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U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

US ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Philippine drug war rights record

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:59 PM

James A Walsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department, the US still provides support in such areas as 'drug demand reduction programs'

ANTI-DRUG OPS. A crime scene in Manila is sealed off by policemen after a raid in November 2016. Rappler file photo

Australia seizes 1.2 tons of meth in its largest ever bust

Dec 22, 2017 - 2:04 PM

Commonly known as 'ice' in the country, the massive haul was intercepted after being offloaded from a boat which authorities believe came from China.

'ICE'. Australian authorities successfully execute their biggest drug operation. Photo from the Australian Federal Police

U.S. states consider using fentanyl to execute inmates

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The states of Nevada and Nebraska are planning to supply prison executioners with the opioid painkiller, drawing criticism from doctors and activists who call the move a dangerous human experiment

WARNING. Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed before a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, September 23, 2016 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte, PDEA to discuss anti-illegal drug measures

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:17 PM

This comes after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan and the Philippines will cooperate to come up with counter measures against terrorism and illegal drugs

In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech prior to his departure at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City on October 29, 2017. Malacanang photo

Ligaya's sorrow: Losing a brother to the drug war

Oct 29, 2017 - 8:40 PM

This year, cemetery cleaner Ligaya Medina will be taking care of one more tomb – her brother's

MEMORY. Ligaya Medina holds a photo of Ericardo as she sits beside her daughter in their home and sari-sari store built in between tombs at the Pasay Municipal Cemetery. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

In his hometown, Duterte gives anti-drug lecture to kids

Oct 28, 2017 - 7:16 AM

‘You know why I always appear angry on TV? It’s because of the bad people....I want them to disappear so there'll be no one who will bother you,’ the President tells parents and students at a Davao City school

DRUG WAR LESSON. At the founding anniversary of the Center for Brighter Beginnings Inc, President Rodrigo Duterte reads a briefer on the effects of illegal drugs as he explains how some drug suspects tend to turn violent especially when accosted by law enforcers. Photo by Robinson Ninal Jr/Presidential Photo

Southeast Asian nations torch $1-B of seized drugs

Jun 26, 2017 - 2:41 PM

The burnings to mark the UN s world anti drugs day follow another year of record seizures of narcotics from the remote borderlands of Myanmar Laos southern China and northern Thailand

FOR DISPOSAL. Employees from the Food and Drug Administration puts bags of methamphetamines into a vat before their incineration during the 47th Destruction of Confiscated Narcotics event by the Thai Government at Bang Pa-In Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya on June 26, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

May 28, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The beauty school dropout hit Australian headlines when she was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport aged 27 with several kilos of hashish stashed in her surfing gear

In this file photo, convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby (C) is escorted by two policemen as she leaves a beauty salon in Denpasar on Bali island on July 2, 2008. Sonny Tumbelaka/File/AFP

The Laos Connection: Mr X and the cartels hooking Southeast Asia on pills

May 08, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The downfall of millionaire Mr X long shielded by cash and contacts in Laos has highlighted the role of the secretive communist country in showering pills across Southeast Asia

DRUG LORD. This file photo taken on April 18, 2017 shows Xaysana Keophimpa, allegedly a key figure among gangs buying drugs from Myanmar's meth labs, arriving at a criminal court in Bangkok after being detained at Suvarnabhumi Airport on January 19. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

China's synthetic drugs problem expanding – government

Mar 27, 2017 - 3:44 PM

China is believed to be one of the main manufacturers of synthetic drugs – including opioids such as fentanyl – which have been blamed for public health crises in other countries

METH. This handout photo received on February 28, 2013 shows an Australian Federal Police officer revealing some of their largest ever seizure of methamphetamine found in a shipment of cleaning chemicals. Australian Federal Police/File/AFP

Robredo video not played at UN meeting, DFA says

Mar 23, 2017 - 12:14 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo s video was instead screened in one of a hundred side events and exhibits mounted by NGOs the DFA explains

VIDEO CONTROVERSY. Vice President Leni Robredo is under fire for a video she prepared for an NGO event on the sidelines of a UN meeting in Vienna, Austria. File photo from the Office of the Vice President

U.S. communities crumbling under an evolving addiction crisis

Mar 19, 2017 - 4:17 PM

After a decade and hundreds of thousands of deaths the US opioid addiction crisis is entering a new phase – and towns cities and states are being overwhelmed

WAR ON DRUGS. In this file photo, activists and family members of loved ones who died in the opioid/heroin epidemic take part in a 'Fed Up!' rally at Capitol Hill on September 18, 2016 in Washington, DC. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

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

U.S. labels Philippines as major money laundering site again

Mar 06, 2017 - 12:45 PM

For the US State Department money laundering remains a serious concern in the Philippines due to its international narcotics trade corruption and weak laws

DIRTY MONEY SITE. The US State Department says sophisticated transnational organized crime and drug trafficking organizations use the Philippines as a drug transit country. Rappler file photo

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

United Nations drugs board slams killings in Philippines

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:10 PM

In a new annual report the INCB says extrajudicial action purportedly taken in pursuit of drug control objectives is fundamentally contrary to the provisions and objectives of international drug conventions

THE DRUG WAR. The UN's International Narcotics Control Board condemns extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Photo of police operations by Rob Reyes. Photo of Rodrigo Duterte by Ace Morandante/ Presidential Photo

Extradited Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' arrives in U.S.

Jan 20, 2017 - 3:56 PM

His extradition caps a Hollywood worthy cat and mouse game between Mexican authorities and the slippery 59 year old drug lord who escaped from prison twice

TO THE USA. Handout picture released by the Mexican Interior Ministry on January 20, 2017, shows Joaquin Guzman Loera aka 'El Chapo' Guzman (C) being escorted by Mexican police forces as he is extradited to the United States on January 19, 2017, in Ciudad Juarez. Mexican Interior Ministry / Handout / AFP / Pixelation of faces was done by Mexican Interior Ministry

Thai drug police make record crystal meth bust

Dec 16, 2016 - 6:02 PM

The haul of high grade meth better known as ice has a street value of around 40 million the Narcotics Suppression Bureau NSB says in a statement

Mexican Senate approves medical marijuana bill

Dec 14, 2016 - 11:49 AM

Senators vote 98 7 for the legislation moving Mexico closer to joining several US states and other nations in Latin America in allowing cannabis for medical uses

A man rolls a joint during a demonstration demanding the approval of the use of marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes in front of the Mexican Senate building in Mexico City on September 28, 2016. Pedro Pardo/AFP

LOOK: Gov't burns thousands of ecstasy tablets, marijuana

Dec 06, 2016 - 4:23 PM

190 000 ecstasy tablets and 420 kilograms 926 pounds of marijuana were among those incinerated in a furnace in Indonesia s war on drugs

BURNED. Indonesian President Joko Widowo puts drugs into an incinerator in Jakarta as they destroy seized drugs. BNN destroyed drugs they've collected from the last two months operations. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO

14 more 'narco-cops' sacked in Negros Occidental

Nov 30, 2016 - 8:55 AM

This is the third batch of narco cops in Negros Island who have been transferred since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed power on June 30

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Another top U.S. official visits Philippines

Nov 15, 2016 - 7:54 AM

US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield is set to offer help in promoting rule of law his spokesman tells Rappler

TOP OFFICIAL. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield is set to tackle rule of law in the Philippines during a two-day trip. File photo courtesy of the US State Department

High approval for cannabis, other measures in US vote

Nov 09, 2016 - 2:43 PM

US voters also weighed in on a slew of ballot measures including several related to marijuana gun control and the death penalty

Voters cast their ballots at voting machines at Shadow Ridge High School on Election Day on November 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Americans across the nation are picking their choice for the next president of the United States. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Mexican lawmakers go after 'narco series'

Nov 02, 2016 - 10:33 AM

Mexican lawmakers want the country s terrestrial television networks to stop broadcasting narco series during primetime hours over concerns they could influence children in a country beset by organized crime

Afghan opium cultivation skyrockets as eradication collapses

Oct 23, 2016 - 8:35 PM

Afghanistan remains the world s leading producer of opium and security issues are making it difficult for authorities to destroy poppy farms

(FILES) In this photograph taken on April 19, 2016, an Afghan farmer harvests opium sap from a poppy field in the Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province.  Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, a sharp rise owing to favourable weather, growing insecurity and a drop in international support for counter-narcotics operations, the UN said October 23, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / NOORULLAH SHIRZADA

6 people found alive with severed hands in Mexico

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The victims were mutilated by a criminal group linked to drug trafficking

Afghanistan burns 5 tons of drugs, alcohol in single blaze

Oct 16, 2016 - 11:45 PM

The country s national drug use rate stands at 11 one of the highest in the world according to the United Nations

IN PHOTOS: Duterte, Dela Rosa visit Arayat shabu lab

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:44 AM

The President promises to turn the modern shabu factory into a beautiful rehab center right at the foot of Mount Arayat in Pampanga

US commits P320M for law enforcement in PH

Sep 24, 2016 - 3:36 PM

These funds will be used in strict compliance with US legal obligations and basic international law enforcement and policing standards a US official tells Rappler

TOP OFFICIAL. US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield listens during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center on February 24, 2015, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Mexico hunts for suspects who downed police chopper

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:13 AM

It is the second time since 2015 that a gang has downed a helicopter

CHOPPER DOWN. View of the police helicopter wreckage which was shot down, on the eve, during an operation to capture leaders of an unidentified criminal, on September 7, 2016 in Michoacan state, Mexico. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Mexico fears new cartel war after 'El Chapo' son abducted

Aug 18, 2016 - 9:49 AM

Police confirm that Jesus Alfredo Guzman Salazar – one of Guzman s sons from his first marriage – was abducted from an upscale bar in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta on August 15 along with 5 other men

Mexican police stand guard on street during security operation in Bahia de Banderas, Nayarit State, Mexico, on August 16, 2016. Hector Guerrero/AFP

Indonesia orders probe into alleged police role in drugs

Aug 12, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Claims that senior police and military brass took kickbacks from a drug kingpin have stoked huge controversy in Indonesia where the government is waging a war on narcotics

INVESTIGATE. In this file photo, Indonesia President Joko Widodo reads the oath of office during the new cabinet ministers' swearing-in ceremony at the State Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 27, 2016. File photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

US 'concerned' by violent Philippine war on drugs

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:42 AM

US State Department: We are concerned by these detentions as well as the extrajudicial killing of individuals suspected to be involved in drug activity in the Philippines

In this file photo, Filipino funeral workers carry the remains of an alleged drug dealer who was killed in a shootout with the police, in Manila, Philippines, July 3, 2016. Mark Cristino/EPA

Rights groups ask UN to condemn drug-related killings in PH

Aug 02, 2016 - 7:18 PM

Some 300 NGOs say the approach of the Duterte administration clearly deviates from important global norms for the implementation of drug control policies

epaselect epa05425408 A picture made available on 15 July 2016 shows members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conducting investigation following a police operation against illegal drugs in Manila, Philippines, 03 July 2016. Close to 60,000 drug dependents nationwide have surrendered since the Duterte administration began its intensified campaign against illegal drugs, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said. According to local news reports, at least 43 alleged drug traffickers have been neutralized and 300kg of shabu, a highly addictive and harmful methamphetamine whose use is widespread in the Philippines, has been confiscated. EPA/STR

China answers Duterte's call on illegal drugs: We're ready to help

Jul 19, 2016 - 1:19 PM

After President Duterte says he plans to confront China on the drug problem China expresses its willingness for effective cooperation

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

'Narconomics': Lessons for the Philippines' war vs drugs

Jul 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Lowering the age of criminality in the Philippines should be reconsidered Throwing children in jail cells with hardened criminals may actually strengthen drug lords’ ability to recruit fresh talent – hardening youth who could have otherwise been saved from a life of crime and drugs

Myanmar torches drugs worth nearly $60 million

Jun 26, 2016 - 5:18 PM

To mark the United Nations annual anti drugs day seized drugs and precursor chemicals were burnt in 3 places across Myanmar

NO TO DRUGS. A pile of seized drugs burn after being set on fire during a ceremony to mark the UN's "International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking" in Yangon on June 26. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

'El Chapo' appeals extradition to US

May 28, 2016 - 8:45 AM

The appeal comes a week after the foreign ministry announced it had agreed to extradite Guzman who escaped from a maximum security prison in July 2015 and was recaptured in January

APPEAL. File picture taken on January 8, 2016 showing Mexican drug lord Joaquin "el Chapo" Guzman Loera after arriving to Mexico City to the Altiplano maximun security prision, after been captured in Los Monchis. File photo by Mario Guzmán/EPA

Mexican ex-leader says authorities fear El Chapo extradition

Mar 09, 2016 - 9:54 AM

Former president Vicente Fox: Why hasn t he been extradited? Perhaps because there is fear that he will squeal that he will spill the beans

Drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Myanmar police make $30M drugs seizure

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:48 PM

The recent bust highlights the country s continued role as a major global drugs manufacturer

Mexico opens landmark debate on marijuana laws

Jan 27, 2016 - 2:31 PM

President Enrique Peña Nieto who personally opposes legalization decided to hold 5 public forums after the Supreme Court opened the door to recreational use of marijuana in a country beset by drug cartel violence for a decade

WHO BENEFITS? Mexican National Commissioner Against Addictions, Manuel Mondragon (R) observes a woman (L), next to her son, who needs a derivative of marijuana to treat her child's illness, during a public hearing for the legalization of marijuana in the country, at the Deputy Chamber in Mexico City, Mexico, January 25, 2016. Mario Guzman/EPA

Mexico probes if actress's company got money from El Chapo

Jan 20, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Mexican authorities find signs that drug kingpin Joaquin El Chapo Guzman invested in the tequila business of actress Kate Del Castillo

A composite image of three file photos showing (L-R) alleged Mexican drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman in Los Mochis, Mexico, January 8, 2016; US actor Sean Penn in London, Britain, February 16, 2015; and Mexican actress Kate del Castillo in Berlin, Germany, February 9, 2008. Jose Mendez/Facundo Arrizabalaga/Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Mexico asks actress to testify on Chapo links

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:40 AM

US Mexican star Kate del Castillo has come under scrutiny since it was revealed last week that she exchanged affectionate text messages with Guzman and brokered a meeting between the Sinaloa drug cartel honcho and US actor Sean Penn

In this file photo, Mexican actress Kate del Castillo arrives for a photo call on her film 'Julia' at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, 09 February 2008. Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Mexico wants to question Sean Penn over 'El Chapo' meeting

Jan 11, 2016 - 9:36 AM

White House chief of staff Denis McDonough tells CNN that Penn s meeting with Guzman poses a lot of interesting questions for him and others involved in this so called interview We ll see what happens

In this file photo, US actor and founder of the Haitian Relief association, Sean Penn speaks to an audience during the 'Action Day' at the COP21 World Climate Change Conference 2015 in Le Bourget, north of Paris, France, December 5, 2015. Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

The actor and the drug lord: How Sean Penn met 'El Chapo'

Jan 10, 2016 - 9:54 PM

Mexican Attorney General Arely Gomez says that Guzman met with unnamed actors and producers hoping to make a biopic about himself but gave no further details

CAPTURED. A poster with the face of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, reading 'Wanted, Again', is displayed at a newsstand in one Mexico City's major bus terminals on July 13, 2015. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Sean Penn interview helped 'El Chapo' capture – Mexico

Jan 10, 2016 - 11:54 AM

UPDATED I supply more heroin methamphetamine cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world Joaquin Guzman tells Penn in a stunning admission of his criminal enterprise over sips of tequila

CAPTURED AGAIN. Drug kingpin Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman is escorted into a helicopter at Mexico City's airport on January 8, 2016 following his recapture during an intense military operation in Los Mochis, in Sinaloa State. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Colombia legalizes medical marijuana

Dec 23, 2015 - 7:32 AM

In a nationally televised address President Juan Manuel Santos announces it will be fully legal to grow process import and export cannabis and its derivatives for medical and scientific use

A marijuana plant. File photo by Abir Sultan/EPA

Why Indonesia’s ‘war on drugs’ is actually bad for the public

Dec 16, 2015 - 11:05 AM

If Indonesia does not shift from its criminalization and punitive approach to a public health approach in tackling the problem of drug abuse it may face a larger health crisis in coming years