drugs - updates

Rappler's latest stories on drugs

ARTICLE FINDER

Canadian nabbed for receiving asthma drug illegal in PH

Mar 20, 2019 - 8:29 PM

Canadian Gary Gardner Mader is arrested in Pasay City after receiving a package with 650 tablets of ephedrine

ILLEGAL DRUG. Ephedrine, a stimulant which could be used for asthma relief, is seized from a Canadian at a delivery service office. PNP Photo

Hog industry wants pork imports restricted to block African swine fever

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Stakeholders question why there is plenty of buffer stock, saying that the Philippines should only import what it needs

BAR ENTRY. While fearing for the possible entry of pork infected with the African Swine Fever, hog industry stakeholders are also calling for the importation ban to protect local hog raisers. Image from Shutterstock

Mayors face admin complaints over lack of anti-drug councils

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of the Interior and Local Government will file similar complaints against 800 more mayors, which include the names of 46 alleged ‘narco-politicians’

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P1.1-B worth of shabu seized in Ayala Alabang buy-busts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) PDEA and police arrest Chinese suspects in separate operations at the Alabang Town Center parking lot and in a house in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City

SHABU SEIZED. The illegal drugs are found inside biscuit tins believed to be distributed by the Golden Triangle drug syndicate. PDEA photo

BLKD, Calix raise funds to bring Sandata to the US

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:44 AM

The two rappers are part of ‘Sandata’ – a collective of artists and researchers raising awareness about the effects of the so-called ‘drug war’

COLLECTIVE. Artists and researchers come together to tell the story of the Philippine 'drug war.' Photo from the Sandata Facebook page

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

Duterte narco list aims to ‘control’ May elections, say Otso Diretso bets

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:07 PM

President Duterte is committing ‘abuse of power and discretion which tramples on the rights of every individual to due process,’ says senatorial candidate Gary Alejano

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Otso Diretso senatorial candidate and Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano is against the government's release of another narco list. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Magsama tayo sa impyerno': Tense hearing gets trial rolling for De Lima

Mar 15, 2019 - 2:20 PM

(UPDATED) Intelligence agent Jovencio Ablen Jr reiterates his claim that he saw the delivery of bags of money to Senator Leila de Lima’s house in Parañaque, which the senator dismisses as 'pure fiction'

DRUG TRIAL. Detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima attends her trial over illegal drug charges pending before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 205 on March 15, 2019. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator De Lima

Duterte names 8 party mates in new drug list

Mar 15, 2019 - 7:35 AM

(UPDATED) The PDP-Laban says it will ask these candidates to explain. If they do not give a 'satisfactory' statement, they will be expelled from the party.

ALLIES NAMED. President Rodrigo Duterte names 8 party mates in announcing his latest drug list. Malacañang file photo

Korean drug smuggler arrested in Caloocan

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Lee Yun-sung, 49, is facing arrest warrants from at least 3 different South Korean courts for drug smuggling

Image via Shutterstock

Duterte releases drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:59 PM

(4th UPDATE) The drug list is made public in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city of Davao City during a meeting with top police and military officials

DRUG LIST OUT. President Rodrigo Duterte authorizes the release of a drug list in Davao City ahead of the 2019 elections. Malacañang file photo

Manila court denies bail for Taguba, importer in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'There is still a long way to go and there will also be other evidence that will eventually be presented by the parties,' says the court

NO BAIL. Customs fixer Mark Taguba has been denied bail in the drug importation charges related to the P6.4 billion shabu case. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CCTV shows alleged abduction plot vs priest | Evening wRap

Mar 12, 2019 - 9:09 PM

Watch Rappler’s Evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Shabu in Southeast Asia at record high – U.N.

