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Rappler's latest stories on vigilantism


'White terror': Hong Kong's China critics beaten in targeted attacks

Oct 24, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The term 'white terror' is used to describe multiple periods of political persecution throughout history, but in Hong Kong it is borrowed from nearby Taiwan

ATTACKS. Blood is seen on a street as a video journalist is filming, where Jimmy Sham, convener of the Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), was assaulted by people wielding hammers in the Mongkok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 16, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

'I will kill you all'

May 04, 2019 - 6:07 PM

At a time when alleged narco politicians named by the President are being killed with impunity, officials on a kill list in Cebu are gunned down one after another

Members of Tondo group accused of vigilante killings still walk free

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:18 PM

In the conclusion of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, a self-confessed vigilante says Police Superintendent Robert Domingo is just 'a tool for Tondo' and that someone higher is involved

'It's War' | Conclusion

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'What would you call it, what do you call it if nobody dies? What else do you call it? It’s a war, a war on drugs,' says General Bato dela Rosa

Tondo village chief: Killings won't happen if people stayed home at night

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:53 PM

In the 6th of 7 stories part of the Murder in Manila series, allegations of a supposed vigilante group in Barangay 105 in Tondo raises little concern from its chairperson

'There Are Snakes Everywhere' | Part 6

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The murder of Charlie Saladaga causes little consternation. "It was nothing," says Angel. "The CSG were bragging. They were saying, ‘Look what happened. Which punk is next?’”

Vigilante on killing targets: Doesn't matter if kid or adult

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:25 PM

In part 5 of the Murder in Manila series, self-confessed vigilantes from the Confederate Sentinels Group Tondo Chapter 2 explain their methods of murder

'I Finish The Job' | Part 5

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'They’re the CSG...They’re the ones who kill the drug users and dealers,” says one resident of Village 105

CSG founder says leadership did not order Tondo Chapter 2 to kill

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:01 PM

In part 4 of the Murder in Manila series, the Confederate Sentinels Group director tells Rappler it was the police who recruited members of the alleged vigilante group in Tondo

'What Did The CSG Do Wrong?' | Part 4

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:15 PM

CSG founder Alvin Constantino tells Rappler that CSG Inc was meant to help the nation, and in no way promotes extrajudicial killings

Tondo cop ordered drug war slays? PNP dares killers to testify

Oct 08, 2018 - 1:45 PM

'These people (confessed vigilantes) should come out in the open, come to us kung talagang merong ganitong allegations and we will investigate fully,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

Vigilante says police claim their kills in Tondo

Oct 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

In part 3 of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, sources tell Rappler that at least two suspects were killed by the police-backed Confederate Sentinels Group Tondo Chapter 2

'Get it from the chief' | Part 3

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'Who ends up looking good when people like Sitoy with his grenade are killed? The police. But they didn’t kill him. We just called them whenever there was a body,' says Simon

Vigilante claims Tondo police chief gave orders for drug war killings

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:55 PM

In Part 2 of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, at least 9 sources tell Rappler that the police actively supported the work of the Confederate Sentinels Group (CSG) Tondo Chapter 2

'The cops were showing off' | Part 2

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Rappler's sources claim cops had actively supported the CSG’s vigilante activities – 'They were the killing arm of the police'

Vigilante says police aware of drug war killings in Tondo

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:30 AM

EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of the series 'Some People Need Killing,' a self-confessed vigilante tells Rappler that it was impossible for local police not to know about the killings

License to kill, Palparan in bilibid, social media moderators | Midday wRap

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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[OPINION] Vigilantism: Crime or justice?

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

I say we should be asking instead: how can we be autonomous, active citizens instead of vigilantes? How can we claim rights, equalize opportunities and achieve justice in the most non-violent way possible?

[OPINION] Araw ng Pinatay 2017

Nov 02, 2017 - 3:00 PM

There were significantly fewer people who trooped to the cemetery. Was it because for the past year-and-a-half, our people had seen so much death courtesy of Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, that remembering the dead on November 1 seemed superfluous?

FACT CHECK: Did Inquirer say man in 'Pietà' photo was killed by PNP?

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The Philippine Daily Inquirer has reported that suspected drug pusher Michael Siaron was killed by 'motorcycle-riding gunmen'

LIST: Lascañas' involvement in killings allegedly ordered by Duterte

Feb 21, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Retired Davao policeman Arturo Arthur Lascañas retracts his previous denials of his involvement with deaths attributed to the Davao Death Squad

SPO3 Arthur Lascañas: 'Blind obedience' ends now

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:38 AM

Who is retired policeman Arthur Lascañas and can he be trusted?


Palace on Lascañas claims: 'Political drama' to destroy Duterte

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:15 PM

The Palace dismisses the accusations of a former Davao City policeman as character assassination driven by vicious politics

DDS LEADER? The Palace says sectors are out to bring down President Rodrigo Duterte through claims about the DDS. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Lacson to Dela Rosa: Form special task force to probe vigilante killings

Dec 12, 2016 - 2:10 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippine National Police should be more vigorous in addressing the killings being linked to the war on drugs

FAST FACTS: What's the Alsa Masa?

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The DILG plans to implement an anti drug anti crime program that is a non violent version of the 1980s anti communist Alsa Masa group

Central Visayas top cop: Leave drug operations to police

Sep 03, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Police Regional Director Noli Taliño says Central Visayas is the top performing region in the nationwide anti drug campaign

Cebu City top cop: Drug syndicates behind killings

Aug 27, 2016 - 7:34 AM

When one squeals a fellow pusher will be angry because that means we would have identified a witness says Cebu City police director Joel Doria

Summary killings under Duterte admin 'unprecedented' – CHR

Aug 24, 2016 - 6:54 PM

As a result the Commission on Human Rights is unable to respond to every single case We are at less than 20 now investigating 170 cases says Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon

SUMMARY KILLINGS. Bodies of 2 dead women lies outside Paco Park with their hands ties and eyes and mouth taped on July 21, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

UN human rights experts urge PH to stop drug-related killings

Aug 18, 2016 - 11:08 PM

Two United Nations special rapporteurs call for drug trafficking offenses to be judged in a court of law not by gunmen on the streets

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo R. Duterte delivers a speech during the 115th Police Service Anniversary celebration at Camp Crame on August 17. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/PPD

Rowena Tiamson: Graduating honor student, choir member – not a drug pusher

Aug 13, 2016 - 1:30 PM

Family and friends insist that what was indicated on the cardboard found with the body of the 22 year old graduating student was a lie

'False empowerment' in Duterte’s society

Aug 08, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Real people power lies in the hands of those who openly resist arbitrary rule of authority and terror tactics of the state not those who pledge allegiance to it behind masks and electronic devices

Lacson to Duterte: 'Encourage' PNP to face Senate probe

Aug 04, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Citing well informed police sources Senator Panfilo Lacson expresses alarm over the 600 cases of vigilante killings supposedly recorded for July alone

SENATE PROBE. Senator Panfilo Lacson says President Rodrigo Duterte should 'encourage' the Philippine National Police to attend the Senate probe into the spate of drug-related killings. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

PH traffic, CBCP on ‘vigilantism,’ LeBron James | 6PM wRap

Jun 20, 2016 - 7:24 PM

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CBCP slams 'vigilantism' amid Duterte crime war

Jun 20, 2016 - 1:42 PM

UPDATED God never gave up on us We have no right giving up on ourselves or on our brothers and sisters CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas says

RESPECT FOR LIFE. CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas slams 'vigilantism' in the face of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's war against crime. File photo by Noli Yamsuan/Archdiocese of Manila

Vigilantism: What have we become?

Jun 10, 2016 - 11:46 AM

Whether he accepts the role or not Mayor Duterte is the principal educator of the nation

Cebu City: Mayor Osmeña, who 'inspired' vigilante killings, is back

May 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The returning mayor praises cops who killed robbers in Cebu then tells Davao s Rodrigo Duterte: Duterte 0; Osmeña 1 Mr President your turn old friend

Gunmen kill 30 in two Nigeria village raids – vigilantes Islamists

Feb 14, 2016 - 7:25 AM

Gunmen on bikes and in vans storm the remote villages of Yakhari and Kachifa on February 13 and 14

#PugadBaboy: Rich Vigilantes

Oct 14, 2015 - 5:00 AM

BS: Fuming Duterte blasts De Lima

May 27, 2015 - 2:14 PM

The controversial mayor also threatens to raise personal issues against Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

Investigate Duterte's role in death squads – HRW

May 20, 2015 - 12:50 AM

Human Rights Watch says The long official tolerance of Duterte’s advocacy of summary killings as effective crime fighting strategy needs to stop

RODY DUTERTE. To prepare for China, the China must be self-reliant, says the Davao mayor.

Execution, beheading claims in Boko Haram fight

Nov 07, 2014 - 11:46 AM

As Nigerian troops and civilians are accused of vigilante actions against Boko Haram the Boko Haram is also enforcing strict Islamic law amputating thieves hands and razing churches

Mexico arrests high-profile vigilante leader

Jun 28, 2014 - 6:36 PM

Jose Manuel Mireles the face of a powerful anti crime vigilante group in the western state of Michoacan was detained after entering a town with more than 100 armed supporters

Gunslinging messiahs

May 28, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Rappler s Patricia Evangelista responds to Ramon Tulfo s May 24 opinion column Summary Killings: Who s complaining? What a death squad does can be called many things What is forgotten is that it should be called murder

Mexico to give registered anti-drug vigilantes official status

Jan 31, 2014 - 3:51 PM

Some 400 to 600 people are expected to be registered according to a federal government commissioner for security in Michoacan

MAKING IT OFFICIAL. Mexico is reclassifying registered vigilante forces as rural defense groups

Hundreds of vigilantes attack town in Central African Republic

Oct 27, 2013 - 12:23 AM

Armed vigilantes surrounded Bouar town in Central African Republic firing shots and forcing civilians to flee

#PugadBaboy: Accepted taboos punchline 2

Aug 22, 2013 - 5:00 AM

Steroids in sports game fixing vigilantism and other accepted taboos