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Theater therapy for widows, orphans of Duterte drug campaign

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The participants in the workshop are asked to narrate how their loved ones were killed over and over again until they can tell their stories without stuttering or wailing

HEALING. Mariana (left) and Ellah hold each other as they perform their roles in the stage play about the drug war at Lasalle Greenhills, Mandaluyong City.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Rappler among finalists of 2018 Osborn Elliott Prize

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Journalist Patricia Evangelista and photographer Carlo Gabuco are lauded for their investigations into police killings published under Rappler's Impunity Series

PDEA admits cases vs officials in drug list 'not airtight'

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Director General Aaron Aquino says, however, that the PDEA stands by the intelligence the government has gathered

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] ‘Tuloy ang laban!’

Apr 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Mogato is the last to be fooled. He knows that, along with his Reuters colleagues, he is a particular target for the particular crime of putting names and faces to some of those numbers and detailing the cold, sick, subhuman instincts with which Duterte's war has been prosecuted.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 5, 2018

Apr 05, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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PAIN. This night is forever etched in the memory of Nanette Castillo. The night unindentified gunmen shot and killed her son, Aldrin in front of their house in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

War on drugs: Police kill 7, arrest 811 during Holy Week 2018

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The killings and arrests are done under anti-illegal drugs raids and buy-busts as Oplan Tokhang was suspended during the holidays

Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security

Roque to recommend another UN rapporteur to probe drug killings

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who is also President Rodrigo Duterte's adviser on human rights, says the Philippine government will 'definitely not' agree to an investigation by Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque responds to questions at a press briefing in Malacañang. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Lesson from prison: How political persecution keeps the ideals of democracy alive

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:18 AM

You cannot kill or jail an idea. By persecuting the messenger, you strengthen it.

De Lima dares Duterte: Support UN-led probe into drug war deaths

Feb 10, 2018 - 11:15 AM

'If he has nothing to hide, then it’s high time for the President to support the independent investigation into the human rights violations and abuses incessantly happening under his regime,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLER. Senator Leila de Lima tells the international community that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is a 'self-confessed serial killer.'

Calida refuses to give SC full documentation of drug war

Jan 12, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida tells the High Court that the documents have 'national security implications'

SHOT. John Paul Martinez, 21 years old, is dies from several gunshot wounds after an encounter with Manila police.

Half-empty homes: The teenagers killed in 2017

Dec 31, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Rappler revisits the homes of some of the slain teens and reconnects with the people they left behind

KIAN LOYD DELOS SANTOS. Kian's portrait in his home

Palace says Duterte 'Person of the Year' award 'wrong'

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the opposite is true – President Duterte, he says, has done all possible to fight organize crime, end drugs, and corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he graces the Christmas Party with the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in Davao City on December 15, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Dec 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Drug war earns Duterte ‘Person of the Year’ title from U.S. nonprofit

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:31 AM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project gives the title to an 'individual who has done the most in the world to advance organized criminal activity and corruption'

'PERSON OF THE YEAR'. President Rodrigo  Duterte's controversial drug war has made him the top choice of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project for 'Person of the Year.' Presidential Photo

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.

The Eusebio Funeral Services in Malabon on October 27, 2017

The red mark

Nov 30, 2017 - 1:16 PM

For three months in 2017, the Payatas village hall and the police station demanded the profiling and drug testing of residents they believed were drug personalities. Every household that refused was marked red.

This is where they do not die

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:07 PM

The war, as we have discovered, is fought in places where privilege does not extend

Charlie Jean Du: 'Spare me. I'm pregnant!'

Nov 08, 2017 - 7:00 PM

'It’s like they killed an animal,' says Liezel Du of the fate of her teenage daughter who had bullets lodged in her arms, stomach, and buttocks

GONE AT 15. Messages from friends and family surround one of the photos of Charlie Jean Du at her wake

Rule of law best way to fight drug problem – Trump adviser

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'President [Trump] is very concerned about the drug problem, but also the way that we will go after that here is to do it through more effective law enforcement as well as a broad range of other actions including education,' says US national security adviser H.R. McMaster

Top Catholic seminary hits killings in Duterte drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:07 PM

'We will not forget the evil that has come upon us,' seminarians of the Jesuit-run San Jose Seminary say in a statement on All Souls' Day

DRUG WAR. Relatives light candles for victims of extrajudicial killings in a prayer service on October 24, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Family of slain teen Raymart Siapo finds consolation in law of karma

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:18 PM

Mourning the loss of her firstborn has not been easy for Luzviminda Siapo. While her new barbeque stand has been keeping her busy, there are moments when she would break down and cry while grilling.

GRIEF. Luzviminda Siapo visits the grave of her son, Raymart, in a Malabon cemetery on a rainy All Saints' Day, November 1, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

On eve of Undas, mothers seek justice for slain teenage sons

Oct 31, 2017 - 6:45 PM

'There are thousands more like me. I don't want other mothers to experience what I went through,' says Marielyn Segovia, whose 15-year-old son was killed in December 2016

IN MEMORY. Fr Gilbert Billena blesses the photos of victims of drug-related killings at a Mass at the San Isidro Labrador Parish in  Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, on October 31, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan

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

'Spokesperson Roque' hopes to advise Duterte on human rights issues

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:50 PM

'The charade is now over as Roque is liberated and obligated to be the President’s official apologist,' says opposition lawmaker Edcel Lagman in response to the Palace post of Kabayan Representative Harry Roque

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON. President Rodrigo Duterte has tapped Kabayan Representative Harry Roque as his new spokesperson. Photo from the Twitter page of Harry Roque

95% of Filipinos say drug suspects should be ‘captured alive’

Oct 25, 2017 - 12:50 PM

The number of Filipinos who believe it's important to capture drug suspects alive increased in September compared to June, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

DRUG SUSPECTS. Alleged drug subjects line up during Operation Tokhang under Delpan Bridge in Manila in October 2016. Three were dead after the operation. Photo by Inoue Jaena/ Rappler

If crimes rise, I'll ask Duterte to order PNP back to drug war – Dela Rosa

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Will the PNP return to the drug war?

BE RIGHT BACK? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he will ask President Duterte to bring them back to the drug war front lines, if things go bad. Photo File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Kick PH out of UNHRC? 'My God, do it, stupid!' says Duterte

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:35 PM

This comes after a Human Rights Watch director said the Philippines can be kicked out of the UNHRC if the drug war killlings continue

JUST DO IT. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the UNHRC to kick out the Philippine over the killings in his drug war. Malacanang file photo

PNP suspends Oplan Double Barrel, again

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) This follows President Rodrigo Duterte ordering all agencies to leave all anti-drug operations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)

STOPPED. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Rappler file photo

PNP's next target: 'Riding-in-tandem' shooters

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:06 AM

'Yung mga riding-in-tandem, bantay kayo ngayon. Uupakan namin kayo,' warns PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

NEW 'PROJECT'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells shooters riding motorcycles to brace themselves. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drug war reason for satisfaction, dissatisfaction on Duterte – SWS

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Weather Stations revealed the finding during its Opinion on Drug War study presentation. They say the numbers have yet to be released.

SAME REASON. The SWS says the satisfaction and dissatisfaction for President Rodrigo Duterte's performance is the war on drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

PDEA chief says PNP 'still needed' in drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency only has over a thousand agents, says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

READY? PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they still need the PNP. Rappler file photo

Duterte fires two PNP 'narco-generals'

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

They are former Quezon City police director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, and former Metro Manila police chief Director Joel Pagdilao

FIRED. In this file photo, Quezon City Police District director PCSupt. Edgardo Tinio (left) accepts the command flag from NCRPO and outgoing QCPD director PCSupt. Joel Pagdilao on July 30, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

High-ranking cop fired for sniffing shabu

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Police Superintendent Lito Cabamongan is fired after the PNP's Internal Affairs Service found him guilty of grave misconduct

FIRED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa confronts Superintendent Lito Dumandan Cabamongan. File photo from PNP PIO

Maasim mayor Lopez surrenders to Pacquiao

Oct 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr surrenders just hours after authorities discovered illegal drugs in his home

SURRENDER. Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr (middle) surrenders to Senator Manny Pacquiao in General Santos City on October 6, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator Manny Pacquiao

'No case' of extrajudicial killing under Duterte – PNP

Oct 06, 2017 - 11:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says that 'regardless of the definition,' the government recognizes that 'one death is one too many'

ONLY ONE? Protesters call for end to drug war killings in front of the PNP headquarters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Dela Rosa to CBCP: Cops turned informers must have affidavits

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:37 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa says they are open to their testimony as long as they will tell the truth

OPEN. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he is okay with cops testifying about vigilante-style killings as long as they are swear on their statements. File photo by Joel Liporada

Dela Rosa welcomes anti-crime drop boxes

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says the anonymous tips collected in the drop boxes would be properly validated

WELCOME DEVELOPMENT. PNP chief ROnald dela Rosa says drop boxes will help them in gathering intelligence. Photo by Joel Liporada

Dela Rosa calls drug war critics 'a bunch of ingrates'

Oct 03, 2017 - 12:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'Ingrato kayo – mga anak mo sarap pumapasok sa eskuwelahan na walang kaba, walang takot dahil bihira na 'yung krimen sa kalsada dahil sa war on drugs, tapos ngayon tinitira 'nyo kami,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells their critics

INGRATES. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa slams critics of the drug war. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP launches ‘Life After Tokhang’ drug rehab program

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) expands its role in the drug war to include rehabilitation

PATH TO REHAB. Thousands of drug suspects take their oath to participate in drug rehabilitation. File photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Dela Rosa to sacked Caloocan cops: 'I am still very proud of you'

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:15 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa still believes in the goodness of the former Caloocan City policemen

RETRAINING. 1,157 former cops of Caloocan City on their first day of retraining and reorientation at the NCRPO in Taguig City on October 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

9,000 cops into drugs? Duterte 'more or less' correct says Dela Rosa

Oct 02, 2017 - 3:52 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says President Rodrigo Duterte also counts cops who are not doing anything about the drug situation in their areas

PNP CHIEF. Dela Rosa briefs former Caloocan cops as they undergo a 30-day training at the NCRPO in Taguig City on October 2, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DILG orders all LGUs to set up drop boxes for drug, crime reporting

Oct 02, 2017 - 2:18 PM

A Department of the Interior and Local Government memorandum calls on barangays, municipalities, and cities to set up drop boxes to receive information on drug and crime suspects

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Don't believe dead suspects fought back? Look at killed cops, says PNP

Sep 28, 2017 - 8:33 PM

The PNP counts 85 killed cops and soldiers in drug operations, says spokesperson Dionardo Carlos

SUSPECTS FOUGHT BACK. PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos maintains that cops only kill for self defense. Rappler file photo

'Less than 10' deliveries involved in illegal drugs, says Grab

Sep 26, 2017 - 1:59 PM

This comes after the PDEA reports that drivers of ride-hailing services are being used to deliver narcotics; Uber reports 'zero incidents' of this sort

PNP internal probe finds that cops conspired to murder Kian

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:33 AM

The PNP Internal Affairs Service says PO3 Arnel Oares, PO1 Jerwin Cruz, and PO1 Jeremias Pereda planned the killing of Kian delos Santos

CALOOCAN COPS. (Left to right) Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, Police Office 1 Jerwin Cruz, and Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares attend the Senate probe into the killing of Kian delos Santos on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa flies to Beijing for Interpol talks, will raise war on drugs

Sep 25, 2017 - 2:19 PM

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa will be in China from September 26 to 29 for talks on transnational crimes with top police officials from other countries

FOR TALKS. Dea Rosa visits China on meetings on transnational crime. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Supreme Court asked to order probe into all EJK cases

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:36 AM

According to the petitioners – all human rights lawyers – current efforts to investigate a few of the thousands of deaths have not provided justice to the families

JUSTICE FOR ALL. Mourners of the death of Kian Loyd delos Santos demand accountability in drug war killings. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Hontiveros wants P900-million PNP drug war budget dissolved for other projects

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, a member of the Senate finance committee, wants to spend the PNP's drug war budget for police training, investigations, operations, and health programs

REALOCATION. Senator Risa Hontiveros eyes dissolving the PNP's budget for the war on drugs. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB