Al Jazeera host Mehdi Hasan grills Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano defends the Duterte administration's war on drugs during an Al Jazeera interview. Screen grab from Al Jazeera's YouTube video

7 in 10 Filipinos worried about selves, neighbors becoming EJK victims – SWS

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:38 PM

This comes after the Social Weather Stations found that half of Filipinos don't believe cops' 'nanlaban' line and that 6 in 10 Pinoys believe drug suspects were killed despite already surrendering

WHO'S NEXT? UP Diliman students hold a black Friday protest against killings. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

More bishops to protect cops testifying on EJKs

Oct 06, 2017 - 6:56 PM

'We are opening our doors as sanctuary to those who want to stand for the truth,' Bishop Roberto Mallari says, supporting this move by Archbishop Socrates Villegas

EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS. Nanette Castillo grieves next to the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Maasim mayor Lopez surrenders to Pacquiao

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr surrenders just hours after authorities discovered illegal drugs in his home

SURRENDER. Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr (middle) surrenders to Senator Manny Pacquiao in General Santos City on October 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Manny Pacquiao

'No case' of extrajudicial killing under Duterte – PNP

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says that 'regardless of the definition,' the government recognizes that 'one death is one too many'

ONLY ONE? Protesters call for end to drug war killings in front of the PNP headquarters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Koko Pimentel: Too many killings already, where's PNP?

Oct 05, 2017 - 3:56 PM

'Where is the peace and order that [PNP Chief Ronald] dela Rosa says the people are ungrateful for?' says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, President Rodrigo Duterte's staunch ally

Photo by Senate PRIB

Drug war critics only a minority – Dela Rosa

Oct 05, 2017 - 8:45 AM

'Huwag kayong mahiya kahit anong criticize nila. You should stand tall and hold your heads high. Dahil alam kong deep inside your heart, yung laman niyan is to serve and protect the Filipino people,' the PNP Chief tells his police

UNFAZED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa faces the media after their flag ceremony at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Hontiveros threatens to dissolve DILG's Masa Masid budget over drug drop boxes

Oct 03, 2017 - 10:14 PM

The opposition senator, a member of the Senate finance committee, calls the drop boxes a 'foolish and dangerous' reporting system that will make people vulnerable to threats

REJECTED. Senator Hontiveros threatens to dissolve the budget alloted for DILG's community-based thrust against crime and drugs: Masa Masid. Photo from Hontiveros' Facebook page

Dela Rosa to CBCP: Cops turned informers must have affidavits

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa says they are open to their testimony as long as they will tell the truth

OPEN. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he is okay with cops testifying about vigilante-style killings as long as they are swear on their statements. File photo by Joel Liporada

Dela Rosa welcomes anti-crime drop boxes

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says the anonymous tips collected in the drop boxes would be properly validated

WELCOME DEVELOPMENT. PNP chief ROnald dela Rosa says drop boxes will help them in gathering intelligence. Photo by Joel Liporada

Dela Rosa calls drug war critics 'a bunch of ingrates'

Oct 03, 2017 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ingrato kayo – mga anak mo sarap pumapasok sa eskuwelahan na walang kaba, walang takot dahil bihira na 'yung krimen sa kalsada dahil sa war on drugs, tapos ngayon tinitira 'nyo kami,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells their critics

INGRATES. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa slams critics of the drug war. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 3, 2017

Oct 03, 2017 - 8:22 AM

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Catanduanes cop recants claim of PNP-sponsored killings

Oct 02, 2017 - 7:30 PM

But opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says PO1 Vincent Tacorda might have been pressured to withdraw his affidavit

Screenshot from Trillanes' video

PNP launches ‘Life After Tokhang’ drug rehab program

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) expands its role in the drug war to include rehabilitation

PATH TO REHAB. Thousands of drug suspects take their oath to participate in drug rehabilitation. File photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Dela Rosa to sacked Caloocan cops: 'I am still very proud of you'

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa still believes in the goodness of the former Caloocan City policemen

RETRAINING. 1,157 former cops of Caloocan City on their first day of retraining and reorientation at the NCRPO in Taguig City on October 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

9,000 cops into drugs? Duterte 'more or less' correct says Dela Rosa

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:52 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says President Rodrigo Duterte also counts cops who are not doing anything about the drug situation in their areas

PNP CHIEF. Dela Rosa briefs former Caloocan cops as they undergo a 30-day training at the NCRPO in Taguig City on October 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DILG orders all LGUs to set up drop boxes for drug, crime reporting

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:18 PM

A Department of the Interior and Local Government memorandum calls on barangays, municipalities, and cities to set up drop boxes to receive information on drug and crime suspects

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Police seek Catholic Church protection to testify on EJKs

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:57 AM

'Their consciences are troubling them,' according to Archbishop Socrates Villegas, as the Catholic Church says it will 'look prudently into the sincerity of their motives'

CBCP CHIEF. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH boasts of CHR to counter Iceland, 38 countries on killings

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:10 AM

This comes as President Duterte blasts the commission for supposedly meddling in his anti-drug campaign, and as his allies at the House of Representatives practically want the human rights body abolished

REVILED AGENCY. Protesters gather at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for 'Manlaban Para sa Karapatan' rally and concert on September 21, 2017, showing support for the agency reviled by President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte says 9,000 cops into drugs amid bloody drug war

Sep 29, 2017 - 11:34 PM

This means that 4 in every 100 Filipino policemen use or sell illegal drugs

PHILIPPINE LEADER. President Rodrigo Duterte gives words of encouragement to Special Action Force (SAF) commandos during a send-off ceremony on the sidelines of the 116th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Duterte claims Abu Sayyaf has Bamboo triad 'franchise'

Sep 29, 2017 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte describes the notorious Taiwan-based Bamboo gang as a 'Chinese triad'

PTV INTERVIEW. President Rodrigo Duterte faces Erwin Tulfo in an interview for the PTV show 'Sa Totoo Lang.' Malacañang file photo

63% of Pinoys agree drug suspects still killed even after surrender – SWS

Sep 29, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The same Social Weather Stations June 2017 poll shows that 17% of respondents knew someone who was 'falsely summoned' by the police under Oplan Tokhang

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.