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Duterte, Trillanes, Solano | Evening wRap

Sep 22, 2017 - 8:16 PM

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Churches show force in biggest rally under Duterte

Sep 22, 2017 - 3:47 PM

From Catholics to Aglipayans to Born Again Christians, church members say the killings in the war on drugs contradict the commandments of God

PRAYER POWER. A Filipino prays inside San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, during a Mass for a day of massive protests against drug-related killings and other forms of tyranny. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte admits wiretapping narcopoliticians

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:04 PM

'It was a whisper from god I was listening to. So they were all tapped,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in Marawi City

Amid all the ongoing rallies from the opposition and critiques in today's National Day of Protest, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chose to visit the troops in the war-torn Marawi City on September 21, 2017.  During his visit, the President talked to the troops and expressed his utmost gratitude for their continuing efforts in quelling the terror threats in the war-torn city. He also provided the soldiers with groceries as well as watches and eyewears.  Joining the President are Defense Secretary Delfin Loorrenzana, Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs Arthur Tabaquero, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año and Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go. The President also tagged along Paolo Santos, Jimmy Bondoc and Arnel Ignacio to provide entertainment to the troops. Photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Through 'Ka Pepe,' Sereno reflects on human rights in PH

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:30 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno raises the challenges confronting human rights today, as a monument of the late Jose 'Ka Pepe' Diokno is unveiled on the 45th anniversary of Martial Law

REMEMBERING KA PEPE. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Vice President Leni Robredo, CHR Chairman Chito Gascon, and former president Benigno Aquino III lead the unveiling of the Jose Diokno monument inside the CHR compound. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President

'Huwag magpatalo sa mga anay' – Bishop David

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Conquer evil with good, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says as Filipinos denounce abuses during the Martial Law era and the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte

DAY OF PROTEST. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David gives holy communion to a nun attending a Mass at the San Agustin Church on September 21, 2017, prior to a march to Luneta during the National Day of Protest on September 21, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Bello to Duterte: 'Reverse course' or Filipinos may 'throw you out'

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:40 PM

'This is really a massacre that has taken place... He has to listen because if he doesn't listen, the people are going to throw him out eventually,' says former congressman Walden Bello

Bantayog speakers Walden Belo and Jean Enriquez. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte and Kim, Avancena, Nuclear weapons ban | Midday wRap

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:46 PM

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#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 21, 2017

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:09 AM

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Duterte defends drug war in meeting with U.S. ambassador

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:11 AM

To US Ambassador Sung Kim, President Rodrigo Duterte explains he had nothing to do with lawmakers initially slashing the Commission on Human Rights' 2018 budget

ROLANDO MAILO2, 3 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim at the Music Room of the Malacañan Palace on July 3, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Killing of conscience' worse than killing of addicts – Bishop David

Sep 20, 2017 - 8:15 PM

'Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rappler Talk: Bishop Ambo David on killings and 'death of conscience'

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Rappler talks to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David about the drug war killings and his fears of a 'death of conscience' in predominantly Catholic Philippines

Duterte, Hontiveros, Mexico quake | Midday wRap

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:23 AM

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Hontiveros wants P900-million PNP drug war budget dissolved for other projects

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:38 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros, a member of the Senate finance committee, wants to spend the PNP's drug war budget for police training, investigations, operations, and health programs

REALOCATION. Senator Risa Hontiveros eyes dissolving the PNP's budget for the war on drugs. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Trillanes, Aguirre, PNP | Evening wRap

Sep 19, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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PNP to buy 37,000 body cameras if Congress allows

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:13 PM

This comes as the rise in killings has bothered the nation and its legislators to question the legitimacy of police operations

BODY CAMERAS EYED. PNP plans on buying 37,000 cameras for 190,000 cops. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PDEA seizes P1.35M-worth of drugs in Mandaluyong condominium

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:26 AM

One drug suspect keeping the drugs is arrested

Duterte confers Order of Lapu-Lapu on slain Caloocan cop

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:04 AM

The Kalasag Medal is reserved for individuals who lose life or property while supporting an advocacy of President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte posthumously awards the Order of Lapu-Lapu Kalasag Medal to the late PO3 Junior Hilario during the President's wake visit at Neo Vista Subdivision in Bagumbong, North Caloocan on September 18, 2017. Hilario was killed in an anti-illegal drug operation at Barangay Silang in Caloocan City on September 8, 2017. Also in the photo is National Captial Regional Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde. ROLANDO MAILO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

The LP question: How to be 'non-traditional' opposition

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:59 PM

'You can’t always oppose everything. You have to choose which are the ones that are going against the core interests of the party,' says the Liberal Party's vice president for external affairs

NON-TRADITIONAL OPPOSITION? 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of groups politicians from the opposition is launched on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

If CHR gets P1,000 budget, Duterte wants UN to monitor drug war

Sep 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The Philippine President wants the UNCHR to assign 'investigators' to accompany police on anti-drug operations in case the CHR is given only P1,000 for its 2018 budget

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, urges the men and women of EastMinCom to continue their efforts in battling insurgency and illegal drugs while maintaining their abidance to the rules of engagement. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Gascon urges Duterte to view CHR as part of 'check and balance system'

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon also hopes President Rodrigo Duterte will choose to withdraw his latest insults 'in order to have a common civic space'

New anti-Duterte coalition calls for end to 'nightmare'

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The ‘coalition of coalitions’ does not call for President Rodrigo Duterte’s ouster, but asks Filipinos to stand up against the government’s abusive policies

STAND AGAINST DUTERTE. 'Tindig Pilipinas' a cause-oriented group composed of various groups and politicians from the opposition launches on September 18, 2017 at Club Filipino in San Juan. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Caloocan Bishop Pablo David: Shepherd of his slaughtered sheep

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:02 AM

The Jesuit-trained bishop is an intellectual heavyweight who puts his boots on – sometimes literally – to defend the rights of the poor

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo David in a press conference on September 14, 2017, shows a document executed by the father of one of the witnesses to 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos' death. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Morales on Aquino, Lorenzana, Oldest panda | Evening wRap

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:58 PM

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Cayetano hits UN rights chief for 'deliberate misinformation' on PH

Sep 14, 2017 - 7:01 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano wants the UN rights chief to use a Philippine report in May when the UN official was citing Kian delos Santos death in August

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hits the UN human rights chief for using not only facts from the Philippine government. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cops raid Katipunan bars? Barangay authorized it, says QCPD

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:32 PM

Responding to the angered Katipunan community QCPD chief Guillermo Eleazar says cops are indeed not allowed to open their bags without their consent

QUEZON CITY CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar says their bar visits are normal. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

CHR budget betrays vindictive character of Congress

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:04 PM

Do we really think that this Congress with a subservient majority can craft a Charter, independent and intelligent enough without bowing down to outside interests or powers?

CONGRESS. The Congress Plenary Hall awaits legislators. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sereno impeachment, Reynaldo de Guzman, iPhone X | Evening wRap

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:44 PM

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Christian churches on drug war: 'Stop the slaughter!'

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:40 PM

While we reiterate our support [for] the campaign against illegal drug use we are appalled at the way such war on drugs is being conducted says the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

'STOP KILLINGS.' Protesters light candles outside Camp Crame to oppose drug-related killings under the Duterte administration. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pampanga town police chief relieved over men’s extortion activity

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Magalang town police chief Superintendent Al Cabauatan is relieved of his post after two of his subordinates allegedly extorted money from a woman to settle an illegal drug case against her husband

IN PHOTOS: Reynaldo de Guzman's burial

Sep 13, 2017 - 1:12 PM

The boy found with 30 stab wounds is laid to rest on September 13 2017

FINAL VIEWING. Lina Gabriel joins husband Eddie in bidding goodbye to son Kulot. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Reynaldo 'Kulot' de Guzman finally buried

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:12 AM

UPDATED The burial pushes through despite claims by the PNP that a test they conducted showed that the DNA of the boy found floating in a creek with 30 stab wounds did not match that of his parents

UN rights chief hits Duterte amid Kian's death

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:05 AM

I urge the government to uphold the Philippines international human rights obligations amid deeper reflection about the values that the Philippines stands for says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra ad Al Hussein

HRW: P1,000 budget for CHR blow against accountability in PH drug war killings

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:06 AM

The New York based human rights organization says the move by legislators in the House is part of the administration s attempt to prevent independent institutions from checking its abuses

CBCP sets 40 days of prayer for drug war, Marawi victims

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:15 PM

Let the healing begin the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says as thousands are killed in the drug war and hundreds die in the Marawi clashes

NO TO KILLINGS. Nuns join a procession, candle-lighting, and prayer activity on August 29, 2017, against drug war killings and the attacks against the Moros and Lumads in Mindanao. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Maring, Aguirre on Hontiveros, CBCP | Evening wRap

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:04 PM

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House budget debates: CHR gets only P1,000 for 2018

Sep 12, 2017 - 5:38 PM

2nd UPDATE The House votes 119 32 giving the CHR only P1 000 for 2018 The budget will be forwarded to the Senate for another round of deliberations

CHR BUDGET. The House votes to give the commission only P1,000 for 2018. Rappler file photo

CBCP: 'In the name of God, stop the killings!'

Sep 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

In its strongest statement against drug related killings the CBCP calls for a stop to the reign of terror and the systemic murders of children and the poor

CBCP STATEMENT. On behalf of the Philippines' Catholic bishops, CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas calls for a stop to the 'systemic murders' of the children and the poor. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

We need new prophets

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Prophets first speak truth to power They do so because they believe that the future can be so much better

Quezon City residents fail to get TRO on drug testing, surveillance

Sep 11, 2017 - 2:53 PM

The judge does not find any extreme urgency to temporarily stop the house to house operations so petitioners move to declare the activities unconstitutional

A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte gov't behind killing of teens? 'Kalokohan,' says Alvarez

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:46 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez instead points to drug lords or political enemies as those possibly behind the deaths of teenagers linked to the drug war

Incoming House speaker Davao Del Norte representative Pantaleon Alvarez meets with some members of their party during a short meeting in Makati City on July 22, 2016. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Alvarez wants P1,000 budget for CHR that ‘doesn’t do its job’

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:23 PM

The House Speaker claims the Commission on Human Rights defends only the rights of criminals and goes after only the police and government officials

FULL TEXT: Caloocan Bishop David addresses PNP on drug war

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:00 AM

I am not a simplistic person I will never blame the mistake of a few police officers on the whole institution says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

LEADING PRELATE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Philippines needs a police force with integrity. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

In Cebu, cops turn to CHR, 'Project Pokemon' to keep drug war abuse-free

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Cebu City police chief Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 teachers soldiers and cops chosen as the Metrobank Foundation s Outstanding Filipinos for 2017

OUTSTANDING FILIPINO. Senior Superintendent Joel Doria is one of 10 Filipinos to receive the prestigious award from the Metrobank Foundation. Photo from the Cebu City Police Office Facebook page

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, September 3-9, 2017

Sep 10, 2017 - 2:17 PM

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Negros Catholic leaders hit double standard in drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 6:24 PM

The 4 dioceses in Negros Island say the Duterte administration s war on drugs is based on a shortsighted and superficial understanding of the problem

CRIME SCENE. Neighbors of teenager Kian delos Santos put candles and flowers in the spot where he was killed by Caloocan police. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LP to Duterte: Let CHR probe killings

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:40 PM

The Liberal Party says the Duterte administration must face the problem of drug killings head on instead of trying to look for purported saboteurs and destabilizers

DRUG WAR PROBE. CHR, chaired by Chito Gascon, is asking the PNP, headed by Director General Ronald dela Rosa, to share its police files on the drug war. But the President wouldn't allow it.

Cabanatuan bishop: Indifference to killings means consent

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Stand firm against killings says the bishop of the city where 14 year old Reynaldo de Guzman also known as Kulot was found dead in a creek

DEAD SON. Weary, the parents of Reynaldo de Guzman – Lina and Eduardo – rest their heads as they wait for their son to be brought back home. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

[Newspoint] The general lets a round tear fall

Sep 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Dela Rosa – and also the public attorney, Persida Acosta, who shared his sentiments with similar moistness – may have been genuinely, deeply hurt, but their reaction seems to me just too self-centered, too insensitive, too disproportionate for tears

Duterte to Dela Rosa: Probe 'sabotage' of drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 7:23 AM

Following the killings of 3 teenagers President Rodrigo Duterte believes someone is trying to discredit the Philippine National Police and the war on drugs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his visit to the Ozamiz City Police Station on August 17, 2017, congratulates the personnel of the Ozamiz City Police Office for their successful operation against the suspected narco-politicians in the city. Likewise, he also told the citizens of Ozamiz City that they are finally free from the tyranny of the narco-politicians. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. commits P102M to reduce drug demand in PH

Sep 08, 2017 - 8:31 PM

We look forward to working with the Philippine government US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

PH-US COOPERATION. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano and US Ambassador Sung Kim sign the 5th amendment to the Philippine-US letter of agreement on narcotics control and law enforcement on September 8, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler