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On Independence Day, mother who lost son to Oplan Tokhang calls for 'true freedom'

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:28 PM

A woman who lost her son due to 'Oplan Tokhang' chooses to head to the streets and protest on Independence Day

Circulars in Duterte’s drug war violate constitutional rights – research

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

(UPDATED) Voluntary submission in existing laws can exempt a drug suspect from criminal liability. In Duterte’s war on drugs, a surrenderer may further expose himself to prosecution, according to research done by the Ateneo Human Rights Center

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

PODCAST: Bakit mahalagang mailabas ang tokhang documents?

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Ano ang mga tanong na maaaring masagot ng mga dokumentong ito?

SC to Calida: 'Ridiculous' to say tokhang documents involve national security

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The undeniable fact that thousands of ordinary citizens have been killed, and continue to be killed, during police drug operations certainly is a matter of grave public concern,’ says the High Court

TOKHANG DOCS. After a 16-month tug-of-war with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida loses his appeals and is directed to release tens of thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC acquits another drug suspect: Presumption of regularity in operations not enough

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:43 AM

‘The presumption of regularity in the performance of official duty stands only when no reason exists in the records by which to doubt the regularity of the performance of official duty,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

Initial tokhang documents show lack of genuine probe into killings – lawyers

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:27 PM

'It appears that not much effort has been placed into identifying and arresting the assailants, based on the length of time devoted to investigating the case,' says human rights lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Human rights lawyers Ted Te and Chel Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) present initial findings based on police documents of 29 killings in the war on drugs during a news conference on April 4, 2019. Photo by Wanda Domingo

New win vs tokhang: Ombudsman orders murder charges vs Manila cop

Apr 04, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires also orders the dismissal of Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Geñalope and his perpetual disqualification from holding public office

VICTIM OF EJK? Normita Lopez files murder complaints on September 28, 2017, before the Office of the Ombudsman against Manila cops for the death of his son Djastin. Photo by Rappler

Sara Duterte calls Robredo ‘fake VP’ | Midday wRap

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:17 PM

Watch Rappler’s Midday wRap with Chito dela Vega

Dela Rosa jokes to crowd: Clap your hands or face Tokhang

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:09 AM

'Kung ayaw 'nyo pumalakpak, bukas ipa-Tokhang ko kayo sa pulis,' says the former police chief who masterminded the controversial Oplan Tokhang

QC local candidates headed by QC Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte hosted the Hugpong ng Pagbabago senatorial candidates in their campaign caravan at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City. Thousands attended the event as Hugpong ng Pagbabago Mayor Sarah Duterte pledge to support the Serbisyo ng Bayan’s local candidates in the coming midterm elections. February 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Boracay opening, tokhang, Johnny Depp | Evening wRap

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:33 PM

Watch Rappler's evening wRap with Maria Ressa

‘Tokhang,’ at kung bakit ‘natural’ na mapili ito bilang Salita ng Taon 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Karamihan sa mga salitang pinagpilian sa Sawikaan 2018 ay mga politikal na salita. 'Ganoong katensiyonado ang development pati ng wika,' sabi ni National Artist Virgilio Almario, tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino

SALITA NG TAON. Ang salitang 'tokhang' na ipinasa ni Mark Angeles (center) ang itinanghal na Salita ng Taon sa Sawikaan 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

‘Tokhang’ ang Salita ng Taon 2018

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Napili ang 'tokhang' mula sa 11 nominadong salita sa kumperensiyang Sawikaan ng Filipinas Institute of Translation, Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino, at UP

Salita ng Taon 2018: Narito ang mga pinagpipilian

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:13 PM

Ang 11 nominadong salita ay naging laman ng mga balita at diskusyon, at bukambibig ng mga Filipino sa nakalipas na dalawang taon

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

Duterte on Philippine Rise, Bello applies for Ombudsman post, Albayalde on barangay officials | Evening wRap

May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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

13 barangay candidates on Baguio Tokhang list

May 11, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Not content with the two barangay candidates in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency’s list, Baguio decided to look at its own list and found 11 more

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

Roque to do 'legal audit' of PNP files on drug killings

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque wants to have a file on each killing so he can 'confidently' defend the Duterte administration's bloody campaign against illegal drugs

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

[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

UST holds lectures on literature in the time of fake news and tokhang on April 17

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The 2018 Paz Latorena Memorial Lectures features veteran journalist Inday Espina-Varona and renowned cultural and literary critic Rolando Tolentino

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

Apr 12, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Bea Cupin

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

Tokhang jingle rapper arrested over alleged shabu possession – report

Apr 11, 2018 - 10:55 PM

Zaito, of Fliptop fame, is arrested after cops serving a search warrant against him allegedly find 3 sachets of shabu

FLIPTOP ARTIST. Zaito, a rapper, is reportedly arrested for the alleged possession of illegal drugs. Screenshot from Zaito's 'Ganti Ng Patay' music video

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

Robredo: How can DOJ clear self-confessed drug lord Espinosa?

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Senators say the recommendation of a Department of Justice panel to drop charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa proves that the drug war is 'anti-poor' and a 'sham'

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the ADP Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Talk on March 13, 2018. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

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

[OPINION] ICC: Complementarity, not exhaustion of remedies

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

If the ICC has to wait for the Duterte regime to investigate – which is not forthcoming at all – the ICC will never be able to act

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

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

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

Watch Rappler's midday newscast

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 25, 2018

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa (center), NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde (right) and QCPD Director Guillermo Eleazar during press conference at Camp Crame on Friday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT