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Mexican police arrest 3 over rehab center attack that left 27 dead

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:34 PM

The suspects are captured in a swoop by special forces, the prosecutor's office says on Twitter, calling the incident a 'heinous crime'

CRIME SCENE. Members of the National Guard walk near the crime scene where 24 people were killed in Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on July 1, 2020.  Photo by Mario Armas/AFP

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?

Jul 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

The government trying to make systems work is a welcome thing, but is it sincere and is it moving fast enough? We take a nuanced look at policy work.

Colombia, U.S. seize 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panama waters

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Colombia is the world's largest producer of cocaine and coca leaves from which the drug is made, according to the United Nations. The United States is the largest consumer.

ILLEGAL. File photo of a cocaine warehouse. Shutterstock.com

Patients in need of remdesivir can get special FDA permits

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Currently, the Philippines only administers remdesivir to hospitalized patients with severe cases of coronavirus

ON TRIAL. One vial of the drug Remdesivir at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, northern Germany on April 8, 2020. Photo by Ulrich Perrey/AFP

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The World Organization Against Torture and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center say the number is 'a minimum' as families are often too afraid to report or testify

Army reservist arrested in Quezon City buy-bust

Jun 27, 2020 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'If found guilty, he will be expelled from service,' says the Philippine Army

DRUG BUST. An army reservist is arrested in a drug buy bust on June 27, 2020, while wearing his uniform and insigna. Photo from Shutterstock

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Gun battle over El Chapo legacy leaves 16 dead in Mexico

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:10 AM

Mike Vigil, formerly of the US Drug Enforcement Agency, says Guzman's 3 sons – known as the 'Chapitos,' or little Chapos – were engaged in a fight for control of the cartel

A poster with the face of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, reading "Wanted, Again", is displayed at a newsstand in one Mexico City's major bus terminals on July 13, 2015, a day after the government informed of the escape of the drug kingpin from a maximum-security prison. Mexican security forces scrambled Monday to save face and recapture "El Chapo" as authorities investigated whether guards helped him escape prison through a tunnel under his cell. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] Why you can't support both #BlackLivesMatter and Duterte’s drug war

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'

Amnesty PH slams PDEA for seeking info on 'drug suspects' via Facebook

Jun 22, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to get tips on drug suspects through a Facebook page. Amnesty International Philippines hits the 'dangerous' move.

OPEN FOR TIPS. The 'Isumbong mo kay Wilkins' Facebook page. Rappler screenshot

PDEA uses Facebook page to get tips vs drug suspects

Jun 20, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Senator Leila de Lima flags the page as ‘a license to destroy one’s reputation and personal security’

OPEN FOR TIPS. The 'Isumbong mo kay Wilkins' Facebook page. Rappler screenshot

Muntinlupa court denies De Lima's bid to join Senate virtual sessions

Jun 19, 2020 - 3:39 PM

'Please note that there is no civil interdiction imposed on me by any court, thus, there should be no unreasonable restrictions on my rights and legitimate interests,' says Senator Leila de Lima, who will file a motion for reconsideration

TELECONFERENCING PLEA. Senator Leila de Lima attends the January 31, 2020 hearing at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 205. File photo from the Office of Senator Leila de Lima

De Lima files for bail after 3 years in detention

Jun 16, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the government has not produced enough evidence in one of the 3 cases vs her

MOTION FOR BAIL. Senator Leila De Lima files for bail. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

China sentences Australian to death for drug trafficking

Jun 13, 2020 - 3:09 PM

The man, identified by Australian media as Cam Gillespie, is handed the death penalty by Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court on June 10, according to a notice posted on the court website

Lalamove rider killed in Cavite drug buy-bust

Jun 13, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Cavite police say the suspect shot at a cop and resisted arrest

The danger before us

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Do we sit back or do something?

P2.5 billion worth of shabu seized in Cavite buy-bust

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Police find 374 bags of suspected shabu in a General Trias residence on the eve of Independence Day

INVENTORY. A cop undercover marks the seized shabu from the General Trias, Cavite buy bust on June 11, 2020. PNP photo

PH refuses to fully implement U.N. human rights recommendations

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The Duterte administration 'fully rejects' findings of the UN human rights office that government actions are shrinking civic space for legitimate dissent and leading to serious abuses

Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Drug courier leaps into a ravine in Kalinga to elude arrest

Jun 05, 2020 - 9:18 PM

When cops discover loaves of marijuana in his bag, the suspect panics and jump off a nearby ravine

Police seize P5.1B worth of shabu in Bulacan

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police earns praise from President Duterte for the buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of 3 suspects, including a Chinese

POLICE CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa earns praise from President Rodrigo Duterte for a drug bust operation in Marilao, Bulacan on June 4, 2020. Photo from the Philippine National Police

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

U.N. report: Documents suggest PH police planted guns in drug war ops

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

United Nations Human Rights Office says 'police repeatedly recovered guns bearing the same serial numbers from different victims in different locations'

Abuses, killings in PH possibly incited by Duterte's violent rhetoric – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Widespread killings and abuses 'suggest that [Duterte]'s public comments may have incited violence and may have had the effect of encouraging, backing, or even ordering human rights violations with impunity'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Office says human rights violations in the Philippines have been 'reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials,' some rising 'to the level of incitement to violence'

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DOCUMENT: U.N. Human Rights report on killings, abuses in PH

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The report by the United Nations says the Duterte goverment's 'heavy-handed' focus on national security threats has led to serious human rights abuses

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Duterte's violent drug war leaves children traumatized – HRW

May 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) The 'harmful consequences' of the anti-drug campaign go beyond bloody raids, says Human Rights Watch. Children who lose a loved one are left deeply scarred.

Duterte wants Aaron Aquino to head Clark International Airport Corporation

May 27, 2020 - 10:28 AM

After leading the country's top anti-narcotics agency, Aaron Aquino is asked to helm a government corporation in charge of developing the second gateway to Metro Manila

PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino gestures during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Duterte appoints Wilkins Villanueva as PDEA chief

May 26, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Villanueva, who leads the PDEA's Northern Mindanao office, replaces Aaron Aquino as chief of the country's top anti-drugs agency

[EDITORIAL] In the face of impunity and double standards, #LawIsLaw

May 18, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Duterte and former police chief Bato dela Rosa have created a monster force – one that will make Hitler proud

Pandemic leading to illegal drug shortages – U.N. report

May 07, 2020 - 9:56 AM

The UN warns that the pandemic may be presenting some drug smugglers and organized criminals with new opportunities

HEROIN. Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, September 23, 2016, in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

4 drug suspects dead, 9 arrested in Bulacan anti-illegal drugs operations

May 03, 2020 - 10:32 PM

Authorities say all the alleged shootout happened in the wee hours covered by the curfew imposed under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in the province

DRUG WAR. Personnel from Scene of Crime Operatives cordon off an area where an alleged shootout between the police and a suspected drug pusher happened. Photo from Bulacan Police Provincial Office

Mexico bans virus cremations due to search for drug war dead

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Victims of cartel hitmen or corrupt authorities often disappear without a trace. A wave of violence since 2006 has left more than 60,000 missing.

HOMELESS. A homeless woman sleeps outside the closed cathedral on Easter Sunday after Holy Week celebrations were canceled amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Brazil minister wants talks with narcos on coronavirus

Apr 09, 2020 - 12:05 PM

Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta says the government has to be realistic about who holds power in many neighborhoods

AID. People wait to get donations of basic food supplies distributed by an NGO to people suffering during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak at the Cidade de Deus (City of God) favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 7, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

FDA warns public vs drugs, vaccines with unproven coronavirus treatment

Apr 09, 2020 - 9:32 AM

The Food and Drugs Administration says 'there are no registered drugs or vaccines that are licensed specifically for use in COVID-19 treatment or prevention'

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FDA approves 5 coronavirus rapid test kits

Mar 30, 2020 - 4:09 PM

But the Food and Drug Administration says swabs would still be taken from patients for confirmatory testing, as rapid test kits 'measure antibodies and not the viral load itself'

Shutterstock photo

FDA approves 4 coronavirus test kit products for commercial use

Mar 20, 2020 - 12:58 PM

The Department of Health clarifies that the test kits can only be used by hospitals or laboratories with testing capacity

A police officer checks body temperatures of pedestrians crossing the quarantine control point at Batasan-San Matero Rd. in Quezon City on March 16, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

FDA now lets doctors issue electronic prescriptions

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:20 PM

FDA Director General Eric Domingo says this will allow people vulnerable to COVID-19 to still access their medicines during the outbreak

STOCKING UP. People buy items from a medical supply store in Manila on March 12, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Coronavirus drugs: Who's doing what, and when they might come

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:22 AM

Treatment could come sooner, with antiviral remdesivir showing early promise and already being used on an ad hoc basis before regulatory approval

DRUG RESEARCH. A team of works on developing a new drug. Image from Shutterstock.com

FDA warns public vs unregistered coronavirus home test kits sold online

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

FDA officer-in-charge Eric Domingo says the Philippine government has not yet approved any home test kits for the novel coronavirus

NO HOME TEST KITS YET. DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo gives a press conference in April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PhilHealth to shoulder coronavirus test costs – Malacañang

Mar 11, 2020 - 2:42 PM

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles also says diagnostics company Manila Healthtek is developing a 'rapid test kist' to aid in testing for COVID-19

COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS. People wear face masks for protection amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte: It is my job to kill

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:04 PM

'It is my job to scare people, to intimidate people, and to kill people,' says President Rodrigo Duterte in a speech before local officials

THE PRESIDENT'S JOB. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a press conference in Malacañang March 9, 2020. Malacañang photo

FDA approves coronavirus test kits developed by U.P. scientists

Mar 10, 2020 - 11:08 AM

The Food and Drug Administration says the kits will be used for field testing and will help address the 'increasing number of reported COVID-19 cases' that 'require immediate diagnosis and monitoring'

CORONAVIRUS FEARS. Shoppers wear surgical masks at the Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Grieving children's choir breaking Philippine drug war cycle

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:29 PM

One of their most powerful appearances came last year at a protest near Duterte's annual address to the nation, where they sang their signature piece, 'Awit ng Naulila'

Children, including those who have lost a parent in alleged extrajudicial killings,“ attend a choir session as part of the Project Support Orphans and Widows (SOW) rehabilitation program in Payatas, Quezon City in suburban Manila. Photo by Jam Sta Rosa/AFP

Sea of meth as Myanmar army smashes 3 drug labs

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:53 PM

The seizure in one of the world's biggest narcotics-producing regions hauled in 43 million meth tablets worth nearly $100 million in Myanmar

Foreign military attaches check drugs in a football ground where seized drugs, vehicles, laboratory accessories and precursor chemicals are being displayed to be witnessed by invited military attaches and journalists in Kawnghka at Shan State on March 6, 2020. - 97 million US dollar worth of drugs and related items were seized this year during a special operation held to crack down drugs trafficking, a military spokesperson said. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)