Remulla: PH justice system working, ICC revival of ‘drug war’ probe an ‘irritant’

Tetch Torres-Tupas 01/28/2023

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla on Friday insisted that the Philippines has a functional justice system as he called the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to resume its “drug war” probe an…

Close to 1K drug surrenderees turn anti-illegal drug advocates in Talisay City

Pegeeen Maisie Sararaña 01/10/2023

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Close to 1,000 former drug surrenderees in Talisay City are now members of the city’s Anti-Illegal Drug Advocates (AIDA). The advocates will be helping the police in implementing the city’s laws. They are…

Buy-bust in Talisay City yields P13.6M worth of illegal drugs

Paul Lauro, Pegeen Maisie Sararana 09/19/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A buy-bust operation in Talisay City, Cebu led to the confiscation of at least P13.6 million worth of suspected shabu and arrest of two individuals from Cebu City. The buy-bust operation was conducted on Sunday…

2 drug dens dismantled, 8 individuals arrested in Dumaguete, Cebu City drug busts

Pegeen Maisie Sararana 08/19/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Two drug dens were shut down and eight individuals were arrested during separate buy-bust operations in the cities of Dumaguete and Cebu.  Leia Alcantara, spokesperson of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7),…

P4.4B worth of illegal drugs seized in Central Visayas in the last six years

Pegeen Maisie M. Sararaña 07/01/2022

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A total of P4.4 billion worth of suspected shabu were seized in Central Visayas with 55, 547 arrested drug suspects in the last six years. In a press statement released on Friday, July…

Tulfo says ‘drug war’ must no longer be ‘bloody’; bats for more rehab centers

Christia Marie Ramos 06/28/2022

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s campaign against illegal drugs should no longer be “bloody,” Senator-elect Raffy Tullfo said Monday, as he advised the incoming administration to focus on rehabilitation. “Huwag na dapat maging [It should no longer…

Palace: No issue if Marcos makes Duterte his ‘drug czar’

Dempsey Reyes, Nestor Corrales 05/28/2022

There would be no legal hurdles to President Duterte’s appointment by his successor as leader of the campaign against illegal drugs which he started, Malacañang said on Friday. Mr. Duterte has not indicated that he was still…

Votes and vaccines: Our values on the line

Raphael A. Pangalangan - @inquirerdotnet 04/28/2022

The election of President Duterte birthed terms like “Duterte’s Diehard Supporters” (DDS), “Dutertard,” and “Bobotante” from his critics. Not even a thousand acronymizations, portmanteaux, and euphemisms could mask the intellectual elitism that continues to reek the anti-Dutertian…

ICC prosecutor asks for judicial authority to probe case filed vs Duterte

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 06/15/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The International Criminal Court (ICC) has formally requested judicial authorization to proceed with an investigation of the crimes against humanity case filed against President Rodrigo Duterte, having finished the preliminary investigation of the complaints…

Mere technical aid from UN won’t stop PH drug war abuses, killings – groups

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 10/08/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Mere technical cooperation between the Philippines and members of the United Nations won’t be enough to check the spate of violence triggered by the Duterte administration’s drug war, according to several groups. That was…

Espenido: I was ashamed and embarrassed to be included in the President’s narco list

Alven Marie A. Timtim 02/18/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Na uwaw ko at first gyud (I was ashamed at first). ” This was the revelation of controversial Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido to Cebu reporters in an interview during his short visit…

DILG confirms drug war enforcer Espenido on Duterte narcolist

02/14/2020

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed on Thursday that Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido—who became controversial for his hard-hitting campaign against illegal drugs—was relieved from his post as Bacolod City police chief after he was added to President Rodrigo…

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