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Joint PDEA team seizes P8.5 million worth of shabu in sting operation

Dec 06, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Anti-drug operatives from Central Luzon lead the buy-bust with the help of their counterparts from the national office and Calabarzon

Int'l Criminal Court's next step in Duterte drug war to come in 2020

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:35 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is coming closer to determining whether she will seek authority to open an investigation, a phase where the Court can issue arrest orders

P6.5-M worth of shabu seized at Clark port

Dec 05, 2019 - 10:50 AM

The illegal drugs were hidden in a shipment of 'external aquarium filter' from the Czech Republic, says the Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark

SEIZED. Packs of shabu concealed in a shipment of aquarium filters were seized at the Port of Clark in Pampanga on November 27, 2019. Photo from Bureau of Customs

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

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

Mexico shootout leaves at least 14 dead

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The shootout in Coahuila state near the US border is between suspected drug traffickers and police

For the first time, Duterte attends Bonifacio Day rites

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:31 PM

After his speech in Caloocan, the President goes straight to the Philippine Arena in Bulacan for the SEA Games 2019 Opening Ceremonies

BONIFACIO DAY. President Rodrigo Duterte attends for the first time the Bonifacio Day rites in Caloocan on November 30, 2019. Screenshot from RTVM

Police seize P455 million shabu hidden in tea bags in Las Piñas apartment

Nov 30, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Police do not have search warrant but claim it is a 'consented search'

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Duterte says he threw drug lord into Mountain Province ravine, Manila Bay

Nov 28, 2019 - 7:20 PM

'Baka hindi 'nyo alam may tinapon ako diyan sa Manila Bay. Baka gusto 'nyo pati kayo,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells columnists who claim his drug war has not brought down enough drug lords

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the grand opening of the Acacia Hotel Davao in Davao City on November 22, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINYON] ‘Mano po, Ninong!’

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Iyong sa SEA Games, simula pa lang nang ilabas ang bilog-bilog na logo at sago-sagong mascot, alam ko nang magkakaganito. Icing on the cake na lang ang kaldero sa New Clark.

FACT CHECK: Malacañang’s spin on Robredo’s ‘failures’ as anti-drug czar

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The Palace accuses Vice President Leni Robredo of failing to present a new anti-drugs plan, failing to visit communities affected by illegal drugs, and 'baiting' international groups to probe the drug war. Do the claims hold water?

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference at the Sunset Business Hotel in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] The implications of Leni Robredo’s ICAD removal

Nov 26, 2019 - 2:44 PM

By firing Robredo, Duterte indirectly confesses to complicity in both the illegal narcotics’ trade and in extrajudicial killings

'Nanghihinayang': Lacson says Robredo was on right track as drug czar

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Senator and former national police chief Panfilo Lacson laments Vice President Leni Robredo's removal as ICAD co-chair, but says President Rodrigo Duterte does not need to justify his decision

A PITY. Senator Panfilo Lacson says it's a pity that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Vice President Leni Robredo as anti-drug co-chair because she was 'on the right track.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo’s sacking as anti-drugs czar won’t silence her: 'I'm just getting started'

Nov 25, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyo? Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Duterte administration

FIRED BUT UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo says she's determined to continue doing what she can to help stop the killings in the drug war. File photo by OVP

[OPINION] Fight back, Filipino: Pushing back against the dumbing down of politics

Nov 25, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Leni Robredo knew all along the limitations she faced. Indeed, she said it best: 'I am ready, but the question is: Are you ready for me?'

PNP: We saw nothing wrong during Robredo's weeks in ICAD

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:07 PM

'Wala naman tayong nakita na, o wala naman tayong natanggap na mga ulat,' says Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac

PALACE DECISION. The PNP says it saw nothing wrong with Vice President Leni Robredo's stint as ICAD co-chair. OVP Photo

Panelo denies Robredo firing an attempt to distract from SEA Games mess

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros calls it 'laughable' that Vice President Leni Robredo got fired from her anti-drug post first, instead of officials who are behind the 'embarrassing handling of the SEA Games'

CABINET DAYS. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo chat at the 5th Cabinet meeting of the Duterte administration on August 22, 2016. Presidential Photo

Opposition 'not surprised' by Robredo's firing as ICAD co-chair

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Senators say the Duterte administration 'got snared in their own trap' and their plan 'to make [Vice President Leni Robredo] look weak backfired'

REMOVED. In this photo, Vice President Leni Robredo leads the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) at the Quezon City Reception House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo from Office of the Vice President

Duterte fires Robredo as co-chair of anti-drug body

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says this is 'in response to the taunt and dare' of Vice President Leni Robredo for President Rodrigo Duterte 'to just tell her that he wants her out'

robredo-icad-november-8-2019. Photo by OVP

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

[PODCAST] Paano naiipit si Robredo sa drug war ni Duterte

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Ano ang gustong mangyari ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa kampanya laban sa droga? Pakinggan sa talakayan nila Rambo Talabong, Mara Cepeda, at Jodesz Gavilan.


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?

Robredo: QC barangay shows 'it takes a village' to solve drug menace

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo visits Barangay Culiat in Quezon City to understand how local officials, the police, civil society, and the private sector contributed to its anti-illegal drug campaign

VP IN BARANGAY CULIAT. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with Sultan Hadji Nur Hassan, chairman of Salam Compound, a Muslim community in Brgy Culiat, Quezon City, which used to be known for its high drug affectation. Among those with Robredo in the meeting is 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Photo by OVP

Robredo’s access to high-value target list ‘unnecessary’ – Barbers

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The chairperson of the House dangerous drugs committee is the latest official to express doubts about sharing drug intel with the Vice President as ICAD co-chair

House committee on dangerous drugs Chair Ace Barbers (left) on August 14, 2018 during hearing and investigation into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

In Bataan town, drug reformists get second chance in life

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, co-chairs of the anti-drugs body, visit the Bahay Pagbabago in Bataan that has become the model for the nationwide drug rehabilitation program

2ND CHANCE. Drug reformists in Dinalupihan, Bataan share how the Bahay Pagbabago helped them turn their back from illegal drugs. Screenshot by Rappler

Trust not needed for Robredo to work as ICAD co-chair – Panelo

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the only qualities Vice President Robredo needs to fulfil her mandate are 'competence and creativity'

NO TRUST. Vice President Leni Robredo met with representatives of church groups and Laiko on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, to discuss various initiatives that can be undertaken in relation to the country's campaign against illegal drugs. Photo by OVP

Stripped of authority, Robredo doomed to fail as anti-drug czar – Lacson

Nov 21, 2019 - 3:14 PM

‘What’s wrong with the Vice President having access to information?’ asks the senator and former police chief, who says Robredo is actually on the right track in handling the anti-drug campaign

ALL OR NOTHING. Senator Panfilo Lacson says Vice President Leni Robredo should either be given full powers as anti-drug co-chair, or just opt out of it. Photo taken on November 21, 2019, by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo writes Duterte: Make my role clear so I can work

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo discloses that she skipped a confidential briefing by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency fearing that President Rodrigo Duterte would use it against her

CLARITY NEEDED. Vice President Leni Robredo writes to President Rodrigo Duterte to clarify her mandate as co-chair of the ICAD. OVP file photo

Aquino to Duterte: If you don’t trust Robredo, why appoint her?

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

'Puwede ba 'yong itatalaga mo na hindi mo pinagkakatiwalaan? Medyo magulo ata ‘yon,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

AN ISSUE OF TRUST. Former president Benigno Aquino III says President Rodrigo Duterte should not have given a post to Vice President Leni Robredo if he didn't trust her. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte: No Cabinet post for Robredo because 'I don't trust her'

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'Ang problema kasi dito, ganito: I cannot trust her not only because...she is with the opposition; I do not trust her because I do not know her,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO TRUST IN ROBREDO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he does not trust Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he refuses to give a Cabinet post. File photo by Malacañang

No Cabinet post? No problem for Robredo: ‘I’ll just do what I can’

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:23 PM

'Basta sa akin, whatever I can do now, I will do. Kapag harangan nila, hindi ko na iyon problema,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

'NOT A PROBLEM.' Vice President Leni Robredo is unfazed by the limitations being set upon her as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Robredo lost Cabinet post due to request for drug war docs, intel – Panelo

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) After initially saying Vice President Leni Robredo would be given access to drug war documents, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo now claims this could 'imperil' national security

LIMITED ACCESS? Vice President Leni Robredo leads the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs held at the Quezon City Reception House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo by OVP

Año: Robredo can refine plans, but anti-drug operations remains with PNP

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's link to the public can help measure the effectiveness of anti-drug operations, says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

FEEDBACK MECHANISM. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that Vice President Leni Robredo may relay the comments and suggestions from the public regarding anti-drug operations. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Malacañang backtracks, says Robredo's ICAD post not part of Cabinet

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The latest statement is a departure from President Rodrigo Duterte's previous promise to make Robredo a Cabinet member

OUT OF CABINET. Malacañang says Vice President Leni Robredo's post as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs does not make her part of the Cabinet.  Photo by OVP

Robredo: More funds needed for separate rehab centers for drug users, pushers

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Tingin natin kailangan dapat mas bigyan ng malaking budget iyong DOH para magawa nila iyong dapat nilang gawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

DRUG REHAB. Vice President Leni Robredo gets a briefing from the Department of Health officials on the status of drug rehabilitation efforts so far. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

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

State secrets? De Lima, Lagman slam Duterte for restricting Robredo

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:31 PM

'Why the hesitance to share information as to high-value drug lords and related matters with VP Leni? Are they hiding something?' asks detained opposition senator Leila de Lima

ULTIMATUM. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo from aiding foreign investigations against his so-called war on drugs

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

Robredo to send Duterte weekly recommendations to reform drug war

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she is aware that her job as anti-drugs body co-chair is limited to policy-making: 'At the end of the day, it's the President who calls the shots.'

ICAD CO-CHAIR. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board and the members of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council on November 15, 2019. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

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

Rody, Leni, Imee: Reality checks, courtesy of Rappler exclusives

Nov 14, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Infrastructure binge, deathless drug war, and photo-op with UP alumni

Robredo open to talks with China vs drug smuggling in PH

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says it's also important to look into Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) reportedly being used as fronts for money laundering

PROBE THE SOURCE. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the law enforcement cluster of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 14, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo on the right track in anti-drug campaign, says Malacañang

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:07 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Vice President Leni Robredo has been taking steps in the right direction in her first week as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

PALACE SPOKESMAN. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo fields questions from reporters in a news briefing at the New Executive Building

Robredo wants 'clear' baseline data on drug problem by end-2019

Nov 14, 2019 - 2:53 PM

While Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledges the challenges on the ground, she says collecting the data is needed to determine whether the anti-drug campaign is effective

BASELINE DATA NEEDED. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the  law enforcement cluster of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 14, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Of taipan deaths and risk-taking

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:51 PM

The burden that must be borne

[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?

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

[OPINION] Robredo could score a 'drug war’ win

Nov 13, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Some suggest that Robredo fell into a Duterte trap, but she may be able to make it work

5 fatal obstacles in Robredo’s target of a deathless drug war

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:30 AM

It's one thing to criticize the drug war, it's another to implement it. What more to change it?

WOMAN IN THE ROOM. Vice President Leni Robredo accepts a vague position in a definite battle against illegal drugs. OVP Photo

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