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Duterte EO orders regular nationwide drug abuse survey

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The survey is to be conducted every 3 years, according to an executive order that also institutionalizes the Philippine Anti-illegal Drugs Strategy

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted random drug testing among bus driver and conductors at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on October 29, 2018, aimed at ensuring the safety of the riding public ahead of the rush for passengers heading out to the provinces this coming All Saints Day. Urine samples taken from transport staff will be brought to the PDEA laboratory for testing. If tested positive for drugs, the person shall be charged and recommended to be dismissed from the transport service. The campaign dubbed "Undaspot" is part of an overall campaign to guarantee the safety of the riding public. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Dangerous Drugs Act sets strict admission requirements for rehabilitation programs, because there were fewer drug surrenderers when the law was passed

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

Cocaine in Sorsogon, Cuy is DDB chief, Seoul-Pyongyang talks | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

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Cuy heads Dangerous Drugs Board, Año is DILG OIC

Jan 05, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Undersecretary Eduardo Año is appointed officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, tying in with President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to eventually name him DILG chief

Plunder complaint vs Abaya and Aquino, Roque on Santiago, Robredo on Marcos | Evening wRap

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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DDB employee denies writing complaint vs Dionisio Santiago

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Priscilla Herrera, an executive assistant at the Dangerous Drugs Board, says her signature was forged. She is having the letter examined by police.

DDB staff complaint vs Santiago 'not gospel truth' – Malacañang

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Did Malacañang verify the letter? Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the process had already been 'overtaken' by Dionisio Santiago's resignation.

Malacañang on MRT, Santiago firing, Charles Manson dies | Evening wRap

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:31 PM

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Santiago fired for 'junkets' abroad, accepting favors from drug lords – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aside from suspicious trips, Dionisio Santiago is also accused of accepting a house from suspected drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog

JUNKETS & GIFTS. Malacanang says former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago was fired due to 'junkets' and questionable gifts. Rappler file photo

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

How many drug users in PH? DDB gets P15-M budget to find out

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:25 PM

'We've been getting some very conflicting figures and it's about time that we do a more accurate survey on the number of drug users,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, sponsor of the Dangerous Drugs Board's budget in the Senate

DRUG USERS. Alleged drug addicts and pushers wait to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

3 Davao city hall employees fired for drug use

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:53 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has given two options for employees who would test positive: rehabilitation under city government supervision or termination from work

Duterte 'offended' by Santiago's criticism of drug rehab approach

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:11 PM

'You do not go to the press and start to blabber,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about axed DDB chief Dionisio Santiago

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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DDB chief Dionisio Santiago asked to resign

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The DDB chairman is asked to resign after his remarks criticizing the mega drug rehabilitation center funded by a Chinese tycoon

Dela Rosa on pension, DDB drug plan, SC on Comelec | Evening wRap

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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PH drug problem rooted in poverty – drugs board chief

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Dangerous Drugs Board chief Dionisio Santiago stresses that drug proliferation is a problem that plagues the poor the most

Dangerous Drugs Board proposes 'pro-life, pro-poor' anti-drug campaign

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:18 PM

The DDB hopes that its pitch for a bloodless drug war is approved by President Rodrigo Duterte

PRO-LIFE. The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) pitches a new drug war. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How TokHang lives on through barangay officials

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it needs barangay officials to win the drug war

CONTINUATION. Barangay officials take over the drug war with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Threats of narcoterrorism in the Philippines

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Narcoterrorism has become a security problem that, if not quickly abated, can undermine world peace and stability

1 in 4 drug users in PH unemployed – NAPC study

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:04 PM

A study by the National Anti Poverty Commission based on statistics provided by the Dangerous Drug Board also shows majority of those using illegal drugs belong to the poor sector

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. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Aquino: 'Significant effort' to curb illegal drugs during my term

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Drugs is just one aspect The other aspect is: how do you grow the economy to fund the resources for education health and infrastructure? says the former president

FORMER CHIEF. Benigno Aquino III talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa, more than a year after he stepped down from office. Rappler photo

Aguirre bet for BuCor, DDB Chair Santiago, has drugs case on review

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Santiago s dismissed drug case on automatic review stems from allegations that PDEA under his term illegally sold contrabands seized during operations

NEXT BUCOR CHIEF? Newly-appointed Dangerous Drugs Board chair Dionisio Santiago is Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II's pick for new Bureau of Corrections head amid the drug trade resurgence inside the New Bilibid Prison File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Aguirre wants new drugs board chair Santiago as BuCor chief

Jul 14, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Prior to his recent appointment to the Dangerous Drugs Board retired general Dionisio Santiago chaired the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

POSSIBLE BUCOR CHIEF? Newly-appointed Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chair Dionisio Santiago is Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre's recommendation to head the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) amid issues of drug trade resurgence inside the jails. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-PDEA chief Santiago is new drugs board chair

Jul 08, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Newly appointed DDB chair Dionisio Santiago is often cited by President Rodrigo Duterte for his 4 million drug addicts figure

NEW DDB CHAIR. Former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Dionisio Santiago replies to a question at the 2nd Rappler senatorial debate in UP-Diliman on April 15, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Drug addiction is a health problem. Somebody please tell the President.

Jun 29, 2017 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says shabu addicts can no longer be rehabilitated – an understanding that other countries had in the 1970s says a psychologist

PH drug policy-making body still has no chief

Jun 28, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The post remains vacant after President Rodrigo Duterte sacks Dangerous Drugs Board chair Benjamin Reyes for contradicting his drug figures

DEATH PENALTY? WHAT ABOUT IT? DDB chair Secretary Benjamin Reyes dodges question on where he stood on death penalty as a deterrence to illegal drugs. Rappler screengrab

Why Duterte's ‘4 million drug users’ is statistically improbable

May 26, 2017 - 5:30 PM

A tighter grip on reality – through data and evidence – may be one of the best ways to brace ourselves against this new rising wave of authoritarian rule

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May 25, 2017 - 3:24 PM

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Duterte 'fires' DDB chair: You do not contradict your own gov't

May 24, 2017 - 9:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte maintains that there are 4 million drug addicts in the Philippines and slams Dangerous Drugs Board Chairperson Benjamin Reyes for giving a different figure

Death penalty deterrent to drugs? DDB chair can't say

May 05, 2017 - 2:13 PM

I m thankful not to meddle with this very controversial issue says the head of the government s Dangerous Drugs Board

DEATH PENALTY PROPOSAL. DDB chair Secretary Benjamin Reyes refuses to divulge their take on death penalty as a deterrence to drugs. Rappler screengrab

Psych interventions needed in drug rehab programs – expert

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The Psychological Association of the Philippines spearheads the Katatagan Kontra Droga sa Komunidad a program that trains community volunteers in facilitating drug rehabilitation

COMMUNITY FACILITATORS. By the end of the training, volunteers from the Diocese of Caloocan and Our Lady of Assumption Parish are set to implement the modules in their communities. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Anti-wiretapping law amendment needed to go after drug lords – DBB

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The amendment seeks to update the law to be attuned to existing technologies

FIGHTING DRUGS. Secretary Benjamin Reyes of the Dangerous Drugs Board (left) with Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and Senator Vicente Sotto III during the action planning on anti-illegal drug programs in San Fernando, Pampanga. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

After 6 months, 10K drug surrenderers admitted to rehab centers

Jan 11, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Local government units play an important role in the admission of drug surrenders to existing treatment and rehabilitation centers

REHABILITATION. In this file photo, drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dela Rosa says PNP hit year-end drugs war target

Dec 27, 2016 - 12:55 PM

But the figures don t really seem to match

WAR ON DRUGS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says they've hit their self-set targets for the war on drugs. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP

Part 1: Drugs 101: What you need to know about the PH drug situation

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:02 PM

Killing people – especially by police and paramilitary forces – has never stopped a drug problem anywhere Instead it contributes to a climate of fear instability and distrust in law enforcement personnel

WAR ON DRUGS. Scene of the Crime Operatives process a scene where drug suspects were killed. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

COA: P189.63M for drug rehab facilities still unliquidated

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:45 PM

The Commission on Audit calls on the Dangerous Drugs Board to demand reports from implementing agencies on how they used funds given to them throughout the years

Data in the drug war: Why accurate numbers matter

Nov 04, 2016 - 10:30 AM

Duterte claims there are 3 to 4 million drug addicts in the Philippines but data from the Dangerous Drugs Board show there are only 1 8 million current drug users How will this affect the war on drugs?

PH gov't to UN: Consider anti-drug campaign 'beyond the headlines'

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:25 PM

NEDA Deputy Director General Rosemarie Edillon in a dialogue with a UN committee says the Philippines is addressing the drug problem with treatment and rehabilitation among others

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#AnimatED: Policy on drugs must be based on facts

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Despite recent official data of 1 8 million drug users President Duterte hikes it to ‘4 million addicts’

Gov't 'making use of whatever is available' for drug rehab in PH

Sep 25, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says various government agencies are working together to provide treatment and rehabilitation to surrendered drug personalities

Drugs survey: Try it once, you're likely to try it again

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:57 AM

After trying shabu for the first time 28 of users will use it again a nationwide survey by the Dangerous Drugs Board shows

DDB wants law institutionalizing community-based drug rehab

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:35 PM

The Department of Health also supports proposals to put up at least one major in patient drug rehabilitation center per region

SURRENDER. Alleged drug addicts and pushers file through to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

DDB: Philippines has 1.8 million current drug users

Sep 19, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The survey commissioned by the Dangerous Drugs Board estimates that 4 8 million Filipinos aged 10 69 years old used illegal drugs at least once in their lives

How to seek drug treatment and rehabilitation in the Philippines

Sep 17, 2016 - 8:43 AM

A drug user seeking treatment and rehabilitation will have to undergo a Drug Dependency Examination DDE and file for a petition for confinement

Only around 500 surrenderers admitted so far in drug rehab centers

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:30 PM

By the end of September the health department hopes to have a system of reporting that will give weekly updates on what happens to the drug surrenderers

COMMUNITY-BASED. Drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler