illegal drugs

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

De Lima's 1st year in jail: 3 judges inhibit, one retires early

Feb 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Judge Antonietta Medina of Branch 276 inhibits twice in the cases against Senator Leila de Lima, her classmate and kumare

#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

US ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Philippine drug war rights record

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:59 PM

James A Walsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department, the US still provides support in such areas as 'drug demand reduction programs'

ANTI-DRUG OPS. A crime scene in Manila is sealed off by policemen after a raid in November 2016. Rappler file photo

Police in Manila, Davao among first to get body cameras for drug war

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:02 PM

PNP Director for Operations Camilo Cascolan says only 100 units of the gadget have been delivered. The police nationwide need 37,000.

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

SolGen appeals to CA to allow Mary Jane Veloso’s testimony in PH case

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Her testimony will be vital in the local case in Nueva Ecija against her alleged recruiters. The local case will boost her defense in the drug trafficking charge in Indonesia

Parents of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Cesar and Celia, weep as they appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to help their daughter who is facing death sentence in Indonesia for illegal drug trade, during a candle lighting rally at the Plaza Miranda in Quiapo, Manila on Thursday, September 8, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/ Rappler

Chinese linked to P6.4-B smuggled shabu denies bribing BI to leave PH

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Richard Tan's lawyer says his client was not informed by the DOJ that an Immigration lookout bulletin was already issued against him

NOT INFORMED? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, says he wasn't informed a lookout bulletin was issued against him. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

De Lima hits Calida for 'cover-up' of drug war documents

Jan 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

'Just like his master Duterte, Solicitor General Jose Calida has no word of honor,' Senator Leila de Lima says

'NO WORD OF HONOR.' Senator Leila de Lima does not mince words against Solicitor General Jose Calida

Taiwan denies it was source of cocaine found in Sorsogon

Jan 08, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office says 'so-called Taiwanese documents' submitted by the captain of the 'Jin Ming' ship were forged

This undated handout from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-Legazpi) released on January 5, 2018 shows police officials (in blue) and PDEA local director Christian Frivaldo (2nd R) sitting next to packs of cocaine during a press conference in Legazpi City, in Bicol region, south of Manila.  Millions of dollars of cocaine packed in a plastic drum has washed up on a seashore in the eastern Philippines, an anti-narcotics official said on January 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPINE DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY (PDEA)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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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

Dela Rosa tells PNP: Thank you for rowing the boat I captain

Dec 31, 2017 - 1:25 PM

He also reminds cops to stay alert during the New Year festivities

PNP CHIEF. Ronald dela Rosa speaks during a press conference at Camp Crame on Tueaday, December 12, 2017. File photo by Darren Langit

Liberal Party: 2018 'may be the fight for nation's soul'

Dec 31, 2017 - 1:03 PM

The party says lies ‘defined’ the year that was

LIBERAL PARTY. The party calls out the administration for its lies in 2017. File photo

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

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Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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PDEA tallies over 1,000 arrests, zero deaths under new chief

Dec 28, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The PDEA, the country's lead agency for all anti-illegal drug efforts, nets over P228.81 million in drug and non-drug evidence during its new chief's first 100 days

PDEA CHIEF. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, who was a police regional director in the first year of Duterte's drug war, now heads the PDEA. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

On Holy Innocents Day, De Lima calls for justice for children killed in drug war

Dec 28, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls out the Duterte administration for the death of children and minors in its drug war

ANTI-DRUG WAR. 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

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Dec 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Malacañang Report says over 16,000 homicide cases under investigation

Dec 27, 2017 - 2:44 PM

As of the end of 2017, more than 1 million drug personalities have 'surrendered' and over 118,000 drug suspects have been arrested in the drugs war

HOMICIDE CASES. A cop cordons off a crime scene in Manila on July 15, 2016, or two weeks into the drug war. File phoot by Noel Celis/AFP

Mark Anthony Fernandez released from jail

Dec 23, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The actor was arrested for transportation of illegal drugs in October 2016

MARK ANTHONY FERNANDEZ. The actor is released from jail after over a year of imprisonment. Screengrab from

Australia seizes 1.2 tons of meth in its largest ever bust

Dec 22, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Commonly known as 'ice' in the country, the massive haul was intercepted after being offloaded from a boat which authorities believe came from China.

'ICE'. Australian authorities successfully execute their biggest drug operation. Photo from the Australian Federal Police

Bloodless anti-drug campaign as BuCor chief? 'Depends' – Dela Rosa

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Asked if he’s accepting the post, the former Davao City police chief’s answer comes easily: Who am I to refuse the president?

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

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

CHR tells PNP to make arrests, and not kill, in return to drug war

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:55 PM

'We are hopeful that they will follow the lead of the PDEA, that previous operations in the past months have resulted to more apprehensions rather than alleged cases of extrajudicial killings,' says Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jackie de Guia

Magdalo urges PNP to revise drug war's rules of engagement

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Doing so would 'prove the sincerity of the administration in correcting its policy on combatting illegal drugs,' the group says

RETURN TO DRUG WAR. The PNP is officially ordered to return to Duterte's drug war. Rappler file photo

Before foreign legislators, Fariñas defends Duterte's drug war

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:39 PM

'[Duterte] continues to enjoy not only the support of the political leaders of the Philippines but the entire Filipino nation,' says Rodolfo Fariñas, House Majority Floor Leader

DRUG WAR DEFENDER. Rodolfo Fariñas, one of Duterte’s key allies in the House, defends the President and the drug war before a gathering of legislators from all over the world. Photo courtesy of Representative Rodolfo Fariñas

IN PHOTOS: Black Friday protest against Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 02, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Leftist groups lights candles for the victims, relatives, and defenders of those killed in the drug war

REMEMBER, Bearing photos of victims of Duterte's war on drugs and victims of Political killings, families and activist light lanterns and candles in a symbolic event to condemn the spate of killings at Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. All photos by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo urges police, military, Church to support drug rehab programs

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:05 PM

'Sa inyo po kami huhugot ng pag-asa. Alam po namin na mas marami iyong matitino,' Vice President Leni Robredo tells police and military officers

DRUG REHAB ADVOCATE. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers her speech in front of 28 graduates of a drug rehabilitation program in Nueva Ecija. Photo from Robredo's Facebook page

11 nabbed in drug bust operation at BGC hotel

Nov 28, 2017 - 12:30 PM

The raid yields suspected ecstacy, methamphetamine or shabu, gamma hydroxybutyrate, also known as 'club drug' or 'date rape' drug, says PDEA

From guns to blackboards: Police officers teach kids vs drug abuse

Nov 26, 2017 - 11:00 AM

In several schools across the country, police officers trade guns for chalks as they help mold young minds to stay away from illegal drugs

Drugs 101: What are schools telling kids about illegal substance abuse?

Nov 25, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Questions about the drug war and a lack of textbooks hound schools as Filipino students learn about the dangers of drugs inside the classroom

CLASSROOM LEARNING. A student from Arellano High School in Manila participates in a game on the different types of drugs during her health class. All photos by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

DOJ clears Faeldon, charges Taguba in shabu shipment case

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

DOJ says the PDEA did not clearly accuse Faeldon and other Customs officials in its complaint, meriting a dismissal

CLEARED. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials are cleared in the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

What do gov't circulars 'operationalizing' Duterte's war on drugs say?

Nov 21, 2017 - 5:37 PM

The Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) files petitions for injunction and prohibition against two circulars relating to the conduct of the anti-illegal drugs campaign in the Philippines

P1.5 million worth of shabu seized in Tawi-Tawi

Nov 21, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Suspect Badang Awal Abdul, 40, is temporarily detained at the Bongao Municipal Police Station jail

BUY-BUST. Recovered by PDEA and police operatives from Badang Awal Abdul of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi on Monday, November 20, 2017. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

'Don't let Duterte's minions use you,' De Lima tells new state witness Ragos

Nov 18, 2017 - 3:26 PM

'Magpakatotoo sila. Magpakalalaki sila,' detained senator Leila de Lima tells her co-accused in the drug case, one of whom has turned witness against her

DRUG CASES. Senator Leila De Lima wave to supporters as she arrives for her hearing on the case filed against her on the illegal drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison at the Muntinlupa RTC on October 13, 2017. Rappler file photo

U.S. to fund PH war on drugs anew – rights group

Nov 10, 2017 - 4:51 PM

According to 2018 US Congressional budget documents, some $5.3 million in assistance is allocated for the Philippine justice sector which may be used by the PNP to 'improve respect for human rights'

BAN TRUMP. Demonstrators staged a rally against the arrival of US President Donald Trump. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

3 Davao city hall employees fired for drug use

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:53 AM

Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio has given two options for employees who would test positive: rehabilitation under city government supervision or termination from work

P5-M shabu seized in Zamboanga City

Nov 04, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Five people are also arrested in the buy-bust operation led by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

ARRESTED. The PDEA and NISG seize over P5 million worth of shabu and arrest 5 in a buy-bust operation in Zamboanga City. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Duterte: Let independent agencies probe my son

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:05 AM

'Who will believe me if I investigate my son?' Duterte told reporters Tuesday night, at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City

Pope Francis endorses drug rehab led by Cardinal Tagle

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:05 PM

'That's the way to go,' Pope Francis says, in his first publicly known comment on the Philippines' drug problem, as President Rodrigo Duterte wages a bloody war on drugs

POPE AND CARDINAL. Pope Francis (left) speaks with Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (right) during the Synod on the Family at the Vatican on October 5, 2015. File photo by AFP

PDEA to probe shabu paraphernalia found at Davao airport

Oct 23, 2017 - 8:05 PM

An airport janitor finds the drug paraphernalia inside a restroom

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Authorities in Davao City discover drug paraphernalia inserted inside a tissue holder of a male comfort room outside Francisco Bangoy International Airport's international arrival area. Photo by PDEA

Bad roads, flooding, illegal drugs top local concerns

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:46 AM

A new Pulse Asia survey says majority of respondents from Metro Manila cite illegal drugs as their most urgent local concern, but this is not the case for the rest of Luzon

File photos by Rappler

DENR officer, doctor caught in Davao City pot session

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The suspects are Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel, a DENR official in Bicol who is visiting Davao, and Dr Stephen So Tay, a high-value target of PDEA in the region

BUSTED. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI officer in charge Iav Naravy Duquiatan shows photographs of October 17's buy-bust operation in Davao City, where a Davao-based physician and a visiting DENR official from Bicol were caught in a pot session. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

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Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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'Small majority' of Filipinos want Church help in drug rehab

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Only 13% of those surveyed, meanwhile, think the Church should not 'interfere' with the anti-drugs campaign

REHAB EFFORTS. A Filipino attends a Mass presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (not in photo) on March 17, 2017, to launch a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program in San Juan. File photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

Most Filipinos afraid they'd end up like Kian delos Santos – Pulse Asia

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:06 PM

In a poll held a month after the teenager's death, more than three-fourths of Filipinos who knew about Kian delos Santos said they were worried they or somebody they knew would meet the same fate

KIAN'S FATE. A survey shows most Filipinos are worried they could end up like the 17-year-old, who died during a police operation. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Most Filipinos believe EJKs happen in war on drugs – poll

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) While 88% support the war on drugs, 73% also believe EJKs are happening in its conduct

PROBE. Scene of the Crime Operatives at a crime scene in Caloocan City, Spetember 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler/File