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Bacolod City CIDG chief arrested for extortion

Feb 28, 2020 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) Major Melvin Madrona, who was arrested in an entrapment operation in a cockpit, is accused of demanding P5,000 weekly 'protection money' from the owners of a KTV bar in Bacolod City

ARRESTED. A mugshot of Bacolod City CIDG chief Major Melvin Madrona following his arrest for extortion on February 27, 2020. Photo courtesy of PNP PIO

Police 'still facing blank wall' in BuCor lawyer slay probe

Feb 27, 2020 - 11:18 AM

Muntinlupa police officer-in-charge Colonel Hermogenes Cabe calls on witnesses and informants to help investigators track down the killers of Bureau of Corrections top lawyer Fredric Santos

LITTLE PROGRESS. The Muntinlupa City Police Office. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP Western Visayas clears Espenido of drug links

Feb 24, 2020 - 1:05 PM

This is the first step in Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido's removal from President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial drug list

VETTED. Jovie Espenido at the Department of Justice in Manila on August 29, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sinas recalls order profiling Muslim students in Metro Manila

Feb 21, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas takes back the order for police to list the names of Muslim students in Metro Manila

NEW CHIEF. Metro Manila's new police chief is coming straight from Cebu City, where he's been for the past year serving as the Central Visayas' regional director. Photo from Police Regional Office-7's Facebook page

Metro Manila police ‘profile’ Muslim students for anti-extremism campaign

Feb 21, 2020 - 12:49 AM

Metro Manila cops gather information on Muslim students in high school and college

IN PRAYER. Muslims pray outside the Golden Mosque in Quiapo, Manila during Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, on June 5, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Drug-listed Espenido faces probe for speaking out vs PNP

Feb 19, 2020 - 11:33 AM

PNP chief Gamboa says that all the cops included in Duterte’s drug list had been given the 'general instruction' to keep silent about the list

IN HOT WATER. Jovie Espenido during the Senate hearing on the death of Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rapler

Espenido breaks his silence: PNP committed failure of intelligence on drug list

Feb 17, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido believes that PNP officials, including top cop General Archie Gamboa, have failed him in verifying information about him

DRUG-LISTED. Jovie Espenido during a Senate probe into the death of the late Rolando Espinosa Sr. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/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

Duterte can still lose confidence in Espenido depending on intel

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:35 PM

As the Commander-in-Chief, law enforcement and intelligence agencies answer to Duterte

LISTED. Jovie Espenido talks to reporters after receiving a medal for his efforts on the administration's war on drugs in 2017. Rappler screengrab.

Cop among 357 policemen on Duterte drug list already dead

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:54 AM

According to Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, the cop was recently shot dead

DUTERTE LIST. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the fourth Cabinet Meeting at the State Dining Room in Malacañang Palace on August 1, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Robredo calls on PNP to punish, not tolerate, erring cops

Feb 16, 2020 - 5:45 PM

If the Philippine National Police is perceived as 'covering up' wrongdoing, people would lose trust in the institution, says Vice President Leni Robredo

PNP CHIEF. In this file photo, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Archie Gamboa troops the line during his arrival Ceremony at Camp Crame on January 21, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP general who snatched reporter's phone promoted again

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan now holds the second highest position in the National Capital Region Police Office

ANOTHER PROMOTION. Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan is promoted once more in the Metro Manila police. PNP photo

WATCH: PNP begins weight loss campaign under Gamboa

Feb 13, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Cops need to lose fat before they can get promoted, says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

Public Safety Officers Basic Course Class 2020 with overweight/obesity undergo physical fitness test and body mass index evaluation at Camp Crame in Quezon City on February 13, 20120. The course is designed for police officers with highly technical qualifications like lawyers, physician, nurses, pilots, priests. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Feeling 'insulted' by media, Gamboa keeps mum on Espenido

Feb 13, 2020 - 10:54 AM

PNP chief Gamboa says he promised not to answer questions from Rappler again after it broke the story on Lieutenant Colonel Espenido being part of Duterte's drug list

'NO COMMENT.' PNP chief General Archie Gamboa refuses to address the controversy arising from drug war poster boy Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido being included in President Rodrigo Duterte's own drug list. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

PNP allows general in Duterte drug list to retire early with benefits

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:34 AM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa gives cops on the Duterte drug list the chance to retire early before being investigated for administrative and criminal cases

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

Cebu cop killed during botched buy-bust operation

Feb 12, 2020 - 8:48 PM



Police arrested one suspect in the shooting, and are hunting the other 2

Duterte on removing 'ninja cops': 'Just torture them until they die'

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:53 PM

'If you really love your country, do something about it. 'Di mo naman kailangang patayin eh, torture mo lang hanggang mamatay,' Duterte tells local chief executives

KILL THROUGH TORTURE. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told local chief executives to target policemen who are involved in the illegal drug trade, saying they can torture them until they die. Malacañang file photo

Gamboa warns police in Duterte drug list: If you're guilty, better retire now

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa says they will not publish the names of the police on the drug list, stressing that they are innocent until proven guilty

WARNING. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa tells cops involved in the illegal drug trade to retire already. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP gives general who snatched reporter's phone slap on the wrist

Feb 10, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Metro police chief Debold Sinas says the acceptance by GMA News reporter Jun Veneracion of Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan's apology is why the case against him was dropped

SORRY. Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan denies deleting GMA reporter Jun Veneracion's video. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

11 killed, 111 arrested in weeklong anti-drug sweep in Bulacan

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:09 PM

Bulacan police conduct multiple anti-drug operations from February 3 to February 9

CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. Bulacan launches a massive anti-crime drive in keeping with the President's campaign promise of intensifying the country's anti-drug campaign. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Batang Pinoy, other sports events postponed amid coronavirus threat

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission postpones several national sporting events as a 'safety measure' against the novel coronavirus

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. The PSC has canceled all sports gatherings and activities exceeding 40 people. File photo

Former drug enforcement chief Albert Ferro is new Central Visayas top cop

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Police Brigadier General Albert Ferro was part of the team that arrested suspected drug lord Kerwin Espinosa in Abu Dhabi

NEW CHIEF. PBGen Albert Ignatius Ferro is new chief of the Central Visayas' Police Regional Office. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP cites voided Marcos decree vs 'fake news' amid coronavirus scare

Feb 05, 2020 - 3:22 PM

The Philippine National Police cites Presidential Decree 90, which was repealed 34 years ago

FIGHT VS FAKE NEWS. The police joins the campaign against misinformation on the 2019 novel coronavirus. PNP file photo

NPC suspends Grab's selfie, audio, video recording systems

Feb 05, 2020 - 11:05 AM

The National Privacy Commission says Grab 'did not sufficiently identify and assess the risks posed by these systems on the rights and freedoms' of its passengers

SUSPENDED. Grab's in-car audio and video recording were suspended 3 weeks into its pilot testing. Photo from Ana Sanchez's Facebook

PNP Academy bans visits amid novel coronavirus scare

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:28 AM

Cops who wish to enter the camp should wear face masks and undergo a temperature check

NO VISITS. The Philippine National Police Academy headquarters, Camp Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite. Malacañang file photo

Carlo Singson to step down from NBA Philippines

Feb 04, 2020 - 5:01 PM

NBA Philippines Associate Vice President and Managing Director Carlo Singson leaves his post after 22 years

LEAVING HIS POST. Carlo Singson steps down as the associate vice president and managing director of NBA Philippines after 22 years. Photo from NBA Philippines

Police augmentation force pulls out of Batangas following Duterte’s order

Jan 29, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Some 2,000 police troops earlier sent to help secure and assist evacuees are heading back to the national headquarters in Manila, even with Taal Volcano still restive

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Duterte orders withdrawal of additional police from Taal eruption response efforts

Jan 29, 2020 - 9:54 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says local government officials and police assigned to the area are capable of enforcing response plans

RESTIVE VOLCANO. The Taal Volcano, pictured here on January 26, 2020, remains on Alert Level 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Obese Metro Manila cops ordered to lose weight, NCRPO chief Sinas to lead effort

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:30 AM

‘Lettuce pa more,’ Sinas jests as he and some 700 police under his command embark on a months-long weight loss program

SHAPING UP. Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas will lead his ranks in losing weight over the next few months to comply with an order from the top brass. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Police uphold duty to others, even while affected by Taal Volcano's eruption

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:43 PM

'Everybody is a victim dito sa volcanic eruption na 'to eh. Pero 'yun nga lang pinagkaiba ng pulis natin is they signed up para maglingkod,' says Talisay police chief Aldrin Jay Baysa

HELP. Canlubang, Laguna police brings residents of Taal town home, after the alert level over Taal Volcano was lowered from 4 to 3. Photo by Charles Salazar/Rappler

Negros killings: Senate panels recommend probe of cops, army, vigilante group

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:30 AM

‘No one was spared — men, women, and children suffered at the hands of lawless armed men,’ says the report

STOP THE KILLINGS. A human chain and candlelight protest is staged by rights groups in Quezon City to condemn the violence in Negros province. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Central Luzon police set up at eco-zones to prevent union organizing

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:48 PM

'Central Luzon remains a major flashpoint for communist insurgency and in the white area operation,' says Central Luzon police chief Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia

NO TO MILITANT LABOR. Police and economic zone offiicals – led by PNP chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa, Brigadier General Rhodel Sermonia, PEZA Director Charito Plaza, and Secretary Carlito Galvez at  the launch of JIPCO at Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3 PIO

PNP chief Gamboa sacks senior Central Visayas cops for playing golf on weekdays

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) Police Colonel Dennis Artil, Police Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bad-Ang, and Police Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Mayam are under investigation for grave misconduct, says PNP chief Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

PNP CHIEF'S WARNING. PNP Chief Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says he would implement his policies with an 'iron fist if necessary.' PNP Photo

PNP: 2 Bilibid inmates behind ex-Batangas congressman Mendoza slay

Jan 23, 2020 - 11:05 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Police name the principal suspect as Bilibid inmate Sherwin Sanchez, a client of Edgar Mendoza in his law practice

SUSPECTS. Police present to the media the some of the suspects in the killing of former Batangas congressman Edgar Mendoza. Screenshot from PNP video

New police chief Gamboa eyes PNP Chinese desk

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa also wants to establish exchange programs between the Philippine and Chinese police

FINALLY CHIEF. Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa assumes his post as PNP chief on Monday, January 20. PNP file photo

‘Hero cop’ Jason Magno honored in PNP’s Bantayog ng mga Bayani

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Jason Magno's wife, Vivian, lays the wreath remembering him as the hero cop who used himself as a shield to protect civilians from a grenade blast

'HERO.' Policeman Jason Magno. Photo courtesy of Misamis Oriental Police

COA rejects ex-PNP chief Razon's motion in procurement case

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The Commission on Audit says former Philippine National Police chief Avelino Razon Jr's participation in the transactions in 2007 was 'not ministerial'

Who is Archie Gamboa, the next Philippine National Police chief?

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:22 PM

Archie Gamboa is a lawyer, a Davao boy, and a budget man. Can he win back the trust of President Duterte and the public following the 'ninja cops' controversy?

THE INCOMING. Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa. Rappler photo

Malacañang: Albayalde innocent until proven guilty

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:49 PM

'Let the law take its course,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Archie Gamboa is next PNP chief, says Duterte

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) Davao cop Archie Francisco Gamboa is the next Philippine National Police chief, President Rodrigo Duterte announces

NEXT PNP CHIEF. Police officer-in-charge Archie Francisco Gamboa is the next PNP chief. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Albayalde welcomes graft charges: 'The truth will bear me out in the end'

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The Philippine National Police says while it respects the findings of the Department of Justice on the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case, ex-police chief Oscar Albayalde 'remains innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt'

EX-POLICE CHIEF. Former police chief Oscar Albayalde submits his counter affidavit during the preliminary investigation into the 2013 Pampanga drug recycling case at the justice department on November 5, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Duterte picks outgoing Air Force chief to head gov't oil exploration corporation

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:36 PM

Outgoing Air Force chief Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez replaces former Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation head Pedro Aquino Jr, who was sacked due to 'loss of confidence'

PRESIDENT'S PICK. Outgoing Philippine Air Force chief Lieutenant General Rozzano Briguez will take the reigns of the Philippine National Oil Company Exploration Corporation. RTVM Screenshot

PNP: Duterte misunderstood, 'overpriced' speed guns just on 'wish list'

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:02 PM

Philippine National Police spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac says there is no procurement plan yet for the speed guns

EQUIPMENT. The PNP says there was a 'misunderstanding' between them and the President. PNP photo

Can Año take over PNP procurement? Duterte thinks so

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) In a speech before Marine soldiers, President Rodrigo Duterte hits the Philippine National Police, which has not had a chief since early November

PRESIDENT'S ORDERS. President Rodrigo Duterte orders Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to handle the Philippine National Police's procurement program. Malcañang photo

PNP nabs suspect in ambush of ex-Pangasinan police chief

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:33 PM

Police have also accounted for a person of interest who can help investigators

SHOT DEAD. The Ford Ranger of retired general Marlou Chan after the ambush. PNP photo.

[EDITORIAL] Si General Snatcher at ang pamana ni Digong

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:00 AM

While we are shocked by the likes of this snatcher-general, let's not forget he has a role model in Rodrigo Duterte

PNP asks 190,000 cops to give P10 for Taal Volcano victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:58 AM

'This is not for the police. This is our way of helping those who are victims of this calamity,' says Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa

RESERVE FORCE. Hundreds of Camp Crame policemen stand in formation as they await deployment for areas affected by the Taal's volcanic activity. Photo bu Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP declares full alert status for Taal Volcano eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:32 AM

Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says cops should 'be ready for deployment to assist in disaster and relief operations'

FULL ALERT. Calabarzon cops assist in the evacuation of residents in affected areas by the Taal Volcano eruption's ashfall. PNP photo.

Nolasco Bathan: The general who snatched a journalist’s phone

Jan 12, 2020 - 8:02 PM

Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan has a history of getting entangled with controversy. Will he survive this latest one?

IN TROUBLE. Southern Police District Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan awaits judgment for an administrative investigation for snatching reporter GMA reporter Jun Veneracion's phone during Traslacion 2020. PNP photo

PNP Press Corps: General Bathan violated police code

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:33 PM

Under Philippine National Police rules, 'conduct unbecoming of a police officer' can merit dismissal, suspension from the service, or demotion

CONDEMNED. Police reporters slam the 'thug-like attitude' of Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan during Traslacion 2020. Photo by Rambo/Rappler