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Where are the Chinese middlemen in the P6.4B shabu case?

May 23, 2018 - 5:08 PM

It has been 4 months since arrest warrants were issued against the Chinese, and none of them have been caught yet

SHABU SHIPMENT. Chinese businessmen Richard Chen/Tan (left) and Kenneth Dong (right) are still at large four months since their arrest warrants were issued. Photo of Richard Chen/Tan by Joseph Vidal/PRIB and photo of Kenneth Dong by Rappler

Jaybee Sebastian will plead guilty in De Lima drug trade case – DOJ

May 18, 2018 - 11:33 AM

This follows the DOJ's dismissal of charges against Rafael Ragos to make him state witness against De Lima

High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison.

Albayalde admits re-election of barangay bets casts doubt on PDEA drug list

May 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

'It's probably, first, the voters don't believe the list, or maybe the allegations against these officials are not true,' says the PNP chief

DRUG LIST WRONG? PNP chief Albayalde says the PDEA drug list needs further validation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo’s SALN, Ombudsman application, Facebook closes fake accounts | Evening wRap

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Pampanga cop nabbed in drug buy-bust

May 12, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Police Officer 1 Kevin Pierre Apostol is arrested with two others during an anti-illegal drugs operation conducted by members of the Mabalacat City Police in Barangay Dau

'Around 25' BuCor personnel in Duterte drug list – Dela Rosa

May 11, 2018 - 5:55 PM

'Actually meron kaming mga Bucor personnel na kasama don sa drug watchlist ni presidente, so hinahanap natin yung mga tao na 'yan,' says BuCor chief Dela Rosa

NEW BUCOR CHIEF. Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to Rappler on his plans as Bucor chief. Photo by Angie dela Rosa/Rappler

First of 207: PDEA files drug charges vs captain in barangay drug list

May 11, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The PDEA accuses Barangay Captain Alvin Mañalac of Tinajeros, Malabon of failing to report a drug den and submitting incomplete drug watch lists

FIRST CASE. The PDEA presents its first case against an official in its controversial drug list. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to ‘Tokhang’ barangay officials in PDEA drug list

May 10, 2018 - 5:41 PM

The call for the barangay officials' surrender and rehabilitation comes amid possible oversights in PDEA's intelligence work

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Tarlac LTO chief nabbed for possession of illegal drugs, explosives

May 10, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Rogel Yambao, Land Transportation Office-Tarlac OIC, is a high-value target, says the Police Regional Office 3

ARRESTED. Mugshots of Rogel Yambao, Land Transportation Office (LTO) Tarlac District Office OIC, are taken at the Police Regional Office 3. Photo from PRO3 Public Information Office

PNP wants due process for officials in PDEA drug list

May 07, 2018 - 12:35 PM

'While we support the release of the drug watch list, we should also give at least due process sa mga tao na ito,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

DUE PROCESS. Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] PDEA’s release of barangay drug list unconstitutional

May 05, 2018 - 9:03 AM

It is also considered electioneering and a partisan political activity because it is ‘an act designed to promote the…defeat of a particular candidate or candidates to a public office’

PDEA drug list includes councilor shot dead in 2017

May 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Barangay councilor Lauro Vicencio has been dead for over a year already and was not part of the local police's drug watchlist

League of Barangays tells PDEA to file cases if drug list 'verified'

May 01, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'If there are no evidence yet sufficient even for the filing of cases, releasing names of barangay officials may result in constitutional and legal challenges,' says league president Edmund Abesamis

'VALIDATED'. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino insists that the drugs list is accurate despite a current lack of evidence to win convictions before courts. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: Problematic barangays, local areas in PDEA's drug list

May 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

In their own categories, Bicol region, Albay province, Manila City, Guinobatan town, and Barangay Centro Oriental in Polangui have the most drug-linked barangay officials

NARCO-LIST. The PDEA releases 207 names of barangay officials they claim to be involved in the illegal drugs business

What gov't key witness says about alleged Lim-Espinosa-Co drug network

May 01, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Adorco says he and his ‘boss’ Kerwin Espinosa once met Peter Co inside a hospital in Manila to talk about a drug transaction. Co is a convicted drug lord serving a life sentence in Bilibid.

WITNESS. Marcelo Adorco, the police's lone witness so far, executes a fourth affidavit to correct some inconsistencies. File photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

2002 House report proves Peter Lim lied over drug links – gov't lawyers

Apr 30, 2018 - 5:54 PM

The committee report from 2002 recommended that Lim be prosecuted for perjury for lying about his links to a certain Ben Go

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

PDEA names hundreds of barangay officials linked to drugs

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:54 AM

The PDEA admits, however, they don't hold enough evidence to prove their public allegations before the courts – at least not yet

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino led the release of the barangay drug list at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Davao City introduces illegal drugs module for schools

Apr 30, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council says the module, introduced in partnership with the Department of Education, will be used in public and private schools

CA affirms life imprisonment for Filipino-Chinese over shabu lab

Apr 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the petition of Lawrence Yu, who was convicted of drug manufacturing and possession in 2011

P20-M worth of shabu seized in Makati, Manila

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says authorities nabbed the suspects on Friday afternoon, April 27, following a tip from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration

SEIZED. Two of the packets of shabu nabbed from suspects Antonio Lobiano Baguinbin and Gundelina David on April 27, 2018. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Theater therapy for widows, orphans of Duterte drug campaign

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The participants in the workshop are asked to narrate how their loved ones were killed over and over again until they can tell their stories without stuttering or wailing

HEALING. Mariana (left) and Ellah hold each other as they perform their roles in the stage play about the drug war at Lasalle Greenhills, Mandaluyong City.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Peter Lim camp cries foul over lack of due process

Apr 12, 2018 - 3:47 PM

With an assistant solicitor general as lead counsel, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group promises to bring in additional witnesses and evidence against the alleged drug lord

Duterte gov't tally: At least 4,000 suspects killed in drug war

Apr 05, 2018 - 7:44 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency counts 4,075 drug suspects slain by authorities since the Duterte administration launched its ambitious campaign to eradicate illegal drugs in the Philippines

DRUG WAR DEATH. The blood of a summarily executed unidentified man flowing past the yellow line. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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

Dela Rosa on Mandaluyong cops, Tropical Depression Agaton, marijuana in California | Evening wRap

Jan 02, 2018 - 9:55 PM

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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

Martial law in Mindanao, PDEA’s war on drugs, NBA updates | Evening wRap

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

War on drugs, martial law in Mindanao, Reuters journalists | Evening wRap

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 YouTube.com/GMANETWORK

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