Duterte war on drugs

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

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Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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Mar 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Int'l Criminal Court to Duterte: PH still obliged to cooperate upon withdrawal

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:17 AM

‘The Court encourages the Philippines to not follow through with the reported intention to withdraw,’ says the International Criminal Court

PH withdrawal from ICC may imply Duterte ‘afraid’ to be probed – Robredo

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

What message does the Philippines want to say by withdrawing from the ICC, asks the Vice President – that we don't want to promise we would uphold human rights?

IMPLICATIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the possible implications of the Philippines withdrawal from the ICC. File photo by OVP

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Mar 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

FULL TEXT: Duterte's statement on Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Read the 15-page statement of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte: PH to withdraw from International Criminal Court 'immediately'

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ignore the one-year period for the effectivity of the withdrawal, claiming the Philippines was deceived when it signed the Rome Statute

DUTERTE VS ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte claims the Philippines can withdraw from the International Criminal Court immediately. Malacanang file photo

PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Duterte to review dismissal of Lim, Espinosa drug charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens repercussions if the dismissal of the drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa is affirmed

PNP to DOJ: Reverse dismissal of Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to use 'all legal remedies' to hold the suspected big-time drug personalities liable

FOR APPEAL. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents Kerwin Espinosa to reporters. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte insists Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over him

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018, warns the public officials not to commit corruption during his term. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PDEA sacks nearly all Calabarzon personnel

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The sacked personnel, including the regional chief, are linked to 'unlawful arrests and extortion activities' in Batangas and Cavite

'NO EXCUSES.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino sacks the regional chief and more than 60 personnel from the PDEA Region 4A office. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

UN probers need Duterte clearance for drug war documents – Dela Rosa

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DUTERTE NOD NEEDED. PNP chief Ronald del Rosa says he would ask for Duterte's order to share documents before he shares drug war documents with any UN investigator. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte tells police to ignore UN rapporteurs' probe

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brands any investigation into his drug war as interference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte fires a few rounds from a sniper rifle as he leads the ceremonial shoot during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Also in the photo is Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rights groups slam Cayetano's defense of drug war before UN

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Human Rights Watch urges the Philippine government to 'stop depicting itself as the victim'

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

WATCH: A day with an Oplan Tokhang team

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Rappler joins an Oplan Tokhang team to see how the project has changed

OPLAN TOKHANG. Police visit a drug suspect deep in the slum areas of Muntinlupa City. Rappler screengrab

Like at SC, Dela Rosa says PNP has nothing to hide about drug war from ICC

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:53 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa also says they won't be sharing their drug war documents fully should the international tribunal make a request

LIMITED TRANSPARENCY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa doesn't want to fully disclose their documents to the International Criminal Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Indonesian police honors PNP's Dela Rosa for drug war leadership

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:05 PM

The PNP chief says he was praised by Indonesian police for his 'rockstar-like inspiration' and for showing how the drug war should be fought

AWARDED. PNP chief Dela Rosa is admired by Indonesian police. PNP photo

PNP knocks on hearts of commuters on Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Armed with roses and safety pamphlets, policemen show their 'soft side' to MRT3 passengers to get closer to the public

SURPRISE. Cops greet commuters a happy Valentine's Day in Cubao. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to Int'l Criminal Court: Drug war continues, case or no case

Feb 12, 2018 - 7:01 PM

'The war or the drive against drugs will not stop and it will last until the day I step out,' says a defiant President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the launching of the Malasakit Program at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City on February 12, 2018, pledges to give P50-million for the Malasakit Program. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR notes 'improvement' in PNP's relaunched Oplan Tokhang

Feb 12, 2018 - 1:15 PM

The Commission on Human Rights cites the crafting of tight guidelines for the drug war, but says it is still 'premature' to commend the campaign as 'less bloody'

'NEW TOKHANG'. A suspected drug user in Barangay Batasan Hills in Quezon City, is invited to undergo rehabilitation by Quezon City District Police Director Guillermo Eleazar. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Court orders arrest of cops, informant in Kian delos Santos slay

Feb 07, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Caloocan City cops and their informant are charged with murder and violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act for planting evidence

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 slams CBCP: 'Kayo lang ang banal, porke kayo ang pari?'

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The PNP chief is furious at the Catholic bishops' group for criticizing cops who brought bibles and rosaries in their return to the anti-drug war

FURIOUS. PNP chief Dela Rosa slams the CBCP during a press conference in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

HRW calls for independent probe to 'clarify' PH drug war toll

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:15 PM

An 'impartial and verifiable death toll' is a crucial first step in attaining justice, says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

FIRST STEP. Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government should support an independent probe. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Malacañang wants 'less controversial' Tokhang operations

Jan 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The Palace hopes Philippine police have 'learned from their past experience' as they implement new drug war guidelines

Members of the Police Ststion 6 in Batasan Hills in a formation before operations to the suspected drug users house the relaunching of Oplan Tokhang Nationwide on Monday, January 29, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

PNP chief invites public to join Oplan Tokhang

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:24 PM

'Wala kaming tinatago,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

ALL INVITED. PNP chief Dela Rosa is swarmed by Filipinos who want to share a photo. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa claims bloodless drug war 'impossible'

Jan 29, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP chief makes this claim even as at least one police station – in Bogo City, Cebu – reportedly brought their city to drug-free status without any deaths

'BALONEY'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he cannot promise a bloodless return to the war on drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How the 'new' Oplan Tokhang should be done

Jan 28, 2018 - 10:05 PM

The PNP releases new guidelines for Oplan Tokhang. Will these be enough to stop the blood from flowing?

PNP to require human rights officers, advocates in Tokhang ops

Jan 28, 2018 - 9:02 AM

'The Tokhang team shall be joined by...at least one representative from PNP [Human Rights Affairs Office] or any Human Rights Advocate,' reads one of the new Oplan Tokhang provisions

NEW COMPANY. The PNP requires that Tokhang teams include with them a human rights officer or advocate. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Will body cameras solve alleged police abuse in the drug war?

Jan 27, 2018 - 11:15 AM

The PNP's latest initiative, which it prepares to roll out in 2018, involves more than just strapping another gadget to cops who conduct raids and arrests

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

PDEA changes mind, requires body cameras in drug war

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:01 PM

'Agents and witnesses, particularly media representatives shall mandatorily wear body cameras,' says a PDEA order dated January 22

NEW ORDER. PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino presents seized contraband to the media. PDEA photo

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PNP bans Tokhang at night, weekends

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:15 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is required that police Tokhang teams in proper PNP uniform must be led by a Police Commissioned Officer and shall conduct operations from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday,' says the PNP PIO

PNP to require body cameras once all police stations have at least one

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'Magkakaron tayo ng policy: No anti-drug operations without body-worn camera na naka-on,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

IT TAKES TIME. PNP chief Dela Rosa asks for patience in requiring body cameras for cops. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to fire police officials with subordinates linked to drugs

Jan 23, 2018 - 5:26 PM

This 'one strike policy' for negligent police chiefs is included in the new drug war guidelines of the Philippine National Police

ONE STRIKE POLICY. PNP will sack ranking cops who have juniors linked to drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Body cameras not required, just 'encouraged' in new drug war rules

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'When available, the use of [a] body camera and other gadgets to record all anti-illegal drugs operations is encouraged,' says the Philippine National Police

BODY CAM. A Pasig police officer wears a local-government-issued body camera. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Submitting drug war documents will endanger cops' lives – Dela Rosa

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:37 PM

'Alam mo na ang pag-disclose ng mga pangalan, hindi lang ma-e-endanger ang buhay mo, kundi pati pamilya mo,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says of cops who joined drug war operations

NO SHARING. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug operations. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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Dela Rosa's 2018 call to cops: Let's bring back PNP's good image

Jan 13, 2018 - 4:36 PM

'Let us not repeat the mistakes of the past,' says Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa