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Gamboa: PNP to win back public confidence after Albayalde controversy

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:53 PM

'To some extent, there’s a bit of a loss on credibility on the part of the PNP,' says PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

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

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

PNP OIC Gamboa to cops: Ignore controversy, do your jobs

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:26 PM

Philippine National Police Officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa addresses the 190,000-strong police force after General Oscar Albayalde resigns early Monday morning

OFFICER-IN-CHARGE. Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa in a press briefing after General Oscar Albayalde resigned. PNP screenshot

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

Metro Manila's next top cop sees diversity, big population as challenges

Oct 11, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Brigadier General Debold Sinas makes the big leap from director of Central Visayas police regional director based in Cebu City to chief of the premiere NCR police office

NEW CHALLENGE. Brigadier General Debold Sinas will transfer from his post in Cebu City as the regions top cop to take over as Metro Manila's police chief. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

[OPINION] 'Bumagsak din ako': Ang muling pagbangon ng isang guro

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:00 AM

‘Ginawa ko ba ang lahat? Sinubukan ko ba lahat ng paraan? Paano kung may hindi pala ako nagawa? Bakit hindi sya natuto?’

Central Visayas top cop Debold Sinas is next Metro Manila police chief

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:19 PM

Incumbent National Capital Region Police Office chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar is set to become the Philippine National Police's chief of the Directorial Staff

GOING NORTH. Brigadier General Debold Sinas is set to lead the National Capital Region Police Office. Photo from Police Regional Office 7.

DOJ summons 'ninja cops' in reinvestigation

Oct 10, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The 13 policemen are directed to appear at the Department of Justice on Wednesday, October 16

Police Major Rodney Raymund Baloyo IV, head of the raiding team of a suspected Chinese drug dealer in Pampanga on November 2013. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

'Zip it,' Sotto tells Malacañang officials questioning 'ninja cops' probe

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III makes the statement after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo claimed that the Senate investigation has become 'politicized'

ZIP IT. Senate President Vicente Sotto III tells critics of the Senate blue ribbon hearings to 'zip it'. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senate orders arrest of 'ninja cop' after repeated no-show at hearings

Oct 09, 2019 - 11:49 AM

Master Sergeant Ronald Santos is among the 13 cops involved in a questionable drug operation in Pampanga in 2013

NINJA COPS. Senator Richard Gordon approves the motion citing SPO1 Ronald Bayas Santos in contempt at the 9th Senate blue ribbon hearing. File p by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DILG to local governments: Cooperate in DSWD's data collection or face sanction

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:36 PM

The DSWD's data collection of the poorest families in the country has not been totally successful because of communication lapses with barangay officials

DILG Undersecretary Martin Diño at the press hearing for the launch of Listahanan 3 data collection. Photo Courtesy of DSWD

PNHS holds 40th national confab on national and local history, honors Samuel K. Tan

Oct 07, 2019 - 11:43 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine National Historical Society is holding the 40th National Conference on Local and National History

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

Claims vs Manila 'drug queen' still only 'speculation' – PDEA

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:06 PM

After repeatedly branding her as a 'drug queen' 'law enforcers say they are still in the process of building a case against former barangay chief Guia Gomez Castro

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

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

Senate detains alleged 'ninja cop' Baloyo in Bilibid

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'Alam mo nagsisinungaling ka,' Senator Panfilo Lacson tells Major Rodney Baloyo, one of the alleged ninja cops, as the Senate cites him in contempt

NINJA COP? Police Major Rodney Raymund Baloyo IV, head of the raiding team of a suspected Chinese drug dealer in Pampanga on November 2013. 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

'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

'Spectacle of a grand cover-up': Senate hearing bares how 'ninja cops' remain in service

Oct 02, 2019 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'Why are you trying to get the people off the hook? Are you the mafia or the PNP?' asks Senator Richard Gordon, without naming names

INTERVENTION? Philippines' top cop General Oscar Albayalde is tagged in the 2013 case involving his former men at the Pampanga police. 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

[OPINYON] Kay Ma’am / Ser

Oct 01, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Napakapalad kong naliligid ako ng sangkaterbang guro, ang pinakadakilang paraan para pabutihin ang mundo

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

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

After 'ninja cops' revelation, PNP recalls PDEA chief's escorts

Sep 30, 2019 - 10:48 AM

'The normal is two, and that is allowed by the Alunan doctrine, even if you were regional director, or even if you were police chief,' says Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde

'NOT NORMAL' PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino supposedly kept 15 police escorts, exceeding the normal number of aides given to VIPs. File photo by Darren Langit/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

At least 3 arrest warrants out vs Manila 'drug queen'

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:54 AM

(UPDATED) Alleged Manila drug queen Guia Gomez Castro is wanted by at least 3 courts, according to Metro Manila police chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar

DRUG QUEEN.' Guia Gomez Castro is accused of being in cahoots with "ninja cops" in Manila. Photo from Manila PIO

Senate to send 'ninja cops' list to Duterte

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Senate President Vicente Sotto III asks: 'What due diligence' is the Philippine National Police talking about when the President is asking for the list?

NINJA COPS. The Senate will send the list of 'ninja cops' to the President. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP invokes 'rights' as Senate allows naming of 'ninja cops'

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:29 AM

'We request, however that the Senate exercise due diligence in protecting the rights of these persons,' says the Philippine National Police

PNP CRIES RIGHTS. The Philippine National Police cautions the Senate against publicly naming cops allegedly linked to illegal drugs. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Senate authorizes panels to divulge 'ninja cops' info from executive session

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:22 PM

Seventeen senators vote in favor of making public the list of cops involved in drug recycling

EXECUTIVE SESSION. Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, former police officer assigned to the CIDG, testifies during the panel before he requested for an executive session with the senators. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Drug war documents submitted to Supreme Court 'rubbish'

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Law group Center for International Law or CenterLaw wants to cite in contempt the Office the Solicitor General and the Philippine National Police

DOCUMENTS. The Supreme Court has compelled the Duterte government to submit thousands of documents related to 20,322 drug-related deaths from July 2016 to November 2017.

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

China-backed telco also wants to build structures in PH police camps

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:34 AM

But unlike the military, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año holds off the deal with Dito Telecommunity (formerly Mislatel), citing concerns over ‘some provisions’ in the proposal

NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS. Thousands of cops gather for a program in Camp Crame, the national base of the Philippine National Police. PNP photo

Only court can stop police rearrest of convicts released under GCTA- PNP official

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:44 PM

"We always take cue from the Department of Justice," says Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

Meet 'Mariang Pulis': Philippines' first all-women police station in Siquijor town

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:34 PM

Siquijor top cop Colonel Angela Rejano says the all-women police station in Maria town 'signals the time to move forward' in strengthening the role of women in Philippine law enforcement

ALL WOMEN. The Maria police station on Saturday, September 14. PNP photo

Got what it takes to join the first Philippine National Barista Assembly?

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:04 PM

Baristas unite! On September 20, coffee pros and enthusiasts will gather for a day of coffee and competition

PNP plans to arrest Joma Sison through Interpol

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The Philippine National Police is preparing to ask the International Criminal Police Organization to issue a red notice against exiled communist leader Joma Sison

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde speaking during a press conference at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler