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1.4 million Filipino families fell victim to common crimes in Q3 – SWS

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:47 PM

This is higher than in June 2018, when 5.3% or around 1.2 million families reported their members were victims of common crimes

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

China bars U.S. citizens from leaving over 'economic crimes'

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The New York Times says, Chinese-born mother Sandra Han and her children, Cynthia and Victor Liu, were prevented from leaving the country after they arrived in June

STOP. File photo of Chinese police officer. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Home 'most dangerous place' for women – United Nations study

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:38 AM

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime calculates that of a total 87,000 female homicide cases worldwide in 2017, some 50,000 – or 58% – were committed by the victims' intimate partners or family members

6 members of notorious robbery gang killed in Cagayan police operation

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cagayan police say the group's leader is among those killed in the operation

POLICE OPERATON. One of the alleged members of a robbery gang in Lal-lo town, Cagayan, is sprawled beside the gang's van after the shootout with police on November 20, 2018. All photos courtesy of PNP

'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' review: Grounding the magic

Nov 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Crimes of Grindenwald is a film that stumbles more than it flows.

WIZARDING WORLD. 'Crimes of Grindenwald' is a film that stumbles more than it flows. Image courtesy of Warner Bros

Central Africa ex-militia leader extradited to ICC for trial

Nov 17, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Central African Republic lawmaker and former militia leader Alfred Yekatom is the first to be extradited from the country to the International Criminal Court

EX-MILITIA. In this file photo taken on October 29, 2018 members of the armed forces arrest Central African MP Alfred Yekatom aka "Rambo" (C), who represents the southern M'baiki district former militia leader, after he fired the gun at the parliament in Bangui. Photo by Gael Grilhot/AFP

Thieves in Boracay prey on tourists

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) Two weeks after the reopening of Boracay Island, police receive reports of tourists falling victim to pickpockets

SERENE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Filipina fatally stabbed in Japan

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:46 PM

(UPDATED) Japanese media identify the 48-year-old victim as Rowena Haga, who was reportedly attacked by her former boyfriend. Japanese police have the suspect in custody, the Department of Foreign Affairs says.

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#TruthNeverDies: 'Killing a journalist does not kill the truth'

Nov 02, 2018 - 10:07 PM

Media from around the world take part in a global campaign calling for the end of impunity against journalist

Photo courtesy of UNESCO

[OPINION] A new level of audacity for impunity and journalist murders

Nov 01, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The world marks November 2, International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, at a time when threats to journalistic endeavor are more widespread than ever

END IMPUNITY. Photo from Shutterstock

Crime City? Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Half a year before Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016, killings in Cebu City totalled 32. In the same months in 2018, the police recorded 69.

CRIMINAL CITY? The skyline of Cebu City as seen from the city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Bill Cosby sent to prison for 3 to 10 years

Sep 26, 2018 - 5:33 AM

Found guilty on April 26 of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand, Cosby is impassive as Judge Steven O'Neill hands down the sentence on Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania

SENTENCED. Comedian Bill Cosby is taken into custody at Montgomery County Courthouse September 25, 2018 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after being sentenced to at least 3 years in prison and branded a "sexually violent predator" for assaulting a woman at his Philadelphia mansion 14 years ago.  Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Noynoy Aquino eyes filing cases vs accusers in court

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:44 PM

Former president Noynoy Aquino still stands by his appointment of ousted Supreme Court chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno

MULLING CASES. Former president Benigno Aquino III speaks during the Liberal Party’s National Executive Council meeting on September 25, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The final 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald' trailer has finally dropped

Sep 25, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Ready to see Eddie Redmayne and Johnny Depp battle it out in the wizarding world?

Fewer families fell victim to common crimes in Q2– SWS

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:39 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey held in June also shows that the number of families with members hurt by physical violence fell to a 'record low' 45,000 in the second quarter of the year

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: What is the value of Belgium tribunal’s guilty verdict on Duterte?

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque calls it a 'sham proceeding' and 'propaganda by the Left'

New Thai political party charged under draconian old law

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is charged under the Computer Crime Act alongside two other members of the "Future Forward" party over a weekly broadcast on Facebook in June

CHARGED. This photo taken on March 13, 2018 shows Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of new Thai political party Future Forward. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

U.S. threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:27 AM

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says the US is prepared to slap financial sanctions and criminal charges on officials of the court if they proceed against any Americans

ON ICC. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

De Lima bill raises statutory age of rape to 18

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says Senate Bill 1949 seeks to protect the youth 'by all means and at all costs'

UN probe reports possible 'war crimes' by all sides in Yemen conflict

Aug 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In its first report, a team of UN-mandated investigators said they had 'reasonable grounds to believe that the parties to the armed conflict in Yemen have committed a substantial number of violations of international humanitarian law'

ARMED FORCES. A column of Yemeni pro-government forces and armored vehicles arrives in al-Durayhimi district, about nine kilometres south of Hodeidah international airport on June 13, 2018. File photo by Nabil Hassan/AFP

Is your city safe? Understanding PNP crime statistics

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:11 PM

How can Naga City be 16th in crime volume, but 1st in crime rate? We explain why the Philippine National Police thinks so.

CRIME CITIES. The Philippine National Police release crime data on cities after President Rodrigo Duterte named Naga City as a shabu hotbed.

After apology, PNP insists Naga City has highest crime rate in PH in 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Ormoc City in Leyte has the lowest crime rate among cities across the country, Philippine National Police data show

WRONG: 'Naga top 5 city in crime volume'

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:15 AM

The Philippine National Police reads out their data sorted per region. Naga City is in Bicol, which is Region 5.

HOTBED? PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reads out unsorted data in a press conference defending President Duterte's pronouncement that Naga City is a shabu hotbed. Albayalde photo by Darren Langit/Rappler; Dowtown Naga photo by Nicolas Guarino/Shutterstock

Is Naga a shabu hotbed? PNP misreads crime data

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:06 PM

(UPDATED) PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says Naga has 5th highest crime volume among cities in the Philippines. He turns out to be reading the number based on the region Naga belongs to: Region 5.

EVIDENCE? PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde during press conference at Camp Crame on Monday, June 11, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

2 Chinese nationals shot dead along Taft Avenue

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:09 AM

Police have yet to identify the motive behind the killing of the Chinese nationals

White supremacists set to rally outside White House a year after deadly clash

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

United States President Donald Trump tweets a generic condemnation of racism a year after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia

FACE OF RACISM. A member of the Ku Klux Klan attends a rally on July 8, 2017 calling for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Shootout in Bacolod kills 3, injures 3

Aug 11, 2018 - 10:43 PM

The two suspects have just robbed a panel van of a cigarette firm in neighboring Bago City when police chanced upon them at the city boundary

Locator map of Bacolod City, Philippines

Group offers P1-M bounty for leads on Liza Maza, 3 others

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:11 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Is he confirming that it is GMA who is behind the revival of the case?' asks the former lawmakers' counsel, referring to lawyer Ferdinand Topacio's involvement in the effort

OLD CASE. From left: Teddy Casiño, Satur Ocampo, Liza Maza and Rafael Mariano. Graphic by Ken Bautista/Rappler

14 killed, 92 arrested in Bulacan anti-crime drive

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:39 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The arrested includes 3 minors allegedly involved in the illegal drugs trade

WATCH: Newt Scamander faces his toughest battle in 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald'

Jul 22, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The magic returns to Philippine cinemas on November 15

Why 'Jacqueline Comes Home' is problematic

Jul 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM

The film wants to scream 'this is what really happened!' while also not obliging itself to do so through a disclaimer mostly used to stave off potential libel suits

Photo courtesy from Viva Entertainment's Facebook page

Policing the PNP: Scalawags spoil Duterte vow to end crime

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine National Police finds enemies from within

INTERNAL CLEANSING. The PNP wants to expand its 'punitive' cleansing program to 'preventive' and 'restorative' measures of weeding out crooked cops. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Harvey Weinstein indicted for sex crimes against 3rd woman

Jul 03, 2018 - 3:05 PM

The charges is the latest for the disgraced movie producer following two accusations from 2013 and 2014

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer Harvey Weinstein speaks onstage at The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner in partnership with Bvlgari and Grey Goose at Montage Beverly Hills on February 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. Rich Polk/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company/AFP

Duterte disheartened by survey results on crime: 'Wala akong silbi'

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte mentions the Social Weather Stations survey on crime victimization 3 times, saying it's proof that more needs to be done to fight criminality

Russia 'skeptical' over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The report says forces loyal to the Syrian government had deliberately starved civilians during the siege between February and April, among other crimes.

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a press conference after his meeting with UN Secretary General in Moscow on June 21, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] The Philippines' scourge of killers on motorbikes

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The riding-in-tandem attacks underscore the extent to which rule of law has been diminished by President Rodrigo Duterte's incitement of killings of drug suspects

CHR praises PNP for ban on presenting suspects to media

Jun 14, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Commission on Human Rights says the policy, which should have been implemented as early as 2008, 'is in consonance with human rights standards particularly on due process and presumption of innocence'

PRAISE. The Commission on Human Rights gives an 'OK' to the Philippine National Police

PNP rights office: Police can be charged for parading suspects in the past

Jun 13, 2018 - 7:56 PM

A PNP Human Rights Affairs Office advisory says cops presenting suspects to the media have been violating Republic Act 9745

PRESENTATION. The PNP presents Israelis believed to be leading an online scamming company in Clark, Pampanga. PNP photo

Batangas election officer killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen

Jun 12, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Noel Alvarez Miralles, 53, is attacked while waiting for a ride home in front of Citimart in Bauan town

ELECTION OFFICER. Noel Miralles, an officer of the Commission on Elections in Batangas, is killed in front of a supermarket in Bauan town on June 11, 2018. Photo from the Facebook page of Noel Miralles

A rule too late? PNP bans presenting suspects to the media

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:29 AM

The Philippine National Police now avoids trial by publicity for suspects they arrest, but only after scores of accused have been paraded for millions to see

PNP CHIEF. Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks in a press conference in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Barangay captain shot dead in San Narciso, Quezon

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Ruben Carabido, the captain of Barangay Binay, is killed noontime Monday, June 11

Opini: Ruang aman perempuan di dunia maya

Jun 11, 2018 - 4:38 PM

Perempuan sering menjadi korban dari cyber crime. Produk budaya dan nilai tradisional mempengaruhi fenomena ini

Kekerasan yang dialami perempuan di dunia maya sebagai produk dari budaya patriarki.

DENR employee shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects in Antipolo

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Police say two unidentified suspects fled the scene of the crime aboard a pink Yamaha Mio with no plate number

Martial law not part of 'radical changes,' says Duterte

Jun 07, 2018 - 8:05 PM

At least one of the government entities to be transferred under Malacañang is headed by a secretary, according to President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Philippines-Korea Business Forum and Luncheon at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, Republic of Korea on June 5, 2018, assures Korean companies that their business ventures in the Philippines will be safe as he continues to strengthen law and order as well as eliminate corruption in government. Malacañang Photo

Journalist shot dead by riding-in-tandem gunmen in Davao del Norte town

Jun 07, 2018 - 5:10 PM

(UPDATED) Fellow journalists in Davao del Norte mourn and condemn the killing of newspaper publisher Dennis Denora

Priest shot by riding-in-tandem gunmen in Calamba

Jun 06, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Reverend Rey Urmeneta is in stable condition, police say

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 5, 2018

Jun 05, 2018 - 1:02 PM

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Davao Region police blame NPA for unsolved riding-in-tandem killings

Jun 05, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Chief Superintendent Joel Orduña, Police Regional Office 11 officer-in-charge, gives the explanation as Davao Region is deemed as the worst in solving randem-in-tandem slays

NPA. Members of the New People's Army in Maco, Compostela Valley. September 15, 2017. File photo by Mick Basa

Davao Region worst at solving riding-in-tandem shootings – PNP data

Jun 04, 2018 - 7:55 PM

Out of 74 riding-in-tandem killings in a period of over 7 months, only 6 have been solved or cleared in the Davao Region

RIDING-IN-TANDEM. Davao Region registers a low crime solution efficiency of 8.11%. Davao Map photo from Shutterstock; Motorcycle riders file photo by Darren Langit/Rappler