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Naga City barangay councilor dies after Makati ambush

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:32 PM

(UPDATED) Fortune Isaac Imperial dies after motorcycle-riding gunmen shot him several times while aboard his vehicle on Monday night, March 4

DOJ starts probe into cops’ alleged role in prosecutor slay

Jan 28, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The family of Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco comes face to face with the accused

SLAIN PROSECUTOR. Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco was shot to death at Don Antonio Heights in Quezon City on May 11, 2018. Photo courtesy of Velasco family

Politics, business eyed as motives in La Union mayor Buquing's slay

Oct 02, 2018 - 6:06 PM

Police say Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing had an intense political run in 2016 and is a big-time local Pepsi distributor

LEADS PURSUED. The PNP forms a special task group to probe the killing of Sudipen Mayor Alexander 'Alan' Buquing. Photo from Sudipen LGU Facebook page

Slain La Union mayor shielded wife during attack – police

Oct 02, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Police say this explains how Vice Mayor Wendy Joy Buquing of Sudipen, La Union, survived the attack

SAVED. Vice Mayor Wendy Joy Buquing was shielded by her husband from the gunfire. Photo from Sudipen LGU

Ex-barangay captain in Cebu survives ambush attempt

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:44 PM

One of the assailants killed is identified as PO3 Eugene Alcain Calumba

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Jul 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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Brawl at FIBA: PHI vs AUS July 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Cebu town mayor Vicente Loot survives ambush

May 13, 2018 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Mayor Vicente Loot of Daanbantayan, Cebu, is one of the retired police generals linked by President Rodrigo Duterte to the illegal drug trade

CONTROVERSIAL MAYOR. Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot is a former police general accused of protecting drug lords. File photo by Rappler

Quezon City assistant prosecutor ambushed

May 11, 2018 - 11:22 PM

Quezon City Assistant City Prosecutor Rogelio Alfiler Velasco is driving his red Toyota Innova in Don Antonio Heights when the gunmen attack him

SCENE of the Crime Operatives inspect QC Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco’s bullet-riddled car at Don Antonio Heights on Friday evening, May 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Police file homicide charges vs ambushed lawyer

Feb 23, 2018 - 4:32 PM

QCPD says these cases are 'procedural'

Cop killed, 10 others wounded in suspected NPA ambush in Iloilo

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Police Officer 1 Jofer Odon of the Regional Public Safety Battalion-VI and his companions are on board a patrol car and private vehicle when attacked

Justice remains elusive a year after Makati BIR director's death

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:05 AM

The son of Jonas Dela Peña Amora says they do not consider the arrest of the alleged gunman as an attainment of justice

ONE YEAR AFTER. Family, friends, and colleagues celebrate the life of Jonas Dela Peña Amora during his first death anniversary. File photo from Ivan Amora's Facebook page

Manila cop gunned down in Ermita

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:13 PM

PO2 Piñano was wearing his uniform and riding a motorcycle with his daughter when an unknown assailant gunned him down

2 cops killed in Catanduanes NPA ambush

Aug 10, 2017 - 4:38 PM

The police team responds to a report of an explosion only to face some 20 armed men

NPA kills Negros city police chief, 6 others

Jul 21, 2017 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED A councilor and 3 cops are also wounded in the Friday attack

Ilocos Norte town mayor Arsenio Agustin shot dead

Jun 03, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos condemns the heinous killing of her ally Marcos town mayor Arsenio Agustin

SHOT DEAD.  Mayor Arsenio Agustin of Marcos, Ilocos Norte was gunned down by unidentified assailants on Saturday, June 3. Photo from Agustin's Facebook account

Arrest warrant out for Matobato in frustrated murder case

Mar 07, 2017 - 9:01 AM

The case stems from a 2014 ambush attempt on a former Department of Agrarian Reform official who identified Matobato as the suspect after seeing him testify at the Senate

In this file photo, Edgar Matobato attends the Senate public inquiry on the spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on September 16, 2016. Photo by LeAnneJazul/Rappler

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Feb 27, 2017 - 9:48 PM

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'I'm no liar' Aguirre stands by ambush claim

Feb 27, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Justice Secretary Aguirre provides photos to counter the denial of the Makati Police of his claim that the wife of an inmate who testified against Senator Leila de Lima was ambushed last week

Wounded soldiers recount Marawi ambush

Dec 01, 2016 - 10:21 PM

Members of the Presidential Security Group PSG offer their version of the story amid speculation in the community that the ambush was staged

AWARD. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the members of the Presidential Security Group injured in an ambush in Marawi City a day before his visit to Lanao del Sur. Contributed photo

Ambush in Marawi City? Residents have doubts

Nov 30, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The military laments all the talk about a staged ambush that wounded 9 soldiers including President Duterte s security It is difficult to sacrifice the lives of soldiers for a scenario like that says a colonel

AWARD. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the members of the Presidential Security Group injured in an ambush in Marawi City a day before his visit to Lanao Del Sur. Contributed photo

Duterte pushing through with Marawi trip

Nov 29, 2016 - 4:42 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wants to go on the same route taken by an advance team which was ambushed in the Lanao del Sur capital on the eve of his visit

WAR ON DRUGS. President Rodrigo Duterte reiterates his vow to fulfill his campaign promise on eliminating illegal drugs in the country. File photo by Robinson Ninal/Rappler

Maguindanao vice mayor killed inside home

Nov 28, 2016 - 9:20 AM

Anwar Sindatuk is the newly installed vice mayor of Datu Saudi Ampatuan whose mayor Samsudin Dimaukom was killed last month in an alleged shootout

Army officer, soldier shot dead in Zambo ambush

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:37 PM

Gunmen attack a military vehicle in Danas Zamboanga del Sur

BIR official killed in QC ambush

Nov 21, 2016 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED A regional director of the Bureau of Internal Revenue is killed in an ambush along Katipunan Avenue Quezon City

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) inspect the bullet-riddled car of BIR official Jonas Amora along Katipunan Road in Quezon City on November 21, 2016. Amora was shoot and killed inside his car by unidentified suspects. Joel Liporada/Rappler

Isabela, Basilan deputy police chief, policeman shot by riding-in-tandem

Nov 20, 2016 - 1:08 PM

Supt Esteban Agcaoili Isabela City s deputy police chief and a certain PO2 Pamposa were shot by unknown suspects riding a motorcycle

Journalist survives ambush in Pangasinan

Nov 08, 2016 - 11:27 AM

UPDATED The attack is the second on a journalist this year says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Cagayan councilor ambushed

Oct 12, 2016 - 3:17 PM

UPDATED Mario Tangaro the president of the Association of Barangay Captains in Iguig town was driving home when the identified assailants opened fire at him

Ambush survivor: 'Matobato tried to kill me in 2014'

Sep 16, 2016 - 11:00 PM

A retired agrarian reform adjudicator sees Senate witness Edgar Matobato on TV: I clearly remember his eyes nose and mouth every attribute including his ball cap He is the same person who tried to kill me on October 23 2014

IS THIS HIM? Self-confessed hired gun Edgar Matobato's appearance at the Senate reminds an ambush survivor that he was supposedly the one who tried to kill him in Digos City in 2014. The police sketch of the suspect then is shown here.

Burden on CPP to restore trust in peace talks – Palace

Jul 29, 2016 - 2:05 PM

There is a very brief window of opportunity says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

PEACE TALKS ENDANGERED. An ambush by NPA rebels in Davao del Norte threatens peace talks betweenn the government and the Left. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rapper

Duterte to CPP: Explain NPA ambush or I'll end ceasefire

Jul 28, 2016 - 6:55 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte wants New People s Army members responsible for the attack on government militias in Davao del Norte punished by their leaders

SHORT-LIVED CEASEFIRE? President Rodrigo Duterte declares a unilateral ceasefire in relation to the NPA during his SONA on July 25, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

7 killed, another wounded in election day Cavite ambush

May 09, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Besides Cavite incidents of violence also took place in Maguindanao and Cebu a few hours before polls opened

VIOLENCE. Unidentified gunmen attacked 8 men in Rosario in Cavite, hours before polls opened. Graphic by Emil Mercado/Rappler

Personal grudge behind Marawi mayor's ambush?

Apr 09, 2016 - 5:32 PM

UPDATED Salic s family members however believe the attempt on his life is linked to politics

Charges filed vs two suspects in ABS-CBN crew ambush

Dec 29, 2015 - 6:35 PM

The suspects are identified as Yusop Sangcad and Nasser Masurong both residents of Marawi City

MARAWI SHOOT OUT. An ABS-CBN News team was ambushed on Saturday, December 26, after covering a bombing at the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

ABS-CBN news team ambushed in Marawi City

Dec 26, 2015 - 9:05 PM

No one is hurt but ABS CBN condemns the attack on its 3 person news team that had just covered the bombing of an NGCP tower

Dying young: A tribute to Marawi's police chief

Oct 18, 2015 - 2:11 PM

Superintendent Al Abner Wahab Santos OIC chief of police of Marawi City was killed in an ambush in the city Saturday October 17

DYING YOUNG. Marawi City Police Chief Supt. Al-Abner Wahab Santos. Photo from Abner Santos Facebook account

Zamboanga Sibugay mayor killed in ambush

Oct 12, 2015 - 7:20 PM

He was ambushed by a yet to be identified armed group

Army colonel attacked in Cagayan de Oro City

Jul 16, 2015 - 11:51 AM

Colonel Edwin Respicio is now in a stable condition

Iloilo barangay official shot dead

Apr 23, 2015 - 9:01 PM

Investigators are looking into the threat that Raul Ganadillo of Barangay Pandan Lambunao town received and his conflict with the barangay council

Fifth Tunisian soldier dies after ambush

Apr 08, 2015 - 11:32 PM

At least 5 are dead and 7 are wounded

5 soldiers killed in Ilocos Sur ambush

Feb 27, 2015 - 9:24 AM

UPDATED It s a surprise attack in an area not known to be a rebel stronghold

GESTURE OF GOODWILL. The NPA has released 3 captive policemen. Photo by Edwin Espejo/Rappler

Iligan mayor faces murder charges over slay try on lawmaker

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:38 PM

Fourteen other suspects face charges over the ambush that hurt congressman Vicente Belmonte and killed 4 of his men in December

MAIN SUSPECT. The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group files murder charges against Iligan City Mayor Celso Regencia and 14 others over the the slay try on the city's congressman, Vicente Belmonte.

Raps filed vs Abu Sayyaf in Sulu ambush

Aug 05, 2014 - 7:50 AM

A week after the bloody ambush in Sulu the police file multiple murder charges against several members of the Abu Sayyaf Group

5-year-old Mardiya, basketball and a 'satanic' ambush

Aug 04, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Catholic priest Father Romeo Villanueva tells Rappler that a heated argument over a basketball game seems to have sparked a series of incidents that led to the July 28 bloodbath in Sulu

Sulu ambush

NPA: We didn't kill mayor

May 29, 2014 - 3:07 PM

The NPA says that while it once accused slain Mayor Reynaldo Navarro of involvement in illegal logging it never found enough basis to order his killing

Compostela Valley town mayor shot dead

May 28, 2014 - 11:31 AM

UPDATED Mayor Reynaldo Navarro is declared dead on arrival at the Tagum Doctors Hospital

Rebels ambush military commander in Maguindanao

May 12, 2014 - 6:09 PM

A clash that followed kills 1 soldier and injures 4 others

Pacquiao ally faces murder complaint

Apr 17, 2014 - 3:32 PM

Provincial board member Alexander Bryan Reganit stands accused of plotting the murder of slain Maitum Mayor George Perrett

FILIPINO CITIZEN. In this file photo, Maitum Mayor George McPerson Perrett distributes PhilHealth cards during an event. File photo from the Sarangani Provincial Office

LIST: Ambush and local politics

Mar 02, 2014 - 12:45 PM

It s not yet the election season but a number of local politicians are already in the list of politically motivated killings

Sarangani mayor dies after ambush

Mar 01, 2014 - 9:53 AM

George McPerson Perett youngest son of an American Thomasite who settled in PH after the Fil Am war is the second sitting Maitum mayor killed over the last decade

DOJ clears ex-NBI chief Gatdula in ambush

Feb 12, 2014 - 4:42 PM

The probe into the Feb 21 2012 attempted murder of NBI deputy director Reynaldo Esmeralda finally goes to court