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Police launch manhunt for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 12:27 AM

The mayor is not home when authorities serve an arrest warrant against him in connection with the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

Lt. Col. Rodelon Betita, Daraga police chief, faces Mayor Carlwyn Baldo's lawyer Merito Lovenzky Fernandez on Monday, May 6, after an hour of waiting outside the gate of Baldo's residence to arrest the embattled mayor. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

NDFP consultant Rey Casambre, wife arrested

Dec 07, 2018 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) Authorities arrest the two as part of the Philippine National Police's 'Oplan Pagtugis' and 'Oplan Paglalansag Omega'

ARRESTED. NDFP Consultant and Philippine Peace Center Executive Director Rey Casambre was arrested along with his wife December 7, 2018. Photo courtesy of Public Interest Law Center

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Committing abuse just made easier

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:53 AM

A new law, Republic Act 10973, gives the PNP chief and the two top CIDG bosses the power to issue subpoenas. It threatens our rights, and urging vigilance while just waiting for abuse to happen isn't enough.

PNP to issue 'guidelines' on subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The guidelines will be limited to how policemen will serve subpoenas, says PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan

JUST A VISIT. Cops go around Tondo, Manila to exhibit its relaunched Oplan Tokhang. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CIDG to DOJ: Stop witness protection for 'uncooperative' Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 14, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has appealed to the justice department as early as September 2017. As of March 2018, Espinosa remains under witness protection.

WORTHY OF PROTECTION? Self-confessed drug lord appears before a DOJ hearing on August 24, 2017. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP to use subpoena powers if Lim, Espinosa drug charges dismissed

Mar 14, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Director Roel Obusan also says alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa has recanted his confession at a 2016 Senate hearing that he was involved in illegal drugs

UNDER OATH. Alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa takes his oath before testifying at the Senate hearing on the illegal drug trade in November 2016. Photo by Cesar Tomambo/Senate PRIB

PNP to DOJ: Reverse dismissal of Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa charges

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:00 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to use 'all legal remedies' to hold the suspected big-time drug personalities liable

FOR APPEAL. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents Kerwin Espinosa to reporters. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Subpoenas intended for 'wealthy' and 'well-learned' – PNP CIDG chief

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) PNP CIDG chief Roel Obusan quashes fears that the subpoena will be used against the poor and defenseless

CIDG CHIEF. Director Roel Obusan speaks to reporters about the PNP's new subpoena powers in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

No rules to issue subpoenas, 'conscience' is enough – PNP chief Dela Rosa

Mar 12, 2018 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP refuses to put guidelines on issuing subpoenas

DELA ROSA. PNP chief Dela Rosa says 'conscience' is enough when it comes to filing subpoenas. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cops arrest alleged scammer claiming to be Duterte's relative

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Jose Matias, who calls himself 'Attorney Jose Roa Matias II,' allegedly claimed to be President Rodrigo Duterte's relative so he could extort money from would-be barangay officials

'PEOPLE'S CONGRESS?' Jose Matias, who has been claiming to be a relative of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, is nabbed by police. Screenshot from a CLTV36 news report

Lacson defends CIDG subpoena law: Read it first

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, former chief of the Philippine National Police and author of the now-controversial law, says a person's rights are still in place

SUBPOENA POWER BACK. The CIDG is the PNP's premiere investigative unit. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Duterte signs law licensing PNP chief, CIDG execs to issue subpoenas

Mar 09, 2018 - 6:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa and the top two officials of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group can now issue subpoenas in aid of investigations

SUBPOENA POWERS. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

15 months after Espinosa slay, Marvin Marcos parties in Camp Crame

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos joins the anniversary party of the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

SPOTTED. Marvin Marcos sits with regional chiefs of the CIDG. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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Dec 04, 2017 - 9:38 PM

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Police arrest alleged hitman posing as army sergeant

Dec 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

George Ginabay is accused of pretending to be 'Sergeant Guinolbay' to charge higher rates for carrying out murders

ACCUSED. Alleged hitman George Ginabay is presented at the CIDG national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Koreans in Pampanga arrested for credit card fraud

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:44 PM

A local court in Angeles City also orders the confiscation of computers used to access the credit card information of Koreans and Chinese people abroad

OPERATORS. CIDG Pampanga operatives seize computer units and other gadgets from 3 residential units occupied by South Koreans in Angeles City on November 20, 2017. Also in photo are some of the Filipino 'computer operators' working for the Koreans. Contributed photo

Reynaldo de Guzman's funeral will push through – parents

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:31 PM

Eddie Gabriel insists it is his son they have been mourning for almost a week now Kulot s funeral will push through on Wednesday September 13 in Barracks Cemetery in Pasig City

FUNERAL TO PUSH THROUGH. Lito Obena, a Barangay Zone leader in Barangay, Anak Pawis, Cainta, Rizal tells reporters on Monday, Sept., 11, 2017 that the remains in the coffin was not Reynaldo ''Kulot'' de Guzman. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

'Can gov't blame witnesses if they feel safer with the Church?'

Sep 12, 2017 - 11:41 AM

Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says the Catholic Church is not obstructing justice by protecting witnesses to the killing of Kian Loyd delos Santos

PROTECTING WITNESSES. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David is protecting witnesses to the killing of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos after the witnesses voluntarily sought his custody. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CIDG ordered to probe Kian delos Santos slay

Aug 21, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Apart from another internal investigation the PNP says they are open to the probe of other groups to help in their internal cleansing

'KIAN IS MY SON'. Saldy delos Santos holds up his son's school ID, their only proper photo of Kian. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Duterte denies hand in downgrade of case vs cops in Espinosa slay

Aug 09, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Hindi ako nakikiusap yan tanungin nyo I never influenced my Secretary of Justice in saying you better file a lesser charge says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes to the personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the pass in review during the 116th Police Service Anniversary at the PNP Transformation Oval’s Grandstand in Camp Crame, Quezon City on August 9, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Subpoena served on alleged drug lord Peter Lim in Cebu

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Accused by President Rodrigo Duterte of being one of the biggest drug traders alias Jaguar is ordered to appear at the justice department in two weeks

Ozamiz mayor Parojinog killed in police raid

Jul 30, 2017 - 10:28 AM

4th UPDATE The Parojinogs are among those included in President Rodrigo Duterte s drug list but they deny the allegations

KILLED IN RAID. File photo of Ozamiz Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog. Photo courtesy Ozamiz City official website

With CIDG 12 post, Supt Marvin Marcos may qualify for promotion

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:40 PM

Will the cop linked to the killing of a detained mayor eventually be promoted to senior superintendent?

SENIOR OFFICER SOON? Marvin Marcos, currently the CIDG 12 head, attends a Senate hearing in December 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Dela Rosa admits Supt Marcos reassignment 'not so normal'

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:20 PM

But the PNP chief tells senators that impunity will not happen under his watch amid concerns over Superintendent Marvin Marcos return to the police force

MARCOS AND IMPUNITY? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa talks to CIDG chief Roel Obusan during a December 2016 hearing into the killing of Rolando Espinosa. File photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Dela Rosa defends Marcos reinstatement: 'Justice system working'

Jul 13, 2017 - 4:20 PM

Kung yung drug pusher or drug lord may kini claim sila na due process eh bakit hindi natin puwede ibigay doon sa pulis na dumaan sa due process? says the PNP chief

BACK TO BUSINESSMEN. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (left) and his men are ordered reinstated. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Police arrest arms trafficking syndicate members in Lipa

Jul 04, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Authorities say the guns the syndicate produced are similar to those seized in Marawi City

Chief PNP Ronald dela Rosa show to media a gunsmith Ramil Quinones and several high caliber firearms, gun parts and accessories confiscated from gun running syndicates during raid in Purok 2, Brgy. Sampaguita, Lipa City in Batangas on July 01. Photo by: DARREN LANGIT

Dela Rosa: SAF troops want out of Bilibid

Jul 04, 2017 - 2:50 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says some drug lords were moved to other areas in the prison – areas not under the supervision of the PNP SAF

NEW ROLE. PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa address members of the PNP-SAF at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOJ downgrades murder charges vs cops in Espinosa slay

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:50 AM

The new resolution is the DOJ s latest flip flop It downgrades murder charges to a lesser and bailable offense of homicide and also dismisses malicious warrant charges against the cops

ESPINOSA CASE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his subordinates during a Senate probe into the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Arrest warrants out vs cops in Espinosa slay case

Mar 20, 2017 - 10:30 AM

3rd UPDATE Ordered arrested are 19 policemen from CIDG Region 8 led by Superintendent Marvin Marcos

ESPINOSA CASE. Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his subordinates during a Senate probe into the killing of Rolando Espinosa. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why Senate thinks CIDG 8 planned Espinosa killing

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

UPDATED The two Senate committees that investigated the killing of Mayor Espinosa pin the blame on the CIDG 8 team saying they were trying to hide their links to the illegal drugs trade

CIDG 8. Superintendent Marvin Marcos (center) during the Senate probe into the death of Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP: 'Many ways' to arrest NDF consultants

Feb 09, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Several National Democratic Front consultants have apparently gone underground following President Rodrigo Duterte s pronouncements

NDF ARRESTS. CIDG chief Roel Obusan is tasked to head efforts to arrest NDF consultants. Rappler photo

NBI: Mayor Espinosa's death a 'rubout'

Dec 06, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation recommends criminal charges against 24 members of the team involved in the raid on the jail cell of the late Albuera mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr as well as the team s informant

COPS UNDER FIRE. Senior Superintendent Marvin Marcos (middle) and Chief Inspector Leo Laraga attend the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr on November 10, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Supt Marcos was relieved, reinstated on same day – Dela Rosa

Dec 05, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Superintendent Marvin Marcos insists he had no powerful backers in Camp Crame but Senator Panfilo Lacson does not seem to buy that claim

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa during press conference at Camp Crame on Monday. Photo by JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

Espinosa case: Why were Marcos and team moved to CIDG 8?

Nov 27, 2016 - 4:07 PM

Who ordered the transfer of Superintendent Marvin Marcos and his men en masse to CIDG Region 8?

CIDG 8. Superintendent Marvin Marcos looks on as Kerwin Espinosa accuses him of asking for P3 million during the 2016 elections. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lacson: Cops in Espinosa killing were Kerwin's 'protectors'

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:09 AM

Senator Panfilo Lacson has read the draft affidavit of alleged Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa He says the motive behind the killing of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr is becoming clearer

SENATE HEARING. Senator Panfilo Lacson has read the draft affidavit of alleged drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

Lacson: Duterte can still change mind about Espinosa slay

Nov 13, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says neither the Senate nor the PNP will be swayed by the President s pronouncements

STILL NOT CONVINCED? Senator Panfilo Lacson says a complete briefing is all President Rodrigo Duterte needs to get a better understanding of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa's death. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Senators: Duterte support for cops won't stop probe into Espinosa slay

Nov 11, 2016 - 2:01 PM

Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon says testimonies at the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr point to a rubout

CONTINUE. The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs conducts a public inquiry on the death of Albuerra, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. on November 10, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Duterte on Espinosa slay: I believe the police’s story

Nov 11, 2016 - 6:56 AM

UPDATED Why is he siding with the police in operations like this? President Duterte says: ‘Natural utos ko iyon eh The fight against drugs is mine it was not somebody else’s order ’

HIS WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte, a press conference upon his return from Malaysia on November 11, 2016, reiterates his guarantee to policemen that he will protect them when they encounter trouble in anti-drug operations.

Leyte cops called SOCO an hour before Espinosa killing

Nov 10, 2016 - 2:35 PM

Senators grill policemen over inconsistencies in their version of the November operation in a Leyte jail

(Left to right) Former CIDG 8 chief Marvin Marcos, former CIDG team leader Leo Laraga and Superintendent Santi Noel Matira. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CIDG official: Richard Gomez, 3 Leyte execs linked to Espinosa drug group

Nov 10, 2016 - 11:24 AM

UPDATED That is ridiculous and outright laughable Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez says in response to the allegation made by Police Chief Inspector Leo Laraga at the Senate inquiry into the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr

ESPINOSA DRUG GROUP? A police official links actor and Ormoc City mayor Richard Gomez to the Espinosa drug group. File photo

Eastern Visayas cops in Espinosa slay to face Senate

Nov 09, 2016 - 10:30 PM

The committees on public order and on justice and human rights will investigate starting November 10 the deaths of two mayors who were on President Duterte s drug list

CIDG REGION 8. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

DILG names 19 cops probed for Espinosa killing

Nov 08, 2016 - 10:34 PM

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno says these officers – from the CIDG and the Regional Maritime Unit in Eastern Visayas – have been placed on floating status

FULL-SUPPORT. Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno affirmed in a press briefing on Tuesday, November 8, that the authorities are investigating the recent murder of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa, Sr.

Dead cop from Davao Region on Duterte list

Aug 08, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Another policeman on the list was dismissed from service last year for serious neglect of duty while one more is now under restrictive custody

Police nab Abu Sayyaf member with P600,000 bounty

Jul 23, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Bads Adjam has pending kidnap for ransom cases including the abduction of 21 people in Malaysia in 2000

Valenzuela factory welders weren't Kentex employees

May 18, 2015 - 9:18 PM

Rappler obtains the initial report on the police probe It quotes a survivor: there were no fire exits on the 2nd floor where employees were trapped and killed

DEADLY BLAZE. A fire razes a slipper factory in Valenzuela City on May 13, 2015. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

CIDG chief heads PNP’s Mamasapano probe

Feb 02, 2015 - 3:12 PM

Police Director Benjamin Magalong heads the 6 man Board of Inquiry that will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of 44 SAF troopers

'DECEPTION.' CIDG chief Director Benjamin Magalong says Delfin Lee's lawyers deceived police into certifying that Lee's warrant had been revoked. Photo by Rappler

Police seize 'NPA' explosive devices in Compostela Valley

Aug 09, 2014 - 3:12 PM

The raid yields improvised explosive devices subversive documents and some personal items including the ID of a security guard reportedly abducted by communist rebels

Teens 'fed once a day,' rescued from recruiters

Jun 18, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Bound for Saudi Arabia a 16 year old girl is rescued along with around 70 women from an alleged trafficking den in Pasay City