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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

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

Año: Generals should never snatch cell phones. Period.

Jan 10, 2020 - 4:15 PM

The PNP launches an investigation, but stops short of relieving Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan to ensure an impartial probe

FRUSTRATED. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during a Rappler Talk Interview at the PNP national headquarters in Quezon City. Photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Militant lawmakers slam 'police brutality' at Nazareno 2020

Jan 10, 2020 - 1:29 PM

House Deputy Minority Leader Carlos Zarate says the PNP's 'use of excessive force' against the devotees turned the Traslacion into 'a police march rather than a show of faith and devotion to the Black Nazarene'

CLASH. Devotees clash with police guarding the path of the andas carrying the image of the Black Nazarene before the end of the Traslacion at Quiapo Church in Manila on January 9, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Southern Metro chief sorry: I mistook GMA reporter as a threat

Jan 10, 2020 - 1:27 PM

Asked repeatedly about the recording of him instructing another cop to delete Jun Veneracion's video, Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan only says, 'I don't know'

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

Southern Metro police chief snatches GMA reporter's phone, deletes video of Traslacion commotion

Jan 10, 2020 - 12:16 AM

Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan, the chief of the Southern Police District, didn't like it that broadcast journalist Jun Veneracion captured on video how cops dragged a devotee to the ground

FOR CENSOR? Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan snatches GMA reporter Jun Veneracion's phone as he was recording this scene of a group of policemen dragging a devotee to the ground. Screenshot from Veneracion's video

Robredo to Duterte gov't: Drug war data wrong? Numbers came from you

Jan 08, 2020 - 6:35 PM

'Hindi namin imbento iyong data. Iyong data, galing sa kanila,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, after law enforcement agencies claimed she got her drug war numbers wrong

NUMBERS. Vice President Leni Robredo holds up a copy of her drug war report as former Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drug co-chair on January 8, 2020. Photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Big majority of Filipinos believe 'ninja cops' operate in PNP

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:00 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey finds that 78% of Filipinos believe there are cops who sell illegal drugs confiscated during operations

LAST MESSAGE. Police General Oscar delivers his goodbye message in Camp Crame, where he announced his resignation as the PNP chief following the 'ninja cops' controversy. PNP Photo

Over 2,000 policemen to form 'andas wall' for Traslacion 2020

Jan 06, 2020 - 1:57 PM

16,000 security forces will be deployed along the Traslacion route

ANDAS OF NAZARENO. Policemen will be barricading the statue of the Black Nazarene when it makes its way from the Quirino Grandstand to the Quiapo Church. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PNP now listing top 10 drug targets per region

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:52 AM

The lists will be for the exclusive access of regional and national anti-drug units, as the identified suspects are considered high-profile targets

MORE LISTS. In this photo, an alleged drug user is fingerprinted during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan, 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of Manila on July 18, 2016. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PNP profiling ‘sympathizers’ of slain Iran commander Soleimani

Jan 06, 2020 - 9:16 AM

PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa says they have not monitored any threats in the Philippines so far

ASSASSINATED.  In this picture taken on September 14, 2013, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, receives condolences following the death of his mother in Tehran. Photo by Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA/AFP

Duterte: Año to 'handle' PNP for now

Dec 31, 2019 - 12:30 AM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte says he asked Interior Secretary Eduardo Año to 'fix the police'

DIGOS VISIT. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano (left) joined President Rodrigo Duterte in an event in Digos City on December 30, 2019. Duterte said Ano will 'handle' the Philippine National Police he looks for a new chief. Presidential Photo

Police on lookout for illegal firecrackers ahead of New Year revelries

Dec 28, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Making, selling, and using illegal firecrackers come with heavy penalties, and selling any pyrotechnic material to minors is prohibited, the Philippine National Police warns

FIRECRACKERS. The Philippine National Police will be inspecting firecracker sellers for illegal items. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Communists rebuke military: Ceasefire attacks initiated by gov't troops

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:26 AM

'These were defensive actions by the NPA units involved in the face of armed attacks and sustained military operations by the AFP and the PNP,' says NDFP negotiating panel chairman Fidel Agcaoili

DEFENSIVE MODE ONLY. The New Peoples Army claims that the supposed attacks on government troops during the holiday ceasefire were defensive moves only to the sustained military and police operations against them. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

On 1st day of ceasefire, PNP says NPA likely behind attack on cops in Iloilo

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:33 PM

‘For the past few days we had massive operations and we were pursuing the communist local terrorists, the NPAs,’ says PNP acting chief General Archie Gamboa

NPA ATTACK? PNP acting chief Archie Gamboa attributes to the New Peoples Army an attack on cops in Iloilo on December 23, 2019, or the first day of a ceasefire between the government and the communists. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PNP: Acquitted policemen in Ampatuan massacre case can return to service

Dec 20, 2019 - 3:27 PM

PNP spokesman Brigadier General Bernard Banac says they are studying the status and case folders of the 17 acquitted policemen in the Ampatuan massacre

Coverage of People vs. Ampatuan, et al. Photo from Supreme Court PIO

Police order crackdown vs illegal firearms in Negros Oriental

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The order is prompted by the killing of a barangay captain and a teenager in Bayawan City by unidentified assailants who used an unregistered gun

UNREGISTERED GUNS. Police display unregistered firearms confiscated in November 2019. Photo from Police Regional Office 7's Facebook page

Dela Rosa says no word yet from U.S. on supposed visa cancellation

Dec 14, 2019 - 2:37 PM

The senator and former police chief says he has yet to receive official communication that his US visa was cancelled over human rights violations in the government's war on drugs

CHIEF OPERATOR. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa was the chief operator of the government's war on drugs when he was police chief from July 2016 to April 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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