Category Archives: anti-illegal drugs

5 suspected drug personalities nabbed in Maguindanao

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 03 April) — Authorities arrested five persons, including a 55-year old mother, after they were caught selling shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) during an operation in Parang, Maguindanao, Monday. One of the targets escaped during the operation spearheaded by the Parang Police. Superintendent Ibrahim Jambiran, Parang police chief, identified the suspects as Esmael Sapal […]

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2 killed in Sarangani anti-drug operation

GENERAL SANTOC CITY (MindaNews / 9 Feb) – Two suspected “drug personalities,” one of them an incumbent barangay councilor, were killed in an alleged shootout with anti-drug operatives in a coastal village in Malapatan town, Sarangani Province early Friday. Chief Insp. Aldrin Gonzales, public information officer of the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12, said suspects Al […]

Maasim barangay chair among four nabbed in anti-illegal drugs raid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 12 August) — Joint operatives recovered around P525,000 worth of suspected metamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu, several high-powered firearms, ammunition and explosives in separate raids Saturday against four alleged members of a notorious drug group operating in Sarangani province, among them a barangay chair. Gil Cesario Castro, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency […]

Ozamiz mayor, wife, 10 others killed in simultaneous raids vs illegal drugs

CAGAYAN DE ORO (MindaNews / 30 July) —  Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parohinog, his wife and brother along nine others were killed in simultaneous raids of their houses in the early hours of Sunday. Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, the couple’s daughter, was also arrested and brought to the Ozamiz City police station. Police said they […]

PDEA chief: gov’t nets P82.5 billion worth of illegal drugs in Year 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 July) — Authorities seized a total of P82.52 billion worth of illegal drugs during the first year of the Duterte administration compared to P4.8 billion seized during the last year of the Aquino administration,  Director General Isidro Lapeña of the The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Fridaty at the […]

Maguindanao mayor, 9 others killed in anti-drugs operation

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 28 October) – The mayor of a town in Maguindanao who was on the list of alleged drug personalities read by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 7 was killed along with his nine escorts along the highway in Makilala, North Cotabato early Friday morning in what the police said was a […]

War on drugs: No EO signed by DU30, a chaos of numbers

By Malou Mangahas, Karol Ilagan, Vino Lucero, and Davinci Maru Philippine Center for Invetsigative Journalism MORE THAN 20 years ago, Davao City was turned into the laboratory for its then Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte’s war against illegal drugs. Now that he is President, Duterte has mounted a reprise of that war across the nation, saying […]

Police officer in R-12 in Duterte’s list of drug suspects shows up

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 August) — One of the five policemen from Region 12 who were named by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday as among the local government officials and other individuals who are allegedly involved in illegal drugs has presented himself to the Police Regional Office (PRO)-12 to undergo investigation. Supt. Romeo Galgo […]

300 NGOs ask int’l bodies to condemn killings of drug suspects

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/02 August) – A New York-based human rights group and over 300 other nongovernment organizations have urged the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to condemn the “alarming surge in killings of suspected drug users or dealers in the Philippines”. In a statement Tuesday, Human […]

CDO archbishop offers churches as rehab centers for drug dependents

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MindaNews/01 August) — Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, SJ, on Sunday offered all churches in the archdiocese as facilities where drug dependents may undergo rehabilitation and healing. Ledesma said churches in Misamis Oriental and Camiguin provinces will open their parish halls for drug dependents who are willing to be rehabilitated. […]

BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS: Reflecting on the killings for “better Philippines” 

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/29 July) – The world is very opinionated, thanks to social media. Even a nine-year old may now react directly to a shared post on a politician’s decision or a starlet’s narcissism on her selection as the sexiest. And a minor can draw direct and sometimes unkind responses, too. This child could be […]

Pagdaro sa Kalinaw: The Dark Knight Rises – Batman Duterte and Robin “Bato” Probinsyano Save The Day (A reflection on the 2016 SONA)

[A previous version of this article first appeared as “Bayanihan Justice (Part 2): Bangon! Killing kids (and adults) in Davao didn’t stop crime” in Jeremy Simons Pagdaro sa Kalinaw blog at https://plowingpeacesowingjustice.blogspot.com] In president Duterte’s state of the nation address (SONA) on Monday, he painted a picture of the resilient Filipino, facing the darkness of […]

War on drugs highlights Duterte’s first SONA

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/25 July) — The campaign against illegal drugs ate up a substantial portion of President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address on Monday. Duterte, whose speech lasted 93 minutes and resorted to ad libs several times, echoed the promise he made during his inauguration that “the fight against criminality and illegal […]

Seized by cops, too: Shabu, Ecstacy, acetone, chloroform, muriatic acid

By Vino Lucero Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism BEFORE Rodrigo R. Duterte became President on June 30, 2016, the Philippine National Police (PNP) had hauled a fairly bountiful harvest from its anti-drug war from January 2010 to June 2016. It had confiscated in the 78-month period a total of P24.9 billion worth of illegal drugs […]

Duterte’s war: Breaking bad?

By Vino Lucero and Malou Mangahas Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism BANGKAY SA BANGKETA… kasi nga drug pusher ako. This is the sad refrain in a sardonic poem that a young Filipina wrote and read in a video she posted last week on her Facebook page. It does not matter, she averred, that the so-called […]

3,000 drug suspects vow to mend ways in South Cotabato

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/19 July) — Around 3,000 self-confessed drug pushers and users from various parts of South Cotabato province pledged on Tuesday to shun from illegal drugs and lead transformed lives. The suspects, who were among over 6,300 that have so far surfaced in the province in the last several weeks, took their oaths and signed […]