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[EDITORIAL] General Sinas, Pangulong Duterte, huwag mo kaming kutyain

May 25, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Ginoong Presidente, malinaw na hindi mo naiintindihan ang konsepto ng command responsibility, tulad ng maraming bagay na may kinalaman sa dangal

Sinas’ sins in Central Visayas: Killings rampant, investigations incomplete

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

While President Rodrigo Duterte called him a 'good officer,' the CHR characterizes Sinas’ time as Central Visayas chief as one when violence intensified

POLICE CHIEF. Debold Sinas takes his oath as Metro Manila's police director. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Yet again, Duterte rewards PMA, PNPA valedictorians with house and lot

May 22, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The class goat, the least-rated cadet from either academy, gets a gun from the Commander-in-Chief

MILITARY CADETS. File photo of Philippine Military Academy cadets. PMA file photo

After birthday backlash, Sinas tells Muslims to keep distance on Eid’l Fitr

May 22, 2020 - 7:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'Wala pa rin pagtitipon kasi 'yun 'yung policy,' says Major General Debold Sinas, who violated the policy himself on his birthday

POINTERS. NCRPO Chief PBGen Debold Sinas answers questions during the press briefing of the Traslacion 2020 at the Pope Benedict building of the Quiapo Church in Manila on January 6, 2020. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP urges prostituted women to name police abusers

May 22, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa also urges the public to avoid 'generalization' of the entire police force as sexual predators

DISAPPOINTED. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Central Luzon police arrest No. 1 most wanted in Zambales

May 19, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The suspect, whom police reports say operates as medic and supply officer of the rebel New People's Army, is also among the top 10 most wanted in Central Luzon

Photo from Regional Intelligence Unit provincial police force

[EDITORIAL] In the face of impunity and double standards, #LawIsLaw

May 18, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Duterte and former police chief Bato dela Rosa have created a monster force – one that will make Hitler proud

Malacañang wants probe into cops' mauling of Cavite factory worker

May 16, 2020 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) A Cavite factory worker was allegedly mauled by police for violating curfew

BEATEN. Ronald Campo, 30, was allegedly beaten by the police in General Trias, Cavite. Photo from Campo's Facebook page

PNP files criminal, admin raps vs Sinas, 18 cops over birthday party

May 15, 2020 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas and 18 other cops are accused of failing to wear face masks and breaking physical distancing rules during his May 8 birthday party

COMPLAINT. Internal Affairs Service Police Brigadier General Israel Baltazar and Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo complaints at the Taguig City Prosecutor office against NCRPO chief Debold Sinas and attendees of his birthday celebration. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Eastern Police District HQ on lockdown after 26 cops test positive for coronavirus

May 14, 2020 - 7:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The lockdown, which starts Wednesday afternoon, will last for 3 days

Photo from epd.pnp.gov.ph

PNP readies criminal charges vs Sinas for birthday gathering

May 14, 2020 - 3:27 PM

Malacañang says administrative sanctions will have to be approved by President Rodrigo Duterte since Major General Debold Sinas is his appointee

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

Medialdea wants results of Sinas probe sent to his office

May 14, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Malacañang takes an interest in the Metro Manila police chief's birthday celebration which violated quarantine rules

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on the sidelines of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) inauguration in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. police shooting of medical worker revives protest anger

May 14, 2020 - 11:10 AM

Taylor 'was one of the healthcare professionals helping us through this pandemic. But even as she helped to save lives, police violence took hers,' says the Black Lives Matter Twitter account.

VICTIM. File photo of Breonna Taylor. Photo from AFP

After apology, Sinas says 'nothing wrong' with birthday party

May 14, 2020 - 9:58 AM

'It would be ungentlemanly kung 'di ko sila hinarap at pinauwi ko sila,' says Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

NCRPO restricts Rappler coverage after story on Sinas birthday party

May 13, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Rappler condemns the move as an attack on press freedom, the right to free speech, and the public's right to know

PNP probes how infected Manila cop traveled to Baguio during lockdown

May 13, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Police Major Rafael Baldado Roxas, the first police officer in the Cordillera region to test positive for coronavirus, is currently one of two remaining active cases in Baguio City

STRICT PROTOCOLS. Personnel of Baguio City Police and Baguio 911 Rescue partner with the Art Lovers Baguio Chapter to make signs and markings to encourage the public to exercise physical distancing. File Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

‘Law is law unless friends kayo:’ Netizens slam gov’t double standards

May 13, 2020 - 3:34 PM

This comes after policemen celebrated the birthday of Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas, violating several quarantine guidelines

Sinas says sorry for birthday party during ECQ

May 13, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'I apologize for what transpired during my birthday that caused anxiety to the public. It was never my intention to disobey any existing protocols,' says Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

PNP launches internal probe into Sinas' birthday party during ECQ

May 13, 2020 - 12:36 PM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa orders the PNP Internal Affairs Service to investigate whether Metro Manila's top cop and other police officers broke quarantine rules

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

Año: NCRPO chief Sinas' birthday party 'a big no-no'

May 13, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas should have called off the party as soon as it started, says Interior Secretary Eduardo Año

'DELICADEZA.' DILG Secretary Eduardo Año delivers a speech during the Launching of the Inter-Agency Task Force Federalism and Constitutional Reform at Camp Crame on Monday, January 20, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Birthday salu-salo for NCRPO chief Sinas amid ECQ

May 12, 2020 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don’t think may violation ito,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, citing the report of Major General Debold Sinas that physical distancing was supposedly observed during the celebration

16 Cebu City police officers positive for coronavirus

May 12, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Aside from the police officers, 5 civilian personnel also test positive for the virus

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City Police Office personnel man a checkpoint in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PNP Regional Office 1 has new chief

May 10, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Brigadier General Rodolfo Santos Azurin Jr replaces retiring Brigadier General Joel Orduña

COMMANDER. The Police Regional Office (PRO) 1 held a remembrance ceremony for the heroic act of the late Police Brigadier General Oscar M Florendo who was once Provincial Commander of the La Union. Photo from the PRO1 Facebook page

[PODCAST] Bakit maraming insidente ng pang-aabuso sa ilalim ng lockdown?

May 08, 2020 - 11:48 AM

Bakit malaki ang papel ng pulis at militar laban sa coronavirus pandemic?

Hong Kong seizes fins from 38,500 endangered sharks

May 07, 2020 - 1:22 PM

The record haul is discovered in two containers from Ecuador, and highlights the continued demand for shark fin, which is served at wedding banquets in many Chinese communities

This handout photo taken on May 6, 2020 and received on May 7 from the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department shows seized sharks fins displayed at a customs facility in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has seized 26 tonnes of smuggled shark fins sliced from some 38,500 endangered animals in the largest bust of its kind in the southern Chinese city. Handout / Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department / AFP

China warns Hong Kong protesters against 'stirring up trouble'

May 06, 2020 - 4:25 PM

Hong Kong police use pepper spray to disperse protesters last Friday, May 1, after a largely peaceful public holiday

A police officer gestures towards the media during a protest at Hung Hom in Hong Kong on December 1, 2019. - Police fired tear gas and pepper spray in Hong Kong on December 1 as tens of thousands of black-clad protesters flooded into the streets, a week after pro-democracy candidates scored a landslide local election victory. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Cops chase funeral hearse in Pangasinan town, find liquor inside coffin

May 05, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Amid coronavirus liquor ban, Binmaley town cops intercept a funeral hearse and find liquor hidden inside a coffin

SEIZED. Binmaley cops intercept a funeral hearse and find liquor hidden inside the coffin. Photo courtesy of the Binmaley police

Policing a pandemic: Philippines still stuck with drug war blueprint

May 01, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The human rights abuses reported during the lockdown stem from a culture of impunity that has dominated the country since the violent drug war began in 2016

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Coronavirus Updates: Don’t let police abuse become normal

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The Philippines is among the 15 countries in state of emergency where allegations of police brutality have been ‘deemed most troubling’

Gamboa: Police officer's use of force necessary vs 'bulky' Makati resident

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:05 PM

'It is very clear that enough force was applied,' says Philippine National Police chief Archie Gamboa on the Dasmariñas Village incident

ARREST. Makati policeman Roland Von Madron attempts to arrest Dasmariñas Village resident Javier Salvador Parra on April 26,2020. Rappler screenshot

Police file complaint vs Makati resident for resisting arrest, cursing cops

Apr 28, 2020 - 12:31 PM

Makati police accuse Javier Salvador Parra of unjust vexation, direct assault, and disobedience to authority, and not wearing a face mask

ARREST. Senior Master Sergeant Roland Von Madrona attempts to arrest Javier Salvador Parra in Dasmariñas Village, Makati City. Rappler screenshot

Human Rights Watch asks DILG to rein in 'out of control' law enforcers

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The rights group says the Department of the Interior and Local Government 'must exercise effective oversight over its personnel, investigate all reports of abuses, and hold officers committing rights violations accountable'

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo to police: Be strict but don't use violence vs lockdown violators

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:55 PM

'Kailangan talaga istrikto iyong enforcement. Pero sana hindi siya humahantong sa karahasan,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

COMPASSION. Vice President Leni Robredo wears a face mask while speaking to the volunteers of her office's free shuttle service for health workers. File photo by Jay Ganzon/OVP

Makati man went berserk, cursed police – PNP

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Javier Salvador Parra says he intends to file a criminal case against Makati police as his lawyer studies it

ASSAULTED. Javier Salvador Parra gets a check up after he was tackled by a Makati cop to the ground in an attempt to arrest him on Sunday, April 26. Photo courtesy of Parra

Binay orders Makati police to probe assault of private village resident

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Makati City government spokesperson Michael Camiña says the appropriate charges will be filed against those found accountable 'after a full investigation'

DASMA INCIDENT. A Makati police officer is seen tackling Dasmariñas Village resident Javier Salvador Parra to the ground on April 26, 2020. Screenshot from Parra's video

[EDITORIAL] Tigilan ang giyera laban sa mga pasaway, virus ang kaaway

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Ito ang serbisyo publiko na hatid ni Digong at ng pulisya: ang mang-aresto, mambrusko at manakot? We deserve better from this government.

Man in private village assaulted, nearly arrested without warrant by Makati police

Apr 27, 2020 - 9:50 AM

(UPDATED) Javier Salvador Parra is told to pay a P1,000 fine because his house staff was not wearing a face mask while watering plants within their property

TACKLED. Parras is thrown to the ground by a Makati police offiical. Screenshot from Parras video  TACKLED. Parras is thrown to the ground by a Makati police offiical. Screenshot from Parras video

It's just exercise, PNP-SAF says of viral video of cop shooting lockdown violator

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The video of a simulated police arrest in Sipocot, Camarines Sur, goes viral two days after the fatal shooting by a cop of retired Army Corporal Winston Ragos

SIMULATION. This frame is part of a viral video depicting a simulated confrontation between a police officer and a lockdown violator in Sipocot, Camarines Sur. Screencap of viral video

QCPD files homicide complaint vs cop who killed Winston Ragos

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:29 PM

Master Sergeant Daniel Florendo is facing a homicide complaint from his own colleagues at the Quezon City Police District

CONFRONTATION. The Quezon City cop shoots a quarantine violator after the latter allegedly tried to pull out a gun from his sling bag. Screenshot from sourced video.

Military says 'no animosity' with police over Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Whether the police officer who killed Ragos made the right 'judgment call' or not, the military imputes no offense on the police organization itself, says Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

MILITARY SPOKESMAN. AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo in a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on August 15, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Who is Winston Ragos, the former military man killed by police?

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:58 PM

Unable to replenish his medicine for his mental illness because of the lockdown, Winston Ragos is forced to skip his maintenance medication, says his mother

VETERAN. A photo of Winston Ragos in his army fatigues. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

PNP Bicol raises more than P10M for Filipinos affected by coronavirus pandemic

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Police Brigadier General Anthony Alcañeses, PNP Bicol director, calls the initiative Bayanihan Fund Challenge, where the men and women of the Bicol police force pitched in 'to lend a hand and assist our fellow Filipinos who were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic'

Tents install by the city government of Legazpi at ICR as temporary quarantine area for Legazpi City PUIs while awaiting for lab test results. Photo by RHaydz B. Barcia

Maximum or low tolerance? PNP general says shooting of Winston Ragos act of self-defense

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also says the President's 'shoot them dead' order has nothing to do with the retired soldier's slay

KILLED IN LOCKDOWN. Winston Ragos was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

CHR reminds police, military: Violence not first option

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'If the use of force and firearms is unavoidable, then authorities must practice restraint,' says the Commission on Human Rights, which will conduct its own probe into the killing of Winston Ragos

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 Metro Manila cops nabbed in Tarlac for transporting PUMs

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:49 PM

They want to reach Victoria town despite lockdown measures under the extreme enhanced community quarantine imposed in the province

DIALOGUE. Tarlac police director Colonel David Nicholas Poklay talks to residents arrested for violating curfew and mandatory face mask rules. Photo from the Tarlac Provincial Police Office Facebook page

PNP begins to arrest lockdown violators without warning

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'There will be no more warning,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

IN POSITION. Manila Police Station 4 officers remind residents of Sampaloc, Manila to stay and refrain from going out of their homes on March 19, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘They deserve praise’: PNP clears cops who barged into posh Taguig condo

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:14 PM

'The investigation is over, and there will be no cops who will be suspended. They deserve praise for what they did,' says Taguig City police chief Colonel Celso Rodriguez

WARRANTLESS. Taguig cops storm the Pacific Plaza Tower after receiving a call that its residents were violating quarantine guidelines on Sunday, April 19. Sourced photo.

Police, military now in charge of some major national quarantine facilities

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A military general says they are also preparing backup personnel, the way they 'prepare for casualties in battle'

MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL. The COVID-19 quarantine facility at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, photographed on April 7, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Cops to issue traffic tickets vs drivers with unauthorized passengers

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:00 PM

The government task force on the coronavirus pandemic gives the warning after more cars were seen in parts of Metro Manila in recent days despite the lockdown

INSPECTION. Manila Police District officers conduct a checkpoint along Espana Blvd. on March 17, 2020, as an enhanced community quarantine is enforced in Luzon. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler