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[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s exaggerations worsened the Philippines’ drug problem

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

We’ve come to a point where drugs can be literally fished out of our waters. How can anyone hear these stories and reasonably claim them to be signs of success?

How compassionate pragmatism can help drug users

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky: 'We don’t have to dismantle our traditional treatments but extending our reach enables us to engage people in the early stage'

Bishop David on drug users: They're drug victims, too

Jul 25, 2018 - 3:32 PM

'Isn't it obvious that they are also victims, and that they also need to be saved, not killed?' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, reacting to SONA 2018

SHEPHERD, PREACHER. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers the homily at the 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization in Manila on July 21, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Stop assuming all drug users are addicts – Ateneo professor

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Ateneo psychology professor Regina Hechanova says the stigma erodes law enforcement and rehabilitation programs

DISTINCTION NEEDED. Psychology professor Regina Hechanova speaks at the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

At U.N., Cayetano bloats number of drug users to 7 million

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:50 PM

If Secretary Cayetano is to be believed, this means President Duterte's drug war is failing, because the number of drug addicts has doubled since he took office

DRUG WAR. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano defends President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs at the general debate of the UN General Assembly's 72nd session on September 23, 2017. UN photo

After 6 months, 10K drug surrenderers admitted to rehab centers

Jan 11, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Local government units play an important role in the admission of drug surrenders to existing treatment and rehabilitation centers

REHABILITATION. In this file photo, drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH-China relations, drug users vs Duterte, Trump vs Clinton | 12PM wRap

Oct 25, 2016 - 1:11 PM

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Drug users overseas to Duterte: ‘Stop playing God!’

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:57 AM

From Indonesia to Canada open letters are sent to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asking him to change his approach to a more constructive evidence based one that addresses the root causes of drug use

ANGRY PROTESTERS. Indonesian protest in front of the Philippine embassy in Jakarta, calling for President Duterte to stop the killings. Photo from PKNI

New work for ex-drug users: Casket makers

Sep 29, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino says this is cheaper than giving burial assistance to families of drug users

Photo by Randy V. Datu/ Rappler

#AnimatED: Policy on drugs must be based on facts

Sep 26, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Despite recent official data of 1 8 million drug users President Duterte hikes it to ‘4 million addicts’

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

De Lima ouster, Trillanes & Cayetano, Emmys | 6PM wRap

Sep 19, 2016 - 8:07 PM

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CBCP speaks up on killings: Respect human rights

Sep 15, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Our fear of reprisal and our timidity born from misplaced prudence have brought about these upheavals says the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines

KILLINGS IN PH. In this file photo, police investigate a dead man near Espana Boulevard in Manila on August 6, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Only around 500 surrenderers admitted so far in drug rehab centers

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:30 PM

By the end of September the health department hopes to have a system of reporting that will give weekly updates on what happens to the drug surrenderers

COMMUNITY-BASED. Drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

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

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

Stars on negative drug test results

Aug 29, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Amid the government s crackdown on drug users and pushers Patrick Garcia Luis Manzano Baron Geisler and other stars undergo voluntary drug tests

NEGATIVE. Patrick Garcia, Luis Manzano, and Baron Geisler are some of the stars who have come out saying they tested negative for drugs. Screengrabs from Instagram/luckymanzano/onlypatrickgarcia, file photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

WATCH: Robin Padilla clarifies his comments on showbiz drug users

Aug 22, 2016 - 10:05 PM

It s important to distinguish between users and pushers says Robin Pag meron po kayong kilalang artista na nagpu push ng drugs sabihin nyo po sa akin ako mismo ang magsasabi kay Mayor [Duterte] at kay Bato

ROBIN PADILLA. The actor clarifies why he thinks the PNP's list of celebrity drug users should not be publicized. Rappler screengrab

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

Tiamzons, Duterte vs De Lima, Usain Bolt | 6PM wRap

Aug 19, 2016 - 7:21 PM

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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

PH 'war on drugs' should draw lessons from other countries

Aug 09, 2016 - 5:30 PM

Is there another way to achieve the same result and make drug addicts or users surrender or cooperate with authorities without capitalizing on the threat of death?

House has 'no jurisdiction' over mayor-turned-congressman on Duterte list

Aug 08, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Deputy Speaker Miro Quimbo also says House leaders have yet to discuss their plans should the President accuse an incumbent lawmaker of involvement in drugs

DUTERTE'S LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte tagged Pangasinan 1st District Representative Boying Celeste as among the officials allegedly part of the drug trade.

Ex-drug addict-turned-congressman proposes ‘cheap’ rehab program

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Negros Oriental congressman Arnolfo Teves Jr proposes using public high school classrooms as rehabilitation centers from 5 pm to 8 pm

Over 7,000 drug users, dealers surrender in Cebu

Jul 12, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The provincial government aims to launch community based treatment programs across the province

SURRENDERED. Suspected drug users and dealers surrender to police in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City. Photo from Cebu City PNP, PRO 7 Twitter account

400 drug suspects surrender in Eastern Visayas

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

From June 29 to July 3 the Philippine National Police Regional Command 8 lists 271 alleged users and 210 alleged pushers under its Oplan Tokhang campaign

FOR REHAB. Suspected drug users and pushers from various barangays in Tacloban City surrender to the local police for rehabilitation. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Why Indonesia’s ‘war on drugs’ is actually bad for the public

Dec 16, 2015 - 11:05 AM

If Indonesia does not shift from its criminalization and punitive approach to a public health approach in tackling the problem of drug abuse it may face a larger health crisis in coming years