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Cop dies in training for dream to be SAF trooper

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Before he died in a PNP SAF training course, Manny Jose Baldonado actively shared photos of him training for his dream to become a commando

ONE COP LOST. Manny Jose Baldonado dies at 27 years old. Photo from Baldonado's Facebook page

Singapore PM promotes heir apparent before power transfer

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat, 57, will become deputy prime minister from May 1. He will retain his post as finance minister and act as premier in Lee's absence.

NEW POST. In this file photo, Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivers a keynote address at the 8th World Bank-Singapore infrastructure Finance Summit in Singapore on April 5, 2018. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Canada's new caregiver program raises more questions than answers

Mar 19, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Since the Canadian government has not laid out the criteria for the new program, it has raised a lot of uncertainty about who will qualify for it

NEW PROGRAM. Care workers attend an information session about the Trudeau government's new caregiver program. Photo by Marites Sison

Canada's new caregiver program falls short of expectations – migrant worker groups

Mar 13, 2019 - 2:33 PM

'We still don’t have permanent resident status on arrival, which is needed to get at the cause of exploitation in our work,' says the Caregivers' Action Centre

PERMANENT STATUS NOW. Supporters hold a rally at the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s headquarters in Toronto, urging the Canadian government to grant permanent status upon landing to migrant workers. File photo from The Origami Magazine

Trump warns conservatives against 'socialist nightmare'

Mar 03, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) 'We believe in the American dream, not in the socialist nightmare,' says United States President Donald Trump

'SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE.' President Donald Trump says the US will never be a socialist country. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

PNP gets biggest batch of women recruits in SAF history

Feb 26, 2019 - 11:24 AM

The Philippine National Police Special Action Force gets 172 women in its first batch of recruitment for 2019, surpassing its previous record in 2014 when they recruited 54 women

MORE WOMEN. The PNP SAF gets 112 men and 172 women for its first batch of recruitment in 2019. PNP SAF photo

Politicos register for Thailand's first election since 2014 coup

Feb 04, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The registration is marked by a festive atmosphere, with supporters of dozens of groups waving neon banners and party flags as they enter a stadium in central Bangkok

REGISTRATION. A supporter displays a placard of Action Coalition for Thailand party candidate Man Charoenwan, depicted as 'Superman' during registration with the election commission in Bangkok on February 4, 2019. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

It's possible: 'Mission: Impossible' gets go signal for two more films

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Tom Cruise will be back in action on July 2021 and August 2022

IN PHOTOS: Remembering #SAF44, 4 years later

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:58 PM

'It has been 4 years since the tragedy jolted the national police and the entire nation, but the pain brought by this loss has lingers in our hearts,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Change.org petition: ‘No to lowering age of criminal responsibility’

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The petition, started by Child’s Right Network and the Philippine Action for Youth Offenders, asks Congress to withdraw the bill seen as a threat to children's rights

PETITION. Rights groups started a petition asking the Philippine Congress to withdraw its bill lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old.

Singapore former gov't stalwart seeks to form new party

Jan 18, 2019 - 2:21 PM

Analysts say the move by Tan Cheng Bock could represent a challenge to the government's dominance of the political system

NEW PARTY? Tan Cheng Bock, a former stalwart of Singapore's long-ruling government and ex-presidential candidate says he is seeking to form a new party ahead of elections expected as early as this year. File photo by Mohd Fyrol/AFP

PNP gets operations man as new SAF chief

Jan 16, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Chief Superintendent Amando Empiso spent his early years in service in the Special Action Force

15 U.N. Climate Action awardees honored at COP24

Dec 15, 2018 - 3:43 PM

UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa says the winning climate projects are 'activities [that] shine a light on scalable climate action around the world'

WOMEN FOR RESULTS. Syria's 'Yalla Let's Bike' (Come on Let's Bike), one of UN Climate Action winners in Women for Results category, is an initiative that aims to defy traditional gender roles, combat overcrowded streets, and promote bicycling as a healthy and eco-friendly mode of transportation. Photo courtesy of UNFCCC.

Civil society groups condemn ban on colleagues at COP24

Dec 09, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'People are demanding climate action from our governments and should be supported for doing so. The Polish government is afraid to see the reality that also they need to act,' says CAN Europe director Wendel Trio

COP24. Protesters are pictured during a march for the climate on sidelines of the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit on December 8, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

PNP deploys SAF after Duterte order vs ‘lawless violence’

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:30 PM

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde also fends off criticism that the order may be prelude to military rule across the country, saying it 'has nothing to do with martial law'

SAF TROOPERS. PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde says companies from the PNP Special Action Force have been deployed and realigned to Samar, Bicol, and Negros Island. Rappler file photo

Groups urge government to 'immediately' pass Zero Hunger Bill

Oct 26, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Many Filipinos are no longer able to afford food that would properly nourish themselves and their families, says FIAN Philippines president and National Food Coalition convener Aurea Teves

HUNGER. FIAN Philippines, the National Food Coalition, along with farmers and fishermen groups, call on the government to act urgently to eradicate hunger in the country by 2030 by passing the proposed Zero Hunger Bill or the Right to Adequate Food Framework Bill. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] Societal transformation: The road to 1.5°C target for PH

Oct 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Climate action is far more than just disaster resilience

Senators' election plans bog down Trabaho bill – think tank

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:44 PM

The Action for Economic Reforms says Senator Sonny Angara can pass on the Trabaho bill to other lawmakers if he fears the measure will hurt his reelection bid

Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill

Oct 07, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The bill is among those put forward by the government in recent months in a bid to meet demands by the international Financial Action Task Force

The week in photos: September 15-21, 2018

Sep 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

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

BABY STEPS. People walk on a path covered with sand and debris in the low-lying coastal village of Lei Yue Mun in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut in Hong Kong on September 17, 2018. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

'Big blow against impunity': Human rights groups welcome Palparan conviction

Sep 17, 2018 - 3:08 PM

The court finds the former army general Jovito Palparan, who was nicknamed 'berdugo' (The Butcher), guilty of kidnapping and illegal detention of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan

Militants hold a protest during the promulgation of former Army General Jovito Palparan at the Bulacan RTC on September 17, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Food crisis, inflation due to lack of gov't direction – groups

Sep 14, 2018 - 2:55 PM

'This government must recognize that there is a food crisis largely because of the lack of leadership in food, agriculture, and fisheries governance,' says Hazel Tanchuling of Rice Watch and Action Network

Climate action could add $26 trillion to world economy – study

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:59 PM

The shift would involve change in 5 key areas: the development of clean energy systems, improved urban planning, a shift towards more sustainable agriculture, smart water management and decarbonising industry.

CLIMATE ACTION. Visitors look at a sphere displayed at the pavillion of India on November 8, 2017 during the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. File photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Mexico's new leftist-majority Congress sworn in

Aug 30, 2018 - 2:13 PM

Morena, which President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador founded just 4 years ago, and its coalition allies will have 307 of the 500 seats in the lower house and 69 of the 128 seats in the Senate

OBRADOR. In this file photo, then Mexico's presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, standing for MORENA party, cheers at his supporters during his first campaign rally, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua State, Mexico, on April 1, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

FIRST LOOK: Liu Yifei as Disney's 'Mulan'

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:00 AM

See Liu Yifei as Mulan

The long wait to 'Zero Hunger'

Jul 26, 2018 - 4:06 PM

To date, the Philippines has no comprehensive law directly addressing food insecurity and hunger. Where is the Zero Hunger Bill?

Church official refutes report that 6,000 Bicolanos back federalism

Jul 08, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Father Rex Paul Arjona, executive director of the Diocese of Legazpi's Social Action Center, hits 'how Albayanos have been manipulated... to railroad federalism'

Image based on screenshot from Father Rex Paul Arjona's Facebook account

Mexico campaign closes with leftist 'AMLO' looking unstoppable

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Sick of endemic corruption and horrific violence fueled by the country's powerful drug cartels, many Mexicans are keen for any alternative to the two parties that have governed for nearly a century

ELECTIONS. Supporters of Mexico's presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, standing for the coalition 'Juntos haremos historia,' arrive to attend their candidate closing campaign rally at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, on June 27, 2018, ahead of the upcoming July 1 presidential election. Photo by Pedro Pardo/AFP

How the fight vs plastic pollution can begin in the classroom

Jun 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'We like to start with the children so it'll be embedded in their minds already,' says World Wide Fund environment officer Kimberly Anne Marcelo

Duterte to order SAF vs Kadamay if they occupy more gov't housing

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'Pagka lumaban kayo at namatay kayo, problema ninyo 'yan,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells urban poor group Kadamay after they attempt to occupy housing units in Rizal

WATCH: PNP Special Action Force celebrates 35 years of service

Jun 05, 2018 - 6:00 PM

The Special Action Force remains one of the most prestigious units of the Philippine National Police

SERVICE. Members of the PNP-SAF from war-torn Marawi get a heroes welcome from the public as they arrive at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Iran expects measures to save nuclear deal by end of May

May 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Tehran threatens to restart its nuclear program if solutions are not put in place

A first after Mamasapano: CIDG probes SAF over allowances mess

May 25, 2018 - 8:08 AM

It's the latest addition to the investigations already being pursued by the Ombudsman and the Senate

Marawi generals return to honor men killed in battles last year

May 24, 2018 - 7:10 PM

'Huwag mo ako interview-hin. Baka umiyak ako.' The Philippine military unveils a 'Heroes Wall' inside Marawi camp.

HONORING THE DEAD. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana leads a wreathe-laying ceremony for soldiers killed in Marawi. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Duterte on Zeid, Abas as Comelec Commissioner, Go on Duterte | Evening wRap

May 23, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Delayed SAF allowances diverted to Bilibid commandos

May 22, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Ex-SAF budget officer Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon refuses to disclose how much they took from provincial troopers' allowances for Bilibid commandos

FUNDS DIVERTED. Money intended for provincial SAF troopers were apparently re-allocated for commandos inside Bilibid. Rappler file photo

Senate on BBL, Malacanang on Marawi rehab, Carpio and Del Rosario on Chinese bombers | Evening wRap

May 22, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Ex-SAF chief Lusad, staff blame each other in allowances mess

May 22, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'I was focused on the operational aspect of my task and I was actually not very informed,' says former SAF chief Benjamin Lusad

BLAME GAME. Police Director Benjamin Lusad during the Senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

SAF ex-budget officer admits: I kept the missing P37M

May 22, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Senior Superintendent Andre Dizon claims that the money came from allowances delayed of release from 2016 to 2017

WHERE'S THE MONEY? Police SSupt Andre Dizon during the senate hearing on SAF funds on May 22, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

LIVE: Senate hearing on SAF allowances issue

May 22, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Watch the hearing on Rappler

CHEAT SHEET: The SAF allowances issue

May 22, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Here's what you need to know about the controversy over the P59.8-million Special Action Force allowances

ROBBED? PNP Special Action Force commandos haven't been receiving their subsistence allowances for months. Rappler file photo

Bad dog! Man shot by pet pooch

May 12, 2018 - 9:22 AM

After the accident, the dog lay down and cried, thinking he was in trouble for doing something wrong

U.S. says Iran nuclear inspections must continue

May 11, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Days after the US president walked away from a 3-year-old deal that mandated rigorous scrutiny of Iranian facilities, senior administration officials say monitoring should continue regardless

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Newsbreak Chats: Top stories for April

May 03, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Join us as we make sense of these stories and what they mean for the public: Boracay's 6-month closure, diplomatic crisis with Kuwait, corruption in the PNP-SAF, disinformation and propaganda in the Philippines

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, April 25, 2018

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:55 AM

Hello! Here's a roundup of news you need to know this Wednesday.

Sis Pat Fox. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

P59.8-M SAF allowance mess 'litmus test' for Albayalde – Año

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

'This should be his first priority and will serve as litmus test on how he will carry out the internal cleansing program within the police organization,' says DILG OIC Eduardo Año, as the new Philippine National Police chief assumes his post

FORMER AFP CHIEF. DILG OIC Eduardo Año wants incoming PNP chief Oscar Albayalde to solve the SAF allowances issue. Malacañang file photo.

Senate to probe unreleased P59.8-M allowance of SAF troopers

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Senate public order and dangerous drugs committee chair Panfilo Lacson says if true, the withholding of allowances 'constitutes a criminal or unlawful act'

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler