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PNP Western Visayas clears Espenido of drug links

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:05 PM

This is the first step in Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido's removal from President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug list

VETTED. Jovie Espenido at the Department of Justice in Manila on August 29, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Turkish soldier killed by regime fire in Syria's Idlib

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Turkey has 12 observation posts in Idlib as part of a Turkey-Russia deal, but Ankara's forces have come under attack this month from Syrian regime force

CONVOY. Residents watch as a Turkish military convoy that crossed from the border with Syria, passes through the Syrian rebel-held town of Hazano in Idlib's northern countryside, on February 22, 2020. Photo by Aaref Watad/AFP

YA novel on drug war 'Patron Saints of Nothing' longlisted for 2020 Carnegie Medal

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Randy Ribay's book – set in the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte's 'war on drugs' – is among the 20 novels from around the world vying for the prestigious literary award

Duterte’s tainted list, Calida’s gag order

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Where in the world?

Benefits of China trade truce 'limited' – U.S. Fed officials

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:00 AM

United States Federal Reserve officials note the 'phase one' trade deal with China 'would still leave a large portion of the tariffs in place'

TRADE WAR. This photo taken on June 24, 2019, shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, China. File photo by AFP

First civilian flight since 2012 lands in Aleppo

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:27 PM

The flight comes days after the government announced it had wrested the entire region around the second city of Aleppo back from jihadists and their rebel allies

FIRST CIVILIAN FLIGHT. The cockpit of the plane that carried out a flight from the Syrian capital Damascus to Aleppo is pictured upon the plane's arrival at the airport of the northern city that reopened today for the first time since the war forced its closure in 2012. Photo by Louai Beshara/AFP

Russia warns against Turkey operation in Syria

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch an operation in Idlib by the end of the month if Damascus fails to withdraw its troops behind Turkish military positions

WARNING. Turkish military M60T tanks drive through the village of Matarim in the south of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, near the M4 motorway that connects Aleppo with Latakia, on February 17, 2020. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

World War I helmet was better blast protection than new one – U.S. study

Feb 19, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Biomedical engineers find that the French World War I 'Adrian' helmet performed better than modern designs in protecting from overhead blasts.

BETTER PROTECTION. File photo of a French Adrian World War I helmet. Shutterstock.com

California to apologize for World War II internment of Japanese

Feb 19, 2020 - 2:08 PM

More than 120,000 Japanese-Americans were sent to 10 concentration camps throughout western states and Arkansas during World War II after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order

A sign explains the history of the WW II - era Manzanar internment camp, in Manzanar, California, approximately 230 miles (370 km) northeast of Los Angeles, August 2, 2015. Manzanar, which is now a National Historic Site, tells the story of the over 110, 000 persons of Japanese ancestry, the majority of which were American citizens, who were forcibly detained at ten such camps in remote and desolate parts of the US between 1942 and 1945. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo by ROBYN BECK / AFP)

Despite trade wars, Trump says U.S. 'open for business'

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:20 PM

'We don't want to make it impossible to do business with us,' says United States President Donald Trump, even as he has launched disputes with trading partners

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base February 18, 2020, in Maryland. - Trump is heading to California at the start of a four-day western state campaign swing. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

China to waive tariffs on U.S. medical imports amid virus outbreak

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Products that will qualify for the exemptions include patient monitors, blood transfusion equipment, and instruments to measure blood pressure

TARIFFS SUSPENDED. Containers are shown at the foreign trade container terminal in Qingdao, in China's eastern Shandong province, on November 21, 2019. File photo by AFP

Cop among 357 policemen on Duterte drug list already dead

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:54 AM

According to Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, the cop was recently shot dead

DUTERTE LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the fourth Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 1, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Big funds, little transparency: How Duterte's drug list works

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:38 PM

How did drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido end up in President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list?

SECRET? President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list has been kept confidential but the public has been granted peeks into it when the administration sees it fit. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] A personal reflection: Reading Randy Ribay’s 'Patron Saints of Nothing'

Feb 15, 2020 - 2:00 PM

We must read this because it is written for us. We, too, must rescue ourselves from our stony indifference.

U.S. bans visits by Sri Lanka army chief over war crimes

Feb 14, 2020 - 11:25 PM

'The allegations of gross human rights violations against Shavendra Silva, documented by the United Nations and other organizations, are serious and credible,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

BANNED. Sri Lanka's Army chief Shavendra Silva (R) oversees a military operation to revive abandoned rice paddies, as part of a nationwide effort to improve agricultural productivity, near Colombo on January 14, 2020. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

‘Duterte believes Espenido is clean’ – Malacañang

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:52 PM

(UPDATED) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says Police Lieutenant Colonel Espenido 'continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the President'

DUTERTE'S BACKING. File photo of Police Lieutenent Colonel Jovie Espenido. Rappler screengrab.

Año confirms Espenido is on Duterte's own drug list

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirms Rappler's report that drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is on President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list

CONFIRMED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año delivers a speech during the launching of the Inter-Agency Task Force Federalism and Constitutional Reform in Camp Crame on Monday, January 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP allows general in Duterte drug list to retire early with benefits

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa gives cops on the Duterte drug list the chance to retire early before being investigated for administrative and criminal cases

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. Thousands of cops gather for a program in Camp Crame, the national base of the Philippine National Police. PNP photo

Cebu cop killed during botched buy-bust operation

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:48 PM



Police arrested one suspect in the shooting, and are hunting the other 2

Turkey, Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to strike Syrian regime forces 'everywhere' if his soldiers come under renewed attack

TENSION. Syrian government forces deploy near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province on February 10, 2020. AFP file photo

Drug war poster boy Jovie Espenido is on Duterte drug list

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:14 PM

One of President Rodrigo Duterte's most lauded cops is on his own drug list

GOLDEN BOY TAINTED. Controversial police officer Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido is in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug list. File photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes – top official

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:24 AM

The ICC has charged Bashir and 3 of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes

CHARGED. Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Idlib displacement worst since start of Syria war – U.N.

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:23 PM

'In just 10 weeks, since 1 December, some 690,000 people have been displaced from their homes in Idlib and surrounding areas,' says the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

INTERNALLY DISPLACED. A truck loaded with a family's belongings drives on the outskirts of the town of Deir Ballut as Syrians fleeing air strikes by pro-regime forces on rebel-held areas of the Idlib province head toward safer zones near the Turkish border, on February 6, 2020. File photo by Rami al Sayed/AFP

Gamboa warns police in Duterte drug list: If you're guilty, better retire now

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa says they will not publish the names of the police on the drug list, stressing that they are innocent until proven guilty

WARNING. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa tells cops involved in the illegal drug trade to retire already. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: U.N. chief Guterres defends Duterte's war on drugs

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:18 PM

This is a fabricated, rehashed claim that first surfaced in 2017

11 killed, 111 arrested in weeklong anti-drug sweep in Bulacan

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Bulacan police conduct multiple anti-drug operations from February 3 to February 9

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Bulacan launches a massive anti-crime drive in keeping with the President's campaign promise of intensifying the country's anti-drug campaign. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Espenido shipped out of Bacolod

Feb 08, 2020 - 6:24 PM

This comes after he was ordered relieved by the PNP national headquarters effective February 5

CONTROVERSIAL COP. In this file photo, Jovie Espenido files a counter affidavit on August 29, 2017 along with 3 of his subordinates in connection with the deadly police operation which killed 9 suspected criminals in Ozamiz City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

High-value target, 2 others slip past Espenido’s drug bust

Feb 07, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Next time, the controversial cop says, he will not fail

NEXT TIME. File photo of  Chief Inspector Jovie Espenido will be reassigned to a place targeted by the government's war on drugs. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rapler

China to halve tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. imports

Feb 06, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Levies of 5% and 10% on more than 1,700 items will be cut 'to alleviate economic and trade friction'

AGRICULTURAL IMPORTS. China says its market demand for high quality agricultural products is 'very large.' Photo from Shutterstock

For a 'human rights culture': Group launches children's rights comic book

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Batang May K!, a collaboration between PhilRights and Makô, hopes to make children understand better the importance of human rights amid violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

Dishonesty, lack of transparency ‘glaring’ features of Duterte gov’t – rights group

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:11 PM

PhilRights executive director Nymia Simbulan says the lack of state accountability reflects 'how the government values and looks at human rights and human lives'

Walt Disney Co. results lifted by 'Star Wars,' 'Frozen'

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:50 PM

Aside from 'Star Wars' and 'Frozen,' the company also had a strong 1st quarter thanks to the launch of Disney ++

More Baby Yoda? 'Mandalorian' back in October as spin-offs mulled

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:38 PM

Disney is ramping up Baby Yoda content with season two of 'Mandalorian' in October and 'potential spin-offs' in the works

Northwest Syria violence displaces 500,000 in 2 months

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:32 AM

According to the UN, the vast majority – 80% – are women and children

ESCAPE. Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Photo by Kahlil Mazraawi/AFP

Eddie Villanueva slams drug killings, but says Duterte not to blame

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The evangelical pastor, now one of the House of Representatives' deputy speakers, says 'scalawag' policemen are behind the drug killings

House Deputy Speaker and JIL Church founder Eddie Villanueva discusses the bloody drug war in a speech marking the National Bible Day on February 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

'Star Wars: A New Hope' in concert is coming to Manila

Feb 03, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Enjoy the movie that started it all – with a live full orchestra

STAR WARS IN CONCERT. The iconic first movie in the franchise gets a full orchestra treatment. Image courtesy of CC: Concepts

Venice shuts down for World War II-era bomb removal

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Authorities say the operation required the evacuation of about 3,500 residents

Robredo to reporters: Have a stronger voice than 'heartless trolls'

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:40 PM

Enumerating her office's achievements, Vice President Leni Robredo urges journalists to help her fight authoritarianism

TRUTH TO POWER. Vice President Leni Robredo speaks at the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines' (FOCAP) annual Prospects for the Philippines Conference, held at The Peninsula Manila in Makati City on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Still no 'meaningful accountability' over drug war killings under Duterte – Amnesty Int'l

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Amnesty International says that 'families were unable to obtain justice for their loved ones, due to enormous obstacles to filing cases against perpetrators, including fear of retaliation'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Dutch offer first apology for World War II persecution of Jews

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:17 PM

Records show that only 38,000 of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands survived World War II but no government apology has been offered for the role the authorities played

'Nakilaban': Drug suspect killed in Laoag in alleged shootout

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The Laoag police say Andrew Ventura was Number 3 in their most wanted list for another offense – running away with a motorcycle

War crimes, not genocide committed against Rohingya – Myanmar probe

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) dismisses the findings as a 'blatant PR exercise'

In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP)

PDEA Bicol seizes P136 million worth of shabu at Matnog port

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The suspected shabu was hidden in 20 individual teabags, which weighed around 20 kilos overall and were placed inside a gray luggage bag

No letup in human rights abuses under Duterte – Human Rights Watch

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Int'l Criminal Court: Probe of drug war continues even with Sabio 'withdrawal'

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) says a withdrawal of communication is not even allowed under the Rome Statute

The last Holocaust survivors: Growing old with memories of Auschwitz

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:14 AM

The numbers tattooed on their left arms have faded, much in the same way that the collective memory of the Holocaust is blurring

Holocaust survivor Szmul Icek shows a picture of his parents killed by the Nazis, during a photo session at his home in Jerusalem on December 8, 2019. (Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP)

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of respondents in the December 2019 survey agree with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for actions against extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The stroke of genius in Robredo’s drug war report

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:29 AM

For too long Duterte’s war on drugs has hidden behind a veil of fear, lies, and misconceptions. It’s high time for facts and statistics to pierce that veil.

Robredo to Duterte gov't: Drug war data wrong? Numbers came from you

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:35 PM

'Hindi namin imbento iyong data. Iyong data, galing sa kanila,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, after law enforcement agencies claimed she got her drug war numbers wrong

NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo holds up a copy of her drug war report as former Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drug co-chair on January 8, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

[OPINION] Running to stand still: On U2 fans and the war on drugs

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Don't U2 fans who support the drug war know that many of U2’s socio-political songs espouse empathy, mercy, and compassion?