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Rappler investigative team SOPA finalists for drug war story

May 06, 2019 - 6:35 PM

Rappler reporters Patricia Evangelista, Lian Buan, and Rambo Talabong with photographer Carlo Gabuco are finalists for two categories at the 2019 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards for Editorial Excellence

VIGILANTE. Angel, who requested Rappler change his name for "Murder in Manila," was one of several vigilantes who spoke to Rappler about the alleged outsourcing of extrajudicial killings in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City weigh in on Duterte's 'drug war'

May 01, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Some candidates throw their support behind the ongoing campaign, while others propose different solutions to the illegal drug problem

ON 'DRUG WAR.' Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City attend the Mega Cebu Candidates Forum Klarohay Ta! on April 29 at the University of San Carlos. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mexico's Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System says the 8,493 murders recorded from January to March represents a 9.6% rise on the same period in 2018

Forensic experts and investigators of the prosecution office work at the crime scene next to a man's corpse in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 20, 2019. Violence in Mexico, besieged by bloodthirsty drug cartels that also engage in fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping, reached a new record during the first quarter of 2019 with 8,493 murders, according to official figures released on the weekend of April 20-21. HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP

[OPINION] Let our people go

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno asks: considering the manner by which government has executed the war on drugs, who will take responsibility for the orphaning of children?

Paring Bert's crusade

Mar 31, 2019 - 4:57 PM

Get to know Jesuit priest Father Albert Alejo, one of the Catholic clergymen who have received death threats under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

CRUSADING PRIEST. Jesuit priest Father Albert Alejo speaks at a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threats he and other priests recently received. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

CCTV shows alleged abduction plot vs priest | Evening wRap

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country | Evening wRap

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening wRap with Quita Chuatico

Duterte says last half of his term 'most dangerous' for drug suspects

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'The last 3 years of my term will be the most dangerous for people into drugs,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a gathering of mayors

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 1st National Assembly of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on February 25, 2019. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte: End of PH drug menace in 3 years | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Duterte fires Bacolod police chief over alleged drug links

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses 4 other policemen for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. Malacañang photo

Gov't alone can't end illegal drugs in PH – Año

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says a 'whole-of-nation initiative' is needed against illegal drugs

NATION NEEDED. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says communities need to help the government out in its campaign against illegal drugs and corruption. Rappler screengrab

PH says seat at U.N. rights body validates drug war

Oct 13, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'Getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and detractors on President Duterte's unrelenting war against illegal drugs,' says Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

'It's War' | Conclusion

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'What would you call it, what do you call it if nobody dies? What else do you call it? It’s a war, a war on drugs,' says General Bato dela Rosa

'There Are Snakes Everywhere' | Part 6

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The murder of Charlie Saladaga causes little consternation. "It was nothing," says Angel. "The CSG were bragging. They were saying, ‘Look what happened. Which punk is next?’”

'I Finish The Job' | Part 5

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'They’re the CSG...They’re the ones who kill the drug users and dealers,” says one resident of Village 105

'What Did The CSG Do Wrong?' | Part 4

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:15 PM

CSG founder Alvin Constantino tells Rappler that CSG Inc was meant to help the nation, and in no way promotes extrajudicial killings

'Get it from the chief' | Part 3

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'Who ends up looking good when people like Sitoy with his grenade are killed? The police. But they didn’t kill him. We just called them whenever there was a body,' says Simon

'The cops were showing off' | Part 2

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Rappler's sources claim cops had actively supported the CSG’s vigilante activities – 'They were the killing arm of the police'

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

Roque: Duterte didn't admit to anything because no such crime as EJK

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

PH 'salvaging' self through drug war, Cayetano tells U.N.

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:58 AM

At the United Nations, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says that if given a choice, the Philippines will protect law-abiding citizens instead of criminals

DEFENDING THE DRUG WAR. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly on September 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of UN News

Cop linked to drugs killed in South Cotabato buy-bust operation

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Police say PO1 Rommil Barcellano resisted arrest and fired at those conducting the operation

NANLABAN? Police Officer I Rommil Barcellano is killed after allegedly violently resisting arrest in a buy-bust operation. Photo from the PNP-CITF

LOOK: Families of drug war victims stage 'Pietà'

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The Rise Up for Life and For Rights group says the tableau dramatizes the 'loss, grief, and rising' of the families of victims of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign against drugs

Families and victims of drug related killings, Rise Up for Life and supporters hold a Black Friday Protest at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City. Depicting the Pieta scene, the families continue to seek justice for their kin who fell victims to the relentless and brutal war on drugs waged by the Duterte government. September 7, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Bicol officials deny 'tanim droga' at Naga checkpoints

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We assure the public that all actions of our law enforcement agencies will be within the bounds of law,' says Naga City official Allen Reondanga

'DISINFORMATION' ALERT. Naga City public information office head Allen Reondanga denies a claim in a 'chain message' saying there will be 'tanim droga' operations (planting of illegal drugs) in checkpoints in Naga City. Screenshot from Reondanga's Facebook account

Federalism, Duterte on Ampatuan, Boracay opening | Evening wRap

Aug 23, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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Duterte can't just rely on cops to end drugs – Mayor Osmeña

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're very poor in rehabilitation,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WORD OF ADVICE. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña praises the 'drug war' of President Rodrigo Duterte then points the administration to look at other solutions to solve the drug problem. Rappler screenshot

PNP: No reason to fear return to ‘chilling’ drug war

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:46 PM

To recall, the early days of Duterte's drug war are marked by almost nightly killings, the dumping of bodies, and suspects slain for 'fighting back'

BACK TO THE BEGINNING? The start of Duterte's anti-narcotics war is marked by killings inspired by his hate for drug suspects. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/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.

Sri Lanka to hang drug criminals, replicate Philippines 'success'

Jul 11, 2018 - 6:32 PM

President Maithripala Sirisena tells the cabinet he is 'ready to sign the death warrants' of repeat drug offenders, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne says

WAR ON DRUGS. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announces a policy statement during a ceremony for the new session of parliament in Colombo on May 8, 2018. File photo by AFP

133 politicians murdered ahead of Mexico elections – study

Jun 29, 2018 - 11:01 AM

The victims include 48 candidates running for office – 28 who are killed during the primary campaigns and 20 during the general election campaign, says Etellekt

VIOLENCE. Relatives grieve next to the coffin of mayoral candidate and member of the National Regeneration Movement Party (MORENA), Jose Remedios Aguirre, during his funeral in Apaseo El Alto, Guanajuato, Mexico, on May 12, 2018. File photo by Gustavo Becerra/AFP

TestSite: Testing

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head. They were fired, says Heart’s sister Arianne, by officers of the Philippine National Police.

[OPINION] Living within the truth

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:36 PM

There are forces competing for our attention, pushing us to believe in thing or another. There is, in fact, a hidden war going on beneath the surface of our lives. It's a war between 'living within the truth' and 'living within the lies.'

Duterte vows protection for barangay chiefs unjustly accused of drug war deaths

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The President says he would arm barangay leaders serious about fighting drugs and would 'intervene' if cases are filed against them over deaths

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is provided details on the security for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-related meetings during a briefing at the Philippine Ports Authority Conference Room in Bohol on April 19, 2017. Presidential Photo

Theater therapy heals widows, orphans of drug war victims

Jun 10, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Theater 'is a viable means' to help heal the widows and orphans of drug war victims, says Father Flavie Villanueva, who created Program Paghilom for them

A group of widows and orphans perform at the Office of the Vice President in Quezon City, Monday, June 4. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

More than 100 dead as Bangladesh drug war escalates

May 29, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Using Philippine-style crackdown against illegal drugs, the country's National Human Rights Commission says it is concerned by the rise in extrajudicial killings

FAMILIAR TABLEAU. This photo taken on May 18, 2018 shows the dead bodies of Bangladeshi alleged drug dealers after a gun battle with law enforcement in Chittagong. Photo by AFP

Piolo Pascual, JM de Guzman grace PNP's #RealNumbersPH event

May 29, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Real Numbers is campaign running for two years now, launched by the Philippine National Police to give the public what it claims to be the real count of casualties in relation to the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

GUESTS. Piolo Pascual and JM de Guzman at the #RealNumbersPH anniversary briefing. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Resist, adapt, submit: Barangay officials make tough choices in the drug war

May 16, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Officials of the barangay, the smallest government unit in the Philippines, are at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives since mid-2016. Barangay officials have the power to decide on who lives, who survives; whether to submit to orders, to resist or to adapt.

PNP wants due process for officials in PDEA drug list

May 07, 2018 - 12:35 PM

'While we support the release of the drug watch list, we should also give at least due process sa mga tao na ito,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

DUE PROCESS. Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

From 12 years to 6 months: Small time drug cases get plea bargains

May 05, 2018 - 10:09 PM

But those caught selling and trading over 1 gram of shabu and over 10 grams of marijuana will not be entitled to plea bargain deals

PDEA drug list includes councilor shot dead in 2017

May 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Barangay councilor Lauro Vicencio has been dead for over a year already and was not part of the local police's drug watchlist

League of Barangays tells PDEA to file cases if drug list 'verified'

May 01, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'If there are no evidence yet sufficient even for the filing of cases, releasing names of barangay officials may result in constitutional and legal challenges,' says league president Edmund Abesamis

'VALIDATED'. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino insists that the drugs list is accurate despite a current lack of evidence to win convictions before courts. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

If drug list wrong, PDEA to apologize: 'Kami ay tao lang'

May 01, 2018 - 4:40 PM

'Kung nagkataon talagang mali, eh siyempre lahat naman tayo ay tao lang at nagkakamali, 'di ba? We will try to ask [for] an apology,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

CHR to PDEA: Go for long-term fix vs drugs, don't just release names

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Tungkulin ng [Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] na maghanap ng long-term, sustainable solution... imbis na maglabas ng mga pangalan na kapos sa ebidensya,' says the Commission on Human Rights

DRUG LIST OUT. Four days before the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (2nd-left), DILG-OIC, Retired AFP chief Eduardo Ano (2nd-right), Congressman Barbers (left) and ADB Sec. Catalino Cuy (right) shows a list of 207 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, during press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA: Drug-linked governors, congressmen, mayors to be named next

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it's just waiting for the go signal of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the list of higher-ranked officials allegedly involved in the drug trade

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino shows a list of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, in a press conference on April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Theater therapy for widows, orphans of Duterte drug campaign

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The participants in the workshop are asked to narrate how their loved ones were killed over and over again until they can tell their stories without stuttering or wailing

HEALING. Mariana (left) and Ellah hold each other as they perform their roles in the stage play about the drug war at Lasalle Greenhills, Mandaluyong City.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Rappler among finalists of 2018 Osborn Elliott Prize

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Journalist Patricia Evangelista and photographer Carlo Gabuco are lauded for their investigations into police killings published under Rappler's Impunity Series

PDEA admits cases vs officials in drug list 'not airtight'

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Director General Aaron Aquino says, however, that the PDEA stands by the intelligence the government has gathered

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Roque to do 'legal audit' of PNP files on drug killings

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque wants to have a file on each killing so he can 'confidently' defend the Duterte administration's bloody campaign against illegal drugs

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler