missing shabu - updates

Rappler's latest stories on missing shabu


DOJ scolds NBI for 'not studying well' shabu shipment complaint

Feb 22, 2019 - 10:02 AM

The NBI wants to remove Customs Deputy Collector for Operations Michael Vargas from its complaint in connection with a multibillion-peso shabu shipment last year

SHABU CASE. The Department of Justice is hearing a complaint for importation of illegal drugs and graft against Customs officials for the smuggling of multibillion-peso worth shabu. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lapeña faces graft complaints over shabu shipment mess

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

This is the first time that complaints are filed against Isidro Lapeña for the billions of pesos worth of shabu which slipped past the Bureau of Customs

COMPLAINT. Former Customs chief Isidro  faces complaints of graft, dereliction of duty and grave misconduct over the multibillion shabu shipment mess. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Barbers clears Lapeña in shabu smuggling

Nov 12, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The chairperson of the House committee on dangerous drugs says command responsibility does not apply to former customs chief Isidro Lapeña either

MOVING ON. Amid the shabu smuggling controversy, President Rodrigo Duterte moves customs chief Isidro Lapena (left) to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, giving him a Cabinet-rank position. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House to summon sacked cops, Customs broker over shabu shipments

Nov 12, 2018 - 1:45 PM

House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers says they will continue establishing evidence for what they believe to be 'collusion' between the PDEA, BOC, and PNP

SHABU PROBE. House committee on dangerous drugs chairperson Robert Ace Barbers is the guest at the Ugnayan sa Batasan forum on November 12, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Guban 'tells all': Ex-cop behind billion-peso shabu shipments

Oct 30, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Ex-Customs intelligence officer Jimmy Guban, now under state protection, says he will answer 'in detail' any questions lawmakers may still have about the illegal drug shipments

NEW TESTIMONY. Jimmy Guban says dismissed cop Eduardo Acierto is behind magnetic lifters shipments containing illegal drugs. Graphics by Alyssa Arizabal; Photos by Angie de Silva, Ben Nabong, and Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Lapeña no-show in Senate P11-B shabu probe

Oct 30, 2018 - 12:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Richard Gordon says ex-Customs chief Isidro Lapeña cited his turn over to his successor as reason for his absence but the ceremony is scheduled a day after the Senate hearing

EX-CUSTOMS CHIEF. Former Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena skips the Senate hearing on the missing P11-billion shabu shipment on October 30, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on P11B worth shabu slipping past Customs

Oct 30, 2018 - 10:45 AM

The blue ribbon committee looks into the biggest shabu smuggling controversy to hit the Duterte administration. Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, October 30

Lapeña’s exit from Customs not due to smuggled shabu controversy

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Malacañang believes Isidro Lapeña is the target of a 'vilification campaign' launched by drug syndicates and corrupt Bureau of Customs personnel

Bureau of Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino extract the alleged shabu worth P3.4 billion inside steel cases during a press conference at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in Port Area, Manila on August 7, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PDEA revises estimate: Missing shabu worth P11B not P6.8B

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency nearly doubles its original estimate after reweighing the magnetic lifters found in Cavite in August

SUSPECTED SHABU VESSELS. PDEA chief Aaron Aquino inspects an empty magnetic lifter found in General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite, in August 2018. The containers are believed to have stored more than a ton of shabu which had gone missing. PDEA photo

Duterte to Lapeña and Aquino: Stop blaming each other

Oct 24, 2018 - 6:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte praises his two appointees but admits illegal drugs got past both of them

Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena (left) and PDEA Director Aaron Aquino on September 27, 2018, during the Committee on Dangerous Drugs hearing in Congress into the P6.8 billion worth of shabu smuggled into the country from China and Taiwan. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lapeña changes tune: I believe magnetic lifters contained drugs

Oct 24, 2018 - 5:18 PM

(UPDATED) 'Talagang may nakalusot nga. But of course, ito ay, it was a very sophisticated way of shipment ng mga drug syndicates,' says Bureau of Customs chief Isidro Lapeña

CHANGE OF TUNE. Bureau of Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapenña at the House of Representatives. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Mangaoang upsets lawmakers, is threatened with contempt

Oct 24, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Lourdes Mangaoang turns her back on lawmakers during her presentation on the controversial magnetic lifters

RESOURCEPERSON. Lourdes Mangaoang is scolded by congressmen after turning her back on them to supposedly face media cameras and address the public. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Mangaoang: My claim on shabu in lifters based on PDEA only

Oct 24, 2018 - 1:44 PM

But PDEA's own findings remain inconclusive on whether the magnetic lifters indeed contained illegal drugs

WHISTLEBLOWER? Mangaoang says she issued statements on the lifters containing illegal drugs based on PDEA's findings. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Customs X-ray inspector insists magnetic lifters empty

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:15 PM

John Mar Morales contradicts the claims of his ex-boss Lourdes Mangaoang, who said the lifters contained 'things'

X-RAY VETERAN. John Mar Morales at the House probe into the missing illegal drugs on October 24, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LIVE: House panels resume inquiry into missing P6.8-B shabu

Oct 24, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Can lawmakers solve the biggest drug puzzle under President Duterte's term? Watch the hearing live on Rappler.

MORE QUESTIONS. The House of Representatives Committee on Dangerous Drugs and Committee on Good Government and Public Accountablity resumes its probe into the alleged missing shabu. Photos by Ben Nabong/Rappler and Egay G. Aguilar.

Lapeña, Mangaoang to face off in House shabu probe

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:14 AM

An internal conflict at the Bureau of Customs shakes up the probe into the missing shabu

INTERNAL CONFLICT. Bureau of Customs chief Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is set to face his harshest critic inside his own agency, Lourdes Mangaoang. September 19, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler