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End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

Año to drug-linked barangay bets: 'Don't even consider running'

Apr 13, 2018 - 6:12 PM

DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año gives the warning on the eve of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the May 14 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

'NO NARCO-POLITICIANS'. DILG OIC Eduardo  Año speaks at the PNP Academy Alumni Homecoming 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDEA shuts down ecstasy lab in Malabon

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'This is the first time in the country’s drug law enforcement history that a clandestine ecstasy laboratory was closed down,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

FIRST FEAT. An ecstasy laboratory is raided and shut down by PDEA, which says it is a first in law enforcement history. PDEA photo

Albayalde to share drug campaign documents with Supreme Court

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:26 PM

This comes after the Supreme Court rejects the PNP's appeal, effectively compelling them to share their drug campaign documents

READY TO SHARE. Incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde is willing to share drug campaign documents with the Supreme Court. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Rehab advocates can work with Duterte gov't in 'healing' addicts – priest

May 07, 2017 - 8:00 AM

UPDATED Father Luciano Felloni known for his healing not killing community based rehabilitation program in Caloocan City says that the drug problem is neither a police nor a health issue but a developmental issue

A DEVELOPMENT PROBLEM. Reverend Father Lucanio Felloni says that the drug problem is beyond a health issue.

Death penalty deterrent to drugs? DDB chair can't say

May 05, 2017 - 2:13 PM

I m thankful not to meddle with this very controversial issue says the head of the government s Dangerous Drugs Board

DEATH PENALTY PROPOSAL. DDB chair Secretary Benjamin Reyes refuses to divulge their take on death penalty as a deterrence to drugs. Rappler screengrab

Block return of death penalty in PH – Human Rights Watch

Dec 03, 2016 - 10:57 AM

The failure of the death penalty as a crime deterrent is globally recognized and the government should maintain the prohibition on its use says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

Private colleges wary of requiring students to undergo drug testing

Sep 02, 2016 - 9:05 PM

The Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations reminds the Commission on Higher Education s proposal: Focus on the pushers and not the victims – such as the students

Lawmakers warn vs drug testing for college admission

Sep 01, 2016 - 4:10 PM

ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio says the government cannot impose too many limitations on Filipinos right to education

DRUG TESTING. Kabataan Representative Sarah Elago (2nd from left) and ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio (4th from left) weigh in on the proposal to include drug testing in college and university admission requirements. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

CHED mulls drug testing for college admission

Sep 01, 2016 - 10:20 AM

After crafting the policy the Commission on Higher Education will seek the legal opinion of the Department of Justice

Rights groups ask UN to condemn drug-related killings in PH

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Some 300 NGOs say the approach of the Duterte administration clearly deviates from important global norms for the implementation of drug control policies

epaselect epa05425408 A picture made available on 15 July 2016 shows members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conducting investigation following a police operation against illegal drugs in Manila, Philippines, 03 July 2016. Close to 60,000 drug dependents nationwide have surrendered since the Duterte administration began its intensified campaign against illegal drugs, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said. According to local news reports, at least 43 alleged drug traffickers have been neutralized and 300kg of shabu, a highly addictive and harmful methamphetamine whose use is widespread in the Philippines, has been confiscated. EPA/STR

Talking to your kids about sex, drugs, and rock & roll

Jun 13, 2016 - 1:34 PM

When kids start to ask about sex drugs and rock and roll how should parents respond?

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Indonesian anti-drugs chief warns against foreign boyfriends

Jun 26, 2015 - 9:47 PM

Head of the national anti drugs agency Anang Iskandar says that many Indonesian women were languishing in prisons abroad because they are easily tricked into drug trafficking

'War on drugs' is fueling HIV epidemic: report

Jun 26, 2012 - 9:01 AM

The war on drugs is forcing users away from treatment driving an HIV AIDS pandemic says a pressure group