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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

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.

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

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

Duterte to Lapeña and Aquino: Stop blaming each other

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte praises his two appointees but admits illegal drugs got past both of them

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena (left) and PDEA Director Aaron Aquino on September 27, 2018, during the Committee on Dangerous Drugs hearing in Congress into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Lapeña cries foul as PDEA boosts theory P6.8-B shabu slipped past Customs

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:55 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino offers analysis of 'oversupply' and a match test, but Customs chief Isidro Lapeña says they are imprudent speculations

Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

PDEA chief Aquino goes on leave amid P6.8-B shabu controversy

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says he filed for this leave 6 months ago

ON LEAVE. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Director General Aaron Aquino during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

House panel to compel PDEA chief to attend P6.8-B shabu shipment hearing

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino has not cooperated in any House probes into drug smuggling, says retired police general-turned-congressman Romeo Acop

NO SHOW. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino fails to attend the House probe into the smuggling of P6.8-billion shabu into the country. Screenshot by Rappler

DepEd: Proposed drug test for 10-year-old students violates law

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Department of Education says the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act only authorizes drug tests on students of secondary and tertiary schools

DRUG TEST. The Department of Education's ongoing drug testing program is expected to be completed in school year 2018 to 2019.

PDEA on drug list, Duterte signs contractualization EO, Mueller on Trump | Evening wRap

May 01, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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If drug list wrong, PDEA to apologize: 'Kami ay tao lang'

May 01, 2018 - 4:40 PM

'Kung nagkataon talagang mali, eh siyempre lahat naman tayo ay tao lang at nagkakamali, 'di ba? We will try to ask [for] an apology,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

PDEA: Drug-linked governors, congressmen, mayors to be named next

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it's just waiting for the go signal of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the list of higher-ranked officials allegedly involved in the drug trade

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino shows a list of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, in a press conference on April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA, DILG insist: Barangay drug list not a hit list

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:29 AM

'There's no truth that it will serve as a hit list. It will not,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

NARCO-LIST OUT. PDEA Director Aaro Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon Citry. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA admits cases vs officials in drug list 'not airtight'

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Director General Aaron Aquino says, however, that the PDEA stands by the intelligence the government has gathered

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA sacks nearly all Calabarzon personnel

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The sacked personnel, including the regional chief, are linked to 'unlawful arrests and extortion activities' in Batangas and Cavite

'NO EXCUSES.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino sacks the regional chief and more than 60 personnel from the PDEA Region 4A office. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DILG preps new memo against barangays refusing to form anti-drug councils

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:51 PM

The new memorandum will serve as the 'last warning' for holdouts to set up their respective Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC)

College president linked to drugs remains at large – PDEA chief Aquino

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Samson Molao, president of the Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology, is accused of operating a drug den inside the school

AARON AQUINO. PDEA Chief Director General Aaron Aquino insists Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology Foundation president Samson Molao is wanted for his alleged illegal drug-related activities. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

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

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

Dela Rosa on calls to drop Tokhang term: 'What's in a name?'

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:58 PM

'What is important is the result, anong nangyari sa kampanya mo. Wala iyan sa pangalan,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

JUST NAMES. Dela Rosa speaks to reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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 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

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Nov 30, 2017 - 11:22 AM

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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

[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

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

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.

PDEA chief sets monthly drug war 'quota' for regional offices

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:21 AM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino wants his regional offices to conduct 30 to 40 anti-drug operations per month

Rappler Talk: PDEA on leading the drug war without the PNP

Nov 08, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Rappler sits down with PDEA chief Aaron Aquino to ask him how the drug war has been without the PNP

Duterte, PDEA to discuss anti-illegal drug measures

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:17 PM

This comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan and the Philippines will cooperate to come up with counter measures against terrorism and illegal drugs

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech prior to his departure at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 29, 2017. Malacanang photo

Get to know PDEA, the 'sole agency' now in charge of Duterte's war on drugs

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's dream of a drug-free Philippines now lies solely on the shoulders of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. Are they up to the task?

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR (PDEA) agent hold an inventory of suspected shabu and paraphernalia at the drug den in Holy Spirit in Quezon City, on Thursday, during the first drug operation by PDEA after the PNP suspended its operation on drug war. At least 30 sachet of alleged shabu, drug paraphernalias and one home made shootgun "sumpak" were confiscated during raid and arrested 14 suspected drug users and pushers. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

PDEA chief says PNP 'still needed' in drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency only has over a thousand agents, says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

READY? PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they still need the PNP. Rappler file photo

P5-M shabu, 'green book' found in Sarangani mayor’s home

Oct 06, 2017 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr is not on the drug list of President Rodrigo Duterte

MAASIM MAYOR. The PDEA says Maasim Mayor Aniceto Lopez Jr is a suspected drug lord. Photo from the Facebook page of Aniceto Lopez Jr

PDEA wants additional P934 million for drug war

Sep 25, 2017 - 4:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says in a budget hearing that it needs more funds to boost anti-narcotics efforts

PDEA BOSSES. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) defends their budget to the Senate Finance Committee. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

2 of 7 cops in robbery-extortion of Koreans clean after all

Feb 01, 2017 - 5:46 PM

Findings of the multi unit police special investigation task group show that PO3 Goemerson Evangelista and PO3 Arnold Nagayo were not among the 7 policemen of the Angeles City Police Station 5 who allegedly victimized 3 Korean tourists

REPRIMAND. Police Director General Ronald 'Bato'€ dela Rosa lectures officials of the Angeles City Police Office about proper supervision of their men. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Central Luzon cops, Koreans to cooperate on crime prevention

Jan 31, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Kim Dae Hee consul at the South Korean Embassy also asks Central Luzon cops to have a clear policy on protecting Koreans living and operating businesses within the region

CRIME PREVENTION. Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Aaron Aquino assures Korean Embassy officials and officers of Korean communities in Central Luzon that the police are doing everything to cleanse it ranks and prevent crimes committed against Koreans. On Aquino’s right is South Korean Consul Kim Dae Hee. Photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Pampanga cops sacked for extorting money from Koreans

Jan 23, 2017 - 9:38 PM

2ND UPDATE The incident happened on December 30 2016 but only reaches police authorities this month – around the same time when news broke out about the kidnap murder case of businessman Jee Ick Joo

KOREANS' SAFETY. Angeles City Police has Korean Security Task Force Committee stationed in this satellite office of Police Station 4. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Central Luzon cops update Korean officials on crimes vs citizens

Nov 04, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Central Luzon police director Aaron Aquino briefs Korean investigators on the deaths and kidnapping of Korean nationals in Pampanga in October

Photo courtesy of Police Regional Office 3

Surprise drug test on Central Luzon cops; 1 officer positive

Jul 06, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino PRO3 regional director says the officer will be charged administratively and eventually dismissed from service

SURPRISE! Police officers undergo a surprise drug test after their command conference at the multi-purpose hall of Camp Olivas in Pampanga on July 4, 2016 Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

Central Luzon police chief: Shame campaign vs drug dealers, or death

Jun 21, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino says drug dealers must heed warnings to shape up or else they would get killed if they fight back