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.

Jan 2020
U.S. & CANADA 09:01am, Jan 26, 2020
Solution to online harassment? Regulation, says Sundance 2020 panel

PARK CITY, United States – How do we fix an online public space that has exploded with incidents of harassment, hate, and calls for violence? A panel of journalists and a civic engagement veteran ...

IN-DEPTH 05:04pm, Jan 23, 2020
Thesis for sale: Benilde students say they paid P20,000 to pass

MANILA, Philippines – One evening in January 2019, AK Paras met his friend Andy Tan (not his real name) at the gym. Both senior students in the Export Management Program of the De La Salle-College ...

PHILIPPINES 09:22pm, Jan 22, 2020
Funeral home waives fees for dad who died amid Taal eruption

MANILA, Philippines – Filipinas Funeral Homes, the funeral parlor which charged a family of Taal Volcano evacuees P70,500 for the burial of their father, has reduced the family’s balance to ...

PHILIPPINES 10:54am, Jan 22, 2020
CIDG nabs 5 suspects in ex-Batangas congressman's slay

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has arrested 5 suspects in the killing of former Batangas 2nd District ...

PHILIPPINES 01:55pm, Jan 20, 2020
New police chief Gamboa eyes PNP Chinese desk

MANILA, Philippines – To curb rising crime committed by Chinese nationals in the Philippines, new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa eyes establishing a "Chinese ...

PHILIPPINES 12:33pm, Jan 20, 2020
Tagaytay Sky Ranch still vulnerable to 'heavy ashfall' – NDRRMC

MANILA, Philippines – The Tagaytay Sky Ranch and other businesses that are outside but still near the Taal Volcano's danger zone for a possible base surge are still vulnerable to "heavy ashfall, ...

PHILIPPINES 11:13am, Jan 20, 2020
Año orders stop to 'visiting hours' to Taal Volcano danger zone

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday, January 20, ordered a stop to visiting hours to danger zones around the restive Taal ...

PHILIPPINES 09:01am, Jan 20, 2020
WATCH: ‘We will rise from the ashes’

BATANGAS, Philippines – The evacuees walked into the covered basketball court 10 minutes before 9 in the cool morning of Sunday, January 19. It was a week after the Taal Volcano began to erupt, ...

PHILIPPINES 09:00am, Jan 20, 2020
‘Hero cop’ Jason Magno honored in PNP’s Bantayog ng mga Bayani

MANILA, Philippines – Police Master Sergeant Jason Magno, the cop who died shielding civilians from the explosion of a grenade in Misamis Oriental, was honored by the Philippine National Police ...

PHILIPPINES 09:46pm, Jan 18, 2020
Family who lost father amid Taal eruption charged P70,000 for funeral

BATANGAS, Philippines (UPDATED) – A family of evacuees who lost their father amid Taal Volcano’s unrest has faced yet another obstacle: paying the funeral parlor bill amounting to P70,500. Jevelyn ...