Son of Zamboanga del Norte mayor abducted

Sep 06, 2017 - 7:41 PM

The son is kidnapped by around 6 unidentified armed men at Labason proper in Zamboanga del Norte

CA affirms conviction in 2004 murder of Coca-Cola exec Chua-Sy

Aug 21, 2017 - 12:26 PM

A careful examination of the records shows that there was conspiracy among the accused appellants since each of them played a role in the commission of the crime the CA s ruling says

AFFIRMATION. Court of Appeals upholds trial court ruling sentencing to life imprisonment 19 individuals behind the kidnapping-murder of Betty Chua-Sy. File photo from the CA website

PH Navy rescues Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Vietnamese Do Trung Huiqe is a crew member of MV Royal 16 that the bandits attacked in November 2016

The week in photos: August 12-18, 2017

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:12 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ANTI-RACISM. Protesters block both directions of the Interstate 580 freeway during a rally against racism in Oakland, California on August 12, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

3 Zamboanga workers escape Abu Sayyaf

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:42 PM

Jason Pon Vailoces Joel de Meza Adanza and Filemon Francisco Guerero Jr were taken from their construction barracks on July 15 and threatened with beheading

Chinese nationals cleared in Singaporean kidnapping case

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The DOJ resolution says the Singaporean victim failed to positively identify the 30 Chinese suspects as among those who kidnapped her from a casino in Manila

70 villagers kidnapped in Afghanistan, at least 7 killed – police

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:49 AM

The police accuse the Taliban of the kidnappings but it is not clear why the villagers were targeted

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VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Philippines arrests 44 foreigners for kidnapping Singaporean

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The group was believed to be behind the series of kidnapping incidents against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months

SYNDICATE. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media on Thursday, July 20, 2017, the 42 Chinese and 2 Malaysian nationals suspected to be behind kidnap-for-ransom and loan shark operations preying on casino patrons. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf beheads 2 Vietnamese hostages

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Va Hai were among the crew members of a Vietnamese cargo vessel attacked by the Abu Sayyaf off Sibago Island in Basilan in November 2016

Bangladesh police find 'missing' government critic

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:11 AM

UPDATED The wife of Farhad Mazhar a well known poet writer and dissident tells police he telephoned early on Monday to tell her he was being taken away by a man and feared he would be killed

WATCH: A prayer for Marawi's hostaged priest

Jun 01, 2017 - 9:17 AM

Rappler sits down for an interview with Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña about the abduction of his right hand man and friend Father Teresito Chito Soganub

PRESSURED. Bishop Edwin dela Peña worries about Father Teresito Soganub, who was kidnapped by the Maute Group. Rappler photo

Communist rebels release soldier in Bukidnon

May 24, 2017 - 4:24 PM

The New People s Army releases Technical Sergeant Joseph Paredes nearly a month after he was abducted by communist rebels in Valencia City

COMMUNIST INSURGENCY. The Duterte administration vowed to end the decades-long communist insurgency through peace negotiations. File photo by Karlos Manlupig/Rapper

Nigeria president vows support for freed Chibok girls

May 08, 2017 - 11:04 AM

President Buhari: I cannot express in a few words how happy I am to welcome our dear girls back to freedom

WITH THE PRESIDENT. An handout picture released by the PGDBA&HND Mass Communication shows Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) addressing the 82 rescued Chibok girls during a reception ceremony at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, on May 7, 2017. PGDBA&HND Mass Communication/Sunday Aghaeze/Handout/AFP

Nigeria prisoner swap secures release of 82 Chibok girls

May 07, 2017 - 7:48 AM

UPDATED The presidency announces that months of talks with the jihadists has yielded results just over 6 months after 21 of their classmates were freed with the help of international mediators

KIDNAPPED. This file photo taken on May 12, 2014 is screengrab taken from a video of Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram obtained by Agence France-Presse shows girls, wearing the full-length hijab and praying in an undisclosed rural location. Boko Haram/handout/AFP

Another notorious Abu Sayyaf leader killed

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:04 AM

3RD UPDATE Alhabsy Misaya – the leader of an Abu Sayyaf subgroup in Indanan Sulu – is dead says the military

Dumlao, suspect in Korean's murder, appears before Pampanga court

Apr 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

The court grants the motion of Superintendent Rafael Dumlao III to be detained in Camp Crame to defer his transfer to any detention facility

Supt. Rafael Dumlao III is escorted by city policemen and members of the PNP-Special Operation Unit as he leaves the Angeles City Hall of Justice after he was presented to the judge who issued an arrest warrant against him. Contributed photo

Abu Sayyaf beheads soldier in Sulu

Apr 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED Kapareho nilang Tausug pero ginawa pa rin nila yung karumaldumal na pagpugot says Brigadier General Cirilito Sobejana

Soldier in Sulu abducted by Abu Sayyaf – military

Apr 21, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Staff Sergeant Anni Siraji is abducted by about 7 people at 9:30 am while on the road heading to Igasan Patikul Sulu

Father of Chibok girls, 3 years on: 'I lost my peace'

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:34 PM

Three years after Boko Haram abducted 276 girls many grief stricken families still wait for their children to return

STILL WAITING. The Mark family at home. Three years ago, two girls from the family were among the 276 Chibok schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram armed group Photo by Chika Oduah/Al Jazeera

Arrest warrant out for Matobato for 2002 kidnapping

Mar 28, 2017 - 2:23 PM

UPDATED Edgar Matobato is ordered arrested for the kidnapping of alleged terrorist Sali Makdum in 2002 a non bailable offense

Edgar Matobato attends a Senate hearing on September 22, 2016. Photo by LeAnn Jazul/Rappler

2 Filipino crewmen taken off Basilan

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:13 PM

They were taken on Thursday March 23 the same day the Philippine Navy rescued two Malaysian hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu

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Abu Sayyaf kidnaps 13 in Duterte's first months

Mar 10, 2017 - 4:31 PM

The worsening situation in Sulu is prompting the military to consider transferring an entire division to province

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

Korean vs Korean in Pampanga? Cops say yes

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Pampanga police file a criminal complaint against Jung Young Hun before an Angeles prosecutor

KIDNAPPING CHARGES. Jung Young Hun alias 'Tomas' was last publicly visible on January 31, 2017 when he attended the case conference with investigators as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

'Duterte' couple abducted in Zamboanga del Norte

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:26 AM

Authorities have yet to determine if Jose and Jessica Palma Duterte are related to the President

Sta Isabel pushes Korean mafia angle in counter-affidavit

Mar 03, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Are Filipinos more inclined to commit crimes than Korean nationals? asks Sta Isabel

SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel subscribes to his sworn affidavit during a hearing at the Department of Justice on March 2, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

14 soldiers wounded in clashes with Abu Sayyaf

Mar 03, 2017 - 3:54 PM

The troops reportedly encounter the group of Abu Sayyaf top leader Radullan Sahiron

File photo of Filipino soldiers in Sulu

8-year-old Abu Sayyaf hostage freed

Feb 28, 2017 - 7:24 AM

UPDATED Rexon Romoc – freed after his family allegedly paid a P3 million ransom to the Abu Sayyaf – is presented to President Rodrigo Duterte

PALACE GUEST. Freed Abu Sayyaf hostage Ricson Romon, 8, is brought to Malacañang to meet President Rodrigo Duterte on February 28, 2017. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

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ABDUCTED. German nationals Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

Crewman of Vietnamese ship killed off PH, 7 others abducted

Feb 20, 2017 - 1:53 PM

The Abu Sayyaf is known to operate in the area but the Philippine Coast Guard says investigation is still ongoing

Indian national fears fabricated rape case against him

Feb 19, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Crime in the Indian community is reminiscent of recently reported crime among Koreans in Pampanga

Take NBI off case, Jee Ick Joo's widow urges Duterte

Feb 17, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Jee s widow Choi Kyung jin cites reports that NBI men were involved in the murder of her husband

LOSS OF TRUST. Jee Ick Joo's widow Choi Kyung-jin attends the DOJ hearing into her husband's kidnapping-murder case on February 16, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Family of slain Korean businessman withdraws case from NBI

Feb 16, 2017 - 7:50 PM

The lawyer for Jee Ick Joo s widow tells the DOJ panel As far as the NBI is concerned they are not part of this case anymore

JEE CAMP. Atty Ryan Bantilan (extreme left) confers with Jee's widow Choi Kyung-jin and her Korean companions.

Abu Sayyaf threatens to kill German hostage

Feb 14, 2017 - 5:56 PM

UPDATED The Abu Sayyaf Group is reportedly asking for P30 million in ransom based on a video

ABDUCTED. German nationals Jurgen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz (R) pose for a photograph on May 5, 2009 in Berbera. File photo by Mustafa Abdi/AFP

Rappler Talk: Ping Lacson and the rule of law

Feb 02, 2017 - 6:05 PM

From police chief to fugitive to senator – Ping Lacson talks about law enforcement as a person who has been in both sides of the law

Korean 'tipster' working with corrupt cops – Central Luzon Police

Feb 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Korean tipster identified by the Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops in Angeles City is the same man who helps rescue 3 Korean tourists

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

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Suspect in Korean's slay to be transferred to NBI custody

Jan 30, 2017 - 3:43 PM

UPDATED Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr of the Angeles City court also grants the motion of SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel and two other suspects to order the justice department to reinvestigate the case of Jee Ick Joo

LEAVING COURT. SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel is escorted from the Angeles City Hall of Justice. Photo by Jun Malig/Rappler

Lacson suspends 'tokhang for ransom' hearings

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The Senate will wait and see how the PNP s order to stop anti illegal drugs operations will pan out says Senator Panfilo Lacson

WAIT AND SEE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa orders all police units to cease anti-illegal drugs operations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#AnimatED: Leadership breakdown in PNP

Jan 30, 2017 - 11:13 AM

It takes the death of a South Korean businessman – an embarrassment says President Duterte – for the PNP to realize it s gone too far in its war on drugs

Dela Rosa orders PNP: Stop war on drugs

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:33 AM

President Duterte will determine when the police can go back to its anti illegal drugs operations says the PNP chief

HITTING BACK. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa during his assumption of command ceremony at Camp Crame on July 1, 2016. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Jee Ick Joo case: Tangled webs, inconsistent stories

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Will the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police be able to work together and arrive at the truth?

'TOKHANG FOR RANSOM?' SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, the principal suspect in the kidnap and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Funeral home owner vows to 'tell all' in Korean's slay

Jan 27, 2017 - 10:24 AM

UPDATED Former cop Gerardo Santiago who returned to Manila from Canada on Friday is now under the protective custody of the National Bureau of Investigation

Sta. Isabel: Garbo friend helped me enter intel directorate

Jan 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM

The testimony at the Senate is not the first time retired police general Marcelo Garbo is mentioned in relation to Ricky Sta Isabel suspect in the killing of a Korean businessman

KIDNAP COP? SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel during the senate hearing on January 26, 2017. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Duterte: Jee Ick Joo's killers will go to prison

Jan 26, 2017 - 4:48 PM

Tangina kayong pulis bantay kayo hindi ko kayo papalusutin You will suffer Maybe I can send your heads to South Korea President Rodrigo Duterte says in a speech before foreign investors

JUSTICE. President Rodrigo Duterte vows justice for slain South Korean Jee Ick-Joo. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

Murder in Crame: Senate probes Korean kidnap-slay case

Jan 26, 2017 - 10:34 AM

The kidnap slay case of Jee Ick Joo is only the latest controversy to hound the Philippine police as it wages its war on drugs

SUSPECT. Police officer Ricky Sta Isabel (C), one of the suspects in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, is escorted by fellow policemen as they leave the National Bureau of Investigation building in Manila on January 20, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cop linked to Korean's slay seeks return to NBI custody

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM

SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel says he no longer feels safe inside Camp Crame after implicating powerful officials in the abduction and murder of Jee Ick Joo

SUSPECT. Police officer Ricky Sta Isabel (C), one of the suspects in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo, is escorted by fellow policemen as they leave the National Bureau of Investigation building in Manila on January 20, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cop suspects in Korean kidnap-slay brought to court

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The presentation SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel and SPO4 Roy Villegas at an Angeles City court is reportedly upon the insistence of a judge

SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel (in protective gear) waits inside the clerk of court’ office of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 58 on January 24. Contributed photo / Rappler