Duterte war on drugs
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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

Dela Rosa admits cops demanded money to remove names from drug list

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The PNP chief warns policemen against the illegal practice as the organization prepares to revive its Oplan Tokhang in January – their 3rd try with the campaign

NEW TOKHANG? Dela Rosa asks PNP's top officials to conduct Tokhang differently once they return. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

[WATCH] 20 stories in 2017: War, impunity, and disinformation

Dec 29, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The war on drugs, the Marawi siege, the ASEAN Summit, and global disinformation gripped the nation this year. Rappler’s yearender video takes you through 20 of 2017's top stories

Rodrigo Duterte, Mandaluyong shootout, Bangko Sentral deadline | Midday wRap

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

Duterte narco list now 6,000 names long and counting – PDEA

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The PDEA and the PNP are currently pushing for the its revalidation, but the President will still decide in the end who stays or gets taken off the infamous drug list

DRUG LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte shows the latest list of those suspected of involvement in illegal drugs. Malacanang photo

Dela Rosa on calls to drop Tokhang term: 'What's in a name?'

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:58 PM

'What is important is the result, anong nangyari sa kampanya mo. Wala iyan sa pangalan,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

JUST NAMES. Dela Rosa speaks to reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dela Rosa to Carpio: Are Espinosa, Parojinog small-time drug lords?

Dec 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa questions why Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio thinks police are ignoring big-time drug lords

LOOK HERE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa points to Kerwin Espinosa. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

New PNP drug enforcement chief urges Filipinos to 'own' drug war

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:21 AM

'We need the Filipino people to own this campaign against illegal drugs. The Filipino people should recognize that the President is with them against illegal drugs,' says PNP DEG chief Albert Ferro

ASKING HELP. PNP DEG chief Albert Ferro says they won't go far without the help of civilians.File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA admits ‘failing’ in street-level drug war

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:47 PM

Chief Aaron Aquino says the real focus of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is on high-value targets

TRUTH BE TOLD. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they were failing in the streets when they were alone in the drug war. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PDEA seizes P57.5M worth of shabu at FedEx branch

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:26 PM

A drug suspect based in California sends 11.5 kilograms of alleged shabu into the country, declaring them as 'toys'

BIG HAUL. The PDEA reels in almost 12 kilograms of shabu within 5 days. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PDEA chief wants PNP to drop the term tokhang

Dec 11, 2017 - 4:50 PM

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino says the term tokhang now means 'killing' for most of Filipinos

NO TO 'TOKHANG'. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino suggests that the PNP stop using 'slogans' in the drug war. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The holidays turn somber for those whose loved ones died in extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs

IN PHOTOS: On Human Rights Day, groups urge Filipinos to fight tyranny

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The groups condemn alleged human rights violations linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, as well as the imposition of martial law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. On the International Human Rights Day, groups condemn the administration's war against drugs. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP announces new drug enforcement chief

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro, who used to head the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, is the new PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief

NO STRANGER. Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro is set to be the new DEG chief. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Baclaran Church reminds faithful Jesus was an EJK victim too

Dec 09, 2017 - 4:56 PM

'Stop the killings,' reads the cardboard message placed on top of the crucifix at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Baclaran Church

POWERFUL MESSAGE. Baclaran Church sends a powerful message against the killings in the Duterte administration's drug war on December 9, 2017, the eve of Human Rights Day. Photo courtesy of Gang Badoy/The Redemptorists of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

Western Visayas police invite residents to screen drug war cops

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:58 PM

Western Visayans have a say on cops who can participate in the war on drugs

'SERVE AND PROTECT'. Cops in formation at Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

P18.9-B worth of drugs seized by Duterte's drug war since start – PDEA

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Law enforcers conduct a total of 79,492 anti-illegal drugs operations from July 1, 2016 to December 5, 2017

SHABU. Cops seize drugs from a drug operation. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

P50-M shabu, firearms seized from Parojinog-linked homes in Ozamiz

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Police say the shabu and the firearms were seized from 4 houses owned by supporters of the late Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, who was killed in a bloody drug raid

PNP to add new drug war rules before resuming Tokhang

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The new rules are expected to complement the guidelines under Oplan Double Barrel, which is being challenged before the Supreme Court

NEW GUIDELINES. PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos says they will meet on the guidelines on December 7. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sarcastic Duterte says drug war death toll to rise with PNP return

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The President also warns drug personalities, 'No human rights office will protect you'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu on December 1, 2017, reiterates his vow to provide the military with the necessary equipment for them to carry out their duties efficiently. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR tells PNP to make arrests, and not kill, in return to drug war

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:55 PM

'We are hopeful that they will follow the lead of the PDEA, that previous operations in the past months have resulted to more apprehensions rather than alleged cases of extrajudicial killings,' says Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jackie de Guia

New drug war deadline? 'Give me another year' – Duterte

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The President says he will no longer respond to criticisms of his drug war by human rights groups

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through the report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as he explains the effect of various illegal drugs while delivering his speech during the 2017 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Magdalo urges PNP to revise drug war's rules of engagement

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Doing so would 'prove the sincerity of the administration in correcting its policy on combatting illegal drugs,' the group says

RETURN TO DRUG WAR. The PNP is officially ordered to return to Duterte's drug war. Rappler file photo

PNP drug enforcement chief: No need for body cameras, we have God

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our camera as policemen is God,' says PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief Joseph Adnol

DRUG ENFORCEMENT CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol talks to reporters in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte on PNP, SC affirms martial law, Marquez on Sereno | Evening wRap

Dec 05, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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PNP, PDEA welcome police return in war on drugs

Dec 05, 2017 - 5:51 PM

'We will follow the order of the Commander-in-Chief and Chief Executive,' says PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos

RETURNING. Cops march inside Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC Justice Carpio: ‘Why is PNP ignoring big-time drug lords?’

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida defends the PNP, saying that they were ordered to target all drug suspects, big or small

CRITICAL. Antonio Carpio questions the thrust of the PNP's war on drugs. Rappler file photo

Dela Rosa no-show in Supreme Court EJK hearing

Dec 05, 2017 - 2:37 PM

The PNP chief is in New York for an 'anti-terrorism conference', says Solicitor General Jose Calida

ABSENT. PNP chief Dela Rosa faces reporters outside the Supreme Court main building. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

Dec 04, 2017 - 8:02 AM

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

Schoolmates pay their last visit during the wake of Kian Delos Santos on August 25, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PDEA seizes P5 million worth of suspected shabu in hotel buy-bust

Dec 03, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Two Chinese nationals considered 'high-value targets' and two Filipinos are arrested during the operation

'SHABU'. Methamphetamine is a popular illegal drug in the Philippines. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Reuters 'edited' Tondo video to make PNP look bad – Dela Rosa

Nov 29, 2017 - 4:05 PM

'We will investigate at gagawin namin ang kaukulang investigation, pero huwag naman sana ganoon na talagang pina-project 'yung timing at 'yung pagka-edit,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DOUBTFUL. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa launches another tirade against Reuters. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP says 125 cops punished for drug war-related offenses

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The punishments range from salary forfeitures to permanent dismissal from the police service, PNP Internal Affairs Service chief Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo tells the Supreme Court

FORMATION. Cops line up at Camp Crame, the PNP's national headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP: Suspicious timing for 'baseless' Reuters report on drug killings

Nov 28, 2017 - 5:04 PM

The report – about a Manila police operation where suspects are allegedly killed deliberately – is released a day before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the PNP's war on drugs

PNP CHIEF. Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa attends the Supreme Court oral arguments on their war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Calida: Drug war petitions part of 'destabilization' moves

Nov 28, 2017 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) The Solicitor General says the police circular – while it may be abused – should be looked at by the Supreme Court for its purpose and not its effects

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

8.8M homes covered by TokHang when PNP led drug war

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Comparing the Philippine National Police data with numbers from the Philippine Statistics Authority, police visited at least a third of the country's households when it was on the front line of the campaign

VISITATION. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Malacañang 'looking into' Reuters report on Manila cops

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:16 PM

The Duterte administration 'does not tolerate police violence, brutality, and killing,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

Human rights groups and other progressive organizations held protest rally outside Camp Crame on Friday, to denounce the violence and crimes perpetrated by police officers in the name of Oplan Tokhang. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

PNP won't change drug war guidelines, says Dela Rosa

Nov 27, 2017 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine National Police will only change its memorandum on the war on drugs if the Supreme Court orders it to do so

NO COMPROMISE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa stands his ground against Supreme Court petitioners seeking to declare their suspended campaign as unconstitutional. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa on PNP's drug war return: 'We have learned a lot of lessons'

Nov 27, 2017 - 8:39 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says they will proceed at 'full speed' but with 'extreme caution'

'LESSONS LEARNED' PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa. File photo by Joel Liporada

CJ Sereno to constitutional bodies: Step up in advancing human rights

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

CALL TO ACTION. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls to action the constitional bodies in probing alleged human rights violations in the govennment's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

PNP on drug war return: 'We are ready'

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will follow the directive of the President, Chief Executive, and Commander-in-Chief...We are ready,' says PNP Spokesman Dionardo Carlos

PDEA chief on PNP’s drug war return: ‘I hope they change their guidelines first’

Nov 22, 2017 - 9:29 PM

PDEA chief Aquino's advice comes at a time when the PNP's guidelines to the drug war is being questioned at the Supreme Court

WISH TO BE GRANTED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says it has been their wish from the start to have the PNP returned to the drug war. Rappler screengrab

Duterte to bring police back to drug war

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency may not be able to implement the drug war on its own

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the updated list of those involved in the illegal trade in his speech during his visit to the Ozamiz City Police Station on August 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR's Gascon to Duterte: Words matter

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'This is particularly important to remember when words are spoken by those who are supposed to be our leaders,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, after another tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte

Sereno casts doubt on PNP's 'presumption of regularity' defense

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:33 PM

CenterLaw's Joel Butuyan says that as soon as police kill a suspect, they are also subject to legal scrutiny, putting the presumption of regularity into question

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC's Leonen: Drug list violates fundamental rights

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'If it is done by your government, when there is an official process that does that, then would you say that there is a fundamental right that is violated?' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Kill or arrest? SC's Carpio pins down what PNP means by 'neutralize'

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Carpio says the term 'neutralize' can mean 3 things in the war on drugs

NEUTRALIZED? 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Santiago fired for 'junkets' abroad, accepting favors from drug lords – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aside from suspicious trips, Dionisio Santiago is also accused of accepting a house from suspected drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog

JUNKETS & GIFTS. Malacanang says former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago was fired due to 'junkets' and questionable gifts. Rappler file photo