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Robredo wants DDB, not PDEA, to head anti-drugs body

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says having the PDEA director general chair the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs is one of the ‘failures’ in the drug war

REMOVE PDEA AS ICAD CHAIR? Vice President Leni Robredo was welcomed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino during her visit to the DDB-PDEA Building in Quezon City on November 20, 2019. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

SC: To avoid recycling, police can destroy seized drugs with no court cases

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Supreme Court Justice Diosdado Peralta proposes amendments to Republic Act 9165 of the Dangerous Drugs Act

SEIZED DRUGS. Court administrator Midas Marquez tells the Senate that seized drugs with no court cases can be destroyed by the police on their own discretion. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

France opens rape, child assault inquiry against Epstein

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 PM

'The investigations...will focus on potential crimes committed against French victims on national territory as well as abroad, and on suspects who are French citizens,' says Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz

EPSTEIN. In this file photo, members of a protest group called 'Hot Mess' hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Death penalty removed from bill amending Dangerous Drugs Act

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The previous version of House Bill 8909 sought to impose the capital punishment for drug possession at parties

OTHER OPTIONS. A Social Weather Stations survey finds that Filipinos do not agree with death penalty if given other options.

House withdraws approval of death penalty for drug possession

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:38 PM

House Bill 8909, which imposes the death penalty and a P10-million fine on those found with illegal drugs at social gatherings, has been recommitted to the committee on dangerous drugs

Ariana Grande releases documentary series on Youtube

Nov 29, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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Duterte EO orders regular nationwide drug abuse survey

Oct 31, 2018 - 4:45 PM

The survey is to be conducted every 3 years, according to an executive order that also institutionalizes the Philippine Anti-illegal Drugs Strategy

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted random drug testing among bus driver and conductors at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City on October 29, 2018, aimed at ensuring the safety of the riding public ahead of the rush for passengers heading out to the provinces this coming All Saints Day. Urine samples taken from transport staff will be brought to the PDEA laboratory for testing. If tested positive for drugs, the person shall be charged and recommended to be dismissed from the transport service. The campaign dubbed "Undaspot" is part of an overall campaign to guarantee the safety of the riding public. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Empty or shabu-packed? X-ray scans of magnetic lifters revealed

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs publishes X-ray scans taken by the Bureau of Customs

SCANS PUBLISHED. Photos courtesy of House Committee on Dangerous Drugs

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.

Krista Miller acquitted of drug charges

May 31, 2018 - 10:59 AM

The actress is free after almost two years in prison

Body of Australian diver missing in Batangas found 3 days later

May 05, 2018 - 10:18 PM

Authorities retrieve the body of Australian national Andre Kilbride not far from the popular Aquaventure Dive Resort on Saturday early afternoon, May 5

From 12 years to 6 months: Small time drug cases get plea bargains

May 05, 2018 - 10:09 PM

But those caught selling and trading over 1 gram of shabu and over 10 grams of marijuana will not be entitled to plea bargain deals

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Dangerous Drugs Act sets strict admission requirements for rehabilitation programs, because there were fewer drug surrenderers when the law was passed

1.5 million penguins discovered on remote Antarctic islands

Mar 02, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The first complete census reveals the Danger Islands host more than 750,000 breeding pairs of Adelie penguins, more than the rest of the Antarctic Peninsula region combined, the team reported in the journal Scientific Reports

PENGUINS. This undated handout photograph released by Stony Brook University/ Louisiana State University on March 2, 2018, shows Adélie penguins leaping off an iceberg at Danger Islands, Antarctica. File photo by Rachael Herman/Stony Brook University/AFP

Poverty not an excuse to get into drugs – DDB chief Cuy

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:33 PM

'Hindi justification 'yun to be involved in drugs, just because you say na poor ka o walang ibang income,' says DDB chief Catalino Cuy

NOT VALID. DDB chief Catalino Cuy says poor Filipinos involved in drugs can turn to their government for rehabilitation that leads to employment. Rappler screengrab

Rappler Talk: DDB Chairman Catalino Cuy on drug war policy

Jan 26, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Rappler talks to newly appointed Dangerous Drugs Board chief Catalino Cuy

Mayon Volcano eruption, 2017 GDP growth, Facebook on democracy | Midday wRap

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:32 PM

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PDEA seizes P500,000 in psychotropic, narcotic drugs from Nueva Ecija pharmacies

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Among the dangerous drugs seized are 2,422 pieces of Valium Diazepam, 3 amber glass vials of Ketamine Hydrochloride, and 10 pieces of Fentanyl Citrate

SEIZED. The dangerous drugs confiscated by the PDEA from 4 pharmacies along Mabini St. in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Jun A. Malig

Cocaine in Sorsogon, Cuy is DDB chief, Seoul-Pyongyang talks | Midday wRap

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:38 PM

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Cuy heads Dangerous Drugs Board, Año is DILG OIC

Jan 05, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Undersecretary Eduardo Año is appointed officer-in-charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, tying in with President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to eventually name him DILG chief

'Bonifacio turning in his grave' over Duterte's revolutionary gov't

Nov 30, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Activists seek to expose the dangers of a revolutionary government, which President Rodrigo Duterte's supporters are pushing him to set up

EFFIGY. Protestors lug around a Duterte effigy during a rally on November 30, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Plunder complaint vs Abaya and Aquino, Roque on Santiago, Robredo on Marcos | Evening wRap

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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DDB employee denies writing complaint vs Dionisio Santiago

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Priscilla Herrera, an executive assistant at the Dangerous Drugs Board, says her signature was forged. She is having the letter examined by police.

DDB staff complaint vs Santiago 'not gospel truth' – Malacañang

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Did Malacañang verify the letter? Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the process had already been 'overtaken' by Dionisio Santiago's resignation.

Malacañang on MRT, Santiago firing, Charles Manson dies | Evening wRap

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:31 PM

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Santiago fired for 'junkets' abroad, accepting favors from drug lords – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aside from suspicious trips, Dionisio Santiago is also accused of accepting a house from suspected drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog

JUNKETS & GIFTS. Malacanang says former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago was fired due to 'junkets' and questionable gifts. Rappler file photo

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

How many drug users in PH? DDB gets P15-M budget to find out

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:25 PM

'We've been getting some very conflicting figures and it's about time that we do a more accurate survey on the number of drug users,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, sponsor of the Dangerous Drugs Board's budget in the Senate

DRUG USERS. Alleged drug addicts and pushers wait to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

3 Davao city hall employees fired for drug use

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:53 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has given two options for employees who would test positive: rehabilitation under city government supervision or termination from work

Duterte 'offended' by Santiago's criticism of drug rehab approach

Nov 08, 2017 - 6:11 PM

'You do not go to the press and start to blabber,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about axed DDB chief Dionisio Santiago

President Rodrigo Roa Dutere, in his speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport prior to his departure for Vietnam on November 8, 2017, announces that he will talk about the economic imbalance and the impact of globalization on the countries who have been left behind during the APEC-ASEAN Dialogue. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Santiago resigns, SC junks Napoles bail petition, Trillanes to file libel case vs Nieto | Evening wRap

Nov 07, 2017 - 7:49 PM

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DDB chief Dionisio Santiago asked to resign

Nov 07, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The DDB chairman is asked to resign after his remarks criticizing the mega drug rehabilitation center funded by a Chinese tycoon

Dela Rosa on pension, DDB drug plan, SC on Comelec | Evening wRap

Oct 30, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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PH drug problem rooted in poverty – drugs board chief

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Dangerous Drugs Board chief Dionisio Santiago stresses that drug proliferation is a problem that plagues the poor the most

Dangerous Drugs Board proposes 'pro-life, pro-poor' anti-drug campaign

Oct 30, 2017 - 2:18 PM

The DDB hopes that its pitch for a bloodless drug war is approved by President Rodrigo Duterte

PRO-LIFE. The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) pitches a new drug war. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

How TokHang lives on through barangay officials

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it needs barangay officials to win the drug war

CONTINUATION. Barangay officials take over the drug war with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senate panel summons Ralph Trangia, 13 others in Castillo hazing

Oct 17, 2017 - 1:23 PM

The committee has also invited 14 alumni members of the Aegis Juris fraternity to attend the hearing on Wednesday, October 18

Ralph Trangia, tagged in the case of slain UST Law student Horacio Castillo III, arrives at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on October 10, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

Threats of narcoterrorism in the Philippines

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:08 PM

Narcoterrorism has become a security problem that, if not quickly abated, can undermine world peace and stability

DepEd on student drug testing: SC says it’s constitutional

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:43 PM

This matter has already been decided by the Supreme Court Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says in response to criticism against random drug testing on students

APPROVED BY SC. DepEd says the random drug testing of high school students is pursuant to the law.

Planting drugs? House panel eyes case vs Faeldon

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs is set to release its final report on how billions of pesos worth of shabu from China made it past the Bureau of Customs

FAELDON CHARGES. Representative Robert Barbers, chairman of the House committee on dangerous drugs, says they're eyeing the recommendation of charges against the outgoing BOC chairman. Bea Cupin/Rappler

House panel eyes corruption case vs Faeldon

Aug 25, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The draft committee report against outgoing Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has yet to be finalized and approved by members of the House panel on dangerous drugs

NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

1 in 4 drug users in PH unemployed – NAPC study

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:04 PM

A study by the National Anti Poverty Commission based on statistics provided by the Dangerous Drug Board also shows majority of those using illegal drugs belong to the poor sector

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LOOK: Celebs spotted at the Ariana Grande concert in Manila

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:15 PM

The pop star was in town for one night for her Dangerous Woman tour

ARIANA GRANDE. The diva performs in Manila for the second time around. Photo from Twitter.com/MOAArena

PNP tries to file drug charges vs slain Parojinog couple

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:38 PM

The Department of Justice rejects the criminal complaint filed by police against Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr and his wife Susan who were killed in a police raid on July 30

DEAD. The body of the mayor's wife, Susan Parojinog, after the operation. Sourced photo

Customs broker pinpoints alleged corrupt officials at House hearing

Aug 07, 2017 - 2:47 PM

UPDATED As requested by a congressman a visibly nervous customs broker Mark Ruben Taguba walks around the room and identifies at least 5 BOC officials present

WITNESS. Mark Taguba, the Customs brother who is spilling the beans on alleged corruption in the bureau, testifies during an earlier Senate hearing. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Faeldon skips hearing for 'dental emergency'; congressmen annoyed

Aug 07, 2017 - 11:23 AM

If it s less than a heart attack he should show up says Marikina Representative Miro Quimbo

EMERGENCY? Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon attends a House of Representatives hearing on August 2, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Proposed law wants health warnings vs salty, sugary food

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:08 AM

House Bill 5964 warns against food or drink containing sodium or sugar at least 20 higher than the recommended limit intake in the most recent Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake

Aquino: 'Significant effort' to curb illegal drugs during my term

Jul 23, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Drugs is just one aspect The other aspect is: how do you grow the economy to fund the resources for education health and infrastructure? says the former president

FORMER CHIEF. Benigno Aquino III talks to Rappler's Maria Ressa, more than a year after he stepped down from office. Rappler photo