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Raagas takes over as new OIC of BuCor

On Monday Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre named Rey M. Raagas as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), replacing Benjamin Delos Santos who resigned from the position last week. Raagas is currently BuCor’s administrative division chief. Delos Santos file his irrevocable resignation last July 13 after Aguirre ordered the National […]

Delos Santos stays as BuCor chief despite resignation, but for a while

He is staying, but for a while. Yes, Bureau of Corrections director Benjamin Delos Santos, after all, will stay put in his post even as he has tendered an irrevocable resignation last July 13 already. It was because justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ordered him to stay. What can he do […]

Drug-related, Extra judicial killing ends December 31st 2016, and reboots on January 1st, 2017

Drug-related and extra judicial killing ends December 31st 2016, and reboots on January 1, 2017. Yes. In the Philippines, under the leadership of ‘Punisher’ POTP Rodrigo Duterte, all national police operations with relation to drug-related and extra judicial killing by “viglantes” will officially terminate on December 31st 2016. But “Double […]

No muzzle taping for PNP guns this Christmas holidays

The police authorities are afraid of the ghosts created by their barrel-hungry actions. That would seem the most logical reason why the Philippine National Police has done away with the muzzle taping of gun barrels during the Christmas holidays. The new policy is a complete departure from previous police leaderships. […]

It’s OK for President Duterte to protect police killers of Leyte mayor?

In President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet, we find the finest men and women in the public and government service.They are cut for the right job. They are ready and up and about to run to the rescue and defense of the chief executive. Include in the group Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre […]

Bicol police drive against illegal drugs add more fatalities

If the count of persons daily placed inside body bags is a certain measure of success, then the Duterte administration-driven campaign versus the proliferation of illegal drugs is a calculated success in Bicol. It seems. The rising death count is becoming a source of accomplishment for police officials in the […]

Lone gunman kills ABC-Bicol president

DONSOL, Sorsogon — The village chief of Barangay Tinagonan of this town was shot multiple times by a lone gunman on Sunday afternoon. The fatality was Joel Briones, 47, the current president of the Bicol Association of Barangay Captains who died on the spot after a lone gunman riddled his […]

President Duterte visits Bicol military camp in a breeze

It was a brief whistle stop. The President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte arrived Wednesday afternoon at Camp Elias Angeles at the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Barangay San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur. Duterte’s scheduled visit was anticipated originally […]

Two months into the anti-drugs campaign, body count breaches 2,500

The number of drug fatalities, persons killed in the continuing campaign of the government against illegal drugs already passed 2,500 within a period of two months. It is the same period of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure at the helm of the government. The Philippine National Police update on Tuesday include […]

4 year old girl is latest collateral fatality in war on drugs in Negros

As the war on illegal drug enters the third month under President Rodrigo Duterte, dead bodies continue to be included in the on-going count of fatalities and collateral damage of the operation. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, a four year old girl is the latest inclusion to the body count. Althea […]

DILG forms Task Force Agila to handle investigation of local public officials with alleged links to proliferation of illegal drugs

As the Philippine National Police under Director Ronald dela Rosa digs deep into the war against illegal drugs and personalities involved, either users, pushers, dealers, financiers and the dragons in the trade, its mother agency is stomping another foot further. PNP’s parent executive dapartment level agency is the Interior and […]

Sen. Lacson sees flaw in PNP recruitment program

Speaking to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during the second day of the Senate inquiry into the extra-judicial killings, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson asked why most of the PNP personnel suspected to be involved in illegal drugs trade were younger, new police officers. Lacson has speculated there must […]

Suspected drug pushers slain in Pasay with torture marks – CHR

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) revealed in a senate inquiry into extrajudicial killings on Monday said the suspected drug pushers allegedly killed by cops in Pasay City were tortured, Speaking to Senator Leila De Lima, Chair of the Committee on Justice and Human Rights, CHR-NCR Director Gilbert Boiser bared […]

SCOTP asks PNP, PDEA to submit complaint on 4 judges allegedly linked to drugs

MANILA, Aug. 17 – The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) on Tuesday directed Philippine National Police Director (PNP) General Ronald Dela Rosa (pictured above) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapena to submit complaint-affidavits against four active judges who were allegedly linked to illegal drug trade […]

Cebu provincial jail warden resigns amidst controversies

CEBU CITY — The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center again grasped the news limelight, but on a different angle. The detention center in the premier city of the south used to be famous with the dancing inmates in years past. But a new series of controversies engulfed CPDRC which […]

8 dies in Cotabato war on drugs campaign

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato — A fire fight erupted when joint government forces were to serve warrants of arrest against a certain Commander Mabrook, leader of armed elements in Barangay Nabalawag, Midsayap, (North) Cotabato at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The clash resulted into at least eight persons killed and eight soldiers wounded during […]

Irked Duterte reminds Sereno: Don’t create crisis

A feisty but visibly irked President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte has remained defiant amid the pronouncement made by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the inclusion of some judges in the list of persons allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the country, during his speech in […]

Are these narco-personalities shoot to kill on sight after 24 hours?

Are these narco-personalities shoot to kill on sight after 24 hours? The long wait is over. It is because the much anticipated batch of narco-personalities President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned to discloes is now released. On Sunday morning President Rodrigo Duterte made true his promise to expose narco personalities as he […]

Lanao Sur mayors surrender, admit involvement in drug trade

Two of the three drug mayors from Lanao del Sur identified by the president surfaced in the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Friday. The suspeced drug personalities, Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok and former Mayor Mohammadali Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur, husband […]

Manhunt on for 3 Lanao Sur town mayors in drug trade

Three town mayors of Lanao del Sur tagged as allegedly involved in big time drug operation are subject of manhunt by police authorities of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. And yet, ARMM police director Chief Supt. Agripino Javier is still mum on the name of the local government executives […]

Duterte to release names of 27 local officials in drugs

”My God, you will be shocked,” Presidential legal counsel Salvador Panelo said, giving mediamen a possible reaction to the new expose about local executives who will soon be identified by Malacanang. This as President Rodrigo Duterte will soon reveal the names of at least 27 local executives allegedly involved in […]

Albuera mayor surrenders, son now on “shoot on sight” order

Alleged drug trafficker and coddler Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr. of Albuera town, Leyte province has surrendered to police authorities. The mayor was the subject of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ultimatum on Monday, ordering him to surrender within 24 hours or ultimately confront with the “shoot on sight” directive to the police. […]

Copy-cat anti-drug “vigilante” operation gets into the groove in Naga City?

The blood of alleged vigilante killings now spreads in Bicol. This after two bodies were found in separate areas of Naga City on consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday. Both victims were found with packaging tapes around their heads complimented with board signs by their side that warns: “Huwag tularan ang […]

Latest count, 300 bodies and counting on Duterte’s drug war

It is now thirty one days into the 6-year term of President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte. The most brazing accomplishment that splattered the face of national news were the blood and lifeless bodies of suspected drug users and pushers in various parts of Metro Manila and elsewhere in […]

Drug pushers accuse Naga City cops as protectors

Three members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Naga City (Camarines Sur) facing investigation as protectors of the illegal drug trade have been relieved of their duties. Police Senior Supt. Marlon Tejada, CIDG regional operations director in Bicol, said an arrested drug pusher pinned down two policemen with ranks […]

All PNP officers to undergo lifestyle check – DILG

Manila — Many supporters, observers and detractors are waiting for this. Now, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno finally made an order for the conduct of a lifestyle check for all members of the, hold your breath, Philippine National Police to identify and remove wayward officials involved in illegal […]

PDEA 11 douse cold water on Mar Roxas’ drugs accusation

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao doused cold water on the claims of a presidential candidate that anyone can buy drugs in the city. PDEA region 11 Director Adzhar Albani refused to be dragged to political mudslinging over the drugs issue in Davao City but defended the city’s […]

Indonesia stops execution of Mary Jane Veloso – DFA

MANILA, April 29 — OFW Mary Jane Veloso was spared from execution following last minute phone conversation between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Indonesian leader Jokowi Widodo, reports said. The Indonesian government has granted reprieve to Filipino drug convict, who was among the nine prisoners earlier scheduled for execution […]

Philippines exhausting all means to save Filipina from Indonesian death row

MANILA, March 29 — The Philippine government is doing everything it can to save a Filipina who has been sentenced to die in Indonesia after she was caught transporting illegal narcotics into the country, Palace official said on Saturday. “Ginagawa naman po ng ating pamahalaan ang ating magagawa within the […]

Drug Mules Execution Highlights Crisis of PH Labor Export Policy

No Filipino goes out of the country with a death wish. When the 122 others on death row and more than 7,000 in jails abroad left, they were full of hopes and dreams to provide a better future for their families. Fifteen million overseas Filipino workers left the country to seek greener pastures abroad in the absence of jobs, livelihood and decent living conditions in the country.

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Drug Mules Execution Highlights Crisis of PH Labor Export Policy

No Filipino goes out of the country with a death wish. When the 122 others on death row and more than 7,000 in jails abroad left, they were full of hopes and dreams to provide a better future for their families. Fifteen million overseas Filipino workers left the country to seek greener pastures abroad in the absence of jobs, livelihood and decent living conditions in the country.

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Raagas takes over as new OIC of BuCor

On Monday Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre named Rey M. Raagas as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), replacing Benjamin Delos Santos who resigned from the position last week. Raagas is currently BuCor’s administrative division chief. Delos Santos file his irrevocable resignation last July 13 after Aguirre ordered the National […]

4 year old girl is latest collateral fatality in war on drugs in Negros

As the war on illegal drug enters the third month under President Rodrigo Duterte, dead bodies continue to be included in the on-going count of fatalities and collateral damage of the operation. In Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, a four year old girl is the latest inclusion to the body count. Althea […]

President Duterte visits Bicol military camp in a breeze

It was a brief whistle stop. The President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte arrived Wednesday afternoon at Camp Elias Angeles at the headquarters of the 9th Infantry Division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Barangay San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur. Duterte’s scheduled visit was anticipated originally […]

Latest count, 300 bodies and counting on Duterte’s drug war

It is now thirty one days into the 6-year term of President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte. The most brazing accomplishment that splattered the face of national news were the blood and lifeless bodies of suspected drug users and pushers in various parts of Metro Manila and elsewhere in […]

Sen. Lacson sees flaw in PNP recruitment program

Speaking to PNP Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa during the second day of the Senate inquiry into the extra-judicial killings, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson asked why most of the PNP personnel suspected to be involved in illegal drugs trade were younger, new police officers. Lacson has speculated there must […]

Irked Duterte reminds Sereno: Don’t create crisis

A feisty but visibly irked President of the Philippines (POTP) Rodrigo Duterte has remained defiant amid the pronouncement made by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on the inclusion of some judges in the list of persons allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade in the country, during his speech in […]

Cebu provincial jail warden resigns amidst controversies

CEBU CITY — The Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center again grasped the news limelight, but on a different angle. The detention center in the premier city of the south used to be famous with the dancing inmates in years past. But a new series of controversies engulfed CPDRC which […]

Lanao Sur mayors surrender, admit involvement in drug trade

Two of the three drug mayors from Lanao del Sur identified by the president surfaced in the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Friday. The suspeced drug personalities, Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok and former Mayor Mohammadali Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur, husband […]

Lone gunman kills ABC-Bicol president

DONSOL, Sorsogon — The village chief of Barangay Tinagonan of this town was shot multiple times by a lone gunman on Sunday afternoon. The fatality was Joel Briones, 47, the current president of the Bicol Association of Barangay Captains who died on the spot after a lone gunman riddled his […]

SCOTP asks PNP, PDEA to submit complaint on 4 judges allegedly linked to drugs

MANILA, Aug. 17 – The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) on Tuesday directed Philippine National Police Director (PNP) General Ronald Dela Rosa (pictured above) and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Isidro Lapena to submit complaint-affidavits against four active judges who were allegedly linked to illegal drug trade […]

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Lanao Sur mayors surrender, admit involvement in drug trade

Two of the three drug mayors from Lanao del Sur identified by the president surfaced in the office of Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa on Friday. The suspeced drug personalities, Maguing Mayor Mamaulan Abinal Molok and former Mayor Mohammadali Abinal of Marantao, Lanao del Sur, husband […]

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Two months into the anti-drugs campaign, body count breaches 2,500

The number of drug fatalities, persons killed in the continuing campaign of the government against illegal drugs already passed 2,500 within a period of two months. It is the same period of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tenure at the helm of the government. The Philippine National Police update on Tuesday include […]

Indonesia stops execution of Mary Jane Veloso – DFA

MANILA, April 29 — OFW Mary Jane Veloso was spared from execution following last minute phone conversation between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Indonesian leader Jokowi Widodo, reports said. The Indonesian government has granted reprieve to Filipino drug convict, who was among the nine prisoners earlier scheduled for execution […]

Delos Santos stays as BuCor chief despite resignation, but for a while

He is staying, but for a while. Yes, Bureau of Corrections director Benjamin Delos Santos, after all, will stay put in his post even as he has tendered an irrevocable resignation last July 13 already. It was because justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre ordered him to stay. What can he do […]

Are these narco-personalities shoot to kill on sight after 24 hours?

Are these narco-personalities shoot to kill on sight after 24 hours? The long wait is over. It is because the much anticipated batch of narco-personalities President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned to discloes is now released. On Sunday morning President Rodrigo Duterte made true his promise to expose narco personalities as he […]

PDEA 11 douse cold water on Mar Roxas’ drugs accusation

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Davao doused cold water on the claims of a presidential candidate that anyone can buy drugs in the city. PDEA region 11 Director Adzhar Albani refused to be dragged to political mudslinging over the drugs issue in Davao City but defended the city’s […]

Raagas takes over as new OIC of BuCor

On Monday Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre named Rey M. Raagas as officer-in-charge of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), replacing Benjamin Delos Santos who resigned from the position last week. Raagas is currently BuCor’s administrative division chief. Delos Santos file his irrevocable resignation last July 13 after Aguirre ordered the National […]

8 dies in Cotabato war on drugs campaign

MIDSAYAP, Cotabato — A fire fight erupted when joint government forces were to serve warrants of arrest against a certain Commander Mabrook, leader of armed elements in Barangay Nabalawag, Midsayap, (North) Cotabato at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The clash resulted into at least eight persons killed and eight soldiers wounded during […]