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De Lima wants judge out of her case due to 'bias'

Oct 16, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The detained senator says Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo has shown ‘manifest bias, partiality, and hostility’ toward her

SLOW TRIAL. Detained Senator Leila De Lima's hearing at the New Bilibid Prison on October 16, 2018, is again reset. Photo from Office of Senator De Lima

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Oct 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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PNP: Blame on Chinese for drugs in PH backed by intel

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde believes the 'bulk' of illegal drugs coming into the Philippines still comes from China

STILL FROM CHINA. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says the declaration of law enforcers that drugs are coming from China is based on intelligence reports. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte: Thorough probe first before blaming Chinese for drugs in PH

Oct 14, 2018 - 9:05 PM

'It's more important really not to drag along innocent people into a criminal case which we are not sure of,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

De Lima denounces media ban in court hearings

Oct 11, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'The authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and any of my public outings, for that matter,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima

HEARING. Under heavy security, opposition Senator Leila de Lima leaves the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 courtroom after the prosecution failed to present its witness on October 4. The hearing is reset to November 7. Photo from Senator De Lima's office

PDEA nets P7.2M worth of high grade marijuana inside Ayala Alabang

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Live-in partners are caught with 6 kilos of kush or high-grade marijuana, already repacked and ready for distribution to alleged high-end and celebrity clients

PDEA operatives arrest two suspects for selling and repacking high grade Marijuana amounting to P7.2 million inside a posh subdivision in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City on October 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Drug convicts to start testifying vs De Lima

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo for a premature order upholding the qualification of drug convicts as witnesses

TRIAL. Senator Leila De Lima is on trial for 3 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drugs. Photo from Office of Sen. De Lima

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks Peter Lim's appeal to void the Department of Justice reinvestigation that ultimately found sufficient evidence to charge him for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs.

PDEA seizes P544-M shabu in Pasay condo kitchen lab

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nabs 5 Hong Kong nationals believed to be members of the 14K international drug syndicate operating in China and Hong Kong

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raids a condominium unit allegedly used as a shabu laboratory by Hong Kong nationals in Pasay City on September 25, 2018. Around 80 kilos of shabu, 10 kilos of which are suspected liquid shabu placed in plastic containers, estimated with a street value of P544 million were confiscated by the raiding team. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Muntinlupa court must rule if Bilibid convicts valid witnesses vs De Lima

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:56 PM

The Department of Justice moves to hold the next hearings in the New Bilibid Prison and in Camp Aguinaldo, where two of the convicts had been transferred for security reasons

DRUG CASE. Senator Leila De Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on September 18, 2018. Photo by Office of Senator De Lima

DOJ offers P500K for information on Peter Lim whereabouts

Sep 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'We warn those who are coddling or harboring Peter Go Lim that they will be prosecuted for obstruction of justice and punished accordingly,' says Justice Secretary Guevarra

BOUNTY. The DOJ offers P500K for information on the whereabouts of alleged drug lord Peter Lim. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Arrests, killings not enough to solve Cebu drug problem – regional police

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:32 AM

There has to be intervention too, says Central Visayas police chief Debold Sinas, like rehabilitation and the provision of livelihood to reintegrated citizens

CEBU'S DRUG PROBLEM. Image of Debold Sinas from pnppro7.org. Surrenderees photo from Cebu City PNP PRO 7 Twitter account. File image of Jaime Mata's body from Facebook account of Lymar Tan.

New case? De Lima is summoned by NBI for a drug investigation

Sep 10, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) The incarcerated senator Leila de Lima says: ‘Bring it on!’

SUMMONED. Senator Leila De Lima is summoned by the NBI for a drug-related investigation involving Kerwin Espinosa. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cop linked to drugs killed in South Cotabato buy-bust operation

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Police say PO1 Rommil Barcellano resisted arrest and fired at those conducting the operation

NANLABAN? Police Officer I Rommil Barcellano is killed after allegedly violently resisting arrest in a buy-bust operation. Photo from the PNP-CITF

Bicol officials deny 'tanim droga' at Naga checkpoints

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We assure the public that all actions of our law enforcement agencies will be within the bounds of law,' says Naga City official Allen Reondanga

'DISINFORMATION' ALERT. Naga City public information office head Allen Reondanga denies a claim in a 'chain message' saying there will be 'tanim droga' operations (planting of illegal drugs) in checkpoints in Naga City. Screenshot from Reondanga's Facebook account

Mayor questions PNP's 'drug hotbed' tag on Olongapo City

Aug 25, 2018 - 8:03 PM

Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino says Olongapo City is the 'second most peaceful place in Region 3' based on police records

OLONGAPO CITY. Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino says his city is the second most peaceful in Region 3, based on Police Regional Office 3  records. Photo from the Facebook page of the Olongapo City Information Connection

Lawyers lose contact with Peter Lim

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The lawyers of Peter Lim say their client has not communicated with them since drug charges were filed against him

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Is Naga a shabu hotbed? PNP misreads crime data

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:06 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says Naga has 5th highest crime volume among cities in the Philippines. He turns out to be reading the number based on the region Naga belongs to: Region 5.

EVIDENCE? PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, June 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cops fail to arrest Peter Lim in his Cebu homes

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Cops search two of drug suspect Peter Lim's houses in Cebu. He is nowhere to be found.

WHERE IS LIM? Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Naga condemns Duterte 'shabu hotbed' tirade

Aug 19, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Naga City says President Rodrigo Duterte's statement calling them a 'hotbed of shabu' was 'uttered irresponsibly and without factual basis'

REMEMBERING JESSE. Vice President Leni Robredo and Naga City's officials join the commemoration of the 6th death anniversary of her late husband, interior secretary and long-time Naga City mayor Jesse Robredo. Photo by OVP

PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

Makati police sue lawyers for ‘constructive possession’ of drugs

Aug 17, 2018 - 5:55 PM

(UPDATED) Constructive possession is defined as having dominion or control of a place where the drugs are found. The lawyers are newly hired by an owner of the bar.

Makati court bars Peter Lim from leaving PH

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Lim and his lawyer are a no-show in the Makati RTC hearing

NO SHOW. File photo of alleged drug lord Peter Lim when he went to the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Customs files charges vs shabu, smuggled sugar importers

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says the BOC will file 'more criminal charges against erring importers and brokers in the coming weeks'

SMUGGLING RAPS. The Bureau of Customs files smuggling charges against importers of illegal drugs and smuggled sugar before the Bureau of Customs on August 16, 2018. Photo from Bureau of Customs

Trillanes negative for illegal drugs, dares Dutertes to take test

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) 'Kailan kaya magpapa-drug test ang mga Dutertes?' asks Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

Sen. Antonio Trillanes Usc. Epimaco Densing III DILG  Photo by Angie de Silva

Customs stops more magnetic lifters, says none carry shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:10 PM

After performing two x-ray scans and scrutiny from sniffer dogs, the Bureau of Customs concludes the lifters are empty of illegal drugs

SEIZED. Two magnetic lifters are put on hold by the Bureau of Customs after they were allegedly misdeclared by its consignee. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pacquiao willing to be jailed just to kill drug lord in 'P6.8-B shabu' shipment

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Magpapakulong na lang ako para ko ma-firing squad 'yung drug lord na 'yun na nagpasok sa Pilipinas,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is also a pastor

Photo by Angie de Silva

EXCLUSIVE: PDEA laboratory test shows no shabu traces in magnetic lifters

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's own laboratory sees no traces of shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

CONTRADICTION. PDEA's own laboratory contradicts its own claim that illegal drugs were packed inside the magnetic lifters found at General Mariano Alvarez in Cavite. Sourced photo, Ben Nabong/Rappler.com

Duterte says shabu in magnetic lifters 'pure speculation'

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs the assertion of Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña – that there was no shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino, and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Customs X-ray machines can't track shabu wrapped in lead, foil, plastic

Aug 14, 2018 - 6:54 PM

'Will our X-ray machine be able to detect it? The answer is no. The answer is no because of our machine,' says Customs X-ray chief Zsae Carrie de Guzman

OUTDATED? Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati court orders arrest of Peter Lim

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Lim's co-accused Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan are also covered by the order

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

LIVE: House hearing on P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

PDEA urged to recant statement magnetic lifters contain P6.8-B shabu

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:43 PM

But Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency deputy director Ruel Lasala said they still affirm the magnetic lifters were used to smuggle illegal drugs

HOT SEAT. PDEA deputy director Adrian Alvariño and deputy directors Ruel Lasala and Ismael Fajardo Jr face the House committee on dangerous drugs on August 14, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

House panel to compel PDEA chief to attend P6.8-B shabu shipment hearing

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino has not cooperated in any House probes into drug smuggling, says retired police general-turned-congressman Romeo Acop

NO SHOW. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino fails to attend the House probe into the smuggling of P6.8-billion shabu into the country. Screenshot by Rappler

How P6.8-B 'shabu' slipped past PNP, PDEA, Customs

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:02 PM

What started as a promising drug bust ended with empty containers showing lack of coordination among anti-drug agencies

LOST. The PNP, PDEA, and Customs find themselves lost in tracking down a thousand kilograms of methamphetamine penetrating national capital Manila City's port terminal. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

DOJ wants hold departure order vs Peter Lim

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The businessman, who is accused of involvement in the drug trade, never attended a hearing during the Department of Justice's reinvestigation

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte trusts Lapeña despite entry of P6.8B worth of shabu

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The President expects better coordination between the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House to probe P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Opposition lawmakers Miro Quimbo and Gary Alejano slam the drug smuggling, calling it a 'big blow' to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

1 ton of shabu got away? Verify first, says PNP

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde points out that nobody saw the supposed illegal drugs since the containers found in a warehouse were empty

EMPTY. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

After shabu shipment bust, Lapeña asks PDEA, PNP to share intel

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says PDEA only informed the Bureau of Customs about the P6.8-billion shabu shipment almost a month after it slipped past authorities at the Manila International Container Port

'TIMELY INTEL SHARING.' Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2018, about the ongoing investigation of the intercepted shabu shipment at the MICP. Photo from BOC Public Information & Assistance Division

PNP, PDEA, Customs fail to stop 1,000 kilos of shabu entering PH

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities track down more magnetic lifters in their drug hunt. This time, they are empty.

EMPTY. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ charges Peter Lim for drug trade conspiracy

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) The new prosecution panel gives merit to Kerwin Espinosa's admission to the Senate that he knows Lim to be a top drug supplier

Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016 to clear his name. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ witness Kerwin Espinosa washes hands in Albuera drug raid

Aug 10, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) A cop whom Kerwin said was in his pocket takes the witness stand, and says police found no evidence to link him to the raid

STATE PROTECTION. Kerwin Espinosa leaves the Manila RTC on August 10, 2018, tightly guarded by escorts from both the NBI and the DOJ Intelligence Service Operations Group (ISOG). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

18 months after arrest, De Lima finally arraigned in drugs cases

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Senator Leila De Lima refuses to enter a plea, calling it ‘a sham case’

ARRAIGNED. Senator Leila De Lima leaves the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on August 10, 2018, after she was arraigned before Branch 205 for 2 counts of conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading. Photo from Senator De Lima's Office

Actor CJ Ramos released from jail

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Actor CJ Ramos was arrested during a buy-bust operation in Quezon City

Ex-child actor CJ Ramos busted by Caloocan cops for using and selling illegal drugs.

Suspected shabu, P6.8M bribe money seized in Negros Occidental

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The buy-bust operation in San Carlos City is a joint operation of Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Philippine Army

500 kilograms of 'shabu' seized in Manila port

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency pegs its value at P4.3 billion if the recovered shipment is proven to be methamphetamine

SHABU. Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Australian, Swiss arrested in separate raids in Pampanga

Aug 01, 2018 - 2:09 PM

CIDG arrests a Swiss for keeping a high-powered assault firearm, while a joint NBI-PDEA team apprehends an Aussie for possessing shabu

PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ indicts Kerwin Espinosa for drug trade

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) The case of Cebu businessman Peter Lim is still undergoing a separate preliminary investigation

Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler