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Iranian government pardons convicted Filipino drug mule

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Ernie Tamonde, a religious singer, is back home in North Cotabato. He insists on his innocence

Colombian drug mule with over 1kg of cocaine in stomach nabbed in NAIA

Nov 14, 2017 - 6:14 PM

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says the 67-year-old Colombian suspect swallowed 79 pellets filled with suspected cocaine, with a total weight of 1.185 kilograms and an estimated market value of P8.89 million

SWALLOWED. The pellets are presented to the media. PDEA photo

3 OFWs on death row in China

Jul 14, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta Romana says there are high hopes that at least one of the cases would be reduced to a life sentence

Overseas Filipinos and the death penalty: Cases that made headlines

Jan 25, 2017 - 8:47 PM

This is not the first time the country has mourned the execution of a fellow Filipino abroad

Part 2: The Philippines as target market for illicit drugs

Dec 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM

A public health approach rather than a law enforcement one should form the basis for a response to drug use and dependence

BUST. Police seize P2-B worth of drugs at Subic port. File photo by AFP

Arrested: Russian drug courier with P64M worth of cocaine

Dec 03, 2016 - 9:07 PM

Anastasha Novopashina is caught with 12 781 90 grams of high grade cocaine in her luggage at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

SEIZED. Anastasha Novopashina, 32 years old, was caught with 12,781.90 grams of high-grade cocaine in her luggage last November 28. Photo from the Bureau of Customs

Mary Jane Veloso case not discussed in Duterte-Jokowi talks – officials

Sep 09, 2016 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte later says however that he spoke to his counterpart about the Filipina on death row in Indonesia

NOT DISCUSSED. Mary Jane Veloso's case was not discussed between the two leaders. Photo by Rappler

Lessons from Indonesia’s recent executions

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:24 PM

Is this justice? Is this even an effective way to tackle drug crime?

EXCUTED. Indonesian police officers stand guard as an ambulance carrying the body of an executed prisoner Humprey Ejike of Nigeria leaves the port of Nusa Kambangan prison island, in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia, 29 July 2016. EPA

LOOK: Drug convict sentenced to death writes heartbreaking letter to President Jokowi

Jul 28, 2016 - 8:01 PM

Merry Utami 42 whom activists say was used as a drug mule without her knowledge writes a last minute plea to the Indonesian president to spare her life

IN PHOTOS: Smiling, laid-back Mary Jane Veloso watches art show

Nov 09, 2015 - 4:14 PM

The photos are a stark difference from previous photos of the dejected and helpless looking Filipina on death row before she was almost executed in April

Not all drug mules are OFWs – Ople

Aug 15, 2015 - 9:16 PM

There are at least 94 Filipinos imprisoned in China Malaysia and Saudi Arabia a huge number because of drugs but they are not all OFWs

'People's champ' Manny Pacquiao meets Mary Jane Veloso

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:44 AM

UPDATED The Filipina death convict breaks down in tears as she prayed with the boxing champ and wife Jinkee

'People's champ' Pacquiao to meet Mary Jane Veloso July 10

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:34 PM

The visit of Manny Pacquiao comes as the justice department approves the filing of charges against the recruiters of Mary Jane

Manny Pacquiao set to visit Mary Jane Veloso in Indonesia

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:01 AM

The Veloso family expects the boxing champ s visit to lift Mary Jane s spirits and give her even more strength as she awaits developments on her case in the Philippines

PODCAST: Can Mary Jane Veloso still be saved?

May 17, 2015 - 10:30 AM

She narrowly escaped death Will the courts rule in her favor?

Pacquiao shoulder surgery, Typhoon Noul, One Direction | The wRap

May 07, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Pacquiao’s shoulder surgery is successful Typhoon Noul enters the Philippines and intensifies Zayn Malik chides Louis Tomlinson on Twitter

Drug syndicates use social media for recruitment

May 01, 2015 - 10:41 AM

Members of these syndicates befriend vulnerable victims they meet via the Internet and even offer marriage proposals to seal the relationship

Want no more drug mules? Reform our agencies – Sotto

Jul 06, 2013 - 11:04 PM

The senator who used to head the Dangerous Drugs Board says it might be futile to do congressional probes and hunt down drug syndicates abroad

Stop saving drug mules abroad, gov't told

Jul 05, 2013 - 12:52 PM

Two congressmen say appealing for convicted drug traffickers puts in question PH s own anti drug war and wastes taxpayers money

NBI hunts down syndicate of Filipina drug mule

Jul 04, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says if drug couriers turn out to be victims of human trafficking too the anti trafficking council will join the probe too

HUNT DOWN. Justice Secretary Leila de Lima orders the NBI to investigate and hunt down the alleged recruiter of the executed Filipino national in China. FILE/AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

Filipina drug mule in China executed

Jul 03, 2013 - 4:27 PM

UPDATED Vice President Jejomar Binay warns Filipino drug traffickers in China: ‘Life is at stake’

DFA: Drug mule's execution 'very imminent'

Jul 02, 2013 - 3:29 PM

The 35 year old Filipina will likely face lethal injection the DFA says

OFW on China death row meets family one last time

Jul 01, 2013 - 6:07 PM

The Filipina spends her last 30 minutes with her family at the Zhejiang prison in Hangzhou before she s executed anytime between July 1 and 3

Binay heads to China for Filipino on death row

Jun 28, 2013 - 7:18 PM

Binay will personally deliver President Aquino s letter to the Chinese government in Beijing

PERSONAL APPEAL. Vice President Jejomar Binay will personally deliver President Aquino's letter to the Chinese government in Beijing, appealing for a commutation of the death sentence on a Filipina drug mule. Photo by Rappler/Ayee Macaraig

Appeal for Filipino on China death row

Jun 27, 2013 - 3:30 PM

The Filipina whom the DFA did not identify will face the death penalty any time between Thursday and Monday July 2

PH tightens watch on African arrivals

Mar 17, 2012 - 5:39 PM

The Bureau of Immigration tightens monitoring of African arrivals after a spate of arrests of drug mules from the continent