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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

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 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

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

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

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 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

Supreme Court tells gov't to prove drug war police reports exist

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The High Court wants answers: were anti-drug operations planned and conducted properly, and were the deaths really investigated?

Police investigate a dead man near Espana Boulevard in Manila on August 6, 2016.

Dela Rosa dares HRW to take him to court: 'Puro kayo dakdak'

Apr 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is set to retire on Thursday, April 19, after completing a term marred by allegations of human rights violations

RETIRING SOON. PNP chief Ronald Dela Rosa at a press conference at Camp Crame Headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte nod needed before sharing Tokhang files with SC – PNP

Apr 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

'Kapag sinabi ni Presidente na huwag mo ibigay, kung ako pa ang chief PNP, hindi ko talaga ibibigay,' says outgoing Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. Outgoing and incoming PNP chiefs Ronald dela Rosa and Oscar Albayalde want Duterte's approval before sharing drug campaign documents with the SC. File photo from PPD

Returning money won't stop probes vs ex-SAF chief – Dela Rosa

Apr 18, 2018 - 8:02 AM

The Philippine National Police has now launched its own probe into the Special Action Force allowances controversy

OUTGOING CHIEF. Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters during his retirement testimonial dinner in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ex-SAF chief's budget officer returns P37 million to PNP

Apr 17, 2018 - 10:21 PM

(UPDATED) The PNP presumes that the money is in relation to the missing P59.8-million SAF allowances allegedly kept by former SAF chief Director Benjamin Lusad and his cohorts

BENEFICIARIES. This file photo shows the PNP SAF troopers who saw action in Marawi City. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Ex-SAF chief sacked as Ombudsman probe pushes forward

Apr 17, 2018 - 4:23 PM

(UPDATED) Police Director Benjamin Lusad is facing plunder and malversation cases in the Office of the Ombudsman as he allegedly failed to release funds intended as allowance for troops on the ground

SACKED. In this photo, former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad shakes the hands of troopers who were assigned in the Marawi Siege. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

WATCH: PNP's P435-M Bell helicopter takes off

Apr 16, 2018 - 2:07 PM

The helicopter is set to be used for disaster response, humanitarian deployments, and air support for ground troops

FINALLY FLYING. The PNP gets its BELL helicopter, 3 months earlier than ecpected. Rappler screengrab

Dela Rosa cries in goodbye message to PNP: 'I did everything I could'

Apr 16, 2018 - 7:48 AM

Outgoing PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa cries in thanking and apologizing to the 180,000-strong police force

IN TEARS. Outgoing PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa cries in his last Camp Crame flag raising speech. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bato dela Rosa set to bid goodbye to PNP

Apr 15, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Ronald 'Bato' dela Rosa will retire from the police service on Thursday, April 19 – the culmination of a week full of farewells

BATO'S GOODBYE. Ronald dela Rosa is set to give his last goodbyes as PNP chief this week. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-Marawi cop's new battle: Winning Miss PNP pageant

Apr 15, 2018 - 1:04 PM

'I want to promote my advocacy: counterterrorism,' says Police Officer 1 Cris Pastores, a policewoman once assigned to terror-stricken Marawi City

GANDA PULIS. Cris Pastores introduces herself to the media. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why did media cross police lines at the Cubao terror drill?

Apr 13, 2018 - 2:23 PM

Though the terror exercise – which saw incoming police chief Director Oscar Albayalde ordering the rule-breakers to cross the line – is far from reality, there could be days when the police will have it real and worse

NCRPO CHIEF. Oscar Albayalde at a House of Representatives. HOR photo

Police, media 'repeat' 2010 Luneta hostage crisis mistake in Cubao terror drill

Apr 12, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Cameramen cross police lines to shoot the climax of a simulated terror attack. Police respond too late.

FAMILIAR FORMATION? Quezon City Police District operatives surround a hostaged bus, the same way police did in the 2010 Luneta hostage-taking crisis. DARREN LANGIT

Filipino couple amasses at least P900M in alleged Bitcoin scam

Apr 10, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) According to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Director Roel Obusan, the scam is structured like a pyramid scheme but with electronic money

Incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde aims to discipline police force

Apr 07, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The 180,000-strong Philippine National Police is expected to experience Police Director Oscar Albayalde's much talked-about brand of strictness when he takes over the top post in Camp Crame

ON THE GROUND. Incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde inspects the police security for the 30th ASEAN Summit near the CCP Complex in Pasay City on April 26, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Albayalde to retain Oplan Tokhang when he becomes PNP chief

Apr 06, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Albayalde says he will not introduce a new drug war policy in the PNP as he believes the current campaign has yielded 'very good' results

TOKHANG LIVES ON. Incoming police chief Oscar Albayalde will not introduce a new drug campaign policy in the PNP. File photo from House of Representatives

Why call Duterte's anti-drug campaign a 'war'? – UP professor

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'When you call it a war, there are certain things that people are more willing to accept,' says UP professor Clarissa David

PUBLIC PERCEPTION. UP professor Clarissa David says the language media use in their reports help shape public perception.  File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Children, due process died in Duterte drug war – Human rights group

Apr 05, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The CLRDC records 54 minors killed in just the first year of President Duterte's war on drugs

DEAD AT 17. Kian delos Santos was killed by police in an anti-illegal drugs operation in August 2017. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Año: No-tattoo rule protects cops' image as 'role models'

Apr 04, 2018 - 12:37 PM

'We want our police to look dignified, wearing proper uniform, and with no tattoos,' says DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año

DILG OIC. DILG Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año, former military chief, joins other security officials in opposing proposals to lift the no-tattoo requirement for aspiring cops.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Caloocan has criminal group 'fond of shooting' people – PNP chief

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:54 PM

'Meron talagang grupo d'yan na malapit na, mahuli rin yan, ma-engkwentro rin ng pulis 'yan na mahilig mamaril ng mga pushers or kahit na hindi pushers,' says PNP chief Dela Rosa

POLICE CHIEF. Ronald Dela Rosa at the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

War on drugs: Police kill 7, arrest 811 during Holy Week 2018

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:56 AM

The killings and arrests are done under anti-illegal drugs raids and buy-busts as Oplan Tokhang was suspended during the holidays

Police generals won't be spared in Albayalde's sacking spree

Mar 31, 2018 - 1:45 PM

NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde says he would fire non-performing district directors under his supervision

NCRPO CHIEF. Director Oscar Albayalde at the resumption of the joint hearing of the House Committees on Public Order and Safety, Games and Amusement, and Tourism on the RWM tragedy. File photo courtesy of House of Representatives

Special board created to probe PNP Academy beatings

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The team is organized by the Philippine Public Safety College, which oversees the Philippine National Police Academy

ISOLATED CASE? Philippine National Police Academy cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

PNP: Academy beatings violate anti-hazing law

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:18 AM

But the Philippine National Police says it will not initiate a criminal investigation into a PNP Academy beating that supposedly happened in 2017, adding that the Philippine Public Safety College should start the probe

ACADEMY BEATING. PNPA cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

Caloocan police chief sacked over 'unsolved' cases

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo is relieved from his post as Caloocan City police chief

SACKED. Senior Superintendent Jemar Modequillo is relieved from his post. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte wants more Muslims to join police, military

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:07 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says there should be more Muslims in the Philippine National Police Academy and the Philippine Military Academy

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte encourages more Muslims to join the police force. Malacañang Photo

Duterte to review more drugs cases dismissed by DOJ – Dela Rosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 11:36 AM

Top cop Dela Rosa clarifies that President Duterte will only go over high-profile drugs cases

PNP taps Grab drivers in war vs riding-in-tandem shooters

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:42 AM

The move comes as the PNP wages a war against riding-in-tandem shooters

ROAD SAFETY. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa puts a sticker to a Grab vehicle to certify its driver as a road safety ambassador. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

U.S., PH form anti-transnational crimes unit to battle child abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit is composed of 22 US-trained Philippine cops

US-TRAINED. The Philippine Transnational Crimes Investigation Unit undergoes a three-week training course in Georgia, USA. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

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

Manila cop claims he fell then accidentally shot child to death

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:05 PM

PO2 Omar Malinao initially claimed he fired a warning shot, but his version of events has now changed

MINOR KILLED. Aldrin Pineda, 13, was shot and killed by a masked man on March 3, 2018. His mother, Michelle Pineda claims a policeman is responsible for his killing. File photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

UN probers need Duterte clearance for drug war documents – Dela Rosa

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:05 AM

(UPDATED) Seeking the President's nod before sharing drug war documents is not new in the PNP under Director General Ronald dela Rosa

DUTERTE NOD NEEDED. PNP chief Ronald del Rosa says he would ask for Duterte's order to share documents before he shares drug war documents with any UN investigator. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler