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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

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

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

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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

PNP, PDEA, BOC officers implicated in P6.8-B shabu probe

Sep 28, 2018 - 7:32 PM

The probe points to possible collusion among officers from the frontline anti-drug agencies of Duterte's war on drugs

CONNIVANCE? Former members of the government's 3 anti-drug agencies are implicated in the alleged smuggling of shabu inside the Philippines. Graphic by Ken Bautista.

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

PDEA arrests narcopoliticians in Iligan city raid

Sep 19, 2018 - 7:22 PM

The raid follows a nearly year-long surveillance of the family

PDEA ARMM director Juvenal Azurin (left) and Investigation Agent Benjamin Recites present to the media evidence from the raid on the house of Lanao del Sur provincial Board member Hussein Magandia which includes suspected shabu weighing 500 grams with an estimated street value of P3.4 million. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

TIMELINE: The search for P6.8-B shabu 'smuggled' into PH

Sep 02, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Rappler traces and plots the events related to the shipment of the controversial 4 magnetic lifters found empty at a warehouse in Cavite

PDEA chief insists magnetic lifters in Cavite contained shabu

Aug 30, 2018 - 1:20 PM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tags as 'unfair' criticisms being hurled at him that he was wrong in announcing the magnetic lifters contained illegal drugs

DRUG CONTAINERS? PDEA agents secure 4 empty magnetic scrap lifters inside a warehouse in Cavite on August 10, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Compelled by House panel, PDEA chief attends shabu shipment probe

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:09 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino arrives at the House hearing on the same day his leave of absence from the agency ended

FINALLY PRESENT. PDEA chief Director General Aaron Aquino attends the House committee on dangerous drugs hearing on August 30, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

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

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

PDEA urged to recant statement magnetic lifters contain P6.8-B shabu

Aug 14, 2018 - 1:43 PM

But Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency deputy director Ruel Lasala said they still affirm the magnetic lifters were used to smuggle illegal drugs

HOT SEAT. PDEA deputy director Adrian Alvariño and deputy directors Ruel Lasala and Ismael Fajardo Jr face the House committee on dangerous drugs on August 14, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Magnetic lifters found in Cavite test negative for shabu

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Customs chief Isidro Lapeña contradicts the claim of PDEA that one ton of shabu worth P6.8 billion were inside the magnetic lifters

NEGATIVE. 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

House panel to compel PDEA chief to attend P6.8-B shabu shipment hearing

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino has not cooperated in any House probes into drug smuggling, says retired police general-turned-congressman Romeo Acop

NO SHOW. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino fails to attend the House probe into the smuggling of P6.8-billion shabu into the country. Screenshot by Rappler

How P6.8-B 'shabu' slipped past PNP, PDEA, Customs

Aug 13, 2018 - 9:02 PM

What started as a promising drug bust ended with empty containers showing lack of coordination among anti-drug agencies

LOST. The PNP, PDEA, and Customs find themselves lost in tracking down a thousand kilograms of methamphetamine penetrating national capital Manila City's port terminal. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Customs challenges PDEA: Name our corrupt personnel

Aug 13, 2018 - 8:00 PM

'Let's go after these people. We don't want them in our ranks,' says Bureau of Customs spokesman Erastus Austria

DARED. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says corrupt Customs personnel are behind the 1 ton of shabu escaping authorities. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

PNP, PDEA, Customs fail to stop 1,000 kilos of shabu entering PH

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:59 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities track down more magnetic lifters in their drug hunt. This time, they are empty.

EMPTY. 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

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

500 kilograms of 'shabu' seized in Manila port

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency pegs its value at P4.3 billion if the recovered shipment is proven to be methamphetamine

SHABU. Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PNP's drug war death toll tops 4,500 before SONA 2018

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 AM

Two years on, President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign remains unrelenting

UNRELENTING. The Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign rages on with rising numbers of shabu seizures accompanied by deaths. Duterte photo by Malacañang; Drug campaign photos by Alecs Ongcal, Leanne Jazul/Rappler

PDEA's new proposal: Mandatory drug tests for high school, college students

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:52 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to require all high school and college students to undergo a drug test

PDEA CHIEF. Director General Aaron Aquino speaks at their headquarters in Quezon City. PDEA photo

DepEd stands its ground: No drug testing for grade schoolers

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:36 PM

In a meeting with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Administration, the Philippine National Police, and the Dangerous Drugs Board, the education department reiterates that its mandate is to focus on preventive drug education

MEETING. The Department of Education, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Philippine National Police, and Dangerous Drugs Board discuss drug use among the youth in a meeting held on July 10, 2018. Photo from the Department of Education. Photos from DepEd

'Sagip Batang Solvent': PDEA wants to take in street children for rehab

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:11 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to set up 'homey facilities' for street children addicted to solvent, where they can learn skills and receive counseling

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. PDEA wants street children to be rehabilitated and educated early against illegal drugs.

PDEA seizes more shabu in 2017, but COA questions handling

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency restricts access to documents and facilities, leading auditors to say they 'cannot form a conclusion' on the effectivity of the handling of drugs

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR (PDEA) agent hold an inventory of suspected shabu and paraphernalia at the drug den in Holy Spirit in Quezon City, on Thursday, during the first drug operation by PDEA after the PNP suspended its operation on drug war. At least 30 sachet of alleged shabu, drug paraphernalias and one home made shootgun "sumpak" were confiscated during raid and arrested 14 suspected drug users and pushers. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

COA demands transparency in PDEA's intel operations

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:26 AM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency paid P32.5 million for motorycle rentals for surveillance operations in 2017, but the Commission on Audit wants proper documentation on how the vehicles were used

Policemen from the Manila Police District, BJMP and PDEA conduct a massive Greyhound operations (Oplan Galugad) at the Manila City Jail on June 20, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Parents to DepEd: Protect grade-schoolers from proposed drug test

Jul 05, 2018 - 5:30 PM

'Kung sinasabi ng DepEd na hindi [naaayon] sa batas 'yun, panindigan nila 'yun. Hindi dapat [sila pumayag] dahil doon din kami nakasandal sa mga ahensyang ito,' says Vives Moreno, mother of a 10-year-old student

PROTEST. Parent leaders belonging to Akbayan partylist group troop to the Corazon Aquino Elementary School gates in Quezon City on July 5, 2018, to protest the planned drug testing for students as young as 10 years old. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Basilan barangay captain caught keeping illegal drugs, firearms

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Adzhar Macrohon, chairman of Barangay Bato in Lamitan City, is arrested in an early morning drug raid by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

ARRESTED. Barangay Bato, Lamitan City chairman Adzhar Macrohon is facing illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and possession of illegal drugs charges. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

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.

DepEd: Proposed drug test for 10-year-old students violates law

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:23 PM

The Department of Education says the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act only authorizes drug tests on students of secondary and tertiary schools

DRUG TEST. The Department of Education's ongoing drug testing program is expected to be completed in school year 2018 to 2019.

PDEA's Jesus Fajardo appointed customs deputy commissioner

May 24, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The PDEA assistant secretary will join his former boss, Isidro Lapeña, at the Bureau of Customs

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

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

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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 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