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PDEA seizes P500,000 in psychotropic, narcotic drugs from Nueva Ecija pharmacies

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Among the dangerous drugs seized are 2,422 pieces of Valium Diazepam, 3 amber glass vials of Ketamine Hydrochloride, and 10 pieces of Fentanyl Citrate

SEIZED. The dangerous drugs confiscated by the PDEA from 4 pharmacies along Mabini St. in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Jun A. Malig

Money, properties seized by PDEA should be given to PDEA – Aquino

Jan 10, 2018 - 8:26 PM

'Seized operations ng PDEA 'yan. Bakit 'di kami ang may karapatan para gamitin 'yun, 'yung pera?' asks PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

FOR PDEA'S USE. Director General Aaron Aquino wants to spend money seized from drug operations. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cocaine in Sorsogon, Cuy is DDB chief, Seoul-Pyongyang talks | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

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P125 million worth of cocaine found ashore in Sorsogon

Jan 04, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Authorities suspect the illegal drugs came from a foreign cargo vessel marked 'Jin Ming'

RECOVERED. Packs of cocaine appear to have washed ashore in Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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PDEA chief ‘surprised’ court acquits Mark Anthony Fernandez

Dec 28, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Fernandez's two drugs cases were dismissed on grounds of breaches in handling the evidence

MARK ANTHONY FERNANDEZ. The actor is released from jail after over a year of imprisonment. Screengrab from YouTube.com/GMANETWORK

PDEA tallies over 1,000 arrests, zero deaths under new chief

Dec 28, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The PDEA, the country's lead agency for all anti-illegal drug efforts, nets over P228.81 million in drug and non-drug evidence during its new chief's first 100 days

PDEA CHIEF. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, who was a police regional director in the first year of Duterte's drug war, now heads the PDEA. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

P17.5M worth of shabu sent through FedEx turned over to PDEA

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:23 PM

The Bureau of Customs also turns over to PDEA the two suspects who claimed the contraband from the FedEx warehouse

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

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

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

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

DOJ brings back NBI power to investigate drug cases

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:43 PM

The NBI's involvement in case buildups was revoked before by an order of President Rodrigo Duterte, preventing it from probing the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China

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

HIGHLIGHTS: Justices grill Calida on operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questions the regularity of police raids during ungodly hours

LOOPHOLES. Solicitor General Jose Calida is put on the spot to defend what some justices deem as loopholes in Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug campaign.

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's Martires: Why did the PNP send 8 police units for just one drug suspect?

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Ryan Almora, an alleged drug pusher, was killed by a team made up of operatives from 8 police units

TOO MANY FOR ONE? SC Justice Martires asks why the PNP had to send 8 units to capture just one suspect. File photo Rappler screengrab

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

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Nov 30, 2017 - 11:22 AM

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How can we help end the negative impact of HIV?

Nov 30, 2017 - 9:11 AM

In the Philippines, the question is highlighted after media groups and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) struggled to handle a case involving a person living with HIV (PLHIV)

‘Stop HIV shaming’: When status is not the story

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Here are guidelines for government authorities and media groups in handling cases and stories involving persons living with HIV

De Castro testimony, Dela Rosa on Reuters report, UAAP Finals | Evening wRap

Nov 29, 2017 - 7:36 PM

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PDEA says sorry for disclosing HIV status of drug suspect

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:09 PM

'We may have gone overboard by violating his right to privacy,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

Pia Wurtzbach speaks out against revealing drug suspect's HIV status

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:36 PM

Like many social media users, Miss Universe 2015 calls out the PDEA and a media outlet for revealing the HIV status of a drug suspect

PDEA to appeal DOJ clearing Faeldon

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:30 PM

Faeldon is cleared by the DOJ last week after failing to find probable cause, supposedly because of PDEA's weak complaint

FAELDON. Nicanor Faeldon during a senate inquiry into a P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Better police handling, media coverage of drugs and HIV needed

Nov 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM

We can all do our part in easing the stigma of HIV and creating a less hostile environment both for people who use drugs and people living with HIV

Destabilization or ripe for suspension? Day 2 of SC drug war oral arguments

Nov 29, 2017 - 9:23 AM

Here are highlights of the second day of Supreme Court oral arguments on the constitutionality of Oplan Tokhang in the government's war on drugs

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Nov 28, 2017 - 8:30 PM

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Netizens call out media outlet for baring suspects' mugshots, HIV status

Nov 28, 2017 - 1:12 PM

Netizens argue that such actions reinforce the stigma attached to the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV

11 nabbed in drug bust operation at BGC hotel

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The raid yields suspected ecstacy, methamphetamine or shabu, gamma hydroxybutyrate, also known as 'club drug' or 'date rape' drug, says PDEA

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Nov 24, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Aguirre: Duterte’s drug war memo bars NBI from investigating Faeldon

Nov 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Mag-aral muna kayo,' Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II tells senators criticizing the DOJ panel's decision to dismiss the complaint against former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon stemming from a P6.4-billion shabu shipment

LACKING COMPLAINT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II passes the buck to PDEA for filing a lacking complaint that led to the dismissal of charges against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon in the smuggled P6.4 billion drug shipment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 23, 2017

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:42 AM

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BJMP Acting Chief Deogracias Tapayan (left), QCPD Chief PCSupt Guillermo Eleazar (right) along with PDEA officials led the destruction of confiscated contrabands from a series of Greyhound Operations as part of the Oplan Linis Piitan in line with the president war on drugs campaign. The event was held at the BJMP NHQ in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City on on October 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

DOJ clears Faeldon, charges Taguba in shabu shipment case

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

DOJ says the PDEA did not clearly accuse Faeldon and other Customs officials in its complaint, meriting a dismissal

CLEARED. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials are cleared in the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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

HIGHLIGHTS: What was discussed in SC oral arguments on drug war?

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Here's a summary of the most important points raised during the petitioners' round in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

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

Only 1 suspect killed since PDEA became 'sole agency' for drug war

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:15 PM

An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also died, says Senator Panfilo Lacson, who sponsors PDEA's proposed budget for 2018

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

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

Aquino on war on drugs, Tropical Depression Salome, Angkas shutdown | Evening wRap

Nov 09, 2017 - 7:55 PM

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PDEA quota, Tropical Depression Salome, Trump tweets in China | Midday wRap

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:33 PM

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End to illegal drugs in Duterte term 'nearly impossible,' says PDEA chief

Nov 09, 2017 - 12:56 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they can only succeed if they can add 1,000 operatives a month. He also needs a P3.5-billion budget.

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Nov 09, 2017 - 11:47 AM

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BURIED REEFS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.