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From SPO1 to sergeant: New law gives military rank names to police

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The new naming convention means cops will be referred to as police generals, colonels, captains, or sergeants. President Rodrigo Duterte had said the previous naming convention was confusing.

The PNP has increased its visibility and security alert in the Metro following the recent bombings in Lamitan, Basilan. Heightened security measures and inspections are conducted in bus terminals coming in and out of Cubao in Quezon City. August 2, 2018

WATCH: CCTV clips show businessman Yulo before, after EDSA shooting

Feb 21, 2019 - 2:58 PM

There is one problem: The shooting could not be seen

BEFORE THE ATTACK. Businessman Jose Luis Yulo stops by a Shell before he was shot dead along EDSA. Screenshot from CCTV released by NCRPO EPD

2 unidentified bodies in Jolo bombing male, female – PNP

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:16 PM

(UPDATED) The DNA test was conducted by the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory

CATHEDRAL BOMBING. Soldiers check the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after the church was rocked by two explosions .Photo by Nickee Butlangan/ AFP

After ambush, police eye EDSA ban on men riding in tandem

Feb 18, 2019 - 4:05 PM

Mandaluyong City police want to ban male back riders along major thoroughfare EDSA after the shooting that killed a businessman and his driver

AMBUSH IN EDSA. Businessman Jose Luis Yulo and his driver died in the ambush on Sunday, February 17. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Service sans the uniform: Former military, policemen seek gov't posts in 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 7:24 PM

These former servicemen refuse to retreat from the field of public service and have chosen to go into the perilous jungle of politics

NEW SERVICE. Former policemen and soldiers try their luck at civilian public service, running for the 2019 elections.

IN PHOTOS: Commuters get surprise from PNP on Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Cops surprise commuters with roses and offers to dance

FREE DANCE. Cops offer women commuters a dance before they ride the train in Cubao. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Foreign student who threw taho at cop indicted for direct assault

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leynard Dumlao says Zhang Jiale's action is considered 'deliberate and serious defiance' of a cop who was performing his duties

INDICTED. Foreign student Zhang Jiale throws a cup of taho at Police Officer I William Cristobal. File photo from Mandaluyong police

PNP tags Manila, 4 other Metro Manila cities as election hotspots

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Caloocan, Malabon, Mandaluyong, and Pasay are also listed as election hotspots

ELECTION HOTSPOT. Policemen implement a stricter Comelec checkpoint in Binondo, Manila as the NCRPO deploys 14,000 police and set up more checkpoints in Metro Manila at start of the campaign period on February 12, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH receives anti-bomb gear from Japan

Feb 12, 2019 - 4:59 PM

The anti-bomb equipment will be distributed to police explosive and ordnance units across the Philippines. Check them out here.

NEW EQUIPMENT. PNP gets anti-bomb suits, ballistic helmets and shields from Japan. PNP photo

PNP defends invite for Bong Go: We didn't say vote for him

Feb 12, 2019 - 2:50 PM

'Remember, wala kaming sinasabi sa kanila na kung sino dapat iboto nila,' says Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

EARLY CAMPAIGN? Senatorial candidate Bong Go is welcomed in national police headquarters Camp Crame a day before the official campaign period for the 2019 elections. PNP photo

PNP: 701 election hotspots as 2019 campaign period begins

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:15 PM

These account for 42.9% of all cities and municipalities in the Philippines

MORE HOTSPOTS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they will adjust their deployment according to the hotspot list for the 2019 elections. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Walang dignity': PNP urged to loosen 'excessive' security for De Lima

Feb 11, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Supporters of Leila de Lima want the senator to be transported to and from Camp Crame 'with dignity'

TOO MUCH? Police flank detained Leila de Lima as she is escorted back to Camp Crame from a court hearing. Photo from Sister Mary John Mananzan

PNP honors Senate bet Bong Go on eve of campaign period

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:18 PM

Duterte-aide-turned-Senate-bet Bong Go says he came only as a private citizen and a former secretary

HONORED. Bong GO speaks before a college student-filled Camp Crame field ON Monday, February 11. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP files assault charges vs taho-throwing foreign student

Feb 11, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Chinese fashion student Jiale Zhang faces the risk of imprisonment of at least 4 months

'UNDESIRABLE ALIEN'?. The Philippine National Police seeks both prison and deportation for 23-year-old Jiale Zhang who threw a cup of taho at a cop. Mandaluyong Police photo

Dela Rosa says he has no legal liability for cops' mess during his term

Feb 10, 2019 - 8:00 AM

'Ang aking pananagutan diyan ay konsensiya lamang. Ako'y nakokonsensiya dahil nangyayari 'yan during my time, says former Philippine National Police chief and now senatorial candidate Ronald dela Rosa

BuCor director Ronald dela Rosa in a media interviews before filing their Certificate of Candidacy at he Comelec office in Manila on October 12, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

CA junks petition vs PNP profiling of ACT members

Feb 07, 2019 - 5:47 PM

The Court of Appeals' 11th Division cites 'infirmities' in the petition of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals dismisses a motion by a casino company. File photo from CA website

Bangsamoro plebiscite 'peaceful,' say military, police

Feb 06, 2019 - 7:07 PM

'Those who had to vote voted. The turnout is quite high. Intimidation [tactics] had minimal effect on the voters,' says military public affairs chief Colonel Noel Detoyato

Army soldiers on Lanao del Norte on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bobby Lagsa

'Main suspect' in Jolo Cathedral bombing surrenders

Feb 04, 2019 - 9:19 AM

(UPDATED) Alias Kamah is identified as the brother of fallen Abu Sayyaf leader Surakah Ingog

AFTERMATH. Two bombs detonate at the Jolo, Sulu cathedral killing civilians hearing mass and Armed Forces personnel who later rushed to rescue survivors. Photo from AFP-WestMinCom

PNP: Witness accounts suggest suicide bombing in Jolo Cathedral

Feb 01, 2019 - 1:03 PM

A number of witnesses recalled seeing a woman who, they suspect, brought in the first improvised explosive device

SUICIDE BOMBING? The PNP says witnesses saw a woman enter the Jolo cathedral wearing a jacket and a bag before the explosion occurred. Malacanñang photo

Police search for 3 persons of interest in Zamboanga mosque blast

Jan 31, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippine National Police searches for two possible suspects and one possible witness as it investigates the attack

GRENADE ATTACK. A grenade is thrown inside a Zamboanga City mosque where religious leaders were resting on Wednesday, January 30. PNP Zamboanga photo

PNP forms task group to probe killing of NDF consultant

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The Cagayan Valley provincial police chief says they still have no suspect in the killing of Randy Malayao

KILLED. Randy Maglayao was asleep in a bus in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, when he was shot and killed.  From Randy Maglayo Facebook account

Blast-ambush kills cop, injures 11 others in North Cotabato

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:12 AM

(UPDATED) Police suspect the communist New People's Army as being behind the attack

ACT Teachers files complaints vs PNP over 'harassment, surveillance'

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar, and 19 other cops face complaints

ACT Teachers PArtylist on January 28, 2019, show a copy of complaint affidavit of criminal and administrative cases they file before the Ombudsman against PNP chief Oscar Albayalde and DILG Secretary Eduardo Año over the intel list of ACT members. The group says is unconstitutional and violates the Data Privacy Act. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Metro Manila police on full alert after Jolo Cathedral blasts

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:09 AM

This means intensified checkpoints, searches, and intelligence operations across Metro Manila

FULL ALERT. Cops are on full alert after the Jolo, Sulu cathedral twin blasts. File photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

AFP, PNP on heightened alert after Jolo Cathedral explosions

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'We will use the full force of the law to bring to justice the perpetrators behind this incident,' says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

THE WOUNDED. Hospital staff attend to the wounds of the Jolo cathedral bombing victims. Photo courtesy of PTV

At least 23 dead in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 27, 2019 - 11:11 AM

(11th UPDATE) More than a hundred others are injured in twin explosions at the cathedral on Sunday morning, January 27

IN PHOTOS: Remembering #SAF44, 4 years later

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'It has been 4 years since the tragedy jolted the national police and the entire nation, but the pain brought by this loss has lingers in our hearts,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Politics eyed as motive behind Mayor Reluya ambush

Jan 23, 2019 - 12:24 PM

San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya is facing only one opponent in her 2019 reelection bid

DEADLINE SET. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde gives Cebu police officials 2 weeks. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP official: Children violating laws ‘mostly from poor families’

Jan 23, 2019 - 8:44 AM

'Madalang sa upper class. Mga from poor families, mga indigent kasi mostly,' says the PNP's anti-violence against women and children chief

CHILDREN AT RISK. Senior Superintendent Angela Rejano says police alone cannot help children that violate the law. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Over 1,600 minors nabbed for rape in 2 years – PNP

Jan 22, 2019 - 4:20 PM

On average, 15 minors suspected of committing rape are taken into custody every week

MINOR 'CRIMINALS'?. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde at a budget briefing in the Senate in 2018 Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP gets former United Nations officer as new spokesman

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac is the new voice for the 190,000-strong Philippine National Police

NEW VOICE. Senior Superintendent Bernard Banac is a former UN officer and commander of Sorsogon police. Photo from Banac's Facebook page

PNP: Over 1,300 children caught for drug violations since 2017

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:38 PM

'Nakita natin as young as 10 years old, these are being used as drug runners,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

THE ENFORCERS. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: PNP lists threats to peaceful Bangsamoro plebiscite

Jan 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine National Police is monitoring at least 7 groups that may cause disturbance during the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite

BOL THREATS. The Philippine National Police presents threats to a safe Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Teachers’ group goes to Court of Appeals to stop police intel list

Jan 17, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers and affiliate groups seek a temporary restraining order and for the police memorandum to be declared unconstitutional and void

VIOLATION. Members of ACT Teachers tear copies of the PNP memorandum that orders the compilation of list of members. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Gun used in killing of bowling coach not registered

Jan 16, 2019 - 6:23 PM

Police say the spent shells recovered in the scene of the crime matched that of the gun it found a day after the killing of Angelo Nathaniel Constantino

UNREGISTERED. Police said the gun used in the killing of  Angelo Nathaniel Constantino was not registered. Photo from San Juan City Police Office

PNP gets operations man as new SAF chief

Jan 16, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Chief Superintendent Amando Empiso spent his early years in service in the Special Action Force

After cop mauling, lawmaker reminds Garin: ‘We are not high and mighty’

Jan 14, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Former ranking policeman and now Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Leopoldo Bataoil defends members of the Philippine National Police

DEFENDING PNP. Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Leopoldo Bataoil delivers a privilege speech on January 14, 2019. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

Fired over drugs? PNP says Bacolod ex-police chief not in drug list

Jan 14, 2019 - 12:40 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the sacking of Senior Superintendent Francisco Ebreo after claiming he was involved in the drug trade

VALIDATION NEEDED? Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde at the regular Camp Crame press briefing. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DFA passport data loss 'national security threat' – PNP

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:19 AM

'Not only is it a threat to national security but also a threat to our identities,' says Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

SECURITY THREAT. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says the police is ready to assist the DFA in its probe on the alleged data theft. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP recalls politicians’ police escorts for 2019 polls

Jan 14, 2019 - 9:23 AM

The routine recall is done to prevent election violence and the politicization of the police force

RECALLED. Hundreds of cops are gathered in Camp Crame as part of the election ban on keeping police escorts. PSPG Photo.

Albayalde reminds cops: Stay out of nightclubs

Jan 09, 2019 - 9:59 PM

The reminder comes a day after President Duterte told PNP personnel he didn’t want them drinking in public, and two months after he told them not to set foot at casinos

DepEd discourages police from visiting schools

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:16 PM

Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the police and military are required to coordinate with the agency first before conducting any activity

Duterte prohibits police from drinking in public

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:05 PM

After barring police from stepping into casinos, President Rodrigo Duterte now says cops can no longer enter drinking establishments

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang Photo

ACT Teachers eyes charges vs PNP, DILG for profiling teachers

Jan 08, 2019 - 1:33 PM

ACT Teachers Representative France Castro says it's sad how teachers with heavy workloads yet low wages have to experience harassment from the government

RESPECT TEACHERS. ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro hold a press conference on January 8, 2019. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PNP should profile expelled cops and soldiers, not teachers – Lacson

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the police – in focusing on these 'rejects' that are likely skilled with firearms and other weapons – 'may be able to solve a lot of crimes, even preempt them'

VIOLATION. Teachers tear copies of the PNP memorandum. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

NUJP slams 'orchestrated effort to intimidate us into silence'

Jan 08, 2019 - 12:23 PM

'As they say, stupid is as stupid does,' the NUJP says of the allegation that it is a legal front of the Communist Party of the Philippines

NUJP. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines slams the 'orchestrated effort' to intimidate and silence the media watchdog.  Image from NUJP Facebook.

Albayalde sacks cops who 'leaked' memo on ACT teachers

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says the leakage caused unwanted 'panic' from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Teachers to PNP, DepEd: We're not terrorists

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Representatives from the Alliance of Concerned Teachers along with public school teachers from Manila question the police's moves, saying they haven't done anything wrong

PROTEST. Teachers slam moves of the PNP to list members and those aligned with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Albayalde's 2019 order to PNP: Do not engage in politics

Jan 07, 2019 - 12:27 PM

'The order of the day is for the police to remain non-partisan and to not patronize any political party,' says Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde

NEUTRAL 2019. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde orders cops to stay away from patronage politics, especially during election year 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: Banned items, activities during Nazareno 2019

Jan 07, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Take note! Here are the prohibited items and activities for the Feast of the Black Nazarene 2019

NAZARENO BANS. The Manila Police District lists prohibited and discouraged activities and items during the week of the Feast of the Black Nazarene in 2019. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan