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Makati police sue lawyers for ‘constructive possession’ of drugs

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Constructive possession is defined as having dominion or control of a place where the drugs are found. The lawyers are newly hired by an owner of the bar.

Makati court bars Peter Lim from leaving PH

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Lim and his lawyer are a no-show in the Makati RTC hearing

NO SHOW. File photo of alleged drug lord Peter Lim when he went to the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

HOAX: 'Trillanes positive in Sotto’s surprise drug test in Senate'

Aug 17, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The senator tested negative, as shown in his tweet of the test result

Why do drug war killings persist? 'This is not heaven,' says PNP

Aug 17, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'This is the real world,' says PNP spokesman Benigno Durana

NOT HEAVEN. A SOCO operative unties the masking tape wrap around the hand of the summarily executed man in C4 road. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Customs files charges vs shabu, smuggled sugar importers

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says the BOC will file 'more criminal charges against erring importers and brokers in the coming weeks'

SMUGGLING RAPS. The Bureau of Customs files smuggling charges against importers of illegal drugs and smuggled sugar before the Bureau of Customs on August 16, 2018. Photo from Bureau of Customs

PDEA chief Aquino goes on leave amid P6.8-B shabu controversy

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says he filed for this leave 6 months ago

ON LEAVE. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Director General Aaron Aquino during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Let's not forget Kian delos Santos, lawmakers say

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:58 PM

'The act of remembering is an act of defiance against the killings. To forget is to give consent,' says opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Trillanes negative for illegal drugs, dares Dutertes to take test

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kailan kaya magpapa-drug test ang mga Dutertes?' asks Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Antonio Trillanes Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

Gov't anti-drug campaign 'balanced, well-coordinated,' says Duque

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Health chief Francisco Duque III bases his assessment on the increased number of rehabilitation centers and drug users treated under the Duterte administration

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III at a Senate hearing on the department's Barangay Health Stations project in July 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Death penalty will be 'big help' to anti-drug campaign – DILG Chief

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'Kulang pa,' says Eduardo Año on current punishments for drug pushers and drug lords

PUNISHMENT. DILG-OIC Eduardo Ano during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Customs stops more magnetic lifters, says none carry shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:10 PM

After performing two x-ray scans and scrutiny from sniffer dogs, the Bureau of Customs concludes the lifters are empty of illegal drugs

SEIZED. Two magnetic lifters are put on hold by the Bureau of Customs after they were allegedly misdeclared by its consignee. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pacquiao willing to be jailed just to kill drug lord in 'P6.8-B shabu' shipment

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Magpapakulong na lang ako para ko ma-firing squad 'yung drug lord na 'yun na nagpasok sa Pilipinas,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is also a pastor

Photo by Angie de Silva

EXCLUSIVE: PDEA laboratory test shows no shabu traces in magnetic lifters

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's own laboratory sees no traces of shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

CONTRADICTION. PDEA's own laboratory contradicts its own claim that illegal drugs were packed inside the magnetic lifters found at General Mariano Alvarez in Cavite. Sourced photo, Ben Nabong/Rappler.com

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Aug 14, 2018 - 11:07 PM

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Duterte says shabu in magnetic lifters 'pure speculation'

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs the assertion of Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña – that there was no shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino, and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Customs X-ray machines can't track shabu wrapped in lead, foil, plastic

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:54 PM

'Will our X-ray machine be able to detect it? The answer is no. The answer is no because of our machine,' says Customs X-ray chief Zsae Carrie de Guzman

OUTDATED? Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati court orders arrest of Peter Lim

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Lim's co-accused Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan are also covered by the order

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Filipina importer in P6.4-B shabu case denied bail

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The 4 Chinese and 2 Taiwanese nationals charged are still at large

Eirene Mae Tatad, one of Mark Taguba's co-accused in the P6.4B shabu shipment from China is presented by members of National Bureau of Investigation during press briefing on February 2, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PDEA made 'crucial mistake' not quickly sharing shabu intel with Customs

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The suspect shipment was already taken out of the Manila International Container Port when the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency relayed the information to the customs bureau

'MISTAKE'. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

PDEA urged to recant statement magnetic lifters contain P6.8-B shabu

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:43 PM

But Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency deputy director Ruel Lasala said they still affirm the magnetic lifters were used to smuggle illegal drugs

HOT SEAT. PDEA deputy director Adrian Alvariño and deputy directors Ruel Lasala and Ismael Fajardo Jr face the House committee on dangerous drugs on August 14, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Magnetic lifters found in Cavite test negative for shabu

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Customs chief Isidro Lapeña contradicts the claim of PDEA that one ton of shabu worth P6.8 billion were inside the magnetic lifters

NEGATIVE. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House panel to compel PDEA chief to attend P6.8-B shabu shipment hearing

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino has not cooperated in any House probes into drug smuggling, says retired police general-turned-congressman Romeo Acop

NO SHOW. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino fails to attend the House probe into the smuggling of P6.8-billion shabu into the country. Screenshot by Rappler

How P6.8-B 'shabu' slipped past PNP, PDEA, Customs

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:02 PM

What started as a promising drug bust ended with empty containers showing lack of coordination among anti-drug agencies

LOST. The PNP, PDEA, and Customs find themselves lost in tracking down a thousand kilograms of methamphetamine penetrating national capital Manila City's port terminal. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Customs challenges PDEA: Name our corrupt personnel

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'Let's go after these people. We don't want them in our ranks,' says Bureau of Customs spokesman Erastus Austria

DARED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says corrupt Customs personnel are behind the 1 ton of shabu escaping authorities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ wants hold departure order vs Peter Lim

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The businessman, who is accused of involvement in the drug trade, never attended a hearing during the Department of Justice's reinvestigation

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte trusts Lapeña despite entry of P6.8B worth of shabu

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The President expects better coordination between the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House to probe P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Opposition lawmakers Miro Quimbo and Gary Alejano slam the drug smuggling, calling it a 'big blow' to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

1 ton of shabu got away? Verify first, says PNP

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde points out that nobody saw the supposed illegal drugs since the containers found in a warehouse were empty

EMPTY. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

After shabu shipment bust, Lapeña asks PDEA, PNP to share intel

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says PDEA only informed the Bureau of Customs about the P6.8-billion shabu shipment almost a month after it slipped past authorities at the Manila International Container Port

'TIMELY INTEL SHARING.' Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2018, about the ongoing investigation of the intercepted shabu shipment at the MICP. Photo from BOC Public Information & Assistance Division

PNP, PDEA, Customs fail to stop 1,000 kilos of shabu entering PH

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities track down more magnetic lifters in their drug hunt. This time, they are empty.

EMPTY. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Norway to test free heroin for drug addicts

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs is tasked with proposing an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the program, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs

DOJ charges Peter Lim for drug trade conspiracy

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) The new prosecution panel gives merit to Kerwin Espinosa's admission to the Senate that he knows Lim to be a top drug supplier

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2 drug suspects killed in Benguet

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Police say Proseso Arevalo Jr was found with a belt tied around his neck, his feet and head duct-taped

18 months after arrest, De Lima finally arraigned in drugs cases

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Senator Leila De Lima refuses to enter a plea, calling it ‘a sham case’

ARRAIGNED. Senator Leila De Lima leaves the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 10, 2018, after she was arraigned before Branch 205 for 2 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

Actor CJ Ramos released from jail

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Actor CJ Ramos was arrested during a buy-bust operation in Quezon City

Ex-child actor CJ Ramos busted by Caloocan cops for using and selling illegal drugs.

Suspected shabu, P6.8M bribe money seized in Negros Occidental

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The buy-bust operation in San Carlos City is a joint operation of Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Philippine Army

Want to adopt a K9? Look at these PDEA dogs

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's how you can adopt anti-narcotics dogs retiring from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

RETIREMENT TIME. The PDEA puts up its anti-drug dogs for adoption after deeming them as 'unoperational'. Photos by PDEA

How compassionate pragmatism can help drug users

Aug 07, 2018 - 8:29 PM

Dr. Andrew Tatarsky: 'We don’t have to dismantle our traditional treatments but extending our reach enables us to engage people in the early stage'

500 kilograms of 'shabu' seized in Manila port

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency pegs its value at P4.3 billion if the recovered shipment is proven to be methamphetamine

SHABU. Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How Legazpi City fights drugs through its health office

Aug 07, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The city government holds the community-based rehabilitation program in an air-conditioned venue and provides food for participants to show them that they matter

LEGAZPI CITY HALL. The facade of Legazpi City Hall. Photo from RioHondo at English Wikipedia

Demi Lovato thankful to be alive after overdose

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:10 PM

'It is something that I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,' Demi says on Instagram

Singer/songwriter Demi Lovato attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International on May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada / AFP PHOTO / LISA O'CONNOR

Actor CJ Ramos opens up about drug addiction, what the future holds

Aug 05, 2018 - 11:46 PM

The former child actor talks about the financial and emotional woes that preceded and fuelled his drug addiction

BUSTED. Former child actor CJ Ramos falls to cops in a Quezon City buy-bust operation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Retired cop on Duterte drug list shot dead

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Retired Police Superintendent Roberto Palisoc is killed by unidentified gunmen

ONGOING INVESTIGATION. The PNP's homicide section is still investigating the shooting of retired police officer Roberto Palisoc. File photo by Rappler

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Aug 03, 2018 - 9:38 PM

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Duterte opens Chinese-donated Bukidnon drug rehab center

Aug 03, 2018 - 5:13 PM

The P500-million facility is donated by Friends of the Philippines, a group of Chinese businessmen led by Jose Kho, associated with a company behind planned massive reclamation in Manila Bay

Actor CJ Ramos arrested in drug buy-bust operation

Aug 03, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The former child star was nabbed in Quezon City

BUSTED. Former child actor CJ Ramos falls to cops in a Quezon City buy-bust operation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Australian, Swiss arrested in separate raids in Pampanga

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:09 PM

CIDG arrests a Swiss for keeping a high-powered assault firearm, while a joint NBI-PDEA team apprehends an Aussie for possessing shabu