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Duterte on removing 'ninja cops': 'Just torture them until they die'

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:53 PM

'If you really love your country, do something about it. 'Di mo naman kailangang patayin eh, torture mo lang hanggang mamatay,' Duterte tells local chief executives

KILL THROUGH TORTURE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told local chief executives to target policemen who are involved in the illegal drug trade, saying they can torture them until they die. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: Albayalde innocent until proven guilty

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:49 PM

'Let the law take its course,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Albayalde welcomes graft charges: 'The truth will bear me out in the end'

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The Philippine National Police says while it respects the findings of the Department of Justice on the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case, ex-police chief Oscar Albayalde 'remains innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt'

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ wants graft charges vs Albayalde over Pampanga drug recycling case

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:57 PM

12 former Pampanga cops, who composed the raid team, are indicted for drug offenses, bribery and graft

FORMER TOP COP. Former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter-affidavit to the Department of Justice on November 5, 2019  over the Pampanga drug recycling case from 2013. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Big majority of Filipinos believe 'ninja cops' operate in PNP

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey finds that 78% of Filipinos believe there are cops who sell illegal drugs confiscated during operations

LAST MESSAGE. Police General Oscar delivers his goodbye message in Camp Crame, where he announced his resignation as the PNP chief following the 'ninja cops' controversy. PNP Photo

Tropical Indonesia's tiny glaciers to melt away in a decade – study

Dec 14, 2019 - 10:22 PM

'Because of the relatively low elevation of the (Papua) glaciers... these will be the first to go,' says Lonnie Thompson, one of the authors of the study

This handout picture taken in November 2015 and received on December 13, 2019 from Global Atmosphere Watch shows a glacier on Indonesia's Puncak Jaya mountain range in Papua. Indonesia's little-known glaciers are melting so fast they could disappear in a decade, a new study says, underscoring the imminent threat posed by climate change to ice sheets in tropical countries. Handout / Global Atmosphere Watch / AFP

'Beverly Hills Cop' back after two decades in new Netflix sequel

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Netflix will produce the 4th sequel to the 25-year-old franchise 'Beverly Hills Cop,' with Eddie Murphy reprising his lead detective role

Albayalde retires with no traditional honors, but benefits intact

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:00 AM

There are no troops on parade as beleaguered police general Oscar Albayalde retires from the service, still hounded by the 'ninja cops' criminal complaint he faces

RETIRED GENERAL. Former PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde retires from the service on November 8, 2019, skipping traditional retirement honors. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DILG panel to file administrative charges vs 13 'ninja cops'

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The summary dismissal proceedings can be completed within 45 days, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

NEW EVIDENCE. The DILG-Napolcom joint review committee has found new evidence to merit administrative cases against the 13 'ninja cops' in the 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

19 senators sign report vs Albayalde, 'ninja cops'

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

A simple majority or 13 votes is needed for the Senate to adopt the report which recommends the filing of criminal charges against resigned top cop Oscar Albayalde and the 13 'ninja cops'

NINJA COPS. Senator Richard Gordon shows a document at the hearing on drug recycling on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde: Guevarra does not have power to reopen drug recycling probe

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Guevarra cites the 2000 NPS Rules on Appeal, while Albayalde cites the 2017 revised manual for prosecutors in the reopened investigation into the alleged drug recycling of the so-called Pampanga ninja cops

NINJA COPS PROBE. Former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde subscribes  to his counter affidavit during a hearing at the Department of Justice on November 5, 2019 over the reopened investigation into the ninja cops case. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No hard evidence to file admin case vs Albayalde over ninja cops – Año

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Command responsibility merits Oscar Albayalde's removal from his post, but this becomes moot since he has stepped down, says DILG chief Eduardo Año

NO HARD EVIDENCE. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says current allegations against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde are just "words against words". Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Pampanga 'ninja cop' dismissed from police service

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:35 AM

A 'ninja cop' involved in the anomalous 2013 Pampanga buy-bust is dismissed, but over a 2019 anti-drug operation in Antipolo City, Rizal

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

General who approved demotion for 'ninja cops' is 'demoted' himself

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

From leading the PNP's powerful Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Major General Amador Corpus is reassigned to lead the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development

'DEMOTED.' Major General Amador Corpus, chief of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), at the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP: Albayalde, 'ninja cops' innocent until proven guilty

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'The PNP will let justice, fairness, and due process of law take its course,' says the Philippine National Police in response to the Senate recommendation to file charges against its former chief and 13 cops over a 2013 drug operation

LAST MESSAGE. Police General Oscar delivers his last message during the Regular Monday Flag Raising at Camp Rafael T Crame in Quezon City following his announcement this morning, October 14, of his resignation as the PNP Chief and moved to non-duty status. He said his move aims to pave the way for President Rodrigo Duterte to choose the new PNP Chief. Albayalde will compulsory retire on November 8. PNP Photo

Senate panels recommend criminal charges vs Albayalde, 'ninja cops' over 2013 drug raid

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'Do I think they're guilty? Yes,' says Senator Richard Gordon

DRAFT REPORT. Senator Richard Gordon presents to the media the draft committee report on drug recycling. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

[PODCAST] Ninja cops: Ang isyung nagpabagsak sa hepe ng PNP

Oct 16, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng isyu tungkol sa ninja cops sa kampanya laban sa droga ni Pangulong Duterte?

Ambush interview with Gen. ALbayalde after the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo sees weak evidence vs Albayalde in Senate hearings

Oct 14, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The Malacañang spokesman can't say for certain if President Rodrigo Duterte asked Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to resign

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

DOJ summons 'ninja cops' in reinvestigation

Oct 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The 13 policemen are directed to appear at the Department of Justice on Wednesday, October 16

Police Major Rodney Raymund Baloyo IV, head of the raiding team of a suspected Chinese drug dealer in Pampanga on November 2013. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators grill Albayalde on how a 'ninja cop' got a juicy post

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:23 PM

Major Rodney Balayo IV, who is among the alleged ninja cops, served as the deputy police chief of Tagaytay City. He is now on 'floating status.'

JUICY POST. Senators are enraged on why Major Rodney Baloyo IV holds the acting Tagaytay police chief post given his involvement in the 2013 illegal drug raid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde: I will fire 'ninja cops' if reinvestigation shows wrongdoing

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Both the PNP's Internal Affairs Service and the National Police Commission are reinvestigating administrative liability of the so-called 'ninja cops' involved in a 2013 Pampanga drug operation

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

'Zip it,' Sotto tells Malacañang officials questioning 'ninja cops' probe

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III makes the statement after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo claimed that the Senate investigation has become 'politicized'

ZIP IT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells critics of the Senate blue ribbon hearings to 'zip it'. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate orders arrest of 'ninja cop' after repeated no-show at hearings

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Master Sergeant Ronald Santos is among the 13 cops involved in a questionable drug operation in Pampanga in 2013

NINJA COPS. Senator Richard Gordon approves the motion citing SPO1 Ronald Bayas Santos in contempt at the 9th Senate blue ribbon hearing. File p by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde: Let's ‘move on’ from ‘ninja cops’ issue

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:02 AM

‘I enjoin everyone to move on now that the President has spoken,’ says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, after President Rodrigo Duterte called for people to listen for his side on the 'ninja cops' issue

'MOVE ON.' Ambush interview with General Albayalde after the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte defends Albayalde: 'He has the right to be heard'

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

'[Due process is] given to the criminals.... It should be given to a general of the Philippine National Police because under the laws we're all equal,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EMBATTLED CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde faces media after the Senate's 7th hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law at the Senate on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Prayer rally for Magalong's safety to be held after ninja cops exposé

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Baguio City Hall also puts in place stricter security measures

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate detains alleged 'ninja cop' Baloyo in Bilibid

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'Alam mo nagsisinungaling ka,' Senator Panfilo Lacson tells Major Rodney Baloyo, one of the alleged ninja cops, as the Senate cites him in contempt

NINJA COP? Police Major Rodney Raymund Baloyo IV, head of the raiding team of a suspected Chinese drug dealer in Pampanga on November 2013. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police investigator clears Albayalde in 2013 'ninja cops' buy-bust

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:18 PM

But PNP chief Oscar Albayalde is still accused by PDEA chief Aaron Aquino of attempting to delay the dismissal of the 13 'ninja cops' involved in the anomalous operation

INVESTIGATOR. Retired police BGen. Manuel Gaerlan testifies about his investigation on the 'ninja cops' at the 8th Senate hearing on the GCTA Law mes on October 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDEA chief gets death threats after tagging Albayalde in 'ninja cops' issue

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I received a call from a friend who confirmed that some personalities are plotting against my family,' Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tells a Senate panel

THREATENED. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Spectacle of a grand cover-up': Senate hearing bares how 'ninja cops' remain in service

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'Why are you trying to get the people off the hook? Are you the mafia or the PNP?' asks Senator Richard Gordon, without naming names

INTERVENTION? Philippines' top cop General Oscar Albayalde is tagged in the 2013 case involving his former men at the Pampanga police. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde fires back at Magalong: You could have eliminated 'ninja cops' yourself

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'Hindi ko alam kung anong gustong ipalabas ni General Magalong,' says an irked PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

TOP COP VS RETIRED COP. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde (left) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong face off at a Senate hearing on October 1, 2019. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde intervened in dismissal of Pampanga 'ninja cops' – PDEA chief

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(5th UPDATE) When they were police regional directors, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says he was asked if he can review a dismissal order against alleged 'ninja cops' by now PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

TOP COP. PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde gives his statement at the start of the 7th hearing on the GCTA on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ to request Interpol monitoring of Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:19 PM

The justice department belatedly issues an Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order

INTERPOL. The Department of Justice (DOJ) requests Interpol monitoring of former barangay chairwoman Guia Gomez Castro, whom the Manila Police tagged as a drug queen. Photo courtesy of Mayor Isko Moreno

Senate to send 'ninja cops' list to Duterte

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks: 'What due diligence' is the Philippine National Police talking about when the President is asking for the list?

NINJA COPS. The Senate will send the list of 'ninja cops' to the President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP invokes 'rights' as Senate allows naming of 'ninja cops'

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:29 AM

'We request, however that the Senate exercise due diligence in protecting the rights of these persons,' says the Philippine National Police

PNP CRIES RIGHTS. The Philippine National Police cautions the Senate against publicly naming cops allegedly linked to illegal drugs. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate authorizes panels to divulge 'ninja cops' info from executive session

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Seventeen senators vote in favor of making public the list of cops involved in drug recycling

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNPA alumni told: Self-evaluation is key to police success

Mar 09, 2019 - 11:02 PM

'No other profession demands a higher ethical standard than that of law enforcement,' says National Police Commission Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao during the PNPA homecoming 2019

POLICE ACADEMY. Alumni come back to Camp Castañeda for thr PNPA alumni homecoming on March 9, 2019. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

2018 temperatures set to be among hottest on record – UN

Nov 29, 2018 - 6:21 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is worth repeating once again that we are the first generation to fully understand climate change and the last generation to be able to do something about it'

CHANGE. A boy watches the shore from a boat near Sirajganj, Bangladesh, a community affected by severe erosion that has left many displaced. Photo by Amanda Nero/UN/IOM

Leaders back climate change urgency in New York

Sep 25, 2018 - 4:02 PM

UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa calls on nations to unite behind limiting global warming to the less than 2ºC enshrined in the 2015 Paris accord.

CLIMATE CHANGE. This file photo shows Patricia Espinosa in a 2012 press conference. File photos by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Duterte dangles P5M for dead 'ninja cops,' only P10k if caught alive

Aug 17, 2018 - 6:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also tells corrupt cops to surrender within 48 hours or else P1 million will be added for their capture for every month they do not surrender

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Jun 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

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Salute to Madame, the first transgender cop in PNP

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Police Senior Inspector Rene Balmaceda – or 'Madame' – is the first openly transgender cop in the Philippine National Police. She handles criminal probes at the Quezon City Police District.

TRANSGENDER IN PNP. PSI Rene Balmaceda works at the criminal investigation and detection unit of the Quezon City Police District. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Albayalde vows to help prosecutors get licenses to carry firearms

Jun 06, 2018 - 9:32 PM

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says he has meet with prosecutors to discuss how to help them get their gun licenses

PNP chief Albayalde.Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Could coal lobbying and free speech curbs hamper pivotal UN climate talks?

Jun 02, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Civil society groups are worried that the Paris Agreement could crumble at the last minute, as the final meeting to decide its implementation will be held in Poland, Europe's second biggest coal-producing country

A mockup of a planet earth is displayed at the Rheinaue park during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ

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Reassigned cop shot dead in Basilan

Apr 04, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Police Senior Inspector Aristedes Marinda, a Metro Manila cop reassigned to Basilan since last year, was killed while he went on an early morning jog, say Basilan police

KILLED. Bystanders check the lifeless body of Police Senior Inspector Aristedes Marinda who killed as was jogging along Rizal Avenue in Barangay Aguada in Isabela City, Basilan, on April 4, 2018. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

3 charged over grenade attack during Abra town fiesta

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

(UPDATED) The police escorts of Abra Representative Joseph Sto Niño Bernos and his wife, Mayor Menchie Bernos, were killed, while the couple and 34 others were injuired in the January 25 incident

Women in the police force

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Once they’ve managed to break the barrier, the next challenge is to be sent to the field as most policewomen are assigned to do administrative work

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Fairview police chief sacked after subordinate tests positive for drugs

Mar 06, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The drug test results of Police Officer 1 Gabby Bulan lead to the sacking of two of his police bosses, including the station chief, Superintendent Tomas Nuñez

QCPD CHIEF. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar briefs Quezon City police on new drug war guidelines. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler