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Clara Benin, Reese Lansangan, Autotelic and more are playing at the 2019 Satchmi Vinyl Day

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The annual celebration of music and vinyl is happening on July 13

VINYL. Satchmi Vinyl Day celebrates vinyl culture. File photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Live Jam: The Ransom Collective

May 30, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Catch the indie folk band as they return to Rappler!

Cop tagged in businessman's slay escapes police custody

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Former Parañaque cop who is suspected of leading a kidnap-for-ransom group escapes from the custody of Cagayan provincial police

Cavite court convicts kidnapper in 13-year case

Oct 04, 2018 - 11:14 AM

It's a bittersweet victory for the kidnap victim whose family received death threats in the course of the trial. His 3 other kidnappers remain at large.

GUILTY. Convicted kidnapper Virgilio Cupino is brought out of the hall of justice after being sentenced to life imprisonment. Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

LOOK: The house where suspects kept kidnapped Letran student

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Inside this house, the police say a 19-year-old victim was hogtied and denied food and water almost 3 days

RESIDENTIAL SAFE HOUSE? The 19-year-old Letran student was kept hogtied in one of the small rooms of this 4-story house in Balut, Tondo, Manila City. Locals say the home belongs to the family of student suspect Ferdinand dela Vega Jr. Rappler photos

Letran student kidnapping: A fraternity initiation gone wrong?

Aug 07, 2018 - 4:19 PM

For their Letran high school classmates, the case of the suspects in the kidnap-for-ransom of a 19-year-old is a botched initiation ceremony

KIDNAPPING RITE? Letran Senior High School classmates of arrested suspects say they may just have been involved in a fraternity initiation rite gone wrong. Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal/Rappler

Letran breaks silence on kidnapping, vows to help in probe

Aug 06, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Of the 10 suspects in the kidnap-for-ransom case, 7 are from Letran, including the alleged mastermind

HELP PROMISED. Colegio de San Juan de Letran vows to help cops and the 19-year-old victim's family in the resolution of the kidnapping case.

4 arrested for kidnapping fellow student

Aug 06, 2018 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) The victim, a 19-year-old Letran student, is rescued in Manila after the mastermind – his classmate – confessed during interrogation

KIDNAPPED. A 19-year-old Letran student is kept inside a small room in Tondo, Manila by no less than fellow students. PNP photo

At least 5 dead in San Pablo kidnap rescue operation

Apr 10, 2018 - 10:29 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reveal the real identities of the killed suspects. A female cop who was injured during the encounter has also died.

U.S., PH form anti-transnational crimes unit to battle child abuse

Mar 10, 2018 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Transnational Criminal Investigation Unit is composed of 22 US-trained Philippine cops

US-TRAINED. The Philippine Transnational Crimes Investigation Unit undergoes a three-week training course in Georgia, USA. Photo from the US Embassy in the Philippines

Dela Rosa: Killers of PNP's Arthur Masungsong turn out to be NPA members

Feb 26, 2018 - 9:21 AM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says this is the first time he has heard communist guerrillas engaging in kidnaps-for-ransom

KILLED. Superintendent Arthur Masungsong was killed in a kidnap rescue operation against apparent NPA members. PNP photo

Cops nab kidnappers planning to sell 3-year-old girl for P8,000

Jan 03, 2018 - 7:57 PM

If selling did not work, cops say the kidnappers would have forced the girl to raise money by begging for alms in Cavite

CAPTURED. Kidnappers Giselle Omayan and Cerio Tinolete are taken into police custody. NCRPO-SPD photo

Watch: Coke Studio Artists and teens unite to bring music back to Marawi

Dec 26, 2017 - 2:11 PM

Marawi’s streets have always been filled with vibrant music, but since the war, the city has been silent. Volunteers sought to change that

Suspected Abu Sayyaf member arrested in Zamboanga City

Dec 25, 2017 - 12:44 PM

Local cops and navy intelligence officers arrest Baser Ahmad based on a warrant arrest issued by a court in Basilan

PH, foreign performers react to canceled ASEAN Music Festival

Nov 15, 2017 - 12:02 AM

(2nd UPDATE) Filipino and foreign performers who were at the festival – Ben&Ben, The Ransom Collective, Nading Rhapsody, and more – speak up about the cancellation

BEN&BEN. The Filipino folk-pop band is among the acts that were part of the ASEAN Music Festival lineup. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf dies, 3 others rescued

Nov 10, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The local bandit group is still holding 7 foreigners and 9 Filipinos as captives

SOUTHWESTERN TIP. Tawi-Tawi province is located at the southwestern tip of the Philippine archipelago

PH Navy rescues Vietnamese hostage of Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Aug 21, 2017 - 11:19 AM

Vietnamese Do Trung Huiqe is a crew member of MV Royal 16 that the bandits attacked in November 2016

Global ransomware attacks on the rise – Europol

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:37 AM

To combat its rise the police agency has posted decryption tools on the No More Ransom website which has deprived attackers around 8 million euros in ransoms

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 21, 2017

Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

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VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Philippines arrests 44 foreigners for kidnapping Singaporean

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The group was believed to be behind the series of kidnapping incidents against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months

SYNDICATE. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media on Thursday, July 20, 2017, the 42 Chinese and 2 Malaysian nationals suspected to be behind kidnap-for-ransom and loan shark operations preying on casino patrons. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf beheads 2 Vietnamese hostages

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED Hoang Trung Thong and Hoang Va Hai were among the crew members of a Vietnamese cargo vessel attacked by the Abu Sayyaf off Sibago Island in Basilan in November 2016

Rappler Live Jam: The Ransom Collective

Jun 30, 2017 - 9:19 PM

The Ransom Collective is jamming at Rappler HQ Join us as we get to know this up and coming band – tune in here

Ini beda serangan siber ransom wannacry dan petya

Jun 30, 2017 - 7:46 PM

Menurut Menkominfo Rudiantara motif pembuat virus Petya bukan untuk mencari uang

BERBEDA. Menteri Komunikasi dan Informatika, Rudiantara, tengah menjelaskan perbedaan serangan siver ransow wannacry dengan petya di Bakoel Koffee, Cikini pada Jumat, 30 Juni. Foto oleh Muhammad Harvan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: The Ransom Collective launches debut album, 'Traces'

May 21, 2017 - 12:02 AM

See photos of the band at the launch of their first album

Another notorious Abu Sayyaf leader killed

Apr 29, 2017 - 9:04 AM

3RD UPDATE Alhabsy Misaya – the leader of an Abu Sayyaf subgroup in Indanan Sulu – is dead says the military

2 Filipino crewmen taken off Basilan

Mar 23, 2017 - 8:13 PM

They were taken on Thursday March 23 the same day the Philippine Navy rescued two Malaysian hostages of the Abu Sayyaf Group in Sulu

Abu Sayyaf kidnaps 13 in Duterte's first months

Mar 10, 2017 - 4:31 PM

The worsening situation in Sulu is prompting the military to consider transferring an entire division to province

NDCP FORUM. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana speaks about the country's security challenges. Rappler photo

War on drugs, Senate, Samsung | Evening wRap

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:51 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Margie de Leon

Indian national fears fabricated rape case against him

Feb 19, 2017 - 9:40 AM

Crime in the Indian community is reminiscent of recently reported crime among Koreans in Pampanga

Rappler Talk: Ping Lacson and the rule of law

Feb 02, 2017 - 6:05 PM

From police chief to fugitive to senator – Ping Lacson talks about law enforcement as a person who has been in both sides of the law

Korean 'tipster' working with corrupt cops – Central Luzon Police

Feb 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Korean tipster identified by the Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops in Angeles City is the same man who helps rescue 3 Korean tourists

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Suspect in Korean's slay to be transferred to NBI custody

Jan 30, 2017 - 3:43 PM

UPDATED Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr of the Angeles City court also grants the motion of SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel and two other suspects to order the justice department to reinvestigate the case of Jee Ick Joo

LEAVING COURT. SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel is escorted from the Angeles City Hall of Justice. Photo by Jun Malig/Rappler

Lacson suspends 'tokhang for ransom' hearings

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The Senate will wait and see how the PNP s order to stop anti illegal drugs operations will pan out says Senator Panfilo Lacson

WAIT AND SEE? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa orders all police units to cease anti-illegal drugs operations. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jee Ick Joo case: Tangled webs, inconsistent stories

Jan 28, 2017 - 1:40 PM

Will the National Bureau of Investigation and Philippine National Police be able to work together and arrive at the truth?

'TOKHANG FOR RANSOM?' SPO3 Ricky Sta. Isabel, the principal suspect in the kidnap and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Jee slay, South China Sea, border wall | Midday wRap

Jan 27, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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Cop suspects in Korean kidnap-slay brought to court

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The presentation SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel and SPO4 Roy Villegas at an Angeles City court is reportedly upon the insistence of a judge

SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel (in protective gear) waits inside the clerk of court’ office of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 58 on January 24. Contributed photo / Rappler

The PNP as the people’s oppressors

Jan 24, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With President Duterte covering their backs today’s cops have become greatly emboldened in playing their traditional role as the people’s oppressors

Murder inside Camp Crame: A tangled tale of crime

Jan 22, 2017 - 5:50 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says investigation by the National Bureau of Investigation an office under him contradicts some findings of the Philippine National Police on the Korean businessman s murder

Police officer Ricky Sta. Isabel (C), one of the suspects in the kidnapping and murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, is escorted by fellow policemen as they leave the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) building in Manila on January 20, 2016. Noel Celis/AFP

House Speaker calls for PNP chief Dela Rosa's resignation

Jan 20, 2017 - 7:23 PM

Pantaleon Alvarez issues the call after it was revealed that a kidnapped South Korean businessman was killed inside Camp Crame the PNP headquarters

UNPLEASING. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez calls for PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa's resignation after the killing of a Korean businessman inside Camp Crame. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

US Homeland Security thanks PH for helping catch pedophile

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Agents of the Philippines Department of Justice are commended for assisting US authorities in the case of American Calvin Bernhardt who was convicted of child pornography and child exploitation

Duterte wants kidnappers 'blown up,' even with hostages

Jan 14, 2017 - 11:20 PM

About the hostages that could die because of his orders Duterte says Sorry collateral damage

'SORRY HOSTAGES.' President Rodrigo Duterte explains his policy against kidnappers. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf releases 2 more Indonesian captives

Dec 12, 2016 - 6:17 PM

The military says the captives were released because of its sustained manhunt operations that pressured the terrorists to immediately negotiate

FREE. Two Indonesian hostages are freed by the Abu Sayyaf. Photo from Philippine Military

3 soldiers killed in clash with Abu Sayyaf

Dec 10, 2016 - 5:24 PM

The group that clashed with the military is believed to be led by Abu Sayyaf senior leader Radullan Sahiron

Two Indonesian fishermen abducted near Malaysia: official

Nov 20, 2016 - 3:38 PM

The waters between Malaysia s eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island and the southern Philippines have for years seen repeated kidnappings by the Abu Sayyaf militant group

Dela Rosa brings home kidnap suspect after Thailand trip

Oct 16, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The suspect an alleged member of a kidnap for ransom group is wanted for the abduction and death of a Chinese Filipino engineer in 2005

THAILAND VISIT. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa in Thailand. Photo from Dela Rosa's Facebook page

Armed men kidnap fisherman off Malaysia

Sep 28, 2016 - 2:16 PM

Malaysian authorities say the kidnappers came in a fast craft and headed in the direction of southern Philippine waters after the incident

Millions of dollars paid to free Indonesian hostages

Sep 21, 2016 - 3:37 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Despite the denial of the Philippine and Indonesian governments that ransom was paid millions of dollars were given to the Abu Sayyaf Group for the release of Indonesian hostages over the past few months

P50-M ransom paid to Abu Sayyaf for Norwegian hostage – Duterte

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:55 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says ransom has been paid for Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad who has yet to be released by the Abu Sayyaf

RANSOM PAID. President Rodrigo Dutere updates reporters on Norwegian kidnap victim Kjartan Sekkingstad, who is being held by the Abu Sayyaf, on August 25, 2016. Photo by Editha Caduaya/ Rappler

US sought 'leverage' with $400-M payment to Iran

Aug 19, 2016 - 8:45 AM

UPDATED But the US government insists that the money was to settle an old debt stemming from a military purchase by Iran

'NOT RANSOM'. State Department spokesman John Kirby says the $400 million it delivered to Iran in January was to settle an old debt stemming from a military purchase by Iran. File photo by EPA

Obama says $400M for Iran was not hostage ransom

Aug 05, 2016 - 8:30 AM

We do not pay ransom for hostages We have a number of Americans being held all around the world I meet with their families And it is heartbreaking says US President Barack Obama

NOT HOSTAGE RANSOM. US President Barack Obama during a press conference in the briefing room at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 04 August 2016. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA