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P6 million worth of cocaine fished out of Basilan waters

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho of Mohammad Adjul believes a Chinese vessel passing through must have dropped the package

RECOVERED. Hadji Mohammad Adjul Mayor Ibrahim Ballaho (in white t-shirt), with (to his right) Basilan Police Director Lieutenant Colonel Rufino Inot and municipal chief of police Lieutenant Dennis Alam present to the media the package of cocaine recovered by local fishermen on September 23, 2019. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Cops discover marijuana laboratory in San Juan apartment

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The secret lab, which had potted marijuana plants, is at the 4th floor of a 5-story apartment building in Barangay Batis in San Juan City

SECRET LAB. Police found a secret lab with marijuana plants in an apartment building in San Juan City on September 19, 2019. Photo from Eastern Police District

Teenagers caught as marijuana couriers in Cordillera

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:01 AM

Cordillera police reports show 12 teenagers have been arrested for transporting cannabis since July

ILLEGAL. File photo of a marijuana. Shutterstock.com

Eleazar slams PDEA chief Aquino for 'rampant' shabu recycling claim

Sep 17, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar says the PNP leadership has continuously purged its ranks of bad eggs

METRO MANILA TOP COP. NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar takes exception to allegations of rampant illegal drug 'recycling' among the police. Photo from NCRPO PIO

PDEA says use of 'recycled drugs' vs suspects still 'rampant'

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

These drugs are used for 'all kinds of operations,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

RAMPANT. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino says illegal drug activites are still rampat. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Zambales cops find P80-M shabu in abandoned speedboat

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Police are still trying to determine the owner of the speedboat and the source of the illegal drugs

ABANDONED. This photo shows the abandoned speedboat that authorities saw along the shoreline in Palauig, Zambales. Photo from Zambales PNP

P6.8-M drugs seized from Pasig ‘shabu tiangge’ syndicate remnants

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Alleged Buratong syndicate members Jalal Salamoden and Sampiano Rason are killed in a shootout with Pasig police

CRIME SCENE. Two alleged members of the Buratong Drug Syndicate engage members of the NCRPO-Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (NCRPO-RDEU) in a gun fight during a sting operation at a gasoline station in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig City on Thursday midnight. Photo by Ben Nabong

Buy-busted: Former actress Angela Zamora arrested for shabu

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The former Star Magic teen actress, along with 4 others, were busted for shabu possession in Bacoor, Cavite

Customs seizes P1.4M worth of marijuana hidden in snack packs

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:16 AM

The Kush marijuana is hidden in tortilla chips packaging

KUSH MARIJUANA. Customs authorities intercept a parcel of Kush marijuana hidden inside tortilla chips packages. Photo from Shutterstock

Drug suspects arrested in buy busts inside Malacañang complex

Jun 21, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The tip comes from the Presidential Security Group about individuals selling shabu inside the Malacañang compound

File photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

DOJ summons Jacky Co over P1.8-B shabu shipment

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Justice has directed suspected Chinese drug lord Jacky Co and 16 others to respond to the criminal complaint filed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SEIZED. Authorities present to the media around 400 kilos of methamphetamine (shabu) worth P 1.8 billion seized at the Manila International Container Port on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PDEA files charges vs Jacky Co, 16 others over P1.8-B shabu shipment

May 31, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says the filing of charges 'will serve as a warning to those individuals, especially to government employees, who extend assistance in drug trafficking'

CHARGES FILED. The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on May 31, 2019, files charges before the Department of Justice against 17 people in connection with the P1.8-billion shabu shipment intercepted at the Manila International Container Port in March 2019. PDEA photo

Customs, PDEA failed to detect P1-B shabu in Manila port

May 30, 2019 - 4:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Documents show PDEA and BOC failed to flag a drug-packed January 2019 shipment. They put it up for auction in April, then found illegal drugs in it after 'raiding' its buyer in May.

DRUG SHIPMENT. Drugs worth P1 billion are not found by the PDEA and the BOC when they scanned a shipment of tapioca starch and aluminum pallets before placing them for auction. BOC photo

Chinese behind P1.8-B shabu escapes PH authorities via PAL, NAIA

May 30, 2019 - 11:52 AM

Blacklisted Chinese man Zhijian Xu, also known as Jacky Co, escapes through NAIA, baffling police chief-turned-senator Panfilo Lacson

SEIZED. Around 276 kilos of shabu worth P1.8 billion are seized by Customs and anti drug agents at Manila North Harbor in Manila on March 22, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P218 million worth of cocaine found floating off Sorsogon

May 28, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The haul adds to P2.8 billion worth of cocaine fished out of Philippine waters since 2009

MORE COCAINE. Fishermen found the illegal substances floating off Gubat town in Sorsogon. PNP photo

P1 billion worth of shabu seized in Malabon warehouse

May 24, 2019 - 7:33 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino believes the shabu came from Cambodia, and is managed by the notorious Golden Triangle drug syndicate

BIG HAUL. The PDEA and Bureau of Customs presents to the members of the media the 146 kilos of shabu worth P 1 billion seized at Goldwin Commercial Warehouse in Malabon City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Money for drugs, human trafficking coursed through PH banks – AMLC

May 23, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The Anti-Money Laundering Council finds 161,650 suspicious transactions totaling P17.9 trillion from 2013 to 2017. The amount was used to fund crimes like illegal drugs, human trafficking, and terrorism.

P8.5-M drugs seized in Shangri-La at the Fort

May 22, 2019 - 10:11 AM

Cops arrested a certain businessman named Domingo Uy Jr as the suspected owner of the illegal drugs

DRUG HAUL. Cops from the National Capital Region Police Office present the seized drugs and cash at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bonifacio Global City. NCRPO 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?

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

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

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

PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Nueva Ecija town mayor Bote not linked to drugs – DILG

Jul 04, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government says General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote is not in the infamous narco-list

AMBUSHED. General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote dies in an ambush on July 3, 2018. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TIMELINE: How P6.4-B worth of shabu was smuggled into PH from China

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Government agents seize the contraband in a warehouse in Valenzuela City 3 days after it left the Manila International Container Port

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NICANOR FAELDON. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon holds a press briefing at Bureau of Customs Office in Port Area, Manila on August 2, 2017. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler.

Senators see customs, Chinese 'connivance' in P6.4-B smuggled shabu

Aug 01, 2017 - 8:30 AM

It s clear customs people are involved says Minority Leader Franklin Drilon If 604 kilos of shabu got past the BOC this one time ilan pa ang nakalusot?

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Kung saan nagsimula ang digmaan kontra-droga

May 02, 2017 - 7:03 PM

EXKLUSIBO: Kilala ng mga kaanak ng mga natokhang kung sino ang bumaril sa mga anak nila – at nakahanda silang pangalanan siya

How Duterte's drug war has affected rich users

Apr 27, 2017 - 3:38 PM

While shabu the poor man s cocaine is now as expensive as P25 000 a gram the price of cocaine choice drug of the rich has remained the same at P7 000 per gram

ILLEGAL DRUGS. The NBI displays the packets of ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana seized from the suspects. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Where the drug war began

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:35 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Families of the Philippine drug war's dead claim they know the man who shot their children – and they're willing to speak his name

News Briefs: March 6, 2017

Mar 06, 2017 - 8:25 AM

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Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP