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Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Mexico admits freeing Chapo's son after 'badly planned' operation

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:43 PM

(UPDATED) Defense Minister Luis Sandoval says soldiers briefly arrested Ovidio Guzman but released him after being overpowered by cartel gunmen

CULIACAN. A truck burns in a street of Culiacan, state of Sinaloa, Mexico, on October 17, 2019. Heavily armed gunmen in four-by-four trucks fought an intense battle against Mexican security forces Thursday in the city of Culiacan, capital of jailed kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's home state of Sinaloa. Photo by STR/AFP

[ANALYSIS] How Duterte’s drug war is negating key anti-poverty programs

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

For as long as Duterte’s drug war continues, existing policies meant to alleviate poverty will only come off as futile, insincere, and hypocritical

PDEA Northern Mindanao nabs Bukidnon public school teacher in drug bust

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Law enforcers arrest Grade 9 teacher in a buy-bust operation

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U.N. expert: PH drug war designed to show off Duterte's 'arbitrary power'

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:12 PM

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston says the 'killing of significant number of people may have achieved other government objectives but has done nothing in terms of eliminating the drug problem'

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

Despite SC ruling, Sotto insists on jailing suspects in drug cases under review

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:14 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III urges the Department of Justice to change its policy, but the Supreme Court already put its foot down on this issue in 2017

SP Sotto defends probe on alleged ‘ninja cops’: Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III (second from right), clears the air on the Justice and Blue Ribbon Committees’ probe being political in nature saying that the ongoing investigation merely led them to the “ninja cops” controversy. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Sotto: Drug-free PH 'almost impossible,' aim to be 'drug resistant' instead

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:49 PM

'We have not been successful in the other half of the fight, which is the demand-reduction strategy,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

'DRUG-RESISTANT'. Senator Vicente Sotto III says the Philippines should work on a drug-resistant environment. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

Indonesian arrested with P54 million worth of shabu at Manila airport

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:23 AM

Authorities intercept more or less 8 kilograms of shabu from the passenger who arrived from Siam Reap, Cambodia, via Flight 5J 528

DOJ reopens probe of Pampanga drug recycling case

Oct 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

(UPDATED) A Senate exposé implicating retiring PNP chief Oscar Albayalde prompts Guevarra not just to expedite the review of the case junked in 2017, but to reopen it altogether

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong giving hi statement and divulging the names of “ninja cops” in a case in Pamapanga. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Killings continue': Rights group urge ICC to open investigation of drug war

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The group also urges the ICC prosecutor to 'cooperate' with the United Nations Human Rights Council which is conducting its own inquiry into the drug war killings in the Philippines

EJKs. 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

Guevarra to courts: Don't dismiss 'weak' drug cases outright

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court also tempers its own ruling to provide leeway for arresting officers who do not comply with the proper rules on handling evidence

DRUG CASES. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says courts must be "liberal" in handling drug cases with weak buildups. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Claims vs Manila 'drug queen' still only 'speculation' – PDEA

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:06 PM

After repeatedly branding her as a 'drug queen' 'law enforcers say they are still in the process of building a case against former barangay chief Guia Gomez Castro

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

PDEA chief gets death threats after tagging Albayalde in 'ninja cops' issue

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I received a call from a friend who confirmed that some personalities are plotting against my family,' Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tells a Senate panel

THREATENED. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why investigations are important

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Difficult investigative stories must be written

Upon PH request, U.S. cancels visa for alleged drug queen

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

'The BI is now working with US immigration authorities to effect her deportation to the Philippines,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Albayalde intervened in dismissal of Pampanga 'ninja cops' – PDEA chief

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(5th UPDATE) When they were police regional directors, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says he was asked if he can review a dismissal order against alleged 'ninja cops' by now PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

TOP COP. PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde gives his statement at the start of the 7th hearing on the GCTA on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SC: To avoid recycling, police can destroy seized drugs with no court cases

Sep 30, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Supreme Court Justice Diosdado Peralta proposes amendments to Republic Act 9165 of the Dangerous Drugs Act

SEIZED DRUGS. Court administrator Midas Marquez tells the Senate that seized drugs with no court cases can be destroyed by the police on their own discretion. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After rejecting foreign aid over drug war, PH seeks new funders

Sep 30, 2019 - 1:25 PM

The Department of Finance is looking for funding from new partners – ones that did not support the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council

P35M worth of shabu seized at NAIA, suspect arrested

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The suspect, who was on a Philippine Airlines flight from Hanoi, Vietnam, escapes as customs agents try to check his luggage. He is eventually captured in Tarlac.

After 'ninja cops' revelation, PNP recalls PDEA chief's escorts

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:48 AM

'The normal is two, and that is allowed by the Alunan doctrine, even if you were regional director, or even if you were police chief,' says Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde

'NOT NORMAL' PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino supposedly kept 15 police escorts, exceeding the normal number of aides given to VIPs. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Alleged drug queen’s ‘cohort’ arrested in Manila

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Marlon dela Cruz is caught in a buy-bust operation in Sampaloc, while Manila's so-called drug queen Guia Gomez Castro has fled the country

'COHORT.' Police arrest Marlon dela Cruz in a buy-bust operation. MPD photo

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

Albayalde: ‘Drug queen’ issue shouldn’t have been publicized

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'It’s as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already,' says a visibly frustrated Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8

READY TO RETIRE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

At least 3 arrest warrants out vs Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Alleged Manila drug queen Guia Gomez Castro is wanted by at least 3 courts, according to Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Bill abolishing PDEA 'abandons' war vs drugs – agency official

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:24 PM

PDEA asks lawmakers to help modernize the agency's equipment, give it prosecutorial powers over drug cases, and strengthen its authority to go after syndicates

OPPOSED. PDEA Deputy Director Gregorio Pimentel read the statement of the agency opposing the proposed creation of the Presidential Drug Enforcement Authority that would abolish their office. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ to request Interpol monitoring of Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The justice department belatedly issues an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order

INTERPOL. The Department of Justice (DOJ) requests Interpol monitoring of former barangay chairwoman Guia Gomez Castro, whom the Manila Police tagged as a drug queen. Photo courtesy of Mayor Isko Moreno

Woman tagged as 'drug queen' by Manila police has left PH

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:13 PM

(UPDATED) Guia Gomez Castro left the country on September 21, according to the Bureau of Immigration

DRUG QUEEN? Manila Police District tags as a "drug queen" Guia Gomez-Castro, a barangay chairwoman in Sampaloc, Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Documentary hopes to prevent rewriting of PH drug war killings story

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang criticizes 'On President's Orders' for being 'overly dramatized' and 'falsely portrays a dangerous Philippines and a murderous government'

PREMIERE. Around 1,000 invited audiences joined in the screening of controversial docufilm, 'On President's Orders' at Active Vista's 7th International Human Rights Film Festival on Friday, September 20. Photo courtesy of Dakila Media

Dela Rosa says 'ninja cops' list should be made public

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Ronald dela Rosa vouches for the integrity of PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, clearing him of links with cops who recycle drugs seized during operations

NO LINKS. Senator Ronald dela Rosa clears PNP chief Oscar Albayalde from links to 'ninja cops' involved in drug recycling. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ace Barbers warns POGOs make PH vulnerable to drugs, money laundering

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The chair of the House committee on dangerous drugs says the online gambling industry has the potential to 'revolutionize' the money laundering process

FRONT FOR DIRTY MONEY? A lawmaker cautions against the booming online gambling industry in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

P6 million worth of cocaine fished out of Basilan waters

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho of Mohammad Adjul believes a Chinese vessel passing through must have dropped the package

RECOVERED. Hadji Mohammad Adjul Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho (in white t-shirt), with (to his right) Basilan Police Director Lieutenant Colonel Rufino Inot and municipal chief of police Lieutenant Dennis Alam present to the media the package of cocaine recovered by local fishermen on September 23, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Locsin says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang suspends talks on loans, grants from countries backing U.N. probe into drug war

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Yet Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo categorically denies President Rodrigo Duterte issued such an order

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

Cops discover marijuana laboratory in San Juan apartment

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The secret lab, which had potted marijuana plants, is at the 4th floor of a 5-story apartment building in Barangay Batis in San Juan City

SECRET LAB. Police found a secret lab with marijuana plants in an apartment building in San Juan City on September 19, 2019. Photo from Eastern Police District

Teenagers caught as marijuana couriers in Cordillera

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Cordillera police reports show 12 teenagers have been arrested for transporting cannabis since July

ILLEGAL. File photo of a marijuana. Shutterstock.com

FlipTop rapper Loonie nabbed by Makati cops in buy-bust

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Loonie and 4 others are arrested in Barangay Poblacion, Makati

Eleazar slams PDEA chief Aquino for 'rampant' shabu recycling claim

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar says the PNP leadership has continuously purged its ranks of bad eggs

METRO MANILA TOP COP. NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar takes exception to allegations of rampant illegal drug 'recycling' among the police. Photo from NCRPO PIO

Iranian government pardons convicted Filipino drug mule

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Ernie Tamonde, a religious singer, is back home in North Cotabato. He insists on his innocence

PDEA says use of 'recycled drugs' vs suspects still 'rampant'

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

These drugs are used for 'all kinds of operations,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

RAMPANT. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino says illegal drug activites are still rampat. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial 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

Rappler Talk: Mary Joy Sta Rita on fighting back vs the PNP

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Watch the interview live on Rappler at 1:30 pm on Monday, September 9

Drug war widow fights back: ‘Cops murdered my husband’

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Drug war widow Mary Joy Sta Rita accuses 13 cops from Pulilan, Bulacan, of conspiring to murder her husband Jerson in the guise of a buy-bust operation

COMPLAINT. Mary Joy Sta Rita at the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, September 6. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Zambales cops find P80-M shabu in abandoned speedboat

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Police are still trying to determine the owner of the speedboat and the source of the illegal drugs

ABANDONED. This photo shows the abandoned speedboat that authorities saw along the shoreline in Palauig, Zambales. Photo from Zambales PNP

No special treatment in transfer of De Lima witnesses to marine barracks – DOJ

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:58 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says he was informed of the proposal but didn't know it had been done

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Año says 'gov't has no responsibility' to help families of drug war victims

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:07 PM

However, DILG secretary Eduardo Año said, the families of those killed in illegal drugs operations may 'approach appropriate government agencies' for help

NO POLICY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the agency has no policy in place to assist families of those killed in the drug war.

Lacson says 4 Chinese drug lords released from Bilibid in June

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Immigration says the 4 Chinese nationals are currently detained in their warden's facility for deportation

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Malaysia makes record $161-million drug seizure

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:35 AM

This is the biggest drug seizure in Malaysia's history. Foreigners are among those arrested.

P6.8-M drugs seized from Pasig ‘shabu tiangge’ syndicate remnants

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Alleged Buratong syndicate members Jalal Salamoden and Sampiano Rason are killed in a shootout with Pasig police

CRIME SCENE. Two alleged members of the Buratong Drug Syndicate engage members of the NCRPO-Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (NCRPO-RDEU) in a gun fight during a sting operation at a gasoline station in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig City on Thursday midnight. Photo by Ben Nabong

DOH upholds permanent ban of Dengvaxia

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) The ban makes it illegal to import, sell, or distribute Dengvaxia in the Philippines

DENGVAXIA BANNED. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler