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Duterte’s tainted list, Calida’s gag order

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Where in the world?

[OPINION] A personal reflection: Reading Randy Ribay’s 'Patron Saints of Nothing'

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:00 PM

We must read this because it is written for us. We, too, must rescue ourselves from our stony indifference.

‘Duterte believes Espenido is clean’ – Malacañang

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Police Lieutenant Colonel Espenido 'continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the President'

DUTERTE'S BACKING. File photo of Police Lieutenent Colonel Jovie Espenido. Rappler screengrab.

Espenido shipped out of Bacolod

Feb 08, 2020 - 6:24 PM

This comes after he was ordered relieved by the PNP national headquarters effective February 5

CONTROVERSIAL COP. In this file photo, Jovie Espenido files a counter affidavit on August 29, 2017 along with 3 of his subordinates in connection with the deadly police operation which killed 9 suspected criminals in Ozamiz City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

High-value target, 2 others slip past Espenido’s drug bust

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Next time, the controversial cop says, he will not fail

NEXT TIME. File photo of  Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will be reassigned to a place targeted by the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rapler

PDEA Bicol seizes P136 million worth of shabu at Matnog port

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The suspected shabu was hidden in 20 individual teabags, which weighed around 20 kilos overall and were placed inside a gray luggage bag

[ANALYSIS] The stroke of genius in Robredo’s drug war report

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:29 AM

For too long Duterte’s war on drugs has hidden behind a veil of fear, lies, and misconceptions. It’s high time for facts and statistics to pierce that veil.

After ICAD report, Duterte calls Robredo a 'colossal blunder'

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to consider Vice President Leni Robredo's suggestions, saying she has no authority to lecture him

DISMISSING REPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out at Vice President Leni Robredo after she releases a scalding report on his landmark anti-illegal drug campaign. Malacañang photo

PDEA chief: Robredo's drug war report 'a mere political attack'

Jan 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'She has dismissed and ignored all of our government's accomplishments and efforts for the past 3 years,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

'SADDENED.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino takes offense in Vice President Leni Robredo's drug war report. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

‘Disappointed’ Robredo hits PDEA's Aaron Aquino for being two-faced

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Vice President reveals a closed-door meeting with the PDEA chief where Aquino supposedly said he needed her in the ICAD because other agencies do not listen to him

TWO-FACED AQUINO. Vice President Leni Robredo holds her first and only joint press conference with PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino as ICAD co-chairs on November 8, 2019. Photo by OVP

Robredo: Releasing drug war report better than it staying unread by Duterte

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her 3rd report on the anti-drug campaign includes recommendations to improve the government's efforts

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte tells Robredo to check ICAD order for job description – but it's not there

Nov 24, 2019 - 5:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs does not specify the extent of its chairperson's powers or access to classified information

CO-CHAIRS. It is unclear whether Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino share the same degree of authority as ICAD co-chairs. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Blowback

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

So, why would Duterte, a can-do-no-wrong case, yield the running of his centerpiece campaign to Robredo, thus implying that he could not hack it himself?

Fire her? Robredo says sensitive drug info won't be disclosed

Nov 18, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo gives assurances to the Duterte administration that state secrets won't be leaked to foreign investigators

UNDER THREAT. Vice President Leni Robredo is given an ultimatum by President Rodrigo Duterte. OVP Photo

FALSE: Robredo ‘crafts’ own survey of drug users

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The Vice President questions the actual number of drug users in the country but is not conducting her own survey

[ANALYSIS] Drug wars, mass incarceration, and the rise of organized crime

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The rise of organized crime is one of the unintended consequences of a drug war. What can the Philippines learn from Latin America?

Robredo: 'Mother's instinct' made me accept anti-drugs post

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:44 PM

'Perhaps, it was my instinct as a mother that I accepted this responsibility and that I needed to do this sacrifice for the greater good,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

MOTHER, LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo says motherhood gave her the strength to accept the offer to be co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

The impossibility of the drug war: This week's outlook

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:37 AM

At this stage in the drug war, is the PNP ready to be tamed or is it more anxious to cover its ass?

Robredo's acceptance of anti-drug czar post a 'very good move' – Sotto

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'Kung maiwasan ang killings, iwasan. Pero how do you win? War nga ito,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte administration's drug war

ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo accepts President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to head the anti-drug campaign of the administration. OVP photo

Robredo clarifies: I don't want end to drug war, only a 'tweak'

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'Ang sinabi ko, dapat i-assess ng pamahalaan kung tama pa ba iyong strategy na ginagamit. Kasi kung mali na, kailangang i-tweak,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CLARIFICATION. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

Why investigations are important

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Difficult investigative stories must be written

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Cebu’s dancing inmates featured in upcoming Netflix docu ‘Happy Jail’

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:59 PM

A new documentary by Filipino American filmmaker Michele Josue explores life inside the world-famous Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center

Man shot and hung on Talisay City bridge

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:11 PM

The victim is identified as Dante Autero. A police official says the victim is a 'notorious' drug personality who had been in and out of prison.

Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says drug war critic Iceland doesn't understand PH

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang,' says the Philippine President, poking fun at the country that drafted a resolution urging UN action against drug-related killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of his son, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on June 21, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang says UNHRC resolution an insult to Filipinos

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:44 AM

The Palace calls the resolution 'grotesquely one-sided' and says President Rodrigo Duterte will decide whether to 'permit' the United Nations to probe drug war killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

Rappler investigative team SOPA finalists for drug war story

May 06, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Rappler reporters Patricia Evangelista, Lian Buan, and Rambo Talabong with photographer Carlo Gabuco are finalists for two categories at the 2019 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence

VIGILANTE. Angel, who requested Rappler change his name for "Murder in Manila," was one of several vigilantes who spoke to Rappler about the alleged outsourcing of extrajudicial killings in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City weigh in on Duterte's 'drug war'

May 01, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Some candidates throw their support behind the ongoing campaign, while others propose different solutions to the illegal drug problem

ON 'DRUG WAR.' Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City attend the Mega Cebu Candidates Forum Klarohay Ta! on April 29 at the University of San Carlos. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mexico's Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System says the 8,493 murders recorded from January to March represents a 9.6% rise on the same period in 2018

Forensic experts and investigators of the prosecution office work at the crime scene next to a man's corpse in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 20, 2019. Violence in Mexico, besieged by bloodthirsty drug cartels that also engage in fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping, reached a new record during the first quarter of 2019 with 8,493 murders, according to official figures released on the weekend of April 20-21. HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP

[OPINION] Let our people go

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno asks: considering the manner by which government has executed the war on drugs, who will take responsibility for the orphaning of children?

Paring Bert's crusade

Mar 31, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Get to know Jesuit priest Father Albert Alejo, one of the Catholic clergymen who have received death threats under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

CRUSADING PRIEST. Jesuit priest Father Albert Alejo speaks at a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threats he and other priests recently received. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CCTV shows alleged abduction plot vs priest | Evening wRap

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

Duterte says last half of his term 'most dangerous' for drug suspects

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'The last 3 years of my term will be the most dangerous for people into drugs,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a gathering of mayors

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 1st National Assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 25, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: End of PH drug menace in 3 years | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Duterte fires Bacolod police chief over alleged drug links

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses 4 other policemen for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. Malacañang photo

Gov't alone can't end illegal drugs in PH – Año

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says a 'whole-of-nation initiative' is needed against illegal drugs

NATION NEEDED. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says communities need to help the government out in its campaign against illegal drugs and corruption. Rappler screengrab

PH says seat at U.N. rights body validates drug war

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'Getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and detractors on President Duterte's unrelenting war against illegal drugs,' says Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

'It's War' | Conclusion

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'What would you call it, what do you call it if nobody dies? What else do you call it? It’s a war, a war on drugs,' says General Bato dela Rosa

'There Are Snakes Everywhere' | Part 6

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The murder of Charlie Saladaga causes little consternation. "It was nothing," says Angel. "The CSG were bragging. They were saying, ‘Look what happened. Which punk is next?’”

'I Finish The Job' | Part 5

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'They’re the CSG...They’re the ones who kill the drug users and dealers,” says one resident of Village 105

'What Did The CSG Do Wrong?' | Part 4

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:15 PM

CSG founder Alvin Constantino tells Rappler that CSG Inc was meant to help the nation, and in no way promotes extrajudicial killings