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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

Cebu cops nab criminology student for threatening to post girl's nude pics

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:40 PM

The suspect sends messages to his older brother's ex-girlfriend, saying he would post her naked photos online if she refuses to have sex with him

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'

Rookie cop dies of heatstroke after training in Davao City

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Police Regional Office 11 chief Brigadier General Filmore Escobal says Patrolman Angelo Tito and 4 other rookie cops fainted during training. Tito died a day later, while 3 are still in the hospital.

ROOKIE COP. Patrolman Angelo Tito, 24, dies a day after fainting during police training. Photo from the Facebook page of Jeal Angelo Tito

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

Police officer kills 2 neighbors in Talisay City

Jan 12, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Police Staff Sergeant Sidney Alisoso voluntarily surrenders to the authorities after shooting his drunk neighbors

Makati gov’t shutters KTV bar used as prostitution den

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:16 PM

This follows a raid on Friday in which the bar’s Taiwanese owners and Chinese customers were arrested, and 13 Filipina workers rescued

SHUTDOWN. Makati closes down a KTV bar for doubling as a prostitution den. Photo from the Makati Office of the City Information and Community Relations Department

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

Police arrest 16 foreigners in raid of hotel penthouse used for prostitution

Jan 10, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The Makati police roundup two Taiwanese, who own the KTV bar, and 14 Chinese nationals, who were customers

Photo from Makati Police

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

Still no witness to ambush of a cop and his wife in Bohol

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Bohol police say no one has stepped forward to shed light on the ambush that killed a policeman and injured his wife

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

Cebu City Police affirm readiness for 2020 Sinulog

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:43 AM

Police Colonel Engelbert Soriano says its security plans for Sinulog 2020 are ready and up for simulations by next week

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

Former Aurora top cop is new Cebu City police chief

Dec 27, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Police Colonel Engelbert Soriano is the new director of the Cebu City Police Office

A NEW CHIEF. Photo from Cebu City Police Office Facebook page.

De Lima hits alleged ban on visits to political prisoners in Camp Bagong Diwa

Dec 26, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the alleged ban is a 'blatant violation of the rights of these persons deprived of liberty'

BAN? Senator Leila de Lima slams the alleged visitation ban in Camp Bagong Diwa imposed on families of political prisoners. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall protests and clashes

Dec 24, 2019 - 10:09 PM

Riot police use pepper spray and batons to beat back angry crowds after plainclothes officers made arrests inside a luxury mall in Tsim Sha Tsui

OIC police chief of Lanao del Sur town, driver killed in ambush

Dec 24, 2019 - 4:12 PM

(UPDATED) Police Executive Master Sergeant Amen Lucman Macalangan led the confiscation of smuggled cigarettes and illegal logs, among other aggressive law enforcement operations

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

Hong Kong police say suspect fired shot during protest-related arrest

Dec 21, 2019 - 6:07 PM

Authorities say a subsequent search of a nearby flat uncovered an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle and more than 250 rounds of ammunition

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

Husband of kidnapped Chinese woman claims she is back home

Dec 17, 2019 - 12:12 AM

But Makati Police Investigation Unit chief Major Gideon Ines Jr says they have yet to verify whether Zhou Mei, a POGO employee, is already back home

Zhou Mei's photo courtesy of Makati Police

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

Mexico pays overweight police officers to slim down

Dec 13, 2019 - 11:30 AM

Two dozen officers grimace through their workout on the pavement of the station house yard – most with round bellies bulging beneath their drenched T-shirts

Police physical trainer Javier Ramirez (R) works with police officers at a police unit in Mexico City on December 11, 2019. 1,000 Mexico City police officers have joined a program to lose weight, improve their health and do their work more efficiently, in a country where 75% of the adults are overweight or obese. RODRIGO ARANGUA / AFP

International experts quitting Hong Kong police protest probe

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:03 AM

The resignation is seen as a major setback for the Hong Kong government

A group of riot police stand guard on a main road during a protest in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on September 7, 2019. Riot police fanned out across Hong Kong on September 7 in a bid to thwart plans by pro-democracy protesters to target the airport in the movement's first mass mobilisation since the city's leader made a surprise concession earlier this week.  Philip FONG / AFP

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