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Police seize P600,000 worth of drugs from suspects

POLICE arrested 25 people and seized P642,400 worth of illegal drugs in separate operations in the metro in the past two days.

Inter-agency group formed for tighter watch on illegal drugs passing through...

THE SEAPORT Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group for the Western Visayas Region (SIADITG-VI) has been formed to tighten the watch on illegal drugs that come through seaports in Iloilo, once tagged by the President as one of the worst narcotics areas in the country.

Four charged over P2.4-billion shabu shipment seized in Manila port

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has filed charges before the Department of Justice against four individuals allegedly involved in the import of drugs found...

Roque: Alleged involvement of Robredo’s brother-in-law in illegal drugs should be...

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter Presidential Spokesperson Harry L. Roque, Jr. on Wednesday said the alleged involvement of Vice-President Maria Leonor G. Robredo’s brother-in-law in...

PDEA flags new party drugs entering PHL

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said new psychoactive substances have entered the country and are being sold in the dark Web. “There is a...

Robredo condemns arrest of lawyers in Makati bar raid

By Charmaine A. Tadalan Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo flagged the detention of three lawyers for monitoring police in a Makati bar drug raid...

Customs files raps vs alleged smugglers of sugar, illegal drugs

By Camille A. Aguinaldo The Bureau of Customs (BoC) filed on Thursday, Aug. 16, five criminal complaints before the Department of Justice (DoJ) against alleged...

Senate employees undergo random drug test

The Senate on Monday, July 30, conducted an unannounced random drug test, with Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III and Senator Gregorio B. Honasan...

Palace expresses confidence in PNP solving political murders after second mayor...

By Dane Angelo M. Enerio Malacañang Palace on Tuesday evening (July 3) said it was confident the Philippine National Police (PNP) "would be able to...

Toward a stronger economy

The current administration inherited a robust economy from its predecessor. And exactly two years after President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed the office, the economy...

Banks told to guard vs dummy accounts

THE ANTI-MONEY Laundering Council (AMLC) has warned banks and other financial companies to tighten their watch against dummy accounts, used by drug dealers to hide illicit funds.

Duterte considers arming barangay officials to help fight war on drugs

By Arjay L. Balinbin, Reporter PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte announced on Tuesday, June 12, that he might consider arming the newly elected village chiefs to...

DoJ seeks reversal of court dismissal of drug charges vs Taguba,...

The Department of Justice (DoJ) has appealed to Presiding Judge Arthur B. Melicor of the Velenzuela City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 284 to...

Comelec won’t disqualify candidates included in narco list

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said it won’t prohibit candidates included in the "narco list" released by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to...

PDEA to file drug charges vs over 200 barangay officials, councilors

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to file charges against the 207 barangay captains and councilors involved in illegal drugs. "PDEA will be...

6 foreigners in P6.4-billion shabu shipment case barred from leaving the...

FOUR Chinese and two Taiwanese nationals implicated in the P6.4-billion Chinese shabu shipment case have been disallowed from leaving the country, the Bureau of...

PDEA to release watchlist of barangay officials involved in illegal drugs

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set to release its watchlist of barangay officials involved in illegal drugs within the week. "Finally I will...

SC to Sol-Gen: Submit drug war records

THE SUPREME COURT (SC) en banc on Tuesday gave the Office of the Solicitor-General (OSG) 15 days to submit to the high court records...

UN offers assistance to Philippines’ rehab program for drug users

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has offered to provide assistance to the Philippine government in its rehabilitation efforts for drug...

SC en banc orders government to submit records of operations related...

The Supreme Court (SC), sitting en banc, on Tuesday, April 3, gave the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) 15 days to submit to...

Espinosa, others summoned as DoJ sets new hearing on drug case

THE Department of Justice (DoJ), in an order dated March 22 and released on Wednesday, has subpoenaed alleged drug lord Peter Go Lim, confessed...

Duterte to review DoJ’s dismissal of charges vs. alleged drug lords

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday, March 13, said he will personally review the Justice department’s dismissal of the drug charges...

DoJ drops drug charges vs Peter Lim, other suspected narco personalities

The Department of Justice has cleared alleged drug lord Peter Go Lim, confessed drug lord Rolan "Kerwin" Espinosa, convicted drug lord Peter Co and...

Duterte tells police: Do not talk to UN rapporteur

By Arjay L. Balinbin President Rodrigo R. Duterte has instructed the police to ignore any special rapporteur tasked by the United Nations (UN) to investigate...

Amnesty International flags Philippines’ human rights situation in report

The state of human rights in the Philippines was marked by "increased lawlessness and violence" due mainly to the government's war on drugs, according...

Official figure on fatality count in drug war 3,987

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and other agencies, in a press briefing at Malacañang on Monday, Jan. 22, reported that...

PDEA chief’s first 100 days: 1,321 arrests, P228.81M seized, 0 deaths...

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted 3,476 operations, seized P228.81 million worth of drugs and “non-drug” evidence, and arrested 1,321 suspects but recorded...

Palace cites drug war, budget, TRAIN among achievements

THE TAX reform program as recently passed by Congress, the national budget next year, and the controversial anti-drug campaign are among the highlights of...

Palace: Action being taken on Davao Boys in Reuters story

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday, Dec. 21, said the government has already taken action regarding the so-called Davao Boys of police officers in Quezon City who...

Carpio questions police memo focusing on street-level drug operations

SENIOR ASSOCIATE Justice Antonio T. Carpio has questioned the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) apparent focus on street-level operations in its anti-narcotics campaign and ignoring...

Duterte lashes out at Canada’s Trudeau as Trump ties warm

President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European officials over their criticism of alleged human rights abuses under...

Trump meets Philippines’ controversial Duterte

Donald Trump sits down Monday, Nov. 13, with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who boasts about personally killing people and is waging a drug war...

Duterte proposes to lead summit to tackle human rights violations worldwide

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Nov. 9, said he wants the Philippines to host a world summit on human rights to tackle issues...

Sara Duterte fires 3 drug-positive employees

By Carmencita A. Carillo, Correspondent DAVAO CITY — Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has ordered the dismissal of three city government employees after their results came out...

Drugs board chief Santiago resigns

THE HEAD of the Philippines’ narcotics control body has resigned after just five months in the job, the second successive official to vacate the...

Cops in Carl Arnaiz case given more time to file affidavits

POLICE OFFICERS who are facing charges over the death of 19-year-old Carl Angelo Arnaiz have been given by the Department of Justice (DoJ) more...

Lawyers band together vs EJKs, rights abuses

By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez InterAksyon A BROAD NETWORK of lawyers, judges, law professors and students was launched on Thursday, Nov. 2, demanding an end to extrajudicial killings...

SWS poll shows 46% agree it is unavoidable that innocent lives...

By Arjay L. Balinbin ALMOST HALF of respondents in a new snapshot of the third-quarter survey of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) agree that it...

SWS poll: About half disagree people into drugs cannot change

By Arjay L. Balinbin ABOUT half of Filipinos disagree that persons who use drugs or are involved in the illegal drug trade do not have...

Think tank flags ‘political uncertainty’

“POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY” in the Philippines could make investors think twice about placing bets here, in turn weighing on overall growth prospects, a London-based research...

Shift in drug war shows ‘disquiet’ in government campaign — HRW

ADVOCACY GROUP Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a statement on Tuesday, Oct. 31, said there is an “increasing disquiet among Philippine officials with (President...

SWS: 54% agree only poor drug pushers are killed

By Rosemarie A. Zamora ABOUT HALF of Filipinos (54%) agree that only poor drug pushers are killed in the government’s drug war, the latest snapshot...

1 of 4 Filipinos know someone summoned in drug war: SWS...

ONE out of four, or 25%, of Filipinos know someone summoned for the Duterte administration’s “Oplan Tokhang” drug war, according to the Social Weather...

95% in poll want drug suspects captured alive

NINETY-FIVE percent (95%) of respondents in a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll last September say it is important for the police to capture illegal...

Disbelief in ‘nanlaban’ at -20 — SWS poll

NET OPINION on the truthfulness of claims by police of resistance (“nanlaban”) by drug suspects had a steep decline in the third quarter of...