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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

Pangilinan refiles bills seeking to speed up murder investigations

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The senator says the proposed bills seeking mandatory autopsies on crime victims and crematories' compulsory collection of biological specimen will 'help solve cases swiftly and efficiently'

FOR JUSTICE. Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for mandatory autopsy, collection of biological specimen anew. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: Government intends to 'protect human life' with drug war

Aug 10, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The House Speaker says that drug war casualties are those who want to kill law enforcement officers or avoid criminal prosecution

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Artists raise funds for victims of the drug war in 'KOLAborasyon'

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:32 PM

BLKD x Calix are among the performers, with art by Ang Gerilya, Rob Cham, and Darlingkink on auction

Image courtesy of Gabi Na Naman Productions

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Outside the PDEA's count, rights groups estimate the drug war to have claimed as much as 27,000 lives, including the victims of vigilante-style killings

DEATHS CONTINUE. Families of victims of extraudicial 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

De Lima: Rising deaths of children in drug war makes U.N. probe 'more urgent'

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. A relative of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina holds her portait at her funeral mass in Rizal province on July 9, 2019. She was killed in a drug operation that targeted her father. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Not yet final: Imee Marcos says UNHRC resolution can 'still be withdrawn'

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

Rappler investigative story on drug war finalist in 2019 Global Shining Light Awards

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Rappler's 6-month investigation shows strong indications that the police were outsourcing extrajudicial killings to the Confederate Sentinels Group, a group of force multipliers they had also accused of murder

Families urge U.N. rights council to act vs PH drug war killings

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Rubylin Litao of Rise UP says international support can help stem violence in the Philippines

Families of victims of extraudicial 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

Abra town councilor shot dead on first day of work

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Pilar town Councilor Amante Doral Sr had just attended a flag ceremony when he was attacked, say police

CRIME SCENE. A barangay councilor is shot dead in PIlar, Abra.

Korean travel writer found dead in Antipolo

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rizal police identify the victim as 59-year-old Joo Yeong-wook, who arrived in the country on June 14

CRIME SCENE. Police seal off a crime scene following an anti-drug operation. File photo by Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Hounds at the door

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If the cumulative death count to date is 5,000, that means the killings have slowed to 1,000 in the past year and a half. But does that mean the government will now allow itself to be investigated?

U.N.'s Callamard: 'We must go on offensive' vs EJKs, attacks on free speech

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'All of us, we must all understand that we must go on the offensive and we must disrupt what’s happening,' says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Foreign delegation probing lawyer killings in PH claims heavy surveillance

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Both the police and the military snub the international delegation of lawyers who managed to secure interviews with prosecutors and judges

SURVEYED. The 9-man international delegation of lawyers who visited the Philippines to investigate 37 cases of lawyer killings claim heavy surveillance during their stay. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Policemen, the foreign lawyers say, are not conducting initial investigations, and prosecutors are left to wait for police reports that do not come

LAWYER KILLINGS. An international delegation of lawyers finds that here is no sufficient and effective investigation into the killings of lawyers, prosecutors and judges in the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Tao Po: Juana Change knocks on hearts for EJK victims

Mar 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Mae Paner brings 'Tao Po' to Baguio and is attended by National artists Kidlat Tahimik and Bencab

Baguio-based National artists BenCab and Kidlat Tahimik together with University of the Cordilleras president Ray Dean Salvosa led the signing of Manifesto of Artists for Human Rights declaring to use art as tool to uphold truth and human dignity for all at all times.

Senate bets push for body cams, anti-EJK law to stop killings

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

'Hanggang nandiyan si President Duterte, hindi matatapos ang patayan sa Pilipinas,' says opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano

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

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Finally, EJKs defined

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A new law, RA 11188, now defines extrajudicial killings – a significant step forward in providing justice to many victims

New law includes new definition of EJKs

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:32 PM

In the new law protecting children in armed conflict, extrajudicial killings are committed by 'state actors' and cover any violation to the right of life as embodied by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

League of Filipino Students gather at the steps of Palma Hall on August 11 as part of a nationwide “Day of Action” against the spate of extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte governments' war on illegal drugs.

Bacolod cop shot dead in broad daylight

Jan 26, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'There are derogatory reports about him on illegal drugs but we're still validating it,' says the investigator

SHOT DEAD.  Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado of Bacolod Police Station 6 is shot dead by two unidentified assailants 8am of January 26, 2019.

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines

Local court dismisses murder raps vs Negros Occidental solon

Nov 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Bacolod City Regional Trial Court Branch 44 Judge Ana Celeste Bernad says there is no single incident that would implicate Melecio Yap Jr and his co-accused, Gregory Tuayon, in the murder of Eric Matugas

MELECIO YAP JR. Image from http://www.congress.gov.ph

[OPINION] The people lost another good defender

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Atty Ben committed his life to building the resources and infrastructure necessary to empower farmers. He believed in farmers.

PEOPLE'S LAWYER. Lawyer Benjamin Ramos defended farmers, peasants, and the marginalized. Photo from MASIPAG

Iba residents fear 3 missing men latest victims of EJK

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Three months ago, the bodies of three men who were also reported missing here were dumped in a shallow grave

Roque: Duterte didn't admit to anything because no such crime as EJK

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

PH 'salvaging' self through drug war, Cayetano tells U.N.

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:58 AM

At the United Nations, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says that if given a choice, the Philippines will protect law-abiding citizens instead of criminals

DEFENDING THE DRUG WAR. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly on September 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of UN News

Duterte 'not serious' about EJK remark – Roque

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'I don’t think the context there was literal,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, rehashing his previous explanations of President Rodrigo Duterte's past controversial statements

EXPLAINING DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque explains President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks. RTVM screenshot

Duterte says his only 'sin' is extrajudicial killings

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is known for giving conflicting statements on his involvement in death squads and summary killings. How will Malacañang explain his latest remark?

Body of the unidentified person carried away from the crime scene. 11/29/2016.

Support for families of drug war victims crucial in 'long process' for justice

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases

'Political, personal repercussions' may await gov't officials linked to drug war

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:15 PM

These repercussions could include restricted travel and frozen assets, says international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza

Activist priest recounts 'close call' with death squad

Aug 27, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Father Amado Picardal has spent his life documenting Davao Death Squad killings. He sees himself as the target of the notorious group.

"Running priest" Robert Reyes holds Father Picardal and lay person Chito Generoso before he sends them off to their 1500-kilometer bike trip.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Kian memorial is for all EJK victims, too

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:44 PM

A memorial marker for slain 17-year-old student Kian Loyd delos Santos is unveiled in Caloocan City a year after his death

FIRST ANNIVERSARY. A commemorative marker remembers the death of Kian delos Santos, the 17-year-old killed by police in 2017 during an anti-drug operation. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte asks God: Let EJK victims go to heaven

Aug 03, 2018 - 6:25 PM

'You enjoy your human rights there in heaven,' says President Rodrigo Duterte as he opens Mindanao's biggest drug rehabilitation center

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Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan shot dead

Jul 07, 2018 - 4:43 PM

(4th UPDATE) Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan is the 5th vice mayor killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office

INVESTIGATION. Members of Scene of the Crime Operatives investigate the Toyota Hilux where Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan of Trece Martires, Cavite, was shot dead on Saturday, July 7 in front of the Korean Hospital on Indang Road, Barangay Luciano in Trece Martires. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Jul 04, 2018 - 1:44 PM

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At least 33 killed daily in the Philippines since Duterte assumed office

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine National Police records 23,518 homicide cases under investigation (HCUI) since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office

Cardinal Tagle hits 'fake freedom' on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 2:33 PM

'Huwad ang kalayaan kapag pinaglalaruan ang katarungan,' says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on the 120th Independence Day

INDEPENDENCE DAY. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle criticizes 'fake freedom' brought about by injustices, in his Independence Day message for 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Gary Alejano: Duterte can't do to ICC what he does to CHR, SC, Ombudsman

Feb 26, 2018 - 2:43 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration have no control over the International Criminal Court, Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says

Duterte 'plunged' PH into worst human rights crisis post-Martial Law – HRW

Jan 18, 2018 - 6:21 PM

'The administration [of President Rodrigo Duterte] has widened its war on drugs to include critics and political foes,' the New York-based human rights organization says

Sereno casts doubt on PNP's 'presumption of regularity' defense

Nov 21, 2017 - 9:33 PM

CenterLaw's Joel Butuyan says that as soon as police kill a suspect, they are also subject to legal scrutiny, putting the presumption of regularity into question

Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno leads other justices in deliberating the constitutionality of Duterte's drug war during the start of the oral argument at the Supreme Court in Manila on November 21, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jacinda Ardern forges stronger NZ-PH ties on first Manila visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 2:26 PM

The first Philippine visit of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yields 3 bilateral agreements with the host country

FIRST PHILIPPINE VISIT. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte on the final day of the ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings on november 14, 2017. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photo

NZ’s Ardern: PH drug war deaths 'require investigation'

Nov 14, 2017 - 4:17 PM

'Our view is that the number of deaths certainly requires investigation and oversight at the very least,' says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

FIRST VISIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern prior to the start of the ASEAN gala dinner on November 12, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Malacañang

PH ranks 5th worst country in unsolved media killings

Nov 01, 2017 - 1:04 PM

While President Rodrigo Duterte created a task force to probe media killings, it has so far failed to hold accountable the people responsible for violence against journalists in the Philippines, the CPJ report says

Taking PNP out of drug war won't stop international pressure – HRW

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Human Rights Watch says the fight will not end 'until there is justice and accountability for the thousands of victims' of President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs

Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Philippines police officers who want to speak out about "extrajudicial killings and summary executions" in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war have been offered sanctuary and legal help by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, has been one of the leading critics of the drug war and its offer to police on Monday was another step in its efforts to stop the killings. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

PNP probes ineffective, inefficient 'EJK' police investigators

Oct 09, 2017 - 11:45 AM

The PNP probes its own investigators to find out if they have been looking into the rise in deaths since the declaration of the drug war

INEFFECTIVE? 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

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