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Fire her? Robredo says sensitive drug info won't be disclosed

Nov 18, 2019 - 12:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo gives assurances to the Duterte administration that state secrets won't be leaked to foreign investigators

UNDER THREAT. Vice President Leni Robredo is given an ultimatum by President Rodrigo Duterte. OVP Photo

FALSE: Robredo ‘crafts’ own survey of drug users

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:44 PM

The Vice President questions the actual number of drug users in the country but is not conducting her own survey

[ANALYSIS] Drug wars, mass incarceration, and the rise of organized crime

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The rise of organized crime is one of the unintended consequences of a drug war. What can the Philippines learn from Latin America?

Robredo: 'Mother's instinct' made me accept anti-drugs post

Nov 12, 2019 - 9:44 PM

'Perhaps, it was my instinct as a mother that I accepted this responsibility and that I needed to do this sacrifice for the greater good,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

MOTHER, LEADER. Vice President Leni Robredo says motherhood gave her the strength to accept the offer to be co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

The impossibility of the drug war: This week's outlook

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:37 AM

At this stage in the drug war, is the PNP ready to be tamed or is it more anxious to cover its ass?

Robredo's acceptance of anti-drug czar post a 'very good move' – Sotto

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'Kung maiwasan ang killings, iwasan. Pero how do you win? War nga ito,' says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte administration's drug war

ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo accepts President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to head the anti-drug campaign of the administration. OVP photo

Robredo clarifies: I don't want end to drug war, only a 'tweak'

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'Ang sinabi ko, dapat i-assess ng pamahalaan kung tama pa ba iyong strategy na ginagamit. Kasi kung mali na, kailangang i-tweak,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CLARIFICATION. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

Why investigations are important

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Difficult investigative stories must be written

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Cebu’s dancing inmates featured in upcoming Netflix docu ‘Happy Jail’

Aug 10, 2019 - 7:59 PM

A new documentary by Filipino American filmmaker Michele Josue explores life inside the world-famous Cebu Detention and Rehabilitation Center

Man shot and hung on Talisay City bridge

Jul 22, 2019 - 3:11 PM

The victim is identified as Dante Autero. A police official says the victim is a 'notorious' drug personality who had been in and out of prison.

Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says drug war critic Iceland doesn't understand PH

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang,' says the Philippine President, poking fun at the country that drafted a resolution urging UN action against drug-related killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of his son, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on June 21, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang says UNHRC resolution an insult to Filipinos

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:44 AM

The Palace calls the resolution 'grotesquely one-sided' and says President Rodrigo Duterte will decide whether to 'permit' the United Nations to probe drug war killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

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

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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'

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