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Cayetano, CHR, Curry | Midday wRap

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

Photos by Rappler

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

NBI arrests 'middleman' in shabu smuggling for rape

Aug 15, 2017 - 3:03 PM

UPDATED NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin says Kenneth Dong was brought straight to the NBI following his arrest at the Senate where he testified at a hearing on shabu smuggled from China

ACQUAINTANCE. Kenneth Dong, the alleged middleman in the P6.4-billion smuggled shabu from China, denies close links to Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte. Screenshot

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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Aug 14, 2017 - 11:59 AM

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Peter Lim snubs DOJ probe

Aug 14, 2017 - 11:23 AM

He s not that person he has always denied it Lim s lawyer says of the businessman being linked to the drug trade

NO SHOW. Peter Lim sends his lawyer Magilyn Loja to the preliminary investigation into accusations against him for drug trade and conspiracy at the Department of Justice on August 14, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

#AnimatED: Bilyunang shabu ang nakapuslit, Presidente ay di galit?

Aug 14, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Nagugulumihanan tayo na malamig ang ulo niya sa hepe ng ahensiyang naisahan ng drug smugglers

Iran parliament softens drug death penalty laws

Aug 13, 2017 - 10:11 PM

The bill raises the amount of illegal drugs that can trigger the death penalty

Heart attack reason why Faeldon skipped House, Senate hearings

Aug 10, 2017 - 11:00 PM

Embattled Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has skipped several hearings because of his health issues

UNDER FIRE. BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon attends a Senate inquiry into billions worth of shabu that made it past the bureau. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Aug 08, 2017 - 12:30 PM

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Aug 07, 2017 - 8:57 PM

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Dalawang mukha ng giyera kontra-droga, sa mata ng media

Aug 06, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Nariyan ang mukha ng gobyerno na layong puksain ang iligal na droga at nariyan din ang epekto ng kampanyang ito sa mga biktima at mga pamilya nila

'PIETA.' A woman hugs her husband who was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. All photos courtesy of UP associate professor Romulo Baquiran Jr

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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.

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Aug 04, 2017 - 1:28 PM

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Legislators grill Faeldon, Customs on 3rd consecutive day

Aug 03, 2017 - 11:24 AM

Legislators – this time during a House ways and means committee hearing – continue grilling Customs officials over how billions of shabu made it past the bureau

3RD DAY. BOC Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon answers questions from legislators during a ways and means hearing at the House of Representatives on Wednesday, August 2. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte to be 'fair' when deciding Faeldon's fate

Aug 02, 2017 - 8:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he wants to read the final report on the shabu shipment from China before deciding whether or not to fire Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon

Robredo trusts gov't to thoroughly probe Parojinog slay

Aug 02, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the deaths bring into question the method used in the police raid in Ozamiz City

Vice President Leni Robredo visits the poor community of Navotas City for Metro Laylayan on August 2, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Subpoena served on alleged drug lord Peter Lim in Cebu

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being one of the biggest drug traders alias Jaguar is ordered to appear at the justice department in two weeks

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Aug 01, 2017 - 12:54 PM

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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

Opium of the people in Marawi

Jul 29, 2017 - 7:30 PM

In this day and age extremism religious or otherwise has become the new opium of the people an addiction to the promise of paradise and its ultimate high is the assurance of going to heaven as a reward for martyrdom

Comprehensive or lacking? Lawmakers weigh in on Duterte's SONA

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Legislators wonder why President Rodrigo Duterte who won the 2016 elections on the promise of change left out key pledges in his second State of the Nation Address

WAS IT ENOUGH? President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his second State of the Nation Address. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP