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Duterte orders charges filed vs suspects in Negros Oriental police ambush

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:04 PM

The police are currently looking for one person of interest and 11 other suspects allegedly involved in the ambush

Thousands of cops on full alert for SONA 2019

Jul 22, 2019 - 2:19 PM

From EDSA to Commonwealth Avenue, cops stand in position to secure President Duterte's most important speech of the year

PNP Chief General Albayalde along with RD Eleazar and DD Esquivel arrives at the St Peter along Commonwealth Avenue to inspect the venue for the protest and check on the PNP Personnel deployed to secure the rallyist and the SONA. Troops were treated to a song by the heads of the PNP were a pnp band was set up. Then Albayalde proceeded to talk to the media and assure the public and the protesters that as long as they follow what was agreed beforehand about the peaceful conduct of the protest, the PNP shall maintain a maximum toletance policies during the SONA protest. July 22, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Hours after threats, Isko Moreno presents traffic enforcer in viral extortion case

Jul 22, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'We will not stop. We will not tolerate. We will file charges.... Sa susunod, pag kinuha nila pera, marked money na 'yun,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno

SUSPECT ARRESTED. A traffic enforcer supposedly involved in an extortion incident is presented to media on July 22, 2019. Photo from Manila Public Information Office

Isko Moreno threatens to fire all Manila traffic enforcers over viral extortion case

Jul 22, 2019 - 11:16 AM

'Kapag hindi kayo nagsumbong ng kapwa ninyong nangungutong damay-damay tayong lahat. Ang pananahimik ninyo ay pagpayag ninyo,' says Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso

PUNISHMENT. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso goes full speed ahead with his plan to rid the capital of corruption. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Malacañang: Pacquiao's win shows Filipino spirit a 'fighter'

Jul 21, 2019 - 3:34 PM

'Pacquiao's victory is not on his, but of the entire nation.... The Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacy and courage,' says Malacañang

WINNER. Boxing icon Senator Manny Pacquiao snatches the super welterweight title from American boxer Keith Thurman. MP Promotions photo

Son of Australian police chief, U.S. girlfriend found dead in Canada

Jul 21, 2019 - 2:25 PM

The bodies of Lucas Robertson Fowler and Chynna Noelle Deese were discovered along a remote stretch of highway in northern British Columbia province

CBCP president: Sedition allegations vs bishops 'beyond belief'

Jul 20, 2019 - 12:03 PM

'I cannot bring myself to believe that these bishops were involved in seditious activities; they are bishops whose sincerity, decency, respectfulness and love for our country and our people are beyond doubt,' says Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles of the 4 bishops included in the PNP's sedition complaint

CATHOLIC LEADERS. CBCP president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles (center) and CBCP vice president Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David (left) sit beside each other at a CBCP press conference on July 9, 2018. With them is another CBCP official, Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

4 Negros Oriental cops were set up for ambush, says regional police chief

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:06 PM

(UPDATED) Central Visayas police chief Brigadier General Debold Sinas says the victims, who were intelligence officers, were set up by a contact with links to the New People's Army

SITE INVESTIGATION. Regional police probers check the ambush site at Barangay Mabato in Ayungon town, Negros Oriental, on July 19, 2019. Contributed Photo

Hong Kong's expat police become focus of protester rage

Jul 19, 2019 - 11:22 AM

Hong Kong protesters are singling out for specific retribution a small group of expatriates who were some of the police commanding officers on the front lines during clashes

(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019, the Police insignia is covered in egg splatter thrown by protesters at the police headquarters in Hong Kong. A peculiar legacy of Hong Kong's colonial past has emerged as a focal point of rage for anti-government protesters: a dwindling band of expat police officers now vilified for doing the bidding of the city's pro-Beijing leaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

PNP to deploy 14,000 cops to secure SONA 2019

Jul 18, 2019 - 4:48 PM

PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde says the police have not monitored any SONA-related threats so far

SONA PREPS. The PNP says some 14,000 cops will be deployed to secure the metro for President Duterte's 4th SONA. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Construction worker admits raping, strangling 1-year-old boy in Makati

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:00 PM

(UPDATED) Police discover the lifeless body of the child on the 34th floor of an abandoned building

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‘No kill order,’ says new Cebu City top cop Gemma Vinluan

Jul 12, 2019 - 10:39 AM

Colonel Vinluan says her orders to police are to neutralize, 'but not to kill' suspects

NO KILL. New Cebu City Police Chief Gemma Cruz Vinluan says police should only use enough force to apprehend suspects and not kill them. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

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

Gemma Cruz Vinluan takes over as new Cebu City police chief

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) New Cebu City Police Office Director Gemma Vinluan and retired director Royina Garma are classmates at the Philippine National Police Academy's Kapanalig class of 1997

NEW CHIEF. Gemma Cruz Vinluan addresses the Cebu City Police Office as its new director. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Marikina mayor fires traffic aide accused of raping a trainee

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:02 AM

A medico-legal examination conducted by the Eastern Police District Crime Laboratory shows indications the 23-year-old victim was sexually abused

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

Papua New Guinea police minister says cops plotting his arrest

Jul 09, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Brian Kramer claims he received intelligence reports about a plot by 'high ranking officers' to have him arrested and charged

POLICE FORCE. Papua New Guinea police and soldiers (C) are pictured outside the front of the country's parliament in Port Moresby on November 20, 2018. File photo by AFP

GoPro video reveals last moments of doomed Himalayan climbers

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:25 AM

An officer of the rescuing Indo-Tibetan Border Police says, the 'GoPro has proved to be like the black box of an aircraft giving an insight into the last few moments of the climbers'

In this handout photo taken and released by the Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) on July 3, 2019, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel line up the bodies of mountaineers retrieved from Nanda Devi after landing in a helicopter in Pithoragarh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on July 3, 2019. - Indian rescuers brought down on July 3 the bodies of four out of eight climbers killed in an avalanche almost six weeks ago on the country's second-highest mountain. The four Britons, two Americans, one Indian and one Australian went missing in the last week of May trying to summit a virgin peak on Nanda Devi in the Himalayas. (Photo by Handout / Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDO TIBETAN BORDER PATROL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Isko Moreno sacks 9 cops over illegal vendors in Divisoria

Jul 08, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Moreno says new cops at Manila Police District Station 11 would allow for a clean start when carrying out new initiatives of the city, particularly its clearing operations to decongest major 'arteries' of the capital city

CLEANING OPERATIONS. Vendors in Divisoria occupying the sidewalk, after Mayor Isko Moreno orders the clean up of the main road. June 6, 2019. Photo by Rob Reyes/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

UK warns China of consequences over Hong Kong freedoms

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Hong Kong is part of China and we have to accept that. But the freedoms in Hong Kong are enshrined in a joint declaration' signed with former colonial ruler Britain, says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

Hong Kong's colonial flag (C) is held up during a protest march in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule. China's President Xi Jinping warned July 1 that any challenge to Beijing's control over Hong Kong crossed a "red line", as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

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

Hong Kong grapples with protest aftermath; China demands criminal probe

Jul 02, 2019 - 3:46 PM

The semi-autonomous financial hub is thrown into crisis by weeks of demonstrations over a bill that would allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, with the issue becoming a lightning rod for resentment towards Beijing

Posters, including one featuring Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, are seen on the floor outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 2, 2019, a day after protesters broke into the building. Hong Kong's leader on July 2 condemned "the extreme use of violence" by masked protesters who stormed and ransacked the city's legislature in an unprecedented challenge to Beijing's authority. Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

Hong Kong police retake parliament from anti-government protesters

Jul 02, 2019 - 7:22 AM

Just after midnight, police officers move in from several directions, firing tear gas and wielding batons as they charged – and sending plumes of smoke drifting across Hong Kong

Police fire tear gas at protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 2, 2019. Riot police fired tear gas as they attempted to dislodge anti-government protesters in the early hours of the morning of July 2 in chaotic scenes in the heart of Hong Kong. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Protesters ransack Hong Kong parliament on China handover anniversary

Jul 01, 2019 - 2:02 PM

(5th UPDATE) Anti-government demonstrators breach the complex after hours of attempting to smash into the building, using a metal cart as a battering ram and wielding steel poles to prize open gaps in the reinforced windows

PROTEST. Protesters try to push a metal cart through a closed entrance at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Confrontations after rally to support Hong Kong police

Jun 30, 2019 - 8:46 PM

As the pro-government supporters head home, many turn on small groups of anti-government opponents who keep a small camp outside the parliament

PROTEST. A pro-police demonstrator L) is held back by police as he yells insults at anti-extradition protesters (C) at a rally in support of police outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on June 30, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Bodies of climbers found in Himalayas were roped together – police

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The search for the eighth climber in the group of 4 Britons, two Americans, one Australian and their Indian guide continue with bad weather hampering the operations in the treacherous terrain

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers (L-R) Zachary Quai, Ian Wade, Kate Armstrone and Mark Thomas speak with an ITBP personnel upon arriving to the ITBP camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

PDEA-led team seizes P4.4M worth of marijuana plants in Toledo City

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:24 PM

Naval Forces Central Central Command and the Cebu Provincial Police Office aid PDEA during the operations in Barangay Tungkay, a mountainous village

JOINT OPERATION. A team led by PDEA Central Visayas burn marijuana plants in Toledo City, Cebu, on June 26, 2019. Photo from PDEA Central Visayas FB

No more special task force for Cebu town mayor killed in hospital

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Cebu Provincial Police Office backtracks, saying Ricardo Ramirez' killing does not fit the parameters of a special investigation task force

SLAIN. Former Medelin, Cebu mayor Ricky Ramirez. Photo from the Facebook page of Municipality of Medellin Cebu

UK demands probe into Hong Kong police action

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also suspends export licenses for crowd control equipment of Hong Kong police force

Police cover graffiti sprayed on a wall by protesters outside the police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 22, 2019. Hong Kong police on June 22 slammed anti-government protesters for besieging their headquarters, calling the demonstration "illegal and irrational" as they vowed to pursue the ringleaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

'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

Cebu City police chief Garma appointed PCSO general manager

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Royina Garma says she has opted for early retirement from police service to take up the post as a civilian

ASCENSION. President Rodrigo appoints Police Colonel Royina Garma General Manager of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 2018 RTVM screenshot.

Australian media sue police after raids over leaked documents

Jun 24, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation demands an injunction to prevent police from accessing seized files, which concern a two-year-old investigative report on war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan

Hong Kong police vow to pursue HQ siege protesters

Jun 22, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Protest leaders plan to hold another huge rally on July 1

Police arrive to negotiate with protesters to clear a road in Hong Kong early on June 17, 2019. - Chinese state media remained largely silent as an estimated two million Hong Kong people took to the streets to protest an extradition bill, with social platforms scrubbed clean of any pictures or mentions of the rally. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

Police form special task force to probe into ex-Cebu town mayor’s slay

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Cebu Provincial Police says the ‘manner of killing’ was ‘alarming’

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

France reviews police methods after yellow vest protests

Jun 17, 2019 - 7:24 PM

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner defends the way in which police have handled the protests but asks a specially-chosen panel of some 15 experts to develop new ideas for managing demonstrations

YELLOW VEST PROTESTS. In this file photo, protestors stand as police use a water cannon during a 'Yellow Vest' (Gilets jaunes) anti-government protest on December 22, 2018, in Bordeaux, southwestern France, as part of a nationwide day of demonstrations. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

More than 400 arrested at Moscow police abuse march – monitor

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:35 PM

As police drag protesters into vans the crowd yell: 'Shame, on Russia Day, this is our country's day! Have you forgotten the constitution?'

ARRESTS. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny (C) is detained by Russian police officers during a march to protest against the alleged impunity of law enforcement agencies in central Moscow on June 12, 2019. Photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

‘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

COA wants Napolcom to stop paying personnel dietary benefits

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

It turns out that there are 6 other types of allowances worth P51.22 million that COA had recommended be stopped in recent years, but Napolcom did not comply

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

London police arrest 5 teens over attack vs lesbian couple

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The teenagers are suspected of ganging up on a lesbian couple for refusing to kiss each other for entertainment

BEATEN. Melania Geymonat (right) and her girlfriend Chris after being attacked by a gang of males aboard the London night bus. Photo from Geymonat's Facebook page

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