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Rape cases have gone up since PNP left drug war – Dela Rosa

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:56 PM

'That's a glaring reality,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

RAPE CASES ON THE RISE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (center) tells reporters in Camp Crame on November 17, 2017, that rape cases have been on the rise since the police were taken out of the war on illegal drugs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How many drug users in PH? DDB gets P15-M budget to find out

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:25 PM

'We've been getting some very conflicting figures and it's about time that we do a more accurate survey on the number of drug users,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, sponsor of the Dangerous Drugs Board's budget in the Senate

DRUG USERS. Alleged drug addicts and pushers wait to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Colombian drug mule with over 1kg of cocaine in stomach nabbed in NAIA

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:14 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says the 67-year-old Colombian suspect swallowed 79 pellets filled with suspected cocaine, with a total weight of 1.185 kilograms and an estimated market value of P8.89 million

SWALLOWED. The pellets are presented to the media. PDEA photo

PDEA sets up an office inside Bilibid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) The office is located a few hundred meters away from the compound's iconic reserve, where prisoners are kept

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Trump warned not to do Duterte fist pump in Manila

Nov 12, 2017 - 12:13 PM

Critics warn Trump that the gesture has come to represent the brutalities of Duterte's drug war, which has claimed thousands of lives

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Nov 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

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Duterte wants Philippines to host 'world summit on human rights'

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:44 PM

'All the victims of human rights violation are invited to come and air their gripe or grievances,' says the Philippine president

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, gives his insights on globalization citing that if it should be promoted, global trade players should strike a balance between the rich and poor countries. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte threatens to slap UN rapporteur if she probes drug war

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:40 PM

'You are fucking me and I do not want it,' says the Philippine leader, angered by UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, relays the key points of his keynote address during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. The President cited that while globalization has its benefits, it has somehow stunted the growth of some developing countries. He went on to suggest that highly-developed countries should give more opportunities to MSMEs especially from developing countries. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PNP holds training in case police are reassigned to drug war

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:27 PM

The PNP conducts a drug enforcement training even after they were taken off the war on drugs

PREPARATION. Cops queue up during a surprise mandatory drug test at a police station in Manila. AFP file photo

PDEA chief sets monthly drug war 'quota' for regional offices

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:21 AM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino wants his regional offices to conduct 30 to 40 anti-drug operations per month

Rappler Talk: PDEA on leading the drug war without the PNP

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Rappler sits down with PDEA chief Aaron Aquino to ask him how the drug war has been without the PNP

Duterte 'offended' by Santiago's criticism of drug rehab approach

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:11 PM

'You do not go to the press and start to blabber,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about axed DDB chief Dionisio Santiago

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

25 mayors, governors stripped of powers over police for 'various reasons'

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:03 PM

One of the reasons, according to reports, is their ties to the illegal drug trade

Duterte confers Order of Lapu-Lapu on model Caloocan cop

Nov 06, 2017 - 9:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says PO1 Ronald Anicete is the kind of cop he wants in the police force

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Kampilan Medal to PO1 Ronald Anicete on the sidelines of the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Philippine National Police (PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 6, 2017. Anicete was stabbed by a man who resisted arrest in Caloocan City sometime in September. Also in the photo are PNP Director General Ronald dela Rosa and National Captial Region Police Office Direcor Oscar Albayalde. Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Scalawag cops will answer to the Lord, Dela Rosa tells Catholic Church

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:20 AM

'Kung ikaw ay pulis gagawa ka ng krimen ay mananagot ka kay lord, at kung ikaw naman ay pari at gumagawa ka ng kasinungalingan, mananagot ka rin kay lord,' says PNP chief Dela Rosa

SAME PRAYER. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says cops also want to bring justice to Filipinos. Rappler file photo

Catholics return to EDSA as bishop warns of 'curse'

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:45 AM

'A curse awaits a nation that kills its own people,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas on 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday at the EDSA Shrine

PRAYER POWER. Catholics return to EDSA on November 5, 2017, to denounce the killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'No politics' in EDSA march against killings

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:00 AM

'Nobody here is destabilizing,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, as he and several other opposition members join the 'Lord, Heal Our Land' Sunday protest

Vice president Leni Robredo attends the mass at the Edsa Shrine For the “start the healing” campaign led by the CBCP on November 5, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

On day of rally vs EJKs, Malacañang seeks Church's help vs drugs

Nov 05, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Malacañang also says the President allows 'constructive dissent,' as the Church prepares for a big rally against alleged extrajudicial killings

BETTER RAPPORT. New Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls for unity of the national government with the Catholic Church. Malacanang photo

Villegas hits 'huling baraha' mentality amid PH killings

Nov 03, 2017 - 9:44 PM

'Ang kakapitan natin ay ang Diyos, hindi ideolohiya, hindi partido,' Archbishop Socrates Villegas says ahead of an anti-EJK event along EDSA on November 5

NO TO KILLINGS. A Mass is held for victims of drug-related killings at San Isidro Labrador Parish in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, on October 31, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Undas 2017: Pray for the 'living dead,' bishop says

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David hits drug war killings as Filipinos remember the dead: 'Dapat matigil na ang kahibangang ito!'

NO TO KILLINGS. A candle-lighting ritual for victims of drug war killings is held at the San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City on October 24, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Undas 2017: 'Drug war victims crying for justice'

Oct 31, 2017 - 8:06 PM

'Sisindihan namin ang mga kandila bilang simbolo ng aming mithiin para sa katarungan,' families of drug war victims say as Filipinos remember the dead

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Victory Church holds formation program for PNP

Oct 31, 2017 - 2:50 PM

'We believe God is truly moving in the Philippines, especially in our government,' Victory Church says

SURRENDERING TO GOD. Members of the Philippine National Police attend a two-week values formation program by Victory, one of the biggest Christian churches in the Philippines. All photos from Victory on Facebook

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 31, 2017

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Tuesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose for a photo prior to a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

La Salle backs EDSA procession vs killings on November 5

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:33 AM

'We act in solidarity with other Filipinos in fight for dignity of human life and democracy,' De La Salle Philippines president Brother Armin Luistro says

Candle-Lighting Against Extra Judicial Killings and Tolling of Bells with Bishop Ambo David. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH drug problem rooted in poverty – drugs board chief

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Dangerous Drugs Board chief Dionisio Santiago stresses that drug proliferation is a problem that plagues the poor the most

Ligaya's sorrow: Losing a brother to the drug war

Oct 29, 2017 - 8:40 PM

This year, cemetery cleaner Ligaya Medina will be taking care of one more tomb – her brother's

MEMORY. Ligaya Medina holds a photo of Ericardo as she sits beside her daughter in their home and sari-sari store built in between tombs at the Pasay Municipal Cemetery. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

In a time of 'pervasive' violence, build 'caring communities' for children

Oct 26, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Clinical psychologist Maria Lourdes Carandang says parents should be good role models to their kids to counter what is happening in Philippine society today

'PLIGHT OF CHILDREN.' Clinical psychologist Lourdes Carandang delivers her lecture at the Ateneo Professional Schools on October 25. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs

POPE AND CARDINAL. Pope Francis (left) speaks with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) during the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on October 5, 2015. File photo by AFP

Duterte to Iloilo Mayor Mabilog: 'You're next'

Oct 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also admits he personally ordered the raid that killed Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the ASEAN Law Association (ALA) Governing Council Commemorative Session and Concert Program at the Malacañan Palace on October 25, 2017, tackles the enormity of the illegal drug problem on the country and how he intends to address the issue. Malacañan Photo

Dela Rosa hits SWS for 'piecemeal attack' on PNP drug war

Oct 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

Social Weather Stations, however, says they are merely following their own timeline for the survey releases and that more are forthcoming

QUESTIONED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa slams SWS. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

How TokHang lives on through barangay officials

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it needs barangay officials to win the drug war

CONTINUATION. Barangay officials take over the drug war with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Pieta' drug suspect killed by syndicate – Malacañang

Oct 21, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Malacañang says they will pursue investigations on all drug-related deaths

PIETA. A woman hugs her husband who was shot dead by an unidentififed gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. The man lies next to a placard that reads, 'I'm a pusher.' Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte dares West to take 'lead role' in PH drug war

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:40 PM

In a speech tinged with sarcasm, President Rodrigo Duterte challenges Western countries to solve the Philippine drug war 'the civilized way'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy and the officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) during his visit at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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Second petition vs TokHang filed at SC

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The petition is filed on behalf of residents of 26 barangays in San Andres, Manila, including the families of 35 residents killed in police operations in the area

WAR ON DRUGS. A drug-related killing in Metro Manila. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

3 dead in Tondo a day after Duterte's new drug war memo

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:25 AM

The killings happen a day after President Rodrigo Duterte issues a memorandum order removing the Philippine National Police from the helm of the drug war operations

The wake of Sherwin Vitas, 34, and Rolando Ocampo, 60, in Tondo Manila. Both were killed in a police-led buy bust operation last October 11, moments before it was announced to the public that PDEA would lead all drug operations Photo by Kimberly dela Cruz

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

3 conditions when police can join PDEA drug war operations

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives the special circumstances needed when the PNP can join in illegal drug operations

EXCEPTION. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says cops can only join operations if PDEA agents are losing a gunfight. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why are Filipinos supporting Duterte's drug war?

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Despite concerns and controversies, 7 in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration's drug war led by the Philippine National Police

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

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

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

NO TO KILLINGS. Catholics join a Mass on September 21, 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of Martial Law and to oppose extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dela Rosa apologizes for dip in Duterte ratings

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:50 PM

'Sorry, kami [ang] nagbigay ng dissatisfaction ng mga tao towards the President,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs and the committee on justice and human rights resumes its probe on December 5, 2016 investigating the death of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

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 ratings dip expected but 'love still there' – Malacañang

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says Filipinos are now managing their expectations 'after the honeymoon period' of the Duterte administration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017, reminds the government troops to remain loyal to the Constitution and the flag. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL 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

No extrajudicial killings in PH? World 'not fooled,' says HRW

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government is limiting its definition of extrajudicial killings to avoid responsibility for the thousands of deaths linked to the drug war

Drilon compares PNP 'lies' in Duterte's drug war to Nazi propaganda

Oct 08, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'Ginagago ang taumbayan, to put it bluntly,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, reacting to the PNP's claim that there have been no extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch

CRIME SCENE. Kian Loyd delos Santos' uncle, Randy, points to the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes are visible with Kian's blood splattered around. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler