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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

Caloocan court to decide Kian delos Santos case in November

Aug 30, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The court concluded the hearing and set November 26 for the promulgation of judgment

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo says 'simple' to get drug war reports via FOI. It's not.

Aug 30, 2018 - 4:39 PM

(UPDATED) Even the Supreme Court could not automatically get the drug war documents. Solicitor General Jose Calida said it is a risk to national security.

DRUG WAR REPORTS. Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo says it is "simple" to obtain drug war reports through the Freedom of Information (FOI). Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Galunggong, Duterte vs ICC, Manu Ginobili | Evening wRap

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:02 PM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

Duterte faces new complaint before Int'l Criminal Court

Aug 28, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Families of drug war victims tell the International Criminal Court that President Rodrigo Duterte must be 'held to account for crimes against humanity'

[OPINION] What is missing in Duterte’s war on drugs?

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:24 PM

The main elements of the methamphetamine pass through unguarded seas. The Philippine Coast Guard should be in action as much as the PNP and PDEA.

Was it dark or not where Kian was killed? Cop testifies

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:50 PM

State prosecutor Robert Ong says, 'Halata namang nagsisinungaling siya'

CALOOCAN COPS. (Left to right) Police Officer 1 Jeremias Pereda, Police Office 1 Jerwin Cruz, and Police Officer 3 Arnel Oares attend the Senate probe into the killing of Kian delos Santos on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Liza Maza: I don't agree with drug killings, Duterte's anti-women remarks

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:43 PM

What kept the former NAPC head from resigning at the height of these two controversies was hope in the peace talks between government and the Left

'Madilim Ang Gabi' tells the 'other side' of Duterte's 'drug war'

Aug 20, 2018 - 12:30 PM

Director Adolfo Alix Jr talks about working with Gina Alajar and Philip Salvador, and why movies about the controversial 'drug war' are important

[OPINYON] Orakulo ng propeta laban sa mga mamamatay-tao

Aug 19, 2018 - 9:22 PM

Dumanas nawa kayo ng kasawian, kayong walang pakialam at nanonood lamang habang pumapatay ang mga naka-bonnet na salarin sa liwanag ng araw!

Photo of victim's family and spectators, by AFP; photos of police and politicians by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] A prophetic oracle against murderers

Aug 18, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Woe to you who call yourselves 'Christians' but do not care an iota about the victims of extrajudicial killings

Why do drug war killings persist? 'This is not heaven,' says PNP

Aug 17, 2018 - 12:53 PM

'This is the real world,' says PNP spokesman Benigno Durana

NOT HEAVEN. A SOCO operative unties the masking tape wrap around the hand of the summarily executed man in C4 road. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Let's not forget Kian delos Santos, lawmakers say

Aug 16, 2018 - 7:58 PM

'The act of remembering is an act of defiance against the killings. To forget is to give consent,' says opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros

Relatives and friends join Trixia delos Santos lights candle and offer prayers Wednesday, August 15, 2018, on the site where her brother Kian delos Santos killed in Baesa Libis, Brgy. 160 as they remember the 1st death anniversary of her brother. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov't anti-drug campaign 'balanced, well-coordinated,' says Duque

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Health chief Francisco Duque III bases his assessment on the increased number of rehabilitation centers and drug users treated under the Duterte administration

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III at a Senate hearing on the department's Barangay Health Stations project in July 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Death penalty will be 'big help' to anti-drug campaign – DILG Chief

Aug 15, 2018 - 11:13 PM

'Kulang pa,' says Eduardo Año on current punishments for drug pushers and drug lords

PUNISHMENT. DILG-OIC Eduardo Ano during a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte can't just rely on cops to end drugs – Mayor Osmeña

Aug 12, 2018 - 5:20 PM

'We're very poor in rehabilitation,' says Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña

WORD OF ADVICE. Cebu City Mayor Tomas 'Tommy' Osmeña praises the 'drug war' of President Rodrigo Duterte then points the administration to look at other solutions to solve the drug problem. Rappler screenshot

2 drug suspects killed in Benguet

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Police say Proseso Arevalo Jr was found with a belt tied around his neck, his feet and head duct-taped

Retired cop on Duterte drug list shot dead

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Retired Police Superintendent Roberto Palisoc is killed by unidentified gunmen

ONGOING INVESTIGATION. The PNP's homicide section is still investigating the shooting of retired police officer Roberto Palisoc. File photo by Rappler

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Romel Bagares on PH withdrawal from Int'l Criminal Court

Jul 30, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Rappler's Marites Vitug talks to Romel Bagares, lead counsel of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court, on the repercussions of withdrawing from the ICC and how it can be opposed

PNP: No reason to fear return to ‘chilling’ drug war

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:46 PM

To recall, the early days of Duterte's drug war are marked by almost nightly killings, the dumping of bodies, and suspects slain for 'fighting back'

BACK TO THE BEGINNING? The start of Duterte's anti-narcotics war is marked by killings inspired by his hate for drug suspects. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

DEFENDING LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David attends the recently concluded Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Days later, he criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR’s Gascon hits Duterte human rights tirade

Jul 23, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says calls and protests against extrajudicial killings are not meant to stop government from doing its job

Protesters march towards Batasan along Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City during President Duterte’s 3rd State Of The Nation Address. Photos by  Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Drug war will be 'as chilling as the day it began' – Duterte

Jul 23, 2018 - 6:25 PM

(UPDATED) If you think the government will sideline this campaign, you got it all wrong, says President Duterte in his State of the Nation Address

SONA. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gave his 2nd State of the Nation Address at the House of Representatives. Screengrab from RTVM