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IN PHOTOS: Confiscated firearms during barangay, SK elections 2018

May 17, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Here are photos of the guns confiscated in the country's most developed and vote-rich region, Metro Manila, during the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections

CONFISCATED. Firearms are displayed in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bulacan police chief now heads PNP counter-intelligence task force

May 17, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde says Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat is the most qualified for the job

UNDER NEW WATCH. PNP Change of Command Ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo’s SALN, Ombudsman application, Facebook closes fake accounts | Evening wRap

May 16, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte on Philippine Rise, Bello applies for Ombudsman post, Albayalde on barangay officials | Evening wRap

May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Albayalde to officials on drug list: Winning polls won't clear your name

May 15, 2018 - 12:30 PM

'[Hindi] porke nanalo na sila ay excused na sila sa ilegal na droga,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

WARNING. PNP chief Albayalde in a Camp Crame interview with Rappler. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No 'failure of election' so far in barangay, SK polls

May 14, 2018 - 11:27 PM

The Comelec says the only possible exception is a town in Northern Samar, where the poll body is verifying the status of the barangay and SK elections

BARANGAY, SK POLLS. Canvassing of votes is held at Rosauro Almario Elementary School on May 14, 2018, for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP arrest 8 for vote-buying in Calabarzon barangay polls

May 14, 2018 - 5:54 PM

Comelec urges voters and witnesses to report cases of vote-buying

PNP CHIEF. Philippine National Police Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks at the midday briefing on the barangay and SK elections 2018 on Monday, May 14. Screengrab from Rappler video

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Dela Rosa: I want to run for senator, but...

May 09, 2018 - 7:35 PM

'Ako, Senado, kung ako'ng masusunod ah,' says Bureau of Corrections chief Ronald dela Rosa after being asked to choose between running for senator or governor

SENATOR 'BATO'? Ronald dela Rosa at his first flag raising ceremony as Bureau of Corrections chief. Sourced photo

Sereno on SC, Duterte on Forbes list, Vietnam on China | Evening wRap

May 09, 2018 - 7:26 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Albayalde reassigns Facebook bashers to Mindanao

May 09, 2018 - 2:13 PM

The policemen will join the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Police Regional Office

SENT OFF. Albayalde reassigns 11 Facebook bashers to Mindanao. PNP Photo

Cagayan police launch manhunt for two persons of interest in Fr Ventura killing

May 08, 2018 - 11:15 PM

Senior Superintendent Warren Tolito, police chief of PNP-Cagayan Valley, said they have identified these persons based on the earlier released computerized facial composite of the gunman

Police release the computerized facial composite of the motorcycle driver (left) and the gunman (right) in the killing of Fr. Mark Ventura. Photo by Raymon Dullana

Facebook bashers face PNP chief Albayalde in Camp Crame

May 08, 2018 - 4:40 PM

One of the bashers who were summoned but did not show up is a police academy classmate of Director General Oscar Albayalde's own aide

BASHERS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde'€™s Facebook critics. Sourced photo

PNP nabs alleged Maute Group sniper ahead of Marawi siege anniversary

May 08, 2018 - 12:33 PM

(UPDATED) Unday Macadato is arrested in Quezon City after Cubao locals reported him to the police

NABBED. Alleged Maute Group sniper Unday Macadato is presented in Camp Crame. PNP Photo

PNP wants due process for officials in PDEA drug list

May 07, 2018 - 12:35 PM

'While we support the release of the drug watch list, we should also give at least due process sa mga tao na ito,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

DUE PROCESS. Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Albayalde announces 'drug test challenge' for barangay, SK bets

May 07, 2018 - 11:29 AM

To complete the challenge, officials need to get their tests from the Department of Health, not from their trusted private health clinics

CHALLENGE BEGINS. PNP chief Albayalde dares barangay and SK candidates to undergo drugs tests. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albay governor asks mayors not to support candidates in PDEA narco list

May 03, 2018 - 10:28 PM

Governor Al Francis Bichara wants to rid his province of the illegal drug menace

WITHDRAW SUPPORT. Governor Francis Bichara of Albay told mayors not to support barangay election candidate in the PDEA list. Screenshot from Rhaydz Barcia's video

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for April

May 03, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what they mean for the public: Boracay's 6-month closure, diplomatic crisis with Kuwait, corruption in the PNP-SAF, disinformation and propaganda in the Philippines

‘Serious personal grudge’ possible motive in Cagayan priest’s slay – PNP

May 03, 2018 - 12:06 AM

Police Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino, head PNP-Cagayan, says they do not think the killing was the handiwork of the NPA or anti-mining groups

VENTURA KILLING. PNP Cagayan Valley chief Jose Mario Espino (center) says investigators are zeroing personal grudges as motive in the killing of Fr Mark Ventura. Photo courtesy of PRO2

Task force formed to solve killing of Cagayan priest

Apr 29, 2018 - 10:50 PM

'I have ordered my men to conduct [a] thorough investigation for the possible identification and apprehension of suspects the soonest possible time,' says Chief Superintendent Jose Mario Espino

Photo courtesy of Paul Lopez

PNP to form group vs Caloocan riding-in-tandem shooters

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Metro Manila police chief Director Camilo Cascolan says it will be a small group predominantly composed of cop operatives

READY FOR SHOOTERS. Quezon City cops accept motorcycles from the city government to fight riding-in-tandem killers. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cops catch mother selling her own children for sexual exploitation

Apr 27, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The suspect reportedly asked for P15,000 for each child to take part in a sexual 'show'

RESCUE OPERATION. Cops and social workers save children from being sold for sexual exploitation. Photo by International Justice Mission

Cop dies during PNP-SAF training in Bataan

Apr 27, 2018 - 4:38 PM

(UPDATED) Police Inspector Richardson, a member of the Philippine National Police Academy Class of 2015, drowns during a water training exercise

DEATH IN TRAINING. Police Inspector Richardson Urmatan dies from a Special Action Force training course in Morong, Bataan. Photo from Urmatan's Facebook page

New Metro Manila police slogan: 'We are pro-poor and pro-weak'

Apr 25, 2018 - 7:25 PM

'I don't care if you are wearing shorts, tsinelas.... I will prioritize you,' says new Metro Manila police chief Camilo Cascolan

NEW SLOGAN. Metro Manila police chief Director Camilo Cascolan speaks in Camp Bagong Diwa. Photo from NCRPO

Rappler Talk: Camilo Cascolan on policing Metro Manila

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:54 PM

Watch Rappler's one-on-one interview with National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Camilo Cascolan on Wednesday, April 25

PNP activates task force to closely watch election hotspot Masbate

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:40 AM

PNP Bicol reports that since January there have been 50 election-related shooting incidents since January in Masbate

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Suspend ex-SAF chief, 3 others over missing funds – complainants

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Complainants, led by a former SAF chief, had earlier filed a malversation and plunder complaint against the 4 cops over P59.8 million in unreleased allowances

FORMER SAF CHIEF. Benjamin Lusad (leftmost) is accused of failing to distribute over P59.8 M in allowances to SAF troopers. File photo courtesy of DOJ

PNP preparing intel-driven 'Oplan' vs terrorism

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The Oplan is confidential as publishing will predictably compromise the counterterrorism operations it organizes

COUNTERTERROR PLAN. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they've been busy preparing a campaign plan against terrorism

Roque to do 'legal audit' of PNP files on drug killings

Apr 24, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque wants to have a file on each killing so he can 'confidently' defend the Duterte administration's bloody campaign against illegal drugs

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Albayalde's biggest fear: Disappointing Duterte, Filipinos

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'I am not here to please anybody or to please everybody. But what I can assure you is I will do my best,' Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde also says in his Rappler Talk interview

Drug campaign files ready, PNP just waiting for Duterte nod to share

Apr 24, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Supreme Court has been asking for the documents since December 2017

DRUG FILES READY. PNP chief Albayalde speaks to Rappler in Camp Crame. Photo by Angie de Silva

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

Rappler Talk: Oscar Albayalde on maintaining momentum in PNP

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Watch Rappler's one-on-one interview with Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday, April 24

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PNP chief Albayalde orders probe vs his Facebook bashers

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:19 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde says he is not against freedom of expression. Instead, he is against the insubordination of lower-ranking cops.

NO HATERS ALLOWED. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks at a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

The week in photos: April 14-20, 2018

Apr 21, 2018 - 8:19 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

People celebrate at the end of the Color Run 2018 race in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on April 15, 2018.The Color Run is a five kilometres paint race without winners nor prizes, while runners are showered with colored powder at stations along the run. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

Suspect in killing of partner, 5 others in Nueva Ecija arrested

Apr 21, 2018 - 1:47 PM

Jessie Tesoro faces multiple murder and frustrated murder charges after he allegedly hacked to death 6 people

MURDER SUSPECT. Jessie Tesoro, a murder suspect, is arrested in Nueva Ecija on April 20, 2018. Photo courtesy of PRO3

Pulse Asia survey, Duterte on contractualization, Comey’s memos on Trump | Evening wRap

Apr 20, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Police kill 13 drug suspects on Albayalde's first day as PNP chief

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Bulacan police conduct a 'Province-wide Simultaneous Operations on Illegal Drugs' a renamed version of the PNP's One-Time Big-Time Operations

13 DEAD. The Bulacan Provincial Police Office conducts simultaneous anti-illegal drugs operations. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

New PNP chief Albayalde: 'How I wish I could be like Dela Rosa'

Apr 20, 2018 - 2:56 PM

'Nakita mo kung gaano siya kalapit sa mga tao. How I wish I could also be like that,' Albayalde says in his first press conference

NEW CHIEF. PNP Change of Command Ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pimentel on Aguilar, Duterte on Dela Rosa, BSP on Inflation | Midday wRap

Apr 20, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Jee Geronimo

Albayalde questions EU Parliament resolution vs EJKs in Philippines

Apr 20, 2018 - 10:23 AM

'I don't know where [they're] coming from,' says new Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

NEW CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde questions the basis of the European Parliament resolution. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

FULL TEXT: PNP chief Oscar Albayalde's inaugural speech

Apr 20, 2018 - 7:28 AM

'I do not expect your loyalty to me, but I will exact obedience from you. I may be tough, but I am fair,' Director General Oscar Albayalde says as he addresses the 180,000-strong Philippine police force

PNP CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde salutes to his predecessor Ronald dela Rosa in the PNP Change of Command ceremony at Camp Crame. All photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

New PNP chief Albayalde vows to continue 'low-key but stern' leadership

Apr 20, 2018 - 12:48 AM

'I may be tough but I am fair,' says new Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

NEW PNP CHIEF. Director Oscar Albayalde delivers his inaugural speech in Camp Crame. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Duterte hails Dela Rosa for 'unprecedented accomplishments' as PNP chief

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:11 PM

'Through his visionary leadership, General Dela Rosa was able to steer our police force to great heights in the past 21 months,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

TRUSTED COP. President Duterte troops the line in Camp Crame with Ronald dela Rosa. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde wants nationwide surprise inspections on police stations

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:19 PM

'I will not demand of you what I cannot demand of myself,' new Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde tells provincial commanders and city directors in his inaugural speech

NEW CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde is known for his strict leadership. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

P59.8-M SAF allowance mess 'litmus test' for Albayalde – Año

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'This should be his first priority and will serve as litmus test on how he will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization,' says DILG OIC Eduardo Año, as the new Philippine National Police chief assumes his post

FORMER AFP CHIEF. DILG OIC Eduardo Año wants incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to solve the SAF allowances issue. Malacañang file photo.