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Romania police academy chiefs accused of threatening reporter quit

May 24, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Romania prosecutors claim the two men used a young police officer as an intermediary to send several messages to journalist Emilia Sercan warning that her life was at risk if she didn't stop her investigative work

This picture taken on 28 May, 2017 in Bucharest shows Romanian journalist Emilia Sercan during her book launch "The Doctorate Factory" at the international book fair "Bookfest 2017". - The chiefs of Romania's Police Academy resigned on May 24, 2019 over death threats that were sent to an investigative journalist who has uncovered instances of plagiarism committed by high-level officials. (Photo by Bogdan BUDA / AFP)

Bikoy now free after posting bail from PNP hospital

May 24, 2019 - 6:41 PM

Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as Bikoy, is facing 6 counts of estafa in Baguio City

FREE. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Cagayan de Oro police chief in ICU after training accident

May 24, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Police Colonel Nelson Aganon suffers head injuries after encountering an accident during a motorcycle riding course in Camp Edilberto Evangelista

CAGAYAN DE ORO POLICE CHIEF. Police Colonel Nelson Aganon addresses members of the Cagayan de Oro Police Office in April 2018. Photo from the COCPO Police Community Relations Unit Facebook Page

Bikoy hospitalized due to chest pain, headaches

May 24, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Peter Joemel Advincula apparently experienced high blood pressure, says top cop General Oscar Albayalde

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

After calling him a liar, PNP hosts Bikoy's press briefing

May 23, 2019 - 2:42 PM

'We cannot deny him his freedom of speech. This is democracy,' says PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, referring to Peter Joemel Advincula, also known as Bikoy

BRIEFING. Peter Joemel Advincula aka "Bikoy" speaks during a press conference of his surrender to the police in Camp Crame, Quezon City on 23 May 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Police officer, two others killed in separate incidents in Cebu in 24 hours

May 22, 2019 - 12:53 PM

A former cop whose daughter is a member of the political party of outgoing Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña is killed near a police station

AMBUSH. The body of former police officer Delfin Bontuyan leans on the hood of a taxi after he is ambushed Tuesday, May 22. Photo from the Facebook account of Tommy Osmeña

Stop it! Japan anti-groper app becomes smash hit

May 21, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The Digi Police app has been downloaded more than 237,000 times, an 'unusually high figure' for a public service app, says police official Keiko Toyamine

DIGI POLICE APP. In this picture taken on May 13, 2019, an official at a police department poses as she shows an application for scaring off molesters, in Tokyo. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Cebu City cops accused of mauling drug suspect return to posts

May 21, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Without elaborating, Cebu City Police Office director Royina Garma says they did not find sufficient evidence to charge the police accused of mauling Eddie Basillote

Crisologo hits QC police: Don't allow them to 'arrogantly violate our rights'

May 20, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'If they could do these atrocious and cruel things to an incumbent congressman and to a lawyer, they could easily do these things to our ordinary citizens,' says congressman Bingbong Crisologo of his arrest on May 12

NOW FREE. Quezon City 1st Distirct Representative Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings on May 13, 2019. File photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Isko Moreno expects 'high tolerance' from cops in Manila drug war

May 18, 2019 - 9:56 PM

'Minsan habulan, eh napagod 'yung pulis, binaril na lang sa likod. Eh that's violation of human rights,' says Manila City mayor-elect Isko Moreno Domagoso

MAYOR-ELECT. Isko Moreno speaks in a Rappler Talk on Saturday, May 18 at the Rappler Headquarters in Pasig City. Rappler screenshot

Angel Locsin hits black propaganda vs Colmenares: ‘Bakit grabe 'yung effort para makasira?’

May 14, 2019 - 4:41 AM

Angel expresses her frustration after videos of police allegedly distributing black propaganda against senatorial bet Neri Colmenares on election day circulate on social media

Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

PNP backpedals, files vote buying case vs Bingbong Crisologo

May 13, 2019 - 7:44 PM

(UPDATED) Police accuse Bingbong Crisologo of violating Section 261 (a) of the Omnibus Election Code – vote-buying and selling

FREE FOR NOW. Congressman Bingbong Crisologo leaves the Quezon City Hall of Justice after his inquest proceedings, May 13, 2019. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

NCRPO chief Eleazar: Crisologo 'humiliated, insulted' police

May 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

'Kapag naka-uniporme ka tapos lalait-laitin ka, mura-murahin ka, eh para namang kalokohan na papayag ka na gano'n gagawin [sa iyo],' says National Capital Region Police Office chief Guillermo Eleazar

NCRPO chief: Metro Manila elections 'heated but not violent'

May 13, 2019 - 2:44 PM

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Major General Guillermo Eleazar says the non-violent election period may be attributed to checkpoints and crackdown on crime in the region

3 barangay officials, 57 others arrested for alleged vote-buying in Makati

May 12, 2019 - 2:25 PM

NCRPO chief Guillermo Eleazar says the suspects supposedly operated from inside a barangay hall in Makati City

VOTE-BUYING. Police arrest suspected vote-buyers and vote-sellers in Makati City on May 11, 2019.

Suspected vote-buyers, sellers arrested nationwide

May 12, 2019 - 8:30 AM

(4th UPDATE) The Philippine National Police has formed 105 teams tasked to address vote-buying incidents

9,300 cops deployed to secure Central Luzon for May 13 polls

May 11, 2019 - 3:18 PM

The region has a history of election violence and recorded hundreds of gun ban violations since January

DEPLOYMENT. The PNP increases deployment to prevent a spike in election-related crimes. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sandiganbayan allows ex-PNP officials to challenge evidence in 'Euro generals' case

May 10, 2019 - 11:08 AM

The Sandiganbayan Second Division grants the former senior police officials' separate motions for leave of court to file demurrer to evidence. They are accused of illegal use of the PNP's confidential and intelligence funds in 2008.

Facade of Sandiganbayan in Quezon City. File photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Lacson: 'Bikoy' backed by PNP officials in 2016

May 09, 2019 - 1:55 PM

(UPDATED) Senator Panfilo Lacson says active Philippine National Police officials backed Joemel Peter Advincula, also known as 'Bikoy,' in 2016

BIKOY. Peter Joemel Advincula sits down with Rappler in an interview on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

6,000 soldiers, cops to secure Caraga, Northern Mindanao for May 13 polls

May 09, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'We will not allow any threat groups or individuals to disrupt or sabotage the electoral process,' says Brigadier General Tyne Bañas of the Army's 4th Infantry Division

READY TO SERVE. This file photo shows soldiers awaiting deployment in Surigao del Sur in 2015. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Cebu City police prevent journalists from interviewing detained suspects

May 08, 2019 - 9:20 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña asks his city's top cop: 'What are you trying to hide CCPO?'

AT ODDS. Combo photo of Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña and Cebu City chief Police Colonel Royina Garma. Rappler photos

PNP dismisses Bikoy as 'information peddler'

May 08, 2019 - 11:02 AM

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde says two law enforcement agencies had tapped Peter Joemel Advincula as a potential informant before, but he allegedly ditched them after he was paid, or gave false information

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters in Camp Crame on May 8, 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP to deploy over 9,000 cops to Western Visayas on May 13

May 07, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The region spanning the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental, will be secured by 9,345 cops on election day, says Police Brigadier General Jose Bulalacao

IN FORMATION. Philippine police salute at Camp Crame in Quezon City. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Police launch manhunt for Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo

May 07, 2019 - 12:27 AM

The mayor is not home when authorities serve an arrest warrant against him in connection with the murder of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

Lt. Col. Rodelon Betita, Daraga police chief, faces Mayor Carlwyn Baldo's lawyer Merito Lovenzky Fernandez on Monday, May 6, after an hour of waiting outside the gate of Baldo's residence to arrest the embattled mayor. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: PNP flaunts P1.8-billion new assets in Camp Bagong Diwa

May 06, 2019 - 6:12 PM

The Philippine National Police exhibits its new equipment worth P1.8 billion in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine National Police procures P1.8-billion worth of equipment for its local police stations and national support units. PNP photo

Paris police station closed after attack... by fleas

May 06, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'Police station closed until further notice!' reads a notice stuck to the front door of the station, which is located in the 19th district of the French capital

No foul play in restaurateur Villavencio's death – police

May 05, 2019 - 12:39 AM

Victor Vincent Villavicencio is behind restaurants such as Dad's World Buffet, Saisaki, Sambo Kojin, Ogetsu Hime, and Number 1 Barbeques

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Boracay police task force deactivated

May 04, 2019 - 3:50 PM

The multi-agency security cluster leaves behind a high standard in maintaining peace and order in the island resort

SECURED. File photo of police patrolling the then empty Boracay White Beach during the island resort's rehabilitation in 2018. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Iligan mother arrested for offering children for online sexual exploitation

May 03, 2019 - 7:35 PM

She offered her 5-year-old son for online sexual abuse before being captured by the Philippine National Police

ARRESTED. The mother is arrested by police at her home in Iligan City. Photo from IJM

Bullet that killed 6-year-old came from Caloocan cop – NCRPO

May 02, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Metro Manila police chief Guillermo Eleazar tells Rappler that the bullet that killed Gian Habal matched the pistol of Police Corporal Rocky delos Reyes

CALOOCAN COPS. Trainees of the Caloocan City Police Station stand in formation outside their headquarters. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP to probe bets with campaign materials in NPA-held areas

May 02, 2019 - 1:35 PM

Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya says any investigation would continue 'even after the elections'

PROBE OVER FLIERS. The PNP will investigate politicians whose campaign materials will be seen in rebel-controlled areas, according to the DILG.

PNP deploys 160,000 cops for 2019 polls

May 02, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Filipinos can expect more patrols and checkpoints from the Philippine National Police as election day approaches

DEPLOYMENT. The PNP increases deployment to prevent a spike in election-related crimes. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Marikina police seize some P80,000 shabu from two suspects

May 01, 2019 - 1:34 PM

A tip from an informant leads to the arrest Monday night in Tumana, Marikina

BUY-BUST. Marikina police account the substances seized from suspects Ipah Mithonong and Gerry Agun. Photo from Marikina Police

Año, Albayalde back CIDG chief: He's a professional cop

May 01, 2019 - 11:39 AM

'He fully knows our policy of non-partisanship, especially during elections,' says top cop Oscar Albayalde of Major General Oscar Amador Corpus

'PROFESSIONAL.' Major General Amador Corpus shows CCTV clips on the killing of Nueva Ecija mayor Ferdinand Bote in a press briefing in police national headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Former spokesman of rights group Karapatan arrested in Davao City

Apr 29, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Kelly Delgado is allegedly found in possession of shabu, according to Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, whose assassination was allegedly plotted by Delgado 9 years ago

IN CUSTODY. Kelly Delgado is arrested at a joint police and military checkpoint in Lasang, Davao City, on April 27, 2019. Photo courtesy of Task Force Davao

PNP to 'look into' Huawei amid China surveillance fears

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:16 PM

A report from London-based newspaper The Times says the US Central Intelligence Agency has evidence that Huawei receives funding from the Chinese government

On opinion drug war unconstitutional, PNP says 'academe is not Supreme Court'

Apr 29, 2019 - 12:18 PM

PNP chief Oscar Albayalde reacts to a paper by the Ateneo Human Rights Center which says drug war circulars of President Duterte violate the rights of suspects guaranteed in the Constitution

PNP CHIEF. General Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview to reporters inside police headquarters Camp Crame. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

6-year-old killed by stray bullet in Caloocan police operation

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Grade 1 student Gian Habal is killed by a stray bullet from an 'irregular' police operation while playing outside their home in Caloocan City

Osmeña, police clash anew: Why a checkpoint outside Cebu mayor’s house?

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Reelectionist Cebu City Mayor Osmeña, who is being challenged by President Duterte's bet, says his house is not even on a main thoroughfare, and the cops manning the checkpoint leave when he leaves

IRREGULAR? Policemen wearing fatigue set up a checkpoint outside Mayor Tomas Osmeña's house, which is not along a major thoroughfare in Cebu City. Photo from Osmeña's Facebook

Key police officers in Abra replaced ahead of May polls

Apr 26, 2019 - 1:45 PM

The changes are made just weeks away from the May 13 polls

TO SERVE AND PROTECT. Members of the police force during an event. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PNP taps CIDG to hunt down Eduardo Acierto

Apr 25, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The police intensifies its search for dismissed veteran anti-drug cop Eduardo Acierto

IN HIDING. Former police colonel Eduardo Acierto is now being searched for by the PNP CIDG. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Huawei biggest sponsor in PNP's anti-cybercrime summit

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group says it does not have any equipment from Huawei but benefits from the tech giant's 'expertise' and 'technical assistance'

Cops arrest businessman who killed brother, woman in San Juan

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:12 PM

Roberto Bañez also fires shots at the family nurse but she survives the attack

SUSPECT. A mugshot of Roberto Banez, who killed his older brother in their own home on April 23, 2019. Photo courtesy of San Juan police

'Childish' Marikina mayor slammed for withholding funds for police

Apr 23, 2019 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocks fuel and ticketing funds from police after he was not informed about his police chief being promoted to another post

CHILDISH? Mayor Marcelino Teodoro allegedly blocked funds for cops' gasoline and ordinance and traffic violation tickets. Photo from Marikina PIO Facebook Page

PNP to probe journalists, lawyers in Duterte ‘ouster matrix’

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Without an order from President Rodrigo Duterte, PNP chief Oscar Albayalde explains they will conduct the probe under their own 'initiative'

PROBE ON. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde speaks to reporters in Camp Crame after attending the Smart Policing Summit 2019. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Blast rocks Davao City police office

Apr 20, 2019 - 3:53 PM

(UPDATED) Police say no one was hurt in the 'accidental' explosion

IN PHOTOS: Albayalde inspects transpo hubs for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 5:35 PM

PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde inspects the Araneta Center and Pasay City bus terminals, the new Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

ABOARD. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde enters a waiting bus for inspection. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Floating packages of cocaine have also reached Batanes

Apr 17, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Substance believed to be cocaine packed in 3 plastics bags are found by fishermen floating off Basco, Batanes

COCAINE FOUND. Floating cocaine packs were found off the island of Basco in Batanes.

New Zealand disarms police as terror threat level lowered

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:59 PM

Police and security agencies reduce the threat level from high to medium, meaning authorities judge that another attack, violent criminal behavior, or violent protest remains 'feasible' rather than 'very likely'

ARMED. A photo taken on March 20, 2019 shows armed police officers patrolling the burial ground where funerals for victims are set to take place in Christchurch. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Cops, fire, jail personnel on full alert for Holy Week 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:44 AM

'Criminals do not rest, so the DILG and its attached agencies must not rest as well,' says DILG Secretary Eduardo Año, who has raised the alert status of the agencies

HOLY WEEK DRILL. Members of the Manila Police District participate in a drill in Intramuros, Manila, on April 4, 2019, in preparation for Holy Week. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler