Rambo Talabong



Rambo Talabong covers for Rappler the Philippine National Police, local governments, and President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Even before completing his degree in communication degree at the Ateneo de Manila University, he already did research and field work for Rappler’s investigations into the drug war killings in the poor communities in Manila.

Rambo wrote for The Guidon (English) and Matanglawin (Filipino), student publications of the Ateneo. He later served as editor in chief of Matanglawin.

Follow him on Twitter at @rambotalabong.

Got a message or story tip for him? Shoot him an email at rambo.talabong@rappler.com.

Oct 2019
IN-DEPTH 10:05pm, Oct 14, 2019
From tough cop to ‘coddler’: Oscar Albayalde’s fall from grace

MANILA, Philippines – Oscar Albayalde was appointed on the basis of the President’s perception. It was in April 2018. President Rodrigo Duterte’s most trusted cop, Ronald dela Rosa, was stepping down ...

PHILIPPINES 12:26pm, Oct 14, 2019
PNP OIC Gamboa to cops: Ignore controversy, do your jobs

MANILA, Philippines – “This is temporary.” Appearing uneasy before a phalanx of cameras, Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa addressed cops on Monday, October 14, just hours after police ...

PHILIPPINES 10:49am, Oct 14, 2019
READ: Oscar Albayalde's resignation statement to the PNP

MANILA, Philippines – It has been brewing for weeks, but when he made the announcement it still came as a surprise. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde announced he was ...

PHILIPPINES 10:38am, Oct 14, 2019
Resigned PNP chief Albayalde to still enjoy retirement benefits

MANILA, Philippines – Resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde will still have his retirement benefits as police chief even after he has stepped down from his post, ...

PHILIPPINES 08:37am, Oct 14, 2019
Archie Gamboa is PNP officer-in-charge after Albayalde resigns

MANILA, Philippines – After Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday, October 14, the PNP has an officer-in-charge in Lieutenant General ...

PHILIPPINES 08:13am, Oct 14, 2019
Amid 'ninja cops' issue, Albayalde steps down as PNP chief

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Amid a damaging controversy, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde stepped down as police chief on Monday, October 14. He announced this in ...

PHILIPPINES 04:44pm, Oct 13, 2019
As Marikina ‘EJK’ victim is buried, his community braces for war

MANILA, Philippines – The victim rests, now the community fights back. Kim Lester Ramos, the “extrajudicial killing” victim in Marikina, was laid to rest on Sunday, October 13. The black hearse ...

IN-DEPTH 07:30pm, Oct 12, 2019
First 100 Days: In Manila, Isko Moreno finds his most challenging role

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A crisis hit Isko Moreno’s schedule before midday that Monday, September 23. A building has collapsed, and two men are missing. Lights, camera, action. He was being ...

IN-DEPTH 10:49am, Oct 12, 2019
Victim plays dead: In Marikina, a new case of ‘extrajudicial killing’

MANILA, Philippines – The basketball court was crowded in the evening, a blue tent shielding the starless sky. The grieving and their children sat upright on plastic monobloc chairs as they listened ...

PHILIPPINES 02:47pm, Oct 11, 2019
Only Taguig in Metro Manila gets low grade in Duterte road clearing order

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Only Taguig City in Metro Manila had a low grade in complying with President Rodrigo Duterte's order to clear roads of obstruction, the Department of the Interior and ...