war on drugs

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

One last bike trip for the fearless Father Picx

Mar 17, 2018 - 12:49 PM

'I am just a mere point of light in the dark. But I believe and hope that even small acts that we do will add to the collective efforts to awaken the conscience of the nation,' says Fr Amado 'Picx' Picardal, as he goes on a 16-day 'Bike for Life and Peace' around Northern Mindanao

FEARLESS PRIEST. Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal says he is embarking on the 1,500-kilometer bike trip in Northern Mindanao 'fully aware...that I can be a target of extrajudicial killing'. Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

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Mar 16, 2018 - 8:32 PM

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Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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Mar 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

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Int'l Criminal Court to Duterte: PH still obliged to cooperate upon withdrawal

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:17 AM

‘The Court encourages the Philippines to not follow through with the reported intention to withdraw,’ says the International Criminal Court

PH withdrawal from ICC may imply Duterte ‘afraid’ to be probed – Robredo

Mar 15, 2018 - 3:25 PM

What message does the Philippines want to say by withdrawing from the ICC, asks the Vice President – that we don't want to promise we would uphold human rights?

IMPLICATIONS. Vice President Leni Robredo talks about the possible implications of the Philippines withdrawal from the ICC. File photo by OVP

Malacañang: Duterte not afraid of International Criminal Court

Mar 15, 2018 - 2:40 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque says President Rodrigo Duterte 'has not said he will not participate' if the complaint before the International Criminal Court prospers

ICC. The International Criminal Court building in The Hague. Photo from OSeveno/Wikimedia Commons

Cayetano on ICC withdrawal, DOJ prosecutor now RTC judge, Panama Papers law firm to close | Midday wRap

Mar 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

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Prosecutor in Peter Lim case 'saddened' by Aguirre’s probe

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

‘Sino ba naman ang napakalakas na loob na tao na lalaruin itong ganyang klaseng kaso? Nagrurule lang kami based on evidence,' says former state prosecutor and now Judge Aristotle Reyes

The Department of Justice in a hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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FULL TEXT: Duterte's statement on Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Read the 15-page statement of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte: PH to withdraw from International Criminal Court 'immediately'

Mar 14, 2018 - 2:48 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ignore the one-year period for the effectivity of the withdrawal, claiming the Philippines was deceived when it signed the Rome Statute

DUTERTE VS ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte claims the Philippines can withdraw from the International Criminal Court immediately. Malacanang file photo

PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Subpoena powers should remain with judiciary, says PNP law author Pimentel

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Republic Act 10973, Pimentel says, reduces the power of the judiciary and puts Filipinos' right to security at risk

NO ABUSE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier vowed that they will use their 'conscience' in issuing subpoenas. PNP PIO file photo

Duterte to review dismissal of Lim, Espinosa drug charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also threatens repercussions if the dismissal of the drug charges against Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa is affirmed

Robredo: How can DOJ clear self-confessed drug lord Espinosa?

Mar 13, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Senators say the recommendation of a Department of Justice panel to drop charges against suspected drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa proves that the drug war is 'anti-poor' and a 'sham'

KEYNOTE SPEAKER. Vice President Leni Robredo keynotes the ADP Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Talk on March 13, 2018. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

No abuse of PNP subpoena powers? How the police will do it

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:07 PM

While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law

COPS AT THE DOOR. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PNP to DOJ: Reverse dismissal of Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to use 'all legal remedies' to hold the suspected big-time drug personalities liable

FOR APPEAL. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents Kerwin Espinosa to reporters. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ panel clears Peter Lim, China defends Duterte, U.S. House panel on Russian collusion | Midday wRap

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:39 AM

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DOJ clears Cebu businessman Peter Lim of drug trade charges

Mar 12, 2018 - 7:20 PM

In doing so, the DOJ also clears Kerwin Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co, and alleged supplier Lovely Impal

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte cites 'legal reason' behind order to ignore drug war probes

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:17 PM

'The best way is just to keep silent. May commander-in-chief man,' says President Rodrigo Duterte during a speech before soldiers and the police in Zamboanga City

'IGNORE' UN PROBE. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the police to 'not respond' to UN rapporteurs if they investigate human rights abuses in his 'war on drugs.' Malacañang file photo

Malacañang on police subpoena powers: Law will address abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 9:01 PM

'Mayroon naman tayong mga umiiral na batas po kapag inabuso itong ganitong kapangyarihan,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Sereno impeachment, Mercado on frigates deal, UNCHR chief slams Duterte | Midday wRap

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:51 PM

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Duterte insists Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over him

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018, warns the public officials not to commit corruption during his term. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security

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Mar 05, 2018 - 9:25 PM

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Malacañang thanks EU for drug rehab aid

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The European Union will modify the standard text of its future financial deals with the Philippines to avoid reiterating the condition on respect for human rights, which has angered Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and European Council President Donald Tusk join the traditional Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) handshake prior to the start of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) 40th Anniversary Commemorative Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PDEA sacks nearly all Calabarzon personnel

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The sacked personnel, including the regional chief, are linked to 'unlawful arrests and extortion activities' in Batangas and Cavite

'NO EXCUSES.' PDEA chief Aaron Aquino sacks the regional chief and more than 60 personnel from the PDEA Region 4A office. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

UN probers need Duterte clearance for drug war documents – Dela Rosa

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DUTERTE NOD NEEDED. PNP chief Ronald del Rosa says he would ask for Duterte's order to share documents before he shares drug war documents with any UN investigator. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Sereno won’t resign, Malacañang on joint exploration, Duterte on UN rapporteurs | Evening wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 8:03 PM

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CHR reminds Duterte, police: Obey 'lawful' orders

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses

Duterte tells police to ignore UN rapporteurs' probe

Mar 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brands any investigation into his drug war as interference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte fires a few rounds from a sniper rifle as he leads the ceremonial shoot during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge at the Team Davao Inc. Pistol and Rifle Range in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Also in the photo is Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Rights groups slam Cayetano's defense of drug war before UN

Mar 01, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Human Rights Watch urges the Philippine government to 'stop depicting itself as the victim'

Sereno to go on leave, Roque UN special rapporteur, Senate on Jason Aquino | Evening wRap

Feb 27, 2018 - 7:44 PM

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Roque to recommend another UN rapporteur to probe drug killings

Feb 27, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who is also President Rodrigo Duterte's adviser on human rights, says the Philippine government will 'definitely not' agree to an investigation by Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque responds to questions at a press briefing in Malacañang. Malacañang file photo

[OPINION] Youth as troublemakers

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:29 AM

In the final analysis, these youth are fighting not just for themselves, but also for the rest of us. Whether or not we agree is secondary. The least we could do is to listen to their wisdom.

Treat people as gifts, not commodities – Cardinal Tagle

Feb 25, 2018 - 1:21 PM

At the Walk for Life, Cardinal Tagle blasts a 'throwaway culture' that discards people who no longer prove useful

WALK FOR LIFE. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily at the Walk for Life in Quirino Grandstand on February 24, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PANOORIN: 2,000 Katoliko, dumalo sa Walk for Life

Feb 24, 2018 - 9:14 PM

Paalala ni Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle sa mga Pilipino, ang buhay ay isang regalo

STOP THE KILLINGS. More or less 2,000 Catholics troop to Quirino Grandstand for the Walk for Life on February 24, 2018, to call for an end to killings in the Philippines. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: A day with an Oplan Tokhang team

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Rappler joins an Oplan Tokhang team to see how the project has changed

OPLAN TOKHANG. Police visit a drug suspect deep in the slum areas of Muntinlupa City. Rappler screengrab

Cebu town's top drug suspect, cop killed in shootout

Feb 20, 2018 - 12:04 PM

Police Officer 2 Evie Espina is also killed during an operation against Jovelio Franza, Minglanilla town's top drug personality, and two other suspects

College president linked to drugs remains at large – PDEA chief Aquino

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Samson Molao, president of the Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology, is accused of operating a drug den inside the school

AARON AQUINO. PDEA Chief Director General Aaron Aquino insists Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology Foundation president Samson Molao is wanted for his alleged illegal drug-related activities. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Like at SC, Dela Rosa says PNP has nothing to hide about drug war from ICC

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:53 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa also says they won't be sharing their drug war documents fully should the international tribunal make a request

LIMITED TRANSPARENCY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa doesn't want to fully disclose their documents to the International Criminal Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

'I fear for my life' – lawyer behind Duterte probe

Feb 17, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Jude Sabio, who describes himself as penniless and on the run, says he had received death threats from Duterte supporters on social media after filing a petition with the Hague-based International Criminal Court in April last year

SABIO. This photo taken on February 16, 2018 shows lawyer Jude Sabio gesturing as he shows the communication he submitted to the International Criminal Court against Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP