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Commission on Human Rights to probe Cebu killings

Oct 07, 2018 - 10:12 PM

One of the survivors of the Barangay Malubog killings is under the custody of the Commission on Human Rights-Region 7

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Sep 08, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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Netizens react to 14-year-old boy found dead with 30 stab wounds

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:33 PM

Reynaldo de Guzman is the last seen companion of Carl Arnaiz before the latter was killed on August 18

Cardinal Tagle slams 'false gods' creating 'false worlds'

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:34 PM

Cardinal Tagle s warning – about the threat to the Filipino culture of caring – comes at a time of rampant killings to create a drug free Philippines

'CULTURE OF CARING.' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle says the Filipino 'culture of caring' is threatened by false gods who create false worlds. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel vows 'impartial' Senate probe into Kian's death

Aug 23, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Don’t worry about the Senate we know what we’re doing These are independent minded people in the Senate right now says Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III a staunch administration ally

Malacañang: Police should be 'wary of reckless exercise of power'

Aug 19, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Malacañang acknowledges the deep public sentiment triggered by the killing of 17 year old Kian Loyd delos Santos in a drug raid in Caloocan City

IN MOURNING. Kian's parents Saldy and Lorenza share a moment beside their son's casket. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Before Parojinog slay, there was 'classic EJK' Espinosa killing

Jul 31, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Senators question the similar circumstances of the deaths of two mayors allegedly linked to drugs while former government officials say this has the mark of an extrajudicial killing

ALLEGED DRUG LINKS? Both Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr and Ozamiz mayor Reynaldo Parojinog – named in President Duterte's drug list – have been killed by police.

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Jul 30, 2017 - 11:38 AM

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HRW: Reinstatement of Supt Marcos shows 'wider impunity' in PH drug war

Jul 14, 2017 - 12:18 PM

The New York based human rights group says President Rodrigo Duterte s order comes as no surprise given his previous pronouncements defending cops in the war on drugs

When they gave him vinegar: From Christ to Raymart Siapo

Apr 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

On Good Friday in the Philippines – a country that celebrates its long Christian heritage – we see not the death but the persistence of cruelty

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

HRW: Duterte could be held liable for crimes against humanity

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Human Rights Watch's latest report says Duterte's repeated calls to kill alleged drug personalities are 'indicative of a government policy to attack a specific civilian population'

FULL TEXT: CBCP pastoral letter on drug-related deaths

Feb 05, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Read the full text of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines pastoral letter on the drug related killings in the country

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

CBCP denounces 'reign of terror' in Duterte drug war

Feb 05, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Let us not allow fear to reign and keep us silent Filipino Catholic bishops say in their strongest statement yet against drug related killings in the Philippines

PLENARY ASSEMBLY. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas shakes hands with the Pope's ambassador, papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, at the start of the CBCP's 114th plenary assembly on January 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of CBCP News

Baguio: Drug surrenderers killed 2 days in a row

Sep 23, 2016 - 8:56 PM

The latest victims of drug related killings are manicurist Chona Oliveros and mechanic Michael Agbuya

INVESTIGATION. Photo by Mauricio Victa

Newsbreak Reads: Rowena Tiamson, not a drug pusher

Sep 02, 2016 - 4:00 PM

She was smart she was talented and she was not supposed to be part of the collateral damage of the war against drugs This is the story of 22 year old Rowena Tiamson

7 drug suspects killed in Angeles City in one day

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In one day 7 drug suspects were killed in encounters with police in various parts of Angeles City

'Tama na'

Aug 07, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Mula sa lipunan ng mga adik kailangan din bang tayo ay maging lipunan ng mga mamamatay tao sa tabing daan?

'TAMA NA.' Ito ang mensahe ni Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas tungkol sa mga pagpatay na konektado sa giyera laban sa droga. Kuha ni Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila


Aug 07, 2016 - 10:00 AM

From a generation of drug addicts shall we become a generation of street murderers?

'ENOUGH.' This is the message of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas against the recent killings connected to the war against illegal drugs. Screen grab from RTVM

Bishop: Shall we become a generation of murderers?

Aug 06, 2016 - 7:04 PM

Archbishop Socrates Villegas releases the strongest statement by a Catholic leader against the bloody anti drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte

'I'M A PUSHER.' A woman mourns the loss of her husband, next to a placard which reads, 'I'm a pusher.' Her husband was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Ateneo president hits killings in Philippines

Jul 29, 2016 - 3:25 PM

If real change is to happen it can only come when we hold before us the value and sanctity of every person’s life the Ateneo president says

CATHOLIC VOICE. Ateneo de Manila University president Father Jose Ramon Villarin joins other Catholic leaders in condemning the recent spate of killings in the Philippines. File photo by UCPRO/Ateneo

4 drug suspects killed in Negros Occidental bust

Jul 27, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Among the casualties is Andrew Tuvilla Pontevedra town s top drug personality who had surrendered to authorities days before but still allegedly continued his criminal activities

Mass held for 'sacrificial victims' in war vs drugs

Jul 25, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Fr Atilano Fajardo describes targets of summary killings as sacrificial victims whose deaths will make the anti drug war seem like a success

'SACRIFICIAL VICTIMS.' Catholics hold a Mass on July 25, 2016, for victims of extrajudicial killings in the face of the government's bloody war against illegal drugs. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

Philippines' war vs drugs: It has been bloody

Jul 25, 2016 - 2:15 PM

From social media to the streets President Duterte’s first month in office has been bloody

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

When prophets fall silent

Jul 21, 2016 - 8:15 AM

Where are the bishops who should be championing in no uncertain terms the cause of human rights and the sacredness of the life of even the most detestable of offenders?

'SILENCE OF JESUS.' Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas extols the virtue of silence in the face of tirades by President-elect Rodrigo Duterte against the Catholic Church. File photo of Villegas by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila; file photo of Duterte by Rappler

Duterte to drug suspects: You want due process? Go to courts

Jul 15, 2016 - 4:05 PM

The Philippine president says it s not his job to give due process to drug suspects

DUTERTE IN ALMA MATER. President Rodrigo Duterte addresses his fellow San Beda alumni on July 15, 2016. Photo from PPD

Drug killings: 20 pushers killed in anti-drug operations in Manila

Jul 15, 2016 - 11:59 AM

The Manila Police District says the crime rate in the national capital has been declining over the last 6 months

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.