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'Influencer' Francis Leo Marcos arrested for unauthorized distribution of eyeglasses

May 19, 2020 - 6:50 PM

A warrant from a Baguio court is out against the social media personality with a million followers on Facebook

ARRESTED. Viral social media personality Francis Leo Marcos arrives at the NBI-Cybercrime division on May 19, 2020, following his arrest for alleged violation of the Optometry Law or R. A. 8050 filed against him in Baguio. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Teacher who posted about reward to 'kill Duterte' out on bail

May 19, 2020 - 4:31 PM

Ronnel Mas posts P72,000 bail and will be arraigned for inciting to sedition on May 28

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

Mocha Uson tells NBI: Wrong PPE photo was 'honest mistake'

May 18, 2020 - 1:44 PM

Uson was summoned over a Facebook post that used a wrong photo of donated Personal Protective Equipment which she lifted from The Philippine Star

SUBPOENA. OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson appears at the National Bureau of Investigation-Cybercrime Division on May 18, 2020 to comply to a subpoena over alleged misinformation on coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

With indictment of teacher, media told be careful when interviewing suspects

May 16, 2020 - 5:38 PM

Ex-SC Spokesperson Ted Te says the NBI agents are still liable for the arbitrary detention of teacher Ronnel Mas

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison

NBI refuses to release teacher who posted about reward to 'kill Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 3:32 PM

NBI agents are waiting for a release order even though charges are not yet filed. Differing interpretations of the validity of a warrantless arrest compound the problem.

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


DOJ okays warrantless arrest of teacher who posted about 'killing Duterte'

May 15, 2020 - 7:49 AM

(UPDATED) The prosecutor says the warrantless arrest is invalid, but the defect is cured by the teacher's admission to the media

ARRESTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


NBI probes Mocha Uson for fake news over false PPE post

May 13, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Uson is set to appear before the NBI on May 18

FAKE NEWS. OWWA Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson is the subject of an NBI investigation for fake news. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


In PH pandemic: Due process for allies, warrantless arrests for the rest

May 13, 2020 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra commits the NBI to look into the prohibited mass gathering for the birthday of Metro police chief Sinas – when other people in previous mass gatherings were just picked up and jailed

VIOLATIONS. Composite photo of a San Roque resident arrested for mass gathering (left) and NCRPO chief Debold Sinas enjoying his birthday party attended by dozens (right). San Roque photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler and Sinas photo by NCRPO

NBI arrests teacher who posted about reward to kill Duterte

May 12, 2020 - 11:42 AM

(5th UPDATE) The accused is set to undergo inquest for inciting to sedition related to cybercrime and violation of the Code of Conduct for public officials and employees

ARERSTED. A 25-year-old teacher who tweeted about offering a P50 million reward to kill President Rodrigo Duterte is arrested by the NBI. Photo courtesy of Allan Sison


Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Army chief seeks NBI help for 'impartial investigation' into Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:04 PM

'Apparent prejudgment by police investigators moved the Army to seek help from the NBI so that justice may be served for Ragos and his family,' says Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay

KILLED IN LOCKDOWN. Winston Ragos was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

FALSE: Video of FBI seizing coronavirus-positive masks from China

Apr 20, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The FBI confiscated the masks from an alleged hoarder in Brooklyn, USA who was selling with a very high markup price. The masks were later given to medical workers.

NBI subpoena based on post griping about govt's P2B business jet

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:09 PM

NBI says the person behind the post can very well be a 'whistleblower.' But the purchase of the jet is public record.

SUBPOENA. Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno goes to the NBI on April 7, 2020, to respond to a subpoena on a person who posted a rant against the government's P2 billion private jet. Photo by Chel Diokno's Twitter Page

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Duterte lashes out at Chel Diokno for 'causing disorder'

Apr 04, 2020 - 7:41 AM

(UPDATED) The President unleashes tirades against Chel Diokno several times in a late-night address, and even pokes fun at his appearance. The human rights lawyer urges him to focus on the needs of the people at this time.

PRESIDENT'S IRE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a late-night televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

Duterte distances self from NBI probe vs Vico Sotto

Apr 04, 2020 - 1:28 AM

'Wala akong pakialam sa operasyon ng NBI, kung ano gusto nila,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

HANDS OFF. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a televised address on April 3, 2020. Malacañang photo

DOJ 'leaves it to NBI' to decide legality of own probe on Vico Sotto

Apr 02, 2020 - 8:21 PM

'The DOJ will monitor and provide such guidance as may be requested,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is summoned by the NBI for temporarily allowing tricycles to operate in his city. Photo by Rappler

Vico Sotto, the morning after: 'Tuloy ang trabaho'

Apr 02, 2020 - 12:57 PM

The Pasig mayor says there should be 'good interaction' between local governments and the national government during a time of crisis

VICO SOTTO. Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto during an interview with Rappler in October 2019. Rappler screenshot

NBI will also summon Koko Pimentel for quarantine breach

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'I am not only sure when is his appearance considering that he is still under quarantine,' says National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin

BREACH. Senator Koko Pimentel breaches quarantine protocol when he went to a hospital during a strict self-quarantine for coronavirus.  File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Tito Sotto 'defends' Vico: 'Violation of Bayanihan law can't be retroactive'

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:58 PM

'We have an urgent task at hand, and distractions such as this doesn’t help,' says Senator Joel Villanueva

SUMMONED. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is being summoned by the National Bureau of Investigation. Rappler screenshot

Vico Sotto on NBI summons: We complied with all directives

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:25 PM

'Wala po masyadong sense,' the Pasig mayor says of the NBI seeking an explanation for his alleged violation of a law that did not yet exist at the time

VICO SOTTO. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto addresses residents of Pasig city on October 8, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

#ProtectVico trends worldwide after NBI summons Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:22 PM

This is the second time that Filipinos online rallied behind the neophyte mayor using the same hashtag

NBI summons Vico Sotto for 'violating' Bayanihan Law

Apr 01, 2020 - 6:17 PM

'We complied with all directives. Hindi po illegal magbigay ng opinyon. At alam kaya nila na March 24 naging batas ang Bayanihan Act?' says the Pasig mayor

PASIG POLICY. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto joins in the distribution of 2,000 food packs to health care frontliners. Photo from Pasig Public Information Office


For LGUs that disobey national govt, NBI will probe without complaint

Apr 01, 2020 - 1:48 PM

The NBI says the order to investigate came March 31, although Malacañang reported to Congress that they were already 'filing charges'

LGU EFFORTS. Barangay Malanday in Marikina City on March 20, 2020, installs an emergency isolation tent at the barangay covered court to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler


Malacañang: NBI 'filing charges' vs LGU officials not complying with guidelines

Mar 31, 2020 - 7:13 PM

The NBI and the DOJ are unable so far to provide details on these cases

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. Local government workers in Sta. Rosa, Laguna pack relief goods on March 22, 2019, that will be distributed to families affected by the Luzon lockdown. Photo by Mary Grace dela Cerna/Rappler


Fighting coronavirus requires efforts to help the poor – PCIJ report

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:48 AM

The COVID-19 battleground is not just about hospitals, but also about the poorest communities that lack the means to feed and protect themselves. Protecting these communities means protecting everyone else

FOOD SUPPLY. Residents of Quezon City line up for farm to market products at the DAR office in Elliptical Road. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOJ summons Sandra Cam to preliminary probe on Masbate vice-mayor's slay

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:04 PM

The three-member DOJ panel of prosecutors also orders Cam to submit her counter-affidavit for her defense

PCSO member of the Board Sandra Cam during a congress inquiry on February 26, 2020, on the update by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on the status of its Peryahan ng Bayan games and small town lottery. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NBI, PNP reveal red flags for hotels, condominiums used as sex dens

Feb 17, 2020 - 4:28 PM

(UPDATED) The NBI says that some hotels are like ‘wet markets,’ with constant drop-off and pick-up of passengers by taxi drivers

Atty. Joel Tovera, Chief of Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation, at the senate inquiry on the sexual trafficking connected to POGO operations in the country. February 17, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P68-M worth of shabu hidden in tea bags seized in Bacoor

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:12 AM

The National Bureau of Investigation says the illegal drugs were supposedly supplied by a Bilibid inmate

ARRESTED. Suspects Irene Biazon and Reynaldo Cordero are presented at a press conference at the NBI headquarters on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Quiboloy spokesman says former church members behind FBI arrests

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:19 PM

A spokesman of televangelist Apollo Quiboloy said the arrest of Kingdom of Jesus Christ officials is part of a conspiracy

CIDG nabs 5 suspects in ex-Batangas congressman's slay

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:54 AM

(UPDATED) The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group is preparing cases against the suspected killers of former Batangas congressman Edgar Mendoza and his 2 aides

FORMER LAWMAKER. Former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mendoza

Document trove shows how 'Africa's richest woman' stole fortune – ICIJ

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:47 PM

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' latest series – called 'Luanda Leaks' – zeroes in on Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former Angola president Jose Eduardo dos Santos

ISABEL DOS SANTOS. In this file photo taken on February 5, 2018 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos delivers a speech during the start of the new EFACEC Portuguese corporation's electric mobility industrial unit in Maia. Photo by Miguel Riopa/AFP

OFW Villavende sexually abused, battered before death – NBI autopsy

Jan 12, 2020 - 12:53 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra says the NBI will submit a formal report on the autopsy results on Jeanelyn Villavende's body on January 13

Mendoza family seeks justice for ex-Batangas congressman, aides

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:24 PM

'We ask for everyone's prayers that his soul rests in peace together with Nick and Ruel, who stood by him until the end, and that justice be accorded to all of them,' says the family of former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza

FORMER LAWMAKER. Former Batangas 2nd District representative Edgar Mendoza. Photo from the Facebook page of Edgar Mendoza

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: By blood and marriage

Dec 28, 2019 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) Part 2: Their men fight at the frontlines, but by blood and marriage, these women played a crucial role in the Marawi siege and the establishment of an ISIS caliphate in the Philippines

Army HQ to probe doctored photo of communist surrenderers

Dec 28, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The Philippine Army says it will sanction 'whoever is accountable' for the photoshopped image of supposed communist guerrillas surrendering to the government

FAKED IMAGE. The Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division admitted to doctoring this image to depict a row of supposedly surrendered guerrillas. Photo from the Philippine Army's 9th Infantry Division

Women of the Eastern Caliphate: Hiding in plain sight

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:00 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: From hapless accomplices, women are becoming willing and enthusiastic actors in jihad

Still withholding SALN, Martires says PCIJ violated wiretapping law

Dec 18, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has a duty to protect the interest of public officials. It's now a stalemate since Malacañang is passing the buck to him to release Duterte's Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth.

SALN. In not releasing SALNs, Ombudsman Samuel Martires says he has the duty to protect the interests of government personnel and officials. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte's 2018 SALN still secret 7 months after deadline – PCIJ report

Dec 11, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's promises of transparency, the public is yet to see his most recent Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets one of the newly-appointed government officials during their oath-taking ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on December 3, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Premeditated murder: The character assassination of Leila de Lima

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The embattled senator’s image turned from dignified to dishonorable in just 3 years. Here’s how social media had a hand in all of it.

Media orgs unite, ask SC for live coverage of Ampatuan judgment

Dec 03, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'Allowing live coverage would allow families unable to travel to Manila to immediately hear the decision of the 58 counts of murder of Judge Jocelyn Solis Reyes,' says the petition signed by media organizations

AMPATUAN MASSACRE. PCP Chairperson Jun Sepe pictured beside the images of the victims of Maguindanao Massacre on November 23, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Comelec: Only 95.87% voter turnout in Lanao del Sur town in 2019 polls

Nov 27, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) This is in response to a PCIJ report based on Comelec's own summary report, which showed a 178% voter turnout for Amai Manabilang, Lanao del Sur, in the 2019 elections

Lanao del Sur town posts 178% voter turnout in 2019 polls – PCIJ

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:43 PM

(UPDATED) Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez says the poll body will look into this, but adds that this 'seems to be an unlikely scenario'

New leak reveals how China runs Xinjiang camps

Nov 25, 2019 - 7:54 AM

(UPDATED) The documents show the strict protocols governing life in the camps in Xinjiang, where an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are held

XINJIANG. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

PH stops unloading of toxic substance from South Korea

Nov 23, 2019 - 3:16 PM

A joint team of the Philippine Coast Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation prevents a Liberian-flagged merchant ship from unloading 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance

INTERCEPTED. PCG and NBI intercept the unloading of 53,000 metric tons of toxic substance from South Korea. Photo from PCG

Sotto asks NBI: Where is Andy Bautista?

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:10 PM

The NBI says it is aware the former Comelec chief is in the US, and that 'they are studying their next move'

WHERE IS HE? Andres Bautista, former chair of the Commission on Elections, disappeared from the public scene after being impeached by the House of Representatives amid a nasty feud with his estranged wife. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Delays, anomalies in Lanao infra projects haunt Bangsamoro region

Nov 14, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Lack of contracts, delays of over one year mar public works projects in Lanao del Sur's 2nd District, pressuring the new Bangsamoro government to act

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

Labor, rights groups condemn 'tokhang-style' raids of activists' offices

Nov 02, 2019 - 1:54 PM

(UPDATED) The BPO Industry Employees Network and the Communications Workers of America also call for the release of trade union organizer Mary Anne Krueger, who was among those arrested in Bacolod

Vietnam arrests 2 in UK truck death investigation

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:18 PM

Vietnam says two people were arrested for alleged involvement in the case, which has exposed the dangers of illegal people-smuggling from Vietnam to Europe

Authorities arrest 56 in Bacolod crackdown on militant groups

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:21 AM

(UPDATED) Bayan Negros says the firearms recovered from the raids were planted by arresting teams

EVIDENCE. The stash of firearms recovered from one of the offices of progressive groups raided  in Bacolod City Thursday, October 31. Contributed Photo