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The danger before us

Jun 12, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Do we sit back or do something?

Cardinal Tagle to ex-drug dependents: You're not a 'hopeless case'

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:53 PM

More than a hundred former drug dependents graduate from the Catholic Church's 'Sanlakbay' drug rehabilitation program

HEARTWARMING. Cardinal Tagle hugs one of the 132 Sanlakbay graduates on Saturday, October 21. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Stop planting evidence, Dela Rosa tells cops

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:07 PM

Dahil kayo ay pagod na alam niyo yang taong yan ay labas pasok sa kulungan Sige lang huli says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

'DO YOUR JOB'. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa urges his cops to stop rushing their job in eliminating the drug menace. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa backs body cameras for cops

Aug 22, 2017 - 3:29 PM

The top cop changes his tune on the proposal amid outrage over the killing of Kian delos Santos

YES TO BODY CAMS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives a press briefing at the PNP National Headquarters. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Walang nanlaban': None killed in Makati drug raid

Aug 19, 2017 - 8:48 PM

While no one is killed 84 people are captured in the one time big time operation against drug and crime suspects in Makati City

CAPTURED. Some 3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Drug raids toll hits 81 in 4 days

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:07 PM

Police kill 24 drug suspects in Camanava leading to 81 total deaths in 4 days of anti drug and anti crime operations

'NANLABAN'. At least 3 drug suspects were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa: 'Very sorry' to kin of drug suspects killed by police

Aug 18, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Sa mga pamilya na umaalma alam kong masakit talaga yan sa pamilya na mamatayan We understand your feelings says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

SORRY. PNP Chief Ronald Dela Rosa apologizes to thousands of families. Photo by Joel Liparada

Rise in deaths in police operations 'normal' – Dela Rosa

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

May namatay dahil lumaban I don t think dapat ikakaalarma iyan says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

'NORMAL'. PNP chief Dela Rosa says the deaths are normal because suspects fought back. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

QC barangay uses 'drug boxes' to collect names of suspects

Jul 28, 2017 - 5:09 PM

The problem: Not a single tip has been dropped in the boxes as residents fear being seen reporting

'DRUG BOXES'. Barangay Valencia installed wooden boxes to accept reports against drug suspects. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Death rate down in police operations – DILG, PNP

May 15, 2017 - 6:33 PM

One death happens every 50 operations now compared to one in every 20 last year according to data the two agencies have collated

PERIOD REVIEW DELEGATES. DILG Asec Epimaco Densing III and PNP human rights affairs chief Dennis Siervo were both part of the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Periodic Review held earlier this May. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler.com

DILG to revive probe of local officials with drug links

May 15, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The department plans to pick up where Task Force Agila left last March It may need to investigate local officials also on issues of criminality and corruption

LISTEN: Newsbreak Voices: Murder as Meme

Dec 09, 2016 - 4:00 PM

In recent weeks the cardboard messages found beside victims of the war on drugs have begun to incorporate jokes memes and the occasional scribbled drawing

LOOK: Gov't burns thousands of ecstasy tablets, marijuana

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:23 PM

190 000 ecstasy tablets and 420 kilograms 926 pounds of marijuana were among those incinerated in a furnace in Indonesia s war on drugs

BURNED. Indonesian President Joko Widowo puts drugs into an incinerator in Jakarta as they destroy seized drugs. BNN destroyed drugs they've collected from the last two months operations. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO

PH-China relations, drug users vs Duterte, Trump vs Clinton | 12PM wRap

Oct 25, 2016 - 1:11 PM

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Drug users overseas to Duterte: ‘Stop playing God!’

Oct 25, 2016 - 10:57 AM

From Indonesia to Canada open letters are sent to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte asking him to change his approach to a more constructive evidence based one that addresses the root causes of drug use

ANGRY PROTESTERS. Indonesian protest in front of the Philippine embassy in Jakarta, calling for President Duterte to stop the killings. Photo from PKNI

ASEAN journalists express concern over PH's extrajudicial killings

Aug 30, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar defends the administration s policies urging international journalists to understand the context

CONCERNS. Endy Bayuni, Editor in Chief of The Jakarta Post, Indonesia. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

An empathic minority

Aug 10, 2016 - 8:09 AM

Are you horrified by extrajudicial killings? Those who are saddened by the news of deaths are now few and far between

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Aug 05, 2016 - 1:14 PM

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Dela Rosa to Albuera mayor's son: Surrender or die

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:48 PM

The shoot on sight order is in place until Kerwin Espinosa surrenders says the PNP chief

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Duterte at SONA 2016: Off-script, yet on point

Jul 26, 2016 - 6:00 AM

He may have broken off from tradition by going off script in his first SONA but President Rodrigo Duterte couldn t be any clearer about waging war against drugs and criminality

Manila bishop on killings: Crime can't stop crime

Jul 25, 2016 - 8:55 PM

Referring to victims of extrajudicial killings Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo says Paano naman ang kanilang mga pamilya?

FIFTH COMMANDMENT. Catholics in a Mass on July 25, 2016, wear shirts bearing the 5th commandment, 'Huwag Kang Papatay (Thou Shall Not Kill,' to remember victims of recent extrajudicial killings. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Mass set for Duterte SONA: 'Huwag kang papatay'

Jul 24, 2016 - 1:36 AM

Set in the Archdiocese of Manila this is the first major movement of Catholics in relation to President Rodrigo Duterte s bloody war against illegal drugs

WAR VS DRUGS. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard that reads, 'I'm a pusher,' on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

5 'drug personalities' in Cordillera killed in a week

Jul 16, 2016 - 11:46 PM

The drug suspects – including the number one drug personality in the Cordillera region – are killed in separate incidents in Benguet Abra and Kalinga provinces

Cagayan Valley police run after 'high-value' drug traders

Jul 16, 2016 - 4:27 PM

We just evaluated the drug watchlist and we are now going after the high value targets Police Chief Superintendent Gilbert Sosa acting Region 2 police director

Negros Occidental gov: Include drug rehab in PhilHealth coverage

Jul 15, 2016 - 6:02 PM

Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon says providing free rehabilitation to drug users who have surrendered to authorities will help sustain the anti drug campaign

WAR VS DRUGS. Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr (center) with Chief Superintendent Conrado Capa (right), director of Police Regional Office-18, and Senior Superintendent William Señoron, acting director of Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office. Photo by Marchel P. Espina/Rappler

Hundreds attend funeral of alleged top Cebu drug lord

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:39 PM

Central Visayas alleged top drug lord is killed in a police operation in Las Piñas in Metro Manila on June 18

Mexico army ordered soldiers to kill criminals: NGO

Jul 03, 2015 - 10:51 AM

Human rights group Prodh says Mexican military documents show soldiers were given a standing order to kill criminals just days before the alleged extrajudicial execution of several gang suspects last year

CLASH. Students are detained by police officers as they try to get inside the International Airport to block its access in Mexico City, Mexico, 20 November 2014, during nationwide protests over the disappearance of the 43 Mexican students in September. Banner reading 'Mexico Was The State'. Photo by Pablo Salazar Solis / EPA

Colombian army claims shutdown of huge FARC drug lab

Jun 03, 2015 - 4:37 AM

The Colombian army claims it dismantled a large synthetic drug laboratory it alleges was used by FARC guerrillas to fund their insurgency against the government

CARTEL. A member of Colombian Army guards the shipment of 6,728 kilos of marijuana seized from FARC guerilla at a military base in Cali, Colombia, 22 August 2008. Photo by Carlos Ortega / EPA