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'Shit happens': Collateral damage in police ops can't be avoided says Bato

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:28 PM

On the death of the 3-year-old child during a drug operation, Senator Ronald dela Rosa says: 'Ikaw pulis ka, gusto mo bata matamaan? Never.'

PROBE. Scene of the Crime Operatives at a crime scene in Caloocan City, Spetember 30, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Gov’t claims 9,999 barangays already cleared of illegal drugs

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:13 PM

This leaves 22,427 barangays still needing to be cleared of drugs to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte's delayed promise of stopping illegal drugs within his term

MORE TO GO. The government claims it has cleared almost 10,000 barangays of illegal drugs since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte gov't tally: 'Drug war' deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency records 5,050 deaths in the anti-drug campaign from July 2016 to November 2018

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte and Xi tackle drugs, Marawi, infrastructure

Nov 20, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says China will give another 50 scholarships for Filipinos, and donate 10,000 tons of rice for typhoon-stricken communities

CLOSE TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China meet in Malacañang on November 20, 2018, as Xi makes a state visit to the Philippines. Malacañang photo

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

Rappler among finalists of 2018 Osborn Elliott Prize

Apr 27, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Journalist Patricia Evangelista and photographer Carlo Gabuco are lauded for their investigations into police killings published under Rappler's Impunity Series

New Metro Manila police slogan: 'We are pro-poor and pro-weak'

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'I don't care if you are wearing shorts, tsinelas.... I will prioritize you,' says new Metro Manila police chief Camilo Cascolan

NEW SLOGAN. Metro Manila police chief Director Camilo Cascolan speaks in Camp Bagong Diwa. Photo from NCRPO

Rappler Talk: Camilo Cascolan on policing Metro Manila

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Watch Rappler's one-on-one interview with National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Camilo Cascolan on Wednesday, April 25

Drug campaign files ready, PNP just waiting for Duterte nod to share

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Supreme Court has been asking for the documents since December 2017

DRUG FILES READY. PNP chief Albayalde speaks to Rappler in Camp Crame. Photo by Angie de Silva

EU Parliament calls for end to EJKs in Philippines

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:31 AM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Cayetano slams the EU Parliament, saying their recommendations 'constitute interference in the affairs of a sovereign state'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte draws international criticism over the reported deaths of around 12,000 people as he wages his anti-drug campaign. Malacañang photo

Duterte gov't to give Tokhang documents to Supreme Court

Apr 04, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Malacañang says police will comply with the Supreme Court's order because they have nothing to hide

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 23, 2018

Mar 23, 2018 - 11:05 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

Dela Rosa to DOJ panel: 'Konsensiya naman'

Mar 16, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the Department of Justice panel should have alerted the police if there was weak evidence against alleged drug lords Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa

CONSCIENCE WANTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa questions the decision of the DOJ panel. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Int'l Criminal Court to Duterte: PH still obliged to cooperate upon withdrawal

Mar 16, 2018 - 7:17 AM

‘The Court encourages the Philippines to not follow through with the reported intention to withdraw,’ says the International Criminal Court

Prosecutor in Peter Lim case 'saddened' by Aguirre’s probe

Mar 15, 2018 - 11:44 AM

‘Sino ba naman ang napakalakas na loob na tao na lalaruin itong ganyang klaseng kaso? Nagrurule lang kami based on evidence,' says former state prosecutor and now Judge Aristotle Reyes

The Department of Justice in a hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte promotes DOJ prosecutor who cleared suspects in big drug cases

Mar 15, 2018 - 7:44 AM

(UPDATED) Between the time DOJ prosecutor Aristotle Reyes is appointed Lucena City regional trial court judge and finally takes his oath, he has dismissed drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim, and the customs officials in the shabu smuggling case

MEETING. Cebu-based businessman Peter Lim meets with President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016. Malacañang file photo

FULL TEXT: Duterte's statement on Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Read the 15-page statement of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Bishops hit DOJ for clearing Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

'I am dumbfounded,' says Archbishop Socrates Villegas, while Bishop Pablo Virgilio David criticizes the Department of Justice for a 'very selective' due process

'DUMBFOUNDED.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas hits the 'insulting' DOJ decision dismissing drug charges against Kerwin Espinosa and Peter Lim. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Subpoena powers should remain with judiciary, says PNP law author Pimentel

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Republic Act 10973, Pimentel says, reduces the power of the judiciary and puts Filipinos' right to security at risk

NO ABUSE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier vowed that they will use their 'conscience' in issuing subpoenas. PNP PIO file photo

No abuse of PNP subpoena powers? How the police will do it

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:07 PM

While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law

COPS AT THE DOOR. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte insists Int'l Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over him

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

'You cannot acquire jurisdiction over me, not in a million years,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Filipina Entrepreneurship Summit (FES10) at the World Trade Center in Pasay City on March 6, 2018, warns the public officials not to commit corruption during his term. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Evading probes? The many times Duterte admin didn't give drug war documents

Mar 06, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Requests for documents related to the government's anti-drug campaign by various local bodies were mostly rejected and the reasons cited – if their letters were even given a reply at all – all point towards protecting national security

College president linked to drugs remains at large – PDEA chief Aquino

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:45 PM

Samson Molao, president of the Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology, is accused of operating a drug den inside the school

AARON AQUINO. PDEA Chief Director General Aaron Aquino insists Cotabato Foundation for Science and Technology Foundation president Samson Molao is wanted for his alleged illegal drug-related activities. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

EXPLAINER: ICC’s track record and what it means for Duterte and the PH

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The ICC's preliminary examinations into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan took more than a decade to complete. It also has not been able to serve a warrant of arrest against the President of Sudan.

ICC. President Rodrigo Duterte dares the International Criminal Court to 'go ahead' and 'find him guilty' of crimes against humanity for the thousands of deaths in his bloody war on drugs. Malacañang Photo

Will govt be compelled to submit TokHang documents? SC to decide

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Petitioner Jose Manuel Diokno says the full documentation 'will go a long way in the fight against impunity and excesses by those clothed with government authority'

Int'l Criminal Court takes 1st step in probe into Duterte drug war

Feb 08, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor starts a 'preliminary examination' to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish that the case falls under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court

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

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

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Dec 06, 2017 - 7:23 PM

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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 29, 2017

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:50 AM

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Justice Teresita De Castro testifies before the House Committee on Justice during Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Serenoo during the Impeachment proceedings on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

This is where they do not die

Nov 25, 2017 - 6:07 PM

The war, as we have discovered, is fought in places where privilege does not extend

What ASEAN Summit world leaders said on human rights, PH drug war

Nov 14, 2017 - 7:24 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has consistently responded with threats to concerns expressed about human rights violations in his war on drugs. But this does not stop several world leaders from raising this issue during the 31st ASEAN Summit.

Duterte threatens to slap UN rapporteur if she probes drug war

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:40 PM

'You are fucking me and I do not want it,' says the Philippine leader, angered by UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, relays the key points of his keynote address during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. The President cited that while globalization has its benefits, it has somehow stunted the growth of some developing countries. He went on to suggest that highly-developed countries should give more opportunities to MSMEs especially from developing countries. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Lawyers do dirty groundwork to fight Duterte’s drug war

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:01 PM

'There are only a few of us who do this. We are lawyers, we need to find ways to make the law more meaningful and closer to justice.'

LAWYERS VS DRUG WAR. Cristina Antonio and Krissy Conti are among the lawyers taking on President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs.

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Oct 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

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3 conditions when police can join PDEA drug war operations

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives the special circumstances needed when the PNP can join in illegal drug operations

EXCEPTION. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says cops can only join operations if PDEA agents are losing a gunfight. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PDEA chief says PNP 'still needed' in drug war

Oct 11, 2017 - 2:46 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency only has over a thousand agents, says PDEA chief Aaron Aquino

READY? PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says they still need the PNP. Rappler file photo

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

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

Urban poor communities file case against police drug operations

Aug 30, 2017 - 7:09 PM

Police are being accused of conducting illegal operations over the forced drug testing in poor communities

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

Son who ate mother's entrails charged with parricide – Negros police

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:47 PM

The suspect Roger Manaban says he had attempted to rape his mother then killed her and gouged out her eye and ate her innards Local police chief Nelson Lamoco however says Manaban s statements were inconsistent

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Aug 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM

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House opposition seeks EJK probe, PNP budget review

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Will the House leadership act on this one?

OPPOSITION. Members of the House opposition bloc try again to probe the rise in killings attributed to the war on drugs. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Politics and law in the middle of a drug war

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Is the death of a seventeen year old boy a product of the limits of our institutions? Or must we necessarily expand our understanding of how power works in Philippine society?

Q&A: Duterte on Kian delos Santos, future of drug war

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Grade 11 student s death won t change how he implements his drug war

WATCH: The dark alley to Kian delos Santos' death

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:14 AM

Rappler goes to Kian delos Santos Caloocan neighborhood to retrace the path to his death

Lawmaker slams police for lenience in 'big fish cases'

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Catanduanes Representative Cesar Sarmiento cites the P6 4 billion worth drugs smuggled from China and a drug lab in his home province

SMALL-TIME. Some 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP tries to file drug charges vs slain Parojinog couple

Aug 15, 2017 - 5:38 PM

The Department of Justice rejects the criminal complaint filed by police against Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr and his wife Susan who were killed in a police raid on July 30

DEAD. The body of the mayor's wife, Susan Parojinog, after the operation. Sourced photo

Parojinog siblings test negative for drugs

Aug 15, 2017 - 2:06 PM

The siblings are detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame upon their request as they await their arraignment

ARRESTED. The Parojinog siblings remain detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Mugshots from PNP