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Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

'Huwag magpatalo sa mga anay' – Bishop David

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Conquer evil with good, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says as Filipinos denounce abuses during the Martial Law era and the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte

DAY OF PROTEST. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David gives holy communion to a nun attending a Mass at the San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, prior to a march to Luneta during the National Day of Protest on September 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bello to Duterte: 'Reverse course' or Filipinos may 'throw you out'

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:40 PM

'This is really a massacre that has taken place... He has to listen because if he doesn't listen, the people are going to throw him out eventually,' says former congressman Walden Bello

Bantayog speakers Walden Belo and Jean Enriquez. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte defends drug war in meeting with U.S. ambassador

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:11 AM

To US Ambassador Sung Kim, President Rodrigo Duterte explains he had nothing to do with lawmakers initially slashing the Commission on Human Rights' 2018 budget

ROLANDO MAILO2, 3 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on July 3, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bishop Ambo David on killings and 'death of conscience'

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Rappler talks to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David about the drug war killings and his fears of a 'death of conscience' in predominantly Catholic Philippines

PNP to buy 37,000 body cameras if Congress allows

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:13 PM

This comes as the rise in killings has bothered the nation and its legislators to question the legitimacy of police operations

BODY CAMERAS EYED. PNP plans on buying 37,000 cameras for 190,000 cops. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The LP question: How to be 'non-traditional' opposition

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

'You can’t always oppose everything. You have to choose which are the ones that are going against the core interests of the party,' says the Liberal Party's vice president for external affairs

NON-TRADITIONAL OPPOSITION? 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of groups politicians from the opposition is launched on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

If CHR gets P1,000 budget, Duterte wants UN to monitor drug war

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President wants the UNCHR to assign 'investigators' to accompany police on anti-drug operations in case the CHR is given only P1,000 for its 2018 budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, urges the men and women of EastMinCom to continue their efforts in battling insurgency and illegal drugs while maintaining their abidance to the rules of engagement. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gascon urges Duterte to view CHR as part of 'check and balance system'

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon also hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will choose to withdraw his latest insults 'in order to have a common civic space'

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cayetano hits UN rights chief for 'deliberate misinformation' on PH

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants the UN rights chief to use a Philippine report in May when the UN official was citing Kian delos Santos death in August

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits the UN human rights chief for using not only facts from the Philippine government. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cops raid Katipunan bars? Barangay authorized it, says QCPD

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Responding to the angered Katipunan community QCPD chief Guillermo Eleazar says cops are indeed not allowed to open their bags without their consent

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar says their bar visits are normal. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Reynaldo 'Kulot' de Guzman finally buried

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:12 AM

UPDATED The burial pushes through despite claims by the PNP that a test they conducted showed that the DNA of the boy found floating in a creek with 30 stab wounds did not match that of his parents

UN rights chief hits Duterte amid Kian's death

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:05 AM

I urge the government to uphold the Philippines international human rights obligations amid deeper reflection about the values that the Philippines stands for says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein

CBCP sets 40 days of prayer for drug war, Marawi victims

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Let the healing begin the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says as thousands are killed in the drug war and hundreds die in the Marawi clashes

NO TO KILLINGS. Nuns join a procession, candle-lighting, and prayer activity on August 29, 2017, against drug war killings and the attacks against the Moros and Lumads in Mindanao. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CBCP: 'In the name of God, stop the killings!'

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

In its strongest statement against drug related killings the CBCP calls for a stop to the reign of terror and the systemic murders of children and the poor

CBCP STATEMENT. On behalf of the Philippines' Catholic bishops, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls for a stop to the 'systemic murders' of the children and the poor. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Quezon City residents fail to get TRO on drug testing, surveillance

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The judge does not find any extreme urgency to temporarily stop the house to house operations so petitioners move to declare the activities unconstitutional

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte gov't behind killing of teens? 'Kalokohan,' says Alvarez

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez instead points to drug lords or political enemies as those possibly behind the deaths of teenagers linked to the drug war

Incoming House speaker Davao Del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez meets with some members of their party during a short meeting in Makati City on July 22, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

FULL TEXT: Caloocan Bishop David addresses PNP on drug war

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:00 AM

I am not a simplistic person I will never blame the mistake of a few police officers on the whole institution says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

LEADING PRELATE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Philippines needs a police force with integrity. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In Cebu, cops turn to CHR, 'Project Pokemon' to keep drug war abuse-free

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Cebu City police chief Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 teachers soldiers and cops chosen as the Metrobank Foundation s Outstanding Filipinos for 2017

OUTSTANDING FILIPINO. Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 Filipinos to receive the prestigious award from the Metrobank Foundation. Photo from the Cebu City Police Office Facebook page

Drug rehab to get P2 billion cut under 2018 nat'l budget

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:22 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial says the budget removed from the centers will be used instead for funding barangay and rural health units

LP to Duterte: Let CHR probe killings

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The Liberal Party says the Duterte administration must face the problem of drug killings head on instead of trying to look for purported saboteurs and destabilizers

DRUG WAR PROBE. CHR, chaired by Chito Gascon, is asking the PNP, headed by Director General Ronald dela Rosa, to share its police files on the drug war. But the President wouldn't allow it.

After killings of teenagers, HRW urges UN inquiry into PH drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Until Duterte ends his abusive drug war and allows a UN led international probe child killers among the police will continue to get away with murder says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. Protest placards, pictures and paintings from supporters fill the Delos Santos store shelves on August, 25, 2017, the eve of Kian's funeral. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cabanatuan bishop: Indifference to killings means consent

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Stand firm against killings says the bishop of the city where 14 year old Reynaldo de Guzman also known as Kulot was found dead in a creek

DEAD SON. Weary, the parents of Reynaldo de Guzman – Lina and Eduardo – rest their heads as they wait for their son to be brought back home. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

U.S. commits P102M to reduce drug demand in PH

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:31 PM

We look forward to working with the Philippine government US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

PH-US COOPERATION. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador Sung Kim sign the 5th amendment to the Philippine-US letter of agreement on narcotics control and law enforcement on September 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano on public safety: PH 'far from Singapore'

Sep 08, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano denies that he once said the Philippines seems as safe as Singapore because of the Duterte administration

'SAFER' PHILIPPINES. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says on September 8, 2017, that the Philippines is 'a little bit safer' now, 'but still far from being Singapore or Japan.' Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate asked to probe 'gruesome' killings of teenagers

Sep 08, 2017 - 3:39 PM

The call comes after the public outrage on the deaths of 17 year old Kian Loyd Delos Santos 19 year old Carl Angelo Arnaiz and 14 year old Reynaldo de Guzman at the hands of policemen

Protesters, neighbors, and friends of Kian Loyd Delos Santos light candles to express their call for justice on the death of the slain kid. Photo by Eloisa Lopez

Duterte ordered police not to share files with CHR – DILG

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:39 PM

We ll find other ways to help the CHR in their effort says DILG officer in charge Catalino Cuy

NO SHARING. DILG OIC Catalino Cuy faces reporters after the 51st Napolcom Anniversary. Sourced photo

Toll our bells, Cardinal Tagle says amid drug war killings

Sep 08, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Cardinal Tagle calls for the 5 minute tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila at 8 pm starting September 14

TOLLING OF BELLS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle calls for the tolling of church bells in the Archdiocese of Manila in the face of widespread killings in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cardinal Tagle: 'We cannot govern the nation by killing'

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:54 AM

UPDATED We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal Cardinal Tagle says in his strongest written statement against drug war killings

TOP PRELATE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle speaks at the 4th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in July 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

United Methodist Church slams killings in Duterte's drug war

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:59 PM

With more than 300 000 members the United Methodist Church says President Rodrigo Duterte has agitated cops and vigilantes to kill

RECENT KILLING. Loved ones of Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, pay their last respects as the teenager is laid to rest on September 5, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

QC residents ask court: Stop house-to-house drug tests

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:57 PM

The petition is the first of its kind to directly challenge the police s anti drug operations

One year after Duterte exposé, PDEA still probing 'narco generals'

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:37 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it will make public the investigation at the right time

FIGHT VS DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte drops a bombshell at the Philippine Air Force anniversary in Clark Freeport, Pampanga, on July 5, 2016. Photo by Rey S. Baniquet/Malacanang/PPD

Aguirre orders NBI to find cab driver in Carl Arnaiz case

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation is instructed to piece together facts surrounding the death of 19 year old Carl Arnaiz

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

PNP asks P900M budget for drug war ops for 2018

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas refuses to fund what she calls the Philippine National Police s killing spree

UNJUSTIFIED BUDGET? Gabriela's Arlene Brosas (left) questions the PNP's Double Barrel budget. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Robredo on killings: 'Hindi ganito ang Pilipino'

Sep 07, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Hindi natin maaaring palagpasin ito Kailangang huminto ang walang pakundangang patayan says Vice President Leni Robredo

CONDEMNATION. Vice President Leni Robredo reiterates that killings in the Philippines must stop. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

PNP leaves Carl Arnaiz, Reynaldo de Guzman probe up to NBI

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Police will only assist the National Bureau of Investigation in gathering evidence says the PNP spokesman

SUPPORT ONLY. PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos talks to the press two days after Reynaldo de Guzman was found in Nueva Ecija. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Caloocan police awarded best in Metro Manila same week Kian, Carl killed

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:57 PM

From being recognized as the best in Metro Manila the Caloocan Police have now become the most controversial Will they be able to turn the situation around?

AWARDED. Caloocan City Police Station is visited by residents. Rappler file photo

Duterte says he won't condone killing of young Filipinos

Sep 06, 2017 - 5:45 PM

The President promises an impartial investigation into the death of Carl Arnaiz the second teenager whose death has sparked public outrage

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview on the sidelines of the 55th Anniversary celebration of Metrobank at the Grand Hyatt Manila in Taguig City on September 5, 2017, reiterates his stance on the country's shift from a unitary form of government to federal citing that it has long been the clamor of Visayas and Mindanao. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

2 affidavits on Carl Arnaiz? Cop says cabbie 'afraid' the first time

Sep 06, 2017 - 3:20 PM

PO2 Rodolfo Bautista says the taxi driver Tomas Bagcal was too afraid to speak to him in detail during his first testimony

INVESTIGATOR. PO2 Rodolfo Bautista faces senators as they probe the case of Carl Arnaiz. Rappler screengrab

Robredo calls on PNP to prove killing not a state policy

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says people will continue asking questions if more and more drug suspects are killed in police operations

Photos by Rappler

U.S. envoy says killings of teens Kian, Carl 'a tragedy'

Sep 06, 2017 - 12:08 PM

US Ambassador Sung Kim calls for a probe into the deaths of two teenagers – Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz – at the hands of the Caloocan City police

'TRAGIC' DEATHS. US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim describes the deaths of Kian Loyd delos Santos, 17, and Carl Angelo Arnaiz, 19, as 'a tragedy.' Screen grab from Rappler video

Beyond Senate probes: The bond between 'Doroy' and Risa Hontiveros

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

You know me you know me personally your honor the PNP chief tells the senator whose late husband was his classmate in the PMA

'86 MISTAHS. Senator Risa Hontiveros and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa share a light moment before they officially took on their current posts. Photo from Risa Hontiveros' Twitter account

Dela Rosa admits Kian killing 'was an overkill'

Sep 05, 2017 - 6:13 PM

UPDATED The Philippine National Police chief says Kian delos Santos may have been shot too many times Maraming tama yung bata Parang nasobrahan nasobrahan

'TOO MUCH'?. Police officers led by Dela Rosa huddle before the start of the senate probe into the death and killing of Kian delos Santos. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang vows thorough probe into Carl Arnaiz death

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The Palace says there is no government effort to whitewash the death of the teenager

Mother and sister of 19-year old Carl Angelo Arnaiz, who was allegedly tortured and killed by Caloocan City policemen, file a case at the Department of Justice, Manila on September 4, 2017. Arnaiz was found inside a morgue in Caloocan after he was gone missing for 10 days. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Informant, drug suspect implicating Kian is same person – witnesses

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Did police betray their asset by nabbing him the day after he helped in raiding Kian delos Santos neighborhood?

TOO SOON. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of Kian. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Makabayan bloc: Probe killing of Carl Angelo Arnaiz

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:02 PM

This is the progressive bloc s third House resolution calling for an investigation into killings in the drug war

JUSTICE FOR CARL. Arnaiz' mother and sister file a case against Caloocan police over the killing of the 19-year-old. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PNP internal probe finds 3 irregularities in raid that killed Kian

Sep 05, 2017 - 8:57 AM

PNP Internal Affairs Service chief says they are ready to file administrative cases against erring cops behind the killing of Kian delos Santos

IRREGULAR. PNP-IAS chief Alfegar Triambulo sits beside PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa at the Senate hearing probing into Delos Santos' case. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler