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Self-confessed Cebu drug lord shot dead in Quezon City

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Police say Franz Sabalones was shot in the head upon leaving his car in Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Central Visayas' alleged number 2 in the drug trade Franz Sabalones has surrendered to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Monday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

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

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Oct 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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May 24, 2018 - 10:05 AM

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WEAVING HOPE. It's in the Sinagtala weaving center where women are able to escape and eventually, heal from the scars of the war. Photo courtesy of Sinagtala

Peter Lim camp cries foul over lack of due process

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

With an assistant solicitor general as lead counsel, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group promises to bring in additional witnesses and evidence against the alleged drug lord

PACC to Duterte: Suspend fiscals who junked drug charges vs Lim, Espinosa

Mar 27, 2018 - 3:29 PM

The commission recommends a lifestyle check on former assistant state prosecutor Aristotle Reyes, whom President Duterte has since appointed as regional trial court judge

UP TO DUTERTE. The PACC can only recommend charges against officials under the executive department. Malacañang file photo

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Prosecutor in Peter Lim case 'saddened' by Aguirre’s probe

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

‘Sino ba naman ang napakalakas na loob na tao na lalaruin itong ganyang klaseng kaso? Nagrurule lang kami based on evidence,' says former state prosecutor and now Judge Aristotle Reyes

The Department of Justice in a hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima detention shows justice system is 'alive' – Roque

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:14 PM

'Let us therefore refrain from influencing the outcome of her case,' says Presidential Spokesperson Roque as Senator De Lima marks her first year in jail

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque informs entrepreneurs during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that a total of P2-billion will be allotted to two programs of the Department of Trade and Industry. The two programs include the 'Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso' Micro Loan Program and the shared service facilities, equipment project that aims to develop micro, small and medium enterprises. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rio de Janeiro police, soldiers capture famed drug trafficker

Dec 06, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Journalists are the first to see 'Rogerio 157' handcuffed and wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt with the words 'wild spirit' written upside down

DRUG LORD. Alleged Rocinha favela drug boss, Rogerio Avelino da Silva (center), nicknamed "Rogerio 157", is escorted by Brazilian Civil Police members at the police headquarters, after being arrested in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 06, 2017. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

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Sep 27, 2017 - 12:20 PM

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Duterte's new matrix links Maute Group to drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this could explain how the ISIS-inspired Maute Group sustains its operations in Marawi City

NEW MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte presents a new matrix that links the terrorist Maute Group to illegal drugs.

LP to Duterte: Let CHR probe killings

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The Liberal Party says the Duterte administration must face the problem of drug killings head on instead of trying to look for purported saboteurs and destabilizers

DRUG WAR PROBE. CHR, chaired by Chito Gascon, is asking the PNP, headed by Director General Ronald dela Rosa, to share its police files on the drug war. But the President wouldn't allow it.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, August 31, 2017

Aug 31, 2017 - 9:57 AM

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MESSAGING. President Rodrigo Duterte defends his threats to kill, saying on August 30, 2017, that they can be defended even in front of Jesus Christ. Malacañang photo

Youth leaders ask Duterte: Where's all-out drug war vs rich, powerful?

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:58 PM

Have you seen drug operations in Forbes? Have you seen war on drugs in Bel Air? says a speaker at the rally calling for an end to killings

'JUSTICE FOR KIAN'. Akbayan Youth leader Shamah Bulangis takes the microphone at the protest. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Aguirre wants SAF out of Bilibid as drug trade 'active again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Aguirre says he is closely watching the drug inmates they turned witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima amid this creeping resurgence of drug trading

File photo of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 children among killed in Maguindanao drug raid

May 03, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Two other minors are wounded including a 12 month old boy after men of suspected drug lord and BIFF member Willie Akil Utto fired upon the raiding team

Ang patotoo ng mga drug lord at kidnapper

Feb 20, 2017 - 12:45 PM

Kagalang galang na talaga ang hustisya sa Pilipinas Ang salita ng kidnapper ay ebidensya na ngayon [at] sinasanto na natin ang salita ng mga drug lord

CHAIN OF LOVE : Women's leaders trroped to the Senate to express support to Senator Leila De Lima even as they condemned the government move to arrest her on trump-up illegal drugs charges. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Kerwin Espinosa now held at Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba Prison

Oct 19, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Ambassador Constancio R Vingno Jr says the extradition of Roland Kerwin Espinosa Jr could take a week

Duterte on drug list: 'I had it revalidated again'

Sep 24, 2016 - 10:52 PM

Kasi may mga nakita ako doon na mga kaibigan ko na hindi ko sukat akalain President Rodrigo Duterte says

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a command conference at the Police Regional Office-10 Headquarters in Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City, on September 22, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

Police nab P24-M shabu from Kerwin Espinosa's 'bodyguard'

Sep 24, 2016 - 2:03 PM

Max Miro a self confessed bodyguard of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa points to the stash after he voluntarily surrenders to authorities

SHABU HAUL. Police show their haul from the alleged right hand man of suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

DDB wants law institutionalizing community-based drug rehab

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:35 PM

The Department of Health also supports proposals to put up at least one major in patient drug rehabilitation center per region

SURRENDER. Alleged drug addicts and pushers file through to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

War on drugs: When the police come knocking in posh Makati villages

Sep 07, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The scene is a sharp contrast from operations held along the dark alleys of poorer communities

BRIEF TALK. Indian Ambassador to the Philippines Lalduhthlana Ralte, who lives in Forbes Park, allows a PNP SPD chief Tomas Apolinario, two cops, and Barangay Forbes Park Evangeline Manotok inside his home on September 5. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP wages war on drugs despite P36-M budget in 2016

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:46 PM

But Police Director Benjamin Magalong acting PNP deputy chief for operations says the strong support of President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is boosting their confidence to fight illegal drugs

CALL OF DUTY. Members of the Philippine National Police and the Scene of the Crime Operatives conducting investigation following a police operation against illegal drugs in the town of Plaridel, Bulacan on August 4. Photo by Eugenio Loreto/EPA

PNP conducts 'reinvigorated' Oplan TokHang in Forbes Park, Magallanes

Sep 05, 2016 - 1:35 PM

Southern Police District chief Tomas Apolinario says the PNP is not giving any special treatment to residents of posh villages

THROUGH THE GATES. The Makati police conducts Oplan TokHang inside the exclusive Forbes Park in Makati City on September 5. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Provincial police deployed to Albuera amid threat of attacks

Sep 02, 2016 - 11:22 AM

There have been concerns about a possible attack on the Albuera police station where Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr has been living and holding office since he was placed under the protective custody of the police

CHECKPOINT. A police checkpoint in Albuera, Leyte. Random checkpoints have been set up around strategic parts of the town after Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr returned to his town. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

War on Drugs: Phase 2 targets drug lords – Dela Rosa

Aug 31, 2016 - 8:42 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa has 4 months left to fulfill their promise to end – or at least suppress – the spread of illegal drugs

HIGH VALUE TARGETS NEXT? Dela Rosa talks to police accused of having ties to the illegal drug trade. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Replace barangay officials with OICs until next polls – House minority

Aug 31, 2016 - 1:55 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says the prevalence of drug use in barangays nationwide puts into question the local officials ability to police their own backyards

APPOINT OICs. Members of the House minority, led by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez (3rd from left), hold a press conference on August 31. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Fortun: Odicta didn’t give 'drug matrix' to gov’t, lawyers

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:31 PM

If I am gunned down do not believe that it is the handiwork of the drug associates of Odicta says one of the lawyers of the assassinated alleged Iloilo drug lord

THREATS? Lawyer Raymond Fortun hints at threats against his own life following the death of his client, alleged drug lord Melvin Odicta. Photo from Raymond Fortun's Facebook page

PDEA to Congress: Allow scrutiny of drug suspects' bank records

Aug 30, 2016 - 12:54 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also supports a bill that would allow law enforcement agencies to tap into conversations related to their anti illegal drug operations

LEGISLATIVE AGENDA. Representatives of PDEA, led by Director General Isidro Lapeña, faces the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs on August 30. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

War on drugs: Who are the Odictas of Iloilo?

Aug 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Melvin and Merriam Odicta allegedly among Iloilo s top drug lords are gunned down by unidentified men

PMA alumni to Dela Rosa: Sound the call, we will be there

Aug 28, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Alumni of the PMA pledge to help another alumnus PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa in the country s campaign against illegal drugs

PMA CAV. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa, then still a Senior Superintendent, at the PMA during its alumni homecoming. File photo from Dela Rosa's Facebook page

Dela Rosa on drug lords: Burn their houses, show your anger

Aug 25, 2016 - 4:40 PM

The PNP chief urges surrendered drug pushers and users to vent their anger towards drug lords who he says have fattened their coffers at the expense of the poor

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa urged drug pushers and addicts to show their anger towards drug lords. File photo by Joe Liporada/Rappler

Alvarez: 'Nothing personal' vs De Lima with House probe

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:43 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says they will invite everyone who may have something to do with the illegal drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison

'NOTHING PERSONAL.' House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez leads congressmen in filing a resolution seeking to probe the drug use in the New Bilibid Prison when Senator Leila de Lima was still justice secretary. File photos by Rappler

Summary killings under Duterte admin 'unprecedented' – CHR

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:54 PM

As a result the Commission on Human Rights is unable to respond to every single case We are at less than 20 now investigating 170 cases says Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon

SUMMARY KILLINGS. Bodies of 2 dead women lies outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

De Lima commends Dela Rosa for cutting cellphone use in Bilibid

Aug 23, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Senator Leila de Lima once headed the justice department which manages the New Bilibid Prison

'NO MORE CELLPHONES.' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and Senator Leila De Lima during the first Senate hearing on EJK on August 22, 2016. Photo by Alex Nuevaespana/PRIB

House leaders urge De Lima to attend probe into Bilibid drug use

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles says they are also planning to invite Senator Leila De Lima s former bodyguard and driver who allegedly has links to drugs

DRUGS PROBE. The Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, lead by Senator Leila de Lima, conducts a public hearing on extrajudicial killings on August 22. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

In war on drugs, lives of police at risk too

Aug 20, 2016 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Mas lugi pa nga kami kasi naghihintay kaming barilin eh Naghihintay kami na may action kami bago kami gumalaw eh says a precinct commander in Manila

LISTEN TO OUR SIDE. Police Chief Superintendent Paul Sabulao fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to suppress crime and illegal drugs. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Aug 19, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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Top drug suspect in Zamboanga del Norte shot dead on his way to court

Aug 19, 2016 - 2:39 PM

At the meeting of the Provincial Anti Drug Abuse Council last August 9 the PDEA complained that RG Guico continued to transact business despite being in jail

Zamboanga Hall of Justice Photo by Gualberto Laput/Rappler

House to probe drug use in Bilibid during De Lima’s time

Aug 19, 2016 - 1:21 PM

Some Duterte allies in the House want a congressional inquiry – in aid of legislation – into the drug use at the maximum security prison when Senator Leila de Lima was still justice secretary

UNDER SCRUTINY. Senator Leila De Lima holding a press conference at the Senate on August 18 after President Rodrigo Duterte's claimed that she had an affair with her driver allegedly linked to the drug trade. Photo by Alex Nueva Espana/PRIB

Suarez on Duterte's war on drugs: 'End justifies the means'

Aug 17, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The objective is to eliminate the drug issue at all cost Kung ano man ang ginagawa ng Pangulong Duterte na pamamaraan as the minority leader in my personal capacity I support him says House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez

WAR ON DRUGS OK. House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez is supporting President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Kids unsafe in society that condones violence – female LP lawmakers

Aug 16, 2016 - 3:40 PM

While their party is allied with President Rodrigo Duterte s PDP Laban 5 female legislators from LP say they oppose apparent summary executions committed in the name of the war on drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Aug 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM