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Barbers clears Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The chairperson of the House committee on dangerous drugs says command responsibility does not apply to former customs chief Isidro Lapeña either

MOVING ON. Amid the shabu smuggling controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte moves customs chief Isidro Lapena (left) to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, giving him a Cabinet-rank position. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte orders customs intel officer Jimmy Guban arrested

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims Guban faked identification cards to allow the smuggling of shabu

SHABU SHIPMENT. Customs intelligence agent Jaime Guban, who was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon in the previous senate inquiry. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

House to detain Customs intel officer for contempt

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Resigned Bureau of Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban has been cited in contempt by the House committee on dangerous drugs

EMBATTLED AGENT. Resigned Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban at the joint probe of the House committees on dangerous drugs and good government. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'Fall guy' in alleged shabu shipment received P2,000 from Customs officer

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:09 PM

Joel Maritana recants his earlier testimony where he said he asked SMYD Trading to be a consignee-for-hire to receive the alleged shabu-packed magnetic lifters shipment

'FALL GUY.' Joel Maritana at the joint probe of the House committees on dangerous drugs and good governance into the missing P6.8-billion shabu (methamphetamine). Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Shabu probe: Customs officer got 'commission' for magnetic lifter shipment

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:53 AM

(UPDATED) Customs intel officer Jimmy Guban admits receiving at least P10,000 in looking for the consignee-for-hire which received the magnetic lifters allegedly packed with one ton of shabu

EPICENTER. Bureau of Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban during the continuation of the Senate hearing P6.8 billion shabu shipment on September 26, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate leaves nagging questions for House in P6.8-B shabu probe

Sep 27, 2018 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) More questions were uncovered by the Senate blue ribbon committee in the P6.8-billion shabu probe. The House committee on dangerous drugs and committee on good government now faces the pressure to answer them.

CONTINUATION. House committee on dangerous drugs Chair Ace Barbers (left) on August 14, 2018 during hearing and investigation into the missing P6.8 billion worth of shabu. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Former X-ray chief: BOC did not follow SOP in scanning magnetic lifters

Sep 26, 2018 - 2:21 PM

The former X-ray chief of the Bureau of Customs says the current operators did not follow the SOP for X-rays that would have led to the physical examination of the magnetic lifters

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

Gordon on magnetic lifters: 'May laman!'

Sep 26, 2018 - 12:36 PM

Senator Richard Gordon is inclined to believe that the magnetic lifters were packed with drugs, as claimed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

SHABU SHIPMENT. Senator Richard Gordon at the investigation of the recent alleged shabu shipment contained in the magnetic lifters. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate to detain importer for lying in P6.8-B smuggled shabu hearing

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Senator Richard Gordon cited in contempt Marina Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, refusing to believe her claim that she was merely paid to be the consignee of the illegal drugs shipment

DETAINED. Marina dela Cruz Signapan, owner of SMYD Trading, was cited with contempt by Sen. Gordon at the senate inquiry on P6.4 billion shabu shipment. September 19, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Patterns emerge in 2017, 2018 shabu probes

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:30 PM

(UPDATED) The biggest difference between the 2018 and 2017 investigations? The existence of drugs has not been established in the 2018 shipment.

BACK IN HOT WATER. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena (center) swears before The House committee on dangerous drugs on Tuesday, August 14, during hearing and investigation into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu or methamphetamine smuggled into the country from Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Empty or shabu-packed? X-ray scans of magnetic lifters revealed

Aug 30, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The House committee on dangerous drugs publishes X-ray scans taken by the Bureau of Customs

SCANS PUBLISHED. Photos courtesy of House Committee on Dangerous Drugs

Newsbreak Chats: Rice crisis, Arroyo as House Speaker, other top stories in August 2018

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories: the ongoing rice crisis, the tussle between Customs and PDEA, changes in the House, backdoor abortion in the Philippines

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

Finding P6.8-B shabu already 'wishful thinking'

Aug 30, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think that would be wishful thinking already, from all the indiciations that we have,' says Representative Romeo Acop

WHERE IS IT? 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

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

Taiwan protests claim it was source of P6.8-billion shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:00 PM

'We solemnly condemn the irresponsible news reports,' says Taiwan

TAIWAN FLAG. Taiwan's national flag flutters beside Taipei 101 at Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei on October 7, 2012. Photo by Mandy Cheng/AFP

Customs stops more magnetic lifters, says none carry shabu

Aug 15, 2018 - 8:10 PM

After performing two x-ray scans and scrutiny from sniffer dogs, the Bureau of Customs concludes the lifters are empty of illegal drugs

SEIZED. Two magnetic lifters are put on hold by the Bureau of Customs after they were allegedly misdeclared by its consignee. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Pacquiao willing to be jailed just to kill drug lord in 'P6.8-B shabu' shipment

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'Magpapakulong na lang ako para ko ma-firing squad 'yung drug lord na 'yun na nagpasok sa Pilipinas,' says Senator Manny Pacquiao, who is also a pastor

Photo by Angie de Silva

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

Filipina importer in P6.4-B shabu case denied bail

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The 4 Chinese and 2 Taiwanese nationals charged are still at large

Eirene Mae Tatad, one of Mark Taguba's co-accused in the P6.4B shabu shipment from China is presented by members of National Bureau of Investigation during press briefing on February 2, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

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

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

Customs seizes P120 million worth of shabu in Clark

Jun 11, 2018 - 1:50 PM

The shabu is found in packages declared as chairs and bar stools

BOC seized P120.36-M worth of shabu masked as chair, stools. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

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May 02, 2018 - 7:38 PM

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Arrest warrant out for Chinese forwarder in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Chen Ju Long, also known as Richard Chen or Richard Tan, remains at large

SCAPEGOAT? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, cries foul over the initial findings of the Senate blue ribbon committee.  Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Why the PNP barred customs fixer Mark Taguba from Camp Crame jail

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:15 PM

A Manila court has ordered that the fixer, who linked President Duterte's son to shabu smuggling, be transferred to the PNP Custodial Center

WHAT REASON? PNP Spokesperson Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao tells reporters to ask the head of the PNP's Headquarters Support Service why they barred Taguba from Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Malacanang on Carandang, Rappler cyber libel complaint, Top CHED official resigns | Evening wRap

Feb 01, 2018 - 8:16 PM

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Morales on Carandang suspension, Roque on fake news, Taguba ordered arrested | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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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

Valenzuela court clears 5 in importation of P6.4-B shabu

Jan 11, 2018 - 7:10 PM

It seems there are a lot of hurdles to getting accountability in the smuggling of shabu from China to the Philippines, and a lot of them has to do with limitations set by the law

The Senate Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon) on August 9, 2017 resumes its public hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu smuggled at the Bureau of Customs in May. Photo by Joseph Vidal

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Dec 29, 2017 - 7:22 PM

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Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio file civil case vs Trillanes

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:39 AM

'It's nothing but another harassment suit because our corrupt and coopted justice system have become the refuge of the Duterte scoundrels,' says Senator Antonio Trillanes IV of the case filed against him

DUTERTE CRITIC. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is unfazed by the civil case filed against him by the President's son and son-in-law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on Paolo’s resignation: ‘Napuno na siguro’

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:11 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says his son, the vice mayor of Davao City, 'considered it most unfair to him' to be summoned to Congress' drug smuggling probe 'for nothing'

DENIAL. Former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (left) and Maneses Carpio (right) face the Senate probe into smuggling. Photo by Joseph Vidal

‘Delicadeza’: Paolo Duterte resigns as Davao City vice mayor

Dec 25, 2017 - 1:57 PM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte's son says the scandals where his name has been dragged are 'closely tied to my failed first marriage,' where 'the other person is incorrigible'

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Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Leftist ‘legal fronts,’ Roque rides MRT, Go’s heroics | Evening wRap

Nov 23, 2017 - 8:42 PM

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DOJ clears Faeldon, charges Taguba in shabu shipment case

Nov 22, 2017 - 7:52 PM

DOJ says the PDEA did not clearly accuse Faeldon and other Customs officials in its complaint, meriting a dismissal

CLEARED. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other Customs officials are cleared in the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Oct 11, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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Oct 06, 2017 - 12:41 PM

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Employee says she collected ‘tara’ for Customs intel officers

Oct 04, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Customs' intelligence officers accuse the employee of transacting with Mark Taguba on her own

TARA? Former Customs Intelligence chief Neil Estrella (middle) and intelligence officer Joel Pinawin (right) deny ever receiving grease money from broker Taguba. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

China praises own customs office for intercepting shabu haul in PH

Sep 26, 2017 - 11:30 AM

China issues the statement as the smuggling of P604 kilos of shabu, worth P6.4 billion ($126 million), is the subject of a Philippine Senate investigation

In this photo taken November 8, 2012, a crane stacks shipping containers at the international container port in Manila. Jay Directo/AFP/File

PDEA files complaint vs Faeldon, 11 others over smuggled shabu

Sep 18, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The respondents face a string of complaints, such as allegedly conspiring to import illegal drugs, protecting drug traffickers, and violation of the anti-graft and corrupt practices act

COMPLAINTS. Former BOC commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and several others face complaints over the P6.4-bllion worth of shabu shipment from China. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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Sep 11, 2017 - 11:37 AM

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Ties that bind: Who are Mans Carpio, Paolo Duterte connected to?

Sep 07, 2017 - 10:03 AM

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