Rambo Talabong



Rambo Talabong covers for Rappler the Philippine National Police, local governments, and President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

Even before completing his degree in communication degree at the Ateneo de Manila University, he already did research and field work for Rappler’s investigations into the drug war killings in the poor communities in Manila.

Rambo wrote for The Guidon (English) and Matanglawin (Filipino), student publications of the Ateneo. He later served as editor in chief of Matanglawin.

Follow him on Twitter at @rambotalabong.

Got a message or story tip for him? Shoot him an email at rambo.talabong@rappler.com.

Jul 2020
PHILIPPINES 04:11pm, Jul 13, 2020
PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) will test around 350 of its cadets for the novel coronavirus. "Ayokong isantabi [ang] possibility na may mga infection sa training ...

PHILIPPINES 01:52pm, Jul 12, 2020
Senator Recto: ABS-CBN does not deserve death penalty

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN does not deserve the death penalty. This was the message released by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Saturday, July 11, condemning the denial of ABS-CBN's ...

PHILIPPINES 12:11am, Jul 10, 2020
More than 1,000 Philippine cops infected with coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines – Over 1,000 police personnel have been infected by the coronavirus, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday, July 9. In its COVID-19 advisory, the PNP ...

PHILIPPINES 08:53am, Jul 09, 2020
PH gov't to allow motorcycle back riding for couples

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The national government is set to allow motorcycle back riding for couples on July 10, Department of the Interior and Local Governmet (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año ...

PHILIPPINES 02:43pm, Jul 08, 2020
Howie Severino detained for lowering face mask to drink water

MANILA, Philippines – Renowned journalist Howie Severino was detained by Quezon City "law enforcers" for lowering his face mask to drink water on Wednesday, July 8. In a Facebook post, Severino ...

PHILIPPINES 12:18pm, Jul 08, 2020
Cops who killed soldiers in Sulu restricted to Camp Crame

MANILA, Philippines – The 9 cops accused of killing 4 intelligence officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Sulu were transferred to the Philippine National Police Camp Crame ...

PHILIPPINES 09:31pm, Jul 07, 2020
Rights group leader served arrest warrant by cop disguised as delivery man

MANILA, Philippines – A pair of cops, disguised as a deliveryman and a civilian, tried but failed to serve on Tuesday, July 7, an invalid arrest warrant to a human rights group leader. Karapatan ...

PHILIPPINES 08:11pm, Jul 07, 2020
'Pride 20' fights back, accuses MPD of illegal arrest, sexual harassment

MANILA, Philippines – Pride 20, the 20 protesters who were arrested during a Pride march demonstration in Manila, filed complaints on Tuesday, July 7, at the Office of the Ombudsman against cops of ...

PHILIPPINES 05:00pm, Jul 07, 2020
Trips home from Metro Manila to 3 Mindanao provinces suspended

MANILA, Philippines – Trips from Metro Manila to Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Camiguin provinces in Mindanao are prohibited until July 15, Joint Task Force COVID Shield chief Lieutenant General ...

PHILIPPINES 01:10pm, Jul 07, 2020
Manila chief inquest prosecutor shot dead

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Manila's chief inquest prosecutor Jovencio Senados was shot dead on Tuesday morning, July 7. In a phone interview with Rappler, Manila Police District (MPD) ...