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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

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

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Jul 05, 2017 - 1:09 PM

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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

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

Lacson: Cops in Espinosa killing were Kerwin's 'protectors'

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:09 AM

Senator Panfilo Lacson has read the draft affidavit of alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa He says the motive behind the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr is becoming clearer

SENATE HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson has read the draft affidavit of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

De Lima urges 'right treatment' for Dayan, Espinosa

Nov 22, 2016 - 6:24 PM

Ako naman talaga ang habol ninyo Huwag na ninyo silang pahirapan pa mga kriminal man sila o hindi Senator Leila de Lima told the police

'RIGHT TREATMENT'. Senator Leila de Lima reacts to the arrest of former security aide Ronnie Dayan. Screenshot from PTV4; File photo by Romeo Bugante/Senate PRIB

What ails the BuCor modernization law?

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The lack of money to modernize the Bureau of Corrections is crippling the bureau worsening its age old problems

REFORMING BUCOR. Just behind the administration building of the Bureau of Corrections lies the maximum security compound of the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House report on Bilibid drug trade out Monday

Oct 16, 2016 - 10:00 AM

House committee on justice chairman Oriental Mindoro Representative Reynaldo Umali says the report will look into the reimposition of the death penalty to raise the fear factor for heinous crimes like illegal drugs trade

Duterte 'thinking twice' about releasing final drug list

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:15 PM

The President says announcing thousands of names of drug personalities is time consuming and may lead to more killings

DUTERTE'S LIST. President Duterte is yet to release a 'final' list of drug suspects containing 'thousands' of names. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

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Oct 10, 2016 - 8:16 PM

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House justice panel orders arrest of Ronnie Dayan

Oct 10, 2016 - 8:00 PM

This comes after Ronnie Dayan Senator Leila de Lima s alleged bagman failed to explain his absence from the previous House hearing

4TH DAY. The House probe on the illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison continues on Monday, October 10. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

De Lima insists Sebastian a gov't asset, 'pressured' to testify

Oct 10, 2016 - 2:40 PM

Apparently or obviously Jaybee Sebastian has been pushed to the wall says Senator Leila de Lima as the Bilibid inmate testifies against her in the House probe

The House committee on justice as resumes its probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison on October 10, 2016.

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Oct 10, 2016 - 2:23 PM

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De Lima on lookout bulletin: I have no plans to leave PH

Oct 10, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Inosente po ako so ang guilty lang po ang tumatakas says Senator Leila de Lima who is accused of involvement in the Bilibid drug trade

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Jaybee Sebastian denies De Lima claim: I'm no gov't asset

Oct 10, 2016 - 11:22 AM

UPDATED The Bilibid inmate once tagged as a favored prisoner of ex justice secretary and now Senator Leila de Lima testifies against her

High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison.

De Lima 'revolted' by 'sex video' talk at House probe

Oct 06, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says talking about the alleged video is a form of slut shaming and it has no connection whatsoever to the Bilibid drug trade

In a Forum on Women's Dignity and Democracy "Buhay at Babae" Senator Leila de Lima speaks before women's from various organization at the office of the CHR on Wednesday. The group pledge their support against the senator's political enemy to uphold the women's dignity and democracy. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

2 more Bilibid drugs probe witnesses granted immunity

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:55 AM

Nonilo Arile and Engelberto Durano are the latest witnesses to receive immunity from Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez

The House committee on justice resumes its probe on October 6, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison.

Duterte: Sometimes, I'm tempted to declare martial law

Oct 04, 2016 - 11:10 PM

But it is not feasible they say well fine That s why I declared a state of lawlessness because narco politics has entered the country says Duterte

DUTERTE'S WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte visits a shabu laboratory raided by police in Arayat, Pampanga

Philippines at UN tells world not to interfere

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:21 AM

Extrajudicial killings have no place in our society and in our criminal justice system says the country s top diplomat

PHILIPPINES' TOP DIPLOMAT. Perfecto Yasay Jr speaks before the United Nations General Assembly

Lawmaker defends convicts testifying vs De Lima

Sep 24, 2016 - 4:59 PM

Oriental Mindoro 2nd District Representative Reynaldo Umali also dares Senator Leila de Lima to appear in our next hearing instead of casting aspersions on the integrity of our probe through media

COMMITTEE CHAIR. Representative Reynaldo Umali on September 21, 2016, presides over a congressional probe into the alleged illegal drug trade in the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte: 'Final validation' of new drug list done

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:55 AM

A new list of alleged drug personalities may soon be ready for release after President Rodrigo Duterte announces it has gone through third and final validation

NEW DRUG LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte is readying his next drug list. Photo from PPD

Duterte: Fidel Ramos among sources of 'drug list'

Sep 06, 2016 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED The document containing the list is so thick that he hasn t finished validating all the names in it President Rodrigo Duterte claims Former President Ramos denies it came from him

DUTERTE AND FVR. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Former President Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association on July 14, 2016. Photo by TOTO LOZANO/PPD

Duterte on extrajudicial killings: Better for criminals to kill each other

Sep 02, 2016 - 9:45 PM

They kill each other better Criminals kill criminals that is not my worry says President Duterte

CRIMINALS KILLING CRIMINALS? This photo shows a placard reading 'Do not follow me, I am a drug pusher and my house is a drug den,' next to victims who were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo from EPA

Duterte trip to China eyed before end of 2016

Aug 25, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr also shortlists two career officials and one political appointee to become the Philippines next ambassador to China

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Aug 11, 2016 - 12:07 PM

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Raid on Espinosa's house yields P88M worth of shabu

Aug 10, 2016 - 7:41 PM

At least 11 kilos of suspected methamphetamine were hidden in the kitchen cabinets of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr s house in Barangay Tinago Dos

Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

FACT CHECK: Dead ex-mayor, non-legislator also in Duterte list

Aug 08, 2016 - 8:20 PM

Spelling errors and wrong information mar the list of local government officials alleged to be involved in the illegal drug trade

Another top drug suspect killed in Negros Occidental

Aug 03, 2016 - 5:07 PM

Jobert Apurado 34 of Barangay Looc was the 5th top drug personality in Calatrava town according to local police

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

Dela Rosa to Albuera mayor's son: Surrender or die

Aug 02, 2016 - 5:48 PM

The shoot on sight order is in place until Kerwin Espinosa surrenders says the PNP chief

Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

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Jul 18, 2016 - 12:53 PM

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Duterte to confront China on illegal drugs trade

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:52 AM

After bigger issues are settled by both countries the Philippine president plans to air his grievances on the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal drug trade

TALKING TO CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese ambassador Zhao Jinhua meet in Malacañang Palace days before the release of the ruling on the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte to Peter Lim: Go to NBI to prove you're not a drug lord

Jul 16, 2016 - 11:14 AM

UPDATED Cebuano businessman Peter Lim asks President Duterte to help clear his name of allegations that he is the top drug lord in the Visayas

FINDING 'PETER LIM.' President Duterte speaks with Cebuano-Chinese businessman Peter Lim (in white) who claims he is not the top drug lord with the same name. Photo by Kiwi Bulaclac/PPD

PNP, PDEA destroy P1.7 billion worth of illegal drugs

Jul 14, 2016 - 8:10 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa vows to respect human rights while relentlessly pursuing those allegedly involved in the drug trade

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

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Jul 08, 2016 - 7:35 PM

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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

Cebu mayor linked to drug trade faces DILG

Jul 08, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot says he is waiting for the DILG order on his case to prepare his defense

DILG PROBE. Daanbantayan mayor and former police official Vicente Loot submits himself to an investigation by the DILG over his alleged links to the drug trade. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Sergio’s drug syndicate, Pakistan chopper crash, Pacquiao ‘sore loser’ | The wRap

May 08, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Veloso’s recruiter part of international drug ring? Did Taliban cause a helicopter crash that killed Philippine and Norwegian ambassadors? And Mayweather retracts his offer of a rematch

Balikatan 2015, Binay and Jokowi, Mayweather gameplan | The wRap

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The Philippines and US war games begin Binay wants to meet Jokowi to save Mary Jane Mayweather’s plans to counter Pacquiao’s left hand

'War on drugs' is fueling HIV epidemic: report

Jun 26, 2012 - 9:01 AM

The war on drugs is forcing users away from treatment driving an HIV AIDS pandemic says a pressure group