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Son of powerful Mexican drug lord extradited to U.S.

Feb 21, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez, known as 'El Menchito,' is extradited into US territory to face charges of conspiracy to smuggle drugs

Handout photograph released by the Mexican Interior Ministry of US-born Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez aka "El Menchito" in Mexico City on June 23, 2015. "El Menchito", son of the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel's leader was arrested Tuesday in Zapopan, Jalisco State, armed with an assault rifle bearing his nickname and appearing to have had plastic surgery. AFP PHOTO / INTERIOR MINISTRY HO / Mexican Interior Ministry / AFP

YA novel on drug war 'Patron Saints of Nothing' longlisted for 2020 Carnegie Medal

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Randy Ribay's book – set in the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs' – is among the 20 novels from around the world vying for the prestigious literary award

Duterte’s tainted list, Calida’s gag order

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Where in the world?

Cop among 357 policemen on Duterte drug list already dead

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:54 AM

According to Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, the cop was recently shot dead

DUTERTE LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the fourth Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 1, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Big funds, little transparency: How Duterte's drug list works

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:38 PM

How did drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido end up in President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list?

SECRET? President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list has been kept confidential but the public has been granted peeks into it when the administration sees it fit. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] A personal reflection: Reading Randy Ribay’s 'Patron Saints of Nothing'

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:00 PM

We must read this because it is written for us. We, too, must rescue ourselves from our stony indifference.

‘Duterte believes Espenido is clean’ – Malacañang

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Police Lieutenant Colonel Espenido 'continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the President'

DUTERTE'S BACKING. File photo of Police Lieutenent Colonel Jovie Espenido. Rappler screengrab.

Año confirms Espenido is on Duterte's own drug list

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirms Rappler's report that drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is on President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list

CONFIRMED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año delivers a speech during the launching of the Inter-Agency Task Force Federalism and Constitutional Reform in Camp Crame on Monday, January 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP allows general in Duterte drug list to retire early with benefits

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa gives cops on the Duterte drug list the chance to retire early before being investigated for administrative and criminal cases

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. Thousands of cops gather for a program in Camp Crame, the national base of the Philippine National Police. PNP photo

Cebu cop killed during botched buy-bust operation

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:48 PM



Police arrested one suspect in the shooting, and are hunting the other 2

Drug war poster boy Jovie Espenido is on Duterte drug list

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:14 PM

One of President Rodrigo Duterte's most lauded cops is on his own drug list

GOLDEN BOY TAINTED. Controversial police officer Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Gamboa warns police in Duterte drug list: If you're guilty, better retire now

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa says they will not publish the names of the police on the drug list, stressing that they are innocent until proven guilty

WARNING. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa tells cops involved in the illegal drug trade to retire already. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: U.N. chief Guterres defends Duterte's war on drugs

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:18 PM

This is a fabricated, rehashed claim that first surfaced in 2017

11 killed, 111 arrested in weeklong anti-drug sweep in Bulacan

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Bulacan police conduct multiple anti-drug operations from February 3 to February 9

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Bulacan launches a massive anti-crime drive in keeping with the President's campaign promise of intensifying the country's anti-drug campaign. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Espenido shipped out of Bacolod

Feb 08, 2020 - 6:24 PM

This comes after he was ordered relieved by the PNP national headquarters effective February 5

CONTROVERSIAL COP. In this file photo, Jovie Espenido files a counter affidavit on August 29, 2017 along with 3 of his subordinates in connection with the deadly police operation which killed 9 suspected criminals in Ozamiz City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

High-value target, 2 others slip past Espenido’s drug bust

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Next time, the controversial cop says, he will not fail

NEXT TIME. File photo of  Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will be reassigned to a place targeted by the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rapler

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Batang May K!, a collaboration between PhilRights and Makô, hopes to make children understand better the importance of human rights amid violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

Dishonesty, lack of transparency ‘glaring’ features of Duterte gov’t – rights group

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:11 PM

PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'

Eddie Villanueva slams drug killings, but says Duterte not to blame

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The evangelical pastor, now one of the House of Representatives' deputy speakers, says 'scalawag' policemen are behind the drug killings

House Deputy Speaker and JIL Church founder Eddie Villanueva discusses the bloody drug war in a speech marking the National Bible Day on February 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

P68-M worth of shabu hidden in tea bags seized in Bacoor

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the illegal drugs were supposedly supplied by a Bilibid inmate

ARRESTED. Suspects Irene Biazon and Reynaldo Cordero are presented at a press conference at the NBI headquarters on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Robredo to reporters: Have a stronger voice than 'heartless trolls'

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Enumerating her office's achievements, Vice President Leni Robredo urges journalists to help her fight authoritarianism

TRUTH TO POWER. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines' (FOCAP) annual Prospects for the Philippines Conference, held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Still no 'meaningful accountability' over drug war killings under Duterte – Amnesty Int'l

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Amnesty International says that 'families were unable to obtain justice for their loved ones, due to enormous obstacles to filing cases against perpetrators, including fear of retaliation'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Rapper Loonie released on P2 million bail

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The rapper walks out of jail months after being arrested with 4 others in a buy-bust operation in September 2019

RELEASED. Loonie is released from jail after posting P2 million bail. Photo from the Makati Police

'Nakilaban': Drug suspect killed in Laoag in alleged shootout

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The Laoag police say Andrew Ventura was Number 3 in their most wanted list for another offense – running away with a motorcycle

PDEA Bicol seizes P136 million worth of shabu at Matnog port

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The suspected shabu was hidden in 20 individual teabags, which weighed around 20 kilos overall and were placed inside a gray luggage bag

44% of Filipinos satisfied with Robredo's work as ICAD co-chair

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:11 PM

A near majority of Filipinos agree that the removal Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chief 'is an admission by the administration that its [drug] war is failing,' says the Social Weather Stations

LESSONS AS ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo presents her findings and recommendation on the Duterte administration's anti-drug drive, after she briefly served as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by OVP

No letup in human rights abuses under Duterte – Human Rights Watch

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Int'l Criminal Court: Probe of drug war continues even with Sabio 'withdrawal'

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) says a withdrawal of communication is not even allowed under the Rome Statute

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of respondents in the December 2019 survey agree with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for actions against extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The stroke of genius in Robredo’s drug war report

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:29 AM

For too long Duterte’s war on drugs has hidden behind a veil of fear, lies, and misconceptions. It’s high time for facts and statistics to pierce that veil.

Robredo to Duterte gov't: Drug war data wrong? Numbers came from you

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:35 PM

'Hindi namin imbento iyong data. Iyong data, galing sa kanila,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, after law enforcement agencies claimed she got her drug war numbers wrong

NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo holds up a copy of her drug war report as former Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drug co-chair on January 8, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

[OPINION] Running to stand still: On U2 fans and the war on drugs

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Don't U2 fans who support the drug war know that many of U2’s socio-political songs espouse empathy, mercy, and compassion?

U.P. statistics professor: Robredo computed right in drug war report

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The Philippine National Police says Vice President Leni Robredo's computations are 'not even mathematically acceptable.' A statistician says otherwise.

CORRECT COMPARISON. University of the Philippines Statistics Associate Professor Peter Cayton says Vice President Leni Robredo deduced correctly from government data. OVP photo

After ICAD report, Duterte calls Robredo a 'colossal blunder'

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to consider Vice President Leni Robredo's suggestions, saying she has no authority to lecture him

DISMISSING REPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out at Vice President Leni Robredo after she releases a scalding report on his landmark anti-illegal drug campaign. Malacañang photo

Families to Duterte gov't: You killed our loved ones, not the drug problem

Jan 07, 2020 - 6:15 PM

The Rise Up for Life and for Rights network says the Duterte government must pay its 'bloody debt'

Families of victims of extraudicial 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

Here are reforms Robredo wants in Duterte gov't's drug war

Jan 07, 2020 - 2:24 PM

From scrapping tokhang to giving more powers to the AMLC to go after drug lords, Vice President Leni Robredo publicizes her drug war recommendations

FROM HER TIME IN ICAD. Vice President Leni Robredo gestures as she discusses her suggestions to reform the war on drugs on January 6, 2020. Photo by OVP

PDEA chief: Robredo's drug war report 'a mere political attack'

Jan 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'She has dismissed and ignored all of our government's accomplishments and efforts for the past 3 years,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

'SADDENED.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino takes offense in Vice President Leni Robredo's drug war report. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'It's a dud': Malacañang dismisses Robredo's findings on drug war

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the Duterte administration will only listen to recommendations of experts who have been involved in the anti-illegal drug campaign 'from the very beginning'

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dismissed Vice President Leni Robredo's findings from her post as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Malacañang photo

Senators say war on drugs not a failure but a ‘constant battle’

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:22 PM

'War versus drugs fails only when you stop fighting. It's a constant battle vs drug dealers, drug dependents, corrupt officials, and cerebrally-challenged critics,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

'FAILURE.' Vice President Leni Robredo publicizes her drug war report on January 6, 2020, after she was fired as ICAD co-chair in November 2019. OVP file photo

Robredo wants DDB, not PDEA, to head anti-drugs body

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says having the PDEA director general chair the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs is one of the ‘failures’ in the drug war

REMOVE PDEA AS ICAD CHAIR? Vice President Leni Robredo was welcomed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino during her visit to the DDB-PDEA Building in Quezon City on November 20, 2019. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

'1 over 100': Robredo calls Duterte's drug war a 'failure'

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo gives the Duterte administration a dismal score in the fight against drugs, saying it was only able to seize 1% of the shabu supply in the Philippines

DRUG WAR 'FAILURE.' Vice President Leni Robredo finally publicizes her drug war report on January 6, 2020 after she was fired as ICAD co-chair last year. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PNP now listing top 10 drug targets per region

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The lists will be for the exclusive access of regional and national anti-drug units, as the identified suspects are considered high-profile targets

MORE LISTS. In this photo, an alleged drug user is fingerprinted during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan, 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Manila on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

De Lima submitting list of ‘persecutors’ to U.S. State Department

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:01 PM

She also says she would not release her full list until the US State Department comes up with its own, so as not to preempt the agency

LIST. Embattled Senator Leila De Lima said she would give the US state department a list of her so-called persecutors. Photo courtesy of Leila de Lima Comms

PH bars entry of 3rd U.S. senator backing De Lima release

Jan 01, 2020 - 8:26 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts is the author of the resolution which condemns Senator Leila de Lima's detention and denounces human rights offenders in extrajudicial killings as well as media harassment in the country

BARRED FROM PH. In this file photo, Senator Edward Markey (Democrat from Massachusetts) speaks during a news conference on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images/AFP

A tale of two justice secretaries: The De Lima-Guevarra balance

Dec 30, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Senator Leila de Lima and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra may not meet eye to eye, but they understand each other and what their jobs mean

Angeles City cops seize P6.8-million shabu in buy-bust operation

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:50 PM

The suspect, Michael Balingit, is among the high-value targets in the campaign against illegal drugs in Angeles City

BUY-BUST. 13 plastics of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride were confiscated from the suspected pusher in Angeles City. Photo from Angeles City police

Robredo pokes fun at brief ICAD stint: 'From drug czar to drug char'

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes her 18-day stint as co-chief of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

20 QUESTIONS IN 3 MINUTES. Vice President Leni Robredo posts a quick Q&A video on her social media accounts on December 27, 2019. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

On 3rd Christmas in detention, De Lima wishes for restored 'normal life'

Dec 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says she is 'raring to work' as an opposition senator lawmaker and also spend more time with her family

DRUG CASE. Detained opposition senator Leila De Lima attends the hearing of her drug case inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) court on March 6, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

Lambanog that killed 8 in Laguna tests positive for high levels of methanol

Dec 25, 2019 - 1:32 PM

The samples contain 11.4% to 18.2% methanol, a toxic amount of the substance

LAMBANOG POISONING. Patients from Rizal, Laguna rest at the Emergency Room of Philippine General Hospital on December 23, 2019. Around 8 individuals are reportedly dead after drinking lambanog and experiencing stomach ache and vomiting. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Christmas surprise: PDEA seizes P800-M drugs from Chinese

Dec 24, 2019 - 6:10 PM

The Chinese, identified as Zhang Yun Quan, is arrested in a buy-bust operation outside a rented house in Barangay Sienna, Quezon City

BUSTED. Members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized an estimated 118 kilos of alleged shabu worth P802 million from Chinese national Zhang Yun Quan in a sting operation at a house in Quezon City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler