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How TokHang lives on through barangay officials

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it needs barangay officials to win the drug war

CONTINUATION. Barangay officials take over the drug war with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Novaliches bishop, QC gov't, PNP sign drug rehab deal

Oct 22, 2017 - 8:20 AM

Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias says the Diocese of Novaliches wants to start change at the barangay level

DRUG REHAB. Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias signs a drug rehabilitation agreement alongside representatives from the Quezon City government and the Philippine National Police on October 18, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Killings won't solve drug problem, ex-Thai PM Abhisit says

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reflects on Thailand's own war on drugs, which was similar to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

DRUG WAR. Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva delivers a lecture on liberal democracy and post-truth politics at the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati City on October 18, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte to return police to drug war 'if things get worse again'

Oct 21, 2017 - 7:52 PM

'Okay, let us see, 6 months from now. If things get worse again, I will say to these apes: "Go back to this job. You solve this problem of ours,"' says President Rodrigo Duterte, referring to the police

Cardinal Tagle to ex-drug dependents: You're not a 'hopeless case'

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:53 PM

More than a hundred former drug dependents graduate from the Catholic Church's 'Sanlakbay' drug rehabilitation program

HEARTWARMING. Cardinal Tagle hugs one of the 132 Sanlakbay graduates on Saturday, October 21. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Pieta' drug suspect killed by syndicate – Malacañang

Oct 21, 2017 - 12:28 PM

Malacañang says they will pursue investigations on all drug-related deaths

PIETA. A woman hugs her husband who was shot dead by an unidentififed gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. The man lies next to a placard that reads, 'I'm a pusher.' Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Biased law enforcement? Duterte says shabu users mostly poor

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:38 PM

President Duterte reacts to a survey that shows people believe only the poor suffer from his drug war: 'The millionaires, they do shabu in yachts or they go to the airport to do cocaine or heroin'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte urges the public to report corrupt or inefficient government workers in his keynote speech during the Davao Investment Conference 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on July 21, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Duterte dares West to take 'lead role' in PH drug war

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:40 PM

In a speech tinged with sarcasm, President Rodrigo Duterte challenges Western countries to solve the Philippine drug war 'the civilized way'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over a meeting with the Interior and Local Government Acting Secretary Catalino Cuy and the officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) during his visit at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on October 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Solano testimony, war on drugs, Harvey Weinstein | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

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DENR officer, doctor caught in Davao City pot session

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The suspects are Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel, a DENR official in Bicol who is visiting Davao, and Dr Stephen So Tay, a high-value target of PDEA in the region

BUSTED. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI officer in charge Iav Naravy Duquiatan shows photographs of October 17's buy-bust operation in Davao City, where a Davao-based physician and a visiting DENR official from Bicol were caught in a pot session. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Second petition vs TokHang filed at SC

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The petition is filed on behalf of residents of 26 barangays in San Andres, Manila, including the families of 35 residents killed in police operations in the area

WAR ON DRUGS. A drug-related killing in Metro Manila. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

6 Olongapo cops accused of raping female drug suspect

Oct 18, 2017 - 1:46 PM

The 30-year-old victim waited until she was moved out of Police Station 5 in Barangay Sta Rita, Olongapo City, before disclosing her ordeal, says Olongapo City police chief Senior Superintendent Melchor Cabalza III

3 dead in Tondo a day after Duterte's new drug war memo

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:25 AM

The killings happen a day after President Rodrigo Duterte issues a memorandum order removing the Philippine National Police from the helm of the drug war operations

The wake of Sherwin Vitas, 34, and Rolando Ocampo, 60, in Tondo Manila. Both were killed in a police-led buy bust operation last October 11, moments before it was announced to the public that PDEA would lead all drug operations Photo by Kimberly dela Cruz

Sereno: 'Every injustice' to a breadwinner destroys 5 more lives

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM

'There are a few things in life that are very important. And one of them is justice,' the Chief Justice says.

MEMORIES OF KAMUNING. Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno speaks during a media forum at the Kamuning Bakery in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Hapilon and Maute, war on drugs, Catalonia | Evening wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:02 PM

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CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

Transport strike, Marawi updates, drug war and EJKs | Midday wRap

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

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'Small majority' of Filipinos want Church help in drug rehab

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:51 PM

(UPDATED) Only 13% of those surveyed, meanwhile, think the Church should not 'interfere' with the anti-drugs campaign

REHAB EFFORTS. A Filipino attends a Mass presided by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (not in photo) on March 17, 2017, to launch a Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program in San Juan. File photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

3 conditions when police can join PDEA drug war operations

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives the special circumstances needed when the PNP can join in illegal drug operations

EXCEPTION. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says cops can only join operations if PDEA agents are losing a gunfight. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Most Filipinos afraid they'd end up like Kian delos Santos – Pulse Asia

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:06 PM

In a poll held a month after the teenager's death, more than three-fourths of Filipinos who knew about Kian delos Santos said they were worried they or somebody they knew would meet the same fate

KIAN'S FATE. A survey shows most Filipinos are worried they could end up like the 17-year-old, who died during a police operation. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Most Filipinos believe EJKs happen in war on drugs – poll

Oct 16, 2017 - 10:22 AM

(UPDATED) While 88% support the war on drugs, 73% also believe EJKs are happening in its conduct

PROBE. Scene of the Crime Operatives at a crime scene in Caloocan City, Spetember 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler/File

Was the PNP’s war on drugs illegal? Here’s why lawyers think so

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:30 AM

The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the SC the opportunity to present oral arguments for the public to hear

ILLEGAL? The Free Legal Assistance Group asks the Supreme Court to void the PNP circular that operationalized the war on drugs.

Why are Filipinos supporting Duterte's drug war?

Oct 14, 2017 - 9:14 PM

Despite concerns and controversies, 7 in 10 Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration's drug war led by the Philippine National Police

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Pulse Asia and SWS survey, Sara Duterte, Pimentel | Evening wRap

Oct 13, 2017 - 7:41 PM

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Duterte warns of 'grave consequences' as PDEA handles drug war

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:36 PM

'Sinugal ko yan, pero alam ng lahat ng military pati police, the consequences of that could be far more serious,' President Rodrigo Duterte says

RODRIGO DUTERTE. Screen shot from Facebook livestream.

Malacañang hails Pulse Asia survey favoring Duterte

Oct 13, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella points out that the Pulse Asia survey was conducted 'at the height of the demolition job against the President'

NEW SURVEY. President Rodrigo Duterte maintained his 'big majority' trust and approval ratings based on the latest Pulse Asia survey. Malacañang file photo

If crimes rise, I'll ask Duterte to order PNP back to drug war – Dela Rosa

Oct 13, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Will the PNP return to the drug war?

BE RIGHT BACK? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says he will ask President Duterte to bring them back to the drug war front lines, if things go bad. Photo File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Duterte keeps 'big majority' approval, trust ratings in Pulse poll

Oct 13, 2017 - 10:32 AM

The results of a Pulse Asia survey held in the last week of September show President Rodrigo Duterte's approval and trust ratings at 80%

Pimentel, Sara Duterte, Odette | Evening wRap

Oct 12, 2017 - 7:17 PM

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Kick PH out of UNHRC? 'My God, do it, stupid!' says Duterte

Oct 12, 2017 - 4:35 PM

This comes after a Human Rights Watch director said the Philippines can be kicked out of the UNHRC if the drug war killlings continue

JUST DO IT. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the UNHRC to kick out the Philippine over the killings in his drug war. Malacanang file photo

Church to hold EDSA march vs killings on November 5

Oct 12, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls on Catholics to join a huge procession along EDSA against the extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

NO TO KILLINGS. Catholics join a Mass on September 21, 2017, to mark the 40th anniversary of Martial Law and to oppose extrajudicial killings in President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Dela Rosa, Duterte, France on PH | Midday wRap

Oct 12, 2017 - 12:42 PM

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PNP suspends Oplan Double Barrel, again

Oct 12, 2017 - 11:51 AM

(2nd UPDATE) This follows President Rodrigo Duterte ordering all agencies to leave all anti-drug operations to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)

STOPPED. 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Rappler file photo

PNP's next target: 'Riding-in-tandem' shooters

Oct 12, 2017 - 8:06 AM

'Yung mga riding-in-tandem, bantay kayo ngayon. Uupakan namin kayo,' warns PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

NEW 'PROJECT'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa tells shooters riding motorcycles to brace themselves. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

France hits bid to revive death penalty in PH

Oct 11, 2017 - 10:48 PM

'France is opposed to the death penalty everywhere and under all circumstances,' the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs says

DEATH PENALTY. President Rodrigo Duterte pushes to revive the death penalty in the Philippines. Malacañang photo

Dela Rosa apologizes for dip in Duterte ratings

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:50 PM

'Sorry, kami [ang] nagbigay ng dissatisfaction ng mga tao towards the President,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs and the committee on justice and human rights resumes its probe on December 5, 2016 investigating the death of Albuera, Leyte mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

Bautista impeachment, SWS, PDEA | Evening wRap

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:35 PM

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Drug war reason for satisfaction, dissatisfaction on Duterte – SWS

Oct 11, 2017 - 5:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Social Weather Stations revealed the finding during its Opinion on Drug War study presentation. They say the numbers have yet to be released.

SAME REASON. The SWS says the satisfaction and dissatisfaction for President Rodrigo Duterte's performance is the war on drugs. File photo by LeAnne Jazul

PDEA chief says PNP 'still needed' in drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency only has over a thousand agents, says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

READY? PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they still need the PNP. Rappler file photo

Lawyers file petition to declare drug war circulars unconstitutional

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The petitions of the human rights lawyers are the most comprehensive in terms of coverage when it comes to challenging the war on drugs

PETITON. Lawyers Felix Mariñas (foreground) and Jose Manuel "Chel" Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lead the filing of petitions on October 11, 2017 to invalidate circulars which 'operationalize' the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte names PDEA as 'sole agency' for drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 1:02 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte sidelines the Philippine National Police (PNP) as it faces public outrage over abuses in the anti-drug campaign

DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte names PDEA as the 'sole agency' in charge of his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang file photo

[Dash of SAS] Teen widows: the growing legacy of Duterte’s drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 9:46 AM

Soaring teen pregnancy, most common in urban poor communities, is colliding with drug-related killings that target mostly poor young men

FAMILY PICTURE. Here is a photo of Hideyoshi and Michel on her phone, propped up against Hyree’s tiny feet. That’s the only family picture they will ever have. All photos by Ana Santos

Solano, Dela Rosa, Human Rights Watch | Midday wRap

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:48 PM

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SWS survey, PNP and AFP, Narco-generals | Evening wRap

Oct 09, 2017 - 7:56 PM

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Random drug testing for Cebu students starts

Oct 09, 2017 - 7:16 PM

There have been concerns about the sampling method and confidentiality of the tests, and about how they would make students vulnerable in the government's war against drugs

Duterte ratings dip expected but 'love still there' – Malacañang

Oct 09, 2017 - 4:45 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella says Filipinos are now managing their expectations 'after the honeymoon period' of the Duterte administration

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 58th Philippine Army Change of Command Ceremony at Fort Andres Bonifacio in Taguig City on October 5, 2017, reminds the government troops to remain loyal to the Constitution and the flag. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte fires two PNP 'narco-generals'

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

They are former Quezon City police director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, and former Metro Manila police chief Director Joel Pagdilao

FIRED. In this file photo, Quezon City Police District director PCSupt. Edgardo Tinio (left) accepts the command flag from NCRPO and outgoing QCPD director PCSupt. Joel Pagdilao on July 30, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SWS survey, Dina Abad, Human Rights Watch | Midday wRap

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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No extrajudicial killings in PH? World 'not fooled,' says HRW

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:05 AM

Human Rights Watch says the Philippine government is limiting its definition of extrajudicial killings to avoid responsibility for the thousands of deaths linked to the drug war

Drilon compares PNP 'lies' in Duterte's drug war to Nazi propaganda

Oct 08, 2017 - 5:10 PM

'Ginagago ang taumbayan, to put it bluntly,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, reacting to the PNP's claim that there have been no extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch

CRIME SCENE. Kian Loyd delos Santos' uncle, Randy, points to the corner where the boy was shot. The bullet holes are visible with Kian's blood splattered around. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler