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Over 17,000 coronavirus lockdown violators arrested in PH

Mar 30, 2020 - 1:37 PM

Some 3,777 were fined and 48,273 were warned for violating what the government calls the ‘enhanced community quarantine'

LOCKDOWN. Police officers inspect vehicles at a checkpoint at the boundary of Marikina and Cainta during the start of the month-long community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Lorenzana seeks full military, police support in enforcing gov’t plan vs coronavirus

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:28 PM

The defense chief will be on top of implementing the government's policies in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic

SECURITY SECRETARIES. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (L), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año (C), and Peace Process Secretary Carlito Galvez (R), receive aid donations from China at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on March 21, 2020. Malacañang Photo

Even wakes banned during Luzon lockdown – PNP

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:37 PM

'We know that we have a culture. We have our religion. But the situation now is different,' says Philippine National Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar

LOCKDOWN. Police officers inspect vehicles and identification cards of motorists entering Metro Manila from NLEX at a checkpoint in Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City during the implementation of the community quarantine on March 15, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Crime down in Metro Manila, Central Luzon in first days of lockdown

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The two regions' police offices report lower crime volumes compared to the same days in March 2019

'GHOST TOWN.' The corner of EDSA and Kamuning on March 17, 2020 on the 3rd day of the Metro Manila lockdown. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PNP: Window hours to go out not from us, maybe from LGUs

Mar 21, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Both LGUs and the PNP are under the Department of the Interior and Local Government

LOCKDOWN. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that social distancing norms are followed. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Looting, crimes during lockdown? PNP says that's 'fake news'

Mar 20, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The Philippine National Police says people spreading 'rumors' will be arrested

WATCH: Police on patrol as coronavirus curfew begins in Pasig

Mar 16, 2020 - 7:48 AM

The goal is to get people to stay indoors from 8 pm to 5 am, to avoid catching the virus

WATCH: Swamped by traffic, cops resort to random checks

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Police in one checkpoint where hundreds pass in an hour don't check all the people going in and out of Metro Manila despite the declared 'community quarantine'

RANDOM CHECKS. Police officers man the Cavite-Las Pinas boundary along Zapote Road in Las Pinas as the monthlong community quarantine of Metro Manila starts on March 15, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] Dear PNP, this is how you write a rape prevention ad

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'Telling women not to dress a certain way, drink too much, or walk in a dark alley alone at night is just pointless'

PNP wants to arrest violators of Metro Manila lockdown

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:29 PM

Police chief Major General Debold Sinas says violators should be punished if they risk aggravating a health emergency. But the Palace has yet to release an executive order.

LOCKDOWN. High rising buildings towering in the capital region. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Cops in Metro Manila, nearby regions on full alert due to coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:49 AM

Cops will have to work overtime to respond to the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and to enforce the lockdown of Metro Manila beginning March 15

FULL ALERT. In this file photo, Quezon City police hold a briefing on August 8, 2018, in response to President Duterte's call of cleansing its ranks of scalawags. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

PNP bans cops from trips abroad amid global coronavirus outbreak

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:37 PM

The Philippine National Police is not letting cops go out of the country amid the virus outbreak

NO TRAVEL. Cops march in Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP chief Gamboa: Laguna helicopter crash an 'accident'

Mar 09, 2020 - 10:49 AM

'I am convinced nobody in his right mind would do that,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

RUINED. The crash site of the helicopter carrying PNP Chief Archie Gamboa and other police officials  in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cop under PNP chief’s office shot dead in Makati

Mar 09, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Major Jeffrey Dalson is killed on the spot by riding-in-tandem killers

LINE UP. Quezon City Police lined up during a briefing on August 8, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Critically injured police general Jovic Ramos 'still fighting,' says PNP

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:37 PM

'Police Major General Ramos was successfully resuscitated,' says Major General Benigno Durana Jr, the acting spokesman of the PNP

CRASH SITE. The helicopter carrying PNP chief Archie Gamboa and other police officials crashed in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna, on March 5, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Argao cops may face relief for not telling on chief who 'slept' with detainee

Mar 07, 2020 - 8:22 AM

There shouldn’t be blind obedience, says Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro of the Central Visayas police

ARRESTED. Argao town police chief Maor Ildefonso Miranda Jr is caught letting a female inmate sleep in his bed in their headquarters. PNP-IMEG photo.

PNP chopper that crashed has no flight recorder

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Ideally, flight recorders—known for their misnomer "black boxes"—contain flight data and the voice recording of the pilots and passengers useful for flight crash investigations

The helicopter carrying PNP Chief Archie Gamboa and other police officials crash in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Cebu town police chief arrested for 'sleeping' with female drug detainee

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:04 PM

Argao town police chief Major Ildefonso Miranda Jr is caught sharing his bed with a female detainee in his quarters

CAUGHT. This photo, which appears to be a selfie, taken on a phone, shows Argao police chief Colonel Ildefonso Miranda Jr on the same bed with a female detainee in his quarters at the municipal police station. Photo from PNP-IMEG

Duterte and our PTSD

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The hidden cost of journalism under Duterte

PNP launches probe into Laguna helicopter crash

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:19 PM

Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar will lead the probe into the helicopter crash

CRASH SITE. The helicopter carrying PNP Chief Archie Gamboa and other police officials crash in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PNP says rise in Chinese kidnappings linked to POGO worker influx

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:15 PM

PNP deputy director for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar says the increase in crime is related to the number of Chinese who have arrived here

RISE IN KIDNAPPINGS. PLtGen Guillermo Eleazar talks to the media after the hearing on the alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) in the country at the Senate on Marh 5, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Video catches takeoff, crash of helicopter carrying PNP chief Gamboa

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:50 PM

A helicopter carrying 8 passengers, including 4 police generals, crashes seconds after take off

TAKEOFF. The photo shows the Bell-429 helicopter carrying top police officials just before it crashed in San Pedro, Laguna. Screenshot from video courtesy of Renald Padrigo Taliga.

2 PNP generals in 'critical condition' after Laguna helicopter crash

Mar 05, 2020 - 12:32 PM

Major General Benigno Durana says the two generals are being 'well taken care of'

The helicopter carrying PNP Chief Archie Gamboa and other police officials crash in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Rappler Talk: What makes a good policeman?

Mar 05, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Watch the interview with Ateneo Policy Center deputy director Ariza Francisco live on Rappler at 10 am on Thursday, March 5

Helicopter carrying PNP chief Archie Gamboa crashes in Laguna

Mar 05, 2020 - 8:40 AM

(6th UPDATE) The chopper, which carried 8 passengers including top PNP officials and helicopter crew, gets entangled in a power line. Two are in critical condition.

CHOPPER CRASH. The helicopter carrying PNP chief Archie Gamboa and other police officials crashed in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna, on March 5, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Malacañang satisfied with handling of Greenhills hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:42 PM

'For as long as people are alive, we welcome it,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

HOSTAGE CRISIS. Policemen lead fired security guard Alchie Paray out the V-Mall after his surrender on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP to inspect outposts of Greenhills hostage taker's security agency

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The Philippine National Police will inspect the deployment of Safeguard Armor Security Corporation

OFFICIALS. Security officers of the Greenhills Shopping Center and SASCOR security agency apologize to the hostage taker during a a video call to the hostage taker on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

PNP backpedals, says Greenhills hostage taker is licensed guard

Mar 03, 2020 - 2:06 PM

Fired security guard Alchie Paray has a license that is not set to expire until 2021

ARRESTED. SWAT personnel escort hostage taker Alchie Paray outside of the Greenhills Shopping Center on March 2, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greenhills hostage taker has ‘no record’ of being accredited as guard – PNP

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'He is not licensed,' says San Juan police chief Colonel Jaime Santos

MONOLOGUE. Alchie Paray talks to media and onlookers after releasing his hostages at the V-Mall in San Juan on March 2, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Police, military 'helped syndicates' bring in P18.7 billion to Philippines

Mar 02, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The Bureau of Customs says couriers of dirty money working for two criminal groups were able to waltz through airport security with police and military escorts


PNP chief Gamboa overweight too, but ‘acceptable’ by police standards

Mar 02, 2020 - 11:54 AM

The Philippine National Police gives consideration for senior cops, noting that metabolism slows with age

LEADING. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa gathers the Camp Crame reserve corps for the Taal Volcano eruption in January 2020. PNP photo.

3 suspects nabbed as drug buy-bust in Bulacan yields P4M in shabu

Feb 29, 2020 - 8:24 AM

Investigators say the suspects were included in the watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

BUY-BUST. The three suspects in a drug buy-buy-bust operation in Bulacan. Photo by Randy V. Datu

Bacolod City CIDG chief arrested for extortion

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) Major Melvin Madrona, who was arrested in an entrapment operation in a cockpit, is accused of demanding P5,000 weekly 'protection money' from the owners of a KTV bar in Bacolod City

ARRESTED. A mugshot of Bacolod City CIDG chief Major Melvin Madrona following his arrest for extortion on February 27, 2020. Photo courtesy of PNP PIO

Police 'still facing blank wall' in BuCor lawyer slay probe

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Muntinlupa police officer-in-charge Colonel Hermogenes Cabe calls on witnesses and informants to help investigators track down the killers of Bureau of Corrections top lawyer Fredric Santos

LITTLE PROGRESS. The Muntinlupa City Police Office. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP Western Visayas clears Espenido of drug links

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:05 PM

This is the first step in Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido's removal from President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug list

VETTED. Jovie Espenido at the Department of Justice in Manila on August 29, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sinas recalls order profiling Muslim students in Metro Manila

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas takes back the order for police to list the names of Muslim students in Metro Manila

NEW CHIEF. Metro Manila's new police chief is coming straight from Cebu City, where he's been for the past year serving as the Central Visayas' regional director. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

Metro Manila police ‘profile’ Muslim students for anti-extremism campaign

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:49 AM

Metro Manila cops gather information on Muslim students in high school and college

IN PRAYER. Muslims pray outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila during Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Drug-listed Espenido faces probe for speaking out vs PNP

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:33 AM

PNP chief Gamboa says that all the cops included in Duterte’s drug list had been given the 'general instruction' to keep silent about the list

IN HOT WATER. Jovie Espenido during the Senate hearing on the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rapler

Espenido breaks his silence: PNP committed failure of intelligence on drug list

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido believes that PNP officials, including top cop General Archie Gamboa, have failed him in verifying information about him

DRUG-LISTED. Jovie Espenido during a Senate probe into the death of the late Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NBI, PNP reveal red flags for hotels, condominiums used as sex dens

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) The NBI says that some hotels are like ‘wet markets,’ with constant drop-off and pick-up of passengers by taxi drivers

Atty. Joel Tovera, Chief of Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation, at the senate inquiry on the sexual trafficking connected to POGO operations in the country. February 17, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte can still lose confidence in Espenido depending on intel

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

As the Commander-in-Chief, law enforcement and intelligence agencies answer to Duterte

LISTED. Jovie Espenido talks to reporters after receiving a medal for his efforts on the administration's war on drugs in 2017. Rappler screengrab.

Cop among 357 policemen on Duterte drug list already dead

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:54 AM

According to Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, the cop was recently shot dead

DUTERTE LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the fourth Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 1, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Robredo calls on PNP to punish, not tolerate, erring cops

Feb 16, 2020 - 5:45 PM

If the Philippine National Police is perceived as 'covering up' wrongdoing, people would lose trust in the institution, says Vice President Leni Robredo

PNP CHIEF. In this file photo, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa troops the line during his arrival Ceremony at Camp Crame on January 21, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP general who snatched reporter's phone promoted again

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan now holds the second highest position in the National Capital Region Police Office

ANOTHER PROMOTION. Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan is promoted once more in the Metro Manila police. PNP photo

WATCH: PNP begins weight loss campaign under Gamboa

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Cops need to lose fat before they can get promoted, says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

Public Safety Officers Basic Course Class 2020 with overweight/obesity undergo physical fitness test and body mass index evaluation at Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 13, 20120. The course is designed for police officers with highly technical qualifications like lawyers, physician, nurses, pilots, priests. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Feeling 'insulted' by media, Gamboa keeps mum on Espenido

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:54 AM

PNP chief Gamboa says he promised not to answer questions from Rappler again after it broke the story on Lieutenant Colonel Espenido being part of Duterte's drug list

'NO COMMENT.' PNP chief General Archie Gamboa refuses to address the controversy arising from drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido being included in President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

PNP allows general in Duterte drug list to retire early with benefits

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa gives cops on the Duterte drug list the chance to retire early before being investigated for administrative and criminal cases

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. Thousands of cops gather for a program in Camp Crame, the national base of the Philippine National Police. PNP photo

Cebu cop killed during botched buy-bust operation

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:48 PM



Police arrested one suspect in the shooting, and are hunting the other 2

Duterte on removing 'ninja cops': 'Just torture them until they die'

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:53 PM

'If you really love your country, do something about it. 'Di mo naman kailangang patayin eh, torture mo lang hanggang mamatay,' Duterte tells local chief executives

KILL THROUGH TORTURE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told local chief executives to target policemen who are involved in the illegal drug trade, saying they can torture them until they die. Malacañang file photo

Gamboa warns police in Duterte drug list: If you're guilty, better retire now

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa says they will not publish the names of the police on the drug list, stressing that they are innocent until proven guilty

WARNING. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa tells cops involved in the illegal drug trade to retire already. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler