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Cebu Bishop Palma urges PNP to follow law in anti-drug war

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:01 PM

‘We might have erred at one point in time, but we are still capable of changing for the better, and that is also our hope even for those who are involved in illegal drugs’

REFLECTION. Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, in a November 23, 2017, press conference says the war against drugs should ‘respect lives and follow the law.’ Photo by Mars Mosqueda Jr/Rappler

Senators slam DOJ for clearing Faeldon in P6.4-B shabu mess

Nov 23, 2017 - 3:43 PM

'Ang tanong ngayon, sino na ang responsable sa pagpasok ng P6.4 billion shabu, yung security guard ng Customs? Mr. Duterte, pinagloloko mo yung mga tao,' says opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China on July 31, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

PNP in war on drugs, DOTr Usec resigns, North Korean defector | Midday wRap

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:34 PM

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CJ Sereno to constitutional bodies: Step up in advancing human rights

Nov 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

'A justice sector does not function if the investigative and the prosecutorial services are not doing their jobs,' says Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

CALL TO ACTION. Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno calls to action the constitional bodies in probing alleged human rights violations in the govennment's war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: SC oral arguments on war on drugs

Nov 23, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Listen to the arguments heard by the Supreme Court on consolidated petitions to declare the government circulars that ‘operationalize’ the war on drugs unconstitutional.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 23, 2017

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:42 AM

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BJMP Acting Chief Deogracias Tapayan (left), QCPD Chief PCSupt Guillermo Eleazar (right) along with PDEA officials led the destruction of confiscated contrabands from a series of Greyhound Operations as part of the Oplan Linis Piitan in line with the president war on drugs campaign. The event was held at the BJMP NHQ in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City on on October 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP on drug war return: 'We are ready'

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:43 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will follow the directive of the President, Chief Executive, and Commander-in-Chief...We are ready,' says PNP Spokesman Dionardo Carlos

PDEA chief on PNP’s drug war return: ‘I hope they change their guidelines first’

Nov 22, 2017 - 9:29 PM

PDEA chief Aquino's advice comes at a time when the PNP's guidelines to the drug war is being questioned at the Supreme Court

WISH TO BE GRANTED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says it has been their wish from the start to have the PNP returned to the drug war. Rappler screengrab

DOJ clears Faeldon, charges Taguba in shabu shipment case

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

DOJ says the PDEA did not clearly accuse Faeldon and other Customs officials in its complaint, meriting a dismissal

CLEARED. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials are cleared in the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Duterte to bring police back to drug war

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:30 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency may not be able to implement the drug war on its own

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows the updated list of those involved in the illegal trade in his speech during his visit to the Ozamiz City Police Station on August 17, 2017. Also in the photo is Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR's Gascon to Duterte: Words matter

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'This is particularly important to remember when words are spoken by those who are supposed to be our leaders,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, after another tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte on open-pit mining, Cayetano on arbitral award, UN Human Rights Chief | Midday wRap

Nov 22, 2017 - 1:16 PM

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HIGHLIGHTS: What was discussed in SC oral arguments on drug war?

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:17 PM

Here's a summary of the most important points raised during the petitioners' round in the Supreme Court oral arguments on the war on drugs

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 22, 2017

Nov 22, 2017 - 12:00 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterete examines the photos of the slain soldiers as he passes through the made-shift ‘Mapandi Bridge’ during the tribute program dubbed, ‘Ang Huling Tikas Pahinga: Isang Pagpupugay sa mga Bayani ng Marawi,’ at the Bonifacio High Street in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City on November 21, 2017. The program is a tribute to the heroism of the fallen soldiers and police officers who took part in the operations to liberate Marawi City from the clutches of the terrorists. Malacañan Photo

UN rights chief slams Duterte for threat to slap Callamard

Nov 21, 2017 - 11:47 PM

The UN rights chief condemns 'in the strongest terms' the threats made by President Rodrigo Duterte against UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the 65th League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) General Assembly at the Shangri-La at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig City, on November 21, 2017. Malacañang photo

Sereno casts doubt on PNP's 'presumption of regularity' defense

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:33 PM

CenterLaw's Joel Butuyan says that as soon as police kill a suspect, they are also subject to legal scrutiny, putting the presumption of regularity into question

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Plunder complaint vs Abaya and Aquino, Roque on Santiago, Robredo on Marcos | Evening wRap

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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SC's Leonen: Drug list violates fundamental rights

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

'If it is done by your government, when there is an official process that does that, then would you say that there is a fundamental right that is violated?' says Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

DDB employee denies writing complaint vs Dionisio Santiago

Nov 21, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Priscilla Herrera, an executive assistant at the Dangerous Drugs Board, says her signature was forged. She is having the letter examined by police.

SC Chief Justice Sereno directs Dela Rosa to appear for EJK oral arguments

Nov 21, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Supreme Court Chief Justice Sereno is also calling the heads of the DILG, PDEA, DDB, Napolcom and PNP-IAS to appear during oral arguments on November 28

Solicitor General Jose Calida with other lawyers in defence of the government attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

What do gov't circulars 'operationalizing' Duterte's war on drugs say?

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files petitions for injunction and prohibition against two circulars relating to the conduct of the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the Philippines

Leonen: Circulars declared unconstitutional won't stop gov't from fighting drugs

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:06 PM

The Associate Justice says adjusting the government's program against illegal drugs so it does not necessarily alienate communities it is supposed to protect would also clarify the rights of individuals vis-a-vis the power of government

Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chairman Jose Manuel Diokno leads other lawyers as they attend the start of the oral argument on the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Kill or arrest? SC's Carpio pins down what PNP means by 'neutralize'

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Carpio says the term 'neutralize' can mean 3 things in the war on drugs

NEUTRALIZED? 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

P1.5 million worth of shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Suspect Badang Awal Abdul, 40, is temporarily detained at the Bongao Municipal Police Station jail

BUY-BUST. Recovered by PDEA and police operatives from Badang Awal Abdul of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Monday, November 20, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

DDB staff complaint vs Santiago 'not gospel truth' – Malacañang

Nov 21, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Did Malacañang verify the letter? Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the process had already been 'overtaken' by Dionisio Santiago's resignation.

Malacañang on MRT, Santiago firing, Charles Manson dies | Evening wRap

Nov 20, 2017 - 7:31 PM

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Lawyers to question before Supreme Court role of prosecutors in EJKs

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The justice department's data shows that prosecutors have handled only 71 drug-related deaths out of the thousands who have been killed

PROSECUTING THE WAR ON DRUGS. Law groups want to highlight the obligations of prosecutors in cases where drug suspects are killed in police operations. Photo by Rappler

Santiago fired for 'junkets' abroad, accepting favors from drug lords – Malacañang

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Aside from suspicious trips, Dionisio Santiago is also accused of accepting a house from suspected drug lord Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog

JUNKETS & GIFTS. Malacanang says former DDB chief Dionisio Santiago was fired due to 'junkets' and questionable gifts. Rappler file photo

Budget has 'leeway' in case PNP returns to drug war – Drilon

Nov 19, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Drilon says there will be a contingent fund in case President Duterte brings the PNP back in the drug war

ENOUGH FOR ALL. Drilon wants the PNP's drug war budget to be realigned to housing. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Don't let Duterte's minions use you,' De Lima tells new state witness Ragos

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:26 PM

'Magpakatotoo sila. Magpakalalaki sila,' detained senator Leila de Lima tells her co-accused in the drug case, one of whom has turned witness against her

DRUG CASES. Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017. Rappler file photo

Mexico drug cartels force-recruiting indigenous children – UN

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:48 AM

The UN's special rapporteur on indigenous rights, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, says she is 'particularly worried' about violence against minors after speaking with indigenous communities around Mexico

ON MEXICO DRUG CARTELS. The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz gestures during a press conference in Tegucigalpa on April 20, 2017. Photo by Orlando Sierra/AFP

Probe into 'nanlaban' cases just a fishing expedition – SolGen

Nov 18, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Government lawyers also believe that families of drug war victims are not entitled to state protection

SHOT. John Paul Martinez, 21 years old, is dies from several gunshot wounds after an encounter with Manila police.

'Narco cops' spoiled PNP-led drug war, says Dela Rosa

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:43 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the police should have gone through internal cleansing before its all-out war on illegal drugs

REGRET. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa shares to reporters what he thinks was their mistake in leading the war on drugs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Rape cases have gone up since PNP left drug war – Dela Rosa

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:56 PM

'That's a glaring reality,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

RAPE CASES ON THE RISE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (center) tells reporters in Camp Crame on November 17, 2017, that rape cases have been on the rise since the police were taken out of the war on illegal drugs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

How many drug users in PH? DDB gets P15-M budget to find out

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:25 PM

'We've been getting some very conflicting figures and it's about time that we do a more accurate survey on the number of drug users,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson, sponsor of the Dangerous Drugs Board's budget in the Senate

DRUG USERS. Alleged drug addicts and pushers wait to undergo drug tests following their surrender to authorities at Camp Karingal police station in Manila on June 22, 2016. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Only 1 suspect killed since PDEA became 'sole agency' for drug war

Nov 16, 2017 - 9:15 PM

An agent of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency also died, says Senator Panfilo Lacson, who sponsors PDEA's proposed budget for 2018

DOJ drops charges vs De Lima's co-accused, turns him into witness

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:13 PM

(UPDATED) Now, only Senator Leila de Lima and her former driver, Ronnie Dayan, stand trial for the drug trading charges before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court

DRUGS CASE. Senator Leila de Lima is surrounded by a platoon of cops as she attends her drug trade hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on November 16, 2017. Photo by the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

Drilon wants P1.4-B anti-drug budget realigned to house policemen

Nov 16, 2017 - 5:36 PM

Under the proposed 2018 budget, the PNP's Oplan Double Barrel and the DILG's Masa Masid program have allocations of P900 million and P500 million, respectively

PNP HOUSING. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proposes an additional P1.4-billion allocation for the housing needs of PNP personnel. File photo

'All systems go' for Pinays to avail of contraceptives from DOH

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The DOH will prioritize the distribution of the 261,000 implants kept in its Manila-based warehouse, as their insertion time is set to expire by September 2018

RH FRONTLINE. From L to R: PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III, FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde and Gerardo Bayugo hold a press conference on November 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

Actress Rose McGowan surrenders near Washington in drugs case

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:49 AM

The 'Charmed' actress' personal belongings that were left on a flight test positive for narcotics

US actress Rose McGowan gives opening remarks to the audience at the Women's March / Women's Convention in Detroit, Michigan, on October 27, 2017.  A stream of actress including Rose McGowan, models and ex-employees have come out, many anonymously, to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and abuse dating as far back as the 1990s. / AFP PHOTO / RENA LAVERTY

UN chief low-key in first Philippine visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:48 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visits the Philippines amid the tense dynamics of the international organization with President Rodrigo Duterte

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Nov 14, 2017 - 8:01 PM

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What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

Colombian drug mule with over 1kg of cocaine in stomach nabbed in NAIA

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:14 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says the 67-year-old Colombian suspect swallowed 79 pellets filled with suspected cocaine, with a total weight of 1.185 kilograms and an estimated market value of P8.89 million

SWALLOWED. The pellets are presented to the media. PDEA photo

NZ’s Ardern: PH drug war deaths 'require investigation'

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

'Our view is that the number of deaths certainly requires investigation and oversight at the very least,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

FIRST VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prior to the start of the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Malacañang

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 14, 2017

Nov 14, 2017 - 12:15 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the rest of the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the 31st ASEAN Summit plenary at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PDEA sets up an office inside Bilibid

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) The office is located a few hundred meters away from the compound's iconic reserve, where prisoners are kept

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte, Trump agree 'dignity of human life essential'

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:24 AM

The joint statement, which refers to adherence to human rights, contradicts Philippine Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's claim that human rights was not discussed at the bilateral meeting

BILATERAL MEETING. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump discusses matters during a bilateral meeting. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO