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FDA approves 4 coronavirus test kit products for commercial use

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:58 PM

The Department of Health clarifies that the test kits can only be used by hospitals or laboratories with testing capacity

A police officer checks body temperatures of pedestrians crossing the quarantine control point at Batasan-San Matero Rd. in Quezon City on March 16, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FDA now lets doctors issue electronic prescriptions

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:20 PM

FDA Director General Eric Domingo says this will allow people vulnerable to COVID-19 to still access their medicines during the outbreak

STOCKING UP. People buy items from a medical supply store in Manila on March 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Coronavirus drugs: Who's doing what, and when they might come

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:22 AM

Treatment could come sooner, with antiviral remdesivir showing early promise and already being used on an ad hoc basis before regulatory approval

DRUG RESEARCH. A team of works on developing a new drug. Image from Shutterstock.com

FDA warns public vs unregistered coronavirus home test kits sold online

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo says the Philippine government has not yet approved any home test kits for the novel coronavirus

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PhilHealth to shoulder coronavirus test costs – Malacañang

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also says diagnostics company Manila Healthtek is developing a 'rapid test kist' to aid in testing for COVID-19

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. People wear face masks for protection amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte: It is my job to kill

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:04 PM

'It is my job to scare people, to intimidate people, and to kill people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech before local officials

THE PRESIDENT'S JOB. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference in Malacañang March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

FDA approves coronavirus test kits developed by U.P. scientists

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:08 AM

The Food and Drug Administration says the kits will be used for field testing and will help address the 'increasing number of reported COVID-19 cases' that 'require immediate diagnosis and monitoring'

CORONAVIRUS FEARS. Shoppers wear surgical masks at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Grieving children's choir breaking Philippine drug war cycle

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:29 PM

One of their most powerful appearances came last year at a protest near Duterte's annual address to the nation, where they sang their signature piece, 'Awit ng Naulila'

Children, including those who have lost a parent in alleged extrajudicial killings,“ attend a choir session as part of the Project Support Orphans and Widows (SOW) rehabilitation program in Payatas, Quezon City in suburban Manila. Photo by Jam Sta Rosa/AFP

Sea of meth as Myanmar army smashes 3 drug labs

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:53 PM

The seizure in one of the world's biggest narcotics-producing regions hauled in 43 million meth tablets worth nearly $100 million in Myanmar

Foreign military attaches check drugs in a football ground where seized drugs, vehicles, laboratory accessories and precursor chemicals are being displayed to be witnessed by invited military attaches and journalists in Kawnghka at Shan State on March 6, 2020. - 97 million US dollar worth of drugs and related items were seized this year during a special operation held to crack down drugs trafficking, a military spokesperson said. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Duterte: Don't be president if you can't kill

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:46 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he does not see anyone 'fit' to serve as president after him

CONTROVERSIAL MOUTH. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the 46th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang  Palace on March 2, 2020. Malacañang photo

With blood pact, new ICAD co-chair Dante Jimenez vows commitment to drug war

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez proves his support for the drug war with a thumbprint marked in blood

NEW ROLE. Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez at a press conference in Malacañang on March 3, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

Dozens of shabu sachets, drug kits seized in Cebu City Jail

Mar 01, 2020 - 1:55 PM

'The drugs we seized here only shows that we really have a problem,' says Cebu City Jail Superintendent Julius Arro

RAIDED. In this file photo taken on February 28, 2017 and released on March 2, 2017, naked inmates at the Cebu city jail sit during a joint raid by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Cebu Police provincial office on illegal drugs and contrabands. Photo by Merlie Dacunos/Cebu Provincial Police Office /AFP

3 suspects nabbed as drug buy-bust in Bulacan yields P4M in shabu

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Investigators say the suspects were included in the watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

BUY-BUST. The three suspects in a drug buy-buy-bust operation in Bulacan. Photo by Randy V. Datu

PACC's Dante Jimenez replaces Robredo as co-chair of anti-drug body

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:08 PM

Jimenez follows Vice President Leni Robredo months after she was removed from the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

DUTERTE ALLY. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Dante Jimenez (left) on the sidelines of the Anti-Corruption Summit on November 28, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Mexico court jails man over murder of journalist Valdez

Feb 28, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Javier Valdez Cardenas was co-founder of the weekly newspaper Riodoce and was one of the most prominent chroniclers of Mexico's deadly drug war in a state where notorious kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman once reigned

JUSTICE. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2017 a makeshift altar with a cup of coffee, water glass and newspaper headlining the story of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez is pictured in a cafe previously frequented by Valdez in Culiacan, Sinaloa State, Mexico. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Thai drug smugglers spared from death penalty in Bali

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The district court in Bali's capital Denpasar says the two Thai women – a janitor and an operator of a motorcycle rental shop in Thailand – had shown remorse for their crimes and deserved leniency

This picture taken on February 26, 2020 shows Kasarin Khamkhao (C) and Sanicha Maneetes of Thailand (L) attend their trial at a Denpasar court on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The two Thai women convicted of smuggling methamphetamines into Bali have escaped a possible death sentence after the court slapped them with a 16-year prison sentence instead. Tut PARWATA / AFP

[PODCAST] How Duterte's drug list works

Feb 27, 2020 - 2:26 PM

Inclusion in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list has been used to justify arrests and killings on mere suspicion

PNP Western Visayas clears Espenido of drug links

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:05 PM

This is the first step in Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido's removal from President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug list

VETTED. Jovie Espenido at the Department of Justice in Manila on August 29, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to U.S.

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, known as 'El Menchito,' is extradited into US territory to face charges of conspiracy to smuggle drugs

Handout photograph released by the Mexican Interior Ministry of US-born Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez aka "El Menchito" in Mexico City on June 23, 2015. "El Menchito", son of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel's leader was arrested Tuesday in Zapopan, Jalisco State, armed with an assault rifle bearing his nickname and appearing to have had plastic surgery. AFP PHOTO / INTERIOR MINISTRY HO / Mexican Interior Ministry / AFP

YA novel on drug war 'Patron Saints of Nothing' longlisted for 2020 Carnegie Medal

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Randy Ribay's book – set in the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs' – is among the 20 novels from around the world vying for the prestigious literary award

Duterte’s tainted list, Calida’s gag order

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Where in the world?

Cop among 357 policemen on Duterte drug list already dead

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:54 AM

According to Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, the cop was recently shot dead

DUTERTE LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the fourth Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 1, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Big funds, little transparency: How Duterte's drug list works

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:38 PM

How did drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido end up in President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list?

SECRET? President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list has been kept confidential but the public has been granted peeks into it when the administration sees it fit. Malacañang file photo

[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.

Año confirms Espenido is on Duterte's own drug list

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirms Rappler's report that drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is on President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list

CONFIRMED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año delivers a speech during the launching of the Inter-Agency Task Force Federalism and Constitutional Reform in Camp Crame on Monday, January 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP allows general in Duterte drug list to retire early with benefits

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa gives cops on the Duterte drug list the chance to retire early before being investigated for administrative and criminal cases

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. Thousands of cops gather for a program in Camp Crame, the national base of the Philippine National Police. PNP photo

Cebu cop killed during botched buy-bust operation

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:48 PM



Police arrested one suspect in the shooting, and are hunting the other 2

Drug war poster boy Jovie Espenido is on Duterte drug list

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:14 PM

One of President Rodrigo Duterte's most lauded cops is on his own drug list

GOLDEN BOY TAINTED. Controversial police officer Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Gamboa warns police in Duterte drug list: If you're guilty, better retire now

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa says they will not publish the names of the police on the drug list, stressing that they are innocent until proven guilty

WARNING. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa tells cops involved in the illegal drug trade to retire already. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: U.N. chief Guterres defends Duterte's war on drugs

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:18 PM

This is a fabricated, rehashed claim that first surfaced in 2017

11 killed, 111 arrested in weeklong anti-drug sweep in Bulacan

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Bulacan police conduct multiple anti-drug operations from February 3 to February 9

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Bulacan launches a massive anti-crime drive in keeping with the President's campaign promise of intensifying the country's anti-drug campaign. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Batang May K!, a collaboration between PhilRights and Makô, hopes to make children understand better the importance of human rights amid violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

Dishonesty, lack of transparency ‘glaring’ features of Duterte gov’t – rights group

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:11 PM

PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'

Eddie Villanueva slams drug killings, but says Duterte not to blame

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The evangelical pastor, now one of the House of Representatives' deputy speakers, says 'scalawag' policemen are behind the drug killings

House Deputy Speaker and JIL Church founder Eddie Villanueva discusses the bloody drug war in a speech marking the National Bible Day on February 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

P68-M worth of shabu hidden in tea bags seized in Bacoor

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the illegal drugs were supposedly supplied by a Bilibid inmate

ARRESTED. Suspects Irene Biazon and Reynaldo Cordero are presented at a press conference at the NBI headquarters on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Robredo to reporters: Have a stronger voice than 'heartless trolls'

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Enumerating her office's achievements, Vice President Leni Robredo urges journalists to help her fight authoritarianism

TRUTH TO POWER. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines' (FOCAP) annual Prospects for the Philippines Conference, held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Still no 'meaningful accountability' over drug war killings under Duterte – Amnesty Int'l

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Amnesty International says that 'families were unable to obtain justice for their loved ones, due to enormous obstacles to filing cases against perpetrators, including fear of retaliation'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rapper Loonie released on P2 million bail

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The rapper walks out of jail months after being arrested with 4 others in a buy-bust operation in September 2019

RELEASED. Loonie is released from jail after posting P2 million bail. Photo from the Makati Police

'Nakilaban': Drug suspect killed in Laoag in alleged shootout

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The Laoag police say Andrew Ventura was Number 3 in their most wanted list for another offense – running away with a motorcycle

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

44% of Filipinos satisfied with Robredo's work as ICAD co-chair

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:11 PM

A near majority of Filipinos agree that the removal Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chief 'is an admission by the administration that its [drug] war is failing,' says the Social Weather Stations

LESSONS AS ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo presents her findings and recommendation on the Duterte administration's anti-drug drive, after she briefly served as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by OVP

No letup in human rights abuses under Duterte – Human Rights Watch

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Int'l Criminal Court: Probe of drug war continues even with Sabio 'withdrawal'

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) says a withdrawal of communication is not even allowed under the Rome Statute

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of respondents in the December 2019 survey agree with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for actions against extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[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.

Robredo to Duterte gov't: Drug war data wrong? Numbers came from you

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:35 PM

'Hindi namin imbento iyong data. Iyong data, galing sa kanila,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, after law enforcement agencies claimed she got her drug war numbers wrong

NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo holds up a copy of her drug war report as former Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drug co-chair on January 8, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

[OPINION] Running to stand still: On U2 fans and the war on drugs

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Don't U2 fans who support the drug war know that many of U2’s socio-political songs espouse empathy, mercy, and compassion?