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Dozens of shabu sachets, drug kits seized in Cebu City Jail

Mar 01, 2020 - 1:55 PM

'The drugs we seized here only shows that we really have a problem,' says Cebu City Jail Superintendent Julius Arro

RAIDED. In this file photo taken on February 28, 2017 and released on March 2, 2017, naked inmates at the Cebu city jail sit during a joint raid by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Cebu Police provincial office on illegal drugs and contrabands. Photo by Merlie Dacunos/Cebu Provincial Police Office /AFP

Robredo: Releasing drug war report better than it staying unread by Duterte

Dec 01, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says her 3rd report on the anti-drug campaign includes recommendations to improve the government's efforts

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The impossibility of the drug war: This week's outlook

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:37 AM

At this stage in the drug war, is the PNP ready to be tamed or is it more anxious to cover its ass?

Robredo clarifies: I don't want end to drug war, only a 'tweak'

Oct 27, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'Ang sinabi ko, dapat i-assess ng pamahalaan kung tama pa ba iyong strategy na ginagamit. Kasi kung mali na, kailangang i-tweak,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

CLARIFICATION. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo briefs the media after the Supreme Court has releases its preliminary findings of the PET on the electoral VP case. October 15, 2019 Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Resist, adapt, submit: Barangay officials make tough choices in the drug war

May 16, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Officials of the barangay, the smallest government unit in the Philippines, are at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives since mid-2016. Barangay officials have the power to decide on who lives, who survives; whether to submit to orders, to resist or to adapt.

Duterte gov't to give Tokhang documents to Supreme Court

Apr 04, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Malacañang says police will comply with the Supreme Court's order because they have nothing to hide

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

How an 'outdated' law is preventing PH drug war victory

Mar 25, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The Dangerous Drugs Act sets strict admission requirements for rehabilitation programs, because there were fewer drug surrenderers when the law was passed

FULL TEXT: Duterte's statement on Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 14, 2018 - 7:20 PM

Read the 15-page statement of President Rodrigo Duterte declaring the Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court

Like at SC, Dela Rosa says PNP has nothing to hide about drug war from ICC

Feb 18, 2018 - 1:53 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa also says they won't be sharing their drug war documents fully should the international tribunal make a request

LIMITED TRANSPARENCY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa doesn't want to fully disclose their documents to the International Criminal Court. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Poverty not an excuse to get into drugs – DDB chief Cuy

Jan 26, 2018 - 9:33 PM

'Hindi justification 'yun to be involved in drugs, just because you say na poor ka o walang ibang income,' says DDB chief Catalino Cuy

NOT VALID. DDB chief Catalino Cuy says poor Filipinos involved in drugs can turn to their government for rehabilitation that leads to employment. Rappler screengrab

Rodrigo Duterte, Mandaluyong shootout, Bangko Sentral deadline | Midday wRap

Dec 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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PDEA seizes P57.5M worth of shabu at FedEx branch

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:26 PM

A drug suspect based in California sends 11.5 kilograms of alleged shabu into the country, declaring them as 'toys'

BIG HAUL. The PDEA reels in almost 12 kilograms of shabu within 5 days. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Police and funeral homes: The business of picking up the dead

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:27 PM

Funeral homes that wish to extend services in cases that involve killings need to be accredited by the Philippine National Police. Sometimes being 'favored' carries extra costs.

The cost of dying in Duterte's war on drugs

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:02 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has left thousands of casualties in its wake. But families of victims can barely afford to bury their dead because of high funeral costs.

The Eusebio Funeral Services in Malabon on October 27, 2017

Duterte threatens to slap UN rapporteur if she probes drug war

Nov 09, 2017 - 8:40 PM

'You are fucking me and I do not want it,' says the Philippine leader, angered by UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, relays the key points of his keynote address during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit. The President cited that while globalization has its benefits, it has somehow stunted the growth of some developing countries. He went on to suggest that highly-developed countries should give more opportunities to MSMEs especially from developing countries. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Dela Rosa welcomes anti-crime drop boxes

Oct 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says the anonymous tips collected in the drop boxes would be properly validated

WELCOME DEVELOPMENT. PNP chief ROnald dela Rosa says drop boxes will help them in gathering intelligence. Photo by Joel Liporada

PNP launches ‘Life After Tokhang’ drug rehab program

Oct 02, 2017 - 5:56 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) expands its role in the drug war to include rehabilitation

PATH TO REHAB. Thousands of drug suspects take their oath to participate in drug rehabilitation. File photo by Jun A. Malig/Rappler

Caloocan police awarded best in Metro Manila same week Kian, Carl killed

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:57 PM

From being recognized as the best in Metro Manila the Caloocan Police have now become the most controversial Will they be able to turn the situation around?

AWARDED. Caloocan City Police Station is visited by residents. Rappler file photo

Dela Rosa admits Kian killing 'was an overkill'

Sep 05, 2017 - 6:13 PM

UPDATED The Philippine National Police chief says Kian delos Santos may have been shot too many times Maraming tama yung bata Parang nasobrahan nasobrahan

'TOO MUCH'?. Police officers led by Dela Rosa huddle before the start of the senate probe into the death and killing of Kian delos Santos. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

House opposition seeks EJK probe, PNP budget review

Aug 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Will the House leadership act on this one?

OPPOSITION. Members of the House opposition bloc try again to probe the rise in killings attributed to the war on drugs. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Q&A: Duterte on Kian delos Santos, future of drug war

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:10 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says the Grade 11 student s death won t change how he implements his drug war

WATCH: The dark alley to Kian delos Santos' death

Aug 21, 2017 - 3:14 AM

Rappler goes to Kian delos Santos Caloocan neighborhood to retrace the path to his death

Kung saan nagsimula ang digmaan kontra-droga

May 02, 2017 - 7:03 PM

EXKLUSIBO: Kilala ng mga kaanak ng mga natokhang kung sino ang bumaril sa mga anak nila – at nakahanda silang pangalanan siya

Where the drug war began

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:35 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Families of the Philippine drug war's dead claim they know the man who shot their children – and they're willing to speak his name

To the boy who lost his father to Duterte's drug war

Mar 21, 2017 - 7:40 PM

I wanted to tell you that violence is never a way out of desolation; that there is change in hope not in fear

Duterte allows PNP's return to war on drugs

Feb 28, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The President orders the creation of smaller task forces to be comprised of policemen with no record of corruption

WAR ON DRUGS. President Duterte allows the PNP to help implement his controversial drug war. Photo from PPD

Duterte on AI report: Why would I pay police to kill?

Feb 03, 2017 - 6:57 PM

The President says police claiming they were paid to kill are corrupt police who pocketed intelligence funds intended for catching drug pushers

WAR VS CORRUPT POLICE. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Command Conference at Malacañang Palace on January 29, 2017. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Dela Rosa: Forgive us for drugs war deaths

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED But the PNP chief also asks for the public s indulgence as the war on drugs wages on Please understand if the killings will continue he says

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

PH sends 'very strong' protest vs UN envoy

Nov 29, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr hits an irresponsible statement of UN envoy David Scheffer who warned the Philippines over human rights abuses

UN ENVOY. David Scheffer, the UN secretary-general's envoy to a UN-backed court in Cambodia, is the subject of a 'very strong' protest note recently sent by the Philippines to the UN. Photo courtesy of William and Mary Law School

PH slams UN's Khmer Rouge warning as 'irresponsible'

Nov 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

DFA: Mr Scheffer s remarks are irresponsible and alarming since these are directed at the leadership of a democratic country with a functioning criminal justice system

NUON CHEA AND KHIEU SAMPHAN. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on November 23, 2016 shows former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea (L) and former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan (R) sitting in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. Photo by Sok Heng Nhet/ ECCC / AFP

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Nov 29, 2016 - 2:45 PM

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Senate probe: What secrets will Kerwin Espinosa spill?

Nov 23, 2016 - 8:48 AM

The Senate continues its probe into the death of former Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr – with his son Kerwin as star witness

STAR TESTIMONY. Kerwin Espinosa in Camp Crame upon his arrival in the Philippines on November 18. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Dayan linking Robredo to drugs? Made-up story, says Dela Rosa

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:15 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa adds it is very obvious that Vice President Leni Robredo is not involved in illegal drugs

Former driver-body guard of Senator De Lima Ronnie Dayan presented at Camp Crame on Tuesday after his arrest in Norther part of Luzaon. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Dela Rosa: Ronnie Dayan will tell all in House probe

Nov 22, 2016 - 7:25 PM

He will be a friendly witness All that Congress will ask he will answer says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa on Senator Leila de Lima s alleged bagman Ronnie Dayan

Former driver-body guard of Senator De Lima Ronnie Dayan presented at Camp Crame on Tuesday after his arrest in Norther part of Luzaon. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

War on drugs, Tropical Storm Karen, Donald Trump | 12PM wRap

Oct 14, 2016 - 1:27 PM

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Int'l criminal court 'closely following' PH war on drugs

Oct 14, 2016 - 7:11 AM

'Public statements of high officials of the Republic of the Philippines seem to condone such killings and further seem to encourage State forces and civilians alike to continue targeting these individuals with lethal force,' says ICC's Fatou Bensouda

JOINED IN 2001. The court that investigates  genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity has jurisdiction on the Philippines. Photo from ICC web site

The Drug War: Danica, My Danica

Sep 06, 2016 - 11:59 AM

Danica Mae Garcia was five when she was killed in the crossfire after riding in tandem assassins shot her grandfather inside their Dagupan home She is perhaps the youngest victim of the extrajudicial killings that have come together with the bloody war on drugs