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Is the drug war undermining the gains of government's anti-poverty programs?

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Research shows that at least one in 5 victims of drug-related killings in Metro Manila in 2016 and 2017 were beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Mural illustrating Irene’s story was painted by street artists and residents in a community in Quezon City. Street art by Gerilya

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte on 75th anniversary of Leyte landing: Filipinos still at war vs illegal drugs

Oct 20, 2019 - 6:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte connects the events of the liberation of the Philippines from the Japanese occupation to the need to be free from social ills like illegal drugs

VETS. World War II Veterans listen to speeches made on the 75th anniversary of the landing in Leyte Gulf. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

U.N. expert: PH drug war designed to show off Duterte's 'arbitrary power'

Oct 10, 2019 - 12:12 PM

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston says the 'killing of significant number of people may have achieved other government objectives but has done nothing in terms of eliminating the drug problem'

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

Sotto: Drug-free PH 'almost impossible,' aim to be 'drug resistant' instead

Oct 08, 2019 - 4:49 PM

'We have not been successful in the other half of the fight, which is the demand-reduction strategy,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III

'DRUG-RESISTANT'. Senator Vicente Sotto III says the Philippines should work on a drug-resistant environment. File photo by Cesar Tomambo/PRIB

'Killings continue': Rights group urge ICC to open investigation of drug war

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The group also urges the ICC prosecutor to 'cooperate' with the United Nations Human Rights Council which is conducting its own inquiry into the drug war killings in the Philippines

EJKs. Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Guevarra to courts: Don't dismiss 'weak' drug cases outright

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The Supreme Court also tempers its own ruling to provide leeway for arresting officers who do not comply with the proper rules on handling evidence

DRUG CASES. DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra says courts must be "liberal" in handling drug cases with weak buildups. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

After rejecting foreign aid over drug war, PH seeks new funders

Sep 30, 2019 - 1:25 PM

The Department of Finance is looking for funding from new partners – ones that did not support the resolution adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council

Locsin: U.N. ‘not free to interfere’ when a country goes tough vs crime

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:13 PM

'The nations here in United [Nations] should not let this platform be used to threaten others with accountability for taking a tough approach to crime,' says DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin, Jr

'NOT FREE TO INTERFERE.' Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddyboy Locsin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from UN Web TV

Documentary hopes to prevent rewriting of PH drug war killings story

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang criticizes 'On President's Orders' for being 'overly dramatized' and 'falsely portrays a dangerous Philippines and a murderous government'

PREMIERE. Around 1,000 invited audiences joined in the screening of controversial docufilm, 'On President's Orders' at Active Vista's 7th International Human Rights Film Festival on Friday, September 20. Photo courtesy of Dakila Media

Dela Rosa says 'ninja cops' list should be made public

Sep 24, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Ronald dela Rosa vouches for the integrity of PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, clearing him of links with cops who recycle drugs seized during operations

NO LINKS. Senator Ronald dela Rosa clears PNP chief Oscar Albayalde from links to 'ninja cops' involved in drug recycling. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

Locsin says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang suspends talks on loans, grants from countries backing U.N. probe into drug war

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Yet Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo categorically denies President Rodrigo Duterte issued such an order

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

PDEA says use of 'recycled drugs' vs suspects still 'rampant'

Sep 16, 2019 - 4:05 PM

These drugs are used for 'all kinds of operations,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

RAMPANT. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino says illegal drug activites are still rampat. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Mary Joy Sta Rita on fighting back vs the PNP

Sep 09, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Watch the interview live on Rappler at 1:30 pm on Monday, September 9

Drug war widow fights back: ‘Cops murdered my husband’

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:10 PM

Drug war widow Mary Joy Sta Rita accuses 13 cops from Pulilan, Bulacan, of conspiring to murder her husband Jerson in the guise of a buy-bust operation

COMPLAINT. Mary Joy Sta Rita at the Office of the Ombudsman on Friday, September 6. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año says 'gov't has no responsibility' to help families of drug war victims

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:07 PM

However, DILG secretary Eduardo Año said, the families of those killed in illegal drugs operations may 'approach appropriate government agencies' for help

NO POLICY. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the agency has no policy in place to assist families of those killed in the drug war.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte says safety comes at a price. Filipinos should know what that price is.

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:09 AM

'I spoke with families of the dead who told me their kin were shot while watching TV at home, playing video games in a shop, dealing cards at a friend’s wake, singing karaoke on the sidewalk, or buying bananas from a stall.'

Cayetano: Government intends to 'protect human life' with drug war

Aug 10, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The House Speaker says that drug war casualties are those who want to kill law enforcement officers or avoid criminal prosecution

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

There are EJKs in Manila, contrary to what Isko Moreno believes

Aug 10, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Killings in 26 barangays in San Andres Bukid are the basis for a petition with the Supreme Court to declare the Duterte anti-drug campaign as unconstitutional

PRESENTATION. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents 35 drug personalities apprehended in a series of drug stings by members of the Manila Police District during a press conference at the Manila City hall after the morning flag raising ceremony on August 5, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

So what if Bato heads the Senate panel probing drug war?

Aug 07, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Human Rights Watch warns that Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will only be an obstacle to accountability on extrajudicial killings under the drug war

NEW SENATOR. Neophyte Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa appears in his first Senate kapihan session with reporters, where said he won't inhibit from Senate panel investigations into the bloody war on drugs. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Isko Moreno gives a taste of Manila’s new drug war

Aug 06, 2019 - 7:23 AM

(UPDATED) Isko Moreno holds his biggest presentation of drug suspects inside Manila City Hall, presenting 35 cuffed men and women in front of a firing line of cameras

PRESENTATION. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno presents 35 drug personalities apprehended in a series of drug stings by members of the Manila Police District during a press conference at the Manila City hall after the morning flag raising ceremony on August 5, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Applause for death, drugs, sex jokes – that is the State of the Nation

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

The ramifications of these will outlast the next 3 years. Our institutions are compromised and, along with it, our values as a people.

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Ang pulitika ng death penalty sa ilalim ni Duterte

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:16 AM

This is true immortality – the antidote against all the gossip that it will all end soon

Artists raise funds for victims of the drug war in 'KOLAborasyon'

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:32 PM

BLKD x Calix are among the performers, with art by Ang Gerilya, Rob Cham, and Darlingkink on auction

Image courtesy of Gabi Na Naman Productions

[OPINION] We should stop calling it the 'drug war'

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Have we been using the wrong phrase all along?

Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Outside the PDEA's count, rights groups estimate the drug war to have claimed as much as 27,000 lives, including the victims of vigilante-style killings

DEATHS CONTINUE. Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

De Lima: Rising deaths of children in drug war makes U.N. probe 'more urgent'

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. A relative of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina holds her portait at her funeral mass in Rizal province on July 9, 2019. She was killed in a drug operation that targeted her father. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Not yet final: Imee Marcos says UNHRC resolution can 'still be withdrawn'

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution

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

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

Rappler investigative story on drug war finalist in 2019 Global Shining Light Awards

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Rappler's 6-month investigation shows strong indications that the police were outsourcing extrajudicial killings to the Confederate Sentinels Group, a group of force multipliers they had also accused of murder

Locsin contradicts Panelo on cutting ties with Iceland

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TIES REMAIN. DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin says the Philippines will keep its ties with Iceland and remain in the UN rights body. Photo courtesy of UN

PH won't provide drug war docs if UNHRC report 'just fishing expedition'

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Philippine government will only respond to requests for documents if Malacañang 'feels that the question is legitimate'

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

Horrors of the 'drug war' portrayed in 'Ang Ungo sa Kahayag ug Kangitngit'

Jul 14, 2019 - 2:51 PM

(UPDATED) The exhibit features performances from BLKD and CALIX, as well as work by Ezra Acayan, Basilio Sepe, Kimberly Dela Cruz, and Leeroy New

EXHIBIT. 'Ang Ungo Sa Kahayag Ug Kangitngit' portrays the violence of the Philippine war on drugs. Image from the exhibit's Facebook event page

Duterte says drug war critic Iceland doesn't understand PH

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:54 PM

'Iceland, ano ang problema ng Iceland? Ice lang,' says the Philippine President, poking fun at the country that drafted a resolution urging UN action against drug-related killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech following the oath-taking ceremony of his son, Vice Mayor Sebastian Duterte, at the Sangguniang Panlungsod in Davao City on June 21, 2019. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

‘No kill order,’ says new Cebu City top cop Gemma Vinluan

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Colonel Vinluan says her orders to police are to neutralize, 'but not to kill' suspects

NO KILL. New Cebu City Police Chief Gemma Cruz Vinluan says police should only use enough force to apprehend suspects and not kill them. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

[OPINION] How to stop the Duterte killing machine

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM

A United Nations-led investigation can help end the mass murder and climate of impunity in the Philippines

Philippines threatens U.N. countries hitting drug war

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:39 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 18 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom: 'There will be consequences, far-reaching ones'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr rejects a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from DFA

Rights groups: Pass U.N. resolution vs PH drug war killings now

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 AM

'There’s no other time,' say Philippine human rights groups attending the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Hontiveros wants Senate probe into death of 3-year-old in police operation

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros hopes Senator Ronald dela Rosa, who is expected to chair the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, will be 'fair and judicious' if her resolution is referred to the panel

'JUSTICE FOR MYCA'. Relatives of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina hold a banner calling for justice for the slain child at her funeral procession on July 9, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PH drug war killings reach 'threshold of crimes against humanity' – report

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, among others, to expedite investigations into killings in the Philippines

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo on call for U.N. drug war probe: 'Nakakahiya'

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:52 PM

'Nakakahiya naman yata na iba pa iyong nakapansin, iba pa iyong nagmamalasakit, iba pa iyong nababahala,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

DAILY SCENE. Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, covered with packing tape and a placard reading 'I'm a pusher,' on a street in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Guevarra says Duterte admin 'prepared to face' U.N. probe into drug war

Jul 05, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The justice secretary's comment is contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte's general aversion to international interference in his campaign against drugs

INTERNATIONAL PRONE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the Philippine government is "prepared to face any inquiry" in response to a United Nations resolution to push for concrete actions in the drug war killings. Photo by Malacañang

Fellow senators hit Dela Rosa over 'shit happens' comment on kid's death

Jul 05, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nonchalance has no place in this situation,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson in response to the controversial comment of Senator Ronald dela Rosa

NEWBIE SENATOR. Senator Ronald dela Rosa faces the Senate media on July 4, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

Iceland calls for U.N. action vs drug war killings in the Philippines

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) If the draft resolution is approved, the United Nations Human Rights Council will request rights chief Michelle Bachelet to prepare a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines

Member of Unchain Chidren express sympathy with the Family of Kian Loyd Delos Santos as well the families of more than 30 children who have been arbitrarily killed under this bloody inhumane war against drugs. Boy Scout Circle QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler