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How Duterte's drug war targets the youth

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

With no law passed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the Duterte administration pushes for mandatory tests for school children as young as 10

National Youth Commission sees fitness as way to prevent drug use

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:21 PM

In its recently launched program, the National Youth Commission taps police to serve as 'big brothers' or fitness coaches for young people across the country

Skyler Abatayo case: 4 cops sacked as probe begins

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The 4 anti-drug cops tested negative for gunpowder traces, but this does not get them completely off the hook, says the Philippine National Police

'JUSTICE FOR SKYLER'. Four cops have been sacked following the death of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo, killed by a stray bullet just after studying at home. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Drug war to deter rape? 16 cops in 8 cases — study

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:57 PM

All in all there are 13 recorded cases of abuse against women by cops since the start of the anti-illegal drugs campaign, says the Center for Women's Resources

SERVE AND PROTECT. Cops get involved in rape cases despite a thrust against sexual crimes. Police photo by Darren Langit/Rappler; Shutterstock photos

[OPINION] Why did God give us Duterte?

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:28 PM

God did not give us Duterte to be our President. The 16 million voters chose him to be President and he is now President. But God can write straight with crooked lines. Even from something bad, good can come out.

The art of dissent in the time of Duterte

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Under the Duterte administration, artists have become among the strongest voices of resistance

POLITICAL ART. The Duterte administration has given rise to new work by artists criticizing the government's moves. File photos by Leanne Jazul/ Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

Drug war: Killings continue, but fewer at police hands

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Did the PNP promise less blood? Yes, and the numbers show it. The question now: Could it be bloodless?

DEATHS REMAIN. Suspects are still found to be fighting back in police operations. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler and Noel Celis/AFP

[OPINION] Women in the shadows of Duterte’s drug war

Jun 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM

These stories are the unheard narratives of the drug war

Climate of fear: Justice remains elusive 2 years into Duterte's drug war

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:11 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it has never before encountered the magnitude of killings seen under President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign. It is now struggling to keep up with investigations.

UP, Ateneo, La Salle launch website to track Duterte anti-drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:39 PM

The universities create 'The Drug Archive,' an online database of documents and analyses which tackle the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

WEBSITE LAUNCHED. The Drug Archive's landing page. Rappler screengrab

Thou shall not kill? Why Christians support a deadly drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says some Christians see President Rodrigo Duterte as a God-sent figure to bring justice to the Philippines – even if this means deaths

DIVINE LEADER? President Rodrigo Duterte is seen by some Christians as chosen by God. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Iceland, 37 countries to Philippines: Let U.N. probe killings

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits back, saying the signatories prefer misinformation from parties 'that have politicized and weaponized human rights'

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein (2R) flanked by President of the Human Rights Council Vojislav Suc (R) speaks during the opening of the 38th session of the UN Human Rights Council on June 18, 2018 in Geneva. / AFP PHOTO / ALAIN GROSCLAUDE

HRW slams ‘drastic' plan to extend anti-drug campaign to PH elementary schools

Jun 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

'Imposing mandatory drug testing on schoolchildren when Philippine police are committing rampant summary killings of alleged drug users puts countless children in danger,' says Human Rights Watch Asia division deputy director Phelim Kine

VULNERABLE. Rights groups say the PDEA's proposal to extend mandatory drug testing to cover elementary students is too drastic and can deter students from attending school.

TestSite: Testing

Jun 21, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Heart de Chavez met her end with a bullet in her cheek and another in the back of her head. They were fired, says Heart’s sister Arianne, by officers of the Philippine National Police.

Albayalde visits Isabela town police chief killed in drug operation

Jun 20, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Police Director General Oscar Albayalde posthumously awarded the 'Medalya ng Kadakilaan' to Senior Inspector Michael Tubaña

Photo courtesy of PNP-Cagayan Valley PIO

Robredo opposes Duterte proposal to arm barangay chiefs

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says allowing barangay captains to carry firearms is not a guaranteed way to bring about peace and order

 Vice President Leni Robredo spoke before the newly-elected Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials of Naga City, during their oath-taking at Naga City Hall on Monday, June 18, 2018. VP Leni also led the SK officials in their oath of office.  In her message, the Vice President urged the barangay and SK officials to remain true to their task of serving their communities. (Photo by OVP)

24 Mimaropa police chiefs fired for underperforming in anti-drug campaign

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Mimaropa regional police director Emmanuel Licup sacks the local police chiefs for poor performance in one of the Duterte administration's key campaigns

POLICE FORCE. Philippine police officers salute as they stand at attention during a gathering at the Philippine National Police headquarters in suburban Manila in September 2011. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Top Catholic seminary condemns killing of Fr Richmond Nilo

Jun 13, 2018 - 11:30 AM

'Walang Karlistang duwag,' say the men of San Carlos Seminary, as they condemn the killings of two of their alumni, including Father Richmond Nilo of Nueva Ecija

IN MOURNING. San Carlos Seminary mourns the recent killings of priests, including their alumni Father Richmond Nilo and Father Marcelito Paez. Composite image based on posts on the San Carlos Seminary Facebook page

End enforced disappearances, drug war killings – rights groups

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations

MASKED PROTESTERS. Protesters wearing Jonas Burgos masks gather at the gate of Camp Aguinaldo to commemorate his disappearance. File photo from Desaparecidos

NUJP to gov't: Don't require media as witness in anti-drug operations

Jun 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

The presence of media in anti-illegal drugs raids and apprehensions should be limited to 'coverage for journalism purposes,' the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says in a resolution

POLICE OPERATIONS. The NUJP is requesting the government to not require media practitioners to sign as witnesses in anti-illegal drug operations. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Groups to hold 'HINDIpendence day' protest on June 12

Jun 08, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) The groups cite at least 5 'dire challenges' confronting the nation

Workers from various groups march towards Mendiola Peace Arch on Labor Day, May 1, 2018, to call for an end to ENDO. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Police seize P4M worth of shabu in Pampanga buy-bust

Jun 08, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The suspect, Jay-Ann Salonga, is arrested after handing illegal drugs to an undercover cop and an informant posing as buyers

BUY-BUST. Police present the items they recovered during a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Cutud, Angeles City in Pampanga on June 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 8, 2018

Jun 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

PH contests index showing it's 2nd least peaceful nation in region

Jun 08, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The index shows the Philippines as the second least peaceful country in Asia Pacific, next only to North Korea

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Martial law not part of 'radical changes,' says Duterte

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:05 PM

At least one of the government entities to be transferred under Malacañang is headed by a secretary, according to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippines-Korea Business Forum and Luncheon at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea on June 5, 2018, assures Korean companies that their business ventures in the Philippines will be safe as he continues to strengthen law and order as well as eliminate corruption in government. Malacañang Photo

Drug war, Marawi pull down PH in Global Peace Index

Jun 07, 2018 - 2:14 PM

The Philippines slides one place to 137th out of 163 countries in the 2018 Global Peace Index, and remains second to the last in the Asia Pacific, besting only North Korea

LESS PEACEFUL. The Global Peace Index recorded a drop in peacefulness in the Philippines in 2017 due to President Duterte's drug war and the Marawi siege.

Malacañang: 'Radical changes' related to fight vs drugs, crime

Jun 07, 2018 - 12:41 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte may have gotten frustrated by the recent killing of Ombudsman Prosecutor Madonna Joy Tanyag and the supposed spate of holdup cases in Metro Manila, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea, that he and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in has committed to strengthen the partnership of both countries in the areas of defense and security, trade and investments, infrastructure development, and protection of our nationals. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

IN PHOTOS: Robredo watches play by drug war orphans, widows

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The orphans and widows themselves create the play as part of the art therapy program offered by the St Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center

AFTER THE PLAY. Several children orphaned by the drug war take a selfie with Vice President Leni Robredo after performing their play. All photos by Martin San Diego/Rappler

More than 100 dead as Bangladesh drug war escalates

May 29, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Using Philippine-style crackdown against illegal drugs, the country's National Human Rights Commission says it is concerned by the rise in extrajudicial killings

FAMILIAR TABLEAU. This photo taken on May 18, 2018 shows the dead bodies of Bangladeshi alleged drug dealers after a gun battle with law enforcement in Chittagong. Photo by AFP

Piolo Pascual, JM de Guzman grace PNP's #RealNumbersPH event

May 29, 2018 - 4:13 PM

Real Numbers is campaign running for two years now, launched by the Philippine National Police to give the public what it claims to be the real count of casualties in relation to the Duterte administration's anti-drug campaign

GUESTS. Piolo Pascual and JM de Guzman at the #RealNumbersPH anniversary briefing. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Senate Plenary Session: May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Senator Tito Sotto is the new Senate President

LOOK: Thousands of drug war documents piled along Camp Crame corridors

May 21, 2018 - 1:38 PM

The 'confidential' files appear to be stacked sloppily as some boxes look deformed as they were stored

STOCKPILED. Thousands of drug war documents are stacked inside Camp Crame before being screened by the Office of the Solicitor General. All photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

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May 16, 2018 - 12:10 PM

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Gov't asks SC to extend deadline to submit drug war documents

May 16, 2018 - 10:06 AM

A partial submission to the SC includes case folders of 34 drug war deaths out of 3,000, drug watch lists in Sta Ana, Manila, and summaries of administrative cases against policemen

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

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Albayalde to officials on drug list: Winning polls won't clear your name

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'[Hindi] porke nanalo na sila ay excused na sila sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

WARNING. PNP chief Albayalde in a Camp Crame interview with Rappler. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

BuCor chief Dela Rosa wants death penalty for all drug offenses

May 12, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'Basta lahat na pertaining to drugs, dapat lahat tapusin na 'yan,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa

DEATH PENALTY. BuCor chief Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa says he wants death penalty for anyone involved with illegal drugs. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte is world's 69th most powerful person – Forbes

May 09, 2018 - 10:13 AM

(UPDATED) Forbes magazine cites President Rodrigo Duterte's 'raw and vulgar vocabulary' and his 'war on crime' that has killed thousands of Filipinos

FORBES LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte is named by Forbes magazine as the world's 69th most powerful person for 2018. Malacañang file photo

PNP wants due process for officials in PDEA drug list

May 07, 2018 - 12:35 PM

'While we support the release of the drug watch list, we should also give at least due process sa mga tao na ito,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

DUE PROCESS. Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Albayalde announces 'drug test challenge' for barangay, SK bets

May 07, 2018 - 11:29 AM

To complete the challenge, officials need to get their tests from the Department of Health, not from their trusted private health clinics

CHALLENGE BEGINS. PNP chief Albayalde dares barangay and SK candidates to undergo drugs tests. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

From 12 years to 6 months: Small time drug cases get plea bargains

May 05, 2018 - 10:09 PM

But those caught selling and trading over 1 gram of shabu and over 10 grams of marijuana will not be entitled to plea bargain deals

[OPINION] PDEA’s release of barangay drug list unconstitutional

May 05, 2018 - 9:03 AM

It is also considered electioneering and a partisan political activity because it is ‘an act designed to promote the…defeat of a particular candidate or candidates to a public office’

2 killed in Batangas drug buy-bust ops

May 04, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The police say suspects Marlon Lubugan and Michael Adrias shot at the authorities when the arrest in Lian town was announced

BUY-BUST. Two drug suspects die after allegedly exchanging fire with police from Lian town and Batangas province on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Photo from the Batangas Provincial Police Office

PDEA drug list includes councilor shot dead in 2017

May 01, 2018 - 8:15 PM

(UPDATED) Barangay councilor Lauro Vicencio has been dead for over a year already and was not part of the local police's drug watchlist

League of Barangays tells PDEA to file cases if drug list 'verified'

May 01, 2018 - 7:20 PM

'If there are no evidence yet sufficient even for the filing of cases, releasing names of barangay officials may result in constitutional and legal challenges,' says league president Edmund Abesamis

'VALIDATED'. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino insists that the drugs list is accurate despite a current lack of evidence to win convictions before courts. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

If drug list wrong, PDEA to apologize: 'Kami ay tao lang'

May 01, 2018 - 4:40 PM

'Kung nagkataon talagang mali, eh siyempre lahat naman tayo ay tao lang at nagkakamali, 'di ba? We will try to ask [for] an apology,' says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

IN NUMBERS: Problematic barangays, local areas in PDEA's drug list

May 01, 2018 - 1:09 PM

In their own categories, Bicol region, Albay province, Manila City, Guinobatan town, and Barangay Centro Oriental in Polangui have the most drug-linked barangay officials

NARCO-LIST. The PDEA releases 207 names of barangay officials they claim to be involved in the illegal drugs business

CHR to PDEA: Go for long-term fix vs drugs, don't just release names

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:40 PM

'Tungkulin ng [Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency] na maghanap ng long-term, sustainable solution... imbis na maglabas ng mga pangalan na kapos sa ebidensya,' says the Commission on Human Rights

DRUG LIST OUT. Four days before the campaign period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino (2nd-left), DILG-OIC, Retired AFP chief Eduardo Ano (2nd-right), Congressman Barbers (left) and ADB Sec. Catalino Cuy (right) shows a list of 207 barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, during press conference at the PDEA headquarters in Quezon City on Monday, April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA: Drug-linked governors, congressmen, mayors to be named next

Apr 30, 2018 - 1:35 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says it's just waiting for the go signal of President Rodrigo Duterte to release the list of higher-ranked officials allegedly involved in the drug trade

Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Director General Aaron Aquino shows a list of barangay officials allegedly involved in illegal drugs, in a press conference on April 30, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler