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Number of Chinese kidnapped in PH jumps by 71% in 2019

Dec 10, 2019 - 8:44 PM

In 2018, 34 Chinese were kidnapped. This year, that number rose to 58.

ARRESTS. The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) nabbed 6 Chinese nationals allegedly involved in the kidnapping of a Chinese national named Mr. Xing Zhao in August 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Marikina cop accused of murder, planting evidence in ‘EJK’ case

Dec 09, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Corporal Herjonner Soller is sacked as an intelligence operative of the Marikina City Police unit and is placed in a holding unit, putting him on 'floating status'

PROTEST. Friends and family troop to the Marikina Hall of Justice to wish for the conviction of Corporal Herjonner Soller. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

South Cotabato police arrest aunt offering nieces for online sex

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Police rescue 5 girls aged 5 to 15 from the woman suspect

CRIME SCENE. Police cordon off the home of the suspect after the operation. IJM photo

Luzon, Visayas cops now on full alert as Typhoon Tisoy nears

Dec 02, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa also orders cops to 'preposition' themselves near high-risk areas along coastlines and riverbanks

FULL ALERT. Leaves are canceled for cops in Luzon and Visayas. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP eyes giving highest award to 'hero cop' Jason Magno

Dec 01, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'He did not die in vain. His death gave new meaning to the undying line in the PNP Hymn 'ihandog ang iisang buhay',' says Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa

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

No one fit to be PNP chief? 'I’d rather not appoint anybody' – Duterte

Nov 29, 2019 - 1:18 PM

'Ako na maghawak,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about the Philippine National Police in the event he can't find an 'honest' cop to helm the force

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on November 18, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOJ 'revokes' Cebu order deputizing cops as prosecutors

Nov 27, 2019 - 7:03 PM

'No approval from the Prosecutor General nor from the regional prosecutor was sought,' says Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Police seize P2.5B worth of shabu in Makati warehouse

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:07 AM

In one of the biggest drug busts of the Philippine National Police under President Rodrigo Duterte, 371 kilograms of shabu are seized from a Chinese national in Makati City

BUSTED. Operatives of the PNP-DEG seized 371 kgs of suspected shabu worth P2.5 billion after a sting operation at Barangay San Antonio in Makati City on November 26, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

NPA leader ‘Ka Diego' arrested in San Juan City

Nov 26, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The communist party condemns the arrest of Jaime Padilla, a leader of the rebel group’s guerrillas in Southern Luzon

KA DIEGO. New People's Army (NPA) leader Jaime 'Ka Diego' Padilla (left) was arrested at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City on November 25, 2019. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

27,000 cops on full alert for SEA Games 2019

Nov 25, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Philippine cops cancel vacation leaves and are set to work overtime to secure the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

SEND-OFF. Thousands of law enforcers are sent off to secure the 2019 SEA Games at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. NCRPO file photo

PNP: We saw nothing wrong during Robredo's weeks in ICAD

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:07 PM

'Wala naman tayong nakita na, o wala naman tayong natanggap na mga ulat,' says Philippine National Police spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac

PALACE DECISION. The PNP says it saw nothing wrong with Vice President Leni Robredo's stint as ICAD co-chair. OVP Photo

243 vapers nabbed then freed as PNP finds no law to file cases

Nov 25, 2019 - 11:23 AM

The Philippine National Police arrests then immediately releases hundreds of vape users as they have no law as basis to build a case

ARRESTS. The Philippine National Police arrests hundreds of vapers then releases them immediately. AFP file photo

FALSE: Robredo wants suspects to 'carry guns,' police to 'train martial arts'

Nov 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Like the earlier false claim that said she banned police from carrying firearms during drug ops, the Vice President also did not say these statements

Vaping arrest order is latest legal conundrum in Duterte admin

Nov 21, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Is vaping allowed in designated smoking areas? The President's foot soldiers are piecing policy puzzles as they go.

LEGAL CONUNDRUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders ban on vape import, and orders arrest of vapers even without a law. Malacañang photo

IN PHOTOS: PH law enforcers 'good to go' for SEA Games 2019

Nov 21, 2019 - 2:19 PM

'The conduct of SEA games would not be a reason for us to relax and we expect a lot of criminals to take advantage,' says PNP OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa

SEND-OFF. Thousands of law enforcers are sent off to secure the 2019 SEA Games at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. All photos courtesy of NCRPO

What case to file vs arrested vape users? ‘Wala,’ admits PNP

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Asked why cops should arrest vape users if they will not file a case, police OIC Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says, ‘Just to implement the directive of the President’

VAPE BAN. The Philippine National Police admits that their arrests still have no law to use as basis to file complaints. AFP file photo

PNP officer-in-charge Gamboa pledges independence for IAS

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:13 PM

The police's Internal Affairs Service, which is mandated to discipline erring cops, currently needs the approval of the Philippine National Police chief to punish them

OFFICER-IN-CHARGE. Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa at the Senate as it interpellates the DILG's 2020 budget on Wednesday, November 20. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Central Visayas top cop warns vapers: Smoke in public and end up in police station

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:33 PM

Central Visayas Police Chief Valeriano De Leon says his policy would be based on Executive Order 26, which bans smoking in public places

WARNING. Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon warns vapers not to smoke in public. Photo from Facebook page

PNP to arrest vape users even without Duterte executive order

Nov 20, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The Philippine National Police does not know whether they should also arrest vape users in designated smoking areas because they began without waiting for an executive order

Año: Robredo can refine plans, but anti-drug operations remains with PNP

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's link to the public can help measure the effectiveness of anti-drug operations, says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año

FEEDBACK MECHANISM. Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said that Vice President Leni Robredo may relay the comments and suggestions from the public regarding anti-drug operations. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

PNP set to fire 3 officials in P5-M body camera extortion case

Nov 18, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa is set to sign the dismissal order of 3 cops accused of extorting P5 million from a potential supplier of thousands of body cameras for the Philippine National Police

PROCUREMENT PROBLEM. Body cameras presented by the Quezon City Police District. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: PNP just got new helicopter and drone fleets

Nov 18, 2019 - 12:05 PM

The Philippine National Police spends P3 billion to purchase new combat, mobility, and surveillance equipment

NEW CHOPPERS. The PNP displays its new helicopters in Camp Crame. Sourced photo

PNP to enforce gun ban for 2019 SEA games

Nov 17, 2019 - 5:08 PM

The Philippine National Police says permits to carry firearms will be suspended from November 20 to December 14 in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, La Union, and Metro Manila

GUN BAN. The Philippine National Police puts in place a gun ban in several areas in line with the 30th SEA Games to be held in the Philippines. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Duterte to fire Robredo if she helps probes vs drug war

Nov 17, 2019 - 10:16 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte prohibits Vice President and now Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs co-chair Leni Robredo from aiding foreign investigations against his so-called war on drugs

UNDER THREAT. Vice President Leni Robredo is given an ultimatum by President Rodrigo Duterte. OVP Photo

[OPINION] Who will police the police?

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'We should have a nationwide information campaign for the public to know about the People’s Law Enforcement Board and encourage them to use it'

Robredo to send Duterte weekly recommendations to reform drug war

Nov 15, 2019 - 10:26 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says she is aware that her job as anti-drugs body co-chair is limited to policy-making: 'At the end of the day, it's the President who calls the shots.'

ICAD CO-CHAIR. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the Naga City Dangerous Drugs Board and the members of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council on November 15, 2019. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

FALSE: Robredo bans police from carrying firearms during anti-drug ops

Nov 12, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The Vice President, as new ICAD co-chair, did not give any order that prohibits guns during police operations

The impossibility of the drug war: This week's outlook

Nov 12, 2019 - 10:37 AM

At this stage in the drug war, is the PNP ready to be tamed or is it more anxious to cover its ass?

P5-million extortion case sabotages PNP's bid for body cameras

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Three cops involved in the extortion case have been sacked

DELAYED. The procurement of thousands of body cameras is delayed by 3 cops who allegedly extorted from a possible supplier. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Duterte still undecided over next PNP chief

Nov 10, 2019 - 4:03 PM

It has been nearly a month since Philippine National Police General Oscar Albayalde quit as the country's top cop over a drug-related scandal

UNDECIDED. President Rodrigo Duterte discusses matters with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo before the 43rd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañang Palace on November 6, 2019. Presidential photo

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

Ibon Foundation alarmed over 'police inspection' notice

Nov 08, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Colonel Joaquin Alva, who is now the chief of staff of the PNP Legal Service, denies making the call. He has been out of Metro Manila police for 8 years.

DILG panel to file administrative charges vs 13 'ninja cops'

Nov 06, 2019 - 12:49 PM

The summary dismissal proceedings can be completed within 45 days, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

NEW EVIDENCE. The DILG-Napolcom joint review committee has found new evidence to merit administrative cases against the 13 'ninja cops' in the 2013 Pampanga anti-drug operation. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Cop shot dead in Quezon City

Nov 05, 2019 - 11:24 PM

Gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed the police officer as he was driving along Barangay Teachers Village on Tuesday night, November 5

Police investigators examine the bloody body of a Quezon City Police District cop after he was ambushed by unidentified riding in tandem at the corner of Malingap and Mapagkawanggawa streets in Quezon City on Tuesday night, November 5. Photo by Ben Nabong

Pampanga 'ninja cop' dismissed from police service

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:35 AM

A 'ninja cop' involved in the anomalous 2013 Pampanga buy-bust is dismissed, but over a 2019 anti-drug operation in Antipolo City, Rizal

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte has ‘other officers in mind’ outside Año list for next PNP chief

Oct 30, 2019 - 3:09 PM

'There are other officers in his mind,' says Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año

UNDECIDED. President Rodrigo Duterte still has no choice for his third Philippine National Police chief. Malacañang file photo

Northern Mindanao police chief sacked, suspended from service

Oct 29, 2019 - 1:49 PM

Brigadier General Rafael Santiago Jr is ordered suspended from service for 6 months, says Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa

SACKED. Rafael Santiago Jr (center) is sacked from his post as he faces administrative complaints when he was a provincial director. PNP photo

Duterte wants PNP out of probe into Misamis Occidental mayor's death

Oct 28, 2019 - 6:27 PM

(UPDATED) The President airs suspicions that the police themselves were involved in the killing of Clarin town mayor David Navarro

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on October 15, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

190,000 cops on full alert for Undas 2019

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The Philippine National Police also enlists almost 100,000 civilian volunteers to act as 'force multipliers' in securing Undas 2019

FULL ALERT. Police nationwide are set to work overtime for Undas 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Careers up close: The 3 contenders for Duterte’s 3rd PNP chief

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:09 PM

Rappler obtains the personal data sheets of the 3 contenders. Here is what their career histories show.

CONTENDERS. The 3 recommended successors for resigned police chief Oscar Albayalde at a Camp Crame press briefing. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Over 450 die under police custody since Duterte assumed office

Oct 22, 2019 - 5:49 PM

The Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service already counts 461 suspects who have died while under police custody. They are not yet done counting.

POLICE DETENTION. Quezon City Police District Station 4 detainees stand in a congested detention facility. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Israel ‘tries to hide’ arms sales to the Philippines – report

Oct 21, 2019 - 10:25 PM

While the Philippines is increasingly becoming a lucrative market for Israeli equipment, Israeli human rights advocates say they do not want Israel-made weapons to be used in 'mass executions of civilians living in slums'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and State of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands after they deliver their joint statements following the signing of agreements between both countries at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on September 3, 2018. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Inside Camp Crame, generals grumble over Gamboa’s revamp

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Police generals are shocked and angered by the abrupt 'revamp' ordered by their officer in charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa. The current top cop believes it's necessary for an organization in crisis.

QUESTIONED. PNP officer-in-charge Archie Gamboa during a Camp Crame press briefing. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LTO, PNP nab 12 fixers in Quezon City

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The 12 fixers face charges for violating the Anti-Red Tape law and the Quezon City Anti-Fixing Ordinance, among others

NABBED. The Land Transportation Office, in coordination with the Philippine National Police, has apprehended 12 fixers in Quezon City.

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

PNP dismisses 3 ‘ninja cops’ from 2013 Pampanga buy-bust

Oct 21, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Another cop in the anomalous buy-bust is only suspended after he is found to have committed a ‘lesser offense’

DISMISSAL. The PNP orders 3 'ninja cops' dismissed due to another controversial operation. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP puts key officials on probation

Oct 21, 2019 - 8:49 AM

(UPDATED) All promotions will also be on hold, says Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

GOLF BREAK. PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa speaks to reporters at the NCRPO headquarters in Taguig City. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

Next PNP chief: Año recommends 3 to Duterte

Oct 21, 2019 - 7:37 AM

It's now up to President Rodrigo Duterte to choose who he wants as his third Philippine National Police chief

DUTERTE'S DECISION. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año gives 3 names to President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang Photo

Davao cop Vicente Danao Jr is new Calabarzon police chief

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Known Davao cop Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr takes on the highly populated region of Calabarzon after watching over Manila

Manila Police District director Vicente Danao shows to members of the media the suspects allegedly responsible for the killing of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III during a press briefing at the lobby of the MPD Headquarters on October 10, 2019. The suspects were identified as Bradford Solis Fuerte,Juanito De luna Bustamante,Junel Gomez Reyes at Rigor Dela Cruz. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

General who approved demotion for 'ninja cops' is 'demoted' himself

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:55 PM

From leading the PNP's powerful Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, Major General Amador Corpus is reassigned to lead the Directorate for Human Resource and Doctrine Development

'DEMOTED.' Major General Amador Corpus, chief of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), at the seventh senate hearing on the GCTA mess. October 1, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler