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Central Luzon top cop disagrees with Amnesty International report

Jul 11, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Central Luzon police chief tells human rights group that 4 cops have been killed and 12 seriously injured by suspected drug personalities

AFP, PNP: Filipino suicide bomber behind Sulu attack

Jul 10, 2019 - 5:35 PM

This is the first officially confirmed case of a suicide bombing in the Philippines perpetrated by a Filipino, and marks an escalation in terror tactics by local extremists

SUICIDE BOMBER. On July 10, 2019, the AFP and PNP announced that Norman Lasuca, a Filipino, was one of the suicide bombers behind the twin blasts in Indanan, Sulu on June 28, 2019, which killed at least 7 people. Photo from AFP WESTMINCOM

Hontiveros wants Senate probe into death of 3-year-old in police operation

Jul 10, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Senator Risa Hontiveros hopes Senator Ronald dela Rosa, who is expected to chair the committee on public order and dangerous drugs, will be 'fair and judicious' if her resolution is referred to the panel

'JUSTICE FOR MYCA'. Relatives of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina hold a banner calling for justice for the slain child at her funeral procession on July 9, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

'Shit happens': Collateral damage in police ops can't be avoided says Bato

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:28 PM

On the death of the 3-year-old child during a drug operation, Senator Ronald dela Rosa says: 'Ikaw pulis ka, gusto mo bata matamaan? Never.'

PROBE. Scene of the Crime Operatives at a crime scene in Caloocan City, Spetember 30, 2016. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Suspected Al Qaeda member arrested in Zambales

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:32 PM

A police report links the Kenyan national to the Al Shabaab terror group affiliated with Al Qaeda, and which operates mainly in East Africa

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Kenyan national Cholo Abdi Abdullah was arrested on July 1, 2019 in Iba, Zambales, for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. Photo from PNP-CIDG

'Bikoy' no longer under PNP protection

Jun 25, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The Philippine National Police, however, maintains contact with Peter Joemel Advincula whom it had earlier described as an 'information peddler'

NOW OUT. Before he was released by the PNP, Peter Joemel Advincula stayed under the protection of the CIDG in Camp Crame. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Eastern Manila police general fired for abusing woman cop

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:26 PM

Eastern Police District chief Christopher Tambungan has been relieved from his post after physically assaulting a policewoman who disobeyed one of his orders

SACKED. Eastern Police District chief Christopher Tambungan. PNP photo

‘Ginawa nila akong kriminal’: Margarita Valle slams police for mistaken arrest

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Margarita Valle's abduction, according to various media groups, is an attempt to silence journalists

Mindanao-based journalist Margarita Valle, who was “mistakenly arrested” by the authorities in Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, face the media in Quezon City on June 12, 2019. She narrated her ordeal with the CIDG personnel who served the warrant of arrest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR: Mistaken arrest of Davao columnist 'puts into question' PNP guidelines

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Considering the current climate of impunity and growing reports of harassment and red-tagging, cases of mistaken identity raise doubts and fears,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'We will hold CIDG accountable' – Rius Valle on mother's mistaken arrest

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest of journalist Margarita Valle, which the police later claims was a case of mistaken identity, is a botched enforced disappearance, Rius Valle says

RIUS VALLE. Rius Valle, spokesperson of Save Our Schools - Mindanao shows photos of when military attacked Lumad ancestral lands. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

PNP seeks probe into ‘planted’ Chinese flags in Luneta

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Luneta Park vendors say they were offered P100 to pose with Chinese flags as if selling them

NATIONAL SHRINE. Luneta Park vendors went viral for posing with Chinese flags ahead of Independence Day. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons

'It happens': PNP downplays wrong arrest of Davao journalist

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:07 PM

‘Kung minsan nagkakamali yung nagtuturo especially the complainant,’ says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde after cops mistook 61-year-old Davao Today columnist Margarita Valle for a wanted criminal

WRONG ARREST. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says informants and complainants make mistakes in identifying suspects. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP: Erwin Tulfo’s firearms license expired in March

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Newsreader and commentator Erwin Tulfo's license to carry firearms has been expired since March 2019, the Philippine National Police says, adding Tulfo has yet to turn over his firearms to cops

LICENSE EXPIRED. Newsreader and commentator Erwin Tulfo has not surrendered his firearms. Photo from Tulfo's Twitter page

PNP: Arrest of columnist Margarita Valle a case of mistaken identity

Jun 09, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Philippine National Police spokesperson Colonel Bernard Banac cites a witness as saying that 61-year-old Margarita Valle only has a 'major resemblance' to the actual suspect

Vicente Danao: When Davao's finest takes over Manila police

Jun 09, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The former top cop of Davao City is Manila's new police chief. He is unafraid to apply his rules in the capital.

MPD CHIEF. Brigadier General Vicente Danao is the police chief of Manila City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP orders Erwin Tulfo to surrender firearms

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'The PNP has ordered for the recall or temporary safekeeping of the firearms of Erwin Tulfo inasmuch as the license to possess and own firearms of Mr Erwin Tulfo has already expired,' says PNP spokesman Colonel Bernard Banac

PNP SPOKESMAN. Colonel Bernard Banac fields questions in a news briefing in Camp Crame. PNP photo

FALSE: Photo of dead members of drug syndicates, PNP

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:53 PM

The photos are miscaptioned – they were actually taken during the shooting of ABS-CBN's 'Ang Probinsyano'

Woman arrested for bomb joke at LRT 1 station

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:31 PM

If found guilty, the woman faces imprisonment of up to 5 years and fines of up to P40,000

ARRESTED. A woman is arrested for cracking a joke while her bag was inspected. Shutterstock photo

EXPLAINER: How to get police escorts

Jun 04, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Police security details are more than just bodyguards in uniform. They cannot be abused.

COP GUARDS. Private individuals can also keep police guards. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Cop dies in training for dream to be SAF trooper

Jun 03, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Before he died in a PNP SAF training course, Manny Jose Baldonado actively shared photos of him training for his dream to become a commando

ONE COP LOST. Manny Jose Baldonado dies at 27 years old. Photo from Baldonado's Facebook page

Once a fugitive, Bikoy turns himself in to police for protection

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:50 AM

CIDG chief Major General Amador Corpus says they have reason to believe the life of Peter Joemel Advincula, the man known as Bikoy, is threatened

PROTECTED. Peter Joemel Advincula aka "Bikoy" speaks during a press conference of his surrender to the police in Camp Crame, Quezon City on 23 May 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Albayalde: You need good morals to keep police escorts

Jun 03, 2019 - 11:38 AM

The PNP chief concedes that Erwin Tulfo's tirades against Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista were a 'factor' in the decision to pull out the Tulfo brothers' escorts

SECURITY REVOKED. The Tulfo brothers lose their security details after newsreader and commentator Erwin Tulfo blasts Army chief-turned-Social Welfare Secretary Rolando Bautista. Photo courtesy of TV5

PNP: Tulfo brothers asked for police escorts

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:17 AM

The Philippine National Police says the Tulfos underwent a security assessment before being granted police escorts

REQUEST APPROVED. The Tulfo brothers acquired security details by applying for them. Photo by Angie de Silva

'He's the President': Albayalde defends Duterte PMA rape joke

May 27, 2019 - 12:44 PM

'He's the President, hindi naman natin pwedeng sabihin sa kanya kung ano ang dapat niyang sabihin at hindi,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, a member of the PMA class of 1986

PARDONED. President Rodrigo Duterte signed the pardon for all outstanding punishments to Philippine Military Academy undergraduates. Screengrab from RTVM

PNP begins Bikoy probe vs Trillanes, LP members

May 27, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The Philippine National Police has yet to receive a revised sworn statement from Peter Joemel Advincula, the man also known as Bikoy

PROBE BEGINS. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde (R) says they are waiting for the sworn statement of Peter Joemel Advincula. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Bikoy now free after posting bail from PNP hospital

May 24, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as Bikoy, is facing 6 counts of estafa in Baguio City

FREE. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Bikoy hospitalized due to chest pain, headaches

May 24, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Peter Joemel Advincula apparently experienced high blood pressure, says top cop General Oscar Albayalde

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

After calling him a liar, PNP hosts Bikoy's press briefing

May 23, 2019 - 2:42 PM

'We cannot deny him his freedom of speech. This is democracy,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, referring to Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as Bikoy

BRIEFING. Peter Joemel Advincula aka "Bikoy" speaks during a press conference of his surrender to the police in Camp Crame, Quezon City on 23 May 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Isko Moreno expects 'high tolerance' from cops in Manila drug war

May 18, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'Minsan habulan, eh napagod 'yung pulis, binaril na lang sa likod. Eh that's violation of human rights,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso

MAYOR-ELECT. Isko Moreno speaks in a Rappler Talk on Saturday, May 18 at the Rappler Headquarters in Pasig City. Rappler screenshot

Angel Locsin hits black propaganda vs Colmenares: ‘Bakit grabe 'yung effort para makasira?’

May 14, 2019 - 4:41 AM

Angel expresses her frustration after videos of police allegedly distributing black propaganda against senatorial bet Neri Colmenares on election day circulate on social media

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PNP backpedals, files vote buying case vs Bingbong Crisologo

May 13, 2019 - 7:44 PM

(UPDATED) Police accuse Bingbong Crisologo of violating Section 261 (a) of the Omnibus Election Code – vote-buying and selling

FREE FOR NOW. Congressman Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings, May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

NCRPO chief Eleazar: Crisologo 'humiliated, insulted' police

May 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'Kapag naka-uniporme ka tapos lalait-laitin ka, mura-murahin ka, eh para namang kalokohan na papayag ka na gano'n gagawin [sa iyo],' says National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar

NCRPO chief: Metro Manila elections 'heated but not violent'

May 13, 2019 - 2:44 PM

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar says the non-violent election period may be attributed to checkpoints and crackdown on crime in the region

Suspected vote-buyers, sellers arrested nationwide

May 12, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine National Police has formed 105 teams tasked to address vote-buying incidents

9,300 cops deployed to secure Central Luzon for May 13 polls

May 11, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The region has a history of election violence and recorded hundreds of gun ban violations since January

DEPLOYMENT. The PNP increases deployment to prevent a spike in election-related crimes. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan allows ex-PNP officials to challenge evidence in 'Euro generals' case

May 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Sandiganbayan Second Division grants the former senior police officials' separate motions for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence. They are accused of illegal use of the PNP's confidential and intelligence funds in 2008.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Lacson: 'Bikoy' backed by PNP officials in 2016

May 09, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Panfilo Lacson says active Philippine National Police officials backed Joemel Peter Advincula, also known as 'Bikoy,' in 2016

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

6,000 soldiers, cops to secure Caraga, Northern Mindanao for May 13 polls

May 09, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We will not allow any threat groups or individuals to disrupt or sabotage the electoral process,' says Brigadier General Tyne Bañas of the Army's 4th Infantry Division

READY TO SERVE. This file photo shows soldiers awaiting deployment in Surigao del Sur in 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

PNP dismisses Bikoy as 'information peddler'

May 08, 2019 - 11:02 AM

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde says two law enforcement agencies had tapped Peter Joemel Advincula as a potential informant before, but he allegedly ditched them after he was paid, or gave false information

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters in Camp Crame on May 8, 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to deploy over 9,000 cops to Western Visayas on May 13

May 07, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The region spanning the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental, will be secured by 9,345 cops on election day, says Police Brigadier General Jose Bulalacao

IN FORMATION. Philippine police salute at Camp Crame in Quezon City. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Police launch manhunt for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 12:27 AM

The mayor is not home when authorities serve an arrest warrant against him in connection with the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

Lt. Col. Rodelon Betita, Daraga police chief, faces Mayor Carlwyn Baldo's lawyer Merito Lovenzky Fernandez on Monday, May 6, after an hour of waiting outside the gate of Baldo's residence to arrest the embattled mayor. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PNP flaunts P1.8-billion new assets in Camp Bagong Diwa

May 06, 2019 - 6:12 PM

The Philippine National Police exhibits its new equipment worth P1.8 billion in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine National Police procures P1.8-billion worth of equipment for its local police stations and national support units. PNP photo

Iligan mother arrested for offering children for online sexual exploitation

May 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

She offered her 5-year-old son for online sexual abuse before being captured by the Philippine National Police

ARRESTED. The mother is arrested by police at her home in Iligan City. Photo from IJM

PNP to probe bets with campaign materials in NPA-held areas

May 02, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says any investigation would continue 'even after the elections'

PROBE OVER FLIERS. The PNP will investigate politicians whose campaign materials will be seen in rebel-controlled areas, according to the DILG.

PNP deploys 160,000 cops for 2019 polls

May 02, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Filipinos can expect more patrols and checkpoints from the Philippine National Police as election day approaches

DEPLOYMENT. The PNP increases deployment to prevent a spike in election-related crimes. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Año, Albayalde back CIDG chief: He's a professional cop

May 01, 2019 - 11:39 AM

'He fully knows our policy of non-partisanship, especially during elections,' says top cop Oscar Albayalde of Major General Oscar Amador Corpus

'PROFESSIONAL.' Major General Amador Corpus shows CCTV clips on the killing of Nueva Ecija mayor Ferdinand Bote in a press briefing in police national headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to 'look into' Huawei amid China surveillance fears

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:16 PM

A report from London-based newspaper The Times says the US Central Intelligence Agency has evidence that Huawei receives funding from the Chinese government

On opinion drug war unconstitutional, PNP says 'academe is not Supreme Court'

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reacts to a paper by the Ateneo Human Rights Center which says drug war circulars of President Duterte violate the rights of suspects guaranteed in the Constitution

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview to reporters inside police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP taps CIDG to hunt down Eduardo Acierto

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The police intensifies its search for dismissed veteran anti-drug cop Eduardo Acierto

IN HIDING. Former police colonel Eduardo Acierto is now being searched for by the PNP CIDG. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Huawei biggest sponsor in PNP's anti-cybercrime summit

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group says it does not have any equipment from Huawei but benefits from the tech giant's 'expertise' and 'technical assistance'