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De Lima marks 2nd year in jail: 'How many more years shall I endure?'

Feb 24, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says while 'the vengeful Mr Duterte' may have succeeded in confining her, he failed to stop her from fulfilling her public duties

Photo from Otso Diretso

[OPINION] Defiant De Lima enters third year in jail

Feb 19, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Detained Senator De Lima is confident that 'the time will come' when people 'will be forced to acknowledge the truth.' Hopefully 'it would not be too late for all of us.'

Drug 'godfathers' to surrender in Bangladesh

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Police say those surrendering on February 16 in the southeastern town of Teknaf would include drugs traders, traffickers and several 'godfathers'

DRUG WAR. This file photo taken on April 6, 2018 shows Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) personnel laying out small bags of the drug 'yaba' recovered from a passenger bus in a search at a checkpost along the Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway in Teknaf. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Duterte vows 'big fish' will die in last half of his term

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:45 AM

In his first speech of 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte warns that big-time drug bosses will be killed in the remaining years of his presidency

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his message during the birthday celebration of former Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Atty. Francis Tolentino held at the Tagaytay International Convention Center in Tagaytay City, Cavite on January 3, 2019. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Brother of Honduran president arrested in U.S. over drug ties – officials

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Juan Antonio Hernandez is arrested after his brother, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, declared that 'no one is above the law'

Honduran President and presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez waves to supporters in Tegucigalpa after the general elections on November 26, 2017.  Honduras' six million voters are to cast ballots in a controversial election Sunday in which President Juan Orlando Hernandez is seeking a second mandate despite a constitutional one-term limit. This small country is at the heart of Central America's "triangle of death," an area plagued by gangs and poverty. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUA

Supreme Court allows drug charges vs Peter Lim to continue

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:21 PM

The Court’s Third Division denies Lim’s request to nullify the Department of Justice (DOJ) reinvestigation

JUNKED. Supreme Court junks Peter Lim's appeal to void the Department of Justice reinvestigation that ultimately found sufficient evidence to charge him for conspiracy to commit illegal drugs.

Lawyers lose contact with Peter Lim

Aug 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The lawyers of Peter Lim say their client has not communicated with them since drug charges were filed against him

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati court bars Peter Lim from leaving PH

Aug 17, 2018 - 3:36 PM

Lim and his lawyer are a no-show in the Makati RTC hearing

NO SHOW. File photo of alleged drug lord Peter Lim when he went to the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Makati court orders arrest of Peter Lim

Aug 14, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Lim's co-accused Kerwin Espinosa, Marcelo Adorco, and Ruel Malindangan are also covered by the order

APPEARANCE BEFORE NBI. Alleged drug lord Peter Lim is escorted by security after he shows up at the National Bureau of Investigation in Manila on July 21, 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ wants hold departure order vs Peter Lim

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The businessman, who is accused of involvement in the drug trade, never attended a hearing during the Department of Justice's reinvestigation

Alleged Druglord Peter Lim with his councel arrive to attend the preliminary investigation on the illegal drug trade in Regions 7 and 8 at the DOJ in Manila on August 24, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ indicts Kerwin Espinosa for drug trade

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:31 PM

(UPDATED) The case of Cebu businessman Peter Lim is still undergoing a separate preliminary investigation

Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supreme Court voids De Lima's watchlist order vs Arroyo in 2011

Apr 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Arroyo's constitutional right to travel was violated, says the Supreme Court

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

'#DuwagDuterte!' says De Lima over PH withdrawal from ICC

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Senator Leila de Lima calls President Rodrigo Duterte a 'coward' for pulling the Philippines out of the International Criminal Court

Photo courtesy of Office of Senator Leila de Lima

De Lima demands DOJ: Show physical evidence against me

Mar 16, 2018 - 11:11 AM

De Lima’s camp will manifest to the court the different standards that DOJ applied to the senator and to Peter Lim and Kerwin Espinosa, who were earlier cleared of drug trading by a prosecution panel

Police escort detained Senator Leila De LIma inside the Philippine Hearth Center for a medical checkup on March 12, 2018

Injustice in Court of Appeals: Failing Mary Jane Veloso

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:23 AM

Philippine legal procedure is horribly ill-equipped for 21st century transnational issues like human trafficking and modern slavery, the drug trade, terrorism, regional environmental degradation, money laundering, and the legal needs of the Filipino diaspora, all of which cross state borders

Judge who ordered De Lima’s arrest inhibits from case

Jan 15, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Judge Juanita Guerrero also orders that the court shall proceed with De Lima's case

De Lima: I’m preparing for a more difficult 2018

Jan 06, 2018 - 3:06 PM

'I expect to hear lies and more lies,' says Senator Leila de Lima on what she says she would hear from state witnesses in the courtroom

PNP escort detained senator Leila de Lima at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial on Friday, to attend a hearing for the "Disobedience of Summons" Photo by DARREN LANGIT

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

DOJ to act on drug suspect's affidavit tagging Roxas, Drilon

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Roxas calls it a 'poor and laughable attempt at fake news'

TOP DRUG SUSPECT. Ricky Serenio, photographed here inside Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr in Bacolod City in January, is now out on bail on multiple charges that do not include drugs. Photo by Marchel Espina/Rappler

Supreme Court's 9-6 ruling keeps De Lima in jail

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:11 PM

(5th UPDATE) The High Court rules the Sandiganbayan has no jurisdiction over De Lima. This means her case will not be handled by the Office of the Ombudsman, but by DOJ prosecutors who will defend their case against her before the Muntinlupa RTC.

Napolcom, Aguirre, Missile test | Midday wRap

Jul 05, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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NBI to investigate 'resurgence' of Bilibid drug trade

Jul 05, 2017 - 8:41 AM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also says he plans to replace the Special Action Force troops with soldiers inside Bilibid

Inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aguirre wants SAF out of Bilibid as drug trade 'active again'

Jun 02, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Aguirre says he is closely watching the drug inmates they turned witnesses against Senator Leila de Lima amid this creeping resurgence of drug trading

File photo of the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Drug Issues, Different Perspectives – A Policy Forum

May 05, 2017 - 9:35 AM

Bookmark this page for highlights of the drug policy forum

What can we learn from China’s long history of fighting illicit drugs?

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Drug use is a problem but sometimes the exaggeration of the problem could be more dangerous and the cures on offer could be worse than the problem itself

Cardinal Tagle slams drug trade, launches rehab

Mar 18, 2017 - 11:45 PM

Selling drugs is killing people Cardinal Tagle says as he launches another Catholic run drug rehabilitation program

NO TO DRUGS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle condemns the illegal drug trade as he launches another Catholic-run drug rehabilitation program on March 17, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[Newspoint]: Back to war

Mar 14, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Let’s not allow ourselves to be easily persuaded that the police are reformed and that their prejudicial application of the law is a thing of the past

Lascañas: Duterte son protected alleged drug lord

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:08 PM

UPDATED In a Senate hearing the former Davao policeman links Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Pulong Duterte to illegal drugs

Retired police SPO3 Arthur Lascanas during a hearing of the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs on March 6, 2017 on the existence of the Davao Death Squad. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima arrest, Villegas vs Duterte, Project NOAH | Midday wRap

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Watch Rappler s midday newscast with Margie de Leon

Senator Leila de Lima arrested

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:18 AM

It s my honor to be jailed for the principles I am fighting for says the fiercest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte

SURRENDER. Senator Leila de Lima steps out of the Senate building to surrender to the PNP on Friday, February 24, 2015.

Rappler Talk: Umali on death penalty, Bilibid drug trade and justice Duterte-style

Jan 06, 2017 - 6:34 PM

How will the House s justice committee thrive in the Duterte administration s iron clad rule? Watch our interview with Umali live here on Rappler

Mexico quietly marks 10 years of drug war

Dec 10, 2016 - 8:36 PM

President Enrique Pena Nieto who inherited the drug war when he took office in December 2012 has promised his countrymen and women a Mexico in peace

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. He has since been captured. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZ

LIVE: Senate hearing on the death of Mayor Espinosa with witnesses Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa

Dec 05, 2016 - 9:06 AM

Ronnie Dayan and Kerwin Espinosa take the witness stand in the committee hearing

'Climax' congressman: Rappler peddles 'distorted sense of nationalism'

Nov 29, 2016 - 4:33 PM

Representative Salvador Belaro Jr says that for reporting on his sexually laden questions to a witness Rappler can be considered among the forces that distract the public from the bigger national interest that is the war on illegal drugs

'FOCUS ON THE ISSUE.' 1-Ang Edukasyon Salvador Belaro Jr fires back against his critics during a press conference on November 29. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Belaro wants Rappler mood meter probed after Bilibid drugs hearing

Nov 28, 2016 - 8:46 PM

UPDATED 1 Ang Edukasyon Representative Salvador Belaro Jr says his questions to witness Ronnie Dayan on the latter s affair with Senator Leila de Lima were taken out of context

TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT? 1-Ang Edukasyon Representative Salvador Belaro Jr was among the lawmakers who interpellated Ronnie Dayan during the reopening of the House probe into the proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison. File photo by Rappler

Questions on De Lima affair to test Dayan's credibility – lawmakers

Nov 27, 2016 - 3:09 PM

UPDATED Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro calls the criticism thrown against the House justice committee members grossly unfair and uncalled for

NECESSARY QUESTIONS? Deputy Speaker Fredenil Castro (1st from left) and Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas (1st from right) defends their questions on the relationship between Senator Leila de Lima and her former security aide Ronnie Dayan. Photos by Rappler

A can of contradictions in Ronnie Dayan's testimony

Nov 27, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Lawmakers cast doubt on Ronnie Dayan s testimony which contains clear contradictions to what past witnesses claimed before the House committee on justice

THE WITNESS. Ronnie Dayan, Senator Leila de Lima's former security aide, lover, and alleged bagman, appears before the House committee on justice on November 24. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima welcomes Ombudsman probe into Bilibid drugs allegations

Nov 26, 2016 - 8:19 PM

The senator calls the Ombudsman a trusted and respected investigation office and slams the DOJ and NBI for being instruments of the administration against critics

PROBE WELCOME. Senator Leila de Lima says she welcomes the Ombudsman's fact-finding investigation on allegations of her involvement in the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Robredo on questions about De Lima, Dayan: 'Pambabastos talaga'

Nov 25, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Parang nangyari talaga slut shaming Vice President Leni Robredo says after lawmakers grilled Senator Leila de Lima s former boyfriend about their love affair

WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo delivers the keynote speech on November 25, 2016, for the 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women, Philippine Commission on Women. Photo from the Office of the Vice President

Leila de Lima, Marcos burial, Tropical Storm Marce | Midday wRap

Nov 25, 2016 - 1:15 PM

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'Kailan kayo nag-climax?': Nonsense questions at the Bilibid drugs hearing

Nov 25, 2016 - 8:13 AM

Here are a few questions that we think the hearing could have done without

De Lima: House inquiry a 'spectacle' full of lies

Nov 24, 2016 - 8:47 PM

UPDATED No woman deserves to be betrayed to be treated with so much disrespect and without dignity before the public eye by any man she is with or had a relationship with says Senator Leila de Lima

Photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB

De Lima-Dayan affair, Philippine peso, Rodrigo Duterte | Evening wRap

Nov 24, 2016 - 8:19 PM

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Dayan, Espinosa: Who's telling truth on drug money for De Lima?

Nov 24, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Ronnie Dayan insists it was Senator Leila de Lima who knew Kerwin Espinosa

The House Committee on Justice reopens its investigation on November 24, 2016 into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prison.

House turns over Dayan to PNP

Nov 24, 2016 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED The Department of Justice also grants Dayan provisional admission to the government s Witness Protection Program

The House Committee on Justice turns over custody of Ronnie Dayan to the PNP on November 24, 2016 after it concluded its investigation into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prison.

Netizens on Dayan, De Lima questions: 'Papa Jack', 'crossing the line'

Nov 24, 2016 - 3:17 PM

Some netizens are not pleased with the line of questioning by members of the House justice committee

Ronnie Dayan, Rodrigo Duterte, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Nov 24, 2016 - 3:01 PM

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Lawmakers feast on De Lima-Dayan love affair

Nov 24, 2016 - 1:48 PM

UPDATED Cebu Representative Gwendolyn Garcia says the questions are necessary to establish Senator Leila de Lima s alleged links to the illegal drug trade

SIGNAL NO. 1? Majority Floor Leader Rodolfo Fariñas at the House probe into Bilibid drugs on November 24, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Ronnie Dayan denies dealing with Bilibid convicts: I don't know them

Nov 24, 2016 - 12:08 PM

Dayan also denies transactions with former Bureau of Corrections OIC Rafael Ragos contrary to Ragos earlier testimony

The House Committee on Justice reopens its investigation on November 24, 2016 into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prison.

De Lima advised me to hide, skip House probe – Dayan

Nov 24, 2016 - 11:15 AM

UPDATED Ronnie Dayan goes all out against former boss Senator Leila de Lima linking her to an alleged drug lord accusing her of dumping him and saying she forced him to quit

The House Committee on Justice reopens its investigation on November 24, 2016 into the proliferation of illegal drugs inside the National Bilibid Prison.