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Cops kill 'high-value target' in Makati drug operation

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:44 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says Rolando Abundo Jr is suspected to be a member of a criminal gang involved in drug trafficking and gun-for-hire services

DRUG OPERATION. Top cop Oscar Albayalde (3rd, right) and NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar watch police place the body bag with the corpse of drug suspect Rolando Abundo Jr on a stretcher on December 12, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Skyler Abatayo finally laid to rest

Jul 21, 2018 - 7:27 PM

People surrounding the small casket chant for justice before 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is laid to rest nearly two weeks after he was killed

Photo from the Facebook page of Justice for Blayden Skyler Abatayo.

Skyler Abatayo case: 4 cops sacked as probe begins

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The 4 anti-drug cops tested negative for gunpowder traces, but this does not get them completely off the hook, says the Philippine National Police

'JUSTICE FOR SKYLER'. Four cops have been sacked following the death of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo, killed by a stray bullet just after studying at home. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Skyler Abatayo hit by stray bullet after doing school assignment

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The four-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-drug operation in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City

KILLED. 3-year-old Skyler Abatayo was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

4-year-old killed by stray bullet from Cebu City anti-drug operation

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Police say Skyler Abatayo was killed by a bullet from drug suspects and not from cops, but this has yet to be proven by a ballistics examination

KILLED. Four-year-old Skyler Abatayo was slain by a stray bullet from an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Tommy Osmeña’s ex-aide shot dead in anti-drugs operation

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:18 PM

Adonis Dumpit is killed by National Bureau of Investigation agents in an 'drug interdiction' operation in Tagbilaran City, Bohol

FAVORED COP. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña bailed out SPO1 Adonis Dumpit before turning him into a security aide. Photo from Cebu City PIO

2 killed in Batangas drug buy-bust ops

May 04, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The police say suspects Marlon Lubugan and Michael Adrias shot at the authorities when the arrest in Lian town was announced

BUY-BUST. Two drug suspects die after allegedly exchanging fire with police from Lian town and Batangas province on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Photo from the Batangas Provincial Police Office

SC on drug war documentation, FBI probe on Quiboloy church, Grindr on HIV data | Evening wRap

Apr 03, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Police in Manila, Davao among first to get body cameras for drug war

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:02 PM

PNP Director for Operations Camilo Cascolan says only 100 units of the gadget have been delivered. The police nationwide need 37,000.

BODY CAM. A Pasig police officer wears a local-government-issued body camera. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PDEA quota, Tropical Depression Salome, Trump tweets in China | Midday wRap

Nov 09, 2017 - 1:33 PM

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Sep 27, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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PNP on anti-drugs ops: Thousands of deaths, only 10 inquest reports

Sep 27, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Kabayan Representative Harry Roque requests for the inquest reports on more than 3,800 deaths attributed to police operations. The PNP submits only 10.

POLICE REPORTS. The Philippine National Police submits to the House of Representatives 10 inquest reports when it is supposed to investigative 3,800 cases where drug suspects died at the hands of cops. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte, Hontiveros, Mexico quake | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 AM

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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

Tagle, Villegas speak out vs new drug war killings

Aug 20, 2017 - 7:45 AM

This comes after a series of drug raids killed at least 81 people – including 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos – in only 4 days

LEADING BISHOPS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas (left) attend a press conference on July 7, 2014, about the trip of Pope Francis to the Philippines. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

TRANSCRIPT: 'Pag walang baril, bigyan mo ng baril' – Duterte

Aug 19, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The alleged frame up that killed Kian Loyd delos Santos 17 brings to mind statements made by President Rodrigo Duterte in his first year in office urging law enforcers to push criminals to fight back

'THE PUNISHER.' President Rodrigo Duterte checks one of the sniper rifles donated by China during a ceremonial handover of military assistance at the Clark Air Base in Pampanga on June 28, 2017. Malacañang file photo

Kalookan bishop slams killing of 17-year-old boy in drug war

Aug 18, 2017 - 8:00 PM

‘Who needs martial law if our police would behave this way?’ says Kalookan Bishop Pablo David citing other alleged abuses by the police

NO TO KILLINGS. Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the killing of 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos at the hands of the police 'is one very specific case of abuse.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

Gov't, MILF sign cooperation agreement vs illegal drugs

Jul 01, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The protocol of cooperation provides guidelines and operational procedures for joint anti illegal drug operations in MILF areas and communities

  Atty. Abdul Dataya (2nd from L), Chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) - Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG), and PCSupt. Pierre Bucsit (3rd from R), Chairman of the GPH-AHJAG, exchange copies of the final "Protocol of Cooperation on Anti-Illegal Drugs Operations and Related Activities in MILF Areas/Communities" on Friday, 30 June 2017 in Hotel Elena, Davao City. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Manila Police to 'killer' cop witnesses: Stand by your claims

May 07, 2017 - 11:35 AM

Manila Police District Chief Directorial Staff Bartolome Bustamante calls on the accusers of PO3 Ronald Alvarez to stand by their claims and to give their sworn statements

'DEMON OF DELPAN'. Witnesses from a Rappler exclusive investigative report say that PO3 Ronald Alvarez of Manila Police Station 2 is behind at least four drug-related deaths.

The tangled web in publisher Larry Que's slay case

May 04, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The Catanduanes cop charged with murder in the Larry Que case is the same policeman who is now accusing his superiors of giving kill orders against drug suspects

How Duterte's drug war has affected rich users

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:38 PM

While shabu the poor man s cocaine is now as expensive as P25 000 a gram the price of cocaine choice drug of the rich has remained the same at P7 000 per gram

ILLEGAL DRUGS. The NBI displays the packets of ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana seized from the suspects. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NBI seizes P120M worth of shabu, guns in Tondo

Apr 03, 2017 - 3:59 PM

An alleged drug syndicate was supposed to transport the drugs to Mindanao

NBI operation yields guns and drugs

Watchdog dares Dela Rosa: Prove it’s not just PR

Jan 30, 2017 - 11:59 AM

Human Rights Watch says the PNP chief should seek to punish cops involved in extrajudicial killings in the war on drugs

NHQ. The PNP headquarters in Camp Crame. Rappler file photo

Former sexy actress Sabrina M arrested in anti-drug operation

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:57 PM

Sabrina M real name Karen Pallasigue is arrested with two other companions

Central Visayas top cop: Leave drug operations to police

Sep 03, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Police Regional Director Noli Taliño says Central Visayas is the top performing region in the nationwide anti drug campaign

Duterte losing 2 policemen daily to drug war? Stats don’t say so

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:04 PM

If two police or military have died every day since July 1 or the day after Duterte took his oath as president there should be around 110 police or military casualties already

WAR ON DRUGS. Police watch over the bodies of two dead women outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Before Duterte: How did anti-illegal drug operations fare?

Jul 29, 2016 - 11:00 AM

More than 63 000 drug suspects were arrested from 2011 to 2015 but low conviction rates plague the government s anti illegal drugs efforts according to PDEA data

Duterte's drug war in numbers

Jul 21, 2016 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED Data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency show that from July 1 to July 20 702 anti illegal drug operations were conducted by several law enforcement agencies across the country

'They fired first': 2 suspected drug pushers killed in Bataan

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Bataan Provincial Police Office says the suspects fired on undercover cops prompting the authorities to shoot back during a buy bust operation in Dinalupihan town

Marine colonel: I would never betray country for drugs

Jan 23, 2016 - 7:54 AM

UPDATED The Marine colonel says he was on a secret mission for the military

INNOCENT? Marine Lt. Col. Ferdinand Marcelino, a former official of PDEA, raise his handcuffs and is escorted by members of the PDEA as they leave the Department of Justice in Manila after attending the inquest proceedings on Friday, January 22, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

7 dead in Davao City anti-drug raids

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:43 PM

The city wide series of raids is supervised by no less than CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong

SUSPECTS. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks to suspects who were arrested in a series of drug raids in the city. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

P2M illegal drugs seized in Bacolod raids

Jul 15, 2015 - 8:07 PM

Authorities conduct two separate raids in Bacolod City: one at SM City mall and another at Libertad Market

Palace: No quick solution to 'VIP' drug lords in prison

Dec 16, 2014 - 5:45 PM

The government has known of the problem for a long time but says it was studying its extent and depth culiminating in the raid on the state penitentiary

SITE TRANSFER. The New Bilibid Prison is set to be transferred to Laur, Nueva Ecija. File photo by Rappler