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Activist priest recounts 'close call' with death squad

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Father Amado Picardal has spent his life documenting Davao Death Squad killings. He sees himself as the target of the notorious group.

"Running priest" Robert Reyes holds Father Picardal and lay person Chito Generoso before he sends them off to their 1500-kilometer bike trip.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

From Korean idol group to Duterte Supporters on Facebook?

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:05 PM

A fan group for a South Korean actor is renamed 'President Duterte Supporters'. But there might be more to the story.

[OPINION] We are not a polarized nation

Feb 09, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Who stands to gain when we are forced to pick between DDS or Dilawan?

De Lima urges ICC to act with urgency: Killings still happening

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The detained senator says the theory of immunity must be challenged at this point, saying that the drafters of the Constitution did not anticipate 'this magnitude of killings' in the hands of a 'notorious president'

ELECTORAL REFORM. Senator Leila De Lima, chairman of the committee on electoral reform, seeks to move election offices out of local government units to avoid conflict. File photo by Joseph Vidal

Duterte warns cops: NPA ‘sparrow units’ are back

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:15 PM

The last time President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned the communist urban hit squads in his speech, he cited them as reason for the creation of the now notorious Davao Death Squad

THREAT? President Rodrigo Duterte says on January 15, 2018, the urban hit squads of the New People's Army are out to attack state forces. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

[OPINYON] Sex at ang DDS

Dec 17, 2017 - 1:01 PM

Pero meron pa, sabi ng kausap ko, naabot namin ang sukdulang kaligayahang seksuwal kapag sinasabi niya sa mga kaaway niya, 'Papatayin ko kayong lahat'

[OPINION] Sex and the DDS

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:30 AM

'But there's something more,' he volunteered. 'The height of sexual pleasure is when he says "I will kill you" to his enemies.'

AFP on Martial Law extension, Duque on Dengvaxia, Salvator Mundi buyer | Evening wRap

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

DOJ on NDF, Duterte calls Manila ‘dead city,’ Roque on ICC | Midday wRap

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

#PugadBaboy: Critiques Get You Fired

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM

[OPINION] Newspoint | Abnormal evolution of justice

Oct 14, 2017 - 11:30 AM

Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.

Who posted the bomb threat? Police affidavit vs anti-Duterte netizen misses crucial details

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

The police accuse Willyn Trabajador of posting a bomb threat against President Rodrigo Duterte, but the criminal complaint they filed against her raises more questions than answers

For anti-Duterte netizen, online troll attacks turn into real world nightmare

Sep 15, 2017 - 4:30 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The Philippine National Police files a criminal complaint against Willyn Trabajador, whom they accuse of posting a bomb threat against the President's followers. But Trabajador insists her account was cloned.

Leila de Lima: Bloody but unbowed

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

An interview with Senator Leila de Lima who has been kept in detention for over 6 months now

BIRTHDAY WISH. Detained Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 18, 2017 and says her birthday wish is 'vindication soon.' File photo from Office of Sen Leila de Lima

Imee Marcos, Ombudsman, North Korea | Midday wRap

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:12 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Ombudsman pursues Matobato's Davao Death Squad complaint

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:22 PM

UPDATED Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales inhibits from the investigation

ARREST WARRANT. Edgar Matobato attends the Senate probe into the spate of extrajudicial killings, September 16, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

State-sponsored hate: The rise of the pro-Duterte bloggers

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Pro-Duterte bloggers receive unusual privileges from the Presidential Communications Operations Office to consolidate support for the popular president and silence critics

TIMELINE: Probing into the Davao Death Squad

Jun 30, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Several investigations, witnesses, and hearings have been conducted in the past decade yet the existence of the Davao Death Squad remains to be a very contested issue

DoubleDragon, Ascott to build 5-star luxury serviced apartment in Pasay

Jun 19, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Ascott DD Meridian Park Manila will sit on a 5 567 square meter lot within the 4 8 hectare complex of DoubleDragon and is set to have over 300 units

FIVE-STAR. DoubleDragon says the construction of Ascott-DD Meridian Park Manila is set to break ground by end-2017. Logo from DoubleDragon

DOJ moves to cancel Lascañas' passport

Jun 15, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Arturo Lascañas is facing murder and frustrated murder charges over his confession of operating to kill radio man Jun Pala

SELF-CONFESSED HITMAN. Retired police SPO3 Arturo Lascañas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Vitaliano Aguirre: 'Fake news king' to opposition, 'bright boy' to Duterte

Jun 11, 2017 - 2:00 PM

Aguirre says he would have wanted to settle for a quiet life, take care of his 6 grandchildren, tend to his bonsais, and resume scuba diving, but service beckoned

DOJ CHIEF. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II faces his latest controversy since being appointed chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ). Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Additional 'communication' vs Duterte filed before Int'l Criminal Court

Jun 06, 2017 - 5:19 PM

Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and congressman Gary Alejano call for a preliminary examination to give victims hope Duterte’s impunity would soon end

 END IMPUNITY. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano  urges ICC Prosecutor to bring hope and end President Rodrigo Duterte's impunity. Presidential Photo

Palace launches weekly show hosted by Andanar, Uson

Jun 04, 2017 - 7:35 PM

DDS Podcast airs every Sunday morning and is hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson who have both been accused of spreading misinformation in the past

RADIO SHOW. Malacañang launches its 'flagship tele-radio program' entitled DDS Podcast, with Secretary Martin Andanar and Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson as hosts.

Lascañas' DDS claims 'flooded with loopholes' – Senate committee

May 22, 2017 - 10:22 PM

The Senate committee report recommends increase the penalty for witnesses who commit perjury

LIAR? Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the so-called Davao Death Squad. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bohol clash, Lascanas, Uson & Marcos | Evening wRap

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Of all people, Lacson should understand why I left PH – Lascañas

Apr 11, 2017 - 1:55 PM

In a statement the self confessed Davao Death Squad leader reminds Senator Lacson that he was once a fugitive

FROM ONE PRESIDENTIAL ENEMY TO ANOTHER. Self-confessed Davao Death Squad leader and former SPO3 Arthur Lascañas says Senator Panfilo Lacson, of all people, should understand his situation. File photos

Redemption or destabilization? What Arthur Lascañas is about

Apr 10, 2017 - 5:26 PM

It s been more than 3 decades since Lascañas entered the police force and 4 months since he retired his police uniform Now he has fled

WITNESS, LIAR? Retired cop Arturo Lascañas, before he fled the Philippines. Rappler photo

Lacson: Who paid for Lascañas' trip to Singapore?

Apr 10, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson who led the Senate probe into Arturo Lascañas testimony says the family of the ex Davao City cop also flew a month ahead of him

Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Lascañas left for Singapore – immigration spokesperson

Apr 09, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Antonette Mangrobang says there is no hold departure order or lookout bulletin against retired Davao City policeman Arturo Lascañas

Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

Arrest warrant out for Matobato for 2002 kidnapping

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:23 PM

UPDATED Edgar Matobato is ordered arrested for the kidnapping of alleged terrorist Sali Makdum in 2002 a non bailable offense

Edgar Matobato attends a Senate hearing on September 22, 2016. Photo by LeAnn Jazul/Rappler

Lascañas, Matobato were not the first DDS whistle-blowers

Mar 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The sworn affidavits of the 4 witnesses in 2009 cover the structure of the alleged death squad describe how the death contracts were carried out and elaborate on the practice of burying victims in the Laud quarry

Archbishop Villegas backs Matobato, Lascañas

Mar 23, 2017 - 7:42 PM

In his Lenten message Archbishop Socrates Villegas presents true stories of conversion from self confessed hitmen Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas

LENTEN MESSAGE. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas says self-confessed Davao Death Squad members Edgar Matobato and Arthur Lascañas experienced the mercy of God. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

After days of silence, Dela Rosa debunks Lascañas claim

Mar 14, 2017 - 8:00 PM

The PNP chief insists he cannot comment on other allegations because it s beyond his personal knowledge

Putting a president behind bars

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:34 PM

If the criminal acts imputed on the President were committed when he was not yet a president he cannot be protected by presidential immunity

Matobato lawyer to file case vs Duterte in ICC

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Lawyer Jude Sabio says he wants to file by end of March the crimes against humanity case in relation to extrajudicial killings

TO ICC. Accompanied by lawyer Jude Sabio, self-confessed member of the Davao Death Squad Edgar Matobato voluntarily surrenders at the Manila Police District on March 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Edgar Matobato surrenders to Manila police

Mar 09, 2017 - 4:14 PM

UPDATED Self confessed Davao Death Squad hitman Edgar Matobato leaves the Manila Police District after a Manila court issues his release order late Thursday afternoon

Alleged former member of the the Davao Death Squad Edgar Matobato voluntarily surrendered and is detained inside the Manila Action and Special Assignment (MASA) inside the Manila City hall on Thursday after posting bail for frustrated murder before the Regional Trial Court branch 19 of the Digos City, Davao Del Sur.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 9, 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Thursday

Rappler Talk Investigative: Arturo Lascañas, Duterte loyalist no more

Mar 09, 2017 - 6:51 AM

Lascañas talks about his team of hitmen addresses policemen who will be involved in the revived TokHang operations and has a message for President Rodrigo Duterte as well

Lascañas to Duterte: Killing 'not the ultimate solution'

Mar 08, 2017 - 10:03 PM

Says Lascañas in Filipino: We cannot play the role of God deciding who will live and who will die That is so wrong

CHR forms new team to probe Davao Death Squad killings

Mar 08, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The creation of the new team comes after former policeman Arturo Lascañas told the Senate that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered killings when he was Davao City mayor

Duterte: Davao Death Squad formed to fight NPA 'sparrow units'

Mar 07, 2017 - 8:05 PM

It was then known as the DDS during Martial Law The sparrow units and the DDS were fighting it out says President Rodrigo Duterte

DDS MASTERMIND? President Rodrigo Duterte has his own Davao Death Squad origin story. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

From DDS 'denier' to whistle-blower: Why Lascañas changed tune

Mar 07, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Senators grill the self confessed Davao Death Squad hitman over his decision to recant an earlier claim before the Senate

LIAR OR TRUTH-TELLING? Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lascanas, Yasay, Napoles | Evening wRap

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Watch the evening newscast with David Lozada

Lascañas' affidavit: Duterte's roles in Davao Death Squad killings

Mar 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Retired policeman Arturo Lascañas claims then Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte ordered operations gave the go signal to kill provided monetary rewards and assured protection for Davao Death Squad members

Senate ends Lascañas probe after 1 hearing

Mar 06, 2017 - 5:54 PM

The retired Davao policeman s testimony on the Davao Death Squad has no value says Senator Panfilo Lacson It s filed and noted

Sen. Ping Lacson during the hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad.

DDS probe, PMA, Trump | Midday wRap

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:33 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Ana Arceo

Lascañas: Duterte son protected alleged drug lord

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:08 PM

UPDATED In a Senate hearing the former Davao policeman links Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Pulong Duterte to illegal drugs

Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lascañas tells Senate he was forced to lie last year

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:43 AM

The retired Davao policeman apologizes to the Senate for his testimony last year saying he was ordered at the time to deny everything about the Davao Death Squad

SORRY. Retired Davao policeman Arturo Lascañas faces the Senate on Monday, March 6, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The Senate scramble that led to the Lascañas probe

Mar 04, 2017 - 6:12 PM

Lascañas public confession creates a stir inside the Senate and exposes a divided upper chamber

Retired policeman Arthur Lascañas delivers a "public confession" inside the Senate building on February 20, 2017.