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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

Suspected shabu, P6.8M bribe money seized in Negros Occidental

Aug 08, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The buy-bust operation in San Carlos City is a joint operation of Philippine National Police, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Philippine Army

Want to adopt a K9? Look at these PDEA dogs

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's how you can adopt anti-narcotics dogs retiring from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

RETIREMENT TIME. The PDEA puts up its anti-drug dogs for adoption after deeming them as 'unoperational'. Photos by PDEA

HRW slams ‘drastic' plan to extend anti-drug campaign to PH elementary schools

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'Imposing mandatory drug testing on schoolchildren when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger,' says Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phelim Kine

VULNERABLE. Rights groups say the PDEA's proposal to extend mandatory drug testing to cover elementary students is too drastic and can deter students from attending school.

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

Albayalde to officials on drug list: Winning polls won't clear your name

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'[Hindi] porke nanalo na sila ay excused na sila sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

WARNING. PNP chief Albayalde in a Camp Crame interview with Rappler. Photo by Angie de Silva/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’

Albay governor asks mayors not to support candidates in PDEA narco list

May 03, 2018 - 10:28 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara wants to rid his province of the illegal drug menace

WITHDRAW SUPPORT. Governor Francis Bichara of Albay told mayors not to support barangay election candidate in the PDEA list. Screenshot from Rhaydz Barcia's video

League of Barangays on PDEA, Calida on tax reform law, China on Peppa Pig | Midday wRap

May 02, 2018 - 12:38 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 2, 2018

May 02, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Labor and Employment Secretary discuss some of the provisions of the Executive Order (EO) prohibiting illegal contractualization during the 116th Labor Day Celebration at the IEC Convention Center in Cebu City on May 1, 2018. The President signed the EO during the event signifying his firm commitment to put an end to illegal contractualization. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PDEA on drug list, Duterte signs contractualization EO, Mueller on Trump | Evening wRap

May 01, 2018 - 8:55 PM

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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

If drug list wrong, PDEA to apologize: 'Kami ay tao lang'

May 01, 2018 - 4:40 PM

'Kung nagkataon talagang mali, eh siyempre lahat naman tayo ay tao lang at nagkakamali, 'di ba? We will try to ask [for] an apology,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

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

CHR to PDEA: Go for long-term fix vs drugs, don't just release names

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Tungkulin ng [Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] na maghanap ng long-term, sustainable solution... imbis na maglabas ng mga pangalan na kapos sa ebidensya,' says the Commission on Human Rights

DRUG LIST OUT. Four days before the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (2nd-left), DILG-OIC, Retired AFP chief Eduardo Ano (2nd-right), Congressman Barbers (left) and ADB Sec. Catalino Cuy (right) shows a list of 207 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, during press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA: Drug-linked governors, congressmen, mayors to be named next

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it's just waiting for the go signal of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the list of higher-ranked officials allegedly involved in the drug trade

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino shows a list of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, in a press conference on April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA drug list: More than 200 barangay officials linked to illegal drugs

Apr 30, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Here is a summary of how many barangay officials are on PDEA's list per province and Metro Manila city.

PUBLIC ACCUSATION. PDEA and DILG chiefs pose with the infamous drug list at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Mike Taboy

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

PDEA, DILG insist: Barangay drug list not a hit list

Apr 30, 2018 - 10:29 AM

'There's no truth that it will serve as a hit list. It will not,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

NARCO-LIST OUT. PDEA Director Aaro Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon Citry. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

CA affirms life imprisonment for Filipino-Chinese over shabu lab

Apr 29, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the petition of Lawrence Yu, who was convicted of drug manufacturing and possession in 2011

Duterte: 'Not yet time' to name barangay officials in narco list

Apr 29, 2018 - 2:38 PM

This comes after PDEA said it will release the names two weeks before the May 14 barangay elections, and that this has been approved by Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the Lisap Bridge Project in Bongabong, Oriental Mindoro on April 3, 2018, cites that the government could build more bridges like the Lisap Bridge if there is no resistance from armed groups. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

P20-M worth of shabu seized in Makati, Manila

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña says authorities nabbed the suspects on Friday afternoon, April 27, following a tip from the United States Drug Enforcement Administration

SEIZED. Two of the packets of shabu nabbed from suspects Antonio Lobiano Baguinbin and Gundelina David on April 27, 2018. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

PDEA admits cases vs officials in drug list 'not airtight'

Apr 26, 2018 - 5:41 PM

Director General Aaron Aquino says, however, that the PDEA stands by the intelligence the government has gathered

PDEA CHIEF. Aaron Aquino during the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs meeting and press conference on Monday, March 26, 2018, at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA to release barangay drug list ahead of May 14 elections

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:32 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino says the move has been approved by Malacañang

MAY 14 ELECTIONS. Workers repaint old ballot boxes inside the COMELEC Warehouse in Port Area, Manila on April 12, 2018 as they prepare for the coming SK and barangay polls on May 14. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PDEA shuts down ecstasy lab in Malabon

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'This is the first time in the country’s drug law enforcement history that a clandestine ecstasy laboratory was closed down,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

FIRST FEAT. An ecstasy laboratory is raided and shut down by PDEA, which says it is a first in law enforcement history. PDEA photo

4 Chinese, 4 Filipinos arrested in Batangas drug raids

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says that based on Chinese intelligence reports, the shabu laboratory discovered in a farm in Ibaan town 'was organized by a Hong Kong-based kingpin'

SHABU LAB. The PDEA dismantles a shabu lab in Batangas. PDEA photo

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 5, 2018

Apr 05, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

PAIN. This night is forever etched in the memory of Nanette Castillo. The night unindentified gunmen shot and killed her son, Aldrin in front of their house in Tondo, Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Dangerous Drugs Act sets strict admission requirements for rehabilitation programs, because there were fewer drug surrenderers when the law was passed

PDEA sacks nearly all Calabarzon personnel

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The sacked personnel, including the regional chief, are linked to 'unlawful arrests and extortion activities' in Batangas and Cavite

'NO EXCUSES.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino sacks the regional chief and more than 60 personnel from the PDEA Region 4A office. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

College president linked to drugs remains at large – PDEA chief Aquino

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Samson Molao, president of the Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology, is accused of operating a drug den inside the school

AARON AQUINO. PDEA Chief Director General Aaron Aquino insists Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology Foundation president Samson Molao is wanted for his alleged illegal drug-related activities. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Roque on feminists, Duterte on dictatorship, Facebook downvote tool | Evening wRap

Feb 09, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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Davao Region's top drug personality arrested – PDEA

Feb 09, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Saidel Taha Sahid, a fisherman, is nabbed in a buy-bust operation in Mabini, Compostela Valley

ARRESTED. Saidel Taha Sahid (left) and fellow suspect Alhakim Sakkam Ismael (middle) are arrested in a buy-bust operation in Mabini, Compostela Valley ,on February 8, 2018. Photo courtesy of PDEA XI

P79 million worth of cocaine found off Isabela seas

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:58 PM

A blue container holding 18 tightly-packed plastic bags with cocaine is found floating near Barangay Dipudo in Divilacan, Isabela

COCAINE. 18 packed plastic bags filled with cocaine are shown to reporters on February 6, 2018. Photo by Gerard Lucena

NBI arrests Taguba, hunts down 6 others in shabu shipment case

Feb 01, 2018 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) Eirene Mae Tatad is arrested in Iloilo. Included in the manhunt is Kenneth Dong who was hastily arrested in August 2017 for a rape charge, but has since been freed.

ARRESTED. Customs broker Mark Taguba is arrested from the Senate where he was held in protective custody and presented by the NBI to the media on February 1, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Court orders arrest of Mark Taguba, middlemen in shabu smuggling

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:55 PM

No bail is recommended for Customs broker Mark Taguba and several others facing charges

Mark Ruben Taguba shows the timeline of the transaction durin the hearing of the Blue Ribbon committee on the nabbed P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China, at the Senate of the Philippines in Pasay on Monday. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

DOJ panel ‘suppressed truth’ in clearing Faeldon in shabu case – PDEA

Jan 27, 2018 - 4:22 PM

The PDEA says the justice department's disregard of the testimonies made in congressional hearings is a violation of the rules of evidence

Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon outlines some of the changes in the BOC during a press briefing in Malacañan on August 22. KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Duterte in India, Gadon files complaint vs Sereno, PDEA requires body cameras | Evening wRap

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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PDEA changes mind, requires body cameras in drug war

Jan 26, 2018 - 3:01 PM

'Agents and witnesses, particularly media representatives shall mandatorily wear body cameras,' says a PDEA order dated January 22

NEW ORDER. PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino presents seized contraband to the media. PDEA photo

P6.4B shabu: Case vs middlemen refiled, NBI still not involved

Jan 25, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The DOJ is still 'studying' whether or not to task the NBI to conduct a case buildup on the shabu shipment

Senator Richard Gordon during the 4th Blue Ribbon Senate Hearing on illegal shipment of the 6.4 billion-worth drugs from China resumes in Senate, Pasay City on Tuesday. Lito Boras/Rappler.com