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DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Davao del Sur information officer arrested over illegal recruitment

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Police say provincial information officer Sherwin Cesar and his accomplice face large-scale estafa complaints

Court allows De Lima to attend lawyer son's thanksgiving dinner

Jun 14, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Senator Leila de Lima's son Vincent Joshua Bohol is among the 1,800 passers of the 2018 Bar Examinations

MOTHER'S PRIDE. Senator Leila de Lima's son, Vincent Bohol (in red, to her right), passes the 2018 Bar exams. Sourced photo

Another DOJ witness vs De Lima linked to prison drug trade

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

DOJ witness and NBI agent Jun Ablen is implicated in the drug trade by Rafael Ragos, a former accused who has turned state witness against the jailed senator

BILIBID DRUG TRADE. NBI agent Jovencio "Jun" Ablen Jr during his testimony at the HOR Committe on Justice inquiry on September 20, 2016 into the drug trade at the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

I delivered kickbacks to De Lima on inmate's order, says ex-BuCor chief

Jun 07, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Why would former Bureau of Corrections chief Rafael Ragos follow the orders of an inmate, asks Boni Tacardon, the lawyer of Senator Leila de Lima

DE LIMA DRUG TRIAL. Former BuCor officer-in-charge Rafael Ragos during his testimony at the House of Representatives on September 20, 2016, which prompted the drug charges that sent opposition senator Leila de Lima to jail. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drug suspect arrested in Talisay City bust alleged member of int'l syndicate

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Mark Navarrete is arrested in buy bust along with Ruferd Gella and Juanito Amahan Jr

Photos courtesy of Talisay City Police

3 large meth labs dismantled in Mexico

Jun 05, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The 3 methamphetamine-producing labs are located in northwestern Sinaloa state, which a number of drug bosses use as a base, according to local police

DISMANTLING. A Sinaloa's state police officer works during the dismantling of a clandestine laboratory producing synthetic drugs, mainly methamphetamine in El Dorado, Sinaloa state, Mexico on June 4, 2019. Photo by Rashide Frias/AFP

Labor leader sentenced to prison for illegal gun possession

Jun 04, 2019 - 12:02 AM

The San Mateo regional trial court judge says Marklen Maga of the Kilusang Mayo Uno failed to show proof that the firearm was not his

PDEA files charges vs Jacky Co, 16 others over P1.8-B shabu shipment

May 31, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says the filing of charges 'will serve as a warning to those individuals, especially to government employees, who extend assistance in drug trafficking'

CHARGES FILED. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on May 31, 2019, files charges before the Department of Justice against 17 people in connection with the P1.8-billion shabu shipment intercepted at the Manila International Container Port in March 2019. PDEA photo

Son of slain mayor Parojinog gets life term for drug possession

May 31, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 79 Judge Nadine Jessica Corazon Fama also orders Reynaldo Parojinog Jr to pay a P500,000-fine

GUILTY. Reynaldo Parojinog Jr is found guilty of drug possession charges on May 31, 2019. Photo from PNP

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Chinese behind P1.8-B shabu escapes PH authorities via PAL, NAIA

May 30, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Blacklisted Chinese man Zhijian Xu, also known as Jacky Co, escapes through NAIA, baffling police chief-turned-senator Panfilo Lacson

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Trump backers launch construction on private border wall

May 29, 2019 - 11:42 AM

Sporting a red 'Make America Great Again' hat, New Mexico resident Jeff Allen proudly oversees the erection of a towering fence of steel slats on land he co-owns

Workers build a border fence in a private property located in the limits of the US States of Texas and New Mexico taken from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on May 26, 2019.  HERIKA MARTÍNEZ / AFP

P218 million worth of cocaine found floating off Sorsogon

May 28, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The haul adds to P2.8 billion worth of cocaine fished out of Philippine waters since 2009

MORE COCAINE. Fishermen found the illegal substances floating off Gubat town in Sorsogon. PNP photo

P1 billion worth of shabu seized in Malabon warehouse

May 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino believes the shabu came from Cambodia, and is managed by the notorious Golden Triangle drug syndicate

BIG HAUL. The PDEA and Bureau of Customs presents to the members of the media the 146 kilos of shabu worth P 1 billion seized at Goldwin Commercial Warehouse in Malabon City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Money for drugs, human trafficking coursed through PH banks – AMLC

May 23, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council finds 161,650 suspicious transactions totaling P17.9 trillion from 2013 to 2017. The amount was used to fund crimes like illegal drugs, human trafficking, and terrorism.

P8.5-M drugs seized in Shangri-La at the Fort

May 22, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Cops arrested a certain businessman named Domingo Uy Jr as the suspected owner of the illegal drugs

DRUG HAUL. Cops from the National Capital Region Police Office present the seized drugs and cash at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bonifacio Global City. NCRPO photo

Agusan del Sur mayoral bet arrested over firearms

May 11, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Police in Caraga Region also arrest 4 others for violating the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act

SEIZED. Authorities confiscate guns from a mayoral bet in Rosario, Agusan del Sur, after serving a search warrant against him on May 11, 2019. Photo from CaragaPulis Pio Facebook page

Surigao del Sur mayor nabbed for firearms, marijuana possession

May 09, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Reelectionist Lingig Mayor Roberto Luna Jr is also found in possession of P2 million worth of cash in P100 bills – money which the police believe is meant for buying votes

ARRESTED. Lingig, Surigao del Sur Mayor Roberto Luna Jr is arrested days before election day. PNP photo

Indonesia to sink scores of boats to deter illegal fishing

May 04, 2019 - 10:17 PM

The practice has resumed since last week when a Vietnamese coastguard boat rammed an Indonesian navy ship attempting to seize an illegal trawler

SCUTTLED. Indonesian authorities sink a Vietnamese fishing boat at Datuk island, in West Kalimantan on May 4, 2019. Photo by Louis Anderson/AFP

Robredo to Duterte gov’t: ‘Be more firm’ vs all illegal foreign workers

May 02, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the government should always prioritize Filipino laborers over foreign workers, especially those without working permits

FILIPINO FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks before sectoral representatives at Donsol, Sorsogon province May 2, 2019. Photo by Arnold Almacen/OVP

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.

Supreme Court allows 'Morong 43' trial to continue

Apr 25, 2019 - 6:25 PM

The military and police officers charged over the detention of the 'Morong 43' workers earlier get the clearance of the Sandiganbayan to seek an outright dismissal of their cases without presenting evidence

TRIAL. The Supreme Court of the Philippines gives the go signal to Sandiganbayan trial of Morong 43 army generals and police officers. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Indonesian police arrests 7 in 'record' human trafficking bust

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:58 AM

The alleged traffickers are suspected to have sent some 500 victims to work as domestic helpers in Morocco, 220 to Turkey, 300 more to Syria and another 200 to Saudi Arabia between 2018 and this year

RECORD BUST. Suspects face the wall during a press conference by Indonesian officials in Jakarta, on April 9, 2019, about trafficking-related offenses. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

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

DOJ indicts NDF consultant Gamara for illegal possession of firearms, explosives

Mar 28, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Renante Gamara and retired priest Arturo Joseph Balagat are cleared of violating the election rule that bans bringing guns outside the home

NDF CONSULTANT. Renante Gamara is arrested inside a 'safehouse' in Imus, Cavite. Photo from Karapatan

Banaue car crash 'victims' arrested for possession of marijuana

Mar 25, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Ifugao police confiscate 7 packs of dried marijuana leaves from the occupants who tried to leave their car after figuring in a road accident at Sitio Baag in Tam-an, Banaue

ROAD ACCIDENT. Ifugao police respond to a road accident in Banaue, Ifugao on Sunday morning, March 24, only to arrest the occupants for possession of marijuana. Photo from Hingyon Municipality

GrabExpress driver's tip leads to seizure of P1.5-M party drugs in Makati

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Two students refuse to open a package they were sending to Bonifacio Global City, prompting a Grab Express driver to bring the package straight to the police station

NDF consultant Gamara, priest arrested in Cavite

Mar 21, 2019 - 3:08 PM

National Democaratic Front consultant Renante Gamara was one of the rebel consultants in the failed peace talks with the Duterte administration

NDF CONSULTANT. Renante Gamara is arrested inside a 'safehouse' in Imus, Cavite. Photo from Karapatan

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

'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

Officers behind 'Morong 43' detention allowed to seek dismissal of cases

Mar 12, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The military and police officers charged over the detention of the 'Morong 43' workers in 2010 get the chance to push for outright dismissal of their cases, without presenting their own evidence

DEMURRER. Seven law enforcement officers charged for violating the rights of detained health workers get the leave of court to file a demurrer which could potentially dismiss their charges outright.

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

Origin and species: fighting illegal logging with science

Mar 10, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The Wood Anatomy Laboratory in Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens may not seem like the obvious epicenter of efforts to halt international illegal logging

A view of the Temperate House, the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world, during the final months of a five-year restoration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, west London, on February 13, 2018. A gleaming monument to the ambition and creativity of its age, the world's largest Victorian glasshouse will once again welcome visitors to see some of the world's rarest plants following a lengthy facelift. Justin TALLIS / AFP

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

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

[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?

China denies Panelo statement on illegal Chinese workers

Feb 28, 2019 - 1:46 PM

(UPDATED) China refutes Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo who said Beijing will adopt a 'tit-for-tat' approach if the Philippines 'recklessly' deports Chinese workers

CHINESE AMBASSADOR. President Rodrigo Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th founding anniversary celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc at the Manila Hotel on February 19, 2018. Malacañang file photo

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

DOJ subpoenas Batuan, Masbate mayor, vice mayor

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Prosecutors ask the Yusons to explain the illegal possession of firearms charges filed against them by the police

Duterte does not favor deporting illegal Chinese workers

Feb 23, 2019 - 11:00 PM

'Yung mga Chinese dito, hayaan mo 'yan na dito magtrabaho. Hayaan mo. Bakit? We have 300,000 Filipinos in China,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO DEPORTATION. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says let the Chinese workers illegally working in the Philippines be. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Ex-CIDG chief: DOJ witness vs De Lima was involved in drug trade

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Retired police general Benjamin Magalong tells a Muntinlupa judge that they learned Rafael Ragos 'was involved in extorting and receiving payola from high profile inmates'

WITNESS. Former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong talks to Senator Leila De Lima during a recess of the detained lawmaker's hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC on February 22, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Netizens cry foul over Comelec's illegal posters list

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Social media users point out that names like senatorial candidate Bong Go's are not on the list. But Comelec Commisioner Guanzon says her list was for candidates with NCR addresses.

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

Zambales farmer arrested for firearms possession

Feb 07, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Samuel Obispo, 45, is facing charges of violating Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition Act of 2013

DETAINED. Samuel Obispo (second from right) is detained at the San Narciso Municipal Police Station in Zambales. Photo by Randy Datu/Rappler

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.

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:05 PM

While two House committees clear former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña, they recommend criminal charges against several others linked to the smuggling

Like Senate, House panels clear Lapeña in shabu smuggling. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House withdraws approval of death penalty for drug possession

Feb 06, 2019 - 4:38 PM

House Bill 8909, which imposes the death penalty and a P10-million fine on those found with illegal drugs at social gatherings, has been recommitted to the committee on dangerous drugs

Grade 9 students nabbed in Makati home for alleged drug use

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:45 PM

A noise complaint leads cops and barangay watchmen to a house which they enter after supposedly 'smelling shabu' right outside the residence

MINORS. Police allege that these Grade 9 students used illegal drugs in a private home in Makati City on February 5, 2019. Photo from Makati police