Tondo Manila - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Tondo Manila


'Some People Need Killing' | Part 1

Jun 03, 2019 - 9:37 AM

How a Manila gang finds the license to kill

Tondo bettor wins Grand Lotto 6/55 P210 million jackpot

May 29, 2019 - 1:09 PM

The lucky wager is cast in a stall in Manuguit, Tondo

IN PHOTOS: Grace Poe's star-studded Tondo miting de avance

May 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Megastar Sharon Cuneta, Coco Martin of ‘Ang Probinsiyano,’ and the Itchyworms are in attendance

ENDORSE. Ang Probinsyano star Coco Martin endorses 'ate' Grace Poe's Senate bid. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Antitrust body files case against a condo, mass housing developer

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) 8990 Holdings subsidiary Urban Deca Homes is found violating the Philippine Competition Act by preventing its clients in a Manila property from choosing their own internet service provider

PODCAST | Beyond Tondo: An LGBTQ leader's wait for equality

Mar 22, 2019 - 5:30 PM

In Manila, members of the LGBT community find acceptance through service – but how can their small victories be celebrated outside their bubble?

Bogus priest arrested in Tondo, Manila

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:08 PM

His victims say they got suspicious with the fake cleric when they saw him slipping the cash donations he received between the pages of the Bible he carried

Photo from MPD

Meet the ‘kagaywads’: How Tondo’s LGBT leaders find acceptance

Feb 04, 2019 - 4:57 PM

For some LGBT leaders in Tondo, public service is the only way to gain acceptance and respect

KAGAYWADS. LGBT kagawads of District 1 in Tondo offer free salon services for senior citizens on Friday, February 1. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler

Members of Tondo group accused of vigilante killings still walk free

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:18 PM

In the conclusion of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, a self-confessed vigilante says Police Superintendent Robert Domingo is just 'a tool for Tondo' and that someone higher is involved

'It's War' | Conclusion

Oct 11, 2018 - 10:48 AM

'What would you call it, what do you call it if nobody dies? What else do you call it? It’s a war, a war on drugs,' says General Bato dela Rosa

Tondo village chief: Killings won't happen if people stayed home at night

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:53 PM

In the 6th of 7 stories part of the Murder in Manila series, allegations of a supposed vigilante group in Barangay 105 in Tondo raises little concern from its chairperson

'There Are Snakes Everywhere' | Part 6

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The murder of Charlie Saladaga causes little consternation. "It was nothing," says Angel. "The CSG were bragging. They were saying, ‘Look what happened. Which punk is next?’”

Vigilante on killing targets: Doesn't matter if kid or adult

Oct 09, 2018 - 4:25 PM

In part 5 of the Murder in Manila series, self-confessed vigilantes from the Confederate Sentinels Group Tondo Chapter 2 explain their methods of murder

'I Finish The Job' | Part 5

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

'They’re the CSG...They’re the ones who kill the drug users and dealers,” says one resident of Village 105

CSG founder says leadership did not order Tondo Chapter 2 to kill

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:01 PM

In part 4 of the Murder in Manila series, the Confederate Sentinels Group director tells Rappler it was the police who recruited members of the alleged vigilante group in Tondo

'What Did The CSG Do Wrong?' | Part 4

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:15 PM

CSG founder Alvin Constantino tells Rappler that CSG Inc was meant to help the nation, and in no way promotes extrajudicial killings

Vigilante says police claim their kills in Tondo

Oct 06, 2018 - 9:00 PM

In part 3 of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, sources tell Rappler that at least two suspects were killed by the police-backed Confederate Sentinels Group Tondo Chapter 2

'Get it from the chief' | Part 3

Oct 06, 2018 - 3:39 PM

'Who ends up looking good when people like Sitoy with his grenade are killed? The police. But they didn’t kill him. We just called them whenever there was a body,' says Simon

Vigilante claims Tondo police chief gave orders for drug war killings

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:55 PM

In Part 2 of the 7-part Murder in Manila series, at least 9 sources tell Rappler that the police actively supported the work of the Confederate Sentinels Group (CSG) Tondo Chapter 2

'The cops were showing off' | Part 2

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Rappler's sources claim cops had actively supported the CSG’s vigilante activities – 'They were the killing arm of the police'

Vigilante says police aware of drug war killings in Tondo

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:30 AM

EXCLUSIVE: In the first part of the series 'Some People Need Killing,' a self-confessed vigilante tells Rappler that it was impossible for local police not to know about the killings

LOOK: The house where suspects kept kidnapped Letran student

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Inside this house, the police say a 19-year-old victim was hogtied and denied food and water almost 3 days

RESIDENTIAL SAFE HOUSE? The 19-year-old Letran student was kept hogtied in one of the small rooms of this 4-story house in Balut, Tondo, Manila City. Locals say the home belongs to the family of student suspect Ferdinand dela Vega Jr. Rappler photos

Voters in Tondo hope new barangay officials can lessen drug war killings

May 14, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Because too much blood has spilled in the streets of Tondo, voters want new barangay leaders who can make positive change in their community

Tondo voters hope elected officials lessen the drug war killings. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Murder case filed vs cop who killed Tondo teenager

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:34 PM

Police Officer 2 Omar Malinao surrendered to Manila police days after the death of 13-year-old Aldrinne Pineda, but claimed it was an accidental shooting

SLAIN TEEN. Aldrinne Pineda, 13, is buried at the Manila North Cemetery on March 14, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Cop claims he shot and killed Tondo boy, surrenders

Mar 05, 2018 - 10:23 PM

PO2 Omar Malinao is in the custody of the Manila Police District Homicide section, but the MPD spokesperson says he is not yet a suspect

BARELY A TEENER. Michelle Pineda shows the school ID of her son Aldrin, who was shot dead in Tondo, Manila, on March 3, 2018. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Masked gunman kills 13-year-old Tondo boy

Mar 05, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Thirteen-year-old Aldrin Pineda was supposed to graduate from grade school in April

ANOTHER TEENER DOWN. Aldrinne Pineda, 13, was shot and killed by a masked man in  Vitas, Tondo, Manila. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

CHR recommends charges vs cops over secret jail cell in Tondo

May 10, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to guarantee the safety of the 12 detainees found inside the hidden cell

/ APRIL 28, 2017 NCRPO Chief Oscar Albayalde with Station 1 commander Supt. Roberto Domingo during inspection the alleged hidden detention cell' inside the Police Station 1 in Raxabago, Tondo, Manila. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA

CHR to look into alleged killings by Tondo cop named in Rappler report

May 03, 2017 - 5:05 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in whatever way witnesses of alleged summary killings

Kung saan nagsimula ang digmaan kontra-droga

May 02, 2017 - 7:03 PM

EXKLUSIBO: Kilala ng mga kaanak ng mga natokhang kung sino ang bumaril sa mga anak nila – at nakahanda silang pangalanan siya

Alejano to seek House probe into 'killer' cop named in Rappler report

May 02, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano will file a resolution at the House based on the investigative report which Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin says contains solid proof of state inspired mass murder

Lacson, Trillanes want Manila cop probed over killings

May 01, 2017 - 2:35 PM

The two senators react to Rappler s exclusive report identifying PO3 Ronald Alvarez as behind alleged drug related summary executions in Tondo Manila

ALVAREZ. Witnesses identify PO3 Ronald Alvarez (pictured in his younger years) as the perpetrator of summary killings under the guise of police operations. Photo from the MPD

Anger, helplessness drive kin of drug war victims to name 'killer' cop

Apr 29, 2017 - 6:50 PM

The Manila Police District says the families need to appear before police to execute an affidavit if they want the killings to be investigated

Police blame ASEAN holiday for jailed suspects without charges

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:11 PM

But those detained inside the narrow detention area claim some have been there beyond 36 hours

TONDO POLICE. Former MPD Station 1 Commander Superintendent Robert Domingo talks to the media before the CHR discovers the hidden jail cell behind the bookshelf. Photo by Eloise Lopez

Secret jail in Tondo? 'We really don’t know,' says NCR chief

Apr 28, 2017 - 1:09 PM

The police chief of Metro Manila admits the detention facility is below the PNP s standards

POLICE CHIEFS. NCRPO chief Oscar Albayalde (L) and MPD chief Joel Coronel (R) during preparations for ASEAN summit security. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 28, 2017

Apr 28, 2017 - 11:39 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Friday

CHR team finds detainees in 'secret' police cell

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED The secret cell is found hidden behind a bookshelf in Police Station 1 Tondo Manila

Witnesses name Manila policeman behind drug-related summary killings

Apr 27, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Witnesses interviewed during the 3-month investigation led by Patricia Evangelista name Police Officer 3 Ronald Alvarez of the Delpan Community Precinct as the alleged killer behind at least 4 drug-related deaths

Where the drug war began

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:35 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Families of the Philippine drug war's dead claim they know the man who shot their children – and they're willing to speak his name

IN PHOTOS: Police take war on drugs to Happyland

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:45 PM

As the war on drugs continues dozens of men are rounded up in a police operation in the city of Manila Some of them tell Rappler however that they have nothing to do with drugs

One Time Big Time Operations on Illegal Drugs conducted by Raxabago-Tondo police station 1 in Gawad Kalinga Compound in Happyland, Barangay 105 Tondo, Manila on September 24, 2016.

House to probe coal stockpile in Tondo

Sep 18, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Respiratory and skin diseases affect residents of Happyland in Tondo Manila as the nearby stockpile of Rock Energy International Corporation continues its operations

COAL STOCKPILE. Rock Energy International Corporation operates a coal stockpile facility just across Happyland, Barangay 105 in Tondo, Manila. Photo of coal stockpile from Rock Energy's Facebook page, photo of Happyland by Rappler

VLOG: Duterte caps inauguration with solidarity dinner with the poor

Jul 01, 2016 - 7:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte was supposed to have dinner in Delpan but his first Cabinet meeting finished late

Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Duterte promises radical change in campaign kick-off in Tondo

Feb 10, 2016 - 2:15 AM

The latest Laylo survey places Duterte at 3rd place

Candidates flock to Tondo fire victims to give aid

Jan 17, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Unlike other communities hit by disasters those whose houses burned down on New Year s Day get overflowing help – they know candidates want their votes

A campaign poster was hung beside religious images which survived the fire that razed over 1,000 houses in Dagupan Extension, Tondo, Manila. According to the residents, various politicans have come to their aid.

New Year fire hits 1,000 homes in Manila

Jan 01, 2016 - 8:01 AM

3rd UPDATE The fire affects around 3 000 families in Manila on the first day of 2016

NEW YEAR RAZE. Filipinos rush to get water to extinguish a fire in a residential area in Tondo, Manila on January 1. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

Fire hits container van aboard vessel in Tondo, Manila

Sep 12, 2015 - 1:49 PM

As of 1:16 pm the Manila Fire District reports the fire is still at 4th alarm

IN PHOTOS: Jordan Clarkson teaches basketball skills in Tondo

May 23, 2015 - 1:17 PM

The Fil Am Lakers guard teaches Filipino youth the fundamentals of shooting and dribbling

Photo by Josh Albelda

Tondo's Katuparan: Fulfilling malnourished children's dreams

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Ending malnutrition among children is key to finally fulfilling the dreams their parents never realized

Why toilets matter: Ending open defecation in PH

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:37 AM

Open defecation practiced by 7 million people in the Philippines is both a public health problem and a safety and dignity problem for women and girls

BETTER SANITATION. Filipino residents hold water containers as they participate in an event to mark World Toilet Day at a poor community in Manila, Philippines, November 19, 2014. Photo by Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Road widening shoos Tondo informal settlers

Apr 23, 2014 - 7:16 PM

When the road widening project is completed there will be 6 lanes each in the northbound and southbound directions

Tech is good, but learner must come first

Jan 30, 2014 - 11:25 AM

A non profit organization launches an e book project for the out of school youth in Manila