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PH has most cases of fake medicines in Southeast Asia – UN report

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Transnational organized crime is on the rise in Southeast Asia and its most dangerous form, fake medicines, appears most rampant in the Philippines

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

PH drug war killings reach 'threshold of crimes against humanity' – report

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, among others, to expedite investigations into killings in the Philippines

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Probes show Russia staged Salisbury chemical attack from London

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Investigations show a top Russian military intelligence officer coordinated a 2018 chemical attack in Salisbury, which saw former Russian spy Sergei Skripa and his daughter slumped over a park bench after being poisoned

SCENE OF CRIME. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Mother-daughter killed over witchcraft allegation in India

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Some states in India have introduced special laws to try to curb crimes against people accused of witchcraft and superstition

70-year-old businesswoman killed by riding-in-tandem in Cebu City

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting of Erlinda Garcia, a native of Aloguinsan town

672 arrested in global swoop on fake food and drink – Interpol

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:49 AM

In Zimbabwe, authorities seized soft drinks containing high levels of the active ingredient in drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Korean travel writer found dead in Antipolo

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rizal police identify the victim as 59-year-old Joo Yeong-wook, who arrived in the country on June 14

CRIME SCENE. Police seal off a crime scene following an anti-drug operation. File photo by Rappler

Fewer crimes reported, more apprehensions in eastern metro – EPD

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The Eastern Police District – which covers Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan – records 2,377 incidents of murder, physical injuries, and homicide in 2018

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

At least 35 bodies found in mass graves in Mexico

May 12, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Most of the bodies are found at a ranch in the town of Zapopan

Mexican police members guard the area where forensic service personnel work at a clandestine grave inside a farm in Zapopan, Jalisco State, Mexico, on May 11, 2019. - The Jalisco State Attorney's office reported 27 bodies located in a clandestine grave in Zapopan. (Photo by Ulises Ruiz / AFP)

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Butcher beheads fellow butcher in Bontoc

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:33 PM

A drinking spree between the two butchers turns gruesome

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PODCAST: Ang doble-plaka law bilang panakip-butas sa mga patayan

Apr 09, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Sapat bang solusyon ang Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act sa napakaraming patayan sa ilalim ng administrasyong Duterte?

Gordon to explain 'doble plaka' law to Duterte

Apr 07, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Ipinagtatanggol ko lang ang mga taong pinapatay ng mga riding-in-tandem assassins,' says Senator Richard Gordon, author of the 'doble plaka' law

Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

EU backs ICC after U.S. revokes prosecutor's visa

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The revocation of Fatou Bensouda's visa comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel

ICC PROSECUTOR. Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda enters the court room for the trial of Dominic Ongwen a senior commander in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on December 6, 2016. File photo by Peter Dejong/AFP

Duterte wants suspension of law ordering two license plates on motorcycles

Apr 06, 2019 - 9:35 PM

(UPDATED) The President also says he will negotiate for a lower fine for violations of the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Law

PROTEST VS DOBLE PLAKA. Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of double plate. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

The Jussie Smollett hate crime case – and why it won't go to trial

Mar 29, 2019 - 2:47 PM

The curious case of Jussie Smollett has been going on since late January and has revived the debate in the US about its justice system

Karadzic appeals life sentence for Bosnia war crimes – court

Mar 28, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Judges in The Hague will now have to decide whether to admit Karadzic's challenge to his sentence, as the March 20 ruling on his sentence was supposed to be fina

APPEAL. In this file photo, Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. File photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP

Thousands sign petition backing ICC complaint vs China's Xi

Mar 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Petitioners support two former Philippine officials for bringing Chinese President Xi Jinping to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity

BACKED. Press conference by former SFA Albert del Rosario and former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales at the Manila Polo club, Makati. March 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

10,000 motorcycle riders stage EDSA protest vs bigger plates

Mar 24, 2019 - 1:09 PM

'We are not criminals,' say protesters, as they hold a 'Unity Ride' against the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act

'UNITY RIDE.' Thousands of riders from various motorcycle group join the Unity Ride as they call against the use of bigger plates. Photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang: Ex-PH officials' ICC case vs Xi 'a futile exercise'

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo provides reasons why the complaint of former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales may not prosper at the International Criminal Court

PIVOT TO CHINA. Philippine relations with  China warmed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, seen in this photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials: ICC complaint vs China 'to check impunity'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are certainly doing it for the marginalized fishermen, for us as a whole, and for other countries,' says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

XI JINPING CASE. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (left) speak at a press conference at the complaint they filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says ICC case won’t threaten PH relations with China

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte downplays the impact of a case filed by former officials from the Philippines against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials bring China's Xi to Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accuse China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Netflix dramatizes notorious India gang-rape murder case

Mar 21, 2019 - 1:24 PM

The 7-part series will be released on the streaming platform on March 22

'DELHI CRIME.' In the upcoming series, Shefali Shah plays an officer investigating the rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi. Screenshot from YouTube.com/NewonNetflix

British police get $130 million to tackle knife crime surge

Mar 16, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Just this week, a teenager is the 17th person knifed to death in London alone in 2019

Maute terrorist convicted in Taguig court over Marawi siege

Mar 15, 2019 - 6:24 PM

Junaid Macauyag Awal is found guilty of rebellion and violating the law on crimes against humanity

SIEGE. Marawi City was razed by a siege that lasted for 148 days. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

New law requires readable, color-coded number plates for motorcycles

Mar 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The new number plates, to be issued by LTO, is meant to prevent crimes committed with the use of motorcycles

Messaging app dope-dealing ring busted in Israel

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:57 PM

The suspects trade drugs through the encrypted messaging app Telegram

Shabu in Southeast Asia at record high – U.N.

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Seizures of methamphetamine in 2018 were once again a record, yet street prices of the drug decreased in many parts of the region,' says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Convicted Australian cardinal sued over alleged abuse

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:54 AM

Local media reports one alleged victim of Cardinal George Pell was upset the criminal case was dropped and planned to take civil action

Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who helped elect popes and ran the Vatican's finances, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes. CON CHRONIS / AFP

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:32 PM

But President Maithripala Sirisena's cohabitation government seeks to distance itself from his stance, saying the administration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain engaged with the UN on war crimes

U-TURN. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will formally ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to reconsider a 2015 resolution which called for credible investigations into alleged atrocities. File photo by AFP

Russian bank linked to $470-B offshore network – report

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and 23 other news groups expose how billions of money were sent out of Russia to bank accounts registered in Lithuania

U.N. probe accuses Israel of possible crimes against humanity

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:19 PM

The investigators specify that there are reasonable grounds to believe that Israeli troops killed and injured Palestinians 'who were neither directly participating in hostilities, nor posing an imminent threat'

MOURNING. Palestinian relatives of Ibrahim Abu Shaer, who was killed a day earlier by Israeli forces when clashes erupted as tens of thousands as Gazans marched near the Israeli border with the enclave to mark Land Day, mourn during his funeral in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 31, 2018. File photo by Said Khatib / AFP

Philippines, UK, Australia launch center vs online child exploitation

Feb 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

Most child exploitation cases involve Filipino children and men from other countries. Authorities hope to stop this 'increasingly prevalent' crime.

NEW CENTER. The Philippine Internet Crimes Against Children Center is inaugurated at the Philippine National Police national headquarters Camp Crame. Photo courtesy of International Justice Mission

Vatican has 'utmost respect' for justice after Pell conviction

Feb 26, 2019 - 9:28 PM

Cardinal George Pell, one of Pope Francis' closest advisers, has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two choirboys, becoming the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex crimes

CONVICTED. Australian Cardinal George Pell looks on as he makes a statement at the Holy See Press Office, Vatican City on June 29, 2017. File photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

2 unidentified bodies in Jolo bombing male, female – PNP

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) The DNA test was conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory

CATHEDRAL BOMBING. Soldiers check the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after the church was rocked by two explosions .Photo by Nickee Butlangan/ AFP

Murder of Indian politician sets stage for election bloodshed

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Data from India's National Crime Bureau says there were more than 100 political murders in 2016 but political experts said the figure is much higher

Bangladesh makes record drugs seizure amid crackdown

Feb 10, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The country has struggled to control a surge in yaba imports crossing the border from Myanmar, where the pills are manufactured by the millions

British man jailed for sex with funeral home corpse

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Defense lawyer Joseph Keating says Kasim Khuram is 'deeply sorry' for what he has done and that his actions are 'out of character'

GUILTY. A 23-year-old pleads guilty of having sex with corpse. Photo from Shutterstock

Black, gay U.S. TV actor attacked in 'possible hate crime'

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:53 AM

Two assailants violently attacked openly-gay 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett while yelling 'racial and homophobic slurs' at him

Arroyo supports lowering age of criminal liability to 9 years old

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:33 PM

The Commission on Human Rights reiterates it opposes the measure, saying crime syndicates and persons who exploit children should be the one punished instead

ICC halts release of Ivory Coast's Gbagbo

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Prosecutors file a last-ditch challenge to keep Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Ble Goude behind bars while the ICC looks at an overall appeal against the decision to acquit them

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

UK gov't mulls limiting jail sentences of 6 months or less

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'The public are safer if we have a good community sentence... and it will relieve a lot of pressure on prisons,' says British prisons minister Rory Stewart

POLICE. British Police officers wait in their Police van as anti-Brexit activists deonstrate opposite the Houses of Parliament in London on Janaury 8, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

'Vast areas of impunity' for people trafficking – U.N. report

Jan 07, 2019 - 7:54 AM

The report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says people traffickers are getting away with a range of crimes, from sexual exploitation to organ removal

PEOPLE TRAFFICKING. Image from https://twitter.com/UNODC

10-year-old girl found dead, hogtied in Negros Occidental

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Police catch the suspects – a 17-year-old boy and his 20-year-old brother – in a follow-up operation

SUSPECTS. These brothers allegedly killed the 10-year-old girl in Talisay City, Negros Occidental on Friday, January 4. Photo courtesy of Frances Doren Balboa of Bombo Radyo Bacolod

Japan hangs 2 for murder, bringing executions in 2018 to 15

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:58 PM

Japan is one of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, and public support for it remains high despite international criticism

EXECUTION. Japan is among the few developed nations to retain the death penalty. Photo from Shutterstock

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IN PHOTOS: Batocabe murder crime scene

Dec 22, 2018 - 10:45 PM

AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe is killed while waiting to be picked up by his vehicle after a gift-giving program in Daraga, Albay

CRIME SCENE. AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe and his police escort SPO1 Orlando Diaz are shot dead just under a waiting shed after completing a gift-giving program in Daraga town in Albay. Photos from Bicol Police