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Mayor in Duterte drug list shot dead in South Cotabato

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:24 AM

Police are looking into 'personal grudge' as a possible motive for the fatal attack on Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr of Sto Niño, South Cotabato

LOCAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE. Sto Nino, South Cotabato Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr was reelected in May 2019. Photo from the Facebook page of Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr

OFW mom of slain 15-year-old girl seeks help to attend daughter's burial

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The mother, who is based in Kuwait, was allowed to go home for her daughter's burial in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, but she doesn't have enough money for a plane ticket

Manila chief inquest prosecutor shot dead

Jul 07, 2020 - 1:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police say Manila chief inquest prosecutor Jovencio Senados was in his car when he was gunned down in Quirino Avenue in Manila before noon on July 7

AMBUSH. Police collect evidence from the vehicle of Jovencio Senados, 62, chief fiscal of the Manila City Prosecutors Office, who was  gunned down by unidentified men in Quirino Avenue, Manila on July 7, 2020. Photo by Czar Dancel/Rappler

2 cops tagged in murder of 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur

Jul 05, 2020 - 5:40 PM

The 15-year-old girl was slain by riding-in-tandem killers on Thursday night, July 2, after accusing one of the cops of molesting her

ACCUSED. A Philippine policeman stands guard as people queue up to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan. File photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:20 PM

(4th UPDATE) The teen was attacked on her way home from a police station where she had just filed a molestation complaint against cops from a neighboring town

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'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The World Organization Against Torture and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center say the number is 'a minimum' as families are often too afraid to report or testify

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

215 bodies found in Mexico mass graves

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:52 AM

Most of the graves were located on fenced land or abandoned farms in the towns of Zapopan, Tlajomulco, Juanacatlan, and El Salto

SEARCH CONTINUES. Mexican police members guard the area where forensic service personnel work at a clandestine grave inside a farm in Zapopan, Jalisco State, Mexico. File photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

PH refuses to fully implement U.N. human rights recommendations

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:28 AM

The Duterte administration 'fully rejects' findings of the UN human rights office that government actions are shrinking civic space for legitimate dissent and leading to serious abuses

Protesters gather inside the University of the Philippines campus on June 4, 2020, to protest the passing of the anti-terrorism bill or HB 6875 in congress on June 3. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

U.N. report: PH local system not enough to exact accountability for killings

Jun 04, 2020 - 5:04 PM

This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


U.N. report: Documents suggest PH police planted guns in drug war ops

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

United Nations Human Rights Office says 'police repeatedly recovered guns bearing the same serial numbers from different victims in different locations'

Abuses, killings in PH possibly incited by Duterte's violent rhetoric – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:14 PM

Widespread killings and abuses 'suggest that [Duterte]'s public comments may have incited violence and may have had the effect of encouraging, backing, or even ordering human rights violations with impunity'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the closing ceremony of the National Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Summit and the 1st Presidential Silent Drill Competition at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on December 20, 2019. Malacañang photo

Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Office says human rights violations in the Philippines have been 'reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials,' some rising 'to the level of incitement to violence'

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Where the Philippines goes, America follows

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:30 AM

We have thousands of George Floyds. But they’re abused not because of the color of their skin as much as because of where and how they live.

Another shooting fatality in Bacolod City

May 26, 2020 - 6:02 PM

This is the 3rd killing in the streets of Bacolod since May 16, the day the city's status was downgraded to GCQ

ANOTHER KILLING. A man was shot to death at Araneta Street in Barangay Sum-ag in Bacolod City on Tuesday, May 26. Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Office

Businessman killed in Bacolod by 3 suspects wearing face masks

May 22, 2020 - 3:38 PM

The Bacolod police chief says Roland Tan was shot from close range

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi 'forgive' killers

May 22, 2020 - 9:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard slams the move as 'the final act in [Saudi Arabia's] well-rehearsed parody of justice in front of an international community far too ready to be deceived'

MURDERED. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Drug convict son shot dead in Bacolod on 1st day of GCQ

May 16, 2020 - 9:06 PM

Police say Gerald Cuadra was shot to death 7 times by a pair of unidentified suspects

Dumaguete City radio reporter shot dead

May 06, 2020 - 12:20 AM

Rex Cornelio is the third radio journalist to be killed in Dumaguete City since 2018

JOURNALIST KILLED. Radio broadcaster Rex Cornelio is killed in Dumaguete City. Photo from Cornelio's Facebook page

'They shot my tatay 9 times'

Apr 30, 2020 - 1:52 PM

The son of Jory Porquia of Bayan Muna laments on Facebook on the brutal manner his father was killed by 4 armed men in Iloilo City

Activist Jory Porquia was shot dead in his rented home at Arevalo in Iloilo City early Thursday, April 30./Photo from Jory Porquia Facebook

[OPINION] What I learned from Anakpawis

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:04 PM

'[Peasant organizations] do not teach 'anti-government propaganda;' they organize seminars, workshops, and discussions about issues that not a lot of institutions dare think about

Grieving children's choir breaking Philippine drug war cycle

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:29 PM

One of their most powerful appearances came last year at a protest near Duterte's annual address to the nation, where they sang their signature piece, 'Awit ng Naulila'

Children, including those who have lost a parent in alleged extrajudicial killings,“ attend a choir session as part of the Project Support Orphans and Widows (SOW) rehabilitation program in Payatas, Quezon City in suburban Manila. Photo by Jam Sta Rosa/AFP

Rising lawyer killings adds pressure point for Duterte in U.N. rights council

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:19 PM

In Geneva, groups highlight the killings of 48 lawyers in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, as the United Nations Human Rights Council prepares to release a report on the country

PHILIPPINE REPORT. UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet will release her comprehensive report on the Philippine human rights situation in June 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

Lawyer killed in Nueva Ecija, 48th since 2016

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:24 PM

Bayani Dalangin was killed in his office in Talavera town, Nueva Ecija, says the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Mexico court jails man over murder of journalist Valdez

Feb 28, 2020 - 3:30 PM

Javier Valdez Cardenas was co-founder of the weekly newspaper Riodoce and was one of the most prominent chroniclers of Mexico's deadly drug war in a state where notorious kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman once reigned

JUSTICE. In this file photo taken on May 16, 2017 a makeshift altar with a cup of coffee, water glass and newspaper headlining the story of slain Mexican journalist Javier Valdez is pictured in a cafe previously frequented by Valdez in Culiacan, Sinaloa State, Mexico. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Negros Oriental police arrest father, 2 sons in connection with killing of cops

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:57 PM

The suspects are identified as brothers Jelly Ebedo and Gelie Ebedo and their father Belly Ebedo. They are suspects in the ambush of 4 police officers last July

AMBUSH. Police probers investigate the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental on Friday, July 19./Contributed Photo

Eddie Villanueva slams drug killings, but says Duterte not to blame

Feb 03, 2020 - 9:07 PM

The evangelical pastor, now one of the House of Representatives' deputy speakers, says 'scalawag' policemen are behind the drug killings

House Deputy Speaker and JIL Church founder Eddie Villanueva discusses the bloody drug war in a speech marking the National Bible Day on February 3, 2020. Screenshot from the House of Representatives' Youtube account

Lawyer killed in front of Pampanga church

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Police say lawyer Anselmo Carlos and his driver Marcial Mendoza were killed by 3 motorcycle-riding men in front of the San Vicente Parish Church in Sta Rita, Pampanga

Negros killings: Senate panels recommend probe of cops, army, vigilante group

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:30 AM

‘No one was spared — men, women, and children suffered at the hands of lawless armed men,’ says the report

STOP THE KILLINGS. A human chain and candlelight protest is staged by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

After canceled U.S visa, Dela Rosa may face 'far bigger problems' – HRW

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:29 AM

Human Rights Watch Asia Advocacy Director John Sifton says Senator Ronald dela Rosa, one of the architects of the government's bloody drug war, 'may still have a date with justice'

Senator Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa speaks to media on the cancellation of his US visa on January 22, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Negros Oriental dance troupe in Sinulog 2020 pays tribute to slain farmers

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:16 AM

In a rare show of activism, the Pakol Festival perform a routine that showed the violence farmers experience in Negros Island

FARMERS. This performance pays tribute to farmers killed in Negros. Photo by Chang Euldan/Sinulog Foundation

Malacañang says 'standby fund' for Middle East evacuation not needed

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:56 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Duterte did not follow through with his request for Congress to hold a special session on the Middle East as tension in the region has so far de-escalted

MANDATORY EVACUATION. The Baghdad International Airport, in a file photo taken April 30, 2019. The Philippine government ordered mandatory evacuation for its citizens in Iraq on January 8, 2020. Photo from Shutterstock

Police identify man who was skinned and killed in northern Cebu

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:55 PM

Police are pursuing the angle that the suspects are involved in drugs and believed Corbo was a drug informant

Dead body skinned from neck up found in northern Cebu

Jan 10, 2020 - 3:06 PM

(UPDATED) 

This is the 3rd person killed in Cebu this year who was skinned to the bone over the past 12 months

DFA downgrades alert levels in Iran, Lebanon

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:12 PM

Though Filipinos in Iran and Lebanon are no longer covered by the Philippine government's mandatory repatriation order, the deployment ban to those countries remains in place

Photo from Wikicommons

Iran crisis sparks fear over Middle East oil supplies

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Traders fear Iran could seek to block the Strait of Hormuz, which links up the Middle East's oil producers with markets in Asia, Europe, and North America

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019 an oil tanker is docked at the port of Ras al-Khair, about 185 kilometres north of Dammam in Saudi Arabia's eastern province overlooking the Gulf. - The growing Iran crisis has sparked supply worries over the Strait of Hormuz -- a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global oil -- and also over Iraq's output, analysts say. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

[OPINION] Running to stand still: On U2 fans and the war on drugs

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Don't U2 fans who support the drug war know that many of U2’s socio-political songs espouse empathy, mercy, and compassion?

U.S. embassy in PH issues security alert following rising tension in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The United States Embassy says heightened tension in the Middle East may bring security risks to Americans living abroad

US EMBASSY. The US Embassy in the Philippines advises Americans in the country to keep a low profile amid rising tensions in the Middle East. File photo by AFP

2020 with a big bang: This week's outlook

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:00 AM

What’s at stake and what can we expect this week in the aftermath of the assassination of the general who had shaped the battlefield in the Middle East and helped direct Assad’s war in Syria?

Duterte creates body to craft evacuation plan for OFWs in Middle East

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:42 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, a former special envoy to the Middle East, is set to fly to the region to meet with officials of countries hosting Filipino workers

EVACAUTION PLANS. President Rodrigo Duterte orders select Cabinet secretaries to draft plans to evacuate Filipinos from the Middle East. Malacañang photo

Duterte wants 'standby fund' for Filipinos' evacuation from Middle East

Jan 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

'We do not know what would be the end result of that crisis.... Kinakabahan ako,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech after signing into law the General Appropriations Act on January 6, 2020. Malacañang photo

Iran vows revenge after U.S. kills top general in Baghdad strike

Jan 03, 2020 - 6:23 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei swiftly vows 'severe revenge' for Qasem Soleimani's death, the biggest escalation yet in a feared proxy war between Iran and the US on Iraqi soil

REVENGE. A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. AFP PHOTO/IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S OFFICE

How the world is reacting to U.S. killing of top Iran general

Jan 03, 2020 - 5:21 PM

(UPDATED) The assassination is praised by US President Donald Trump's Republicans but elsewhere there are warnings it could inflame regional tensions

WORLD REACTS. A mock US flag is painted on the ground for cars to drive on in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020, following news of the killing of Iranian Revolutionary Guards top commander Qasem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy at Baghdad international airport. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

What we know so far: Proposed U.S. sanctions vs PH officials in drug war

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Answers to 4 questions to get you up to speed on 2 proposed measures to bar Philippine officials from entering the United States and freezing their assets there

DRUG WAR. Police officials investigate the crime scene of a buy-bust operation. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler