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DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P22 million worth of travels of PDEA officials lack documents – COA

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Another P51.8 million worth of disbursement vouchers have no receipts

Gregorio Pimentel appointed PDEA deputy director general

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The former head of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence and former Ilocos Region police chief will now help lead the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

Bus drivers and conductors submit their urine samples during a random drug testing at the Araneta Bus Center on Monday, April 15, 2019. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the nationwide drug tests for drivers and conductors to ensure the safety of travelers during the Holy Week. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA files charges vs Jacky Co, 16 others over P1.8-B shabu shipment

May 31, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says the filing of charges 'will serve as a warning to those individuals, especially to government employees, who extend assistance in drug trafficking'

CHARGES FILED. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on May 31, 2019, files charges before the Department of Justice against 17 people in connection with the P1.8-billion shabu shipment intercepted at the Manila International Container Port in March 2019. PDEA photo

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Gary Valenciano: PDEA's call to ban 'Amatz' may set limits on free expression

May 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Once you start limiting what people can say in a song, what’s to stop anybody from limiting (how they) express themselves in other ways,' Valenciano says

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

PDEA chief to Shanti Dope: Make music 'aligned with war on drugs'

May 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

But the former police general stands by his earlier call. 'Freedom of expression is limited. It's not absolute,' he says.

Filipino artists tell PDEA: 'Crack down on drug lords, not songs'

May 24, 2019 - 9:33 PM

'It is not PDEA’s job to be a music critic,' says the Concerned Artists of the Philippines

SHANTI DOPE. The rapper's song 'Amatz' has come under fire with the PDEA, after the government agency said it promotes marijuana use. Screenshot from YouTube.com/UniversalRecPH

P1 billion worth of shabu seized in Malabon warehouse

May 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino believes the shabu came from Cambodia, and is managed by the notorious Golden Triangle drug syndicate

BIG HAUL. The PDEA and Bureau of Customs presents to the members of the media the 146 kilos of shabu worth P 1 billion seized at Goldwin Commercial Warehouse in Malabon City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Shanti Dope's management slams PDEA over move to ban 'Amatz': 'Brazen use of power'

May 23, 2019 - 9:35 PM

'This is a brazen use of power, and an affront to our right to think, write, create, and talk freely about the state of the nation'

Finding Acierto

May 06, 2019 - 8:07 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran anti-drug operator Eduardo 'Jojo' Acierto hides from a government that's out to get him. What drives him?

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

Over 13,000 drug suspects convicted in 2018 – PDEA

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:05 PM

For every 10 drug suspects captured in 2018, only 3 have been convicted. The 7 remaining are either already acquitted or still undergoing prosecution.

MORE CONVICTIONS. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Over 7,000 transpo workers get drug test for PDEA's Oplan Huli Week

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

There are 36 bus drivers, 17 conductors, and one dispatcher who test positive for shabu

DRUG TEST. The PDEA conducts a surprise drug test in transportation terminals for Holy Week 2019. PDEA photo

PDEA chief Aquino: We're still investigating Michael Yang

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'Until now, my regional directors are still gathering data about Michael Yang,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court works with PDEA to probe judges' alleged drug links

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:30 PM

This is a slight departure from the response of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who said the drug list makes judges 'vulnerable and veritable targets'

NARCO LIST VS JUDGES. The Supreme Court said on April 2, 2019, that it will investigate the alleged involvement of judges in the drug trade. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

P1.8B worth of shabu intercepted at Manila port

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 276 kilos of drugs are hidden in a 40-foot container van that was declared to contain plastic resin

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P1.1-B worth of shabu seized in Ayala Alabang buy-busts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) PDEA and police arrest Chinese suspects in separate operations at the Alabang Town Center parking lot and in a house in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City

SHABU SEIZED. The illegal drugs are found inside biscuit tins believed to be distributed by the Golden Triangle drug syndicate. PDEA photo

LOOK: PDEA seizes P2.8-M party drugs in Makati buy-bust operation

Feb 09, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents discover P2.8 million worth of ecstasy, cocaine, kush, and other drugs inside the suspects' rented high-end Makati condominium

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents conducted a buy bust operation in Makati and arrested 4 persons who are believed to be one of the main big time suppliers of designer party drugs operating at the BGC and Makati area. Different types of drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, kush amounting to 2.8 million in street value were found inside the suspects rented high end condominium in Makati. February 9, 2019. The suspects identified were Ruth Anne Compra Mabalay, Sarah Mae Compra Mabalay, Tetsuya Tristan Reyes Sasaki, and Ryan Christopher DEVera Somera all were presented to the media in a press conference at the PDEA Jeadquarters in Quezon City. February 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

2 killed, P1.9 billion worth of 'shabu' seized in Cavite

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Police say two suspects believed to be Chinese were killed in a shootout during a drug raid in Tanza, Cavite

BIG HAUL. PNP an PDEA agents seize packs of shabu from a Tanza, Cavite warehouse. PNP photo

Gov’t claims 9,999 barangays already cleared of illegal drugs

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:13 PM

This leaves 22,427 barangays still needing to be cleared of drugs to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's delayed promise of stopping illegal drugs within his term

MORE TO GO. The government claims it has cleared almost 10,000 barangays of illegal drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PDEA to sue parents of children rounded up in Navotas raid

Jan 22, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The 12 children have been turned over to Navotas City's Bahay Pag-Asa

At least 28 alleged drug suspects including minors are arrested by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during raid at Navotas Fish Port in Navotas on January 16, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P148-M drugs found inside canned goods, clothes from U.S.

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says smugglers have become more 'creative' after the Duterte government stepped up its anti-drug campaign

CANNED GOODS? The PDEA and BOC find shabu inside canned goods from the United States. BOC photo

Duterte gov't tally: 'Drug war' deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records 5,050 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to November 2018

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

LIST: Over 40 face drug charges for multibillion-peso shabu shipments

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The 40 consist of former and current law enforcers, Customs and importing industry employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

READY FOR COURT. The PDEA formally accuses personalities involved in multibillion-peso shabu shipments of crime before the DOJ. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Former PDEA exec linked to shabu missing for 2 months now

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:44 PM

Not even his family knows where Ismael Fajardo is, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tells reporters

FIRED. PDEA's deputy chief for administration Ismael Fajardo was sacked amid the controversial search for the P11-billion shabu allegedly smuggled into the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

In cahoots? PDEA chief explains photo with fired drug-linked agents

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:51 PM

‘Kung sino man ang nagpalabas ng picture na ‘yan, it was given, it was published just to destroy my reputation, to destroy the image of PDEA,’ says Aaron Aquino

PARTY CRASHED. Aaron Aquino (R) with Eduardo Acierto (C) in the birthday party of Ismael Fajardo (L) at the PDEA main office gymnasium. Photo from the Office of Senator Richard Gordon.

Ex-cop, PDEA exec in P11-B shabu controversy missing

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Both have not been seen by their colleagues at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police

MISSING. Dismissed police colonel Eduardo Fajardo (L) and sacked PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo could not be found in their registered homes. Photos by Darren Langit, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Biazon on shabu smuggling: 'Is PDEA clean?'

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawmakers raise the possibility that more Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officials may be implicated in drug smuggling

QUESTIONED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, attends the House committee on dangerous drugs continues probe into P6.8-Billion shabu smuggling in Bureau of Customs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Nearly 5,000 killed in 'drug war'

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says there have been 4,999 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to October 2018

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gordon warns BOC’s Guerrero: Beware of ‘treacherous’ customs

Nov 22, 2018 - 6:27 PM

The senator shows newly-appointed Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero a photo of PDEA officials partying with an ex-cop supposedly involved in billion-peso shabu shipments

WARNING. Senator Richard Gordon gives newly appointed BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero words of advise. Photo of Rey by Darren Langit, Photo of Gordon by Angie de Silva/Rappler

It's against the law! DepEd firm vs drug tests for grade schoolers

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the department doesn't automatically change policies based on the results of a survey

ILLEGAL. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants mandatory drug tests on students as young as 10, but the Department of Education says this is illegal

House to summon sacked cops, Customs broker over shabu shipments

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM

House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers says they will continue establishing evidence for what they believe to be 'collusion' between the PDEA, BOC, and PNP

SHABU PROBE. House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

51% of Filipinos agree with mandatory drug test for grade schoolers

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The Social Weather Stations held the survey in September, months after the Department of Education rejected the proposed drug test on 10-year-old students

AGREEMENT. Half of Filipinos agreed with a proposal from PDEA to conduct mandatory drug tests among students as early as in elementary, according to the Social Weather Stations.

Año wants PDEA to release new drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

'Gusto ko ilabas talaga 'yan para makita ng mga tao kung sino ang dapat iboto at hindi,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año amid concerns that the list is not fully vetted

ANOTHER LIST? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año wants a repeat of April 2018, when they released a drug list of barangay officials just before the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Punish officials linked to P11-B shabu mess, says Robredo

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Hindi sapat na ilipat lamang sa ibang opisina ang mga nagkulang sa kanilang tungkulin, dapat managot ayon sa takda ng batas matapos ang imbestigasyon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo joins members of various sectors during the Mass for Peace. File photo by OVP

PDEA revises estimate: Missing shabu worth P11B not P6.8B

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nearly doubles its original estimate after reweighing the magnetic lifters found in Cavite in August

SUSPECTED SHABU VESSELS. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino inspects an empty magnetic lifter found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, in August 2018. The containers are believed to have stored more than a ton of shabu which had gone missing. PDEA photo

PDEA pushes link between seized drugs, 'missing' shabu

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says findings from a test indicate the empty magnetic lifters found in Cavite contained illegal drugs. But the Bureau of Customs disagrees.

EMPTY. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NAIA Customs bust: P15M worth of illegal drugs

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:08 PM

The latest apprehensions at the NAIA raises the Customs haul to a historic 27 drug busts in 6 months

Police identify 8 suspects in PDEA agents ambush

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Police tag relatives of a slain drug suspect as behind the attack on Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Kapai town, Lanao del Sur

SUSPECTS. Authorities release the identities and photos of suspects in the ambush on PDEA agents in Lanal del Sur on October 5, 2018, which left 5 people dead. Photo courtesy of PRO ARMM

PDEA seizes P30M in high-grade marijuana from Las Piñas home

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives say Paul Shon, alias Danny Lim, used selling exotic animals as a front for his illegal business

Members of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized P 30 million worth of Kush marijuana and arrested dealer Paul Shon alias Danny Lim, a US national, who sold of exotic animals as a front for his illegal business in ., Brgy. Pilar, Las Pinas City on October 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

5 PDEA agents killed in Lanao del Sur ambush

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Police say the PDEA agents went to an anti-drug symposium in Tagoloan II town and were attacked on their way to Marawi City

DEADLY ATTACK. Several gents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are attacked in Kalai town, Lanao del Sur, leaving 5 dead, on October 5, 2018. Image from Shutterstock.com

2 Koreans nabbed in Pampanga drug buy-bust

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says the suspects were arrested after they sold shabu to an undercover agent

Photo from Shutterstock

Drug cases against Johaira Macaubat, 9 others dismissed

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:42 AM

The decision is based on a technicality, as Judge Joeffre Acebido of Regional Trial Court branch 41 questions the manner in which the search warrant was conducted

PNP, PDEA, BOC officers implicated in P6.8-B shabu probe

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:32 PM

The probe points to possible collusion among officers from the frontline anti-drug agencies of Duterte's war on drugs

CONNIVANCE? Former members of the government's 3 anti-drug agencies are implicated in the alleged smuggling of shabu inside the Philippines. Graphic by Ken Bautista.

PDEA No. 2 official sacked amid missing P6.8-B shabu controversy

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Deputy Director General for Administration Ismael Fajardo is the highest-ranking government official implicated in the drug smuggling case

FIRED. PDEA's deputy chief for administration Ismael Fajardo is sacked amid the controversial search for the P6.8-billion shabu allegedly smuggled into the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PDEA seizes P544-M shabu in Pasay condo kitchen lab

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nabs 5 Hong Kong nationals believed to be members of the 14K international drug syndicate operating in China and Hong Kong

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raids a condominium unit allegedly used as a shabu laboratory by Hong Kong nationals in Pasay City on September 25, 2018. Around 80 kilos of shabu, 10 kilos of which are suspected liquid shabu placed in plastic containers, estimated with a street value of P544 million were confiscated by the raiding team. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PDEA arrests narcopoliticians in Iligan city raid

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The raid follows a nearly year-long surveillance of the family

PDEA ARMM director Juvenal Azurin (left) and Investigation Agent Benjamin Recites present to the media evidence from the raid on the house of Lanao del Sur provincial Board member Hussein Magandia which includes suspected shabu weighing 500 grams with an estimated street value of P3.4 million. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

TIMELINE: The search for P11-B shabu 'smuggled' into PH

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Rappler traces and plots the events related to the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte

PDEA chief insists magnetic lifters in Cavite contained shabu

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tags as 'unfair' criticisms being hurled at him that he was wrong in announcing the magnetic lifters contained illegal drugs

DRUG CONTAINERS? PDEA agents secure 4 empty magnetic scrap lifters inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Compelled by House panel, PDEA chief attends shabu shipment probe

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino arrives at the House hearing on the same day his leave of absence from the agency ended

FINALLY PRESENT. PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino attends the House committee on dangerous drugs hearing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler