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Gov't asks SC to extend deadline to submit drug war documents

May 16, 2018 - 10:06 AM

A partial submission to the SC includes case folders of 34 drug war deaths out of 3,000, drug watch lists in Sta Ana, Manila, and summaries of administrative cases against policemen

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Albayalde to officials on drug list: Winning polls won't clear your name

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'[Hindi] porke nanalo na sila ay excused na sila sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

WARNING. PNP chief Albayalde in a Camp Crame interview with Rappler. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor chief Dela Rosa wants death penalty for all drug offenses

May 12, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'Basta lahat na pertaining to drugs, dapat lahat tapusin na 'yan,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

DEATH PENALTY. BuCor chief Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says he wants death penalty for anyone involved with illegal drugs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP wants due process for officials in PDEA drug list

May 07, 2018 - 12:35 PM

'While we support the release of the drug watch list, we should also give at least due process sa mga tao na ito,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

DUE PROCESS. Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Albayalde announces 'drug test challenge' for barangay, SK bets

May 07, 2018 - 11:29 AM

To complete the challenge, officials need to get their tests from the Department of Health, not from their trusted private health clinics

CHALLENGE BEGINS. PNP chief Albayalde dares barangay and SK candidates to undergo drugs tests. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] PDEA’s release of barangay drug list unconstitutional

May 05, 2018 - 9:03 AM

It is also considered electioneering and a partisan political activity because it is ‘an act designed to promote the…defeat of a particular candidate or candidates to a public office’

PDEA drug list includes councilor shot dead in 2017

May 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Barangay councilor Lauro Vicencio has been dead for over a year already and was not part of the local police's drug watchlist

League of Barangays tells PDEA to file cases if drug list 'verified'

May 01, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'If there are no evidence yet sufficient even for the filing of cases, releasing names of barangay officials may result in constitutional and legal challenges,' says league president Edmund Abesamis

'VALIDATED'. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino insists that the drugs list is accurate despite a current lack of evidence to win convictions before courts. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

If drug list wrong, PDEA to apologize: 'Kami ay tao lang'

May 01, 2018 - 4:40 PM

'Kung nagkataon talagang mali, eh siyempre lahat naman tayo ay tao lang at nagkakamali, 'di ba? We will try to ask [for] an apology,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

IN NUMBERS: Problematic barangays, local areas in PDEA's drug list

May 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

In their own categories, Bicol region, Albay province, Manila City, Guinobatan town, and Barangay Centro Oriental in Polangui have the most drug-linked barangay officials

NARCO-LIST. The PDEA releases 207 names of barangay officials they claim to be involved in the illegal drugs business

CHR to PDEA: Go for long-term fix vs drugs, don't just release names

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Tungkulin ng [Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] na maghanap ng long-term, sustainable solution... imbis na maglabas ng mga pangalan na kapos sa ebidensya,' says the Commission on Human Rights

DRUG LIST OUT. Four days before the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (2nd-left), DILG-OIC, Retired AFP chief Eduardo Ano (2nd-right), Congressman Barbers (left) and ADB Sec. Catalino Cuy (right) shows a list of 207 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, during press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA: Drug-linked governors, congressmen, mayors to be named next

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it's just waiting for the go signal of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the list of higher-ranked officials allegedly involved in the drug trade

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino shows a list of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, in a press conference on April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA drug list: More than 200 barangay officials linked to illegal drugs

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a summary of how many barangay officials are on PDEA's list per province and Metro Manila city.

PUBLIC ACCUSATION. PDEA and DILG chiefs pose with the infamous drug list at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Mike Taboy

PDEA names hundreds of barangay officials linked to drugs

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:54 AM

The PDEA admits, however, they don't hold enough evidence to prove their public allegations before the courts – at least not yet

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino led the release of the barangay drug list at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA, DILG insist: Barangay drug list not a hit list

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:29 AM

'There's no truth that it will serve as a hit list. It will not,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

NARCO-LIST OUT. PDEA Director Aaro Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon Citry. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rappler among finalists of 2018 Osborn Elliott Prize

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Journalist Patricia Evangelista and photographer Carlo Gabuco are lauded for their investigations into police killings published under Rappler's Impunity Series

PDEA admits cases vs officials in drug list 'not airtight'

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Director General Aaron Aquino says, however, that the PDEA stands by the intelligence the government has gathered

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

New Metro Manila police slogan: 'We are pro-poor and pro-weak'

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'I don't care if you are wearing shorts, tsinelas.... I will prioritize you,' says new Metro Manila police chief Camilo Cascolan

NEW SLOGAN. Metro Manila police chief Director Camilo Cascolan speaks in Camp Bagong Diwa. Photo from NCRPO

Rappler Talk: Camilo Cascolan on policing Metro Manila

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Watch Rappler's one-on-one interview with National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Camilo Cascolan on Wednesday, April 25

Roque to do 'legal audit' of PNP files on drug killings

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque wants to have a file on each killing so he can 'confidently' defend the Duterte administration's bloody campaign against illegal drugs

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Drug campaign files ready, PNP just waiting for Duterte nod to share

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Supreme Court has been asking for the documents since December 2017

DRUG FILES READY. PNP chief Albayalde speaks to Rappler in Camp Crame. Photo by Angie de Silva

Rappler Talk: Oscar Albayalde on maintaining momentum in PNP

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Watch Rappler's one-on-one interview with Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday, April 24

Robredo hits Tiglao for 'fake news' about Germany trip

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:02 PM

(UPDATED) Days after calling out Rigoberto Tiglao, Vice President Leni Robredo reveals that the 'Manila Times' columnist sent her office an e-mail 'threatening to print more fake news'

FAKE NEWS. Vice President Leni Robredo hits former journalist Rigoberto Tiglao for his latest Manila Times column. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

Police kill 13 drug suspects on Albayalde's first day as PNP chief

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Bulacan police conduct a 'Province-wide Simultaneous Operations on Illegal Drugs' a renamed version of the PNP's One-Time Big-Time Operations

13 DEAD. The Bulacan Provincial Police Office conducts simultaneous anti-illegal drugs operations. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Albayalde questions EU Parliament resolution vs EJKs in Philippines

Apr 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM

'I don't know where [they're] coming from,' says new Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

NEW CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde questions the basis of the European Parliament resolution. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FULL TEXT: PNP chief Oscar Albayalde's inaugural speech

Apr 20, 2018 - 7:28 AM

'I do not expect your loyalty to me, but I will exact obedience from you. I may be tough, but I am fair,' Director General Oscar Albayalde says as he addresses the 180,000-strong Philippine police force

PNP CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde salutes to his predecessor Ronald dela Rosa in the PNP Change of Command ceremony at Camp Crame. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

EU Parliament calls for end to EJKs in Philippines

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:31 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Cayetano slams the EU Parliament, saying their recommendations 'constitute interference in the affairs of a sovereign state'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte draws international criticism over the reported deaths of around 12,000 people as he wages his anti-drug campaign. Malacañang photo

Duterte hails Dela Rosa for 'unprecedented accomplishments' as PNP chief

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:11 PM

'Through his visionary leadership, General Dela Rosa was able to steer our police force to great heights in the past 21 months,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

TRUSTED COP. President Duterte troops the line in Camp Crame with Ronald dela Rosa. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Next Metro Manila police chief one of authors of Oplan Tokhang

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Director Camilo Cascolan is currently the chief of the PNP Directorate for Operations, the office behind operational plans of the 180,000-strong police force

NEXT NCRPO CHIEF. Camilo Cascolan is a classmate of Oscar Albayalde and Ronald dela Rosa at the Philippine Military Academy. Rappler screengrab

Supreme Court tells gov't to prove drug war police reports exist

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The High Court wants answers: were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated?

Police investigate a dead man near Espana Boulevard in Manila on August 6, 2016.

Dela Rosa dares HRW to take him to court: 'Puro kayo dakdak'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on Thursday, April 19, after completing a term marred by allegations of human rights violations

RETIRING SOON. PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte nod needed before sharing Tokhang files with SC – PNP

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'Kapag sinabi ni Presidente na huwag mo ibigay, kung ako pa ang chief PNP, hindi ko talaga ibibigay,' says outgoing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. Outgoing and incoming PNP chiefs Ronald dela Rosa and Oscar Albayalde want Duterte's approval before sharing drug campaign documents with the SC. File photo from PPD

Bato dela Rosa should be held accountable over drug war deaths – HRW

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:43 PM

'When Ronald Dela Rosa retires as director general of the PNP, he will leave behind a police force with a sordid human rights record unmatched since the Marcos dictatorship,' says Human Rights Watch

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in a press conference at Camp Crame on Tueaday, December 12, 2017. The chief PNP says he will be transferred when he retires next year. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 17, 2018

Apr 17, 2018 - 1:35 PM

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Reuters journalists win Pulitzer for reporting on Philippine 'drug war'

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall, and Manuel Mogato win in the International Reporting category 'for relentless reporting that exposed the brutal killing campaign behind Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs'

WINNERS. Reuters' Clare Baldwin, Andrew R.C. Marshall, and Manuel Mogato win in the International Reporting category of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize. All photos from the 2018 Pulitzer Prize press kit

Año to drug-linked barangay bets: 'Don't even consider running'

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año gives the warning on the eve of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

'NO NARCO-POLITICIANS'. DILG OIC Eduardo  Año speaks at the PNP Academy Alumni Homecoming 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDEA shuts down ecstasy lab in Malabon

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'This is the first time in the country’s drug law enforcement history that a clandestine ecstasy laboratory was closed down,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

FIRST FEAT. An ecstasy laboratory is raided and shut down by PDEA, which says it is a first in law enforcement history. PDEA photo

PNP to SC: Presumption of regularity is on our side

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'The presumption of regularity remains with the law enforcers and unless proven otherwise in the court of law,' says the PNP in a statement relating to alleged extrajudicial killings

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops prepare to go around to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Tokhang jingle rapper arrested over alleged shabu possession – report

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:55 PM

Zaito, of Fliptop fame, is arrested after cops serving a search warrant against him allegedly find 3 sachets of shabu

FLIPTOP ARTIST. Zaito, a rapper, is reportedly arrested for the alleged possession of illegal drugs. Screenshot from Zaito's 'Ganti Ng Patay' music video

Bring withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court to SC? Risky due to 'political atmosphere'

Apr 09, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'For human rights advocates and for those who believe that we should be a member of the International Criminal Court, there is a certain risk in bringing it to the SC given the political atmosphere where it is operating now,” CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says

Photographer Ezra Acayan: 'I am human first before I am a journalist'

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Award-winning photojournalist Ezra Acayan, who has been covering the drug war since 2016, speaks to Rappler's Patricia Evangelista in this video about biases, freedom, and why he continues to follow the dead

Albayalde to retain Oplan Tokhang when he becomes PNP chief

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Albayalde says he will not introduce a new drug war policy in the PNP as he believes the current campaign has yielded 'very good' results

TOKHANG LIVES ON. Incoming police chief Oscar Albayalde will not introduce a new drug campaign policy in the PNP. File photo from House of Representatives

Albayalde to share drug campaign documents with Supreme Court

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:26 PM

This comes after the Supreme Court rejects the PNP's appeal, effectively compelling them to share their drug campaign documents

READY TO SHARE. Incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde is willing to share drug campaign documents with the Supreme Court. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Rappler Talk: CHR's Roberto Cadiz on PH's withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:02 PM

On Thursday, April 5, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz on the possible impact of the withdrawal from the ICC on their work and the fight to end the culture of impunity in the country

Why call Duterte's anti-drug campaign a 'war'? – UP professor

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'When you call it a war, there are certain things that people are more willing to accept,' says UP professor Clarissa David

PUBLIC PERCEPTION. UP professor Clarissa David says the language media use in their reports help shape public perception.  File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Brillante Mendoza: Netflix series shows 'necessary' PH drug war

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:58 AM

'This is something based on research, and the police had their input too. Our story was based on real events,' the multi-awarded Filipino director says

DRUG WAR STORY. Filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, a known Duterte supporter, has directed the past two State of the Nation Addresses.  Photo by Patrick Kovarik/AFP

Children, due process died in Duterte drug war – Human rights group

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The CLRDC records 54 minors killed in just the first year of President Duterte's war on drugs

DEAD AT 17. Kian delos Santos was killed by police in an anti-illegal drugs operation in August 2017. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: At least 4,000 suspects killed in drug war

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency counts 4,075 drug suspects slain by authorities since the Duterte administration launched its ambitious campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines

DRUG WAR DEATH. The blood of a summarily executed unidentified man flowing past the yellow line. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte calls UN rights chief 'empty-headed'

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he has been advised to refrain from commenting on the remarks of UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, but he wants to 'seek revenge'

WORD WAR. In his latest tirade, President Rodrigo Duterte calls UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein 'emtpy-headed.' Zeid file photo from Johan Ordonez/AFP; Duterte file photo from Malacañang