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Duterte warns at least 60 corrupt cops: Leave PNP or else

Dec 18, 2017 - 3:00 PM

'I am starting the purging,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about his bid to weed out abusive cops from the police force which he recently ordered back into his drug war

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the during the ceremonial demilitarization of confiscated, surrendered and recovered firearms at the Headquarters Philippine Army (HPA) Grandstand in Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City on December 13, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the men and women of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who continue to serve the country. He then reiterated his vow to provide the best military equipment to the troops while he also assured that he will improve the welfare of the soldiers and their families. RUJI ABAT/PRESIDNETIAL PHOTO

‘Posisyon o paninindigan?’: Robredo's most memorable quotes in 2017

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo has so far refused to become opposition leader, but this past year she has made strong statements against policies of the Duterte administration

STORY OF HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the launch of Istorya ng Pag-Asa at Assumption Iloilo, Iloilo City on November 15. Photo by OVP

Philippines’ 12 biggest cases of 2017

Dec 16, 2017 - 3:18 PM

From jailing a sitting senator to debating the constitutionality of the Duterte administration's war on drugs, look back at the high-stakes judgments, decisions, and preliminary investigations of 2017

BIGGEST CASES. Characters of the pork barrel scam are back on the spotlight while their 'jailer' Leila de Lima ends up in prison for 3 counts of drug trade.

4 more Calabarzon mayors stripped of police powers

Dec 15, 2017 - 9:35 PM

The mayors – from the provinces of Quezon, Laguna, and Batangas – are accused of involvement in the illegal drugs trade

Bloodless anti-drug campaign as BuCor chief? 'Depends' – Dela Rosa

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Asked if he’s accepting the post, the former Davao City police chief’s answer comes easily: Who am I to refuse the president?

Duterte narco list now 6,000 names long and counting – PDEA

Dec 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The PDEA and the PNP are currently pushing for the its revalidation, but the President will still decide in the end who stays or gets taken off the infamous drug list

DRUG LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte shows the latest list of those suspected of involvement in illegal drugs. Malacanang photo

Duterte on martial law extension, Dela Rosa on Carpio, Ongpin case | Evening wRap

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:58 PM

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Dela Rosa on calls to drop Tokhang term: 'What's in a name?'

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:58 PM

'What is important is the result, anong nangyari sa kampanya mo. Wala iyan sa pangalan,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

JUST NAMES. Dela Rosa speaks to reporters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dela Rosa to Carpio: Are Espinosa, Parojinog small-time drug lords?

Dec 12, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa questions why Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio thinks police are ignoring big-time drug lords

LOOK HERE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa points to Kerwin Espinosa. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

New PNP drug enforcement chief urges Filipinos to 'own' drug war

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:21 AM

'We need the Filipino people to own this campaign against illegal drugs. The Filipino people should recognize that the President is with them against illegal drugs,' says PNP DEG chief Albert Ferro

ASKING HELP. PNP DEG chief Albert Ferro says they won't go far without the help of civilians.File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PDEA admits ‘failing’ in street-level drug war

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:47 PM

Chief Aaron Aquino says the real focus of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is on high-value targets

TRUTH BE TOLD. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they were failing in the streets when they were alone in the drug war. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PDEA seizes P57.5M worth of shabu at FedEx branch

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:26 PM

A drug suspect based in California sends 11.5 kilograms of alleged shabu into the country, declaring them as 'toys'

BIG HAUL. The PDEA reels in almost 12 kilograms of shabu within 5 days. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PDEA chief wants PNP to drop the term tokhang

Dec 11, 2017 - 4:50 PM

PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino says the term tokhang now means 'killing' for most of Filipinos

NO TO 'TOKHANG'. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino suggests that the PNP stop using 'slogans' in the drug war. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Roque slams De Lima, Gascon for 'hypocrisy' on EJKs

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:45 AM

The Presidential Spokesman calls out the senator and CHR chairman for insisting there are extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration when they supported a definition of EJK victims that excludes drug suspects

DEFENDING THE PALACE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in Malacañang on November 2, 2017. File photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

For families of EJK victims, Christmas will no longer be the same

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The holidays turn somber for those whose loved ones died in extrajudicial killings linked to the Duterte administration's war on drugs

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

IN PHOTOS: On Human Rights Day, groups urge Filipinos to fight tyranny

Dec 10, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The groups condemn alleged human rights violations linked to President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, as well as the imposition of martial law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. On the International Human Rights Day, groups condemn the administration's war against drugs. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte administration worse than Marcos dictatorship - youth activists

Dec 10, 2017 - 7:28 PM

On International Human Rights Day, youth activists join rights groups that staged protests to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte's rights record

On Human Rights Day, PH says it upholds 'due process for state agents'

Dec 10, 2017 - 3:42 PM

President spokesperson Harry Roque says international rights group Human Rights Watch is 'blind, deaf and dumb' about the Duterte government's efforts to punish scalawag cops

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque is a known advocate of human rights and international humanitarian law

IN PHOTOS: Families of EJK victims celebrate early Christmas

Dec 10, 2017 - 8:34 AM

Livelihood, educational assistance for children and nutritional feeding are the next program of the Diocese of Novaliches for the families.

PNP announces new drug enforcement chief

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:58 PM

Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro, who used to head the PNP Anti-Illegal Drugs Group, is the new PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief

NO STRANGER. Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro is set to be the new DEG chief. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

De Lima calls on intergov’t bodies to take action vs PH drug war

Dec 09, 2017 - 5:36 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Leila de Lima says addressing human right violations does not only rest on governments as 'we, the people ourselves, have to act – act with urgency and in solidarity with each other'

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Under heavy police guard, Senator Leila de Lima waves at her supporters after appearing before the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 where her trumped-up charges on illegal drug trade are being heard. Photo from De Lima's office

LOOK: Baclaran Church reminds faithful Jesus was an EJK victim too

Dec 09, 2017 - 4:56 PM

'Stop the killings,' reads the cardboard message placed on top of the crucifix at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, also known as Baclaran Church

POWERFUL MESSAGE. Baclaran Church sends a powerful message against the killings in the Duterte administration's drug war on December 9, 2017, the eve of Human Rights Day. Photo courtesy of Gang Badoy/The Redemptorists of the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Robredo slams EJKs, online trolls in Human Rights Day message

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER. Vice President Leni Robredo wants Filipinos to stand up to human rights violations being done to them. File photo by OVP

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

IN PHOTOS: Kadamay march to oust Duterte

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The urban poor group cites President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-poor policies and his failed promises to resolve homelessness, job insecurity, contractualization, and rising prices of basic goods

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Western Visayas police invite residents to screen drug war cops

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:58 PM

Western Visayans have a say on cops who can participate in the war on drugs

'SERVE AND PROTECT'. Cops in formation at Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

P18.9-B worth of drugs seized by Duterte's drug war since start – PDEA

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Law enforcers conduct a total of 79,492 anti-illegal drugs operations from July 1, 2016 to December 5, 2017

SHABU. Cops seize drugs from a drug operation. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Gadon on drug war: If I were President, I’d kill more

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Gadon says he's considering running for the Senate again in 2019 because ‘a lot of people are pushing me’

PH to 'reassess' membership in ICC, if pushed

Dec 08, 2017 - 10:33 AM

If the International Criminal Court violates the principle of complementarity, the Philippines may have to 'reassess its commitment to the Court,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque in an ICC assembly of state parties

Jonel Segovia 16, years old, one of the three minors killed in Oplan Tokhang in Brgy. 176 Phase-8, Bagong Silang, North Caloocan City, was taken out at their residence leading to his final rest in peace at Tala Cemetery, Bagong Silang on Sunday. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Duque on Sanofi, PNP on martial law extension, Alvarez on Sereno | Evening wRap

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

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Behind the scenes, PH scrambles to mend EU ties

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:49 PM

A European official sees the appointment of Edgardo Angara as special envoy as 'a positive sign' to 'control the damage' done by President Rodrigo Duterte

MENDING TIES. The Philippine embassy in Brussels, Belgium, stands witness to the efforts of Filipino officials to mend ties with Europe in the face of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades against Europeans. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

P50-M shabu, firearms seized from Parojinog-linked homes in Ozamiz

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:20 PM

Police say the shabu and the firearms were seized from 4 houses owned by supporters of the late Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr, who was killed in a bloody drug raid

Duterte on NDF, New War on Drugs guidelines, Trump on Jerusalem | Midday wRap

Dec 07, 2017 - 1:10 PM

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PNP to add new drug war rules before resuming Tokhang

Dec 06, 2017 - 8:25 PM

The new rules are expected to complement the guidelines under Oplan Double Barrel, which is being challenged before the Supreme Court

NEW GUIDELINES. PNP spokesperson Dionardo Carlos says they will meet on the guidelines on December 7. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sarcastic Duterte says drug war death toll to rise with PNP return

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The President also warns drug personalities, 'No human rights office will protect you'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during his visit at Camp General Teodulfo Bautista in Barangay Bus-Bus, Jolo, Sulu on December 1, 2017, reiterates his vow to provide the military with the necessary equipment for them to carry out their duties efficiently. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo on CPP-NPA, Calida in SC oral arguments, Trump on Jerusalem | Evening wRap

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

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CHR tells PNP to make arrests, and not kill, in return to drug war

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:55 PM

'We are hopeful that they will follow the lead of the PDEA, that previous operations in the past months have resulted to more apprehensions rather than alleged cases of extrajudicial killings,' says Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jackie de Guia

HIGHLIGHTS: Justices grill Calida on operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang

Dec 06, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno questions the regularity of police raids during ungodly hours

LOOPHOLES. Solicitor General Jose Calida is put on the spot to defend what some justices deem as loopholes in Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug campaign.

New drug war deadline? 'Give me another year' – Duterte

Dec 06, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The President says he will no longer respond to criticisms of his drug war by human rights groups

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte skims through the report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as he explains the effect of various illegal drugs while delivering his speech during the 2017 Model OFW Family of the Year Awards (MOFYA) at the Malacañan Palace on December 5, 2017. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Magdalo urges PNP to revise drug war's rules of engagement

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Doing so would 'prove the sincerity of the administration in correcting its policy on combatting illegal drugs,' the group says

RETURN TO DRUG WAR. The PNP is officially ordered to return to Duterte's drug war. Rappler file photo

What this media briefing room tells us about the EU

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:17 PM

The EU is not, as many Filipinos think, a monolithic body that knows nothing but to criticize President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

LIKE A THEATER. The media briefing room of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, can accommodate up to 300 out of 1,000 accredit journalists. All photos by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

PNP drug enforcement chief: No need for body cameras, we have God

Dec 06, 2017 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our camera as policemen is God,' says PNP Drug Enforcement Group chief Joseph Adnol

DRUG ENFORCEMENT CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Joseph Adnol talks to reporters in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Calida on drug smuggling in PH: ‘We cannot police an archipelago’

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Solicitor General Jose Calida also says Philippine police can't arrest big time drug lords who are in China

GRILLED. Solicitor General Jose Calida is grilled on the operational loopholes of Oplan TokHang and the government's anti-drug war campaign during the 3rd and final day of the Supreme Court oral arguments. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte on PNP, SC affirms martial law, Marquez on Sereno | Evening wRap

Dec 05, 2017 - 8:23 PM

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Will you know if you’re on a drug list? Not that easy, Calida says

Dec 05, 2017 - 7:51 PM

'Paano kung ang pangalan ko ay nandoon, how can I be given due process if I believe that my name should not be there?' asks petitioner Dean Jose Manuel Diokno

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Before foreign legislators, Fariñas defends Duterte's drug war

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:39 PM

'[Duterte] continues to enjoy not only the support of the political leaders of the Philippines but the entire Filipino nation,' says Rodolfo Fariñas, House Majority Floor Leader

DRUG WAR DEFENDER. Rodolfo Fariñas, one of Duterte’s key allies in the House, defends the President and the drug war before a gathering of legislators from all over the world. Photo courtesy of Representative Rodolfo Fariñas

PNP, PDEA welcome police return in war on drugs

Dec 05, 2017 - 5:51 PM

'We will follow the order of the Commander-in-Chief and Chief Executive,' says PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos

RETURNING. Cops march inside Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC's Martires: Why did the PNP send 8 police units for just one drug suspect?

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:56 PM

Ryan Almora, an alleged drug pusher, was killed by a team made up of operatives from 8 police units

TOO MANY FOR ONE? SC Justice Martires asks why the PNP had to send 8 units to capture just one suspect. File photo Rappler screengrab

SC’s Carpio compels gov't to submit ‘nanlaban’ documents

Dec 05, 2017 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Carpio's order puts to the test the government’s claim that 'every single one' of the deaths are being investigated

COMMON SENSE. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines cannot have a Visiting Forces Agreement with China. Rappler photo