Rappler's latest stories on illegal drugs
In the past 10 years, at least 481 cocaine bricks have ended up in Philippine shores. We map where they were found.
The trucks hold 'extremely heavy' loudspeakers, which prompted suspicion when police found the drivers lack legal papers to transport the equipment
Authorities recover 275 sachets of suspected shabu weighing 1.38 kilos
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
Canadian Gary Gardner Mader is arrested in Pasay City after receiving a package with 650 tablets of ephedrine
(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'
'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
‘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
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
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?
'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
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 previous version of House Bill 8909 sought to impose the capital punishment for drug possession at parties
While two House committees clear former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña, they recommend criminal charges against several others linked to the smuggling
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
A noise complaint leads cops and barangay watchmen to a house which they enter after supposedly 'smelling shabu' right outside the residence
De Lima is arraigned on her 3rd and last drug charge, where she again refuses to enter a plea
The trial has drawn a blood-soaked picture of the Sinaloa cartel, once led by Mexican drug boss Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman
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
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
Authorities say this is the first time a drone was used in smuggling illegal drugs
(UPDATED) The High Court itself had previously ruled that allowing criminals guilty of crimes involving moral turpitude to become state witnesses is arbitrary
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
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'
'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
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
(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.
The detained senator says Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo has shown ‘manifest bias, partiality, and hostility’ toward her
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Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde believes the 'bulk' of illegal drugs coming into the Philippines still comes from China
'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
'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
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
Senator Leila de Lima hits Muntinlupa Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo for a premature order upholding the qualification of drug convicts as witnesses
The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation
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 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
'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
There has to be intervention too, says Central Visayas police chief Debold Sinas, like rehabilitation and the provision of livelihood to reintegrated citizens
(UPDATED) The incarcerated senator Leila de Lima says: ‘Bring it on!’
Police say PO1 Rommil Barcellano resisted arrest and fired at those conducting the operation
'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
Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino says Olongapo City is the 'second most peaceful place in Region 3' based on police records
The lawyers of Peter Lim say their client has not communicated with them since drug charges were filed against him
(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.
Cops search two of drug suspect Peter Lim's houses in Cebu. He is nowhere to be found.
Naga City says President Rodrigo Duterte's statement calling them a 'hotbed of shabu' was 'uttered irresponsibly and without factual basis'
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
(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.
Lim and his lawyer are a no-show in the Makati RTC hearing