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.

Jun 2019
PHILIPPINES 02:24pm, Jun 17, 2019
Piñol: No need to change West PH Sea policy after sinking incident

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel "Manny" Piñol said the Philippine government doesn’t need to change its policy in the West Philippine Sea after a Filipino ...

PHILIPPINES 10:01am, Jun 17, 2019
‘Daplis lang’: Duterte exec downplays China ship ramming PH boat

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – As fishermen were calling for help and justice as their only source of livelihood was sunk by a Chinese vessel in the West Philippine Sea, a Duterte Cabinet member ...

PHILIPPINES 08:52am, Jun 17, 2019
China ship's assault sparks fear in Occidental Mindoro fishing community

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – When a Chinese fishing vessel rammed Fishing Boat Gem-Ver in the West Philippine Sea, it created a ripple of fear that inched closer to home. Veteran fisherman ...

PHILIPPINES 08:06am, Jun 17, 2019
Captain of sunken boat backs out of meeting with Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Junel Insigne, the captain of the Philippine boat sunk by a Chinese vessel, has backed out of a scheduled meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte set on Monday, June 17, at ...

PHILIPPINES 01:25pm, Jun 16, 2019
Duterte to meet with captain of sunken boat in Malacañang

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with the captain of the boat sunk by a Chinese fishing vessel in the West Philippine Sea. San Jose, Occidental Mindoro Mayor ...

PHILIPPINES 12:11pm, Jun 16, 2019
Duterte silent on PH boat sinking 'because he is studying'

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – A week after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino fishing boat in the West Philippine Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte still has not released a statement on the issue, ...

PHILIPPINES 11:58am, Jun 16, 2019
Duterte sets emergency Cabinet meeting on PH boat sinking

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte called for an emergency Cabinet meeting on Monday, June 17, after a Chinese vessel sank a Filipino fishing boat in the West ...

PHILIPPINES 09:04am, Jun 16, 2019
Retired fishermen on Chinese assault: 'Back then, we were free'

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – It took Freddy Montes almost a week aboard a small boat to reach Recto Bank (Reed Bank) with 6 other Filipino fishermen. The long and dangerous sail, he said, was ...

PHILIPPINES 04:20pm, Jun 15, 2019
IN PHOTOS: Aboard the Philippine boat sunk by a Chinese ship

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – While Fishing Boat Gem-Ver is already home, it is far from completely repaired after a Chinese fishing ship rammed it in the West Philippine Sea. The biggest damage ...

PHILIPPINES 01:49pm, Jun 15, 2019
Owner of sunken boat: I feel like we’re slaves of China

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Felix dela Torre fought back tears as he shared how much he had lost in the sinking of his fishing boat F/B Gem-Ver, which was rammed then abandoned by a Chinese ...