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Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to U.S.

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, known as 'El Menchito,' is extradited into US territory to face charges of conspiracy to smuggle drugs

Handout photograph released by the Mexican Interior Ministry of US-born Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez aka "El Menchito" in Mexico City on June 23, 2015. "El Menchito", son of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel's leader was arrested Tuesday in Zapopan, Jalisco State, armed with an assault rifle bearing his nickname and appearing to have had plastic surgery. AFP PHOTO / INTERIOR MINISTRY HO / Mexican Interior Ministry / AFP

Mexico shootout leaves at least 14 dead

Dec 01, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The shootout in Coahuila state near the US border is between suspected drug traffickers and police

Mexican town turned to war zone fears new era of narco violence

Oct 26, 2019 - 4:51 PM

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government deploys 400 reinforcement troops to the streets of Culiacan. Not everyone is happy with the tactic.

TENSION. Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces Thursday, October 17, 2019, in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's home state of Sinaloa. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Mexico admits freeing Chapo's son after 'badly planned' operation

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Minister Luis Sandoval says soldiers briefly arrested Ovidio Guzman but released him after being overpowered by cartel gunmen

CULIACAN. A truck burns in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on October 17, 2019. Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces Thursday in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's home state of Sinaloa. Photo by STR/AFP

Drug kingpin El Chapo sentenced to life in U.S. prison

Jul 17, 2019 - 10:47 PM

(UPDATED) A US court sentences Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman to life in prison plus a symbolic 30 years, as well as ordering the former mob boss to pay back $12.6 billion of the proceeds of his crimes

EL CHAPO. This handout picture released by the Mexican Interior Ministry on January 19, 2017 shows Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "El Chapo" Guzman (C) escorted in Ciudad Juarez by the Mexican police as he is extradited to the United States. Handout file photo by the Interior Ministry of Mexico/AFP

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

The women who played Bobby Fischer

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Fischer, one of the greatest chess players of all time, agreed to matches before the Philippine team flew to Israel for the 1976 Chess Olympiad

LEGENDS. Bobby Fischer with (from left) Andrea Lizares, Lita Alvarez and Hermie Cartel, members of the first Philippine women's team to the 1976 Haifa Olympiad. Contributed photo

Antitrust body to aid DA in onion cartel probe

Mar 29, 2019 - 4:31 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission says it will 'examine whether there are competition concerns in the onion industry'

ONIONS FOR SALE. Local onions sold at a public market. Photo by Judgefloro/Wikimedia Commons

Former agriculture secretary Alcala, officials, traders charged with graft

Mar 26, 2019 - 8:30 AM

The Ombudsman is holding them accountable for their role in the alleged creation of a garlic cartel during the Aquino administration

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

PH court convicts Mexican suspected to be member of Sinaloa drug cartel

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Horacio Herrera is sentenced to life imprisonment

GUILTY. Mexican national Horacio Herrera is found guilty of selling illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' convicted by New York jury

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Joaquin Guzman, former boss of the Sinaloa cartel – famed for his brazen escapes from Mexican prisons – faces life in prison for smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the US

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Massive drug bust exposes Mexico-Australia cartel ties

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The investigation appears to reveal cooperation between Mexican cartels and Australian biker gangs

DRUG BUST. This undated handout picture released by the Australian Federal Police on February 8, 2019 shows confiscated drugs hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment bound for Australia, in California city. Handout photo by Australian Federal Police/AFP

U.S. prosecutors to El Chapo jury: 'Do not let him escape'

Jan 31, 2019 - 3:00 PM

'We've presented an avalanche of evidence,' said US federal prosecutors to the jury in the trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. 'Do not let him escape responsibility. Hold him accountable for his crimes. Find him guilty on all counts.'

NARCOS. Emma Coronel Aispuro, the wife of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, arrives at the US Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn on January 30, 2019 in New York. Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP

'El Chapo' trial: A 3-month plunge into the bloody ways of the drug trade

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The trial has drawn a blood-soaked picture of the Sinaloa cartel, once led by Mexican drug boss Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

EL CHAPO. Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Ex-lover of Narcos boss: El Chapo turned me into drug smuggler

Jan 18, 2019 - 5:04 PM

A former mistress of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman testifies that the cartel leader lured her into a life as a drug trafficker

This Eastern District of New York (EDNY)undated evidence handout photo,submitted as evidence, and obtained January 17, 2019 shows Lucero Guadalupe Sánchez López, 29, a Mexican former lover of Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, who took the stand on the trial of the Mexican druglord as a government witness on January 17, 2019. A former mistress of Mexican crime boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman testified January 17, 2019 that the cartel leader lured her into a life as a drug trafficker, shifting hundreds of kilos of marijuana a time on planes. "Until today I was confused because I thought it was a romantic relationship," Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez Lopez, 29, told the New York City court where Guzman faces trafficking, firearms and money laundering charges.Sanchez, who was arrested in 2017 crossing from Mexico into San Diego and stands accused of conspiring to traffic cocaine, told the jury she met Guzman when she was 21.  HO / The Eastern District of New York / AFP

El Chapo's secret messages to his wife and lover revealed

Jan 10, 2019 - 7:10 PM

Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman spied on both his beauty queen wife, Emma Coronel, and the lover, Agustina Cabanillas Acosta, using a surveillance system installed in encrypted Blackberries he gave them

EL CHAPO'S WIFE. File photo of Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the founder of the former Guadalajara Cartel Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, outside federal court in New York on April 17, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Colombian confesses to over 150 murders at El Chapo trial

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:28 PM

US government turncoat, Juan Carlos 'Chupeta' Ramirez, is allegedly one of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's two main Colombian suppliers

JAILED. In this file photo, drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Mexican presidents accused as defense opens El Chapo trial

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:05 AM

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, is on trial in New York after twice escaping from prison in Mexico

ON TRIAL. This handout picture released by the Mexican Interior Ministry on January 19, 2017 shows Joaquin Guzman Loera aka 'El Chapo' Guzman escorted in Ciudad Juarez by the Mexican police as he is extradited to the United States. HO/INTERIOR MINISTRY OF MEXICO / AFP

Truck with over 100 dead bodies causes uproar in Mexico

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:57 AM

(UPDATED) A refrigerated trailer – rented when morgues hit full capacity – was parked for two weeks at a warehouse in the outskirts of Guadalajara, until residents complain of the stench and the flies it attracted

GRAVES. Files photo of forensic personnel load onto a van the body of one of the ten bodies found in clandestine graves in Mexico which has been wracked with violence due to its drug war. AFP PHOTO/STR  STR / AFP

Duterte to rice cartels: Stop messing with me

Jul 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte directs all intelligence agencies to address the 'economic sabotage' caused by rice cartels

Mexican cartel leader's wife captured – government

May 28, 2018 - 7:27 AM

'This woman is a likely administrator of both economic and legal assets of this criminal organization. She had been sought on an organized crime warrant,' Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete says in a news conference

The week in photos: April 28-May 4, 2018

May 05, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BIRTHDAY SUIT. A photo posted by TV host Troy Montero on his Instagram on May 2, 2018, shows him with long time partner Aubrey Miles enjoy the beach while posing naked in Coron, Palawan. Photo from

Ex-Aquino officials Alcala, Petilla face graft charges at Sandiganbayan

Apr 24, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Office of the Ombudsman announces the charges two months before the retirement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who is criticized by President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies of meting out selective justice or favoring officials of the Aquino administration

Beauty queen wife of 'El Chapo' worries over his solitary confinement

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman, 61, accused of running the Sinaloa crime syndicate of Mexico, one of the world's biggest drug empires, is scheduled to go on trial on September 5

EL CHAPO. Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the founder of the former Guadalajara Cartel Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzman, outside federal court in New York on April 17, 2018. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Mexico warns of drug cartel interference in vote

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete says there were reckless attempts to pressure candidates to align themselves to a particular criminal group

INTERIOR MINISTER. Mexico Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete says there are reports that candidates are being pressured by drug cartels. File photo by ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP

Mexico arrests Zetas drug cartel boss wanted in U.S.

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:40 AM

The Zetas are considered one of the most cruel criminal organizations in Mexico

New York judge delays 'El Chapo' hearing

Jan 09, 2018 - 11:45 AM

The 60-year-old Mexican drug kingpin, accused of running one of the world's biggest drug empires, has been held in solitary confinement since being extradited on January 19, 2017

ARRESTED. This handout picture released by the Mexican Interior Ministry on January 19, 2017 shows Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "El Chapo" Guzman escorted in Ciudad Juarez by the Mexican police as he is extradited to the United States. HO/INTERIOR MINISTRY OF MEXICO / AFP

Mexico drug cartels force-recruiting indigenous children – UN

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The UN's special rapporteur on indigenous rights, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, says she is 'particularly worried' about violence against minors after speaking with indigenous communities around Mexico

ON MEXICO DRUG CARTELS. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz gestures during a press conference in Tegucigalpa on April 20, 2017. Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

Probe on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel launched

Aug 09, 2017 - 12:23 PM

The Philippine Competition Commission will review the 2014 report by the Office for Competition of the Department of Justice on the alleged garlic cartel

PRELIMINARY INQUIRY. Senator Cynthia Villar approaches PCC on alleged resurgence of garlic cartel. Rappler file photo

Journalists bear invisible scars of Mexico's drug war

Jun 13, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Many Mexican crime reporters suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as they either bear daily witness to violence or experience it themselves

Journalists protest against violence during the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the murder of Mexican journalist Manuel Buendia at the Angel de la Independencia monument in Mexico City on 30 May, 2017.  Mexico ranks third in the world for the number of journalists killed, after Syria and Afghanistan, according to the media rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF). / AFP PHOTO / ALFREDO ESTRELLA

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in U.S.

Jan 21, 2017 - 8:19 AM

US prosecutors say Joaquin El Chapo Guzman s Sinaloa cartel is responsible for distributing hundreds of thousands of kilos of heroin cocaine methamphetamine and marijuana throughout the United States

Extradited Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrives in U.S.

Jan 20, 2017 - 7:55 AM

3rd UPDATE His extradition caps a Hollywood worthy cat and mouse game between Mexican authorities and the slippery drug lord who escaped twice from prison

EXTRADITED. This file photo taken on February 22, 2014 shows Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka "el Chapo Guzman" escorted by marines in Mexico City. File photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP

Mexico quietly marks 10 years of drug war

Dec 10, 2016 - 8:36 PM

President Enrique Pena Nieto who inherited the drug war when he took office in December 2012 has promised his countrymen and women a Mexico in peace

A poster with the face of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, reading "Wanted, Again", is displayed at a newsstand in one Mexico City's major bus terminals on July 13, 2015. He has since been captured. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

6 people found alive with severed hands in Mexico

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The victims were mutilated by a criminal group linked to drug trafficking

Mexico hunts for suspects who downed police chopper

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:13 AM

It is the second time since 2015 that a gang has downed a helicopter

CHOPPER DOWN. View of the police helicopter wreckage which was shot down, on the eve, during an operation to capture leaders of an unidentified criminal, on September 7, 2016 in Michoacan state, Mexico. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Mexico fears new cartel war after 'El Chapo' son abducted

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:49 AM

Police confirm that Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar – one of Guzman s sons from his first marriage – was abducted from an upscale bar in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta on August 15 along with 5 other men

Mexican police stand guard on street during security operation in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit State, Mexico, on August 16, 2016. Hector Guerrero/AFP

EU slaps record $3.2B fine on truck cartel

Jul 19, 2016 - 10:15 PM

UPDATED Daimler DAF Iveco MAN and Volvo Renault – which account for 9 out of every 10 trucks sold in Europe – are accused of price fixing

epa05431747 EU Commissioner for Competition, Danish, Margrethe Vestager gives a press conference on a case of anticompetitive practices, in Brussels, Belgium, 19 July 2016. The European Commission said it found MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco, and DAF responsible of breaking EU antitrust rules. According to the Commission, the five truck makers have been fixing prices of trucks over 14 years on truck pricing. The Commission imposed a record fine of almost 3 billion euro on the truck makers except for MAN which had revealed the cartel's existence. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

'Narconomics': Lessons for the Philippines' war vs drugs

Jul 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Lowering the age of criminality in the Philippines should be reconsidered Throwing children in jail cells with hardened criminals may actually strengthen drug lords’ ability to recruit fresh talent – hardening youth who could have otherwise been saved from a life of crime and drugs

Ombudsman investigates Alcala for garlic cartel scam

Jun 15, 2016 - 12:05 PM

The Ombudsman s Field Investigation Office says that as agriculture secretary Proceso Alcala had direct supervision of the Bureau of Plant Industry which issued numerous garlic import permits

IRR of Philippine Competition Act now out

Jun 04, 2016 - 3:44 PM

The revised IRR is released just days after Globe and PLDT announced the P69 1 billion deal to buy all of San Miguel s telecom business

TWIN TOWERS. Lack of competition is most conspicuous in the the telco and energy sectors

'El Chapo' appeals extradition to US

May 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

The appeal comes a week after the foreign ministry announced it had agreed to extradite Guzman who escaped from a maximum security prison in July 2015 and was recaptured in January

APPEAL. File picture taken on January 8, 2016 showing Mexican drug lord Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman Loera after arriving to Mexico City to the Altiplano maximun security prision, after been captured in Los Monchis. File photo by Mario Guzmán/EPA

PH Competition Commission: Draft of rules and regulations now out

May 12, 2016 - 8:00 PM

The PCC plans to hold consultations with business groups and the general public to fine tune the regulations

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' undergoes jail transfer – official

May 08, 2016 - 6:21 AM

The authorities say they are moving Guzman to prevent any escape attempt during construction to strengthen his maximum security prison in Altiplano

EL CHAPO'S TRANSFER. Mexican federal agents stand guard on the road leading to the Federal Social Readaptation Center (Cefereso) Number 9 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, 07 May 2016. Photo by Alejandro Bringas/EPA

PH competition agency seeks Australian expertise in anti-trust law

Apr 04, 2016 - 9:30 PM

The heads of the country’s new anti trust body meet with top Australian Competition officials Commission to gather best practices as it nears coming into force

Offshore to online: How money was laundered in the past

Mar 19, 2016 - 5:00 PM

From investing to businesses to offshore bank accounts past high profile cases highlight the many ways people hide money obtained illegally

Germany competition watchdog opens probe into Facebook

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:45 PM

UPDATED Facebook is under investigation for possibly breaching data protection rules but it says it is law abiding

epa05130275 (FILE) A file picture dated 04 April 2013, shows Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking during an event at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, USA. Smartphone advertising fueled record earnings on 27 January 2016 for Facebook, as the company reported more than 1 billion US dollar in quarterly income for the first time - more than double the year before. Facebook netted 1.56 billion US dollar for 2015's fourth quarter, up 125 percent from 701 million for the same period in 2014. Revenues rose 52 percent year-on-year to 5.84 billion US dollar. The world's largest internet social network reported 3.69 billion US dollar in net income for the full year, up from 2.94 billion for 2014. Advertising accounts for nearly all of Facebook's revenue, and 80 percent of ad revenue came from adverts on Facebook's mobile sites. As of the end of 2015, Facebook had 1.59 billion active users worldwide, the company said, an increase of 40 million over the previous quarter. More than nine out of 10 users accessed Facebook via smartphones and tablets. Facebook has recently made changes to the way ads appear - between posts on user feeds, rather than to the side - to a noticeable spike in sales. EPA/PETER DaSILVA

Saunas, aquariums, and bar found at Mexico prison

Feb 15, 2016 - 11:08 AM

Authorities seize contents of luxury cells at the prison where a deadly riot took place last week

epa05154458 Crowds wiat outside the prison of Topo Chico, in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 11 February 2016. Scores of people died in a prison fire and riot. The riot reportedly was triggered by an attempted prison break by inmates belonging to the Los Zetas drug cartel, as one group of prisoners set a fire to distract the guards while other inmates tried to flee. EPA/MIGUEL SIERRA

Drug cartel ruled in Mexico prison hit by riot

Feb 13, 2016 - 9:38 AM

Officials acknowledge that the prisoners had their own self government at the facility where 100 guards monitored 3 800 convicts

RIOT. Inmates on a roof at the Topo Chico prison, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, February 11, 2016. A prison riot in Monterrey, Mexico, has left at least 49 people dead and a dozen injured, officials said February 11. Photo by Miguel Sierra/EPA