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Bato dela Rosa won't inhibit from Senate EJK probe: 'Ako ba pumatay?'

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:07 PM

Senator-elect Ronald dela Rosa, who is poised to chair the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs in the 18th Congress, says he would 'not be biased' since he was no longer a cop

NOT INHIBITING. Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says he will not inhibit from investigations on the bloody war on drugs. Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

U.N. rights chief: Deaths in PH anti-drug operations a ‘most serious concern’

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:20 PM

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says the recorded 5,425 deaths in police operations in the Philippines would be a matter of concern already for any country

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Drug suspects arrested in buy busts inside Malacañang complex

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The tip comes from the Presidential Security Group about individuals selling shabu inside the Malacañang compound

File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

This author wrote a book about the 'drug war' for the young Fil-Am crowd

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Randy Ribay's 'Patron Saints of Nothing' tells the story of a young Fil-Am who flies to the Philippines after his cousin dies because of the campaign against illegal drugs

Historic U.S. drug bust nets 16 tons of cocaine

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history,' tweets the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia

A Philadelphia Police SUV drives out of the Packer Marine Terminal after US authorities seized more than 16 tons of cocaine at the terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2019. US authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia. DOMINICK REUTER / AFP

DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Hounds at the door

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If the cumulative death count to date is 5,000, that means the killings have slowed to 1,000 in the past year and a half. But does that mean the government will now allow itself to be investigated?

Court allows De Lima to attend lawyer son's thanksgiving dinner

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is among the 1,800 passers of the 2018 Bar Examinations

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima's son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

Another DOJ witness vs De Lima linked to prison drug trade

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

DOJ witness and NBI agent Jun Ablen is implicated in the drug trade by Rafael Ragos, a former accused who has turned state witness against the jailed senator

BILIBID DRUG TRADE. NBI agent Jovencio "Jun" Ablen Jr during his testimony at the HOR Committe on Justice inquiry on September 20, 2016 into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FDA orders Shopee, Lazada to stop online sale of medicines

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the sale of drug products online places 'the lives of the general public in danger and at risk'

P22 million worth of travels of PDEA officials lack documents – COA

Jun 13, 2019 - 7:27 PM

Another P51.8 million worth of disbursement vouchers have no receipts

Gregorio Pimentel appointed PDEA deputy director general

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The former head of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence and former Ilocos Region police chief will now help lead the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

Bus drivers and conductors submit their urine samples during a random drug testing at the Araneta Bus Center on Monday, April 15, 2019. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the nationwide drug tests for drivers and conductors to ensure the safety of travelers during the Holy Week. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robredo: Why reject U.N. probe if Duterte gov't has nothing to hide?

Jun 09, 2019 - 4:25 PM

'Kung totoo na walang human rights violations dito, bakit sasalungatin natin iyong imbestigasyon?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

Human rights are the bedrock of a person's dignity and freedom. Human rights belong to every regardless of their stature in life, their gender, class, ethinicity, religion, politics or circumstances. Human rights are universal because we are all born with them. And yet, because people do not equally enjoy their rights and human rights itself are under attack, there are those who spend their lives fighting for the rights of others and their selves. December 10, 2018 International Human Rights Day at Mendiola, Manila. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Philippines rejects call for U.N. rights council probe

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:53 PM

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo accuses UN experts of 'peddling a biased and absolutely false recital of facts'

JUSTICE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call for justice on International Human Rights Day. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. experts call for probe into human rights violations in the Philippines

Jun 07, 2019 - 6:49 PM

(UPDATED) Eleven independent experts say in a statement, 'The government has shown no indication that they will step up to fulfill their obligation to conduct prompt and full investigations into these cases, and to hold perpetrators accountable'

DEFEND HUMAN RIGHTS. This file photo shows Cordillera Human Rights defenders as they march down Session Road to press the government to improve its human rights records in celebration of the 70th Celebration of International Human Rights Day.€ File photo by Mau Victa

I delivered kickbacks to De Lima on inmate's order, says ex-BuCor chief

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Why would former Bureau of Corrections chief Rafael Ragos follow the orders of an inmate, asks Boni Tacardon, the lawyer of Senator Leila de Lima

DE LIMA DRUG TRIAL. Former BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos during his testimony at the House of Representatives on September 20, 2016, which prompted the drug charges that sent opposition senator Leila de Lima to jail. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drug suspect arrested in Talisay City bust alleged member of int'l syndicate

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Mark Navarrete is arrested in buy bust along with Ruferd Gella and Juanito Amahan Jr

Photos courtesy of Talisay City Police

Datu Puti, Silver Swan free from synthetic acetic acid – PNRI

Jun 06, 2019 - 5:22 PM

NutriAsia says that the Datu Puti and Silver Swan brands have always been subjected to testing since 2001

CLEARED. A PNRI test conducted last May showed that Silver Swan and Datu Puti had gone through a natural fermentation process. Photo from Shutterstock

3 large meth labs dismantled in Mexico

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The 3 methamphetamine-producing labs are located in northwestern Sinaloa state, which a number of drug bosses use as a base, according to local police

DISMANTLING. A Sinaloa's state police officer works during the dismantling of a clandestine laboratory producing synthetic drugs, mainly methamphetamine in El Dorado, Sinaloa state, Mexico on June 4, 2019. Photo by Rashide Frias/AFP

FDA: 5 vinegar brands found to contain synthetic acetic acid

Jun 04, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Food and Drug Administration says the manufacturing facilities of the vinegar brands will be inspected to verify the findings, and those found violating its standards and rules face 'regulatory action'

Photo from Shutterstock

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

New breast cancer drug found to boost survival rates by 30%

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The drug, marketed under the brand name Kisqali, costs $12,553 for a 28-day dose, says Jamie Bennett, a spokeswoman for Novartis, which marketed and funded research

PDEA files charges vs Jacky Co, 16 others over P1.8-B shabu shipment

May 31, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says the filing of charges 'will serve as a warning to those individuals, especially to government employees, who extend assistance in drug trafficking'

CHARGES FILED. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on May 31, 2019, files charges before the Department of Justice against 17 people in connection with the P1.8-billion shabu shipment intercepted at the Manila International Container Port in March 2019. PDEA photo

Son of slain mayor Parojinog gets life term for drug possession

May 31, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 79 Judge Nadine Jessica Corazon Fama also orders Reynaldo Parojinog Jr to pay a P500,000-fine

GUILTY. Reynaldo Parojinog Jr is found guilty of drug possession charges on May 31, 2019. Photo from PNP

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Chinese behind P1.8-B shabu escapes PH authorities via PAL, NAIA

May 30, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Blacklisted Chinese man Zhijian Xu, also known as Jacky Co, escapes through NAIA, baffling police chief-turned-senator Panfilo Lacson

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

FDA orders recall of pork goods from countries with African swine fever

May 28, 2019 - 6:50 PM

As part of measures to ensure the Philippines remains free of African swine fever, pork products from countries hit by the disease will be pulled off the shelves

Photo from Shutterstock

P218 million worth of cocaine found floating off Sorsogon

May 28, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The haul adds to P2.8 billion worth of cocaine fished out of Philippine waters since 2009

MORE COCAINE. Fishermen found the illegal substances floating off Gubat town in Sorsogon. PNP photo

Gary Valenciano: PDEA's call to ban 'Amatz' may set limits on free expression

May 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Once you start limiting what people can say in a song, what’s to stop anybody from limiting (how they) express themselves in other ways,' Valenciano says

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

PDEA chief to Shanti Dope: Make music 'aligned with war on drugs'

May 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

But the former police general stands by his earlier call. 'Freedom of expression is limited. It's not absolute,' he says.

De Lima seeks Senate probe into spate of drug-related killings in Central Luzon

May 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'It is urgent to investigate this apparent shift of focus to Central Luzon and to assess the strategy pursued by the administration’s drug war'

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipino artists tell PDEA: 'Crack down on drug lords, not songs'

May 24, 2019 - 9:33 PM

'It is not PDEA’s job to be a music critic,' says the Concerned Artists of the Philippines

SHANTI DOPE. The rapper's song 'Amatz' has come under fire with the PDEA, after the government agency said it promotes marijuana use. Screenshot from YouTube.com/UniversalRecPH

P1 billion worth of shabu seized in Malabon warehouse

May 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino believes the shabu came from Cambodia, and is managed by the notorious Golden Triangle drug syndicate

BIG HAUL. The PDEA and Bureau of Customs presents to the members of the media the 146 kilos of shabu worth P 1 billion seized at Goldwin Commercial Warehouse in Malabon City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Shanti Dope's management slams PDEA over move to ban 'Amatz': 'Brazen use of power'

May 23, 2019 - 9:35 PM

'This is a brazen use of power, and an affront to our right to think, write, create, and talk freely about the state of the nation'

Money for drugs, human trafficking coursed through PH banks – AMLC

May 23, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council finds 161,650 suspicious transactions totaling P17.9 trillion from 2013 to 2017. The amount was used to fund crimes like illegal drugs, human trafficking, and terrorism.

In San Fernando, Cebu, the drug war is also fought on Facebook

May 23, 2019 - 12:20 AM

San Fernando's dead politicians are just some of the elected government officials killed since Duterte declared his war on illegal drugs, a battle also waged on Facebook

The windshield of the multicab village chief Johnny Arriegado was driving when he was killed. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

P8.5-M drugs seized in Shangri-La at the Fort

May 22, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Cops arrested a certain businessman named Domingo Uy Jr as the suspected owner of the illegal drugs

DRUG HAUL. Cops from the National Capital Region Police Office present the seized drugs and cash at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bonifacio Global City. NCRPO photo

Isko Moreno expects 'high tolerance' from cops in Manila drug war

May 18, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'Minsan habulan, eh napagod 'yung pulis, binaril na lang sa likod. Eh that's violation of human rights,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso

MAYOR-ELECT. Isko Moreno speaks in a Rappler Talk on Saturday, May 18 at the Rappler Headquarters in Pasig City. Rappler screenshot

Ex-FDA chief Puno denies corruption allegations

May 17, 2019 - 11:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'I served as the Director General of the FDA for two years and 10 months with complete honesty, diligence, dedication, and loyalty,' says former Food and Drug Director General Nela Charade Puno

EX-FDA CHIEF. Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy as Food and Drug Administration Director General in December 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte fires Food and Drug Administration chief Nela Charade Puno

May 16, 2019 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The letter terminating FDA Director General Nela Charade Puno says the move is part of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on government corruption but does not provide details

SACKED. Food and Drug Adminisration chief Nela Charade Puno attends the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia controversy in February 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ineffective? 27 of 36 bets in Duterte drug list win in 2019 polls

May 16, 2019 - 11:45 AM

In an upset to the Duterte administration, 3 of 4 candidates named in the narcolist win in the 2019 elections

DRUG LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte shows his consolidated drug list, which comprises of names of government officials. Malacañang file photo

On eve of 2019 polls, 'Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj' criticizes Duterte's 'drug war,' allies

May 12, 2019 - 10:59 PM

'Normally midterms act as a check on the president. But there's nothing normal about President Rodrigo Duterte,' says the comedian

PH SPOTLIGHT. Comedian Hasan Minhaj puts a spotlight on Duterte's bloody 'drug war' the day before the 2019 midterm elections. Screenshot from the Patriot Act's YouTube page

Manila’s war on drugs ‘will respect human rights’ – Isko Moreno

May 10, 2019 - 11:22 PM

‘We will support the war on drugs in a manner that is within the bounds of the law,' says Manila mayoral bet Isko Moreno

Mayoral candidate Isko Moreno along with vice mayoral re-electionist Honey Lacuna hold a miting de avance in San Andres, Manila. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Finding Acierto

May 06, 2019 - 8:07 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran anti-drug operator Eduardo 'Jojo' Acierto hides from a government that's out to get him. What drives him?

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

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

[OPINYON] Para sa kapakanan mo, oposisyon ang iboto

May 06, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya

'That's how much I love him': Bong Go ready to join Duterte in jail

May 05, 2019 - 9:05 PM

On the campaign trail in Mandaluyong City, senatorial bet Bong Go defends President Rodrigo Duterte's 'drug war'

JAILTIME TOGETHER? Senatorial candidate Bong Go says he is ready to join his longtime boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, to jail. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'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

MAP: Where P2.8-B cocaine ended up in PH over past decade

May 02, 2019 - 2:34 PM

In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.

COCAINE FINDS. There are over 30 incidents of Filipinos finding cocaine in Philippine shores and waters.

[OPINION] Vote for the opposition, you owe it to yourself

May 02, 2019 - 9:19 AM

If you respect our country’s sovereignty – and want to avoid paying more onerous Chinese loans and to resist China’s exploitation of our resources in the West Philippine Sea – vote for the opposition