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.

May 2020
PHILIPPINES 07:55pm, May 22, 2020
Certificate of acceptance not required for stranded individuals

MANILA, Philippines – The certificate of acceptance is not required for local government units (LGUs) to accept locally stranded individuals (LSIs) to their localities, the Department of the ...

INSIDE TRACK 07:53pm, May 22, 2020
After birthday backlash, Sinas tells Muslims to keep distance on Eid’l Fitr

(UPDATED) Does he still have credibility? Just two weeks after violating quarantine restrictions to celebrate his birthday, Major General Debold Sinas reminded Muslims in Metro Manila that mass ...

PHILIPPINES 05:01pm, May 22, 2020
PH gov't moves to deport Javier Parra

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has filed deportation charges against Javier Salvador Parra, the Spanish resident of Dasmariñas Village, Makati City, who was assaulted and ...

PHILIPPINES 11:04am, May 22, 2020
PNP urges prostituted women to name police abusers

MANILA, Philippines – Saying it will “never tolerate” any abuse of women, the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday, May 22, urged victims to step forward and file charges against cops who ...

PHILIPPINES 02:07pm, May 21, 2020
19 more barangay officials face criminal cases over cash aid distribution

MANILA, Philippines – Nineteen more barangay officials are facing criminal cases after allegedly committing anomalies in the distribution of the government's emergency subsidy program (ESP) intended ...

RAPPLER IQ 08:38pm, May 19, 2020
Stranded because of lockdown? Here’s what you need to know

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – When the Philippine government decided to place the entire Luzon on lockdown in mid-March, it banned non-essential travel, including the movement of millions of ...

PHILIPPINES 06:46pm, May 19, 2020
San Juan City lifts liquor ban

MANILA, Philippines – San Juan City has lifted its liquor ban after Mayor Francis Zamora signed an ordinance dropping the prohibition of selling, serving, and consumption of alcoholic drinks in the ...

PHILIPPINES 07:52pm, May 18, 2020
Over 1,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Over 1,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have been confirmed in Manila City as of Monday, May 18. According to data released by the Manila City government, a total of ...

PHILIPPINES 04:19pm, May 18, 2020
Duterte federalism campaign goes online during pandemic

MANILA, Philippines – As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the Philippines, the Duterte government has migrated online its signature gathering campaign in support of revising the 1987 ...

PHILIPPINES 09:05am, May 18, 2020
23 barangay officials face criminal charges over cash aid distribution

MANILA, Philippines – Some 23 barangay officials are now facing criminal complaints over alleged anomalies in the distribution of cash under the government's emergency subsidy program (ESP), the ...