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P6.8-M drugs seized from Pasig ‘shabu tiangge’ syndicate remnants

Aug 23, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Alleged Buratong syndicate members Jalal Salamoden and Sampiano Rason are killed in a shootout with Pasig police

CRIME SCENE. Two alleged members of the Buratong Drug Syndicate engage members of the NCRPO-Regional Drug Enforcement Unit (NCRPO-RDEU) in a gun fight during a sting operation at a gasoline station in Barangay Dela Paz, Pasig City on Thursday midnight. Photo by Ben Nabong

Drug suspect arrested in Talisay City bust alleged member of int'l syndicate

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Mark Navarrete is arrested in buy bust along with Ruferd Gella and Juanito Amahan Jr

Photos courtesy of Talisay City Police

CA affirms freeze order on bank accounts linked to Chinese drug syndicate

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:56 PM

(UPDATED) Millions of pesos are believed to have been deposited by a convicted drug lord into the bank accounts


LIVE: House hearing on P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 14, 2018 - 2:17 PM

Watch the hearing live on Tuesday, August 14, at 10 am

House to probe P6.8-billion shabu smuggled from China, Taiwan

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Opposition lawmakers Miro Quimbo and Gary Alejano slam the drug smuggling, calling it a 'big blow' to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign

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 shuts down ecstasy lab in Malabon

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:33 PM

'This is the first time in the country’s drug law enforcement history that a clandestine ecstasy laboratory was closed down,' says Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino

FIRST FEAT. An ecstasy laboratory is raided and shut down by PDEA, which says it is a first in law enforcement history. PDEA photo

4 Chinese, 4 Filipinos arrested in Batangas drug raids

Apr 12, 2018 - 1:07 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency says that based on Chinese intelligence reports, the shabu laboratory discovered in a farm in Ibaan town 'was organized by a Hong Kong-based kingpin'

SHABU LAB. The PDEA dismantles a shabu lab in Batangas. PDEA photo

Duterte admits sharing table with 'golf course' syndicate

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:50 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he knows and interacts with members of a syndicate abusing the public bidding system. What will he do about them?

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 116th Founding Anniversary of the Bureau of Custom at the Port Area in Manila on February 6, 2018, reiterates that he will not tolerate corruption during his term. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

P6-M shabu seized from Africans in Cavite entrapment

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:08 PM

The Nigerian nationals, who are residents of Parañaque, has operated in the Bicol region and other provinces in Calabarzon

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Powerful, dangerous, what are Chinese triads?

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:06 PM

Chinese triads started with extortion before branching out to more 'lucrative' crimes such as human trafficking, illegal drugs trade, and prostitution, among others

(FILES) This file photo taken 27 December 2006 shows a group of 97 members of a Chinese triad on trial at a gymnasium in Luodi, central China's Hunan province 27 December 2006, in the province's biggest ever criminal trial, where seven gang leaders were sentenced to death while four others received suspended death sentences and the rest with various jail terms. The gang was convicted for robbery, illegal possession of guns, drug trading, gambling, extortion and blackmailing activities and had bullied local residents with violent attacks. CHINA OUT GETTY OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / AFP

CHR investigates raid that led to Parojinog death

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The Commission on Human Rights probes into whether protocols were followed in the raid that led to the death of 15 people including the Ozamiz City mayor

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Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

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VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Philippines arrests 44 foreigners for kidnapping Singaporean

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The group was believed to be behind the series of kidnapping incidents against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months

SYNDICATE. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media on Thursday, July 20, 2017, the 42 Chinese and 2 Malaysian nationals suspected to be behind kidnap-for-ransom and loan shark operations preying on casino patrons. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

BPI hits higher net income in Q1, makes progress vs ATM hackers

Apr 20, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The bank kicks off 2017 with a net income of P6 25 billion in the first quarter It also announces the conviction of a member of an ATM skimming syndicate

Duterte sees link between illegal drugs and Leyte blast

Dec 29, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Leyte authorities are also eyeing drug syndicates not terrorist groups in their investigation of the incident in Hilongos Leyte

WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte links the Leyte town blasts to illegal drugs. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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Aug 16, 2016 - 7:46 PM

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Aug 16, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Duterte: 'Big fish' in drug trade not in PH

Jul 23, 2016 - 6:06 PM

That s why I intend to talk to China President Rodrigo Duterte says referring to the suspected source of illegal drug syndicates in the Philippines

WAR VS DRUGS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he intends to talk to China about the illegal drug trade. Photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

PNP chief says crime rate down amid war vs drugs

Jul 14, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Pag nagpursigi ka sa drugs yung ibang crimes against property persons bababa rin yan Medyo humina na yung loob ng masasamang tao na gumawa ng kalokohan kasi hindi na sila nagshashabu says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

SHABU BUST. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa points to the Chinese crew of an alleged floating shabu lab nabbed by authorities off Subic Bay. Photo from PNP-PIO Photo

'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

Duterte threatens 3 Chinese drug lords, claims Garbo is ‘coddler’

Jul 07, 2016 - 9:16 PM

The Philippine president warns a wanted Chinese drug lord: The moment he steps out of the plane he will die

DRUG TRADE MATRIX. President Rodrigo Duterte shows a matrix of personalities allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade. Photo by King Rodriguez/Presidential Photographers Division

Duterte: Trillanes a disgrace to Bicol race

Apr 30, 2016 - 4:21 PM

Presidential bet Rodrigo Duterte also shows a portion of a BPI bank statement that reports a balance of P17 666 98

BlackBerry responds to police eavesdropping report

Apr 19, 2016 - 2:30 PM

The tech company says it recognizes the balance between doing what s right and preventing government from invading citizens privacy

epa03882343 A sign outside the Blackberry campus in Kanata, Ottawa, Canada, 24 September 2013. BlackBerry has signed a provisional agreement to be bought by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, which already owns approximately 10 per cent of the publicly traded shares in the troubled Canadian company. EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON

Drugged beggar babies for rent in Indonesia

Apr 11, 2016 - 1:07 PM

The baby was unresponsive when they found him – drugged with Clonazepam a strong sedative used to treat anxiety conditions in adults

BEGGARS. Jakarta streets are often filled with beggars looking to make extra money. File photo from AFP

Grace Poe: Allow authorities to wiretap for anti-drug ops

Feb 03, 2016 - 7:31 PM

Drug syndicates are not exposed during criminal activity the senator says Their participation in trade can be established through recorded conversations

Senator Grace Poe lead her team in Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday to attend as guests at the national convention of Kabayan Riders Association for New Cultural Harmony and Order Inc. (Karancho) at the Nazareth Gymnasium this city. Poe said that her lack of experience in government is not a hindrance for her aspiration as president. (bobby lagsa/rappler)

3rd plunder complaint filed vs Junjun Binay

Dec 18, 2015 - 12:56 PM

Lawyer Renato Bondal accuses two so called dummy companies of Vice President Jejomar Binay of cornering P828 million worth of contracts in Makati City

NEW COMPLAINT. Lawyer Renato Bondal files yet another plunder complaint against dismissed Makati mayor Junjun Binay.

‘Extreme’ criminals flee after shootout with Negros Occidental cops

Oct 29, 2015 - 7:30 AM

Policemen are hunting down Richard Alper and Riching Villanueva who are involved in murder homicide and robbery in Cauayan town Negros Occidental

First impressions – Assassin's Creed: Syndicate

Oct 26, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Syndicate brings to the table new mechanics and better combat pairing it with a gorgeous and meticulously designed London setting

THE SYNDICATE. Image from game website.

Ubisoft invites Filipinos to submit their resumes at ESGS

Oct 25, 2015 - 10:16 AM

Ubisoft is inviting ESGS attendees to submit their resumes for an opportunity to join the company as it is pooling talent for its established studios

UBISOFT AT ESGS. Photo by Nadine Pacis

DOJ dismisses Ang's syndicated estafa complaint vs Gozon

Sep 11, 2015 - 2:48 PM

Ramon S Ang gets back his P1 billion from Felipe Gozon In return Gozon receives a substantial amount from Ang The details of their settlement are confidential

REASONABLE. The settlement agreed upon by Ang and Gozon – through the efforts of a common friend – was reasonable and was mutually accepted by them, the Gozon Group says Friday, September 11, 2015. Ang file photo by Aya Lowe; Gozon file photo by Manman Dejeto

Split emerges in Japan's biggest 'yakuza' gang

Aug 29, 2015 - 3:01 PM

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga: The government is aware that some member factions of the Yamaguchi gumi regarded as Japan s biggest crime syndicate are showing moves toward secession

YAMAUCHI-GUMI. Kenichi Shinoda, the boss of Japan's largest "yakuza" gang, the Yamaguchi-gumi, gets into a car after arriving at the train station in Kobe, western Japan on April 9, 2011 after he was released from a Tokyo prison after serving time since 2005.Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Ramon Ang, Gozon group reach settlement

Aug 13, 2015 - 12:17 PM

UPDATED GMA Network head Felipe L Gozon agrees to return the P1 billion downpayment to the businessman

Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/ Rappler

Drug syndicates out to get Duterte's head – ex-governor

Jun 13, 2015 - 4:10 PM

Based on a raw but reliable intelligence report that reached the Duterte camp big drug lords across the country are said to be pooling their resources to kill either Duterte himself or his presidential bid

DOJ wraps up probe into Mary Jane Veloso 'recruiters'

Jun 01, 2015 - 5:31 PM

Cristina Sergio and Julius Lacanilao insist they did not recruit Mary Jane Veloso to smuggle heroin into Indonesia

Sergio’s drug syndicate, Pakistan chopper crash, Pacquiao ‘sore loser’ | The wRap

May 08, 2015 - 8:06 PM

Veloso’s recruiter part of international drug ring? Did Taliban cause a helicopter crash that killed Philippine and Norwegian ambassadors? And Mayweather retracts his offer of a rematch

PODCAST: Mary Jane Veloso fits profile of human trafficking victim

May 02, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Desperate and too trusting Mary Jane Veloso fits the profile of a human trafficking victim

Drug groups tap persons with HIV as couriers

May 01, 2015 - 10:45 PM

Drug syndicates think that tapping an HIV positive foreign courier will result in repatriation to the country of origin rather than arrest

Drug syndicates use social media for recruitment

May 01, 2015 - 10:41 AM

Members of these syndicates befriend vulnerable victims they meet via the Internet and even offer marriage proposals to seal the relationship

Will banning child porn sites make syndicates harder to trace?

Nov 01, 2014 - 11:47 PM

The most important effect of the ban on child pornography sites is how it stems new markets for child pornography says the National Bureau of Investigation

Aquino: Brace for arrest of high-profile fugitive

Mar 19, 2014 - 3:25 PM

President Benigno Aquino III defends the Philippine National Police which is facing criticism for the irregularities of Delfin Lee s arrest

PNP lied to Palace, says sacked Delfin Lee captor

Mar 18, 2014 - 8:12 AM

The belligerent Senior Supt Conrad Capa continues to speak against his boss despite instructions to stop talking to the media

'WORRISOME' LIES. Sacked Task Force Tugis head Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa says he will continue to "expose" the "disfunctions" in the PNP, even if it comes at a price. File photo by Rappler

Delfin Lee's arresting officer: Purisima misleading public

Mar 14, 2014 - 5:57 PM

SSupt Conrad Capa says he s taking the controversy heartbreak and disappointment in stride Besides he adds You do not say no to the boss

SEVERED TIES? Former Task Force Tugis head SSupt Conrad Capa says his boss, Chief PNP Director General Alan Purisima is "inaccurate, misleading" when he says Capa's move to Cebu is for a "promotion." Photos of Capa, Purisima by Rappler

De Lima: Not enough resources in anti-cybersex effort

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:34 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the country is well supported logistically in its anti trafficking drive but resources remain inadequate

NBI: Online sex trade cottage industry in PH

Jan 16, 2014 - 6:10 PM

Usually parents or older family members are involved in the prostitution of minors but children won t speak against them making prosecutors job harder

Cops face murder raps for gang member slay

Jul 25, 2013 - 5:30 PM

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas says 14 others face two separate criminal complaints in connection with the deaths of Ricky Cadavero and Wilfredo Panogalinga

Ozamiz gang leader died in possible rubout – PNP chief

Jul 23, 2013 - 6:43 PM

While more evidence are being gathered initial investigation shows there was no firefight between policemen and the suspects PNP chief Alan Purisima says

Fete dela Musique 2013: Music mecca

Jun 20, 2013 - 12:17 PM

The music festival regaled lovers of every music genre despite rain and traffic

GET THE MUSIC STARTED. French band Naïve New Beaters pumps up the crowd with their blend of hiphop and dance music. All photos by Pia Ranada

Suweco eyes P4-B loan deal in first half

Feb 18, 2013 - 7:16 PM

Loan proceeds will finance the renewable energy company s hydro power plant projects

Duterte wants car thief dead, alive or beheaded

Oct 26, 2012 - 9:36 AM

Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte offers a total of P5 M for the head of suspected car syndicate leader Ryan Baktin Yu

Online syndicate dupes foreign businessmen

Oct 23, 2012 - 3:07 PM

The CIDG exposes a financial criminal syndicate that victimizes foreign businessmen looking to buy metals