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Indonesia sends back hundreds of shipping containers full of waste

Sep 04, 2019 - 4:41 PM

About 250 containers seized in recent months have already been returned and authorities are inspecting more than 1,000 others, a customs official says

RETURNING TRASH. An Indonesian custom officer examine a process as they prepare to return containers full with hazardous rubbish to original countries in Batam on July 29, 2019.File photo by Sei Ratifa/AFP

Historic U.S. drug bust nets 16 tons of cocaine

Jun 19, 2019 - 7:27 AM

'This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history,' tweets the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia

A Philadelphia Police SUV drives out of the Packer Marine Terminal after US authorities seized more than 16 tons of cocaine at the terminal in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 18, 2019. US authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia. DOMINICK REUTER / AFP

DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lapeña faces graft complaints over shabu shipment mess

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

This is the first time that complaints are filed against Isidro Lapeña for the billions of pesos worth of shabu which slipped past the Bureau of Customs

COMPLAINT. Former Customs chief Isidro  faces complaints of graft, dereliction of duty and grave misconduct over the multibillion shabu shipment mess. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gordon committee recommends charges vs 19 in shabu mess

Dec 17, 2018 - 10:51 PM

The Senate blue ribbon committee pushes for charges against former law enforcers, Customs importers and employees, and suspected Chinese personalities

SHABU SHIPMENT. Senator Richard Gordon presents some documents at the investigation of the recent alleged shabu shipment contained in magnetic lifters found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite. File photo by Angie de Silva/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

Gordon clears Lapeña of crime in P11-B missing shabu controversy

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:06 PM

'Tinanggal na eh,' says Senator Richard Gordon on former Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

NO CRIME? Isidro Lapeña is cleared of criminal charges by Senator Richard Gordon. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

'All circumstances' show magnetic lifters packed with shabu – Barbers

Nov 28, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Lawmakers end the investigation after 5 hearings eyeing recommendations to the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act and possible charges against liable officials

Former BOC Commissioner and now TESDA Sec. Isidro Lapena (left) with Congressman Ace Barbers (center) on Wednesday, November, 29, 2018, during the House of Representatives probe into the P11 billion missing shabu. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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

Taguba, 8 others indicted for breaking Tariff Code in shabu case

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:48 PM

The Department of Justice says there was 'conspiracy' in bringing the P6.4-billion shabu shipment into the Philippines despite the respondents' denials

P5.44 million worth of shabu seized in NAIA

Sep 23, 2018 - 1:19 PM

The shabu is hidden in a package declared as an art table

ANTI-ILLEGAL DRUGS OPERATION. Customs officials intercept an illegal shipment at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

Huawei tops Apple in tightening smartphone market – IDC

Aug 01, 2018 - 11:48 AM

In the second quarter of 2018, Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones worldwide, second only to Samsung's 71.5 million, and ahead of Apple's 41.3 million, IDC reports

NOVA 3. Huawei's flagship devices launched earlier in the year have seen some excellent reviews, owing to their distinctive design, and industry-leading cameras. The recently launched Nova 3 approximates the flagship P20 series, making high-end technologies more accessible in an increasingly competitive market. Photo from Huawei

Where are the Chinese middlemen in the P6.4B shabu case?

May 23, 2018 - 5:08 PM

It has been 4 months since arrest warrants were issued against the Chinese, and none of them have been caught yet

SHABU SHIPMENT. Chinese businessmen Richard Chen/Tan (left) and Kenneth Dong (right) are still at large four months since their arrest warrants were issued. Photo of Richard Chen/Tan by Joseph Vidal/PRIB and photo of Kenneth Dong by Rappler

DOJ downplays loss of P6.4B shabu case in Valenzuela, says Manila trial going 'well'

May 03, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) drops another case of drug transportation against the customs middlemen, but the main case at the Manila court continues

Bureau of Customs fixer Mark Taguba is escorted by NBI agents following his surrender, hours after a Manila court ordered his arrest for his alleged involvement with the P6.4-billion shabu shipment. Photo by Ben Nabong

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May 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

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RESCUE OPERATIONS. A viral video from the DFA shows the rescue of distressed OFWs in Kuwait. Screenshot from DFA video

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

Ex-Customs exec in P6.4-B shabu mess faces NBI complaint

Mar 25, 2018 - 12:52 PM

Larribert Hilario is the former Customs official who claimed he flagged the P6.4-billion shabu shipment that passed through their bureau

Majority floor leader Rodolfo Fariñas during a congress hearing regarding the seized P6.4 billion worth of smuggled shabu from China, during House Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ junks PDEA motion: Faeldon won't be charged in P6.4-B shabu case

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:37 PM

The prosecution panel insists it cannot take judicial notice of the revelations against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon and other customs officials during the congressional inquiries into the P6.4-billion shabu shipment

Former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon is escorted by police and Senate security during his transfer to the Pasay City Jail on January 30, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Court orders NBI to explain why Taguba not moved to Manila jail

Feb 09, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The arraignment of Customs fixer Mark Taguba has been deferred to February 23 pending a petition for review of his case in the Department of Justice

MARK TAGUBA. Mark Taguba (with cap) is escorted by NBI security at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on February 9, 2018. Rappler screengrab

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

Faeldon asks SC to order his release from Senate

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Resigned customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon says Senator Richard Gordon wanted an apology that would make him 'look good before the public'

CONVINCING FAELDON. Senator Richard Gordon talks to former BOC Commissioner Nick Faeldon (2nd from right) inside the Senate detention room on September 11, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

LIVE: Senate hearing on the P6.4B worth of shabu shipment from China

Jan 29, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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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

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

Chinese linked to P6.4-B smuggled shabu denies bribing BI to leave PH

Jan 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Richard Tan's lawyer says his client was not informed by the DOJ that an Immigration lookout bulletin was already issued against him

NOT INFORMED? Chinese businessman Richard Tan, the alleged shipper of the 604 kilos of shabu from China, says he wasn't informed a lookout bulletin was issued against him. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

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

BIR files tax evasion complaints vs Mark Taguba, Kenneth Dong

Jan 04, 2018 - 2:48 PM

The BIR claims customs fixer Mark Taguba – the whistleblower in the smuggled P6.4-billlon shabu shipment – owes the government P850 million

TAX EVASION. Customs broker and middleman Mark Taguba and Kenneth Dong are slapped with multi-million tax evasion cases based on their testimonies of their roles at the Bureau of Customs.

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Dec 28, 2017 - 8:15 PM

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Palace defends Faeldon's appointment to new gov't post

Dec 28, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'The appointment of Nicanor Faeldon to another position puts a big question mark in the government's seriousness in fighting corruption,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

NEW POST. President Rodrigo Duterte appoints detained former Bureau of Customs Chief Nicanor Faeldon as the new deputy administrator of the Office of Civil Defense.

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Dec 27, 2017 - 8:40 PM

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Duterte appoints Faeldon to Office of Civil Defense

Dec 27, 2017 - 4:18 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Faeldon is facing separate investigations at the Ombudsman for the P6.4 billion drug shipment and rice smuggling in Cagayan de Oro

Senate inquiry on the P6.4 Billion worth of shabu shipment from China, on the possible malfeasance, misfeasance, and nonfeasance of the Bureau of Customs officials and employees. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

DOJ brings back NBI power to investigate drug cases

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:43 PM

The NBI's involvement in case buildups was revoked before by an order of President Rodrigo Duterte, preventing it from probing the smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu from China

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

Aguirre: Duterte’s drug war memo bars NBI from investigating Faeldon

Nov 24, 2017 - 3:54 PM

'Mag-aral muna kayo,' Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II tells senators criticizing the DOJ panel's decision to dismiss the complaint against former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon stemming from a P6.4-billion shabu shipment

LACKING COMPLAINT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II passes the buck to PDEA for filing a lacking complaint that led to the dismissal of charges against former Customs commissioner Nicanor Faeldon in the smuggled P6.4 billion drug shipment. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Ombudsman creates panel to probe P6.4-billion smuggled shabu

Nov 07, 2017 - 11:46 AM

(UPDATED) 'The release was allegedly facilitated by public officials who were identified as members of the Davao Group,' says the Office of the Ombudsman

FACT-FINDING. The Office of the Ombudsman will look into the accountabilities of public officials in the smuggled shabu shipment. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gordon hits Aguirre for ‘cavalier’ attitude in smuggled P6.4B drug shipment

Oct 11, 2017 - 12:28 PM

'That’s his opinion but I vehemently deny that because his observations are without any basis, except for the fact that I have many things to do,' says Justice Secretary Aguirre

CAVALIER? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II attends the Senate hearing on the drugs shipment issue on September 19, 2017, where Senator Richard Gordon says he displayed a 'cavalier' attitude. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ starts investigation into P6.4B smuggled shabu shipment

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Mark Taguba's lawyer says the NBI complaint is flawed and incomplete

MIDDLEMAN. Businessman Kenneth Dong, alleged middleman in the drug shipment, is presented by Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II after his arrest during a press conference at the DOJ in Manila on August 15, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Faeldon skips Senate probe again to 'protest' bias of senators

Sep 07, 2017 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED The Senate blue ribbon committee has cited former Customs chief Nicanor Faeldon in contempt for skipping the probe despite a subpoena

ALLEGATION. Former Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon accuses Panfilo Lacson Jr, the son of Senator Panfilo, of involvement in smuggling in a news briefing on August 24, 2017

Duterte slams 'ignorant' Trillanes as 'political ISIS'

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:14 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes these remarks as Senator Antonio Trillanes IV tags Duterte s kin – his son Paolo and son in law Manases – in alleged smuggling

'POLITICAL ISIS.' President Rodrigo Duterte slams Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as 'political ISIS' for his supposed ignorance. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

'Committee de absuwelto'? Gordon, Trillanes face off in smuggling probe

Aug 31, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV accuses Senator Richard Gordon of lawyering for Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and presidential son in law Manases Carpio Gordon threatens to file an ethics complaint against his fellow senator

FIGHT. Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Richard Gordon bicker over the need to invite Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and Manases Carpio, son and son-in-law of President Rodrigo Duterte respectively. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Here's what else was in Taguba's text messages on Customs

Aug 30, 2017 - 8:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte s son Paolo and son in law Mans Carpio are mentioned in text messages of Customs fixer Mark Taguba to Tita Nanie

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Aug 22, 2017 - 8:21 PM

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Drug shipment middleman as state witness? Aguirre, Trillanes butt heads

Aug 18, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Senator Trillanes is already writing the ending of a story that has yet to start Secretary Aguirre says

STATE WITNESS? Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II presents businessman Kenneth Dong to the media and floats the possibility of turning Dong into a state witness in the drug shipment issue. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler.com

Drug raps filed vs broker, middleman in drug shipment mess

Aug 15, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The complaints are for importation of illegal drugs which is a non bailable offense and has a maximum penalty of life imprisonment

DRUG COMPLAINT. One of the individuals in the complaint, Customs broker Mark Taguba, is shown here attending the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on August 9, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal

Faeldon explains failure to address BOC corruption in first year

Aug 15, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon tells the Senate blue ribbon committee that he was all alone in his agency until people he recommended to key posts assumed office

CORRUPT? Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon denies ever receiving money in the BOC. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'Middleman' in P6.4-B shabu says Paolo Duterte just an 'acquaintance'

Aug 15, 2017 - 1:02 PM

UPDATED Kenneth Dong the alleged middleman in the P6 4 billion smuggled shabu from China says he met the presidential son in 2008 but they are not close

WACKY SHOT. Kenneth Dong (in glasses) with his friends and 'acquaintance' Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte (right). Photo courtesy of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

TIMELINE: How P6.4-B worth of shabu was smuggled into PH from China

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:36 PM

Government agents seize the contraband in a warehouse in Valenzuela City 3 days after it left the Manila International Container Port