extrajudicial killings

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] A horrific cleanup job

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

How far Duterte has actually gone with his authoritarianism gives us some sense of his pace and where he might be taking us. And it's decidedly a fast and determined pace, made possible by a coopted legislature and an agreeable majority of the Supreme Court.

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

'Decaying' justice system aiding crime, corruption in PH – lawyers

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Low conviction rates and long trial times make justice difficult to achieve and impunity rampant in the country, lawyers at the Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny forum say

Convenors and members of MANLABAN sa EJK pose for a photo at Rise, Resist, Unite against Tokhang and Tyranny at UP College of Law. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

UN rights chief slams Duterte's order to ignore drug war probes

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:54 PM

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein also warns that the 'authoritarian approach to governance' of President Rodrigo Duterte can do irreparable damage to efforts to strengthen rule of law in the country

Duterte insists Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over him

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018, warns the public officials not to commit corruption during his term. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Cop claims he shot and killed Tondo boy, surrenders

Mar 05, 2018 - 10:23 PM

PO2 Omar Malinao is in the custody of the Manila Police District Homicide section, but the MPD spokesperson says he is not yet a suspect

BARELY A TEENER. Michelle Pineda shows the school ID of her son Aldrin, who was shot dead in Tondo, Manila, on March 3, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Masked gunman kills 13-year-old Tondo boy

Mar 05, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Thirteen-year-old Aldrin Pineda was supposed to graduate from grade school in April

ANOTHER TEENER DOWN. Aldrinne Pineda, 13, was shot and killed by a masked man in  Vitas, Tondo, Manila. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

UN probers need Duterte clearance for drug war documents – Dela Rosa

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DUTERTE NOD NEEDED. PNP chief Ronald del Rosa says he would ask for Duterte's order to share documents before he shares drug war documents with any UN investigator. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Roque: Callamard welcome to 'swim in Pasig River'

Mar 03, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the Philippine government will extend the invitation to UN expert Agnes Callamard if she ever visits the Philippines as a tourist

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has ordered the Department of Budget and Management to find means to increase the salaries of teachers. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR reminds Duterte, police: Obey 'lawful' orders

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses

Duterte tells police to ignore UN rapporteurs' probe

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brands any investigation into his drug war as interference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte fires a few rounds from a sniper rifle as he leads the ceremonial shoot during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Also in the photo is Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Roque to recommend another UN rapporteur to probe drug killings

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who is also President Rodrigo Duterte's adviser on human rights, says the Philippine government will 'definitely not' agree to an investigation by Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque responds to questions at a press briefing in Malacañang. Malacañang file photo

Gary Alejano: Duterte can't do to ICC what he does to CHR, SC, Ombudsman

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration have no control over the International Criminal Court, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says

Treat people as gifts, not commodities – Cardinal Tagle

Feb 25, 2018 - 1:21 PM

At the Walk for Life, Cardinal Tagle blasts a 'throwaway culture' that discards people who no longer prove useful

WALK FOR LIFE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily at the Walk for Life in Quirino Grandstand on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PANOORIN: 2,000 Katoliko, dumalo sa Walk for Life

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Paalala ni Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle sa mga Pilipino, ang buhay ay isang regalo

STOP THE KILLINGS. More or less 2,000 Catholics troop to Quirino Grandstand for the Walk for Life on February 24, 2018, to call for an end to killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Lesson from prison: How political persecution keeps the ideals of democracy alive

Feb 24, 2018 - 7:18 AM

You cannot kill or jail an idea. By persecuting the messenger, you strengthen it.

Trillanes calls on Senate to defend De Lima, press freedom, right to life

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III and Senator Manny Pacquiao question the claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, as they defend President Rodrigo Duterte

File photo by Rappler

'I fear for my life' – lawyer behind Duterte probe

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Jude Sabio, who describes himself as penniless and on the run, says he had received death threats from Duterte supporters on social media after filing a petition with the Hague-based International Criminal Court in April last year

SABIO. This photo taken on February 16, 2018 shows lawyer Jude Sabio gesturing as he shows the communication he submitted to the International Criminal Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Harry Roque pirouettes for Duterte

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The Presidential Spokesman changes his tune on at least 3 issues he championed as private lawyer – the West Philippine Sea, extrajudicial killings, and press freedom

Duterte cancels Canada Bell helicopter deal

Feb 10, 2018 - 7:46 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says it is unavoidable that the helicopters – supposedly meant for humanitarian and disaster relief missions – would be used 'against the rebels and terrorists'

President Rodrigo Duterte addresses a Manila Times forum in Davao City on February 9, 2018. Malacanang photo

ICC on Duterte, Poe slams Roque, Malacanang on rice supply | Evening wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Roque on China, Caloocan cops ordered arrested, Canada on chopper deal | Midday wRap

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

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PNP to require body cameras once all police stations have at least one

Jan 24, 2018 - 12:01 PM

'Magkakaron tayo ng policy: No anti-drug operations without body-worn camera na naka-on,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

IT TAKES TIME. PNP chief Dela Rosa asks for patience in requiring body cameras for cops. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Body cameras not required, just 'encouraged' in new drug war rules

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:55 PM

'When available, the use of [a] body camera and other gadgets to record all anti-illegal drugs operations is encouraged,' says the Philippine National Police

BODY CAM. A Pasig police officer wears a local-government-issued body camera. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Submitting drug war documents will endanger cops' lives – Dela Rosa

Jan 22, 2018 - 4:37 PM

'Alam mo na ang pag-disclose ng mga pangalan, hindi lang ma-e-endanger ang buhay mo, kundi pati pamilya mo,' PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says of cops who joined drug war operations

NO SHARING. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa was called to the Supreme Court to defend the regularity of their anti-drug operations. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte 'plunged' PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes,' the New York-based human rights organization says

PANOORIN: Ano ang ginagawa ng Quiapo Church laban sa patayan?

Jan 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

Ipinaliwanag ng Quiapo Church rector ang mga programa ng simbahan para sa drug rehabilitation at pagtulong sa mga pamilya ng EJK victims

NAZARENE FEAST. A replica of the image of the Black Nazarene is seen on top of a jeepney on January 7, 2018, in a replica procession ahead of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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Jan 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

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Roque hits Agnes Callamard: She’s not qualified to probe EJKs

Jan 02, 2018 - 12:21 PM

But UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard has a 'distinguished' career in human rights and humanitarian work across the globe

QUALIFIED. UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard delivers a keynote message during the "Drug Issues, Different Perspective: A Policy Forum" at the UP campus on May 5, 2017. Screenshot from Rappler

Agnes Callamard backs two Filipino UN experts hit by Malacañang

Dec 31, 2017 - 10:41 PM

United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard defends fellow experts Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary

UN EXPERT. In this photo dated October 20, 2016, UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard addresses an event on the death penalty and terrorism-related offenses. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Half-empty homes: The teenagers killed in 2017

Dec 31, 2017 - 6:02 PM

Rappler revisits the homes of some of the slain teens and reconnects with the people they left behind

KIAN LOYD DELOS SANTOS. Kian's portrait in his home

FilAm, Church groups ask Duterte to condemn EJKs, probe killings

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:32 PM

The Duterte administration has long been accused of either being behind the killings links to the drug war or being passive in stamping it out

DRUG WAR DEATHS. Families and activist light lanterns and candles in a symbolic event to condemn the spate of killings – including those linked to the drug war – at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: When the Church rose up vs killings in 2017

Dec 27, 2017 - 7:07 AM

Rappler compiles 12 best images of the Philippine Catholic Church that prayed, marched, and fought for the value of life this year

NOT HOPELESS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle embraces a graduate of the Archdiocese of Manila's Sanlakbay drug rehabilitation program on October 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Drug war in 2017: The year of deaths and denials

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Official data shows that 3,993 people were killed in police operations, yet the Duterte administration refuses to tag them as extrajudicial killings. Human rights organizations say the world will not be fooled.

Father Tito Paez: 'A comrade for others'

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:21 AM

'He offered his life not only as a priest but also as a comrade. He was a comrade for others – a hero, a martyr,' says San Jose City Bishop Roberto Mallari of slain activist priest Marcelito 'Tito' Paez

ACTIVIST PRIEST. Catholic priest Marcelitio 'Tito' Paez was gunned down by unknown men on December 4, 2017, after facilitating the release of a political prisoner in Cabanatuan City. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Roque slams De Lima, Gascon for 'hypocrisy' on EJKs

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:45 AM

The Presidential Spokesman calls out the senator and CHR chairman for insisting there are extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration when they supported a definition of EJK victims that excludes drug suspects

DEFENDING THE PALACE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in Malacañang on November 2, 2017. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The holidays turn somber for those whose loved ones died in extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

IN PHOTOS: Families of EJK victims celebrate early Christmas

Dec 10, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Livelihood, educational assistance for children and nutritional feeding are the next program of the Diocese of Novaliches for the families.

The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.

The Eusebio Funeral Services in Malabon on October 27, 2017

Diocese of Legazpi forms coalition to stop killings, promote human rights

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The 'Andurog sa Derechos' is a multisectoral coalition of government agencies, civil society groups, and faith-based organizations in the Bicol region

ANDUROG SA DERECHOS. A coalition to stop killings and promote human rights in the Bicol region. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

De Lima calls on intergov’t bodies to take action vs PH drug war

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Leila de Lima says addressing human right violations does not only rest on governments as 'we, the people ourselves, have to act – act with urgency and in solidarity with each other'

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Under heavy police guard, Senator Leila de Lima waves at her supporters after appearing before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 where her trumped-up charges on illegal drug trade are being heard. Photo from De Lima's office

LOOK: Baclaran Church reminds faithful Jesus was an EJK victim too

Dec 09, 2017 - 4:56 PM

'Stop the killings,' reads the cardboard message placed on top of the crucifix at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Baclaran Church

POWERFUL MESSAGE. Baclaran Church sends a powerful message against the killings in the Duterte administration's drug war on December 9, 2017, the eve of Human Rights Day. Photo courtesy of Gang Badoy/The Redemptorists of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Gadon on drug war: If I were President, I’d kill more

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Gadon says he's considering running for the Senate again in 2019 because ‘a lot of people are pushing me’

Calbayog barangay chiefs mull resignation amid threats of killings

Dec 08, 2017 - 9:00 AM

‘We want to go back to our peaceful and happy life. We are appealing to our authorities to do something to stop these killings.’

Sarcastic Duterte says drug war death toll to rise with PNP return

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The President also warns drug personalities, 'No human rights office will protect you'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu on December 1, 2017, reiterates his vow to provide the military with the necessary equipment for them to carry out their duties efficiently. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Rights groups protest against 'killing fields' in Mindanao

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Barug Katungod Mindanao and Karapatan stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense to protest against Martial Law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. A protester holds a placard that shows half of his face in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Justices grill Calida on operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questions the regularity of police raids during ungodly hours

LOOPHOLES. Solicitor General Jose Calida is put on the spot to defend what some justices deem as loopholes in Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug campaign.

Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Forensic evidence backs Tokhang survivor's claim of 'merciless' execution

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nobel Peace Prize winning organization Physicians for Human Rights concludes that Efren Morillo’s account 'was consistent with the available evidence'

CRIME SCENE. Details and measurement of the alleged encounter that occurred at the Daa home in Quezon City. The sketch, not drawn to scale, was prepared at 6:30 pm on August 21, 2016 by a QCPD-SOCO team led by PCI Nellson Sta. Maria. Individual suspects are not identified.