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'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

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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

Hapilon and Maute, war on drugs, Catalonia | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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Transport strike, Marawi updates, drug war and EJKs | Midday wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:03 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

Duterte OKs random drug testing of HS students – Briones

Oct 06, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the President wanted DepEd to look at drug abuse as a health problem and to treat the random drug test as a preventive measure

GO SIGNAL. President Rodrigo Duterte during the 19th Cabinet meeting at the Malacañang Palace on October 4. Photo by Karl Norman Alonzo/Presidential Photo

Employee says she collected ‘tara’ for Customs intel officers

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Customs' intelligence officers accuse the employee of transacting with Mark Taguba on her own

TARA? Former Customs Intelligence chief Neil Estrella (middle) and intelligence officer Joel Pinawin (right) deny ever receiving grease money from broker Taguba. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Solano, SWS Survey, Taiwan | Evening wRap

Sep 27, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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Taiwan denies Duterte claim it is a source of drugs

Sep 27, 2017 - 2:20 PM

'Taiwan has never been the source of illegal drugs entering the Philippines,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)

DRUG TRADE. President Rodrigo Duterte, in a speech at the 120th founding anniversary of the Department of Justice, says the Bamboo and 14K triads 'have taken over' the drug trade in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Duterte, Supreme Court, Illegal Drugs | Midday wRap

Sep 27, 2017 - 12:20 PM

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Duterte absolves China, blames Taiwan 'triad' for drugs

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:12 PM

'The Philippines today is a client state of the Bamboo triad,' President Rodrigo Duterte says, claiming the Taiwanese gang has 'taken over' the operations of the Chinese

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Sep 25, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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La Salle's Luistro: 'Matutulog pa ba uli kayo ngayong gabi?'

Sep 23, 2017 - 11:25 PM

'Ang bayang akala nila'y nahihimbing ay nagising na,' says De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law

NATION'S SLEEP. De La Salle Philippines President Armin Luistro speaks at the Manlaban para sa Karapatan concert rally at the Commission on Human Rights on September 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte's new matrix links Maute Group to drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says this could explain how the ISIS-inspired Maute Group sustains its operations in Marawi City

NEW MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte presents a new matrix that links the terrorist Maute Group to illegal drugs.

NBI raids house of Bacolod cop, seizes firearms, drugs

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

SPO1 Joshua Barile claims the confiscated firearms were evidence from police raids, while the packets of suspected shabu were allegedly planted

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

PDEA files complaint vs Faeldon, 11 others over smuggled shabu

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The respondents face a string of complaints, such as allegedly conspiring to import illegal drugs, protecting drug traffickers, and violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act

COMPLAINTS. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and several others face complaints over the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

ASEAN officials begin talks to battle terrorism, illegal drugs

Sep 18, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Other crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, and intellectual property theft are also on the agenda of the officials' meeting in the Philippines

ALL AGAINST CRIME. ASEAN senior officials join hands in a show of solidarity against transnational crime during the preparatory meeting for the 11th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC). ASEAN photo

The LP question: How to be 'non-traditional' opposition

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

'You can’t always oppose everything. You have to choose which are the ones that are going against the core interests of the party,' says the Liberal Party's vice president for external affairs

NON-TRADITIONAL OPPOSITION? 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of groups politicians from the opposition is launched on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DepEd on student drug testing: SC says it’s constitutional

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:43 PM

This matter has already been decided by the Supreme Court Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says in response to criticism against random drug testing on students

APPROVED BY SC. DepEd says the random drug testing of high school students is pursuant to the law.

DepEd to consult Cabinet on drug testing of high school students

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:35 PM

Education Assistant Secretary Nepomuceno Malaluan says they plan to push through with the random drug testing this school year despite concerns on how the results will be kept confidential

Koronadal businessman nabbed in anti-illegal drugs raid

Sep 11, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Ruel Balong Espinosa is allegedly a member of El Patron Drug Group in South Cotabato

CONFISCATED. Authorities in South Cotabato seize firearms from Ruel "Balong" Espinosa, a business man alleged to have links in the region's illegal drug ring. Photo from PDEA XII

In Cebu, cops turn to CHR, 'Project Pokemon' to keep drug war abuse-free

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Cebu City police chief Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 teachers soldiers and cops chosen as the Metrobank Foundation s Outstanding Filipinos for 2017

OUTSTANDING FILIPINO. Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 Filipinos to receive the prestigious award from the Metrobank Foundation. Photo from the Cebu City Police Office Facebook page

Robredo calls on PNP to prove killing not a state policy

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says people will continue asking questions if more and more drug suspects are killed in police operations

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Beyond Senate probes: The bond between 'Doroy' and Risa Hontiveros

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

You know me you know me personally your honor the PNP chief tells the senator whose late husband was his classmate in the PMA

'86 MISTAHS. Senator Risa Hontiveros and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa share a light moment before they officially took on their current posts. Photo from Risa Hontiveros' Twitter account

Makabayan bloc: Probe killing of Carl Angelo Arnaiz

Sep 05, 2017 - 12:02 PM

This is the progressive bloc s third House resolution calling for an investigation into killings in the drug war

JUSTICE FOR CARL. Arnaiz' mother and sister file a case against Caloocan police over the killing of the 19-year-old. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LP tells PNP: Show determination in chasing lawbreaking cops

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:44 PM

UPDATED The LP says the PNP’s credibility is in danger of sinking even deeper as it [faces] the risk of being perceived as no different from criminal syndicates

CALOOCAN, AGAIN? Caloocan cops claim Carl Arnaiz shot at cops. Rappler file photo

Trillanes says Duterte's verbal attack shows he's in panic

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:57 PM

Si President Duterte ay nagpa panic dahil malapit na mabunyag ang mga illegal na gawain ng kanilang pamilya says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

WORD WAR. The word war between President Rodrigo Duterte and his most vocal critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, continues. Senate file photo

High school drug tests: DepEd reviews procedure amid concerns

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED Lawmakers question how the education department can keep confidential the results of the mandatory random drug tests slated for September

STUDENTS' SAFETY. Lawmakers express concern over students' safety if chosen for the random drug test.

4 mayors, no projects in Albuera, Leyte in 2016 – COA

Aug 29, 2017 - 10:33 AM

Commission on Audit also flags Albuera s low spending on disaster risk reduction

Drilon expresses concern over Espenido reassignment to Iloilo

Aug 28, 2017 - 3:20 PM

But Lacson says he has known Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido as a focused diligent and upright man despite questions over the cop s track record

NEW POST. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte awards then-Ozamiz City police Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido for outstanding work against illegal drugs during the 116th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame in Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Albuera, Ozamiz's Espenido gets new assignment: Iloilo

Aug 28, 2017 - 10:33 AM

UPDATED Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido is also awarded the Magalong Medal Order of Lapu Lapu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu Magalong Medal to Ozamiz City Police Director Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido during the National Heroes Day Commemoration at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on August 28, 2017. Espenido was hailed for his successful anti-illegal drug operations in Ozamiz City. The President has then reassigned Espenido to Iloilo City. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

UN expert Agnes Callamard on Kian: 'Make his death the last'

Aug 26, 2017 - 7:19 PM

The UN special rapporteur on summary executions sends her condolences to the family of the slain teenager on the day of his burial

UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard listens to speakers as she attends the Drugs Issues, Different Perspectives: A Policy Forum at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City on May 5, 2017. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

ASEAN lawmakers: Free De Lima, end EJKs

Aug 25, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The group – composed of former and current parliament members – say Senator Leila de Lima was detained because she criticized President Duterte s war on drugs

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Peter Lim shows up at DOJ on prosecutor's orders

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:46 PM

UPDATED A lawyer says Peter Lim never met with Kerwin Espinosa or Marcelo Adorco

COMPELLED TO APPEAR. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim arrives at the DOJ on August 24, 2017 after a state prosecutor said a no-show would mean his right to file a counter-affidavit is waived. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

House opposition seeks EJK probe, PNP budget review

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Will the House leadership act on this one?

OPPOSITION. Members of the House opposition bloc try again to probe the rise in killings attributed to the war on drugs. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Drug testing of students ‘preventive, not punitive’ – Briones

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:07 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says every effort is going to be made to keep the results of the random drug test confidential

'PREVENTIVE, NOT PUNITIVE.' Education Secretary Leonor Briones defends the department's random drug testing of high school students. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte wants Customs 'revamped, revitalized'

Aug 22, 2017 - 12:44 PM

In due time I will ask for the neck of those involved says President Rodrigo Duterte of the multibillion peso shabu shipment smuggled from China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in an interview with the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) at the Malago Clubhouse, Malacañang Park in Manila on August 21, 2017, announces that he is searching for a competent secretary who will replace former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo. He added that he is looking for an official who has a genuine empathy for the poor and marginalized and is committed to addressing their plights. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

House silence over killings 'disturbing,' opposition says

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Opposition lawmakers call for a probe into the recent spike in drug war killings including the death of 17 year old student Kian Loyd delos Santos

DRUG WAR OUTRAGE. Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat calls on a probe into EJKs in drug war even if resolutions were ignored in the past. Rappler file photo

DOJ orders probe into 17-year-old student's death

Aug 19, 2017 - 5:08 PM

UPDATED The DOJ instructs the NBI to file appropriate charges if any over the killing of 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos in Caloocan City

CRIME SCENE. Kian's uncle Randy points to the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes is visible with Kian's blood splattered around it. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Robredo urges public to express outrage vs deadly drug raids

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Vice President says a culture of impunity should not exist: Hindi naman tayo ganyan eh Hindi naman tayo ito

Photo from Leni Robredo Media Bureau

Random drug testing for HS students, teachers starts September

Aug 15, 2017 - 6:29 PM

Hindi ito tokhang tokhang We’re doing this with an open mind We’re doing this as scientifically as possible says Education Secretary Leonor Briones as she guarantees the confidentiality of the results