Philippine National Police

PNP admits fault in 'weak' drug case vs Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa

Mar 19, 2018 - 2:10 PM

This is a change of tune for Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa, who earlier slammed the Department of Justice panel and called on them to use their 'conscience'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa admits they are also at fault for filing a weak case against Peter Lim, Kerwin Espinosa, and their accomplices. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

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

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Committing abuse just made easier

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:53 AM

A new law, Republic Act 10973, gives the PNP chief and the two top CIDG bosses the power to issue subpoenas. It threatens our rights, and urging vigilance while just waiting for abuse to happen isn't enough.

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

IN PHOTOS: PNP Academy's Lakans, Lakambinis come home

Mar 18, 2018 - 4:36 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy holds its annual alumni homecoming at Camp Marcelo Castañeda in Silang, Cavite

HOMECOMING. PNPA alumni take a class photo at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite. All photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police heroes remembered at PNPA Alumni Homecoming 2018

Mar 18, 2018 - 1:24 PM

'You are standing on sacred grounds,' says DILG officer in charge Eduardo Año

LAST SALUTE. PNPA chief Joseph Adnol (center) leads the wreath laying ceremony for fallen PNPA alumni. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PNPA alumni adopt PNP chief Dela Rosa, Senator Ejercito

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:09 PM

National Capital Region Police Office chief Oscar Albayalde also joins Dela Rosa and Ejercito as the newest 'adopted' alumni of the PNPA

The week in photos: March 10-16, 2018

Mar 17, 2018 - 2:12 PM

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

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / A wounded Syrian man waits for treatment at a makeshift clinic during Syrian government air strikes on Zamalka, in the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus on March 13, 2018. More than 1,180 civilians have been killed since regime forces on February 18 launched an air and ground assault on the enclave, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says. Eastern Ghouta's 400,000 residents have been living under government siege since 2013, facing severe food and medecine shortages even before the latest assault. / AFP PHOTO / AMER ALMOHIBANY

Duterte on ICC, CIDG on Kerwin Espinosa, Stephen Hawking dies | Evening wRap

Mar 14, 2018 - 9:35 PM

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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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 14, 2018

Mar 14, 2018 - 1:15 PM

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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

Alejano to Dela Rosa: Craft rules for subpoena powers

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Gary Alejano, a soldier-turned-legislator, is among the sponsors of the now-controversial law that returns to the police the power to issue subpoenas

CONSCIENCE? Gary Alejano, among the authors of a bill that restored subpoena powers to the PNP, says an IRR must be crafted. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Subpoena powers should remain with judiciary, says PNP law author Pimentel

Mar 13, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Republic Act 10973, Pimentel says, reduces the power of the judiciary and puts Filipinos' right to security at risk

NO ABUSE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa earlier vowed that they will use their 'conscience' in issuing subpoenas. PNP PIO file photo

Malacanang on Peter Lim, Barangay & SK elections postponement, Umali on articles of impeachment | Evening wRap

Mar 13, 2018 - 8:18 PM

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No abuse of PNP subpoena powers? How the police will do it

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:07 PM

While PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa vows to stick to the law, grave concern remains because of police abuses in the past, especially during Martial Law

COPS AT THE DOOR. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

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

Ex-cop arrested in drug entrapment operation in Batangas City

Mar 13, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Police Officer 2 Kristofferson Reyes was dismissed from the service in 2016, Batangas City police say

ARRESTED. Police arrest a former colleague and another suspect for alleged possession of illegal drugs in Batangas City.

PNP subpoena powers only for 'extreme' circumstances – Roque

Mar 12, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'It would not be resorted [to] as often as people might expect.... It's not going to be a common thing,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa (Center), Benjamin Magalong ( 2nd-Left), Francisco Uyami (2nd-R), Chief Supt. Fernando Mendez Jr. (Left) and PC/SUPT Keith Ernald Siñgian (Right) Photo by DARREN LANGIT

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

Cops arrest alleged scammer claiming to be Duterte's relative

Mar 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Jose Matias, who calls himself 'Attorney Jose Roa Matias II,' allegedly claimed to be President Rodrigo Duterte's relative so he could extort money from would-be barangay officials

'PEOPLE'S CONGRESS?' Jose Matias, who has been claiming to be a relative of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, is nabbed by police. Screenshot from a CLTV36 news report

Lacson defends CIDG subpoena law: Read it first

Mar 11, 2018 - 4:50 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson, former chief of the Philippine National Police and author of the now-controversial law, says a person's rights are still in place

SUBPOENA POWER BACK. The CIDG is the PNP's premiere investigative unit. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why PNP's new subpoena powers threaten our rights

Mar 11, 2018 - 1:40 PM

'It is so unfair and unjust. Marcosian ito, at bumabalik na tayo,' says human rights lawyer Edre Olalia

OPLAN TOKHANG. Cops go around Muntinlupa City to knock and plead with drug suspects to surrender. Photo by Adrian Portugal/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

Women in the police force

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Once they’ve managed to break the barrier, the next challenge is to be sent to the field as most policewomen are assigned to do administrative work

Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

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

Alleged Maute subleader, member arrested in Manila

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Suspected Maute Group subleader Nasser Lomondot and member Rizasalam Lomondot are charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition as well as explosives

Davao City does anti-terror drills for possible Maute attacks

Feb 28, 2018 - 1:18 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says the terrorist Maute group wants to retaliate for the setback it got in Marawi City, that's why it is targeting other cities in Mindanao

SIMULATED HOSTAGE-TAKING. The Philippine National Police launches Southern Storm, a series of an anti-terror drills, in Davao City on February 28, 2018. The drills, which will be done in other Mindanao cities, aims to strengthen inter-agency cooperation. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

China’s illegal entry in Benham Rise, Roque on People Power, Pimentel on Duterte-Carpio | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

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'Marawi part 2' possible in major Mindanao cities – Dela Rosa

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa calls for calm, saying cops will hold simulation exercises nationwide to prepare for terror attacks

MARAW PART 2? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks at a press conference in Camp Crame. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP begins hunt for Joanna Demafelis' recruiters

Feb 26, 2018 - 11:43 AM

Police search for the people behind Our Lady of Mt Carmel Global E-Human Resources, Incorporated – the recruiting agency which sent Joanna Demafelis to Kuwait

MOURNING. Jessica Demafelis, sister of OFW Joanna Demafelis, is comforted by government officials as she breaks down and cry upon seeing the crate containing her sister as it arrives from Kuwait at the cargo terminal of the NAIA in Paranaque City on February 16, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa: Killers of PNP's Arthur Masungsong turn out to be NPA members

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:21 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says this is the first time he has heard communist guerrillas engaging in kidnaps-for-ransom

KILLED. Superintendent Arthur Masungsong was killed in a kidnap rescue operation against apparent NPA members. PNP photo

Police arrest widow of Jemaah Islamiyah leader Marwan

Feb 25, 2018 - 2:21 PM

(UPDATED) Police arrest members of the Dongon family, including Juromee Dongon, the widow of the late JI leader Marwan, in two separate operations

Conclusion: Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 25, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A holistic solution is necessary. There is a need to address the problems of overcrowding, the lack of qualified personnel, and the inadequacy of resources.

Open letter to Director General Ronald dela Rosa

Feb 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Being a BuCor chief, and with your closeness to the President, you will be in the best position to advocate for small regional prisons

PNP to recruit 2,500 SAF troopers

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the new commandos will be tasked to prevent terrorist attacks in the country

'TAGALIGTAS'. PNP-SAF troopers deployed to Marawi get a heroes' welcom as they walk to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Forever PNP chief? There are 'better officers' to replace me – Dela Rosa

Feb 22, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Ronald dela Rosa says he would rather step down sooner than be PNP chief 'indefinitely' so other 'better' generals could take on the position

WHO'S NEXT? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks to reporters at the PMA homecoming in Baguio City. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

U.S. intel saying Duterte a threat an 'opinionated assessment' – PNP chief

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:59 PM

National police chief Ronald dela Rosa says they can also easily say that the United States is a threat to Philippine democracy

Duterte on Ranada, Lorenzana on PSG, Napolcom on Dela Rosa | Evening wRap

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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WATCH: A day with an Oplan Tokhang team

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Rappler joins an Oplan Tokhang team to see how the project has changed

OPLAN TOKHANG. Police visit a drug suspect deep in the slum areas of Muntinlupa City. Rappler screengrab

Dela Rosa vows to serve Duterte until his last breath

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:51 PM

President Duterte wants him to finish what they have started in the fight against illegal drugs, says PNP chief Dela Rosa

MIXED FEELINGS. File photo of PNP Chief Director General Ronald de la Rosa who appointment was extended again. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Dela Rosa's term as PNP chief can be extended indefinitely – Napolcom

Feb 21, 2018 - 4:06 PM

(UPDATED) Napolcom Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao tells Rappler that under 'present conditions', Ronald dela Rosa can serve as long as the President wants him to, even indefinitely

PNP CHIEF LONGER? Napolcom says the unlifted state of national emergency allows Duterte to extend Dela Rosa as PNP chief for as long as he wants. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 21, 2018

Feb 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and newly-appointed Presidential Security Group (PSG) Commander Colonel Lope Dagoy witness the program proper during the Change of Command Ceremony at the PSG Compound in Malacañang Park on March 23, 2017. ROLANDO MAILO/ Presidential Photo

Police, volunteers haul out 50 kilos of trash from Batangas waters

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:08 AM

The cleanup team collects 43 sacks of garbage, including discarded luggage and old clothes

CLEAN-UP DRIVEVolunteer divers gear up for the activity. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta/Rappler

Duterte to extend Dela Rosa's term 'a little bit longer'

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:45 PM

'I would need somebody still to continue with the reforms,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, explaining why he wants to further extend the term of Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joins Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Philippine National Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa during the turnover ceremony of the 20 units of Mitsubishi Montero Patrol Vehicles at Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr. in Cebu City on February 12, 2018. Also in the photo are Department of Interior and Local Government Officer-in-Charge Eduardo Año Jr. and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO