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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

Aquino not yet done with explanation on Mamasapano

Mar 19, 2015 - 5:20 PM

Malacañang says President Benigno Aquino III will likely use future engagements to further explain his knowledge on the Mamasapano incident

MORE TO SAY. President Benigno Aquino III has yet to explain his full side of the story on Mamasapano, says the Palace. File photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau.

BOI head: Did I clear the President in Mamasapano?

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:13 PM

Let s just stick to facts Let s not spin words says Police Director Benjamin Magalong head of the BOI on reports that the board cleared the President of liability in the Mamasapano clash

'WE STAND OUR GROUND.' Police Director Benjamin Magalong during the Senate's probe into the bloody Mamasapano clash. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Aquino on BOI report, Jabidah massacre anniversary, Pacquiao-Mayweather ‘couch dance’ | The wRap

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:16 PM

The BOI chief says the President was “hurt” over the Mamasapano report Filipino Muslims commemorate the Jabidah Massacre Pacquiao or Mayweather could get “couch dances for life”

BOI chief: Aquino ‘hurt’ by Mamasapano report

Mar 18, 2015 - 3:18 PM

2nd UPDATE President Benigno Aquino III holds a no holds barred meeting with Police Director Benjamin Magalong to clarify certain points of the BOI report

HOUNDED BY MAMASAPANO. President Benigno S. Aquino III discussed the Mamasapano incident at the Malacañang Prayer Gathering on March 09, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Cheat sheet: The truths and lies of Mamasapano

Mar 14, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The BOI singles out President Aquino resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima and sacked SAF commander Getulio Napeñas for the lapses they committed in planning the operation in Mamasapano

BOI on Purisima, Junjun Binay, Pacquiao-Mayweather face-off | The wRap

Mar 12, 2015 - 8:39 PM

The board of inquiry on Mamasapano says Purisima acted without authority Makati Mayor Junjun Binay refuses to step down Pacquiao and Mayweather face off in Los Angeles

Police probers: Purisima acted without authority

Mar 12, 2015 - 5:45 PM

According to the BOI report the power and authority of Director General Alan Purisima as top cop ceased to exist on the day of his suspension

UNDER FIRE. Resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima appears at the Senate on February 23. Photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Mamasapano probe: Will Aquino speak to police investigators?

Mar 09, 2015 - 1:21 PM

The Board of Inquiry probing the Mamasapano incident reaches out to the President in hopes of getting his side of the story but Aquino has yet to respond

RECALLING MAMASAPANO. President Aquino with SAF commanders. At left is the new SAF director, Chief Supt Moro Lazo.  Photo courtesy of Malacañang Photo Bureau

Mamasapano probe: No Purisima interview

Feb 25, 2015 - 11:45 AM

UPDATED The resigned PNP chief declines an interview with a PNP investigating body because he was not in Manila during that time

BOI PROBE. Criminal Investigation and Detection Group chief Director Benjamin Magalong, heads of the Board of Inquiry (BOI) probing the Mamasapano clash, crosses the wooden bridge in Tukanalipao, Mamasapano on February 24, 2015. Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Rappler

Mamasapano senate hearing, BOI probers, Taylor Swift | The wRap

Feb 24, 2015 - 8:38 PM

An army general turns emotional The board of inquiry goes to Mamasapano Taylor Swift is 2014’s top selling artist

What's keeping Aquino from naming new PNP chief?

Feb 23, 2015 - 12:15 PM

Resigned PNP chief Alan Purisima under fire for his role in ‘Oplan Exodus ’ continues to have the ear of his longtime buddy President Benigno Aquino III

DILG Chief Mar Roxas and former PNP chief Dir Gen Alan Purisima shake hands during an August 2014 event in Camp Crame. File photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PNP probe: No Purisima affidavit yet

Feb 19, 2015 - 4:02 PM

The PNP probe into the Mamasapano clash is 70 complete

What SAF troopers saw in Mamasapano: 'Unfavorable terrain'

Feb 10, 2015 - 9:30 AM

The PNP s Board of Inquiry tasked to probe the bloody police operation reveals its initial findings ahead of its one month deadline

Mamasapano probe chief once chased Marwan

Feb 06, 2015 - 7:15 PM

Police Director Benjamin Magalong is no stranger to chasing top terrorists like Abu Sayyaf leader Khadaffy Janjalani and Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan

CIDG chief heads PNP’s Mamasapano probe

Feb 02, 2015 - 3:12 PM

Police Director Benjamin Magalong heads the 6 man Board of Inquiry that will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of 44 SAF troopers

'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

Cops nab Metro Manila crime gang leaders

Dec 26, 2014 - 4:36 PM

The leaders of the Morallos and De Paz crime groups are nabbed in two separate December 26 operations

CIDG nabs P15M ‘substandard’ construction materials in Leyte

Jul 24, 2014 - 3:34 PM

The construction materials police said are believed to have been imported from China

SEIZED. Members of the PNP CIDG seize over P15 million in substandard construction materials in Tacloban city, Leyte. Photo courtesy of the CIDG

Teens 'fed once a day,' rescued from recruiters

Jun 18, 2014 - 2:41 PM

Bound for Saudi Arabia a 16 year old girl is rescued along with around 70 women from an alleged trafficking den in Pasay City

PNP forms task force to nab ‘under the radar’ criminals

Jun 14, 2014 - 5:08 PM

The special task force will pursue suspects behind media killings and organized crime

'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

CIDG chief sues Delfin Lee lawyers for ‘deception’

Jun 05, 2014 - 1:09 PM

CIDG chief Director Benjamin Magalong is suing the two for deceiving the PNP into certifying that Delfin Lee s warrant had been recalled

'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

Controversial officers among 10 promoted PNP generals

Apr 14, 2014 - 8:04 PM

Among them are Marcelo Garbo Jr who led the administration s chess game against the Garcias of Cebu and Benjamin Magalong who affirmed the delisting of wanted man Delfin Lee

NEW GENERALS ANNOUNCED. In this photo, President Benigno Aquino III (center) is flanked by DILG Secretary Mar Roxas (L) and PNP Chief Dir Gen Alan Purisima during a Command Conference at Camp Crame. Photo by Rey Baniquet/Malacañang Photo Bureau

PNP chief defends Delfin Lee 'delisting'

Mar 13, 2014 - 1:54 PM

Did CIDG do something wrong in delisting Delfin Lee? PNP chief Alan Purisima says Wala I don t think so

PNP, Delfin Lee and 2 conflicting letters

Mar 10, 2014 - 4:21 PM

Despite a certification from their own unit the PNP insists Delfin Lee was never delisted from their list of wanted persons

MIX-UP. The PNP insists Delfin Lee was never "delisted" from their wanted list, despite a certification from the PNP CIDG. Photo courtesy of PNP-PIO

PNP: Investigation 'deterred' Yolanda corruption

Mar 04, 2014 - 4:09 PM

Almost 3 months after Secretary Lacson first revealed alleged cases of corruption in Yolanda hit areas no charges have been filed against erring local officials

NO CHARGES YET. Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo 'Ping' Lacson says local officials are taking advantage of rehabilitation funds. Lacson and PNP, however, admit it's "hard to find concrete evidence." File photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

No solid proof of Yolanda 'corruption'?

Feb 09, 2014 - 8:46 AM

Rehabilitation Secretary Panfilo Lacson never mentioned any suspect to the police his deputy tells a Senate hearing; police also say nothing stood as solid evidence

MORE POWERS? Rehabilitation Czar Panfilo Lacson says his lack of powers in his new job makes the task harder. Photo by Robert Viñas/Malacañang Photo Bureau