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Calida blocks release of drug war docs, Supreme Court must rule

Feb 21, 2019 - 5:01 PM

‘The constitutionally enshrined right to information on matters of public concern should be upheld,’ says petitioner Center for International Law (CenterLaw)

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida asks the Supreme Court not to release war on drugs documents. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Gutoc asks Dela Rosa: What if your son was drug war collateral damage?

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:51 AM

The former police chief says if drug war victims and their families don't get justice on earth, they will get it in heaven

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Jan 25, 2019 - 8:57 PM

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Gov’t claims 9,999 barangays already cleared of illegal drugs

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:13 PM

This leaves 22,427 barangays still needing to be cleared of drugs to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's delayed promise of stopping illegal drugs within his term

MORE TO GO. The government claims it has cleared almost 10,000 barangays of illegal drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Sri Lanka President Sirisena praises Duterte drug war as 'example to world'

Jan 17, 2019 - 2:28 PM

'I feel that we should follow your footsteps to control this hazard,' Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena tells President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena offer a toast to each other during the State Banquet at the Malacañan Palace on January 16, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gov't allows 'drug war' deaths to go unsolved

Jan 14, 2019 - 1:40 PM

The systematic delay in solving killings does not help the Duterte administration in a landmark legal battle before the International Criminal Court

Duterte fires Bacolod police chief over alleged drug links

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:34 AM

(3rd UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte dismisses 4 other policemen for their alleged involvement in the illegal drug trade

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the Negosyo Serbisyo sa Barangay program held at the Patio Milagros Minitel and Resort in Dimasalang, Masbate on January 9, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte vows 'big fish' will die in last half of his term

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

In his first speech of 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte warns that big-time drug bosses will be killed in the remaining years of his presidency

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte gov't tally: 'Drug war' deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records 5,050 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to November 2018

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

6 killed in Negros Oriental police operations

Dec 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

The provincial police says those killed fought back and resisted arrest

Gov't alone can't end illegal drugs in PH – Año

Dec 25, 2018 - 10:40 PM

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says a 'whole-of-nation initiative' is needed against illegal drugs

NATION NEEDED. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año says communities need to help the government out in its campaign against illegal drugs and corruption. Rappler screengrab

Faeldon’s son nabbed in drug bust | Evening wRap

Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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ICC Prosecutor: We will continue to examine PH war on drugs

Dec 06, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will carry on with her preliminary examinations despite President Duterte’s withdrawal of the Philippines from the ICC

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATIONS. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announces on December 5, 2018, that she will continue to conduct a preliminary examination into President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. Photo by Peter Dejong / AFP

JBC tackles drug war, divorce, same-sex marriage in panel interview

Dec 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Applicants for a Supreme Court vacancy are asked for their opinions on polarizing legal issues. Privacy issues are also discussed.

PUBLIC INTERVIEWS. (L-R) CA Justices Ricardo Rosario, Ramon Cruz and Eduardo Peralta undergo the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) public interviews on December 5, 2018, for a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Photos from the JBC

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Huwag nating kalilimutan si Kian

Dec 03, 2018 - 10:06 AM

Hindi pa tapos ang laban, ang susunod na yugto: ang pakikipagbuno sa paglimot. Dahil kaluluwa natin bilang isang bansa ang nakataya

Conviction of Kian's killers won't weaken ICC examination of drug war – experts

Nov 30, 2018 - 7:02 PM

(UPDATED) Of the 20,000 estimated deaths in the 'war on drugs,' the government has investigated only 76, excluding numbers from Manila, Quezon City, and Taguig

Youths groups hold a candle lighting ceremony in front of the Caloocan Community Police Station 1, in honor of slain teen Kian de Los Santos as a guilty verdict to the police suspects was handed down earlier today at the Caloocan RTC. November 29, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Robredo wants deeper 'drug war' probe after conviction of Kian's killers

Nov 29, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says the guilty verdict handed to the murderers of Kian delos Santos is a 'victory of the nation'

NO TO DRUG WAR. Vice President Leni Robredo is a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drug war. File photo by OVP

Bishop David hails conviction of Kian delos Santos killers

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:31 AM

'Salamat sa Diyos!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, a drug war critic detested by President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYING FOR KIAN. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David blesses the tomb of Kian Loyd delos Santos, a teenager gunned down by Caloocan policemen, as part of the remembrance of All Souls' Day on November 2, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

TIMELINE: Seeking justice for Kian delos Santos

Nov 28, 2018 - 10:02 AM

(UPDATED) The death of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos triggers massive condemnation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs

A thousand came for the burial of Kian Loyd delos Santos as he is laid to rest on August 26, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Nearly 5,000 killed in 'drug war'

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says there have been 4,999 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to October 2018

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte and Xi tackle drugs, Marawi, infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China will give another 50 scholarships for Filipinos, and donate 10,000 tons of rice for typhoon-stricken communities

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China meet in Malacañang on November 20, 2018, as Xi makes a state visit to the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Police kill 21 in Undas 2018 anti-drug operations

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Cops also arrest 981 drug suspects from October 31 to November 3

BLOOD IN UNDAS. Anti-drug cops kill 21 suspects during the 4-day Undas weekend. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] The glaring contradictions in Duterte’s war on drugs

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:06 PM

It’s been more than two years already, and otherwise pious and caring Filipinos seem largely unconcerned with the drug war

Bets in narco list? Comelec stresses need for due process

Oct 12, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Being on the narco list should not automatically mean disqualification, says Commission on Elections Chairman Sheriff Abas

NO DQ YET. File photo of Comelec Chairman Sheriff Abas. Photo by Angie de Silva

Oppose Philippine candidacy to Human Rights Council – HRW

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:31 PM

United Nations Director to Human Rights Watch Louis Charbonneau calls on other UN member countries to show outrage against drug war-related killings by keeping the Philippines 'off the council'

OUTRAGE. United Nations Director to Human Rights Watch opposes the candidacies of the Philippines and Eritrea to the Human Rights Council over mounting cases of human rights abuses in the respective countries. EJK Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Members of Tondo group accused of vigilante killings still walk free

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:18 PM

In the conclusion of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, a self-confessed vigilante says Police Superintendent Robert Domingo is just 'a tool for Tondo' and that someone higher is involved

'It's War' | Conclusion

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'What would you call it, what do you call it if nobody dies? What else do you call it? It’s a war, a war on drugs,' says General Bato dela Rosa

Tondo village chief: Killings won't happen if people stayed home at night

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:53 PM

In the 6th of 7 stories part of the Murder in Manila series, allegations of a supposed vigilante group in Barangay 105 in Tondo raises little concern from its chairperson

SWS: Less than 50% of Filipinos want death penalty for 7 drug-related crimes

Oct 10, 2018 - 3:42 PM

'When you put the options, you don’t get a large number for death penalty on any crimes linked to illegal drugs, and that is, to me, the strongest finding,' SWS' Dr Mahar Mahangas says

'There Are Snakes Everywhere' | Part 6

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The murder of Charlie Saladaga causes little consternation. "It was nothing," says Angel. "The CSG were bragging. They were saying, ‘Look what happened. Which punk is next?’”

Vigilante on killing targets: Doesn't matter if kid or adult

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:25 PM

In part 5 of the Murder in Manila series, self-confessed vigilantes from the Confederate Sentinels Group Tondo Chapter 2 explain their methods of murder

'I Finish The Job' | Part 5

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'They’re the CSG...They’re the ones who kill the drug users and dealers,” says one resident of Village 105

CSG founder says leadership did not order Tondo Chapter 2 to kill

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:01 PM

In part 4 of the Murder in Manila series, the Confederate Sentinels Group director tells Rappler it was the police who recruited members of the alleged vigilante group in Tondo

'What Did The CSG Do Wrong?' | Part 4

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:15 PM

CSG founder Alvin Constantino tells Rappler that CSG Inc was meant to help the nation, and in no way promotes extrajudicial killings

Tondo cop ordered drug war slays? PNP dares killers to testify

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'These people (confessed vigilantes) should come out in the open, come to us kung talagang merong ganitong allegations and we will investigate fully,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

Vigilante says police claim their kills in Tondo

Oct 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

In part 3 of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, sources tell Rappler that at least two suspects were killed by the police-backed Confederate Sentinels Group Tondo Chapter 2

'Get it from the chief' | Part 3

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'Who ends up looking good when people like Sitoy with his grenade are killed? The police. But they didn’t kill him. We just called them whenever there was a body,' says Simon

Vigilante claims Tondo police chief gave orders for drug war killings

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:55 PM

In Part 2 of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, at least 9 sources tell Rappler that the police actively supported the work of the Confederate Sentinels Group (CSG) Tondo Chapter 2

'The cops were showing off' | Part 2

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Rappler's sources claim cops had actively supported the CSG’s vigilante activities – 'They were the killing arm of the police'

Vigilante says police aware of drug war killings in Tondo

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:30 AM

EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of the series 'Some People Need Killing,' a self-confessed vigilante tells Rappler that it was impossible for local police not to know about the killings

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:48 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

Duterte's drug war pushes victims' families deeper into poverty

Sep 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

'Isang kahig, isang tuka ang mga pamilya ng mga biktima. Mas lalo pa itong lumala nang napatay ang primary breadwinner,' says PhilRights Executive Director Nymia Simbulan

[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:20 PM

There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.

Photo of priest from Shutterstock; photo of bloodied body by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Support for families of drug war victims crucial in 'long process' for justice

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases

'Political, personal repercussions' may await gov't officials linked to drug war

Sep 09, 2018 - 9:15 PM

These repercussions could include restricted travel and frozen assets, says international human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza

Cop linked to drugs killed in South Cotabato buy-bust operation

Sep 09, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Police say PO1 Rommil Barcellano resisted arrest and fired at those conducting the operation

NANLABAN? Police Officer I Rommil Barcellano is killed after allegedly violently resisting arrest in a buy-bust operation. Photo from the PNP-CITF

Lacson to Duterte: Enough of drug war, focus on economy

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:15 PM

'Ang hinaharap mas malaking problema – economy.... Ang kalampagin naman niya economic managers,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Consumers look for a cheaper goods at the Market in Quezon City on Wednesday. August 22, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bicol officials deny 'tanim droga' at Naga checkpoints

Sep 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'We assure the public that all actions of our law enforcement agencies will be within the bounds of law,' says Naga City official Allen Reondanga

'DISINFORMATION' ALERT. Naga City public information office head Allen Reondanga denies a claim in a 'chain message' saying there will be 'tanim droga' operations (planting of illegal drugs) in checkpoints in Naga City. Screenshot from Reondanga's Facebook account

International Criminal Court issue will mark Duterte presidency

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:54 PM

‘He made his drug war a central point. How he handles the many deaths being committed around it will mark his presidency,’ says an international human rights lawyer