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Theater therapy heals widows, orphans of drug war victims

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Theater 'is a viable means' to help heal the widows and orphans of drug war victims, says Father Flavie Villanueva, who created Program Paghilom for them

A group of widows and orphans perform at the Office of the Vice President in Quezon City, Monday, June 4. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Voters in Tondo hope new barangay officials can lessen drug war killings

May 14, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Because too much blood has spilled in the streets of Tondo, voters want new barangay leaders who can make positive change in their community

Tondo voters hope elected officials lessen the drug war killings. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

PNP to ‘Tokhang’ barangay officials in PDEA drug list

May 10, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The call for the barangay officials' surrender and rehabilitation comes amid possible oversights in PDEA's intelligence work

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

Albay governor asks mayors not to support candidates in PDEA narco list

May 03, 2018 - 10:28 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara wants to rid his province of the illegal drug menace

WITHDRAW SUPPORT. Governor Francis Bichara of Albay told mayors not to support barangay election candidate in the PDEA list. Screenshot from Rhaydz Barcia's video

[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.

New PNP chief Albayalde: 'How I wish I could be like Dela Rosa'

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'Nakita mo kung gaano siya kalapit sa mga tao. How I wish I could also be like that,' Albayalde says in his first press conference

NEW CHIEF. PNP Change of Command Ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/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

Duterte’s satisfaction rating, Lacson on Aquino, SC on anti-illegal drug campaign | Midday wRap

Apr 12, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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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

Supreme Court: Drug war deaths may mean gov't behind killings

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Supreme Court also 'wants to know why so many deaths happened' in the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

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

SC compels government to provide full Tokhang documentation

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme Court denies the Sollicitor General's motion for reconsideration which argued that full documentation would risk national security

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

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

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

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

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

Will govt be compelled to submit TokHang documents? SC to decide

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Petitioner Jose Manuel Diokno says the full documentation 'will go a long way in the fight against impunity and excesses by those clothed with government authority'

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

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

Roque on fake news, PNP on new Tokhang guidelines, Fisher wins Grammy | Midday wRap

Jan 29, 2018 - 12:47 PM

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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

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

Calida insists government not providing tokhang documents to SC

Jan 16, 2018 - 3:49 PM

The Supreme Court en banc orders the petitioners to respond to Calida's motion for reconsideration

MOTION. Solicitor General Jose Calida files a motion for reconsideration seeking the recall of the Supreme Court's order to provide full documentation of the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Calida on SC order, Duque demands Sanofi refund,Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Jan 12, 2018 - 8:34 PM

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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 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 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

IN PHOTOS: Kadamay march to oust Duterte

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The urban poor group cites President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-poor policies and his failed promises to resolve homelessness, job insecurity, contractualization, and rising prices of basic goods

Photo by Maria Tan/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

MMDA official jokes about shooting 'negative' journalists

Dec 07, 2017 - 3:51 PM

MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia jokes that journalists who write unflattering reports about his agency should become targets of Oplan Tokhang

JOKER JOJO. MMDA Assistant General Manager Jojo Garcia gives a press briefing. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

The Fifth Man

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:58 AM

The police call it an encounter. The survivor says it was an execution. Forensic evidence says he may be right.

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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WATCH: TokHang petitioners ask SC for protection from police

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:41 PM

Solicitor General Jose Calida calls their petition a destabilization plot

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

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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Senators express concern over return of PNP to drug war

Nov 24, 2017 - 2:41 PM

'It is a return to the horrors of extrajudicial killings. It opens up the dangerous possibility of another Kian delos Santos,' says opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros

The blood of a summarily executed unidentified man flowing pass the yellow line in C4 road December 27, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/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

SC Chief Justice Sereno directs Dela Rosa to appear for EJK oral arguments

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno is also calling the heads of the DILG, PDEA, DDB, Napolcom and PNP-IAS to appear during oral arguments on November 28

Solicitor General Jose Calida with other lawyers in defence of the government attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Leonen: Circulars declared unconstitutional won't stop gov't from fighting drugs

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:06 PM

The Associate Justice says adjusting the government's program against illegal drugs so it does not necessarily alienate communities it is supposed to protect would also clarify the rights of individuals vis-a-vis the power of government

Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chairman Jose Manuel Diokno leads other lawyers as they attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Probe into 'nanlaban' cases just a fishing expedition – SolGen

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Government lawyers also believe that families of drug war victims are not entitled to state protection

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

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

Lawyers do dirty groundwork to fight Duterte’s drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:01 PM

'There are only a few of us who do this. We are lawyers, we need to find ways to make the law more meaningful and closer to justice.'

LAWYERS VS DRUG WAR. Cristina Antonio and Krissy Conti are among the lawyers taking on President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

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