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Bato dela Rosa won't inhibit from Senate EJK probe: 'Ako ba pumatay?'

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Senator-elect Ronald dela Rosa, who is poised to chair the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs in the 18th Congress, says he would 'not be biased' since he was no longer a cop

NOT INHIBITING. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says he will not inhibit from investigations on the bloody war on drugs. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

U.N. rights chief: Deaths in PH anti-drug operations a ‘most serious concern’

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 PM

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says the recorded 5,425 deaths in police operations in the Philippines would be a matter of concern already for any country

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

This author wrote a book about the 'drug war' for the young Fil-Am crowd

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Randy Ribay's 'Patron Saints of Nothing' tells the story of a young Fil-Am who flies to the Philippines after his cousin dies because of the campaign against illegal drugs

[OPINION | Newspoint] Hounds at the door

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If the cumulative death count to date is 5,000, that means the killings have slowed to 1,000 in the past year and a half. But does that mean the government will now allow itself to be investigated?

Robredo: Why reject U.N. probe if Duterte gov't has nothing to hide?

Jun 09, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

Human rights are the bedrock of a person's dignity and freedom. Human rights belong to every regardless of their stature in life, their gender, class, ethinicity, religion, politics or circumstances. Human rights are universal because we are all born with them. And yet, because people do not equally enjoy their rights and human rights itself are under attack, there are those who spend their lives fighting for the rights of others and their selves. December 10, 2018 International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Philippines rejects call for U.N. rights council probe

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses UN experts of 'peddling a biased and absolutely false recital of facts'

JUSTICE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call for justice on International Human Rights Day. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. experts call for probe into human rights violations in the Philippines

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) Eleven independent experts say in a statement, 'The government has shown no indication that they will step up to fulfill their obligation to conduct prompt and full investigations into these cases, and to hold perpetrators accountable'

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. This file photo shows Cordillera Human Rights defenders as they march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day.€ File photo by Mau Victa

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

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.

De Lima seeks Senate probe into spate of drug-related killings in Central Luzon

May 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'It is urgent to investigate this apparent shift of focus to Central Luzon and to assess the strategy pursued by the administration’s drug war'

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

In San Fernando, Cebu, the drug war is also fought on Facebook

May 23, 2019 - 12:20 AM

San Fernando's dead politicians are just some of the elected government officials killed since Duterte declared his war on illegal drugs, a battle also waged on Facebook

The windshield of the multicab village chief Johnny Arriegado was driving when he was killed. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Isko Moreno expects 'high tolerance' from cops in Manila drug war

May 18, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'Minsan habulan, eh napagod 'yung pulis, binaril na lang sa likod. Eh that's violation of human rights,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso

MAYOR-ELECT. Isko Moreno speaks in a Rappler Talk on Saturday, May 18 at the Rappler Headquarters in Pasig City. Rappler screenshot

On eve of 2019 polls, 'Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj' criticizes Duterte's 'drug war,' allies

May 12, 2019 - 10:59 PM

'Normally midterms act as a check on the president. But there's nothing normal about President Rodrigo Duterte,' says the comedian

PH SPOTLIGHT. Comedian Hasan Minhaj puts a spotlight on Duterte's bloody 'drug war' the day before the 2019 midterm elections. Screenshot from the Patriot Act's YouTube page

Manila’s war on drugs ‘will respect human rights’ – Isko Moreno

May 10, 2019 - 11:22 PM

‘We will support the war on drugs in a manner that is within the bounds of the law,' says Manila mayoral bet Isko Moreno

Mayoral candidate Isko Moreno along with vice mayoral re-electionist Honey Lacuna hold a miting de avance in San Andres, Manila. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINYON] Para sa kapakanan mo, oposisyon ang iboto

May 06, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya

'That's how much I love him': Bong Go ready to join Duterte in jail

May 05, 2019 - 9:05 PM

On the campaign trail in Mandaluyong City, senatorial bet Bong Go defends President Rodrigo Duterte's 'drug war'

JAILTIME TOGETHER? Senatorial candidate Bong Go says he is ready to join his longtime boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, to jail. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

[OPINION] Vote for the opposition, you owe it to yourself

May 02, 2019 - 9:19 AM

If you respect our country’s sovereignty – and want to avoid paying more onerous Chinese loans and to resist China’s exploitation of our resources in the West Philippine Sea – vote for the opposition

How Duterte gov’t tried to fix legal loopholes of drug war

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The PNP circular and the corrective resolutions that followed show haste on the part of the Duterte administration to launch the anti-illegal drug campaign

On opinion drug war unconstitutional, PNP says 'academe is not Supreme Court'

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reacts to a paper by the Ateneo Human Rights Center which says drug war circulars of President Duterte violate the rights of suspects guaranteed in the Constitution

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview to reporters inside police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa: We're still far from a drug-free Philippines

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa led the first few years of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-illegal drug campaign whose campaign promise was eradicating drugs 'in 3 to 6 months'

Bato at Munti. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Bishop David: 'Biggest lie' to say drug war is against drugs

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mexico's Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System says the 8,493 murders recorded from January to March represents a 9.6% rise on the same period in 2018

Forensic experts and investigators of the prosecution office work at the crime scene next to a man's corpse in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 20, 2019. Violence in Mexico, besieged by bloodthirsty drug cartels that also engage in fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping, reached a new record during the first quarter of 2019 with 8,493 murders, according to official figures released on the weekend of April 20-21. HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP

[OPINION] Let our people go

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno asks: considering the manner by which government has executed the war on drugs, who will take responsibility for the orphaning of children?

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'Daig pa ang penitensiya,' says an old lady as she leaves the venue of a campaign rally that lasted 7 hours

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene as he addressed supporters in the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in Batangas City. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

PODCAST: Bakit mahalagang mailabas ang tokhang documents?

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:19 PM

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

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

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

[OPINYON] Pilipinas, anyare?

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.

Duterte says new drug lord in Western Visayas will also die

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:51 PM

'Patay rin yan. Yan ang sigurado,' says Duterte, speaking behind a bullet-proof glass during the PDP-Laban rally in Bacolod

PREDICTION. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in the Bacolod City Government Center football field in Bacolod City Thursday night, April 11. RTVM screenshot

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

Government, SC engage in tug-of-war over tokhang documents

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio, however, gets unanimous votes on 2 resolutions that compel the government to release tens of thousands of documents related to the drug war killings

SUPREME COURT. The en banc unanimously agrees to compel the Duterte government to submit and release documents related to the more than 20,000 killings in the campaign against drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] 6 economic issues senatorial bets ought to be talking about

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here’s a suggestion: if a candidate can’t be bothered to show up in debates and lay bare their ideas for all to see, let’s not vote for him or her

CHR: Release of drug war documents important for accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'It is only through greater transparency that we can ascertain the truth behind the circumstances leading to these killings,' says the Commission on Human Rights

SC ruling on drug war documents 'big first step' toward accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Otso Diretso candidate Chel Diokno, a human rights lawyer, says the documents will help confirm the pattern they observed in killings in the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. Police watch over the bodies of two dead women outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Malacañang to obey SC ruling on release of drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 10:25 PM

The Duterte administration will comply with the High Court's decision 'unless it reverses itself upon a motion for reconsideration by the Solicitor General,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

DRUG WAR DOCUMENTS. Drug war documents at Camp Crame from May 21, 2018. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa backtracks, now says okay to release drug war docs

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Wala akong concern, wala akong 'tinatago, wala akong takot diyan,' says senatorial bet and former top cop Bato dela Rosa, after the Supreme Court ordered the release of drug war documents

ON DEATH PENALTY. Former Philippine National Police chief and senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa speaks during a Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP insists: 'All drug war deaths being investigated'

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'What I'm confident of is, during our time even until now, those police operations, all of them are being investigated, even those which we call deaths under investigation,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

'ALL PROBED.' PNP chief Oscar Albayalde was Metro Manila police chief when the so-called war on drugs began. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court rules to release drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

(UPDATED) Informed sources say the en banc voted unanimously to deny Solicitor General Jose Calida’s motion for reconsideration to keep the documents only between the government and the Court

DOCUMENTS. Boxes of police and investigation reports related to the 20,322 killings by both vigilantes and policemen in the war on drugs have been submitted to the Supreme Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DILG files complaints vs governor, 50 more mayors over anti-drug councils

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A governor and 50 mayors face administrative complaints for failing to organize for neglecting to maintain their anti-drug abuse councils, says DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri

ADMIN COMPLAINTS. DILG files administrative complaints against 51 local officials for failing to organize and maintain anti-drug abuse councils. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BLKD, Calix raise funds to bring Sandata to the US

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:44 AM

The two rappers are part of ‘Sandata’ – a collective of artists and researchers raising awareness about the effects of the so-called ‘drug war’

COLLECTIVE. Artists and researchers come together to tell the story of the Philippine 'drug war.' Photo from the Sandata Facebook page

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CHR: Drug list ahead of polls 'will only fuel mudslinging, violence'

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights opposes the plan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to release a drug list in time for the May 2019 elections

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'The drug policies in place in the Philippines, and its lack of respect for rule of law and international standards, should not be considered a model by any country,' says Michelle Bachelet in a speech before the UN Human Rights Council

Calida insists government will not publicly release drug war documents

Mar 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Center for International Law says the refusal to release the documents violates President Rodrigo Duterte's executive order on freedom of information

NO PUBLIC RELEASE. Solicitor General Jose Calida says the government will stand firm that it will not allow the public release of documents related to more than 20,000 killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Caloocan diocese prays for Bishop David's safety: 'Sasamahan namin siya'

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot na tumayo sa ating pananampalataya, ipaglaban natin ito at lalo nating paigtingin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Panginoon,' Fr Jay de Leon says

PEACE AND SECURITY. Catholic devotees attend a prayer vigil for the safety and peace of bishops, priests, lay faithful, and the nation, at the San Roque Cathedral on Friday, March 1. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

4 out of 5 Filipinos worry over extrajudicial killings – SWS

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The SWS survey says 78% Filipinos are worried that they, or someone they know, will be a victim of extrajudicial killings

Members of different human rights organizations hold an indignation rally at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on January 30, 2019 calling for justice in the killing of NDF peace consultant Randy Malayao who was gunned down aboard a bus while on his way home to Isabela Province. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler