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WATCH: Negros Oriental dance troupe in Sinulog 2020 pays tribute to slain farmers

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:16 AM

In a rare show of activism, the Pakol Festival perform a routine that showed the violence farmers experience in Negros Island

FARMERS. This performance pays tribute to farmers killed in Negros. Photo by Chang Euldan/Sinulog Foundation

Malacañang says 'standby fund' for Middle East evacuation not needed

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Duterte did not follow through with his request for Congress to hold a special session on the Middle East as tension in the region has so far de-escalted

MANDATORY EVACUATION. The Baghdad International Airport, in a file photo taken April 30, 2019. The Philippine government ordered mandatory evacuation for its citizens in Iraq on January 8, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

Police identify man who was skinned and killed in northern Cebu

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:55 PM

Police are pursuing the angle that the suspects are involved in drugs and believed Corbo was a drug informant

Dead body skinned from neck up found in northern Cebu

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:06 PM

(UPDATED) 

This is the 3rd person killed in Cebu this year who was skinned to the bone over the past 12 months

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

Photo from Wikicommons

Iran crisis sparks fear over Middle East oil supplies

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Traders fear Iran could seek to block the Strait of Hormuz, which links up the Middle East's oil producers with markets in Asia, Europe, and North America

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019 an oil tanker is docked at the port of Ras al-Khair, about 185 kilometres north of Dammam in Saudi Arabia's eastern province overlooking the Gulf. - The growing Iran crisis has sparked supply worries over the Strait of Hormuz -- a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global oil -- and also over Iraq's output, analysts say. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

[OPINION] Running to stand still: On U2 fans and the war on drugs

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Don't U2 fans who support the drug war know that many of U2’s socio-political songs espouse empathy, mercy, and compassion?

U.S. embassy in PH issues security alert following rising tension in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The United States Embassy says heightened tension in the Middle East may bring security risks to Americans living abroad

US EMBASSY. The US Embassy in the Philippines advises Americans in the country to keep a low profile amid rising tensions in the Middle East. File photo by AFP

2020 with a big bang: This week's outlook

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What’s at stake and what can we expect this week in the aftermath of the assassination of the general who had shaped the battlefield in the Middle East and helped direct Assad’s war in Syria?

Duterte creates body to craft evacuation plan for OFWs in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a former special envoy to the Middle East, is set to fly to the region to meet with officials of countries hosting Filipino workers

EVACAUTION PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte orders select Cabinet secretaries to draft plans to evacuate Filipinos from the Middle East. Malacañang photo

Duterte wants 'standby fund' for Filipinos' evacuation from Middle East

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'We do not know what would be the end result of that crisis.... Kinakabahan ako,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after signing into law the General Appropriations Act on January 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Iran vows revenge after U.S. kills top general in Baghdad strike

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly vows 'severe revenge' for Qasem Soleimani's death, the biggest escalation yet in a feared proxy war between Iran and the US on Iraqi soil

REVENGE. A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO/IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S OFFICE

How the world is reacting to U.S. killing of top Iran general

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The assassination is praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans but elsewhere there are warnings it could inflame regional tensions

WORLD REACTS. A mock US flag is painted on the ground for cars to drive on in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020, following news of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

What we know so far: Proposed U.S. sanctions vs PH officials in drug war

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Answers to 4 questions to get you up to speed on 2 proposed measures to bar Philippine officials from entering the United States and freezing their assets there

DRUG WAR. Police officials investigate the crime scene of a buy-bust operation. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Hang me': Duterte vows to never answer Int'l Criminal Court

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:28 PM

As the possibility of trial at the International Criminal Court draws nearer, President Duterte insists only Filipinos can judge him for crimes linked to the drug war

UNCOOPERATIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte once again vows never to cooperate with foreign probes into his war on drugs. Malacañang photo

Simbang Gabi in Cebu: ‘Why are killings okay?’

Dec 21, 2019 - 8:36 AM

'If you don’t believe in human rights, you might as well not celebrate Christmas,' Father Ramon Echica tells churchgoers on the 6th day of Simbang Gabi

KILLINGS. Cebu City has seen a rise in killings since 2018. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Police order crackdown vs illegal firearms in Negros Oriental

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The order is prompted by the killing of a barangay captain and a teenager in Bayawan City by unidentified assailants who used an unregistered gun

UNREGISTERED GUNS. Police display unregistered firearms confiscated in November 2019. Photo from Police Regional Office 7's Facebook page

'Zebianna' lyric video is top music video for YouTube PH in 2019

Dec 14, 2019 - 7:27 PM

BLACKPINK's 'Kill This Love' and a live performance of 'Pauwi Nako' trail 'Zebianna'

YOUR LSS. The lyric video for 'Zebbiana' is tops the music category for YouTube Philippines. Image from Skusta Clee's Instagram

Marikina cop accused of murder, planting evidence in ‘EJK’ case

Dec 09, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Corporal Herjonner Soller is sacked as an intelligence operative of the Marikina City Police unit and is placed in a holding unit, putting him on 'floating status'

PROTEST. Friends and family troop to the Marikina Hall of Justice to wish for the conviction of Corporal Herjonner Soller. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Indian police investigated over killings of rape suspects

Dec 07, 2019 - 4:08 PM

News of the investigation comes as the country reels after the death of a woman who had been set on fire on her way to a sexual assault hearing

Police personnel stand next to the body of a man at the site where Police officers shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects in Shadnagar, some 55 kilometres (34 miles) from Hyderabad, on December 6, 2019. - Indian police on December 6 shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects as they were re-enacting their alleged crime, prompting celebrations but also accusations of extrajudicial killings. The men, who had been in custody for a week over the latest gruesome case of violence against women to shock India, were shot in the early morning as they tried to escape during the staged re-enactment in Hyderabad, police said. (Photo by STR / AFP)

Indian police kill rape-murder suspects, sparking celebrations

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:04 AM

The men, who had been in custody for a week over the latest rape case to shock India, are shot in the early hours during a re-enactment of the crime organized by police in Shadnagar

INDIA'S POLICE. Police personnel stand next to the body of a man at the site where police officers shot dead 4 detained gang-rape and murder suspects in Shadnagar, on December 6, 2019. Photo by AFP

EPD deletes its own Viber message about killing of man in Pasig

Dec 04, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Before it was deleted, members of the media save the post on the chat group which reported about unidentified men killing a certain Rommel Feliciano

In cold blood: This week's outlook

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:45 AM

It's been 10 years since the gruesome Maguindanao massacre. What makes warlords like the Ampatuans survive the ravages of time?

9 years on, justice still elusive for slain botanist Leonard Co

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:08 PM

'Parang napakahirap kuhanin ng justice sa Pilipinas kahit na may witness at proof kami,' says Leonard Co's daughter Linnaea

Cop tagged in Dumaguete broadcaster's slay surrenders

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police Corporal Roger Rubio is the suspected gunman in the killing of radio blocktimer Dindo Generoso

SUSPECT. Police officer Roger Rubio, a suspect in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso, is presented to the media. Screengrab from PCOO

Indonesian palm oil exec arrested over journalist killings

Nov 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Indonesian police arrest businessman Wibharry Padmoasmolo as the suspected mastermind in the killing of two journalists in North Sumatra

SUSPECTS. This picture taken on November 8, 2019 shows Indonesian local police chief inspector general Agus Adrianto (left) asking a question to suspect in the killing of  journalists in Medan, North Sumatra. Photo by Dedi Hermawan/AFP

2 suspects in killing of Dumaguete radio broadcaster arrested

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:52 AM

Police identify inactive police officer Glenn Corsame and a Teddy Reyes Salaw as suspects in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso

SUSPECTS ARRESTED. 2 suspects are arrested in connection with the killing of radio announcer Dindo Generoso. Photo from Generoso's Facebook page

DILG's new anti-drug info system excludes data on killings

Nov 07, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The Anti-Illegal Drugs Information System aims to address 'disinformation' in the international community, but will not include data on drug war killings

EXCLUDED. A new information system containing consolidated figures of the anti-illegal drug campaign has been given a soft launch, but has excluded data on the killings made during anti-drug operations. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

The Philippines, a killing field

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Duterte’s kill mentality has emboldened every angry person with a gun

Radio broadcaster shot dead in Dumaguete City

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Radio announcer Dindo Generoso is shot dead on his way to work in Dumaguete City

Moshing for farmer’s lives

Nov 05, 2019 - 8:39 PM

'Galit na galit na ang mga patay!' Ourselves the Elves vocalist Alyana Cabral screams. The crowd riles back

'Putang ina, pulis ka' is recurring phrase of suspects in TokHang reports

Oct 23, 2019 - 5:42 PM

In one police report, 3 suspects allegedly point their guns at one cop, but the cop, by himself, manages to kill all 3. It is movie-like fiction, says the Free Legal Assistance Group.

OPLAN TOKHANG. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

TokHang documents prove drug war caused cops to kill suspects – FLAG

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:04 PM

'Police operatives were already conditioned by these information reports not only to arrest suspects but to neutralize them,' the Free Legal Assistance Group tells the Supreme Court

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FALSE: '95 countries in UN review believe there are no EJKs in PH'

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The claim is a misquoted statement from a 2017 Philippine News Agency report that was revised and later taken down

As Marikina ‘EJK’ victim is buried, his community braces for war

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Kim Lester Ramos is laid to rest on Sunday, October 13, followed by a motorcade calling for justice. His neighbors know he is innocent. They are prepared to fight back.

BURIED. Kim Lester Ramos, an alleged victim of extrajudicial killing in Marikina, is brought to his final resting place at the Cainta Public Cemetery after a mass held at the basketball court in Sta.Elena in Marikina where the family blessed and said their final goodbye to the teen who was gunned down by a cop. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Victim plays dead: In Marikina, a new case of ‘extrajudicial killing’

Oct 12, 2019 - 10:49 AM

A cop kills a construction worker in a Marikina subdivision. Police say he tried to snatch the cop's gun. A witness says he was murdered, shot point-blank at the back of his head.

NEW EJK? Kim Lester Ramos, a victim of extrajudicial killings in Marikina, lays in a court near their home in Marikina. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Macron vows 'unrelenting fight' against Islamist terror after police killings

Oct 08, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Reports say that a USB key containing details on dozens of Mickael Harpon's police colleagues has been found among his possessions

MACRON. French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a ceremony at The Prefecture de Police de Paris (Paris Police Headquarters) in Paris on October 8, 2019, held to pay respects to the victims of an attack at the prefecture on October 4, 2019. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Brother gets life for 'honor killing' of Pakistan social media star

Sep 27, 2019 - 4:48 PM

Qandeel Baloch, who shot to fame for her risque selfies – tame by Western standards, but considered provocative in deeply misogynistic Pakistan – was strangled in July 2016

Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch. Photo from Baloch's official page on Facebook

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

[OPINION] Ang magsasaka: Salamin ng kasipagan – at ng kahirapan

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Kung tatamad-tamad ka raw ay baka mahuli at maghirap ka. Paano naman ang ating mga magsasaka?

BP Valenzuela, BLKD + Calix, more artists to perform in gig for victims of Negros killings

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Discussions will be held between performances, to help raise awareness among the youth

SA NGALAN NG TUBO. The event brings together local artists who are playing for the benefit of the victims of the Negros killings. Photo from the event's Facebook page

MAP Negros killings since July 2016

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Many reports say that the methods of killings usually involve gunmen barging into homes, riding-in-tandem shooting at close range, and masked men trailing people

Central Visayas police chief wants 2,000 more cops for Negros Oriental

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas tells a Senate panel that he first made this suggestion to Malacañang when he was asked for proposals to stem the killings in the province

MORE POLICE. Brigadier General Debold Sinas asks for additional Philippine National Police personnel to be assigned in Negros Oriental after a spate of killings in the province. Rappler file photo

Dela Rosa, Hontiveros demand 'serious' probe into Negros vigilante group

Aug 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros says the death of 5 of the 15 people in vigilante group Kagubak's hit list 'confirms that the hit list is real'

PROBE CALLED. Senator Ronald dela Rosa is alarmed about a kill list allegedly used by an alleged anti-communist group. File photo by Angie De Silva

Negros Oriental bloodshed: State-sponsored or insurgency-related?

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:58 AM

The 4 Catholic bishops in Negros Island have ordered all parishes to toll the church bells at 8 every evening, until the killings stop

Senate hearing on Negros killings

Aug 27, 2019 - 10:02 AM

In a span of 10 days in July, the island saw 21 people dead at the hands of gunmen. Watch the start of the Senate probe live on Rappler on August 26.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Tantanan ang kabataan

Aug 26, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Stop these brazen attempts to control the minds of the youth – and control the future

TIMELINE: Killings in Negros

Aug 24, 2019 - 9:51 PM

In just 10 days in the month of July, 21 people are killed in Negros. Police have yet to determine motives for the killings.

STOP THE KILLINGS. A human chain and candlelight protest is staged by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Mexican environmentalist stabbed to death

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Nora Lopez, whose work was focused on protecting the scarlet macaw, is found dead with multiple stab wounds at a hostel

4 of 11 Negros Oriental killings ‘solved’ – Albayalde

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:03 PM

A special task force is being formed to monitor the investigation of other killings in Negros Oriental

KILLINGS. Lawyer Anthony Trinidad is among dozens killed in Negros Oriental in July. Photo from Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office