Mar 11, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'Seizures of methamphetamine in 2018 were once again a record, yet street prices of the drug decreased in many parts of the region,' says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

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

Journalists urged not to aid trial by publicity over narco list

Mar 07, 2019 - 7:54 PM

‘Government, media can’t play fast, loose with due process and rule of law,’ says the statement of journalists and media organizations on list of alleged ‘narco politicians’

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] The problems with the list

Mar 07, 2019 - 6:34 PM

It cannot be denied that the drug list is simply another 'Order of Battle,' which is unlawful

CHR: Drug list ahead of polls 'will only fuel mudslinging, violence'

Mar 07, 2019 - 2:40 PM

The Commission on Human Rights opposes the plan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to release a drug list in time for the May 2019 elections

De Lima wants court to charge Bilibid convicts in drug cases

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:56 AM

‘It would be a complete travesty of justice should the Honorable Court sanction the arbitrary and wrongful exclusion from the Information of those who had actual participation in the illegal drug trade,’ says De Lima

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

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'The drug policies in place in the Philippines, and its lack of respect for rule of law and international standards, should not be considered a model by any country,' says Michelle Bachelet in a speech before the UN Human Rights Council

Calida insists government will not publicly release drug war documents

Mar 05, 2019 - 4:30 PM

The Center for International Law says the refusal to release the documents violates President Rodrigo Duterte's executive order on freedom of information

NO PUBLIC RELEASE. Solicitor General Jose Calida says the government will stand firm that it will not allow the public release of documents related to more than 20,000 killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Myanmar police seize massive haul of meth pills

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Two different busts take place in the west of the country at the weekend, one in Magway region and one in Maungdaw in Rakhine state

MYANMAR METH BUST. This photo taken on January 11, 2019 shows a drug user user holding low-grade crystal meth tablets, known in Southeast Asia as "yaba", in Muse, Shan State, along Myanmar's border with China. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Palace on releasing drug list: Politicians can just file libel if not true

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says releasing the list is part of the 'duty' of the government to inform the voters of who they should vote for

NARCOPOLITICIAN LIST. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte will allow release of list of local officials involved in the drug industy, as he did before. Presidential file photo

Caloocan diocese prays for Bishop David's safety: 'Sasamahan namin siya'

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:06 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot na tumayo sa ating pananampalataya, ipaglaban natin ito at lalo nating paigtingin ang ating pagmamahal sa ating Panginoon,' Fr Jay de Leon says

PEACE AND SECURITY. Catholic devotees attend a prayer vigil for the safety and peace of bishops, priests, lay faithful, and the nation, at the San Roque Cathedral on Friday, March 1. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

4 out of 5 Filipinos worry over extrajudicial killings – SWS

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:37 AM

The SWS survey says 78% Filipinos are worried that they, or someone they know, will be a victim of extrajudicial killings

Members of different human rights organizations hold an indignation rally at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on January 30, 2019 calling for justice in the killing of NDF peace consultant Randy Malayao who was gunned down aboard a bus while on his way home to Isabela Province. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

WATCH: Bishop David rebukes Catholics who back drug war killings

Feb 28, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'Maraming Kristiyanong namimili lang nung kayang tanggapin na sinasabi ng Panginoon,' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

PROPHETIC VOICE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David officiates a Mass for the dead at La Loma Catholic Cemetery on All Souls' Day, November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s exaggerations worsened the Philippines’ drug problem

Feb 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

We’ve come to a point where drugs can be literally fished out of our waters. How can anyone hear these stories and reasonably claim them to be signs of success?

Duterte raised drug users estimate to 'challenge' us – PNP, NBI

Feb 28, 2019 - 3:18 PM

'The President is a very good tactician and strategist. He may have upped the estimates to challenge law enforcement to do more. So, we take it as a challenge,' says the National Bureau of Investigation

JUST A CHALLENGE? The NBI believes President Rodrigo Duterte gave an estimate without a known source just to challenge them. Malacañang file photo

Rise in Central Luzon drug kills? Commanders were 'hardworking' – PNP

Feb 27, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Central Luzon cops kill almost double the number of drug suspects that Metro Manila policemen killed in 2018

DEATHS 'EXPLAINED.' PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says there were more killings in anti-drug operations in Central Luzon because the region's police commanders were hardworking. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

Watch Rappler’s evening wRap with Ralf Rivas

Robredo, Diokno hit death threats vs bishop critical of Duterte’s drug war

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:19 PM

'Kailan ba ito mahihinto? At bakit pinapayagan natin itong kulturang ito na siyang manaig sa atin?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

TEACHING HIS FLOCK. Calookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David delivers a scathing homily against extrajudicial killings on July 2, 2017. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishop critical of Duterte drug war gets death threats

Feb 26, 2019 - 3:20 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle alerted him about death threats against priests. He backtracks on his call to kill 'useless' bishops.

SHEPHERD. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb and prays for the soul of Kian Loyd delos Santos, at La Loma Catholic Cemetery in Caloocan City on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte updates promise: End of PH drug menace in 3 years

Feb 26, 2019 - 12:01 PM

'I will really finish the war against drugs in 3 years' time,' President Duterte tells unconditional cash transfer beneficiaries in Cebu City

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

Bulacan drug war: Cops say he fought back, his wife says it was an execution

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:51 PM

EXCLUSIVE: In November 2018, Jerson Sta Rita is identified as a drug suspect and killed by cops during a drug operation on the same day

NANLABAN? Security Guard Jerson Sta Rita is killed by cops in a buy-bust operation in November 2018. Sourced photo

Central Luzon: New killing fields in Duterte's drug war

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Central Luzon cops kill almost double the number of drug suspects slain by Metro Manila cops in 2018

NEW EPICENTER. Central Luzon surpasses Metro Manila in the Duterte administration's war on drugs in terms of deaths in police operations.

De Lima marks 2nd year in jail: 'How many more years shall I endure?'

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says while 'the vengeful Mr Duterte' may have succeeded in confining her, he failed to stop her from fulfilling her public duties

Photo from Otso Diretso

Sri Lanka seizes 300 kilos of heroin

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:48 PM

Sri Lanka police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera says authorities are now investigating how the illegal drug got into the country

Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:01 PM

‘The constitutionally enshrined right to information on matters of public concern should be upheld,’ says petitioner Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida asks the Supreme Court not to release war on drugs documents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Defiant De Lima enters third year in jail

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Detained Senator De Lima is confident that 'the time will come' when people 'will be forced to acknowledge the truth.' Hopefully 'it would not be too late for all of us.'

FDA permanently revokes Dengvaxia's certificate of product registration

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:23 PM

It will thus be illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGUE VACCINE. The FDA permanently revoked the certificate of product registration of Dengvxia, which means its sale will be unlawful in the Philippines. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH court convicts Mexican suspected to be member of Sinaloa drug cartel

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Horacio Herrera is sentenced to life imprisonment

GUILTY. Mexican national Horacio Herrera is found guilty of selling illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photo sourced by Rappler

Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' convicted by New York jury

Feb 13, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Joaquin Guzman, former boss of the Sinaloa cartel – famed for his brazen escapes from Mexican prisons – faces life in prison for smuggling tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the US

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

Bangladesh makes record drugs seizure amid crackdown

Feb 10, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The country has struggled to control a surge in yaba imports crossing the border from Myanmar, where the pills are manufactured by the millions

Gutoc asks Dela Rosa: What if your son was drug war collateral damage?

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:51 AM

The former police chief says if drug war victims and their families don't get justice on earth, they will get it in heaven

LOOK: PDEA seizes P2.8-M party drugs in Makati buy-bust operation

Feb 09, 2019 - 3:29 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents discover P2.8 million worth of ecstasy, cocaine, kush, and other drugs inside the suspects' rented high-end Makati condominium

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents conducted a buy bust operation in Makati and arrested 4 persons who are believed to be one of the main big time suppliers of designer party drugs operating at the BGC and Makati area. Different types of drugs like ecstasy, cocaine, kush amounting to 2.8 million in street value were found inside the suspects rented high end condominium in Makati. February 9, 2019. The suspects identified were Ruth Anne Compra Mabalay, Sarah Mae Compra Mabalay, Tetsuya Tristan Reyes Sasaki, and Ryan Christopher DEVera Somera all were presented to the media in a press conference at the PDEA Jeadquarters in Quezon City. February 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Massive drug bust exposes Mexico-Australia cartel ties

Feb 08, 2019 - 2:24 PM

The investigation appears to reveal cooperation between Mexican cartels and Australian biker gangs

DRUG BUST. This undated handout picture released by the Australian Federal Police on February 8, 2019 shows confiscated drugs hidden in two shipping containers carrying audio equipment bound for Australia, in California city. Handout photo by Australian Federal Police/AFP

Death penalty removed from bill amending Dangerous Drugs Act

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The previous version of House Bill 8909 sought to impose the capital punishment for drug possession at parties

OTHER OPTIONS. A Social Weather Stations survey finds that Filipinos do not agree with death penalty if given other options.