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Albayalde retires with no traditional honors, but benefits intact

Nov 09, 2019 - 8:00 AM

There are no troops on parade as beleaguered police general Oscar Albayalde retires from the service, still hounded by the 'ninja cops' criminal complaint he faces

RETIRED GENERAL. Former PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde retires from the service on November 8, 2019, skipping traditional retirement honors. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

19 senators sign report vs Albayalde, 'ninja cops'

Nov 05, 2019 - 7:06 PM

A simple majority or 13 votes is needed for the Senate to adopt the report which recommends the filing of criminal charges against resigned top cop Oscar Albayalde and the 13 'ninja cops'

NINJA COPS. Senator Richard Gordon shows a document at the hearing on drug recycling on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde: Guevarra does not have power to reopen drug recycling probe

Nov 05, 2019 - 6:08 PM

Guevarra cites the 2000 NPS Rules on Appeal, while Albayalde cites the 2017 revised manual for prosecutors in the reopened investigation into the alleged drug recycling of the so-called Pampanga ninja cops

NINJA COPS PROBE. Former Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde subscribes  to his counter affidavit during a hearing at the Department of Justice on November 5, 2019 over the reopened investigation into the ninja cops case. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

No hard evidence to file admin case vs Albayalde over ninja cops – Año

Nov 04, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Command responsibility merits Oscar Albayalde's removal from his post, but this becomes moot since he has stepped down, says DILG chief Eduardo Año

NO HARD EVIDENCE. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says current allegations against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde are just "words against words". Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

The Vatican out of money? Heavens no, says Pope ally

Oct 22, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'To say that the Vatican is at danger of default is false,' says Honduran Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga, who heads a group of 6 cardinals that advise Pope Francis on economic reforms

Faithfuls listen to Pope Francis delivering a speech from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St Peter's Square in The Vatican on April 22, 2019, during the Regina Coeli prayer. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)

PNP-CIDG includes ex-boss Albayalde in drug complaint

Oct 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Resigned police chief Oscar Albayalde is accused of criminal conduct by his own subordinates at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Massive reshuffling shakes PNP after Albayalde controversy

Oct 20, 2019 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) At least 20 generals and 2 colonels are moved to new posts just days after the Philippine National Police got a scolding from President Rodrigo Duterte over the 'ninja cops' controversy

COMMAND CONFERENCE. Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa leads the meeting of PNP's top officials on Tuesday, October 15, after police chief General Oscar Albayalde resigned. PNP Photo

PNP: Albayalde, 'ninja cops' innocent until proven guilty

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'The PNP will let justice, fairness, and due process of law take its course,' says the Philippine National Police in response to the Senate recommendation to file charges against its former chief and 13 cops over a 2013 drug operation

LAST MESSAGE. Police General Oscar delivers his last message during the Regular Monday Flag Raising at Camp Rafael T Crame in Quezon City following his announcement this morning, October 14, of his resignation as the PNP Chief and moved to non-duty status. He said his move aims to pave the way for President Rodrigo Duterte to choose the new PNP Chief. Albayalde will compulsory retire on November 8. PNP Photo

Senate panels recommend criminal charges vs Albayalde, 'ninja cops' over 2013 drug raid

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM

'Do I think they're guilty? Yes,' says Senator Richard Gordon

DRAFT REPORT. Senator Richard Gordon presents to the media the draft committee report on drug recycling. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Gordon hits Panelo: Why act as 'spokesman of Albayalde'?

Oct 16, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is 'being disrespectful' by commenting on the Senate probe into 'ninja cops'

OUT SOON. Senator Richard Gordon says that the committee report on the GCTA mess will be released soon. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[PODCAST] Ninja cops: Ang isyung nagpabagsak sa hepe ng PNP

Oct 16, 2019 - 1:33 PM

Ano ang implikasyon ng isyu tungkol sa ninja cops sa kampanya laban sa droga ni Pangulong Duterte? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan, police reporter Rambo Talabong, at Senate reporter Aika Rey.

Ambush interview with Gen. ALbayalde after the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

From tough cop to ‘coddler’: Oscar Albayalde’s fall from grace

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Oscar Albayalde was known as a strict cop. A year and 6 months later, a defeated Albayalde steps down from his post, amid piling allegations that he was not strict enough with his own men.

When to quit

Oct 14, 2019 - 9:00 PM

When does resignation become an act of courage and a show of character? When does it serve the greater good?

Panelo sees weak evidence vs Albayalde in Senate hearings

Oct 14, 2019 - 1:50 PM

The Malacañang spokesman can't say for certain if President Rodrigo Duterte asked Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde to resign

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

READ: Oscar Albayalde's resignation statement to the PNP

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:49 AM

Here is Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde's resignation statement read before thousands of cops early Monday morning

RESIGNED. PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde takes oath before the start of the seventh hearing of the GCTA at the senate. October 1, 2019. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Resigned PNP chief Albayalde to still enjoy retirement benefits

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:38 AM

Resigned Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde will retire with the full benefits of a 4-star general

BENEFITS REMAIN. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Archie Gamboa is PNP officer-in-charge after Albayalde resigns

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:37 AM

Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa is one of the top contenders to replace resigned police chief General Oscar Albayalde

PNP OIC. Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Amid 'ninja cops' issue, Albayalde steps down as PNP chief

Oct 14, 2019 - 8:13 AM

(UPDATED) This comes after weeks of allegations that he was complicit with 'ninja cops' in a 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation

STEPPING DOWN. Oscar Albayalde atthe PNP Change of Command Ceremony on April 19,2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Panelo's alternative reality

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Plus the mayors' 100-day milestones

Albayalde threatens to sue ex-general who implicated him in 2013 drug operation

Oct 10, 2019 - 1:20 PM

'Lacadin has a lot of explaining to do and he will have his day in court,' says Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde, after denying rumors that he has resigned

THREATS FROM THE CHIEF. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Senators grill Albayalde on how a 'ninja cop' got a juicy post

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:23 PM

Major Rodney Balayo IV, who is among the alleged ninja cops, served as the deputy police chief of Tagaytay City. He is now on 'floating status.'

JUICY POST. Senators are enraged on why Major Rodney Baloyo IV holds the acting Tagaytay police chief post given his involvement in the 2013 illegal drug raid. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-police general: Albayalde told me he 'got a little' from 2013 drug raid

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:02 PM

Retired police general Rudy Lacadin tells a Senate panel that top cop Oscar Albayalde, who was Pampanga police chief then, made the comment when he called him about his investigation into a controversial drug operation

INVESTIGATION. Former PNP Central Luzon director PGen. Rudy Lacadin recounts his experience when he was the deputy director of the CIDG at the 9th Senate blue ribbon hearing on October 9, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde: I will fire 'ninja cops' if reinvestigation shows wrongdoing

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:44 PM

Both the PNP's Internal Affairs Service and the National Police Commission are reinvestigating administrative liability of the so-called 'ninja cops' involved in a 2013 Pampanga drug operation

PNP chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde during the 9th hearing of the GCTA controversy on October 9, 2019.Photo by Angie de SIlva/Rappler

Death threats? Albayalde says Magalong can request escorts from PNP

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:19 AM

'He can always write us, even direct, request directly to me,' says Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde

THREATENED. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong gives his statement before the Senate on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde: Let's ‘move on’ from ‘ninja cops’ issue

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:02 AM

‘I enjoin everyone to move on now that the President has spoken,’ says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, after President Rodrigo Duterte called for people to listen for his side on the 'ninja cops' issue

'MOVE ON.' Ambush interview with General Albayalde after the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde vows a cleaner police force with police training institute

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'The PNP will see to it that the NPTI will produce only ideal police officers and men and specifically, those who have the moral fiber not to engage in illegal activities,' says PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

CLEANER POLICE FORCE. PNPA Homecoming on March 17,2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte defends Albayalde: 'He has the right to be heard'

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:21 PM

'[Due process is] given to the criminals.... It should be given to a general of the Philippine National Police because under the laws we're all equal,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

EMBATTLED CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde faces media after the Senate's 7th hearing on the Good Conduct Time Allowance law at the Senate on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOJ reopens probe of Pampanga drug recycling case

Oct 06, 2019 - 3:17 PM

(UPDATED) A Senate exposé implicating retiring PNP chief Oscar Albayalde prompts Guevarra not just to expedite the review of the case junked in 2017, but to reopen it altogether

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong giving hi statement and divulging the names of “ninja cops” in a case in Pamapanga. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PMA’s record of hazing deaths

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

(UPDATED) On the flipside of the Philippine Military Academy’s proud history of churning out military and police generals is a list of cadets who died as a result of hazing

COURAGE, INTEGRITY, LOYALTY. Cadets at the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City are now honor-bound to tell if they have experienced or perpetrated hazing. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Gordon lashes out at Albayalde: 'You dropped the ball big time'

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde 'handheld' to this day a group of cops involved in an irregular drug operation in Pampanga in 2013

DON'T MESS WITH THE SENATE. Senator Richard Gordon reminds resource persons at the hearing of the Senate blue ribbon committee that they can't peddle lies at  the Senate. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Police investigator clears Albayalde in 2013 'ninja cops' buy-bust

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:18 PM

But PNP chief Oscar Albayalde is still accused by PDEA chief Aaron Aquino of attempting to delay the dismissal of the 13 'ninja cops' involved in the anomalous operation

INVESTIGATOR. Retired police BGen. Manuel Gaerlan testifies about his investigation on the 'ninja cops' at the 8th Senate hearing on the GCTA Law mes on October 3, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PDEA chief gets death threats after tagging Albayalde in 'ninja cops' issue

Oct 03, 2019 - 12:43 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'I received a call from a friend who confirmed that some personalities are plotting against my family,' Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency chief Aaron Aquino tells a Senate panel

THREATENED. PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Tarnished' PNP stint? Senators doubt, defend Albayalde

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:09 PM

'Whatever happens, indeed, his stint as PNP chief is tarnished by this revelation. It's a very serious allegation,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon

TOP COP. Journalists interview PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde after a Senate hearing on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte to await Año probe before deciding on Albayalde's fate

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:36 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he will be 'fair' in deciding whether or not to fire Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde, who retires in a month

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde takes oath before the start of the seventh hearing of the GCTA at the senate. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde fires back at Magalong: You could have eliminated 'ninja cops' yourself

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:01 PM

(UPDATED) 'Hindi ko alam kung anong gustong ipalabas ni General Magalong,' says an irked PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde

TOP COP VS RETIRED COP. PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde (left) and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong face off at a Senate hearing on October 1, 2019. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde intervened in dismissal of Pampanga 'ninja cops' – PDEA chief

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:55 PM

(5th UPDATE) When they were police regional directors, PDEA chief Aaron Aquino says he was asked if he can review a dismissal order against alleged 'ninja cops' by now PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

TOP COP. PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde gives his statement at the start of the 7th hearing on the GCTA on October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Albayalde: ‘Drug queen’ issue shouldn’t have been publicized

Sep 28, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'It’s as if the PNP is being blamed for everything already,' says a visibly frustrated Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8

READY TO RETIRE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters at the Philippine Military Academy. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Search is on for next PNP chief as Albayalde prepares for retirement

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:53 AM

Top police officials say there are 3 top contenders for General Oscar Albayalde’s post

READY TO RETIRE. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde hit the mandatory age of retirement on November 8, 2019. File photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Verdict' is Philippine entry to Oscars 2020

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'Verdict' stars Maxine Eigenmann and Kristoffer King

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

PNP: Warrantless arrests 'applicable' if GCTA releases revoked

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:32 AM

'These convicts will be treated as fugitives from justice,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Peace and order in Negros 'remains normal' – Albayalde

Aug 06, 2019 - 11:53 AM

Top cop General Oscar Albayalde says the police are 'doing everything' to keep President Rodrigo Duterte from using emergency powers to address the spate of killings in Negros Island

BULLET HOLES. The car of lawyer Anthony Trinidad is riddled with bullet holes after they were attacked in Guihulngan City on July 23. Photo courtesy of the Negros Oriental Police Office

Canelo loses IBF belt after title defense deal collapses

Aug 02, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez has been forced to relinquish his IBF belt after negotiations with Sergiy Derevyanchenko fell through

FURIOUS. The camp of Canelo Alvarez (left) – who won the IBF belt after beating Daniel Jacobs – calls the incident as an 'insult' to boxing. Photo from DAZN

Extortionists arrested for promising release of Cagayan de Oro mayor’s son

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The group contacts Mayor Oscar Moreno through a certain Ryan Maborang, who claims he can facilitate the release of Sean Moreno, who is detained in Pampanga over drug charges

SUSPECTS. Cagayan de Oro City Oscar Moreno (center) is flanked by police officers from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region X as suspects who tried to extort from him are presented. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

P135-M ecopark to rise in old dumpsite in Cagayan de Oro

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:14 PM

Mayor Oscar Moreno says he 'wanted to make something of the old dumpsite' in Barangay Carmen, in explaining why he wanted an ecopark in that area

GROUNDBREAKING. Cagayan de Oro Mayor Oscar Moreno (left) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the ecopark project in the city. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro mayor's son arrested in drug bust

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Sean Moreno is arrested with 7 other suspects in Angeles City, Pampanga, in possession of party drugs

Ditsi Carolino, Baby Ruth Villarama invited to be part of U.S. Academy

Jul 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

The two filmmakers and documentarists are among those invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to be part of the organization

Lady Gaga leads surge in women to become Oscar voters

Jul 02, 2019 - 9:29 AM

Other female actresses such as Claire Foy and Elisabeth Moss, and 'Crazy Rich Asians' director Jon Chu have also been issued invites to be part the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Lady Gaga accepts Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for 'Shallow' onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Bodies of drowned migrant man, daughter back in El Salvador

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

A shocking photo of the lifeless bodies of Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria lying face down in the Rio Grande has fueled concern and outrage around the world

FATHER-DAUGHTER. The corpses of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Martinez (left) and his daughter Angie Valeria are transported to the forensic service in Matamoros, Tamaulipas State, Mexico on June 26, 2019, after they were found drowned. Photo by Marco Rodriguez/AFP

CA junks 24 administrative cases vs Cagayan de Oro’s Oscar Moreno

Jun 22, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The justices find no convincing proof that Oscar Moreno, when he was governor of Misamis Oriental, did wrong in approving the rental of heavy equipment for road repairs