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PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Albayalde questions EU Parliament resolution vs EJKs in Philippines

Apr 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM

'I don't know where [they're] coming from,' says new Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

NEW CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde questions the basis of the European Parliament resolution. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Next Metro Manila police chief one of authors of Oplan Tokhang

Apr 19, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Director Camilo Cascolan is currently the chief of the PNP Directorate for Operations, the office behind operational plans of the 180,000-strong police force

NEXT NCRPO CHIEF. Camilo Cascolan is a classmate of Oscar Albayalde and Ronald dela Rosa at the Philippine Military Academy. Rappler screengrab

Supreme Court tells gov't to prove drug war police reports exist

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The High Court wants answers: were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated?

Police investigate a dead man near Espana Boulevard in Manila on August 6, 2016.

Duterte nod needed before sharing Tokhang files with SC – PNP

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'Kapag sinabi ni Presidente na huwag mo ibigay, kung ako pa ang chief PNP, hindi ko talaga ibibigay,' says outgoing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. Outgoing and incoming PNP chiefs Ronald dela Rosa and Oscar Albayalde want Duterte's approval before sharing drug campaign documents with the SC. File photo from PPD

PNP to SC: Presumption of regularity is on our side

Apr 12, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'The presumption of regularity remains with the law enforcers and unless proven otherwise in the court of law,' says the PNP in a statement relating to alleged extrajudicial killings

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops prepare to go around to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Albayalde to retain Oplan Tokhang when he becomes PNP chief

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Albayalde says he will not introduce a new drug war policy in the PNP as he believes the current campaign has yielded 'very good' results

TOKHANG LIVES ON. Incoming police chief Oscar Albayalde will not introduce a new drug campaign policy in the PNP. File photo from House of Representatives

Duterte gov't tally: At least 4,000 suspects killed in drug war

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency counts 4,075 drug suspects slain by authorities since the Duterte administration launched its ambitious campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines

DRUG WAR DEATH. The blood of a summarily executed unidentified man flowing past the yellow line. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

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

Quezon City police welcome relaunch of Tokhang

Jan 29, 2018 - 8:57 PM

This time, the PNP assures the public, no one will get hurt when the police perform their Tokhang operations

KNOCK AND PLEAD. Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte joined the re-launch og Oplan Tokhang. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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 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

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

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

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

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

Senate approves 'TokHang-free' P3.7-trillion 2018 budget

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Senate realigns the P900-million allocation for the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel as well as the P500 million for the DILG's Masa Masid

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SC on House hearing, PNP on Oplan Tokhang, Calida slams SC petitions | Evening wRap

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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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

Budget has 'leeway' in case PNP returns to drug war – Drilon

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Drilon says there will be a contingent fund in case President Duterte brings the PNP back in the drug war

ENOUGH FOR ALL. Drilon wants the PNP's drug war budget to be realigned to housing. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drilon wants P1.4-B anti-drug budget realigned to house policemen

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Under the proposed 2018 budget, the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel and the DILG's Masa Masid program have allocations of P900 million and P500 million, respectively

PNP HOUSING. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes an additional P1.4-billion allocation for the housing needs of PNP personnel. File photo

[OPINION] Araw ng Pinatay 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:00 PM

There were significantly fewer people who trooped to the cemetery. Was it because for the past year-and-a-half, our people had seen so much death courtesy of Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, that remembering the dead on November 1 seemed superfluous?

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

Was the PNP’s war on drugs illegal? Here’s why lawyers think so

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the SC the opportunity to present oral arguments for the public to hear

ILLEGAL? The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the Supreme Court to void the PNP circular that operationalized the war on drugs.

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

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Oct 12, 2017 - 7:17 PM

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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

How the PNP's one-time, big-time operations work

Aug 27, 2017 - 9:00 PM

Here is a look at the controversial police operations against drugs and criminality and how these can be traced back to the Aquino administration

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

The Impunity Series

Jul 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

Rappler’s series of investigations documents the drug war as it continues to be fought across the first year of Duterte's presidency

Death rate down in police operations – DILG, PNP

May 15, 2017 - 6:33 PM

One death happens every 50 operations now compared to one in every 20 last year according to data the two agencies have collated

PERIOD REVIEW DELEGATES. DILG Asec Epimaco Densing III and PNP human rights affairs chief Dennis Siervo were both part of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Periodic Review held earlier this May. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

Lawyers' group asks SC to issue new rules for EJKs

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:11 AM

An extrajudicial killing is an outright breach of law And regardless of the fact that the suspect may have fought the police it is not for the police to write off the crime and proclaim that the killing was justified CenterLaw tells the Supreme Court

DRUG WAR. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 27, 2017

Apr 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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IN PHOTOS: Police take war on drugs to Happyland

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM

As the war on drugs continues dozens of men are rounded up in a police operation in the city of Manila Some of them tell Rappler however that they have nothing to do with drugs

One Time Big Time Operations on Illegal Drugs conducted by Raxabago-Tondo police station 1 in Gawad Kalinga Compound in Happyland, Barangay 105 Tondo, Manila on September 24, 2016.