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Mayor, NBI bust illegal Chinese pharmacy in Angeles City

May 28, 2020 - 11:21 PM

Angeles City officials confiscate medicines and medical products with labels in Chinese characters

SUSPECTS. The alleged owner and pharmacist of the illegal Chinese pharmacy. (Photo from Facebook page of Angeles City information office.)

IN PHOTOS: Makati police raid illegal COVID-19 clinic, arrest 2 fake doctors

May 27, 2020 - 9:27 PM

Cops say there were 4 patients in the illicit infirmary

Two Chinese "doctors," who were allegedly running an unregistered cling being used as a COVID-19 treatment facility, were arrested in Makati City on Tuesday night. Photo courtesy of Makati Police

Pandemic leading to illegal drug shortages – U.N. report

May 07, 2020 - 9:56 AM

The UN warns that the pandemic may be presenting some drug smugglers and organized criminals with new opportunities

HEROIN. Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, September 23, 2016, in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

53 arrested as police bust illegal POGO operation in Parañaque

Apr 25, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Cops arrest 44 Chinese and 9 Filipinos in a house in Parañaque that was being used to run an illegal POGO operation

CUFFED. A police officer secures arrested individuals with electrical cable ties before their transport to the nearest police station.

Illegal logging continues in MIMAROPA despite Luzon lockdown

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:30 AM

The seized lumber appears to have been illegally cut while most people were staying at home for the lockdown

With blood pact, new ICAD co-chair Dante Jimenez vows commitment to drug war

Mar 03, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez proves his support for the drug war with a thumbprint marked in blood

NEW ROLE. Newly appointed Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Dante Jimenez at a press conference in Malacañang on March 3, 2020. Screenshot from RTVM

PACC's Dante Jimenez replaces Robredo as co-chair of anti-drug body

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:08 PM

Jimenez follows Vice President Leni Robredo months after she was removed from the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

DUTERTE ALLY. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Dante Jimenez (left) on the sidelines of the Anti-Corruption Summit on November 28, 2017. Malacañang file photo

China 'comprehensively bans' wildlife trade over virus

Feb 24, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The country's top legislative committee approves a proposal 'prohibiting the illegal wildlife trade, abolishing the bad habit of overconsumption of wildlife'

Pope urges Amazon 'outrage' but stays silent on married priests

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:27 AM

In the Pope's highly anticipated text, there is no mention of priestly marriage, a controversial suggestion for increasing the number of priests in remote areas of the Amazon

AMAZON. In this file photo taken on October 06, 2019 representatives of one of the Amazon Rainforest's ethnic groups (Front) take part in Pope Francis' (L) mass at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Quezon City arrests 111 in crackdown against illegal gambling

Feb 11, 2020 - 6:56 PM

The Quezon City Police District conducts raids against video karera, cara y cruz, card games, and other forms of illegal gambling

CRACKDOWN. Over a week after Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte ordered a full-scale operation against illegal gambling, 62 raids have already been conducted. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dozens of koalas dead after logging at Australian plantation

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Friends of the Earth say the incident was uncovered when local residents witnessed dead koalas being bulldozed into piles in recent days

KOALA SELFIE. A koala takes a 'selfie' using a sensor that triggers a digital camera set up at Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia, 03 April 2014. Wild Life Sydney Zoo/EPA

P68-M worth of shabu hidden in tea bags seized in Bacoor

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the illegal drugs were supposedly supplied by a Bilibid inmate

ARRESTED. Suspects Irene Biazon and Reynaldo Cordero are presented at a press conference at the NBI headquarters on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters found guilty of illegal recruitment in separate case

Jan 30, 2020 - 10:42 AM

(UPDATED) Ma Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao are sentenced to life imprisonment for the illegal recruitment of Lorna Valino, Ana Marie Gonzales, and Jenalyn Paraiso

ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT. In this photo taken on April 29, 2015, migrant recruiter Cristina Sergio (2nd L) is escorted by local government officials in a press conference in Manila, after being accused of duping Mary Jane Veloso into carrying 2.6 kilograms of heroin to Indonesia from Malaysia. Photo by Rappler

44% of Filipinos satisfied with Robredo's work as ICAD co-chair

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:11 PM

A near majority of Filipinos agree that the removal Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chief 'is an admission by the administration that its [drug] war is failing,' says the Social Weather Stations

LESSONS AS ANTI-DRUG CZAR. Vice President Leni Robredo presents her findings and recommendation on the Duterte administration's anti-drug drive, after she briefly served as Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by OVP

[ANALYSIS] The stroke of genius in Robredo’s drug war report

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:29 AM

For too long Duterte’s war on drugs has hidden behind a veil of fear, lies, and misconceptions. It’s high time for facts and statistics to pierce that veil.

Robredo to Duterte gov't: Drug war data wrong? Numbers came from you

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:35 PM

'Hindi namin imbento iyong data. Iyong data, galing sa kanila,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, after law enforcement agencies claimed she got her drug war numbers wrong

NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo holds up a copy of her drug war report as former Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drug co-chair on January 8, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

U.P. statistics professor: Robredo computed right in drug war report

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:38 PM

The Philippine National Police says Vice President Leni Robredo's computations are 'not even mathematically acceptable.' A statistician says otherwise.

CORRECT COMPARISON. University of the Philippines Statistics Associate Professor Peter Cayton says Vice President Leni Robredo deduced correctly from government data. OVP photo

After ICAD report, Duterte calls Robredo a 'colossal blunder'

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte refuses to consider Vice President Leni Robredo's suggestions, saying she has no authority to lecture him

DISMISSING REPORT. President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out at Vice President Leni Robredo after she releases a scalding report on his landmark anti-illegal drug campaign. Malacañang photo

Here are reforms Robredo wants in Duterte gov't's drug war

Jan 07, 2020 - 2:24 PM

From scrapping tokhang to giving more powers to the AMLC to go after drug lords, Vice President Leni Robredo publicizes her drug war recommendations

FROM HER TIME IN ICAD. Vice President Leni Robredo gestures as she discusses her suggestions to reform the war on drugs on January 6, 2020. Photo by OVP

PDEA chief: Robredo's drug war report 'a mere political attack'

Jan 06, 2020 - 6:00 PM

'She has dismissed and ignored all of our government's accomplishments and efforts for the past 3 years,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

'SADDENED.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino takes offense in Vice President Leni Robredo's drug war report. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'It's a dud': Malacañang dismisses Robredo's findings on drug war

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the Duterte administration will only listen to recommendations of experts who have been involved in the anti-illegal drug campaign 'from the very beginning'

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo dismissed Vice President Leni Robredo's findings from her post as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Malacañang photo

Senators say war on drugs not a failure but a ‘constant battle’

Jan 06, 2020 - 5:22 PM

'War versus drugs fails only when you stop fighting. It's a constant battle vs drug dealers, drug dependents, corrupt officials, and cerebrally-challenged critics,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

'FAILURE.' Vice President Leni Robredo publicizes her drug war report on January 6, 2020, after she was fired as ICAD co-chair in November 2019. OVP file photo

Robredo wants DDB, not PDEA, to head anti-drugs body

Jan 06, 2020 - 2:30 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says having the PDEA director general chair the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs is one of the ‘failures’ in the drug war

REMOVE PDEA AS ICAD CHAIR? Vice President Leni Robredo was welcomed by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Aaron Aquino during her visit to the DDB-PDEA Building in Quezon City on November 20, 2019. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

'1 over 100': Robredo calls Duterte's drug war a 'failure'

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo gives the Duterte administration a dismal score in the fight against drugs, saying it was only able to seize 1% of the shabu supply in the Philippines

DRUG WAR 'FAILURE.' Vice President Leni Robredo finally publicizes her drug war report on January 6, 2020 after she was fired as ICAD co-chair last year. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

A tale of two justice secretaries: The De Lima-Guevarra balance

Dec 30, 2019 - 6:49 PM

Senator Leila de Lima and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra may not meet eye to eye, but they understand each other and what their jobs mean

Robredo pokes fun at brief ICAD stint: 'From drug czar to drug char'

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo describes her 18-day stint as co-chief of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs

20 QUESTIONS IN 3 MINUTES. Vice President Leni Robredo posts a quick Q&A video on her social media accounts on December 27, 2019. Screenshot from Robredo's Facebook page

On 3rd Christmas in detention, De Lima wishes for restored 'normal life'

Dec 25, 2019 - 4:06 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says she is 'raring to work' as an opposition senator lawmaker and also spend more time with her family

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

P141-M shabu packed in speakers seized from Pasay warehouse

Dec 18, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Weighing a total of 20.8 kilograms, the seizure is one of the biggest drug hauls of the Bureau of Customs in 2019

Customs NAIA Intercepts Php 141M Worth of Drugs. Photo from Bureau of Customs

‘Disappointed’ Robredo hits PDEA's Aaron Aquino for being two-faced

Dec 15, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The Vice President reveals a closed-door meeting with the PDEA chief where Aquino supposedly said he needed her in the ICAD because other agencies do not listen to him

TWO-FACED AQUINO. Vice President Leni Robredo holds her first and only joint press conference with PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino as ICAD co-chairs on November 8, 2019. Photo by OVP

Robredo: Releasing drug war report better than it staying unread by Duterte

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her 3rd report on the anti-drug campaign includes recommendations to improve the government's efforts

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Malacañang’s spin on Robredo’s ‘failures’ as anti-drug czar

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:21 PM

The Palace accuses Vice President Leni Robredo of failing to present a new anti-drugs plan, failing to visit communities affected by illegal drugs, and 'baiting' international groups to probe the drug war. Do the claims hold water?

Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo holds a press conference at the Sunset Business Hotel in Busan, South Korea on November 24, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Nanghihinayang': Lacson says Robredo was on right track as drug czar

Nov 25, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Senator and former national police chief Panfilo Lacson laments Vice President Leni Robredo's removal as ICAD co-chair, but says President Rodrigo Duterte does not need to justify his decision

A PITY. Senator Panfilo Lacson says it's a pity that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Vice President Leni Robredo as anti-drug co-chair because she was 'on the right track.' File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo’s sacking as anti-drugs czar won’t silence her: 'I'm just getting started'

Nov 25, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'Ano bang kinatatakutan ninyo? Ano ba ang kinatatakutan ninyong malaman ko?' Vice President Leni Robredo asks the Duterte administration

FIRED BUT UNFAZED. Vice President Leni Robredo says she's determined to continue doing what she can to help stop the killings in the drug war. File photo by OVP

PNP: We saw nothing wrong during Robredo's weeks in ICAD

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:07 PM

'Wala naman tayong nakita na, o wala naman tayong natanggap na mga ulat,' says Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac

PALACE DECISION. The PNP says it saw nothing wrong with Vice President Leni Robredo's stint as ICAD co-chair. OVP Photo

Panelo denies Robredo firing an attempt to distract from SEA Games mess

Nov 24, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros calls it 'laughable' that Vice President Leni Robredo got fired from her anti-drug post first, instead of officials who are behind the 'embarrassing handling of the SEA Games'

CABINET DAYS. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo and Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo chat at the 5th Cabinet meeting of the Duterte administration on August 22, 2016. Presidential Photo

Opposition 'not surprised' by Robredo's firing as ICAD co-chair

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:15 PM

(UPDATED) Senators say the Duterte administration 'got snared in their own trap' and their plan 'to make [Vice President Leni Robredo] look weak backfired'

REMOVED. In this photo, Vice President Leni Robredo leads the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) at the Quezon City Reception House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo from Office of the Vice President

Duterte fires Robredo as co-chair of anti-drug body

Nov 24, 2019 - 7:45 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Malacañang says this is 'in response to the taunt and dare' of Vice President Leni Robredo for President Rodrigo Duterte 'to just tell her that he wants her out'

robredo-icad-november-8-2019. Photo by OVP

Duterte tells Robredo to check ICAD order for job description – but it's not there

Nov 24, 2019 - 5:29 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's order creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs does not specify the extent of its chairperson's powers or access to classified information

CO-CHAIRS. It is unclear whether Vice President Leni Robredo and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino share the same degree of authority as ICAD co-chairs. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

[PODCAST] Paano naiipit si Robredo sa drug war ni Duterte

Nov 23, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Ano ang gustong mangyari ni Vice President Leni Robredo sa kampanya laban sa droga?

Vice President Leni Robredo attended a Mass held at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The Mass, held for fair and peaceful elections, was attended by some of the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates and their supporters. (Photo by OVP)

Robredo: QC barangay shows 'it takes a village' to solve drug menace

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo visits Barangay Culiat in Quezon City to understand how local officials, the police, civil society, and the private sector contributed to its anti-illegal drug campaign

VP IN BARANGAY CULIAT. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with Sultan Hadji Nur Hassan, chairman of Salam Compound, a Muslim community in Brgy Culiat, Quezon City, which used to be known for its high drug affectation. Among those with Robredo in the meeting is 6th District Representative Kit Belmonte. Photo by OVP

Robredo’s access to high-value target list ‘unnecessary’ – Barbers

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:20 PM

The chairperson of the House dangerous drugs committee is the latest official to express doubts about sharing drug intel with the Vice President as ICAD co-chair

House committee on dangerous drugs Chair Ace Barbers (left) on August 14, 2018 during hearing and investigation into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cabanatuan judge cancels subpoena, hearing of Baguio traffic enforcers

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

Citing 'the end of justice having sufficiently set,' Judge Nelson Largo revokes subpoena he ordered

Robredo writes Duterte: Make my role clear so I can work

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo discloses that she skipped a confidential briefing by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency fearing that President Rodrigo Duterte would use it against her

CLARITY NEEDED. Vice President Leni Robredo writes to President Rodrigo Duterte to clarify her mandate as co-chair of the ICAD. OVP file photo

Aquino to Duterte: If you don’t trust Robredo, why appoint her?

Nov 20, 2019 - 1:28 PM

'Puwede ba 'yong itatalaga mo na hindi mo pinagkakatiwalaan? Medyo magulo ata ‘yon,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

AN ISSUE OF TRUST. Former president Benigno Aquino III says President Rodrigo Duterte should not have given a post to Vice President Leni Robredo if he didn't trust her. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte: No Cabinet post for Robredo because 'I don't trust her'

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'Ang problema kasi dito, ganito: I cannot trust her not only because...she is with the opposition; I do not trust her because I do not know her,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

NO TRUST IN ROBREDO. President Rodrigo Duterte says he does not trust Vice President Leni Robredo, whom he refuses to give a Cabinet post. File photo by Malacañang

No Cabinet post? No problem for Robredo: ‘I’ll just do what I can’

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:23 PM

'Basta sa akin, whatever I can do now, I will do. Kapag harangan nila, hindi ko na iyon problema,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

'NOT A PROBLEM.' Vice President Leni Robredo is unfazed by the limitations being set upon her as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Robredo lost Cabinet post due to request for drug war docs, intel – Panelo

Nov 19, 2019 - 3:40 PM

(UPDATED) After initially saying Vice President Leni Robredo would be given access to drug war documents, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo now claims this could 'imperil' national security

LIMITED ACCESS? Vice President Leni Robredo leads the meeting of the government's Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs held at the Quezon City Reception House on Friday, November 8, 2019. Photo by OVP

Año: Robredo can refine plans, but anti-drug operations remains with PNP

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's link to the public can help measure the effectiveness of anti-drug operations, says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

FEEDBACK MECHANISM. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that Vice President Leni Robredo may relay the comments and suggestions from the public regarding anti-drug operations. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Malacañang backtracks, says Robredo's ICAD post not part of Cabinet

Nov 18, 2019 - 9:00 PM

The latest statement is a departure from President Rodrigo Duterte's previous promise to make Robredo a Cabinet member

OUT OF CABINET. Malacañang says Vice President Leni Robredo's post as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs does not make her part of the Cabinet.  Photo by OVP

Robredo: More funds needed for separate rehab centers for drug users, pushers

Nov 18, 2019 - 7:58 PM

'Tingin natin kailangan dapat mas bigyan ng malaking budget iyong DOH para magawa nila iyong dapat nilang gawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

DRUG REHAB. Vice President Leni Robredo gets a briefing from the Department of Health officials on the status of drug rehabilitation efforts so far. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP