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Policing the PNP: Scalawags spoil Duterte vow to end crime

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine National Police finds enemies from within

INTERNAL CLEANSING. The PNP wants to expand its 'punitive' cleansing program to 'preventive' and 'restorative' measures of weeding out crooked cops. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Police in Angono on the rack for anti-rape advice

Jul 18, 2018 - 8:21 PM

'Clothes don't cause rape, rapists do,' Senator Risa Hontiveros responds in a statement

PNP taps cops for disaster response as floods hit cities

Jul 17, 2018 - 2:45 PM

The Philippine National Police activates its disaster response units as the southwest monsoon triggers heavy rain and flooding

ACTIVATED. More cops are tapped in disaster response operations by the PNP. File photos by Ben Nabong, Kevin dela Cruz/Rappler

Want to end killings? Police need your help – PNP chief Albayalde

Jul 16, 2018 - 4:19 PM

'If only the community will take active part in the solution of crimes, and crime prevention for that matter, probably mawawala itong sinasabi nating mga killings,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Cram. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Nueva Ecija mayor Bote killed over P96-M ecotourism contract – PNP

Jul 16, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Mayor Ferdinand Bote was allegedly ordered killed by a certain Christian Saquilabon over a project for the Minalungao National Park in General Tinio

CONTRACT PROBLEMS? General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page

Why PNP pulled out Trillanes' police security

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The Philippine National Police says it is conducting a 'comprehensive review' of its security details

SECURED AGAIN. The PNP sends back 2 cops to guard Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

National Youth Commission sees fitness as way to prevent drug use

Jul 15, 2018 - 10:21 PM

In its recently launched program, the National Youth Commission taps police to serve as 'big brothers' or fitness coaches for young people across the country

Skyler Abatayo case: 4 cops sacked as probe begins

Jul 14, 2018 - 10:07 AM

The 4 anti-drug cops tested negative for gunpowder traces, but this does not get them completely off the hook, says the Philippine National Police

'JUSTICE FOR SKYLER'. Four cops have been sacked following the death of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo, killed by a stray bullet just after studying at home. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Trillanes says PNP removed his security escorts

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I'm a fatalist. I know God has a plan… Sa akin, ganito lang: Subukan lang nila. Kilala ko si Duterte by now. Duwag ‘yan,' says the opposition senator

Sen. Trillanes press con denying the bank accounts PRRD accused him of having. The senator is seen showing the members of the media the waivers he signed and copies of the supposed to be bank accounts. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cebu City police chief sure cops did not fire gun that killed Skyler

Jul 13, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Cebu City chief Royina Garma says the stray bullet that took the life of 4-year-old Skyler Abatayo is not from a police pistol

CONFIDENT. Superintendent Royina Garma is sure police did not fire the gun which killed Skyler Abatayo. Photo from Cebu City Police Office Facebook page

Policemen in Kian delos Santos case to take witness stand

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:34 PM

Policemen have to answer eyewitness testimonies that accuse them of shooting to death a kneeling teen. PO3 Arnel Oares will be up first.

KIAN TRIAL. File photo of the accused policemen PO1 Jeremias Pereda, PO1 Jerwin Cruz and PO3 Arnel Oares (L-R) in a Senate investigation into the Kian delos Santos slay case. Photo by Rappler

Skyler Abatayo hit by stray bullet after doing school assignment

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:58 PM

The four-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-drug operation in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City

KILLED. 3-year-old Skyler Abatayo was killed by a stray bullet from an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

PNP launches manhunt for mastermind in Mayor Bote slay

Jul 12, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde announces that a manhunt is on for the person who allegedly ordered the killing of General Tinio Mayor Ferdinand Bote

AMBUSHED. General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote was shot dead in Cabanatuan City. Photo from Mabuhay Papaya LGU Facebook page

PNP denies Sotto request to allow De Lima hearings in jail

Jul 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police says it is up to the court to decide on any matter related to Senator Leila de Lima's exercise of legislative functions

Detained senator Leila De Lima arrives at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court for a hearing on June 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Office of Senator De Lima

Drug war to deter rape? 16 cops in 8 cases — study

Jul 11, 2018 - 12:57 PM

All in all there are 13 recorded cases of abuse against women by cops since the start of the anti-illegal drugs campaign, says the Center for Women's Resources

SERVE AND PROTECT. Cops get involved in rape cases despite a thrust against sexual crimes. Police photo by Darren Langit/Rappler; Shutterstock photos

4-year-old killed by stray bullet from Cebu City anti-drug operation

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Police say Skyler Abatayo was killed by a bullet from drug suspects and not from cops, but this has yet to be proven by a ballistics examination

KILLED. Four-year-old Skyler Abatayo was slain by a stray bullet from an anti-illegal drugs operation in Cebu City. Photo from Abatayo's Facebook page.

Over 6,000 cops, 600 soldiers to secure 2018 SONA

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Authorities say they have not monitored any threats related to President Rodrigo Duterte's 3rd State of the Nation Address on July 23

GUARDED. Thousands of security forces will guard Duterte's third SONA.

Vice Mayor Lubigan killed after revealing plan to run for mayor – PNP

Jul 09, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Politics is a 'strong motive' in the killing of Trece Martires, Cavite Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan

SHOT DEAD. Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alex Lubigan is shot dead on July 7, 2018. Photo from Vice Mayor Lubigan's Facebook Page

Albayalde orders crackdown on gun-for-hire, private armed groups

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The order of Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde follows the series of killings of local officials in the country

TOP COP. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a Camo Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Slain Tanauan mayor Antonio Halili buried

Jul 08, 2018 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) Relatives, friends, and hundreds of supporters march in a funeral procession for the late mayor, who was shot dead on July 2

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Activists slam arrest of 13 church, dev't workers in GenSan

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:32 PM

'These individuals were arrested with no weapon on them but their laptops, pens, and papers,' says Deacon Allan Khen Apus of Iglesia Filipina Independiente and convenor of Movement Against Tyranny-Northern Mindanao

DEFIANT. Development workers arrested in General Santos City. Photo courtesy of Karapatan Northern Mindanao Region

Senate probe sought into PNP's P1.89-B Mahindra purchase

Jul 06, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Senator Grace Poe, who called for the probe, says former interior secretary Mar Roxas will be invited to the hearing

COA flags the PNP's purchase of 2,054 Mahindra vehicles in 2015. The PNP completely blames the DBM despite taking an active role in the procurement

Negros Occidental execs urge PNP to solve mayors' killings

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:53 AM

'If the PNP can’t protect the mayors, how can the ordinary people feel secure?' says Victorias City Mayor Francis Frederick Palanca, chairman of the Association of Chief Executives

LOCAL CHIEFS. Mayors in Negros Occidental strongly condemn the killings of local chief executives in the country. Photo courtesy of Teresa D. Ellera

Sotto to PNP: Allow De Lima to hold committee hearings in jail

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) 'As the Senate President, I am giving Senator De Lima full authority to discharge her duties as chair of the committee,' says Senate President Vicente Sotto III in a letter to PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

VISIT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Leila de Lima inside the PNP Custodial Center, where De Lima is detained. Photo from the Office of the Senate President

CHR: Makati cops in strip-search video violated Anti-Torture Act

Jul 05, 2018 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine National Police 'to open a transparent investigation' to hold the perpetrators accountable

Police reenactment: Halili gunman shot him from bushes

Jul 05, 2018 - 2:52 PM

The police reenact the broad daylight killing of the slain mayor of Tanauan City

GUNMAN'S SPOT. Rennactment of Antonio Halili's murder

PNP fires 4 cops in strip-search video

Jul 05, 2018 - 1:10 PM

The viral video shows the cops chuckling as they strip-searched drug suspects in Makati City

STRICT LEADERSHIP. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during a press conference in Camp Crame. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mayor Halili had unresolved dispute with 'former general' – Albayalde

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:27 AM

(UPDATED) Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde says Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili had a dispute with a 'high-ranking former general,' but he is not aware of the nature of the disagreement

KILLED. A life-size standee of Mayor Antonio Halili is displayed in his wake. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

'Well-planned' Mayor Halili killing leaves PNP with no suspect

Jul 04, 2018 - 7:02 PM

'For sure, it was planned...It was well-planned,' says Calabarzon police chief Edward Carranza on the killing of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili

NO SUSPECT. A 'sniper hole' believed to be fashioned by Mayor Antonio Halili's assassin. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

PNP points to 3 suspects in killing of Nueva Ecija mayor Bote

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Central Luzon police asks the help of the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to 'study and enhance' the video clips to get a clear look of the faces of the suspects and the features of their motorcycle

CAUGHT ON CAMERA. Mayor Ferdinand Bote is shot dead just after leaving the Cabanatuan City office of the National Irrigation Administration. Rappler screenshot

What went wrong: PNP’s P1.89-B Mahindra vehicles purchase

Jul 04, 2018 - 12:03 PM

COA flags the PNP's purchase of 2,054 Mahindra vehicles in 2015. The PNP completely blames the DBM despite taking an active role in the procurement.

COA flags the PNP's purchase of 2,054 Mahindra vehicles in 2015. The PNP completely blames the DBM despite taking an active role in the procurement

3 'persons of interest' in Mayor Antonio Halili's killing – PNP

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Police will also re-enact the killing of Tanauan Mayor Antonio Halili to see if further details can be picked up

SHOT DEAD. Mayor Antonio Halili's wake at his Tanauan City home. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Drug war: Killings continue, but fewer at police hands

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Did the PNP promise less blood? Yes, and the numbers show it. The question now: Could it be bloodless?

DEATHS REMAIN. Suspects are still found to be fighting back in police operations. Photos by Rambo Talabong/Rappler and Noel Celis/AFP

Basilan barangay captain caught keeping illegal drugs, firearms

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Adzhar Macrohon, chairman of Barangay Bato in Lamitan City, is arrested in an early morning drug raid by the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency

ARRESTED. Barangay Bato, Lamitan City chairman Adzhar Macrohon is facing illegal possession of firearms and explosives, and possession of illegal drugs charges. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

NCRPO launches hotline for reports on erring cops, crimes

Jun 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

The National Capital Region Police Office assures the public of prompt response to reports and complaints made through its official hotline

NCRPO HOTLINES. TOp col Director General Osar Albayalde (2nd, left) and NCPRO director Cief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar at the launch of the Team-NCRPO official hotlines on June 29, 2018. Photo from NCRPO

CA allows policeman to testify in Jee Ick Joo slay

Jun 28, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Senior Police Officer Roy Villegas can testify against his fellow policemen linked to the 2016 murder of the South Korean businessman

MURDERED KOREAN. Choi Kyung Jin (foreground), widow of murdered South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo (in photo), bows in front of a portrait of her late husband during a memorial service on February 6, 2017. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Where Philippine cops go unpunished, just recycled

Jun 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Under the Duterte administration, the Philippine National Police introduces a pattern: reinstating cops who have been dismissed, accused of wrongdoing or dragged into scandals

RECYCLING? Cops sacked during controversies return with positions in the PNP. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

Police step up security in Boracay

Jun 28, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The 118-strong policemen of the Boracay police sub-station is augmented by more than 500 personnel of the Metro Boracay Police Task Force

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down one month into the closure order. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Duterte not yet blaming anyone for Samar 'misencounter'

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:35 PM

While President Rodrigo Duterte attributes the mishap to 'Murphy's law,' he wants the Philippine Army to accompany him to the site of the incident as a show of 'camaraderie' for the killed cops

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected barangay captains of Region IV-A (CALABARZON) at the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on June 14, 2018, reiterates his call to the barangay officials to protect and serve their constituents. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Another Metro Manila police general fired just days after assuming post

Jun 26, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Eastern Police District chief Alfred Corpus is placed under the office of the chief of the Philippine National Police

DND, DILG to probe Samar ‘misencounter’ – Año

Jun 26, 2018 - 1:47 PM

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of National Defense will look into the incident in Villareal, Samar, that left 6 policemen dead

JOINT PROBE. DIL OIC Eduardo Año says the investigation into the Samar misencounter between the military and the police will also determine how to avoid a similar incident from happening. Photo by Darren Langit

6 cops killed, 9 wounded in ‘misencounter' with Army in Samar

Jun 25, 2018 - 8:16 PM

(4th UPDATE) The army is reportedly conducting a 'big operation' in Barangay San Roque, Santa Rita town, when a team of the Samar Provincial Police goes into the area without coordinating

PNP chief Albayalde urges citizens to report abusive cops

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:17 PM

Albayalde also calls on police chiefs and station commanders to supervise their subordinates, especially new cops, to lessen any potential instances of abuse

ALBAYALDE. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Jun 25, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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How Genesis Argoncillo died, according to fellow detainees

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Several detainees recount the night when their cellmate, Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo, was beaten to death inside Quezon City Police District Station 4. They all clear cops of involvement.

DETAINEE WITNESSES. Quezon City Police District Station 4 detainees speak to cops on the killing of Genesis Argoncillo. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

CCTV in Genesis Argoncillo's detention cell broken on day of killing

Jun 22, 2018 - 7:28 PM

Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo is believed to have been beaten to death by co-detainees on June 19

BROKEN CCTV. The detention cell where Genesis Argoncillo was beaten to death has a CCTV camera, but it does not function. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Genesis Argoncillo killed by fellow detainees – QC police

Jun 22, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Two detainees are now facing murder charges over the death of Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo

DEATH IN DETENTION. Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo dies under the watch of the Quezon City Police District. Photo from Marilou Argoncillo's Facebook page

PNP got the wrong guy – grandma of accused in Fr Nilo murder

Jun 22, 2018 - 10:18 AM

Elena Matias, grandmother of the accused Adell Milan, says the PNP’s facial sketch will show that her grandson does not look like the suspect at all

MY GRANDSON. Elena Matias holds a photo of her grandson Adell Milan, alleged suspect in the killing of Fr Richmond Nilo. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Albayalde sacks station commander over Genesis Argoncillo death

Jun 21, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Quezon City Police Station 4 Commander Carlito Grijaldo is sacked following the death of Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo, who had been under detention

RELIEF ORDER. PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during a Camp Crame press conference. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Metro Manila police chief sacks guard on duty when Genesis Argoncillo died

Jun 21, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar decides to sack Police Officer 3 Dennis Saño after being shown photos and the death certificate of Genesis 'Tisoy' Argoncillo

RELIEF ORDER. Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar sacks the jail guard on duty when Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo died. Photo by Angie de Silva