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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

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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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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Police order crackdown vs illegal firearms in Negros Oriental

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The order is prompted by the killing of a barangay captain and a teenager in Bayawan City by unidentified assailants who used an unregistered gun

UNREGISTERED GUNS. Police display unregistered firearms confiscated in November 2019. Photo from Police Regional Office 7's Facebook page

In cold blood: This week's outlook

Nov 19, 2019 - 11:45 AM

It's been 10 years since the gruesome Maguindanao massacre. What makes warlords like the Ampatuans survive the ravages of time?

Cop tagged in Dumaguete broadcaster's slay surrenders

Nov 15, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Police Corporal Roger Rubio is the suspected gunman in the killing of radio blocktimer Dindo Generoso

SUSPECT. Police officer Roger Rubio, a suspect in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso, is presented to the media. Screengrab from PCOO

The Philippines, a killing field

Nov 07, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Duterte’s kill mentality has emboldened every angry person with a gun

Radio broadcaster shot dead in Dumaguete City

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:41 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Radio announcer Dindo Generoso is shot dead on his way to work in Dumaguete City

Central Visayas police chief wants 2,000 more cops for Negros Oriental

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:36 PM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas tells a Senate panel that he first made this suggestion to Malacañang when he was asked for proposals to stem the killings in the province

MORE POLICE. Brigadier General Debold Sinas asks for additional Philippine National Police personnel to be assigned in Negros Oriental after a spate of killings in the province. Rappler file photo

Pangilinan refiles bills seeking to speed up murder investigations

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The senator says the proposed bills seeking mandatory autopsies on crime victims and crematories' compulsory collection of biological specimen will 'help solve cases swiftly and efficiently'

FOR JUSTICE. Senator Francis Pangilinan pushes for mandatory autopsy, collection of biological specimen anew. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cayetano: Government intends to 'protect human life' with drug war

Aug 10, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The House Speaker says that drug war casualties are those who want to kill law enforcement officers or avoid criminal prosecution

WAR ON DRUGS. Crime scene investigators and media surround the dead body of a drug suspect. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Artists raise funds for victims of the drug war in 'KOLAborasyon'

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:32 PM

BLKD x Calix are among the performers, with art by Ang Gerilya, Rob Cham, and Darlingkink on auction

Image courtesy of Gabi Na Naman Productions

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Duterte gov't tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Outside the PDEA's count, rights groups estimate the drug war to have claimed as much as 27,000 lives, including the victims of vigilante-style killings

DEATHS CONTINUE. 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

De Lima: Rising deaths of children in drug war makes U.N. probe 'more urgent'

Jul 18, 2019 - 2:35 PM

'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. A relative of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina holds her portait at her funeral mass in Rizal province on July 9, 2019. She was killed in a drug operation that targeted her father. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Not yet final: Imee Marcos says UNHRC resolution can 'still be withdrawn'

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

Human Rights Watch's Carlos Conde says the Duterte government risks turning the Philippines into an 'international pariah' if it refuses to cooperate with the UN office

Rappler investigative story on drug war finalist in 2019 Global Shining Light Awards

Jul 17, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Rappler's 6-month investigation shows strong indications that the police were outsourcing extrajudicial killings to the Confederate Sentinels Group, a group of force multipliers they had also accused of murder

Families urge U.N. rights council to act vs PH drug war killings

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Rubylin Litao of Rise UP says international support can help stem violence in the Philippines

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

Abra town councilor shot dead on first day of work

Jul 02, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Pilar town Councilor Amante Doral Sr had just attended a flag ceremony when he was attacked, say police

CRIME SCENE. A barangay councilor is shot dead in PIlar, Abra.

Korean travel writer found dead in Antipolo

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rizal police identify the victim as 59-year-old Joo Yeong-wook, who arrived in the country on June 14

CRIME SCENE. Police seal off a crime scene following an anti-drug operation. File photo by Rappler

[OPINION | Newspoint] Hounds at the door

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

If the cumulative death count to date is 5,000, that means the killings have slowed to 1,000 in the past year and a half. But does that mean the government will now allow itself to be investigated?

U.N.'s Callamard: 'We must go on offensive' vs EJKs, attacks on free speech

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'All of us, we must all understand that we must go on the offensive and we must disrupt what’s happening,' says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Foreign delegation probing lawyer killings in PH claims heavy surveillance

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:34 PM

Both the police and the military snub the international delegation of lawyers who managed to secure interviews with prosecutors and judges

SURVEYED. The 9-man international delegation of lawyers who visited the Philippines to investigate 37 cases of lawyer killings claim heavy surveillance during their stay. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH

Mar 18, 2019 - 5:45 PM

Policemen, the foreign lawyers say, are not conducting initial investigations, and prosecutors are left to wait for police reports that do not come

LAWYER KILLINGS. An international delegation of lawyers finds that here is no sufficient and effective investigation into the killings of lawyers, prosecutors and judges in the Philippines. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Tao Po: Juana Change knocks on hearts for EJK victims

Mar 03, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Mae Paner brings 'Tao Po' to Baguio and is attended by National artists Kidlat Tahimik and Bencab

Baguio-based National artists BenCab and Kidlat Tahimik together with University of the Cordilleras president Ray Dean Salvosa led the signing of Manifesto of Artists for Human Rights declaring to use art as tool to uphold truth and human dignity for all at all times.

Senate bets push for body cams, anti-EJK law to stop killings

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

'Hanggang nandiyan si President Duterte, hindi matatapos ang patayan sa Pilipinas,' says opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano

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

[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Finally, EJKs defined

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:50 AM

A new law, RA 11188, now defines extrajudicial killings – a significant step forward in providing justice to many victims

New law includes new definition of EJKs

Feb 20, 2019 - 1:32 PM

In the new law protecting children in armed conflict, extrajudicial killings are committed by 'state actors' and cover any violation to the right of life as embodied by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

League of Filipino Students gather at the steps of Palma Hall on August 11 as part of a nationwide “Day of Action” against the spate of extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte governments' war on illegal drugs.

Bacolod cop shot dead in broad daylight

Jan 26, 2019 - 5:44 PM

'There are derogatory reports about him on illegal drugs but we're still validating it,' says the investigator

SHOT DEAD.  Senior Police Officer 4 Oscar Exaltado of Bacolod Police Station 6 is shot dead by two unidentified assailants 8am of January 26, 2019.

Rappler Talk: Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug sits down with human rights lawyer Arpee Santiago, as the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor conducts a preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines

Local court dismisses murder raps vs Negros Occidental solon

Nov 19, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Bacolod City Regional Trial Court Branch 44 Judge Ana Celeste Bernad says there is no single incident that would implicate Melecio Yap Jr and his co-accused, Gregory Tuayon, in the murder of Eric Matugas

MELECIO YAP JR. Image from http://www.congress.gov.ph

[OPINION] The people lost another good defender

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Atty Ben committed his life to building the resources and infrastructure necessary to empower farmers. He believed in farmers.

PEOPLE'S LAWYER. Lawyer Benjamin Ramos defended farmers, peasants, and the marginalized. Photo from MASIPAG

Iba residents fear 3 missing men latest victims of EJK

Oct 16, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Three months ago, the bodies of three men who were also reported missing here were dumped in a shallow grave

Roque: Duterte didn't admit to anything because no such crime as EJK

Oct 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime

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

PH 'salvaging' self through drug war, Cayetano tells U.N.

Sep 30, 2018 - 9:58 AM

At the United Nations, Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says that if given a choice, the Philippines will protect law-abiding citizens instead of criminals

DEFENDING THE DRUG WAR. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano speaks at the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly on September 29, 2018. Photo courtesy of UN News

Duterte 'not serious' about EJK remark – Roque

Sep 28, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) 'I don’t think the context there was literal,' says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, rehashing his previous explanations of President Rodrigo Duterte's past controversial statements

EXPLAINING DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque explains President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks. RTVM screenshot

Duterte says his only 'sin' is extrajudicial killings

Sep 27, 2018 - 6:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is known for giving conflicting statements on his involvement in death squads and summary killings. How will Malacañang explain his latest remark?

Body of the unidentified person carried away from the crime scene. 11/29/2016.

Support for families of drug war victims crucial in 'long process' for justice

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:40 PM

International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases