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In Baguio, Magalong returns as top investigator – for coronavirus contact tracing

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong has trained Baguio’s contact tracers to use a police questioning technique. They’re sharing it with neighboring towns in Benguet.

People vs Pandemic: How these mayors’ priorities protected their communities

Jun 29, 2020 - 1:00 PM

Rappler features local governments that have been ahead in responding to the coronavirus pandemic

Vista Residences: Baguio tree cutting covered by DENR permit

Jun 27, 2020 - 4:57 PM

'In replacement of the 54 pine trees, we are turning over a total of 10,800 seedlings,' says Vista Residences, which is under fire from environmentalists for cutting trees in one of Baguio City's last pine forest stands

VISTA Residences Inc starts cutting old growth pine trees behind the presidential mansion while Baguio City awaits Malacañang action on the LGU’s proposed moratorium on tree cutting. Photo courtesy of Jo An Jaja Marquez

Magalong: Leachon’s relief ‘a big loss’ in PH fight vs coronavirus

Jun 20, 2020 - 7:27 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong says Dr Tony Leachon was one of his advisers in plotting the widely praised coronavirus response of Baguio City

MODEL MAYOR. This file photo shows Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during a Senate hearing on October 3, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

San Juan Mayor Zamora, entourage breach Baguio City's health protocols

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:32 PM

(UPDATED) Mayor Francis Zamora tells Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong he was asleep in his car, unaware that his police escort ignored the border control checkpoint as his 6-vehicle convoy proceeded to the Baguio Country Club

BREACH OF PROTOCOL. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirms that San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora and his entourage violated Baguio City's health safety measures on their way to the Baguio Country Club. (Benjamin Magalong file photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler; Francis Zamora photo file photo from Rappler Talk)

Baguio mayor seeks reclassification of city's community quarantine

May 28, 2020 - 8:12 PM

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong appeals to the government's coronavirus task force to reclassify the city as under modified general community quarantine

RECLASSIFY. This file photo shows Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong during a Senate hearing on October 3, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

4 more Baguio City medical frontliners test positive for coronavirus

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:59 PM

'If you ask me if it is true that we only have 18 cases, I don't think so,' says Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong

Photo courtesy of Bagui PIO

A COVID kind of love: Baguio mayor officiates 'masked wedding'

Apr 18, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Rhenan Diwas and Dr. Stephanie Buliyat say they planned for a #perfectvision2020 wedding, but the coronavirus got in the way and turned it into #ourmaskwedding

Unused private hospital becomes medical facility for Baguio City's coronavirus patients

Mar 25, 2020 - 10:00 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong says a review of the best practices in managing the coronavirus pandemic includes having a hospital exclusive to patients with the viral infection

The Sto. Nino Jesus Medical Center, an unused private hospital, will be converted into a hospital exclusive to COVID-19 patients in Baguio City. Photo from the Facebook page of Baguio City Public Information Office

Baguio General Hospital to use AI technology for coronavirus detection

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:34 AM

The Artificial Intelligence Scan Analyzer’s results are 'not conclusive and confirmatory but will give the city a heads-up on whether or not a patient is a probable COVID-19 case,' Mayor Benjamin Magalong says

From Public Information Office - City of Baguio Facebook page

Baguio cancels Panagbenga, CARAA games amid coronavirus threat

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong also suspends the night market along Harrison Road for 14 days starting Tuesday, March 10

CANCELED. After initially considering just a postponement of the event, Mayor Benjamin Magalong cancels the famous Baguio flower festival on March 9, 2020. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio goes after vapers: fine, community service, or blood donation?

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Those who fail to pay the penalties will face cases, Mayor Benjamin Magalong writes in his demand letter to those caught by the Smoke-free Task Force

No lockdown in Baguio City, but PMA homecoming may still be postponed

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:43 PM

A statement by defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana says Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered a citywide lockdown. Magalong, however, denies it.

More than 6000 alumni from the PMA attended the less political reunion at the Borromeo Field after the PMAAI banned adopted members from joining. Senator JV Ejercito, however, managed to join together with alumni Rogelio Dela Rosa (Class 86) and Gary Alejano (Class 95). Guest speaker Roy Cimatu (Class 1970) reminisced about the pine trees along the way and said they were more numerous and verdant then. He also called for the regreening of Baguio. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga opening, other big events due to coronavirus threat

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:54 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Sunday openings of Session Road are also suspended for now

PANAGBENGA. While Mayor Benjamin Magalong has cancelled the opening of the Baguio flower festival on February 1, he's yet to do the same for the street parade from February 29 to March 1, 2020. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Unlike Boracay, Baguio won’t be closed to tourists during rehab period

Jan 11, 2020 - 7:56 AM

The rehabilitation of Baguio will start with the 3 T's: trees, traffic, and tourism

SUMMER CAPITAL. Baguio City. Photos by Mau Victa

Kennon Road temporarily opens to light vehicles

Nov 22, 2019 - 9:45 PM

From 6 pm on Friday, November 22, until 6 pm on Monday, November 25, Kennon Road will be open to traffic heading into Baguio for light vehicles weighing 5 tons or less.

Cabanatuan judge who summoned Baguio enforcers 'arrogant, unprofessional' – Magalong

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:08 PM

The mayor of Baguio City sends a letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta about the 'bully' judge Nelson V. Largo

'A listening government': Baguio's Magalong recruiting advisers for 10 priority areas

Oct 12, 2019 - 9:18 AM

We also gauge his first 100 days as mayor, according to how he has delivered on these 10 identified priorities

Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong. Photo courtesy of Baguio City PIO

Death threats? Albayalde says Magalong can request escorts from PNP

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:19 AM

'He can always write us, even direct, request directly to me,' says Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde

THREATENED. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong gives his statement before the Senate on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang OKs ‘in principle’ Baguio’s tree cutting moratorium

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:09 PM

A moratorium on new commercial buildings is also approved, says Mayor Benjamin Magalong, and only a formal communication is being awaited

BAGUIO. Earlier, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has said the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Prayer rally for Magalong's safety to be held after ninja cops exposé

Oct 04, 2019 - 7:37 PM

Baguio City Hall also puts in place stricter security measures

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde fires back at Magalong: You could have eliminated 'ninja cops' yourself

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'Hindi ko alam kung anong gustong ipalabas ni General Magalong,' says an irked PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

TOP COP VS RETIRED COP. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde (left) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong face off at a Senate hearing on October 1, 2019. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Magalong wants 'aggressive' regreening of Baguio

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:47 AM

The plan includes converting forested land identified as protected zones into eco-parks to provide green areas for residents and at the same time keep land speculators at bay

BAGUIO. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Chief Roy Cimatu says the pine trees in Baguio are dying. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Baguio to sue real estate firm for ‘killing’ trees

Sep 20, 2019 - 4:19 PM

The trunks of the trees within the property of Northbelle Properties Incorporated are bored with large holes, and chemicals are injected to dehydrate them

'KILLED.' The city government of Baguio finds these among the 9 'murdered' trees in Gibraltar on September 17, 2019. Photo by Cepmo

Magalong prioritizes preservation of Baguio ‘heirlooms’

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:48 AM

Here are the first-term mayor's plans for the Asin mini-hydropower plants, Burnham Park, Baguio City Market

MAYOR IN ACTION. First-term Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong shuts down a bar at Upper Session in his first week week in office in July 2019. Sourced photo

General who led SAF 44 probe is next Baguio City mayor

May 14, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong promises Baguio City a clean environment, improved traffic, and safe neighborhoods

NEXT BAGUIO MAYOR. Benjamin Magalong has a decorated career in the Philippine National Police. Photo from Magalong's Facebook page

Ex-CIDG chief: DOJ witness vs De Lima was involved in drug trade

Feb 22, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Retired police general Benjamin Magalong tells a Muntinlupa judge that they learned Rafael Ragos 'was involved in extorting and receiving payola from high profile inmates'

WITNESS. Former CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong talks to Senator Leila De Lima during a recess of the detained lawmaker's hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC on February 22, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

General who led Mamasapano probe running for Baguio mayor

Oct 17, 2018 - 5:36 PM

Benjamin Magalong sees his run as a 'moral obligation'

FROM 2-STAR TO MAYOR? Benjamin Magalong officially joins politics. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Part 2: The battle of the land titles

Dec 30, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Two investigations – one in Manila and another in Quantico Virginia – on the documents related to the Ragua heirs land claim in Quezon City yield interesting and possibly far reaching results

CONTESTED PROPERTY? An aerial view of SM North Edsa and Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Image from Google Maps

The outcast retires: Benjamin Magalong bids goodbye to the PNP

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM

After 38 years of service Police Director Benjamin Magalong known to most as the police general who led the probe into the botched ‘Oplan Exodus ’ retires

RETIREMENT. Benjamin Magalong retires after nearly 4 decades of service in the Philippine police. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Magalong, Dela Rosa, and the PNP's 'hardheaded' officials

Dec 15, 2016 - 9:12 AM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa bids goodbye to his big brother in the Command Group

WING MAN. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa (right) and (ret) Police Director Benjamin Magalong during a House probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP, NBI tracker teams hunt down Ronnie Dayan

Nov 16, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Authorities say they are scouring areas where the alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima is believed to be hiding

HOUSE PROBE. (Left to right) Police Superintendents Francisco Ebreo and Eliseo Rasco, and Police Superintendent Benjamin Magalong attend a House inquiry on November 16, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Senate probe: Poorly-written script in Espinosa killing?

Nov 12, 2016 - 11:18 PM

The big question is who will the senators believe especially after Duterte declares he believes the police?

LEYTE POLICE. CIDG 8 cops Marcos, Laraga, and Matira, during the Senate probe into Espinosa's death. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PNP: No reason for Manila police to ram through protesters

Oct 20, 2016 - 3:39 PM

But Metro Manila’s top cop says it would be wrong to label it as an instance of ‘police brutality’

'NOT BRUTALITY.' Philippine police and protesters clash right outside the US Embassy. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Dela Rosa: 'Can't point fingers without investigation'

Oct 20, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Ayaw na ayaw ko na may nasasaktan na Pilipino But I cannot let emotions get the best of me says the chief of the PNP

POLICE, PROTESTERS CLASH. Members of Sandugo try to force their way trough the police barricade at the front of US Embassy. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler`

Sebastian: Chinese inmates on top of Bilibid drugs trade

Oct 10, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Chinese inmates who are also drug lords are protected by gangs They compete in terms of quality of meth and prices says high profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian

TESTIMONY. High profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian appears before the House committee on justice as resumes its probe on October 10, 2016 into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

House panel rejects Marcelino's testimony in Bilibid probe

Oct 06, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Lawmakers instead plan to use Lt Col Ferdinand Marcelino s testimony on the 2014 NBP raid in a separate joint hearing

NO TESTIMONY. Congressmen move to disallow Lt Col Ferdinand Marcelino from testifying on October 6. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

De Lima hits 'outrageous insinuation' over 2014 Bilibid raid

Sep 22, 2016 - 1:47 PM

The neophyte senator and former justice secretary says redundancy and personality related issues are the reasons why the PNP s CIDG was looped out of the operation

2014 BILIBID RAID. Members of the Philippine National Police at the December 2014 raid on the New Bilibi Prison. Rappler file photo

Two PNP generals mentioned at Bilibid drugs probe

Sep 22, 2016 - 9:37 AM

Police Director Joel Pagdilao and retired Deputy Director General Marcelo Garbo Jr are mentioned in two separate testimonies at the House inquiry on the alleged proliferation of drugs at the New Bilibid Prison

BILIBID WITNESS. Hans Anton Tan testifies before the House committee on justice on September 21, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Why was CIDG excluded from 2014 Bilibid raid?

Sep 21, 2016 - 3:38 PM

UPDATED Police Director Benjamin Magalong says the PNP s CIDG was left out in the December 2014 Bilibid raid even if they suggested the operation in the first place

Deputy Chief for Operations of the PNP Benjamin Magalong testify before the House committee on justice on September 21, 2016 as it resumes its inquiry into the alleged drug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison.

PNP wages war on drugs despite P36-M budget in 2016

Sep 06, 2016 - 12:46 PM

But Police Director Benjamin Magalong acting PNP deputy chief for operations says the strong support of President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa is boosting their confidence to fight illegal drugs

CALL OF DUTY. Members of the Philippine National Police and the Scene of the Crime Operatives conducting investigation following a police operation against illegal drugs in the town of Plaridel, Bulacan on August 4. Photo by Eugenio Loreto/EPA

Mamasapano probe chief is PNP's new 3rd in command

Jul 01, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Police Director Benjamin Magalong currently the head of the Directorate for Research and Development will soon be the deputy chief operations of the 160 000 strong police force

'DECEPTION.' CIDG chief Director Benjamin Magalong says Delfin Lee's lawyers deceived police into certifying that Lee's warrant had been revoked. Photo by Rappler

SAF 44 used for politics? That’s for public to say – PNP

Jan 06, 2016 - 5:04 PM

The police general who headed the PNP s probe into the controversial operation says they ve already moved on but adds We ll have to move on again

SAF 44. Members of Philippine National Police, relatives and other government officials attend the necrological mass for the 44 slain PNP-SAF members at Camp Bagong Diwa on January 30, 2015. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

7 dead in Davao City anti-drug raids

Jul 15, 2015 - 9:43 PM

The city wide series of raids is supervised by no less than CIDG Director Benjamin Magalong

SUSPECTS. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte speaks to suspects who were arrested in a series of drug raids in the city. Photo by Editha Caduaya/Rappler

New PNP chief Ricardo Marquez: Will I live up to expectations?

Jul 14, 2015 - 2:57 PM

Even when he was in a meeting with the President the Interior Secretary and Executive Secretary Director Ricardo Marquez says he wasn t exactly sure if he was going to be the next chief of the PNP

NEW CHIEF. Director Ricardo Marquez faces the media on Tuesday, July 14 after he is announced as the new chief of the PNP. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Why Aquino is taking time to pick a PNP chief

Apr 29, 2015 - 11:39 AM

President Benigno Aquino III says he wants to rush the appointment of several key government officials – the post of PNP chief included – but he’d rather take his time than have regrets in the end

'GIVE ME TIME.' President Benigno Aquino III says more time is needed as 'investigations' wrap up for the next PNP chief. File photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Don’t mess with the police, Mr President

Mar 27, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The grumblings in the Philippine National Police should not be taken lightly

Why the PNP needs a full-time chief now

Mar 27, 2015 - 9:30 AM

President Benigno Aquino III has not yet filled in the nearly 4 month vacancy in the PNP crucial to the operational effectiveness of the 150 000 strong police force

President Benigno S. Aquino III troops the line during the 36th PNPA Commencement Exercises of the Lakandula Class of 2015 at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Cavite on March 26, 2015. Photo by Ryan Lim/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Army plaque for police group, medal for officer who saved SAF

Mar 23, 2015 - 7:44 PM

The Philippine Army cites the PNP s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group for its support in the intelligence operations of the Army

MILITARY AWARD: File photo of CIDG chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong by Mark Cristino/Rappler

PNP awards BOI for Mamasapano report

Mar 23, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The award comes almost two weeks after the report – which ‘hurt’ President Benigno Aquino III – was released to the public

PNP PROBE. Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Police Director Benjamin Magalong (center) during the BOI's visit to Mamasapano, Maguindanao on February 24. On the left in BOI OAT chairman Senior Superintendent Robert Po. File photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler