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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

READ: Oscar Albayalde's resignation statement to the PNP

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Here is Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde's resignation statement read before thousands of cops early Monday morning

RESIGNED. PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde takes oath before the start of the seventh hearing of the GCTA at the senate. October 1, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Resigned PNP chief Albayalde to still enjoy retirement benefits

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Resigned Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde will retire with the full benefits of a 4-star general

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

Archie Gamboa is PNP officer-in-charge after Albayalde resigns

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa is one of the top contenders to replace resigned police chief General Oscar Albayalde

PNP OIC. Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Amid 'ninja cops' issue, Albayalde steps down as PNP chief

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:13 AM

(UPDATED) This comes after weeks of allegations that he was complicit with 'ninja cops' in a 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation

STEPPING DOWN. Oscar Albayalde atthe PNP Change of Command Ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde threatens to sue ex-general who implicated him in 2013 drug operation

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Lacadin has a lot of explaining to do and he will have his day in court,' says Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde, after denying rumors that he has resigned

THREATS FROM THE CHIEF. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019. 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

Ex-police general: Albayalde told me he 'got a little' from 2013 drug raid

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Retired police general Rudy Lacadin tells a Senate panel that top cop Oscar Albayalde, who was Pampanga police chief then, made the comment when he called him about his investigation into a controversial drug operation

INVESTIGATION. Former PNP Central Luzon director PGen. Rudy Lacadin recounts his experience when he was the deputy director of the CIDG at the 9th Senate blue ribbon hearing on October 9, 2019. 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

Death threats? Albayalde says Magalong can request escorts from PNP

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:19 AM

'He can always write us, even direct, request directly to me,' says Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde

THREATENED. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong gives his statement before the Senate on October 1, 2019. Photo 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

Albayalde vows a cleaner police force with police training institute

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'The PNP will see to it that the NPTI will produce only ideal police officers and men and specifically, those who have the moral fiber not to engage in illegal activities,' says PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

CLEANER POLICE FORCE. PNPA Homecoming on March 17,2018. File 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

DOJ reopens probe of Pampanga drug recycling case

Oct 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

(UPDATED) A Senate exposé implicating retiring PNP chief Oscar Albayalde prompts Guevarra not just to expedite the review of the case junked in 2017, but to reopen it altogether

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong giving hi statement and divulging the names of “ninja cops” in a case in Pamapanga. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PMA’s record of hazing deaths

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) On the flipside of the Philippine Military Academy’s proud history of churning out military and police generals is a list of cadets who died as a result of hazing

COURAGE, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY. Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City are now honor-bound to tell if they have experienced or perpetrated hazing. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Gordon lashes out at Albayalde: 'You dropped the ball big time'

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde 'handheld' to this day a group of cops involved in an irregular drug operation in Pampanga in 2013

DON'T MESS WITH THE SENATE. Senator Richard Gordon reminds resource persons at the hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee that they can't peddle lies at  the Senate. 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

'Tarnished' PNP stint? Senators doubt, defend Albayalde

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:09 PM

'Whatever happens, indeed, his stint as PNP chief is tarnished by this revelation. It's a very serious allegation,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

TOP COP. Journalists interview PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde after a Senate hearing on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to await Año probe before deciding on Albayalde's fate

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will be 'fair' in deciding whether or not to fire Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, who retires in a month

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde takes oath before the start of the seventh hearing of the GCTA at the senate. October 1, 2019. 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

Albayalde: ‘Drug queen’ issue shouldn’t have been publicized

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'It’s as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already,' says a visibly frustrated Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8

READY TO RETIRE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Search is on for next PNP chief as Albayalde prepares for retirement

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Top police officials say there are 3 top contenders for General Oscar Albayalde’s post

READY TO RETIRE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde hit the mandatory age of retirement on November 8, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Verdict' is Philippine entry to Oscars 2020

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'Verdict' stars Maxine Eigenmann and Kristoffer King

PNP: If freed convicts fight back, they will be shot

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:13 PM

'Kung manlalaban, wala tayong magagawa,' says Philippine National Police Oscar Albayalde

THE USUAL DEFENSE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they cannot do anything if the convicts fight back. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP: Warrantless arrests 'applicable' if GCTA releases revoked

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:32 AM

'These convicts will be treated as fugitives from justice,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Peace and order in Negros 'remains normal' – Albayalde

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Top cop General Oscar Albayalde says the police are 'doing everything' to keep President Rodrigo Duterte from using emergency powers to address the spate of killings in Negros Island

BULLET HOLES. The car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

Canelo loses IBF belt after title defense deal collapses

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez has been forced to relinquish his IBF belt after negotiations with Sergiy Derevyanchenko fell through

FURIOUS. The camp of Canelo Alvarez (left) – who won the IBF belt after beating Daniel Jacobs – calls the incident as an 'insult' to boxing. Photo from DAZN

Extortionists arrested for promising release of Cagayan de Oro mayor’s son

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The group contacts Mayor Oscar Moreno through a certain Ryan Maborang, who claims he can facilitate the release of Sean Moreno, who is detained in Pampanga over drug charges

SUSPECTS. Cagayan de Oro City Oscar Moreno (center) is flanked by police officers from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region X as suspects who tried to extort from him are presented. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

P135-M ecopark to rise in old dumpsite in Cagayan de Oro

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:14 PM

Mayor Oscar Moreno says he 'wanted to make something of the old dumpsite' in Barangay Carmen, in explaining why he wanted an ecopark in that area

GROUNDBREAKING. Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno (left) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the ecopark project in the city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro mayor's son arrested in drug bust

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Sean Moreno is arrested with 7 other suspects in Angeles City, Pampanga, in possession of party drugs

Ditsi Carolino, Baby Ruth Villarama invited to be part of U.S. Academy

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The two filmmakers and documentarists are among those invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be part of the organization

Lady Gaga leads surge in women to become Oscar voters

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:29 AM

Other female actresses such as Claire Foy and Elisabeth Moss, and 'Crazy Rich Asians' director Jon Chu have also been issued invites to be part the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Lady Gaga accepts Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for 'Shallow' onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

A shocking photo of the lifeless bodies of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying face down in the Rio Grande has fueled concern and outrage around the world

FATHER-DAUGHTER. The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (left) and his daughter Angie Valeria are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. Photo by Marco Rodriguez/AFP

CA junks 24 administrative cases vs Cagayan de Oro’s Oscar Moreno

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The justices find no convincing proof that Oscar Moreno, when he was governor of Misamis Oriental, did wrong in approving the rental of heavy equipment for road repairs

'It happens': PNP downplays wrong arrest of Davao journalist

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

‘Kung minsan nagkakamali yung nagtuturo especially the complainant,’ says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde after cops mistook 61-year-old Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle for a wanted criminal

WRONG ARREST. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says informants and complainants make mistakes in identifying suspects. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Albayalde: You need good morals to keep police escorts

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The PNP chief concedes that Erwin Tulfo's tirades against Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista were a 'factor' in the decision to pull out the Tulfo brothers' escorts

SECURITY REVOKED. The Tulfo brothers lose their security details after newsreader and commentator Erwin Tulfo blasts Army chief-turned-Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista. Photo courtesy of TV5

PNP: Tulfo brothers asked for police escorts

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The Philippine National Police says the Tulfos underwent a security assessment before being granted police escorts

REQUEST APPROVED. The Tulfo brothers acquired security details by applying for them. Photo by Angie de Silva

'He's the President': Albayalde defends Duterte PMA rape joke

May 27, 2019 - 12:44 PM

'He's the President, hindi naman natin pwedeng sabihin sa kanya kung ano ang dapat niyang sabihin at hindi,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, a member of the PMA class of 1986

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

'Most anti-Duterte mayor' wins 3rd term in Cagayan De Oro City

May 16, 2019 - 1:42 PM

Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is tagged the 'most anti-Duterte mayor' during the campaign by his rival Pompee La Viña, the social media director of President Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 presidential campaign

LANDSLIDE VICTORY. Cagayan De Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is proclaimed winner in the mayoral race on May 15, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Homecomings and queues: Ilonggo politicians troop to polls early

May 13, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Some of the political figures seen voting in Iloilo are Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon, Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas, Guimbal Mayor Oscar Garin, and Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III

POLITICAL POWERHOUSE. Garin, Drilon, Trenas, and Espinosa are some of the politicians who voted in Iloilo for the midterm elections.

Cagayan de Oro Mayor Moreno slams 'fake news' on disqualification

May 11, 2019 - 1:51 PM

The Commission on Elections division handing the disqualification case against reelectionist Mayor Oscar Moreno says the supposed resolution circulating online is 'fake'

Photo by Bobby Lagsa

Año, Albayalde back CIDG chief: He's a professional cop

May 01, 2019 - 11:39 AM

'He fully knows our policy of non-partisanship, especially during elections,' says top cop Oscar Albayalde of Major General Oscar Amador Corpus

'PROFESSIONAL.' Major General Amador Corpus shows CCTV clips on the killing of Nueva Ecija mayor Ferdinand Bote in a press briefing in police national headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to 'look into' Huawei amid China surveillance fears

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:16 PM

A report from London-based newspaper The Times says the US Central Intelligence Agency has evidence that Huawei receives funding from the Chinese government

On opinion drug war unconstitutional, PNP says 'academe is not Supreme Court'

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reacts to a paper by the Ateneo Human Rights Center which says drug war circulars of President Duterte violate the rights of suspects guaranteed in the Constitution

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview to reporters inside police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Netflix spared as Academy keeps Oscars rule unchanged

Apr 24, 2019 - 7:46 PM

Campaigners, including director Steven Spielberg initially suggested that the films produced and released by streaming firms should not be eligible for the Oscars, and should instead be classified as TV content

PNP to probe journalists, lawyers in Duterte ‘ouster matrix’

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Without an order from President Rodrigo Duterte, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde explains they will conduct the probe under their own 'initiative'

PROBE ON. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters in Camp Crame after attending the Smart Policing Summit 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Albayalde inspects transpo hubs for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde inspects the Araneta Center and Pasay City bus terminals, the new Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ABOARD. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde enters a waiting bus for inspection. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suspect recounts how he killed Cebu teen

Apr 12, 2019 - 12:39 AM

The suspect, Renato Llenes, says he used a dummy Facebook account to become friends with the victim