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Duterte's EJK remark 'far fetched' as evidence before ICC – Sotto

Oct 01, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III says Duterte simply meant the government’s anti-drug campaign may have been used by other parties to carry out other agenda

KILLED. Families of Extra Judicial Killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war hold photos of their slain loved ones during the gathering and requiem mass at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Quirino Extension, Manila in observe of All Soul's Day on November 02, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Bacolod breaks ground on first-ever drug rehab center

Aug 18, 2018 - 3:09 PM

The first drug rehabilitation center of Bacolod will also cater to drug dependents from other localities

Thou shall not kill? Why Christians support a deadly drug campaign

Jun 25, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says some Christians see President Rodrigo Duterte as a God-sent figure to bring justice to the Philippines – even if this means deaths

DIVINE LEADER? President Rodrigo Duterte is seen by some Christians as chosen by God. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Stop assuming all drug users are addicts – Ateneo professor

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:45 PM

Ateneo psychology professor Regina Hechanova says the stigma erodes law enforcement and rehabilitation programs

DISTINCTION NEEDED. Psychology professor Regina Hechanova speaks at the Ateneo de Manila University. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 20, 2018

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Friday

NIGHT NO MORE. PNP bans Oplan Tokhang from being conducted at night. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PDEA shuts down ecstasy lab in Malabon

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'This is the first time in the country’s drug law enforcement history that a clandestine ecstasy laboratory was closed down,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

FIRST FEAT. An ecstasy laboratory is raided and shut down by PDEA, which says it is a first in law enforcement history. PDEA photo

Albayalde to retain Oplan Tokhang when he becomes PNP chief

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Albayalde says he will not introduce a new drug war policy in the PNP as he believes the current campaign has yielded 'very good' results

TOKHANG LIVES ON. Incoming police chief Oscar Albayalde will not introduce a new drug campaign policy in the PNP. File photo from House of Representatives

Albayalde to share drug campaign documents with Supreme Court

Apr 06, 2018 - 4:26 PM

This comes after the Supreme Court rejects the PNP's appeal, effectively compelling them to share their drug campaign documents

READY TO SHARE. Incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde is willing to share drug campaign documents with the Supreme Court. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, November 23, 2017

Nov 23, 2017 - 11:42 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

BJMP Acting Chief Deogracias Tapayan (left), QCPD Chief PCSupt Guillermo Eleazar (right) along with PDEA officials led the destruction of confiscated contrabands from a series of Greyhound Operations as part of the Oplan Linis Piitan in line with the president war on drugs campaign. The event was held at the BJMP NHQ in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City on on October 24, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Killings won't solve drug problem, ex-Thai PM Abhisit says

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva reflects on Thailand's own war on drugs, which was similar to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

DRUG WAR. Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva delivers a lecture on liberal democracy and post-truth politics at the Ateneo Professional Schools in Makati City on October 18, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Church should go beyond hitting killings – Tagle

Jul 04, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says Filipinos seem to accept rampant killings – but out of despair not moral conviction

PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says it is not enough for the Catholic Church to say killing is evil. Photo by Roy Lagarde/Rappler

U.S. State Dept notes killings in Duterte-led Philippines

Mar 04, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The most significant human rights problems were killings allegedly undertaken by vigilantes security forces and insurgents the US State Department says

'TRUMP OF THE EAST.' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates US President Donald Trump during a phone call in Davao City on December 3, 2016. Photo by Richard Madelo/PPD

Cops nab 4 in Bukidnon anti-drug operation

Dec 28, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Suspected drug traffickers Tha Tho Nahar Apam Sohud Salik and Johari Akmad are arrested in Barangay Impalutao in Impasug on town

Koreans among 6 arrested in Makati condo drug raid

Nov 02, 2016 - 10:50 AM

The group of Filipinos and South Koreans allegedly exported illegal drugs to South Korea via international courier service

#AnimatED: Grief in a time of terror

Oct 31, 2016 - 11:18 AM

Tears mingle with fear and rage But one thing we’re sure of: these killings must come to an end

2 killed in PNP raid of Isabela shabu lab

Oct 24, 2016 - 6:10 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa visits the area after the raid

Photo from PNP

PH can’t win war on drugs with guns alone

Oct 11, 2016 - 6:15 PM

As a health advocate it pains me that our government misses the complexity of the drug problem

#AnimatED: Never forget martial law

Sep 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Building our young nation also rests on the solid foundations of our memory

War on drugs: The families left behind

Sep 10, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Thousands have died in the government’s brutal war against illegal drugs Here are some of the stories of the families they left behind

At least 169 Cagayan Valley officials surrender in anti-drug drive

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:34 PM

Isabela has the highest number of surrenderees at 114 while Batanes has no record of any government official who surrendered to the authorities

Duterte pushes for 'drug-free ASEAN'

Sep 08, 2016 - 5:38 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also stresses the need to fight the regional and global menace of terrorism and violent extremism

DRUG-FREE ASEAN. ASEAN leaders pose for a photo opportunity at the ASEAN Summit in Laos, Vientiane, on September 7, 2016. Photo from Malacañang

Alleged Espinosa hitmen surrender

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Two of them surrender their guns to the police which were reportedly issued by Kerwin Espinosa

MUNICIPAL POLICE. The Albuera Police Station in Leyte. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

ASEAN 2016: Duterte to explain PH war on drugs

Sep 02, 2016 - 4:11 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will also push for a drug free ASEAN DFA spokesman Charles Jose says

WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte will explain his government's campaign against illegal drugs before the ASEAN and its dialogue partners at the Laos Summit in September 2016. File Photo by Rey Baniquet/PPD

War on drugs: Slain 5-year-old buried in Dagupan City

Aug 31, 2016 - 7:46 PM

Five year old Danica Mae Garcia perhaps the youngest casualty of the recent spate of extrajudicial killings is buried on Wednesday in Dagupan City

WAKE. The Garcia family weeps at the wake of Danica Mae in their Sityp Kamanggaan, Mayombo home. Photo by Carlo Gabuco / Rappler

Pangasinan exec: Duterte drugs matrix ‘big, horrible joke’

Aug 25, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Congressman Amado Espino and his longtime aide Raffy Baraan flatly deny the President s allegations

Duterte losing 2 policemen daily to drug war? Stats don’t say so

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:04 PM

If two police or military have died every day since July 1 or the day after Duterte took his oath as president there should be around 110 police or military casualties already

WAR ON DRUGS. Police watch over the bodies of two dead women outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

'Nanlaban sila': Duterte's war on drugs

Aug 23, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Who wins and who loses in the Philippines war on illegal drugs?

Dela Rosa sacks Antipolo cops after Senate probe

Aug 22, 2016 - 5:23 PM

A witness says policemen based in Antipolo sell and use illegal drugs

SACK THEM. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa faces a Senate committee probing the government's illegal drugs campaign. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Epicenters of fatalities in the war on drugs

Aug 22, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Most fatalities are in Metro Manila and Cebu; Pasay stands out in terms of salvage victims

MAP: Are the drug-related killings related to poverty, crime rate?

Aug 13, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Do factors like poverty and crime rate play a role in the drug related killings across regions? Rappler maps the data to see correlations

'Drug' mayors surrender to PNP chief

Aug 05, 2016 - 4:51 PM

3rd UPDATE Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok and former Marantao Mayor Mohammad Ali Abinal both from Lanao del Sur surrender to PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa ahead of President Duterte s announcement

WAR ON DRUGS. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa present former Marantao Mayor Mohammad Ali Abinal, and Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok on August 5, 2016. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

4 dead in Cebu buy-bust encounter

Aug 03, 2016 - 7:25 PM

Cebu Provincial Police Office Director Jose Macanas says there were 3 other buy bust operations in the province but no one died because no one fought back

Relatives of drug suspect Espinosa to PNP: Spare us

Aug 03, 2016 - 6:01 PM

While they have no drug links relatives of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr in Cebu fear they may end up as casualties in the government s war against drugs just by mere association with the suspects

WE'RE NOT HIDING ANYONE. Mayor Roland Espinosa's sister-in-law agrees to talk to the media but refused to appear in front of the cameras. Photo by Ryan Macareso/Rappler

PNP chief to Albuera mayor: It’s good you surrendered

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:00 AM

Kung hindi ito siya nag surrender at may armas papatayin ko talaga ito he says of Rolando Espinosa Sr who has reportedly admitted that son Kerwin is a drug lord

Why acceptance of killings is at all-time high

Jul 28, 2016 - 9:00 AM

If Davao can transform Agdao and Santa Cruz into two of the safest districts of the city with Duterte many Filipinos think it can be done Hence the considerable leeway granted these executions

Dela Rosa: Yes, extrajudicial killings have to stop

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:38 PM

Considering the frustration we’re getting right now I want to do it myself but I will not do it because that is against the law says PNP chief Bato dela Rosa

WAR ON DRUGS. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa addresses elite cops and jail officers on July 20, 2016, during deployment of the PNP-Special Action Force at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City, from where drug lords reportedly continue running their drug trade. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Week 3 under Duterte: 16k drug suspects surrender in Negros Island

Jul 20, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The highest number of those who surrendered are in Bacolod in Negros Occidental and in Sibulan in Negros Oriental

DILG to probe mayors, village chiefs of 'drug' areas

Jul 12, 2016 - 2:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also welcomes plans for regional rehabilitation centers for the thousands of drug addicts who have surrendered

KILLING CONTINUES. Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer in Manila on July 8, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Nearly 5,000 drug suspects yield in Negros Island Region

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:18 AM

In Negros Occidental the provincial planning office is looking into establishing a rehabilitation center in each of the 6 political districts

Conviction of cops protecting La Union drug lab affirmed

Jul 12, 2016 - 9:16 AM

The Court of Appeals says Regional Trial Court of Bauang La Union was able to prove Police Superintendent Dionicio Borromeo and PO3 Joey Abang guilty beyond reasonable doubt

Senate probe into drug killings an 'attempt to discredit' PNP – Panelo

Jul 11, 2016 - 4:52 PM

The chief presidential legal counsel says lawmakers are merely trying to cast doubt on the legitimacy of police operations

KILLING CONTINUES. Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer in Manila on July 8, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Dutertism and Philippine populist criminality

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:58 PM

We cite examples that represent a small portion of the many successful Philippine criminal politicians who began or furthered their political careers by capitalizing on their own crimes

RISING NUMBERS. The campaign against illegal drugs has begun even before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte sits in Malacañang.

#AnimatED: Blood on our streets

Jul 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Duterte’s war on drugs violates due process and rule of law foundations of our democracy

400 drug suspects surrender in Eastern Visayas

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

From June 29 to July 3 the Philippine National Police Regional Command 8 lists 271 alleged users and 210 alleged pushers under its Oplan Tokhang campaign

FOR REHAB. Suspected drug users and pushers from various barangays in Tacloban City surrender to the local police for rehabilitation. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Cagayan governor: Politicians ‘big protectors’ of drug lords

Jul 08, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Governor Manuel Mamba says Cagayan politicians have tolerated drug lords for years

President Duterte, do not kill in my name

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The bandwagon that the President has created is a bandwagon of hate

DOJ files drug charges vs 2 Taiwanese, NCR cop and family

Jul 04, 2016 - 8:23 PM

Taiwanese nationals Tseng Shien Ming and Hiang Zheng Kai face charges before a Parañaque court while PO2 Jolly Aliangan of the NCRPO anti illegal drug unit face charges at the Manila RTC

2 alleged Pangasinan drug dealers killed in ‘shootout’ with cops

Jul 04, 2016 - 5:06 PM

The Dagupan police warn suspected drug dealers that it s not enough for them to sign surrender papers

P900M worth of shabu seized in Cagayan

Jul 04, 2016 - 11:43 AM

It s the first haul of various government units barely a week after the inauguration of President Duterte

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Dela Rosa to cops involved in drugs: ‘You have 48 hours’

Jul 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

The new chief of the Philippine National Police takes command on July 1 warning corrupt cops that their days are numbered

President Rody Duterte (right) along with the incoming PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa (left) troops the line during the Turn-over Ceremony at Camp Crame on Friday. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler