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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

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

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?

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

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

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

De Lima camp wants to haul Aquino, Bato, Aguirre to trial

Feb 01, 2019 - 4:50 PM

De Lima is arraigned on her 3rd and last drug charge, where she again refuses to enter a plea

DRUG CHARGES. Senator Leila de Lima attends her arraignment for her 3rd and last drug charge at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court on February 1, 2019. Photo courtesy of LeiladeLima Comms

'El Chapo' trial: A 3-month plunge into the bloody ways of the drug trade

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The trial has drawn a blood-soaked picture of the Sinaloa cartel, once led by Mexican drug boss Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman

EL CHAPO. Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Supreme Court acquits more drug suspects

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:14 PM

Justices sternly remind prosecutors that they must prove 'with certitude' that the illegal drugs seized in buy-bust operations are 'exactly the same substance offered' as evidence in court

Duterte vows 'big fish' will die in last half of his term

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

In his first speech of 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte warns that big-time drug bosses will be killed in the remaining years of his presidency

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Drone used to smuggle drugs into Kuwait

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Authorities say this is the first time a drone was used in smuggling illegal drugs

De Lima to CA: Stop convicts from testifying against me in drug case

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) The High Court itself had previously ruled that allowing criminals guilty of crimes involving moral turpitude to become state witnesses is arbitrary

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

Convicts vs De Lima not ‘state witnesses’? Technicality protects DOJ

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:50 PM

Unfortunately for Senator De Lima, the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 206 agrees and puts in an official court order the technicality argument of the DOJ

4th judge in De Lima case inhibits

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:52 AM

Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo says while she 'finds no sufficient ground to inhibit herself from conducting trial,' she did so 'to show good faith to all parties'

DRUGS CASE. Detained Senator Leila De Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court (RTC) on November 6, 2018, for conspiracy to commit illegal drug trade. Photo by Office of Senator De Lima

Punish officials linked to P11-B shabu mess, says Robredo

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'Hindi sapat na ilipat lamang sa ibang opisina ang mga nagkulang sa kanilang tungkulin, dapat managot ayon sa takda ng batas matapos ang imbestigasyon,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo joins members of various sectors during the Mass for Peace. File photo by OVP

Suspected drug peddler arrested in San Juan

Oct 27, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The San Juan Drug Enforcement Unit finds 26 sachets of shabu or P21,000 worth of illegal drugs in the home of suspect April Vanessa Nuyda

Notorious female drug peddler in San Juan City nabbed. Photo courtesy of San Juan Police

PDEA pushes link between seized drugs, 'missing' shabu

Oct 21, 2018 - 1:50 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says findings from a test indicate the empty magnetic lifters found in Cavite contained illegal drugs. But the Bureau of Customs disagrees.

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

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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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