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Gary Valenciano: PDEA's call to ban 'Amatz' may set limits on free expression

May 27, 2019 - 4:33 PM

'Once you start limiting what people can say in a song, what’s to stop anybody from limiting (how they) express themselves in other ways,' Valenciano says

Photo by Alexa Villano/Rappler

PDEA chief to Shanti Dope: Make music 'aligned with war on drugs'

May 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

But the former police general stands by his earlier call. 'Freedom of expression is limited. It's not absolute,' he says.

Filipino artists tell PDEA: 'Crack down on drug lords, not songs'

May 24, 2019 - 9:33 PM

'It is not PDEA’s job to be a music critic,' says the Concerned Artists of the Philippines

SHANTI DOPE. The rapper's song 'Amatz' has come under fire with the PDEA, after the government agency said it promotes marijuana use. Screenshot from YouTube.com/UniversalRecPH

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

Shanti Dope's management slams PDEA over move to ban 'Amatz': 'Brazen use of power'

May 23, 2019 - 9:35 PM

'This is a brazen use of power, and an affront to our right to think, write, create, and talk freely about the state of the nation'

Finding Acierto

May 06, 2019 - 8:07 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran anti-drug operator Eduardo 'Jojo' Acierto hides from a government that's out to get him. What drives him?

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

Over 13,000 drug suspects convicted in 2018 – PDEA

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:05 PM

For every 10 drug suspects captured in 2018, only 3 have been convicted. The 7 remaining are either already acquitted or still undergoing prosecution.

MORE CONVICTIONS. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Over 7,000 transpo workers get drug test for PDEA's Oplan Huli Week

Apr 16, 2019 - 6:40 PM

There are 36 bus drivers, 17 conductors, and one dispatcher who test positive for shabu

DRUG TEST. The PDEA conducts a surprise drug test in transportation terminals for Holy Week 2019. PDEA photo

PDEA chief Aquino: We're still investigating Michael Yang

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:20 PM

'Until now, my regional directors are still gathering data about Michael Yang,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court works with PDEA to probe judges' alleged drug links

Apr 02, 2019 - 3:30 PM

This is a slight departure from the response of former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who said the drug list makes judges 'vulnerable and veritable targets'

NARCO LIST VS JUDGES. The Supreme Court said on April 2, 2019, that it will investigate the alleged involvement of judges in the drug trade. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

P1.8B worth of shabu intercepted at Manila port

Mar 22, 2019 - 11:14 PM

(UPDATED) The 276 kilos of drugs are hidden in a 40-foot container van that was declared to contain plastic resin

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

P1.1-B worth of shabu seized in Ayala Alabang buy-busts

Mar 20, 2019 - 7:33 AM

(UPDATED) PDEA and police arrest Chinese suspects in separate operations at the Alabang Town Center parking lot and in a house in Ayala Alabang Village in Muntinlupa City

SHABU SEIZED. The illegal drugs are found inside biscuit tins believed to be distributed by the Golden Triangle drug syndicate. PDEA photo

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

PDEA to sue parents of children rounded up in Navotas raid

Jan 22, 2019 - 5:11 PM

The 12 children have been turned over to Navotas City's Bahay Pag-Asa

At least 28 alleged drug suspects including minors are arrested by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during raid at Navotas Fish Port in Navotas on January 16, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

P148-M drugs found inside canned goods, clothes from U.S.

Jan 17, 2019 - 4:21 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says smugglers have become more 'creative' after the Duterte government stepped up its anti-drug campaign

CANNED GOODS? The PDEA and BOC find shabu inside canned goods from the United States. BOC photo

Duterte gov't tally: 'Drug war' deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records 5,050 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to November 2018

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

LIST: Over 40 face drug charges for multibillion-peso shabu shipments

Dec 13, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The 40 consist of former and current law enforcers, Customs and importing industry employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

READY FOR COURT. The PDEA formally accuses personalities involved in multibillion-peso shabu shipments of crime before the DOJ. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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Dec 12, 2018 - 8:02 PM

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Former PDEA exec linked to shabu missing for 2 months now

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:44 PM

Not even his family knows where Ismael Fajardo is, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tells reporters

FIRED. PDEA's deputy chief for administration Ismael Fajardo was sacked amid the controversial search for the P11-billion shabu allegedly smuggled into the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

In cahoots? PDEA chief explains photo with fired drug-linked agents

Dec 03, 2018 - 6:51 PM

‘Kung sino man ang nagpalabas ng picture na ‘yan, it was given, it was published just to destroy my reputation, to destroy the image of PDEA,’ says Aaron Aquino

PARTY CRASHED. Aaron Aquino (R) with Eduardo Acierto (C) in the birthday party of Ismael Fajardo (L) at the PDEA main office gymnasium. Photo from the Office of Senator Richard Gordon.

Ex-cop, PDEA exec in P11-B shabu controversy missing

Dec 03, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Both have not been seen by their colleagues at the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police

MISSING. Dismissed police colonel Eduardo Fajardo (L) and sacked PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo could not be found in their registered homes. Photos by Darren Langit, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Biazon on shabu smuggling: 'Is PDEA clean?'

Nov 28, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Lawmakers raise the possibility that more Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency officials may be implicated in drug smuggling

QUESTIONED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, attends the House committee on dangerous drugs continues probe into P6.8-Billion shabu smuggling in Bureau of Customs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Nearly 5,000 killed in 'drug war'

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says there have been 4,999 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to October 2018

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

House to summon sacked cops, Customs broker over shabu shipments

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM

House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers says they will continue establishing evidence for what they believe to be 'collusion' between the PDEA, BOC, and PNP

SHABU PROBE. House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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Nov 07, 2018 - 1:34 PM

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Año wants PDEA to release new drug list ahead of 2019 elections

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:18 PM

'Gusto ko ilabas talaga 'yan para makita ng mga tao kung sino ang dapat iboto at hindi,' says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año amid concerns that the list is not fully vetted

ANOTHER LIST? DILG Secretary Eduardo Año wants a repeat of April 2018, when they released a drug list of barangay officials just before the elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA revises estimate: Missing shabu worth P11B not P6.8B

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nearly doubles its original estimate after reweighing the magnetic lifters found in Cavite in August

SUSPECTED SHABU VESSELS. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino inspects an empty magnetic lifter found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, in August 2018. The containers are believed to have stored more than a ton of shabu which had gone missing. PDEA photo

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Oct 22, 2018 - 2:22 PM

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Lapeña cries foul as PDEA boosts theory P6.8-B shabu slipped past Customs

Oct 20, 2018 - 7:55 PM

PDEA chief Aaron Aquino offers analysis of 'oversupply' and a match test, but Customs chief Isidro Lapeña says they are imprudent speculations

Customs commissioner Isidro Lapena at the hearing of the suspected shabu shipment from Malaysia. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Mandatory drug test okay for local bets only

Oct 20, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Supreme Court already declared drug tests for candidates unconstitutional a decade ago, but Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo now offers a different take for local posts

PH VOTE. Aspirants rush to the Comelec office in Manila on October 17, 2018, to beat the deadline to file their certificates of candidacy. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang rejects 'surprise' drug tests for election candidates

Oct 19, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo echoes a Supreme Court ruling that declared provisions of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act unconstitutional

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon closes the gate of the Comelec office in Manila to officialy end the filing of certificates of candidacy of aspirants for the May 2019 polls. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

NAIA Customs bust: P15M worth of illegal drugs

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:08 PM

The latest apprehensions at the NAIA raises the Customs haul to a historic 27 drug busts in 6 months

Police identify 8 suspects in PDEA agents ambush

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:29 PM

Police tag relatives of a slain drug suspect as behind the attack on Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Kapai town, Lanao del Sur

SUSPECTS. Authorities release the identities and photos of suspects in the ambush on PDEA agents in Lanal del Sur on October 5, 2018, which left 5 people dead. Photo courtesy of PRO ARMM

PDEA seizes P30M in high-grade marijuana from Las Piñas home

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives say Paul Shon, alias Danny Lim, used selling exotic animals as a front for his illegal business

Members of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency seized P 30 million worth of Kush marijuana and arrested dealer Paul Shon alias Danny Lim, a US national, who sold of exotic animals as a front for his illegal business in ., Brgy. Pilar, Las Pinas City on October 07, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Lanao del Sur governor wants 'swift' probe into attack on PDEA agents

Oct 06, 2018 - 9:36 AM

Lanao del Sur Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong says the provincial government 'fully condemns this criminal act and we ask the authorities that the perpetrators immediately face the consequences of their action'

Lanao del Sur Governor Bedjoria Soraya Alonto Adiong condemns the killing of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency agents in Kapai town, Lanao del Sur. File photo from PIA Lanao del Sur Facebook page

5 PDEA agents killed in Lanao del Sur ambush

Oct 05, 2018 - 4:51 PM

Police say the PDEA agents went to an anti-drug symposium in Tagoloan II town and were attacked on their way to Marawi City

DEADLY ATTACK. Several gents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency are attacked in Kalai town, Lanao del Sur, leaving 5 dead, on October 5, 2018. Image from Shutterstock.com

PDEA nets P7.2M worth of high grade marijuana inside Ayala Alabang

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Live-in partners are caught with 6 kilos of kush or high-grade marijuana, already repacked and ready for distribution to alleged high-end and celebrity clients

PDEA operatives arrest two suspects for selling and repacking high grade Marijuana amounting to P7.2 million inside a posh subdivision in Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City on October 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2 Koreans nabbed in Pampanga drug buy-bust

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:27 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says the suspects were arrested after they sold shabu to an undercover agent

Photo from Shutterstock

LOOK: P790,000 found at Manila City Jail raid

Sep 29, 2018 - 12:27 PM

The raid yields no illegal drugs but authorities discover cash-stuffed plastic containers in a sealed room

Members of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Manila Police District and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency conducts Oplan Linis Piitan, formerly operation greyhound and oplan galugad, at the Manila City Jail on September 29, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Drug cases against Johaira Macaubat, 9 others dismissed

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:42 AM

The decision is based on a technicality, as Judge Joeffre Acebido of Regional Trial Court branch 41 questions the manner in which the search warrant was conducted

PDEA No. 2 official sacked amid missing P6.8-B shabu controversy

Sep 27, 2018 - 2:44 PM

Deputy Director General for Administration Ismael Fajardo is the highest-ranking government official implicated in the drug smuggling case

FIRED. PDEA's deputy chief for administration Ismael Fajardo is sacked amid the controversial search for the P6.8-billion shabu allegedly smuggled into the Philippines. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PDEA seizes P544-M shabu in Pasay condo kitchen lab

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nabs 5 Hong Kong nationals believed to be members of the 14K international drug syndicate operating in China and Hong Kong

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raids a condominium unit allegedly used as a shabu laboratory by Hong Kong nationals in Pasay City on September 25, 2018. Around 80 kilos of shabu, 10 kilos of which are suspected liquid shabu placed in plastic containers, estimated with a street value of P544 million were confiscated by the raiding team. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Shabu in lifters, burned bags, Ryan Gosling | Evening wRap

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:07 PM

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PDEA restricts Rappler coverage access after story on P6.8-B shabu

Aug 18, 2018 - 6:51 AM

Rappler condemns in the strongest terms the attempt of PDEA spokesman Derrick Carreon to cut Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong out of the agency's official media advisory and coordination channel

PDEA chief Aquino goes on leave amid P6.8-B shabu controversy

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:27 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino says he filed for this leave 6 months ago

ON LEAVE. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Director General Aaron Aquino during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EXCLUSIVE: PDEA laboratory test shows no shabu traces in magnetic lifters

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency's own laboratory sees no traces of shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

CONTRADICTION. PDEA's own laboratory contradicts its own claim that illegal drugs were packed inside the magnetic lifters found at General Mariano Alvarez in Cavite. Sourced photo, Ben Nabong/Rappler.com

Duterte says shabu in magnetic lifters 'pure speculation'

Aug 14, 2018 - 7:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte backs the assertion of Customs Chief Isidro Lapeña – that there was no shabu in the magnetic lifters found in Cavite

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the condemnation and public destruction of contraband luxury vehicles and motorbikes at Port Irene in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on July 30, 2018. A total of 68 contraband luxury vehicles worth over P277 million and eight contraband luxury motorbikes worth over P19 million were destroyed as part of the President's campaign against smuggling and corruption in the government. Joining the President are Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, Cagayan Special Economic Zone (CEZA) Administrator and CEO Raul Lambino, and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PDEA made 'crucial mistake' not quickly sharing shabu intel with Customs

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:49 PM

The suspect shipment was already taken out of the Manila International Container Port when the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency relayed the information to the customs bureau

'MISTAKE'. PDEA agents secure four empty magnetic scrap lifters, similar to the two abandoned inside a 40-foot container at the MICP with an estimated 500 kilos of Shabu, inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The week in photos: August 4-10, 2018

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

After shabu shipment bust, Lapeña asks PDEA, PNP to share intel

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says PDEA only informed the Bureau of Customs about the P6.8-billion shabu shipment almost a month after it slipped past authorities at the Manila International Container Port

'TIMELY INTEL SHARING.' Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena speaks at a press conference on August 11, 2018, about the ongoing investigation of the intercepted shabu shipment at the MICP. Photo from BOC Public Information & Assistance Division