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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

Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City weigh in on Duterte's 'drug war'

May 01, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Some candidates throw their support behind the ongoing campaign, while others propose different solutions to the illegal drug problem

ON 'DRUG WAR.' Barug PDP-Laban bets in Cebu City attend the Mega Cebu Candidates Forum Klarohay Ta! on April 29 at the University of San Carlos. Photo by Micole Gerard Tizon /Rappler

How Duterte gov’t tried to fix legal loopholes of drug war

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The PNP circular and the corrective resolutions that followed show haste on the part of the Duterte administration to launch the anti-illegal drug campaign

Malacañang offers P10M for capture of Eduardo Acierto

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Because of this large bounty from the Palace, the Department of Justice is no longer offering its own reward money for Eduardo Acierto and will use its funds to find the ex-cop's protectors instead

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

On opinion drug war unconstitutional, PNP says 'academe is not Supreme Court'

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reacts to a paper by the Ateneo Human Rights Center which says drug war circulars of President Duterte violate the rights of suspects guaranteed in the Constitution

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview to reporters inside police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa: We're still far from a drug-free Philippines

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa led the first few years of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-illegal drug campaign whose campaign promise was eradicating drugs 'in 3 to 6 months'

Bato at Munti. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Circulars in Duterte’s drug war violate constitutional rights – research

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

(UPDATED) Voluntary submission in existing laws can exempt a drug suspect from criminal liability. In Duterte’s war on drugs, a surrenderer may further expose himself to prosecution, according to research done by the Ateneo Human Rights Center

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Ex-cop Acierto ordered arrested by Manila court over shabu shipment

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Manila Regional Trial Court issues arrest warrants against Acierto and 7 others

INCOGNITO. Eduardo Acierto surfaces after months of hiding. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Bishop David: 'Biggest lie' to say drug war is against drugs

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mexico breaks violence record in first quarter of 2019

Apr 22, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mexico's Executive Secretariat of the Public Security National System says the 8,493 murders recorded from January to March represents a 9.6% rise on the same period in 2018

Forensic experts and investigators of the prosecution office work at the crime scene next to a man's corpse in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on April 20, 2019. Violence in Mexico, besieged by bloodthirsty drug cartels that also engage in fuel theft, extortion and kidnapping, reached a new record during the first quarter of 2019 with 8,493 murders, according to official figures released on the weekend of April 20-21. HERIKA MARTINEZ / AFP

Vietnam police seize a ton of meth stashed in loudspeakers

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The trucks hold 'extremely heavy' loudspeakers, which prompted suspicion when police found the drivers lack legal papers to transport the equipment

[OPINION] Let our people go

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno asks: considering the manner by which government has executed the war on drugs, who will take responsibility for the orphaning of children?

Self-confessed Cebu drug lord shot dead in Quezon City

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Police say Franz Sabalones was shot in the head upon leaving his car in Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City

Central Visayas' alleged number 2 in the drug trade Franz Sabalones has surrendered to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa at Camp Crame on Monday. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

Guatemala presidential candidate hit with U.S. drug charges

Apr 18, 2019 - 11:05 AM

The US Drug Enforcement Agency has been investigating the alleged conspiracy since December 2018

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'Daig pa ang penitensiya,' says an old lady as she leaves the venue of a campaign rally that lasted 7 hours

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene as he addressed supporters in the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in Batangas City. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

PODCAST: Bakit mahalagang mailabas ang tokhang documents?

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Ano ang mga tanong na maaaring masagot ng mga dokumentong ito?

Over 13,000 drug suspects convicted in 2018 – PDEA

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:05 PM

For every 10 drug suspects captured in 2018, only 3 have been convicted. The 7 remaining are either already acquitted or still undergoing prosecution.

MORE CONVICTIONS. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ indicts ex-cop Acierto over magnetic lifters shabu case

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Dismissed PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo and resigned customs intel officer Jimmy Guban are also indicted for drug importation

INDICTED. Controversial ex-cop Eduardo Acierto is indicted for drug importation over intercepted magnetic lifters which were found to have contained shabu in 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

33 mayors in Duterte narco list to be stripped of police powers – DILG

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:38 PM

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, the ex-officio chairman of the Napolcom, will move for the removal of police powers of mayors named in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list

DUTERTE LIST. The DILG will move for the removal of police powers of politicians in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SC to Calida: 'Ridiculous' to say tokhang documents involve national security

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The undeniable fact that thousands of ordinary citizens have been killed, and continue to be killed, during police drug operations certainly is a matter of grave public concern,’ says the High Court

TOKHANG DOCS. After a 16-month tug-of-war with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida loses his appeals and is directed to release tens of thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Over 7,000 transpo workers get drug test for PDEA's Oplan Huli Week

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

There are 36 bus drivers, 17 conductors, and one dispatcher who test positive for shabu

DRUG TEST. The PDEA conducts a surprise drug test in transportation terminals for Holy Week 2019. PDEA photo

SC acquits another drug suspect: Presumption of regularity in operations not enough

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:43 AM

‘The presumption of regularity in the performance of official duty stands only when no reason exists in the records by which to doubt the regularity of the performance of official duty,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

[OPINYON] Pilipinas, anyare?

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.

PNP to track down man in 'Totoong Narco List' video

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde doubts the claims of the man called 'Bikoy,' saying his video seems 'self-serving' and that having a dragon tattoo doesn't prove anything

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview to reporters inside police headquarters Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Makati police seize drugs from college student, friend in buy-bust

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:15 PM

The Makati police chief says recently-arrested drug personalities named the main suspect as their source of illegal drugs

ARRESTED. Makati City police arrests a college student for possession of illegal drugs. Photo from Makati police

Duterte says new drug lord in Western Visayas will also die

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:51 PM

'Patay rin yan. Yan ang sigurado,' says Duterte, speaking behind a bullet-proof glass during the PDP-Laban rally in Bacolod

PREDICTION. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in the Bacolod City Government Center football field in Bacolod City Thursday night, April 11. RTVM screenshot

PDEA chief Aquino: We're still investigating Michael Yang

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'Until now, my regional directors are still gathering data about Michael Yang,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bacolod police arrest couple, seize P9.66 million worth of shabu

Apr 06, 2019 - 3:13 PM

Authorities recover 275 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 1.38 kilos

BIG HAUL. Authorities recover P9.66 million worth of drugs in a buy-bust operation in Bacolod City on April 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of RDEU-6

Otso Diretso dares Paolo Duterte: Show your tattoo, clear your name

Apr 06, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'Kung talagang walang basehan, 'yon 'yong pinakamadaling gawin,' says Otso Diretso candidate Florin Hilbay on Paolo Duterte showing his tattoo to counter allegations against him

A DARE. Otso Diretso bets challenge former Davao City vice mayor Paolo Duterte to answer the allegations against him head-on. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Robredo: LP has no resources to make video linking Paolo Duterte to drugs

Apr 05, 2019 - 6:17 PM

Robredo says the once-ruling LP does not have the resources to mount what President Rodrigo Duterte tags as 'black propaganda' against his son

ROBREDO. Vice President Leni Robredo met with the farmers and fisherfolk in Lingayen, Pangasinan, held at Purok Marcela Resort on Thursday, March 21, 2019. File photo by OVP

Trillanes to Duterte: Face drug allegations vs son squarely

Apr 05, 2019 - 11:26 AM

'Kahit bumula pa bibig mo sa galit, babalik at babalik 'yang issue na 'yan sa mukha mo,' Senator Trillanes tells President Duterte as the lawmaker denies involvement in a viral video on the alleged drug links of Paolo Duterte

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV renews his challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte to sign a bank secrecy waiver to prove he has no undeclared wealth. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte blames Trillanes, 'yellows’ for viral video linking Paolo to illegal drugs

Apr 05, 2019 - 7:41 AM

'Ang mga yellows ngayon may ginawa na naman propaganda, si Polong drug [lord].…pati ako,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

RTVM screenshot

Duterte won't release list of celebrities into illegal drugs

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'Hindi naman sila seeking public office,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that this does not mean celebrities won't get arrested for involvement in narcotics

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on March 14, 2019. Also in the photo are Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año. Malacañang Photo

Initial tokhang documents show lack of genuine probe into killings – lawyers

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:27 PM

'It appears that not much effort has been placed into identifying and arresting the assailants, based on the length of time devoted to investigating the case,' says human rights lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Human rights lawyers Ted Te and Chel Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) present initial findings based on police documents of 29 killings in the war on drugs during a news conference on April 4, 2019. Photo by Wanda Domingo

Malacañang dismisses 'Totoong Narco List' video as black propaganda

Apr 03, 2019 - 8:46 PM

(UPDATED) Paolo Duterte calls the allegations in the video an 'invention' and blames a certain 'J.S.' for it

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and President Duterte's son-in-law Atty. Mans Carpio attend the Senate hearing on the P6.4B BOC shabu smuggling on September 7, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Government, SC engage in tug-of-war over tokhang documents

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio, however, gets unanimous votes on 2 resolutions that compel the government to release tens of thousands of documents related to the drug war killings

SUPREME COURT. The en banc unanimously agrees to compel the Duterte government to submit and release documents related to the more than 20,000 killings in the campaign against drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] 6 economic issues senatorial bets ought to be talking about

Apr 03, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Here’s a suggestion: if a candidate can’t be bothered to show up in debates and lay bare their ideas for all to see, let’s not vote for him or her

CHR: Release of drug war documents important for accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'It is only through greater transparency that we can ascertain the truth behind the circumstances leading to these killings,' says the Commission on Human Rights