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Global darknet child porn probe leads to 337 arrests

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Authorities from the US, Britain, South Korea and other countries say they rescued at least 23 minor victims of sexual exploitation

An undated handout picture released by Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) in London on October 16, 2019 shows a screen shot of the seized dark web 'Welcome To Video' website. UK and US authorities investigating a "dark web" child pornography site run from South Korea on Wednesday announced the arrest of 337 suspects in 38 countries. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said the "Welcome to Video" site contained 250,000 videos that were downloaded a million times by users across the world. HO / AFP / NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY

Group transfers graft complaints vs BCDA exec from PACC to Ombudsman

Oct 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Citizens Crime Watch says both the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) 'seem to be acting slowly' on the anti-crime group's fight against corruption

Citizens Crime Watch president Diego Magpantay Jr shows a copy of the complaints he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of CCW

From 1,914 to 19: PNP resumes hunt vs GCTA-freed convicts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine National Police resumes its Tokhang-style hunt for convicts freed through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance law

BACK TO THE FIELD. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guevarra: Surrender of qualified convicts 'phenomenal'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Around 25 convicts who surrendered will be freed Thursday after verification they are qualified for release

PHENOMENAL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the surrender of qualified convicts is "phenomenal." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Group files graft, usurpation of authority complaints vs BCDA exec

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Citizens Crime Watch files a complaint before the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

DOJ scrambling to release qualified convicts 'who should not have surrendered'

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Department of Justice says it will give second priority to convicts who were either acquitted or granted parole

RELEASES. The Department of Justice (DOJ) scrambles to finalize lists related to releases and rearrests of convicts. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bloody weekend for crime-plagued Israeli Arab towns

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Israeli police probe 4 shooting deaths within 24 hours in Arab Israeli towns following elections in the country

ISRAEL. An Arabic-language election banner displaying a slogan reading: 'one million Arab votes, our unity is our strength,' is pictured in the Israeli city of Nazareth, on September 18, 2019. The Joint List coalition of Arab Israeli parties reportedly won 12 seats in Israel's parliamentary elections. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

New IRR could risk GCTA of qualified convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'That is the burden that the implementors of the law would have to assume,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

NEW IRR. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete explains the new and revised IRR of Republic Act 10592 on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to convicts. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Confusion abounds as DOJ rushes final arrest list of convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Department of Justice is counting on the promise of the Philippine National Police that it will carry out the rearrests peacefully

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ suspends rearrest of convicts, but cops already picked up a few

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announces on the radio early Friday morning that the rearrest should be suspended, but cops already started rearresting at midnight

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With Duterte’s blessing, cops hunt convicts with defective arrest list

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Without warrants, police commence their hunt for convicts freed through the GCTA with a rushed and unchecked list from the Bureau of Corrections

PREPARATION. Captain Elvin John Tio leads a team of Tondo cops in searching for 4 heinous crime convicts in their area of responsibility. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Prepare for Tokhang: Cops begin hunting convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Reminiscent of the controversial Oplan Tokhang, cops will go to the addresses of the remaining hundreds of GCTA-freed heinous crime convicts, knock on their doors, and arrest them

HUNT BEGINS. Tondo Police Station 2 prepares for the overnight operation on Friday, September 20, of the Metro Manila police force to hunt over a hundred convicts prematurely released. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate panels push for separate jail for heinous crime convicts

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:11 PM

A total of 15 senators sign the committee report recommending 3 maximum penal institutions for heinous crime convicts – one each in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

SEPARATE JAIL? Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH gears for manhunt of over 900 heinous crime convicts

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Duterte is offering P1 million in exchange for the heads of heinous crime convicts 'dead or alive.' His men are quick to clarify that the President does not mean it literally.

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

In new IRR, heinous crime convicts after 2013 cannot avail of any GCTA

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Those charged with heinous crimes and detained before 2013 can avail of the much lesser good conduct time allowance under the Revised Penal Code. Issues of equal protection and the ex-post facto law may come up.

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Over 500 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The update comes 9 days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered prisoners released through the controversial GCTA law to surrender or be hunted down by cops

BACK TO JAIL. GCTA-freed convicts return to prison at the order of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: The freed 1,914 heinous crime convicts

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Rappler obtains and analyzes the list of 1,914 heinous crime convicts the Duterte government says were released because of the GCTA law. This is what we found.

At least 15 foreigners jailed for heinous drug crimes freed through GCTA

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:00 AM

It’s not only the 4 ‘Chinese drug lords’ named by Senator Panfilo Lacson

MORE RELEASED. Foreigners further complicate the government's struggle to track down released convicts through the GCTA law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With smuggled phones, drug lords 'still control operations' from Bilibid

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says detained drug lords still manage to have cell phones, while some inmates 'post openly' on Facebook too, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson

DRUGS. VACC president Arsenio Evangelista says the war on drugs is bound to fail if drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison still have access to their phones. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP also rearrests prisoners not convicted of heinous crimes

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Freed prisoners convicted of carnapping and robbery – which are not heinous crimes – are arrested again

MORE ARRESTS COMING. The PNP also rearrests freed prisoners who did not commit heinous crimes. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 Chiong murder convicts out on GCTA surrender to authorities

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The 3rd freed convict is expected to turn himself in next week, Justice Secretary Guevarra says

IN NUMBERS: Freed convicts rearrested amid GCTA mess

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) After the threat of police pursuit from President Rodrigo Duterte himself, released heinous crime convicts surrender to the Philippine National Police across the Philippines

BACK TO JAIL. Former inmate Nicanor Naz with NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar during media briefing on his surrender at the Pasay City Police Headquarters on September 5, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Legal issues hound Duterte order for 1,914 convicts to surrender

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra says convicts freed under the GCTA law can be considered evading sentence, but law professor Ted Te says the government must go to court to go after the convicts

SURRENDER. Freed convict Nicanor Naz surrenders to the Pasay City Police Headquarters after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the surrender of heinous crimes inmates freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Heinous crime convicts still entitled to lesser GCTA – Guevarra

Sep 05, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Heinous crime convicts, recidivists, and habitual delinquents can still avail of good conduct time allowance – though at a lesser rate – under the Revised Penal Code

GOOD CONDUCT TIME ALLOWANCE. The Revised Penal Code grants good conduct time allowance to all prisoners. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Murder convict out on good conduct voluntarily surrenders in Cebu

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) Jesus Ranoco Negro Jr, who had served 30 years before his release in 2018, is the first convict to surrender in Cebu since President Duterte issued a 15-day deadline

SURRENDER. Jesus Ranoco Negro, a murder convict released on good conduct credits, voluntarily surrenders in Cebu. Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police Regional Office 7

PNP: If freed convicts fight back, they will be shot

Sep 05, 2019 - 3:13 PM

'Kung manlalaban, wala tayong magagawa,' says Philippine National Police Oscar Albayalde

THE USUAL DEFENSE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they cannot do anything if the convicts fight back. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ puts 1,914 freed convicts on immigration lookout

Sep 05, 2019 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Subjects of an immigration lookout bulletin order cannot be stopped from leaving the country but President Duterte has told airport authorities not to let those on the list leave

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing on Good Conduct Time Allowance on September 2, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guevarra provides Duterte legal basis for rearrest of freed convicts

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) The justice secretary finds two Supreme Court cases, one from 1967 and one from 2001, to provide President Rodrigo Duterte the legal basis for his order

TO THE RESCUE. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra sits inside Malacañang and watches on as President Rodrigo Duterte credits him for the legal justifications of an order to re-arrest convicts who were already released on good conduct time allowance. Photo courtesy of RTVM

Duterte tells released heinous crime convicts to surrender

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:46 PM

If the convicts do not obey in 15 days, they will be considered fugitives from the law, says the President

SURRENDER. President Rodrigo Duterte wants almost heinous crime convicts released due to the Good Conduct Time Allowance law to surrender to the government. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Zubiri wants Alcatraz-type 'heinous crime penitentiary'

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says his proposed prison in an isolated and uninhabited island will keep heinous crime convicts 'far from their victims and society at large'

ISLAND PRISONS. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri wants island prisons for heinous crimes convicts. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What are heinous crimes?

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There is no explicit definition of what heinous crimes are – only an enumeration of crimes that due to their 'manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity' merited the death penalty until its abolition in 2006

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2 killed in Abra disco shootout

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:17 PM

The incident starts from an argument between a barangay captain, who wants to close the establishment, and the bar owner

Can heinous crimes be excluded from good conduct time allowance law?

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's interpretation differs with the view of the former justice undersecretary who published the law manual

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

MISLEADING: VACC filed complaints vs Hontiveros for 'stealing PhilHealth funds'

Aug 22, 2019 - 6:23 PM

The charges filed by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption against Senator Hontiveros are unrelated to any PhilHealth issues but concern the Kian delos Santos case

'American Crime Story' 3rd season to follow Lewinsky-Clinton scandal

Aug 07, 2019 - 6:35 PM

FX renews the true crime series for a 3rd season, which will be produced by Monica Lewinsky herself

How Isko Moreno copied a Duterte anti-crime idea and made it his own

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno forms his own mayoral anti-crime police squad, headed by a cop who grew up with him in Tondo

ISKO ON CRIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is the only mayor in Manila who presents crime suspects inside the city hall. Photo by Manila PIO

Australian woman allegedly beheads mother in 'horrific' crime

Jul 21, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The woman is in the hospital for medical assessment

PH has most cases of fake medicines in Southeast Asia – UN report

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Transnational organized crime is on the rise in Southeast Asia and its most dangerous form, fake medicines, appears most rampant in the Philippines

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

PH drug war killings reach 'threshold of crimes against humanity' – report

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Amnesty International urges the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, among others, to expedite investigations into killings in the Philippines

UNDAS 2017. A Mass is held on October 31, 2017, the eve of All Saints' Day, for victims of drug war killings in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Probes show Russia staged Salisbury chemical attack from London

Jun 29, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Investigations show a top Russian military intelligence officer coordinated a 2018 chemical attack in Salisbury, which saw former Russian spy Sergei Skripa and his daughter slumped over a park bench after being poisoned

SCENE OF CRIME. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Mother-daughter killed over witchcraft allegation in India

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Some states in India have introduced special laws to try to curb crimes against people accused of witchcraft and superstition

70-year-old businesswoman killed by riding-in-tandem in Cebu City

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting of Erlinda Garcia, a native of Aloguinsan town

672 arrested in global swoop on fake food and drink – Interpol

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:49 AM

In Zimbabwe, authorities seized soft drinks containing high levels of the active ingredient in drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Korean travel writer found dead in Antipolo

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rizal police identify the victim as 59-year-old Joo Yeong-wook, who arrived in the country on June 14

CRIME SCENE. Police seal off a crime scene following an anti-drug operation. File photo by Rappler

Fewer crimes reported, more apprehensions in eastern metro – EPD

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The Eastern Police District – which covers Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan – records 2,377 incidents of murder, physical injuries, and homicide in 2018

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

At least 35 bodies found in mass graves in Mexico

May 12, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Most of the bodies are found at a ranch in the town of Zapopan

Mexican police members guard the area where forensic service personnel work at a clandestine grave inside a farm in Zapopan, Jalisco State, Mexico, on May 11, 2019. - The Jalisco State Attorney's office reported 27 bodies located in a clandestine grave in Zapopan. (Photo by Ulises Ruiz / AFP)

Poll watchdogs ask SC to compel Comelec to issue voting receipts

Apr 24, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The petitioners also ask the Supreme Court to void the Comelec ban on the use of digital cameras and cellular phones during the election process, and even after the close of polls

ELECTION PREPARATIONS. Comelec-deployed staff test ballot papers on vote-counting machines in a warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, on February 4, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler