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Crime City? Killings in Cebu rise as mayor, cops feud

Oct 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Half a year before Rodrigo Duterte launched his drug war in 2016, killings in Cebu City totalled 32. In the same months in 2018, the police recorded 69.

CRIMINAL CITY? The skyline of Cebu City as seen from the city hall. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

COA questions DILG's last-minute P99-million fund transfer

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:50 PM

The Commission on Audit expresses concern that the Department of the Interior and Local Government may have intended to avoid returning unspent funds to the national treasury

Fear of robbery, unsafe streets, drug addicts up in Mindanao – SWS

Jun 21, 2018 - 9:28 PM

The Social Weather Stations' March survey shows a 2-point drop in the nationwide number of people who fear unsafe streets. In Mindanao, however, those who expressed this fear jumps to 48% in March from 35% in December 2017.

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

LIST: 44 PNP Academy cadets face charges over 2018 graduation mauling

Apr 04, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The 44 cadets face administrative charges for grave misconduct or neglect of duty

PNP Academy cadets 'threatened' by seniors to join 2018 mauling

Apr 03, 2018 - 4:45 PM

An investigation panel finds that Philippine National Police Academy cadets from lower batches were ordered to join the mauling or else they would be harmed

VIOLENCE IN PNPA. Academy cadets march inside Camp Castañeda. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Special board created to probe PNP Academy beatings

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The team is organized by the Philippine Public Safety College, which oversees the Philippine National Police Academy

ISOLATED CASE? Philippine National Police Academy cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

PNP: Academy beatings violate anti-hazing law

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:18 AM

But the Philippine National Police says it will not initiate a criminal investigation into a PNP Academy beating that supposedly happened in 2017, adding that the Philippine Public Safety College should start the probe

ACADEMY BEATING. PNPA cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:33 AM

(UPDATED) The bill raises the minimum age to purchase all firearms from 18 to 21, bans modification devices that makes a semi-automatic weapon fully automatic, and increases mental health funding

Albay officials order decampment of over 54,000 Mayon evacuees

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM

The Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office orders the total decampment of Mayon evacuees from the cities of Legazpi and Ligao, and the municipalities of Sto Domingo and Bacacay

MAYON. Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs' resident volcanologist chief in Bicol, announces lowering of Mayon volcano's status from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday, March 6, during a press briefing at the Apsemo hall. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia

Damage to agriculture due to Mayon now at P185 million

Feb 07, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The cost of damage to crops is now at P185,281,979. This is up from P94 million last January 26.

Oozing molten volcanic debris cascades over the various gullies of iconic Mount Mayon on February 5, 2018. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Filipinos feel safer but trust police less in Metro Manila in 2017

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:28 PM

The National Police Commission asks 570 Filipinos for their opinion on Metro Manila safety and their trust in its police force

WAITING. A civilian stands outside after an anti-illegal drugs operation in Caloocan. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Over 5,000 Albay residents evacuate due to Mayon Volcano ash eruptions

Jan 14, 2018 - 8:45 PM

An evacuation order is in effect for 17 barangays within the 6-kilometer permanent danger zone around the Mayon Volcano

Mayon evacuees take shelter at Cabangan Elementary School for safety as Mount Mayon acting up anew. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Crimes, except homicide, in the Philippines down by 21.8% in 2017

Dec 20, 2017 - 4:16 PM

Data from the Philippine National Police show the volumes of all index crimes have dropped, except for homicide, from 2016 to 2017

Conflict between Garin and FEC emerges in Dengvaxia probe

Dec 14, 2017 - 4:43 PM

(UPDATED) The Formulary Executive Council – a panel of top Filipino experts that identifies which medicines and drugs the government may use and procure – never recommended mass use of the dengue vaccine

EX-HEALTH CHIEF. Former health secretary Janette Garin attends the Senate hearing on the government's use of the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine. Photo by Angie de Silva

Did I get Dengvaxia? Dela Rosa asks PNP hospital chief

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Top cop Ronald dela Rosa checks with the PNP General Hospital chief if he's among the 14,000 cops who got the controversial dengue vaccine

'ME FIRST'. PNP chief worries that he got the Dengvaxia vaccine outside the PNP General Hospital. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOH to give ballers, health monitoring cards to kids who got Dengvaxia

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this is part of the 'heightened surveillance' of children who got the dengue vaccine under the government's program

DENGUE VACCINE HEARING. Health Secretary Frencisco Duque III attends the Senate hearing on the dengue vaccine used by the government on December 14, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Lady cop securing Cebu cemetery gunned down

Nov 01, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Police Officer 1 Sassy Mae Sasing just finished her shift securing cemeteries in Lapu-Lapu City when motorcycle-riding gunmen ambushed her October 31

5 years of groundbreaking investigative journalism

Oct 03, 2017 - 5:45 PM

These stories take a lot of resources to make, but we believe they are important in a democracy – especially in the face of impunity, corruption, and propaganda

Palace endorses DBM resolution on pay hike for police, soldiers

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A Police Officer 1 can enjoy a 100% increase – from the current P14,834 base pay to P29,668 – should the resolution be signed by both houses of Congress

SALUTE. In this file photo, President Duterte visits the wake of slain Captain Clinton Capio at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacañang

BFP defends defective fire trucks: 'They come with warranty'

Jun 27, 2017 - 7:53 PM

The Bureau of Fire Protection spokesperson says that since the bureau is underequipped it deems it better to buy more fire trucks of inferior quality

DEFECTIVE. The fire trucks, acquired just last April 2016 already show signs of overuse and malfunction. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Information Agency

Quiz: How prepared are you for the unexpected?

Oct 07, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Changing times may also mean that you may need to adjust to how you protect yourself

Tuguegarao native heads Davao public safety center

Sep 05, 2016 - 5:09 PM

A retired Army general is Mayor Sara Duterte s choice to head Davao City s public safety command center

NEW COMMAND CENTER BOSS. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio talks with retired army general Benito de Leon (right), the new chief of the Public Safety and Security Command Center chief, on Monday, Sept 5, 2016. Photo by JFP Dalumpines/Rappler

#ClimateActionPH dilemma: Cutting carbon emissions from coal

May 13, 2016 - 4:51 PM

The issue isn’t merely our commitment to the Paris Agreement Even without it the Philippines needs to get serious about mitigating climate change because the country is most vulnerable to it

Private vaccines in China need more regulation – WHO

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:05 PM

We want to see the root causes [of the scandal] identified so that remedies can be provided says an expert from the World Health Organization

epa05228306 A picture made available on 24 March 2016 shows a child reacting to a vaccine shot against epidemic encephalitis B at a health station in Quzhou county,Hebei, China, 25 April 2015. Chinese police arrested 37 people allegedly responsible for the illegal distribution of improperly stored vaccines, worth almost 90 million US dollars, according to media reports. EPA/HAO QY CHINA OUT

Coast Guard: 'Too many' drowning incidents during Holy Week

Mar 29, 2016 - 8:53 AM

A total of 15 fatal drowning incidents were recorded during the Holy Week break the Philippine Coast Guard reports

The streets that haunt Filipino women

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:22 AM

In Quezon City alone 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016 What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

STREET HARASSMENT. Have you ever walked down the street and experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment?

DOJ backs bill mandating monitoring devices in PUVs

Dec 25, 2015 - 4:43 PM

At least 4 bills at the House of Representatives want CCTV cameras and GPS trackers to be required in all PUVs

TIME TO TRACK? PUVs, Public Utility Buses (PUBs) and jeepneys crowd the Elliptical Road in Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Canada 'alert' against terror threats to major cities

Dec 11, 2015 - 7:54 AM

But the government also says there is nothing new that would affect the security situation at present

PUBLIC SAFETY. Canada's new Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale (L) is sworn-in during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 4, 2015. Photo by Chris Wattie/AFP

Makati traffic investigators now on duty until 10 pm

Oct 27, 2015 - 4:54 PM

Makati Public Safety Department s traffic investigators now have a 2 10 pm shift from Mondays to Fridays

EXTENDED SHIFT. The Makati city government extends the work shift of its traffic investigators until 10 pm from Monday to Friday. File photo by Kevin de la Cruz/Rappler

Illegal workers? 46 foreigners arrested in Baclaran

Sep 09, 2015 - 8:00 PM

The foreign nationals were caught in the premises in the act of working as vendors in retail stores says BI spokesperson Elaine Tan

INQUEST. The 43 foreigners will undergo inquest proceedings. Photo from the Bureau of Immigration

Corruption at the LTO, LTFRB: Fixers and bribes

Jul 12, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Part 2: LTO admits there is no centralized database for old and new plates It however says LTO and Stradcom are working on it

Corruption at LTO, LTFRB: Unfit drivers, vehicles on the road

Jul 11, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Part 1: A number of schemes abound at the LTO and LTFRB allowing unfit drivers and public vehicles on the road compromising public safety

CARNAGE. Rescue workers extract the bodies of still unidentified persons from the wrecked bus in December, 2013. Photo by EPA/Francis Malasig

Philippine Red Cross gears up for Holy Week

Mar 30, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Are you traveling home for the Holy Week?

Aquino orders gov't agencies to prep for Holy Week

Mar 27, 2015 - 4:05 PM

President Benigno Aquino III s directives include improvements in various transportation terminals in the country and putting up public assistance desks in these facilities

RUNWAY OPTIMIZATION. The government plans to pursue its project to increase airside capacity in NAIA. File Photo by Jay Directo / Agence France-Presse

Protecting more women and girls through technology

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:00 AM

A local volunteer organization for women comes up with ways to help protect women especially during their commutes

Latin America: Where cars are deadlier than crime

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Welcome to Latin America where crosswalk lights are more decorative than functional speed limits are ignored right of way to pedestrians is a myth and traffic lights are disdained

ROAD MONSTERS. Picture taken during a traffic jam at 23 de Maio Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 18, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

CHR to PNP: Teach human rights in criminology schools

Feb 06, 2014 - 3:48 PM

A review of police academies and courses has been a long time coming says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Etta Rosales

REFORM. CHR chair Etta Rosales (L) says changes in the PNP and even the AFP, should start at the grass roots. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Cavite police: 30 armed men hiding in Revilla home

May 15, 2013 - 6:30 PM

The lawyer of the Revilla family denies any National Bureau of Investigation NBI officers are hiding in their home

HARASSMENT. Sen Bong Revilla called a press conference on election day and accused Cavite police of harassing his family. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

‘Hello, Macky’ for LP in Zambo Norte?

May 02, 2013 - 9:00 AM

An audio clip reveals a man who sounds like police Superintendent Reynaldo Maclang talking openly about working for gubernatorial bet Roberto Uy

PARTISAN? Supt Reynaldo Maclang, Police Public Safety Company commander in Zamboanga del Norte, is reported caught in a recording expressing support for gubernatorial candidate Roberto Uy. Photo by Gualberto Laput

'Dumlao harassing Revilla supporters in Cavite’

Apr 10, 2013 - 9:48 PM

Sr Supt Glen Dumlao is accused of harassing the camp of Jolo Revilla who is running against the son of his principal Sen Panfilo Lacson