Rappler's latest stories on killings in the philippines
Mayor in Duterte drug list shot dead in South Cotabato
Police are looking into 'personal grudge' as a possible motive for the fatal attack on Mayor Pablo Matinong Jr of Sto Niño, South Cotabato
OFW mom of slain 15-year-old girl seeks help to attend daughter's burial
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
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
Riding-in-tandem gunmen kill 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur
(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
CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity
CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'
U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'
LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council
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
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
PH refuses to fully implement U.N. human rights recommendations
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
Abuses, killings in PH possibly incited by Duterte's violent rhetoric – U.N. report
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'
Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report
(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'
Where the Philippines goes, America follows
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
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
(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
Police order crackdown vs illegal firearms in Negros Oriental
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
In cold blood: This week's outlook
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
Police Corporal Roger Rubio is the suspected gunman in the killing of radio blocktimer Dindo Generoso
The Philippines, a killing field
Duterte’s kill mentality has emboldened every angry person with a gun
Radio broadcaster shot dead in Dumaguete City
(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
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
Pangilinan refiles bills seeking to speed up murder investigations
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'
Cayetano: Government intends to 'protect human life' with drug war
The House Speaker says that drug war casualties are those who want to kill law enforcement officers or avoid criminal prosecution
Artists raise funds for victims of the drug war in 'KOLAborasyon'
BLKD x Calix are among the performers, with art by Ang Gerilya, Rob Cham, and Darlingkink on auction
Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe
'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
Duterte gov't tally: Drug war deaths top 5,500 before SONA 2019
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
De Lima: Rising deaths of children in drug war makes U.N. probe 'more urgent'
'Dapat nang magising sa katotohanan ang gobyernong ito na walang patutunguhan ang madugong giyera kontra droga,' says Senator Leila de Lima
Not yet final: Imee Marcos says UNHRC resolution can 'still be withdrawn'
Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution
On U.N. resolution vs drug war killings: What if Duterte blocks review?
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
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
Rubylin Litao of Rise UP says international support can help stem violence in the Philippines
Abra town councilor shot dead on first day of work
Pilar town Councilor Amante Doral Sr had just attended a flag ceremony when he was attacked, say police
Korean travel writer found dead in Antipolo
Rizal police identify the victim as 59-year-old Joo Yeong-wook, who arrived in the country on June 14
[OPINION | Newspoint] Hounds at the door
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
'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
Foreign delegation probing lawyer killings in PH claims heavy surveillance
Both the police and the military snub the international delegation of lawyers who managed to secure interviews with prosecutors and judges
International probers: No effective investigation of lawyer killings in PH
Policemen, the foreign lawyers say, are not conducting initial investigations, and prosecutors are left to wait for police reports that do not come
Tao Po: Juana Change knocks on hearts for EJK victims
Mae Paner brings 'Tao Po' to Baguio and is attended by National artists Kidlat Tahimik and Bencab
Senate bets push for body cams, anti-EJK law to stop killings
'Hanggang nandiyan si President Duterte, hindi matatapos ang patayan sa Pilipinas,' says opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano
[ANALYSIS | Deep Dive] Finally, EJKs defined
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
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
Bacolod cop shot dead in broad daylight
'There are derogatory reports about him on illegal drugs but we're still validating it,' says the investigator
Rappler Talk: Lawyer Arpee Santiago on importance of Int'l Criminal Court
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
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
[OPINION] The people lost another good defender
Atty Ben committed his life to building the resources and infrastructure necessary to empower farmers. He believed in farmers.
Iba residents fear 3 missing men latest victims of EJK
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
Malacañang uses technicalities to once more dispel assertions that President Rodrigo Duterte's remark on extrajudicial killings is an admission to a crime
PH 'salvaging' self through drug war, Cayetano tells U.N.
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
Duterte 'not serious' about EJK remark – Roque
(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
Duterte says his only 'sin' is extrajudicial killings
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?
Support for families of drug war victims crucial in 'long process' for justice
International human rights lawyer Ruben Carranza says these families face several challenges, including threats as they pursue cases