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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

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

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.

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

Jul 24, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Have we been using the wrong phrase all along?

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

‘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

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

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

CHR: Minors killed in drug war 'simply not collateral damage'

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) Three-year-old Myka Ulpina is the latest addition to the growing list of minors killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

3-year-old girl dies after getting shot in Rizal buy-bust

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:55 PM

(UPDATED) Police say the girl was used by her father, a drug suspect, as a human shield

This author wrote a book about the 'drug war' for the young Fil-Am crowd

Jun 19, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Randy Ribay's 'Patron Saints of Nothing' tells the story of a young Fil-Am who flies to the Philippines after his cousin dies because of the campaign against illegal drugs

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

PDEA chief to Shanti Dope: Make music 'aligned with war on drugs'

May 27, 2019 - 3:13 PM

But the former police general stands by his earlier call. 'Freedom of expression is limited. It's not absolute,' he says.

De Lima seeks Senate probe into spate of drug-related killings in Central Luzon

May 27, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'It is urgent to investigate this apparent shift of focus to Central Luzon and to assess the strategy pursued by the administration’s drug war'

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

In San Fernando, Cebu, the drug war is also fought on Facebook

May 23, 2019 - 12:20 AM

San Fernando's dead politicians are just some of the elected government officials killed since Duterte declared his war on illegal drugs, a battle also waged on Facebook

The windshield of the multicab village chief Johnny Arriegado was driving when he was killed. Photo by Carlo Gabuco

Isko Moreno expects 'high tolerance' from cops in Manila drug war

May 18, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'Minsan habulan, eh napagod 'yung pulis, binaril na lang sa likod. Eh that's violation of human rights,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso

MAYOR-ELECT. Isko Moreno speaks in a Rappler Talk on Saturday, May 18 at the Rappler Headquarters in Pasig City. Rappler screenshot

On eve of 2019 polls, 'Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj' criticizes Duterte's 'drug war,' allies

May 12, 2019 - 10:59 PM

'Normally midterms act as a check on the president. But there's nothing normal about President Rodrigo Duterte,' says the comedian

PH SPOTLIGHT. Comedian Hasan Minhaj puts a spotlight on Duterte's bloody 'drug war' the day before the 2019 midterm elections. Screenshot from the Patriot Act's YouTube page

Manila’s war on drugs ‘will respect human rights’ – Isko Moreno

May 10, 2019 - 11:22 PM

‘We will support the war on drugs in a manner that is within the bounds of the law,' says Manila mayoral bet Isko Moreno

Mayoral candidate Isko Moreno along with vice mayoral re-electionist Honey Lacuna hold a miting de avance in San Andres, Manila. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

[OPINYON] Para sa kapakanan mo, oposisyon ang iboto

May 06, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Hindi trabaho ng Senado na maging sunod-sunuran sa lahat ng gusto ni Pangulong Duterte at pagbigyan ang lahat ng nais niya

'That's how much I love him': Bong Go ready to join Duterte in jail

May 05, 2019 - 9:05 PM

On the campaign trail in Mandaluyong City, senatorial bet Bong Go defends President Rodrigo Duterte's 'drug war'

JAILTIME TOGETHER? Senatorial candidate Bong Go says he is ready to join his longtime boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, to jail. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

[OPINION] Vote for the opposition, you owe it to yourself

May 02, 2019 - 9:19 AM

If you respect our country’s sovereignty – and want to avoid paying more onerous Chinese loans and to resist China’s exploitation of our resources in the West Philippine Sea – vote for the opposition

How Duterte gov’t tried to fix legal loopholes of drug war

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:24 PM

The PNP circular and the corrective resolutions that followed show haste on the part of the Duterte administration to launch the anti-illegal drug campaign

On opinion drug war unconstitutional, PNP says 'academe is not Supreme Court'

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reacts to a paper by the Ateneo Human Rights Center which says drug war circulars of President Duterte violate the rights of suspects guaranteed in the Constitution

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview to reporters inside police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa: We're still far from a drug-free Philippines

Apr 27, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa led the first few years of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-illegal drug campaign whose campaign promise was eradicating drugs 'in 3 to 6 months'

Bato at Munti. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Circulars in Duterte’s drug war violate constitutional rights – research

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:47 AM

(UPDATED) Voluntary submission in existing laws can exempt a drug suspect from criminal liability. In Duterte’s war on drugs, a surrenderer may further expose himself to prosecution, according to research done by the Ateneo Human Rights Center

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Bishop David: 'Biggest lie' to say drug war is against drugs

Apr 22, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Bishop Pablo Virgilio David admits the Catholic Church has 'failed to educate consciences,' leading to the support of many Catholics for drug war killings

DRUG WAR CRITIC. 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

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene

Apr 18, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'Daig pa ang penitensiya,' says an old lady as she leaves the venue of a campaign rally that lasted 7 hours

Duterte tags Batangas, Lucena in illegal drug scene as he addressed supporters in the campaign rally of Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan in Batangas City. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

PODCAST: Bakit mahalagang mailabas ang tokhang documents?

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:19 PM

Ano ang mga tanong na maaaring masagot ng mga dokumentong ito?

Over 13,000 drug suspects convicted in 2018 – PDEA

Apr 17, 2019 - 7:05 PM

For every 10 drug suspects captured in 2018, only 3 have been convicted. The 7 remaining are either already acquitted or still undergoing prosecution.

MORE CONVICTIONS. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino at a press conference at the PDEA Headquarters in Quezon City on Thursday, January 31, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

SC to Calida: 'Ridiculous' to say tokhang documents involve national security

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:24 AM

'The undeniable fact that thousands of ordinary citizens have been killed, and continue to be killed, during police drug operations certainly is a matter of grave public concern,’ says the High Court

TOKHANG DOCS. After a 16-month tug-of-war with the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Jose Calida loses his appeals and is directed to release tens of thousands of documents related to the killings in the war on drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SC acquits another drug suspect: Presumption of regularity in operations not enough

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:43 AM

‘The presumption of regularity in the performance of official duty stands only when no reason exists in the records by which to doubt the regularity of the performance of official duty,’ says Associate Justice Marvic Leonen

Supreme Court of teh Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila

[OPINYON] Pilipinas, anyare?

Apr 16, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Dapat nang intindihin na ang galit natin sa kahirapan at kriminalidad ay hindi dapat ipagamit sa kanino man upang pag-awayin tayo. Sa halip, ang galit ay dapat maging dahilan ng sama-samang paghahanap ng mga solusyon.

Duterte says new drug lord in Western Visayas will also die

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:51 PM

'Patay rin yan. Yan ang sigurado,' says Duterte, speaking behind a bullet-proof glass during the PDP-Laban rally in Bacolod

PREDICTION. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the campaign rally of PDP-Laban in the Bacolod City Government Center football field in Bacolod City Thursday night, April 11. RTVM screenshot

Initial tokhang documents show lack of genuine probe into killings – lawyers

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:27 PM

'It appears that not much effort has been placed into identifying and arresting the assailants, based on the length of time devoted to investigating the case,' says human rights lawyer and former SC spokesman Ted Te

TOKHANG DOCUMENTS. Human rights lawyers Ted Te and Chel Diokno of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) present initial findings based on police documents of 29 killings in the war on drugs during a news conference on April 4, 2019. Photo by Wanda Domingo

Government, SC engage in tug-of-war over tokhang documents

Apr 03, 2019 - 7:03 PM

Justice Antonio Carpio, however, gets unanimous votes on 2 resolutions that compel the government to release tens of thousands of documents related to the drug war killings

SUPREME COURT. The en banc unanimously agrees to compel the Duterte government to submit and release documents related to the more than 20,000 killings in the campaign against drugs. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CHR: Release of drug war documents important for accountability

Apr 03, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'It is only through greater transparency that we can ascertain the truth behind the circumstances leading to these killings,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Dela Rosa backtracks, now says okay to release drug war docs

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

'Wala akong concern, wala akong 'tinatago, wala akong takot diyan,' says senatorial bet and former top cop Bato dela Rosa, after the Supreme Court ordered the release of drug war documents

ON DEATH PENALTY. Former Philippine National Police chief and senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa speaks during a Hugpong ng Pagbabago campaign caravan in San Juan City on February 27, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP insists: 'All drug war deaths being investigated'

Apr 02, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'What I'm confident of is, during our time even until now, those police operations, all of them are being investigated, even those which we call deaths under investigation,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

'ALL PROBED.' PNP chief Oscar Albayalde was Metro Manila police chief when the so-called war on drugs began. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Supreme Court rules to release drug war documents

Apr 02, 2019 - 2:14 PM

(UPDATED) Informed sources say the en banc voted unanimously to deny Solicitor General Jose Calida’s motion for reconsideration to keep the documents only between the government and the Court

DOCUMENTS. Boxes of police and investigation reports related to the 20,322 killings by both vigilantes and policemen in the war on drugs have been submitted to the Supreme Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DILG files complaints vs governor, 50 more mayors over anti-drug councils

Mar 27, 2019 - 3:22 PM

A governor and 50 mayors face administrative complaints for failing to organize for neglecting to maintain their anti-drug abuse councils, says DILG Assistant Secretary Ricojudge Echiverri

ADMIN COMPLAINTS. DILG files administrative complaints against 51 local officials for failing to organize and maintain anti-drug abuse councils. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BLKD, Calix raise funds to bring Sandata to the US

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:44 AM

The two rappers are part of ‘Sandata’ – a collective of artists and researchers raising awareness about the effects of the so-called ‘drug war’

COLLECTIVE. Artists and researchers come together to tell the story of the Philippine 'drug war.' Photo from the Sandata Facebook page

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

U.N. rights chief: PH's 'drug war' not a model for any country

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:55 PM

'The drug policies in place in the Philippines, and its lack of respect for rule of law and international standards, should not be considered a model by any country,' says Michelle Bachelet in a speech before the UN Human Rights Council