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Duterte's drug war pushes victims' families deeper into poverty

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'Isang kahig, isang tuka ang mga pamilya ng mga biktima. Mas lalo pa itong lumala nang napatay ang primary breadwinner,' says PhilRights Executive Director Nymia Simbulan

[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:20 PM

There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.

Photo of priest from Shutterstock; photo of bloodied body by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Support for families of drug war victims crucial in 'long process' for justice

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases

'Political, personal repercussions' may await gov't officials linked to drug war

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:15 PM

These repercussions could include restricted travel and frozen assets, says international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza

Cop linked to drugs killed in South Cotabato buy-bust operation

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Police say PO1 Rommil Barcellano resisted arrest and fired at those conducting the operation

NANLABAN? Police Officer I Rommil Barcellano is killed after allegedly violently resisting arrest in a buy-bust operation. Photo from the PNP-CITF

Lacson to Duterte: Enough of drug war, focus on economy

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:15 PM

'Ang hinaharap mas malaking problema – economy.... Ang kalampagin naman niya economic managers,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Consumers look for a cheaper goods at the Market in Quezon City on Wednesday. August 22, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicol officials deny 'tanim droga' at Naga checkpoints

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We assure the public that all actions of our law enforcement agencies will be within the bounds of law,' says Naga City official Allen Reondanga

'DISINFORMATION' ALERT. Naga City public information office head Allen Reondanga denies a claim in a 'chain message' saying there will be 'tanim droga' operations (planting of illegal drugs) in checkpoints in Naga City. Screenshot from Reondanga's Facebook account

International Criminal Court issue will mark Duterte presidency

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘He made his drug war a central point. How he handles the many deaths being committed around it will mark his presidency,’ says an international human rights lawyer

Caloocan court to decide Kian delos Santos case in November

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The court concluded the hearing and set November 26 for the promulgation of judgment

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo says 'simple' to get drug war reports via FOI. It's not.

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) Even the Supreme Court could not automatically get the drug war documents. Solicitor General Jose Calida said it is a risk to national security.

DRUG WAR REPORTS. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says it is "simple" to obtain drug war reports through the Freedom of Information (FOI). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Galunggong, Duterte vs ICC, Manu Ginobili | Evening wRap

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte faces new complaint before Int'l Criminal Court

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Families of drug war victims tell the International Criminal Court that President Rodrigo Duterte must be 'held to account for crimes against humanity'

[OPINION] What is missing in Duterte’s war on drugs?

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:24 PM

The main elements of the methamphetamine pass through unguarded seas. The Philippine Coast Guard should be in action as much as the PNP and PDEA.

Was it dark or not where Kian was killed? Cop testifies

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:50 PM

State prosecutor Robert Ong says, 'Halata namang nagsisinungaling siya'

CALOOCAN COPS. (Left to right) Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, Police Office 1 Jerwin Cruz, and Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares attend the Senate probe into the killing of Kian delos Santos on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Liza Maza: I don't agree with drug killings, Duterte's anti-women remarks

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:43 PM

What kept the former NAPC head from resigning at the height of these two controversies was hope in the peace talks between government and the Left

'Madilim Ang Gabi' tells the 'other side' of Duterte's 'drug war'

Aug 20, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Director Adolfo Alix Jr talks about working with Gina Alajar and Philip Salvador, and why movies about the controversial 'drug war' are important

[OPINYON] Orakulo ng propeta laban sa mga mamamatay-tao

Aug 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Dumanas nawa kayo ng kasawian, kayong walang pakialam at nanonood lamang habang pumapatay ang mga naka-bonnet na salarin sa liwanag ng araw!

Photo of victim's family and spectators, by AFP; photos of police and politicians by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] A prophetic oracle against murderers

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Woe to you who call yourselves 'Christians' but do not care an iota about the victims of extrajudicial killings

Why do drug war killings persist? 'This is not heaven,' says PNP

Aug 17, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'This is the real world,' says PNP spokesman Benigno Durana

NOT HEAVEN. A SOCO operative unties the masking tape wrap around the hand of the summarily executed man in C4 road. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Let's not forget Kian delos Santos, lawmakers say

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:58 PM

'The act of remembering is an act of defiance against the killings. To forget is to give consent,' says opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't anti-drug campaign 'balanced, well-coordinated,' says Duque

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Health chief Francisco Duque III bases his assessment on the increased number of rehabilitation centers and drug users treated under the Duterte administration

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III at a Senate hearing on the department's Barangay Health Stations project in July 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Death penalty will be 'big help' to anti-drug campaign – DILG Chief

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'Kulang pa,' says Eduardo Año on current punishments for drug pushers and drug lords

PUNISHMENT. DILG-OIC Eduardo Ano during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte can't just rely on cops to end drugs – Mayor Osmeña

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're very poor in rehabilitation,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WORD OF ADVICE. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña praises the 'drug war' of President Rodrigo Duterte then points the administration to look at other solutions to solve the drug problem. Rappler screenshot

2 drug suspects killed in Benguet

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Police say Proseso Arevalo Jr was found with a belt tied around his neck, his feet and head duct-taped

Retired cop on Duterte drug list shot dead

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Retired Police Superintendent Roberto Palisoc is killed by unidentified gunmen

ONGOING INVESTIGATION. The PNP's homicide section is still investigating the shooting of retired police officer Roberto Palisoc. File photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Romel Bagares on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares, lead counsel of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed

PNP: No reason to fear return to ‘chilling’ drug war

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:46 PM

To recall, the early days of Duterte's drug war are marked by almost nightly killings, the dumping of bodies, and suspects slain for 'fighting back'

BACK TO THE BEGINNING? The start of Duterte's anti-narcotics war is marked by killings inspired by his hate for drug suspects. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

DEFENDING LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David attends the recently concluded Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Days later, he criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR’s Gascon hits Duterte human rights tirade

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says calls and protests against extrajudicial killings are not meant to stop government from doing its job

Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte’s 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Drug war will be 'as chilling as the day it began' – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If you think the government will sideline this campaign, you got it all wrong, says President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address

SONA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his 2nd State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives. Screengrab from RTVM

War on drugs most important achievement of Duterte – Pulse Asia

Jul 23, 2018 - 9:33 AM

(UPDATED) Polling firm Pulse Asia says the Duterte administration's efforts to eradicate illegal drugs are recognized by a sizeable majority of Filipinos nationwide especially in Metro Manila and among the rich

PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

'Whispers can kill,' bishop warns amid drug war, Fox case

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David hits 'figurative serpents' who 'are very fond of juicy gossips and intrigues that are best said in whispers'

HOLY MASS. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David leads the Mass on the 4th day of the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

How Duterte's drug war targets the youth

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10

National Youth Commission sees fitness as way to prevent drug use

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:21 PM

In its recently launched program, the National Youth Commission taps police to serve as 'big brothers' or fitness coaches for young people across the country

Skyler Abatayo case: 4 cops sacked as probe begins

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The 4 anti-drug cops tested negative for gunpowder traces, but this does not get them completely off the hook, says the Philippine National Police

'JUSTICE FOR SKYLER'. Four cops have been sacked following the death of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo, killed by a stray bullet just after studying at home. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Drug war to deter rape? 16 cops in 8 cases — study

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:57 PM

All in all there are 13 recorded cases of abuse against women by cops since the start of the anti-illegal drugs campaign, says the Center for Women's Resources

SERVE AND PROTECT. Cops get involved in rape cases despite a thrust against sexual crimes. Police photo by Darren Langit/Rappler; Shutterstock photos

[OPINION] Why did God give us Duterte?

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

The art of dissent in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Under the Duterte administration, artists have become among the strongest voices of resistance

POLITICAL ART. The Duterte administration has given rise to new work by artists criticizing the government's moves. File photos by Leanne Jazul/ Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

Drug war: Killings continue, but fewer at police hands

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Did the PNP promise less blood? Yes, and the numbers show it. The question now: Could it be bloodless?

DEATHS REMAIN. Suspects are still found to be fighting back in police operations. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler and Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINION] Women in the shadows of Duterte’s drug war

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

These stories are the unheard narratives of the drug war

Climate of fear: Justice remains elusive 2 years into Duterte's drug war

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it has never before encountered the magnitude of killings seen under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. It is now struggling to keep up with investigations.

UP, Ateneo, La Salle launch website to track Duterte anti-drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:39 PM

The universities create 'The Drug Archive,' an online database of documents and analyses which tackle the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

WEBSITE LAUNCHED. The Drug Archive's landing page. Rappler screengrab

Thou shall not kill? Why Christians support a deadly drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says some Christians see President Rodrigo Duterte as a God-sent figure to bring justice to the Philippines – even if this means deaths

DIVINE LEADER? President Rodrigo Duterte is seen by some Christians as chosen by God. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Iceland, 37 countries to Philippines: Let U.N. probe killings

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits back, saying the signatories prefer misinformation from parties 'that have politicized and weaponized human rights'

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (2R) flanked by President of the Human Rights Council Vojislav Suc (R) speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN GROSCLAUDE

HRW slams ‘drastic' plan to extend anti-drug campaign to PH elementary schools

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'Imposing mandatory drug testing on schoolchildren when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger,' says Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phelim Kine

VULNERABLE. Rights groups say the PDEA's proposal to extend mandatory drug testing to cover elementary students is too drastic and can deter students from attending school.

TestSite: Testing

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head. They were fired, says Heart’s sister Arianne, by officers of the Philippine National Police.

Albayalde visits Isabela town police chief killed in drug operation

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Police Director General Oscar Albayalde posthumously awarded the 'Medalya ng Kadakilaan' to Senior Inspector Michael Tubaña

Photo courtesy of PNP-Cagayan Valley PIO

Robredo opposes Duterte proposal to arm barangay chiefs

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says allowing barangay captains to carry firearms is not a guaranteed way to bring about peace and order

 Vice President Leni Robredo spoke before the newly-elected Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials of Naga City, during their oath-taking at Naga City Hall on Monday, June 18, 2018. VP Leni also led the SK officials in their oath of office.  In her message, the Vice President urged the barangay and SK officials to remain true to their task of serving their communities. (Photo by OVP)

24 Mimaropa police chiefs fired for underperforming in anti-drug campaign

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mimaropa regional police director Emmanuel Licup sacks the local police chiefs for poor performance in one of the Duterte administration's key campaigns

POLICE FORCE. Philippine police officers salute as they stand at attention during a gathering at the Philippine National Police headquarters in suburban Manila in September 2011. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP