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More than 1,000 Philippine cops infected with coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Some 455 police personnel have recovered, while 9 succumbed to the disease

FRONTLINERS. Members of the PNP-SAF attend a briefing on the implementation of the hard lockdown in the 1st district of Tondo, Manila on Monday midnight, May 4. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Slain Jolo soldier’s kin hopes ‘justice will prevail’ as AFP, PNP launch own inquiry

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:02 PM

The military and police will check for 'what went wrong' when cops gunned down 4 soldiers on an intelligence mission in Jolo

GRIEVING. A woman weeps at the casket of one of the 4 soldiers shot dead by police in Jolo, Sulu on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

Cops who killed soldiers in Sulu restricted to Camp Crame

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:18 PM

The 9 Jolo cops who gunned down 4 intelligence officers are detained in Camp Crame as the National Bureau of Investigation continues its probe

CAMP CRAME. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Kalinga town 'welcomes home' hero who was among soldiers slain in Sulu

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Major Marvin Indammog, the commanding officer of the Army soldiers killed by policemen in Jolo, Sulu, is honored as a 'full-blooded Igorot warrior'

Hundreds of relatives and neighbors of Major Marvin Indammog welcomed their slain hero before noon this Friday. Photo courtesy of Tabuk PIO

Army admits lapses: Soldiers rushed to Sulu crime scene to check on their dead

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The Army says the soldiers wanted to check if the victims were still alive and to secure intelligence equipment

BLOOD IN JOLO. Men – soldiers, not police – figure in the crime scene where cops gunned down 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Screenshot of CCTV footage from Ricardo Visaya's Facebook

Jolo police chief sacked as probe over cops who killed soldiers begins

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The relief further paves the way for an impartial investigation conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation

SHOOTING. The crime scene in Jolo, Sulu, after police shot dead 4 Army soldiers on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

Former AFP chief posts footage of Sulu crime scene, slams PNP 'violations'

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Now head of the National Irrigation Administration, retired general Ricardo Visaya tells Camp Crame to 'stop covering up [for] their abusive men'

MISHANDLED? Police loitering in the crime scene where 4 cops gunned down 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Screenshot of CCTV footage from Ricardo Visaya's Facebook

AFP backs Army chief’s 'murder, rubout' claim on soldiers' deaths

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:20 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says Army chief Gilbert Gapay has basis for his claim on what happened in Sulu, but defers to the probe of the National Bureau of Investigation

RUBOUT? The crime scene in Jolo, Sulu, after police shot dead 4 Army soldiers on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

‘Extremely saddened’ Duterte wants to talk to 9 cops in Jolo ‘misencounter’

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'Lungkot na lungkot siya. Ang ginamit nga niyang salita ay siya ay ‘nanlambot, extremely sad,’ says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

‘It was murder’: Army bares details of Jolo police ‘rubout’ of 4 soldiers

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The soldiers’ unarmed commander raised his hands while his deputy was working on his laptop when police shot them dead in broad daylight, says the Army

SLAIN SOLDIERS. (L-R) Sergeant Eric Velasco, Major Marvin Indammog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, and Corporal Abdal Asula, Philippine Army soldiers shot dead by police in Jolo, Sulu, by police on June 29, 2020. Photos from the Philippine Army

Army enraged; police shot 4 intel soldiers in Sulu without gunfight

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:51 PM

The Philippine Army says there was 'no provocation' on the part of the soldiers to 'warrant such carnage'

SLAIN SOLDIERS. Four soldiers were gunned down by police in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

PNP, AFP agree to let NBI lead Sulu probe

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Police and military officials seek 'impartiality' in the investigation into the encounter between police and soldiers that led to the death of 4 military intelligence officers

TOP BRASS. Military chief General Felimon Santos Jr (left) and police chief General Archie Gamboa in a Camp Aguinaldo press briefing in January 2020. Photo from PNA

Año orders detention of Sulu cops who gunned down 4 soldiers

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:16 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año joins the Armed Forces in urging the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an impartial probe into the incident

FORMER MILITARY CHIEF. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during the Rappler Talk interview at the PNP National Headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Policemen gun down 4 AFP soldiers in Sulu

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The dead all belonged to Army intelligence. The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls on the National Bureau of Investigation to step in to conduct an impartial investigation.

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

Female, 3 other suspected ISIS-linked terrorists killed in Parañaque police raid

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reports say the suspects had links to Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan, who helped plot suicide bombings in Sulu in 2019

IN PLAIN SIGHT: The house in Parañaque City where 4 terrorist suspects were killed in a police raid on June 26, 2020. Photo sourced by Rappler.

15 QC cops fired after 6 POGO workers escape detention

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The 6 Chinese POGO workers escape detention in Camp Karingal, Quezon City

LOCKDOWN. Camp Karingal is placed under lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. File photo from QCPD Public Information Office

Caving in to criticism, PNP scraps Chinese help desks

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Instead, police stations are ordered to set up ‘tourist police assistance desks’ to cater to tourists, regardless of nationality

SCRAPPED. A Chinese help desk. Photo from It's Still Poor in the Philippines Facebook page

Gamboa calls for end to ‘anomalies’ in PNP on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2020 - 8:43 AM

'Iwaksi ang mga ma-anomalyang gawain dahil tayo ang pangunahing kagawaran na nagpapatupad ng batas,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

DISTANCED. A photo of General Archie Gamboa leading one of the Philippine National Police's flag raising ceremonies under the coronavirus quarantine. PNP photo

PNP asks for Facebook's help in dummy account probe

Jun 09, 2020 - 3:21 PM

Police chief General Archie Gamboa says that he has ordered the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group to investigate the proliferation of fake Facebook accounts

Photo from Shutterstock

DOH to lead probe into police doctor's death due to 'toxic disinfectant' – PNP

Jun 07, 2020 - 7:36 PM

Two other cops were also exposed to the hazardous chemicals, says the Philippine National Police

FRONTLINER. Police Captain Casey Gutierrez. Photo from Shella Distor's Facebook page

Police seize P5.1B worth of shabu in Bulacan

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:50 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippine National Police earns praise from President Duterte for the buy-bust operation that led to the arrest of 3 suspects, including a Chinese

POLICE CHIEF. Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa earns praise from President Rodrigo Duterte for a drug bust operation in Marilao, Bulacan on June 4, 2020. Photo from the Philippine National Police

U.N. report: Documents suggest PH police planted guns in drug war ops

Jun 04, 2020 - 4:08 PM

United Nations Human Rights Office says 'police repeatedly recovered guns bearing the same serial numbers from different victims in different locations'

2,875 Filipinos still detained for violating quarantine

Jun 01, 2020 - 4:31 PM

In 76 days, the Philippine National Police charges a total of 57,177 Filipinos for quarantine violations

QUARANTINE. Hundreds of policeman during briefing before deployment in Manila as the National Capital Region shift to General Community Quarantine on Monday, June 1, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PNP opens testing center as virus infects cops at the front lines

May 26, 2020 - 2:01 PM

The Philippine National Police sets up its own testing center as the national and local governments struggle to hit mass testing targets

FOR POLICE. General Archie Gamboa attends the opening ceremony of the PNP's coronavirus testing center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, on Tuesday, May 26. PNP photo

[EDITORIAL] General Sinas, Pangulong Duterte, huwag n'yo kaming kutyain

May 25, 2020 - 12:20 PM

Ginoong Presidente, malinaw na hindi mo naiintindihan ang konsepto ng command responsibility, tulad ng maraming bagay na may kinalaman sa dangal

Sinas’ sins in Central Visayas: Killings rampant, investigations incomplete

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) While President Rodrigo Duterte called him a 'good officer,' the CHR characterizes Sinas’ time as Central Visayas chief as one when violence intensified

POLICE CHIEF. Debold Sinas takes his oath as Metro Manila's police director. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PNP urges prostituted women to name police abusers

May 22, 2020 - 11:04 AM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa also urges the public to avoid 'generalization' of the entire police force as sexual predators

DISAPPOINTED. PNP chief General Archie Gamboa at a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] In the face of impunity and double standards, #LawIsLaw

May 18, 2020 - 11:59 AM

Duterte and former police chief Bato dela Rosa have created a monster force – one that will make Hitler proud

Malacañang wants probe into cops' mauling of Cavite factory worker

May 16, 2020 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) A Cavite factory worker was allegedly mauled by police for violating curfew

BEATEN. Ronald Campo, 30, was allegedly beaten by the police in General Trias, Cavite. Photo from Campo's Facebook page

PNP files criminal, admin raps vs Sinas, 18 cops over birthday party

May 15, 2020 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) Metro Manila police chief Major General Debold Sinas and 18 other cops are accused of failing to wear face masks and breaking physical distancing rules during his May 8 birthday party

COMPLAINT. Internal Affairs Service Police Brigadier General Israel Baltazar and Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo complaints at the Taguig City Prosecutor office against NCRPO chief Debold Sinas and attendees of his birthday celebration. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PNP probes how infected Manila cop traveled to Baguio during lockdown

May 13, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Police Major Rafael Baldado Roxas, the first police officer in the Cordillera region to test positive for coronavirus, is currently one of two remaining active cases in Baguio City

STRICT PROTOCOLS. Personnel of Baguio City Police and Baguio 911 Rescue partner with the Art Lovers Baguio Chapter to make signs and markings to encourage the public to exercise physical distancing. File Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

‘Law is law unless friends kayo:’ Netizens slam gov’t double standards

May 13, 2020 - 3:34 PM

This comes after policemen celebrated the birthday of Metro Manila police chief Debold Sinas, violating several quarantine guidelines

PNP launches internal probe into Sinas' birthday party during ECQ

May 13, 2020 - 12:36 PM

Top cop General Archie Gamboa orders the PNP Internal Affairs Service to investigate whether Metro Manila's top cop and other police officers broke quarantine rules

VIOLATION? NCRPO chief Major General Debold Sinas parties with cops at Camp Bagong Diwa on May 8, 2020, despite a ban on public gatherings under quarantine. NCRPO photo.

LOOK: Birthday salu-salo for NCRPO chief Sinas amid ECQ

May 12, 2020 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'I don’t think may violation ito,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, citing the report of Major General Debold Sinas that physical distancing was supposedly observed during the celebration

PNP Regional Office 1 has new chief

May 10, 2020 - 7:53 PM

Brigadier General Rodolfo Santos Azurin Jr replaces retiring Brigadier General Joel Orduña

COMMANDER. The Police Regional Office (PRO) 1 held a remembrance ceremony for the heroic act of the late Police Brigadier General Oscar M Florendo who was once Provincial Commander of the La Union. Photo from the PRO1 Facebook page

Gamboa: Police officer's use of force necessary vs 'bulky' Makati resident

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:05 PM

'It is very clear that enough force was applied,' says Philippine National Police chief Archie Gamboa on the Dasmariñas Village incident

ARREST. Makati policeman Roland Von Madron attempts to arrest Dasmariñas Village resident Javier Salvador Parra on April 26,2020. Rappler screenshot

Human Rights Watch asks DILG to rein in 'out of control' law enforcers

Apr 27, 2020 - 5:30 PM

The rights group says the Department of the Interior and Local Government 'must exercise effective oversight over its personnel, investigate all reports of abuses, and hold officers committing rights violations accountable'

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Makati man went berserk, cursed police – PNP

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:54 PM

Javier Salvador Parra says he intends to file a criminal case against Makati police as his lawyer studies it

ASSAULTED. Javier Salvador Parra gets a check up after he was tackled by a Makati cop to the ground in an attempt to arrest him on Sunday, April 26. Photo courtesy of Parra

[EDITORIAL] Tigilan ang giyera laban sa mga pasaway, virus ang kaaway

Apr 27, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Ito ang serbisyo publiko na hatid ni Digong at ng pulisya: ang mang-aresto, mambrusko at manakot? We deserve better from this government.

It's just exercise, PNP-SAF says of viral video of cop shooting lockdown violator

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:07 PM

The video of a simulated police arrest in Sipocot, Camarines Sur, goes viral two days after the fatal shooting by a cop of retired Army Corporal Winston Ragos

SIMULATION. This frame is part of a viral video depicting a simulated confrontation between a police officer and a lockdown violator in Sipocot, Camarines Sur. Screencap of viral video

Military says 'no animosity' with police over Winston Ragos' killing

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Whether the police officer who killed Ragos made the right 'judgment call' or not, the military imputes no offense on the police organization itself, says Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo

MILITARY SPOKESMAN. AFP Spokeperson Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo in a press conference on security issues at Camp Aguinaldo on August 15, 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Who is Winston Ragos, the former military man killed by police?

Apr 23, 2020 - 8:58 PM

Unable to replenish his medicine for his mental illness because of the lockdown, Winston Ragos is forced to skip his maintenance medication, says his mother

VETERAN. A photo of Winston Ragos in his army fatigues. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

PNP Bicol raises more than P10M for Filipinos affected by coronavirus pandemic

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:25 PM

Police Brigadier General Anthony Alcañeses, PNP Bicol director, calls the initiative Bayanihan Fund Challenge, where the men and women of the Bicol police force pitched in 'to lend a hand and assist our fellow Filipinos who were greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic'

Tents install by the city government of Legazpi at ICR as temporary quarantine area for Legazpi City PUIs while awaiting for lab test results. Photo by RHaydz B. Barcia

Maximum or low tolerance? PNP general says shooting of Winston Ragos act of self-defense

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:06 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque also says the President's 'shoot them dead' order has nothing to do with the retired soldier's slay

KILLED IN LOCKDOWN. Winston Ragos was shot dead by a cop in Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Ragos' family

CHR reminds police, military: Violence not first option

Apr 23, 2020 - 4:15 PM

'If the use of force and firearms is unavoidable, then authorities must practice restraint,' says the Commission on Human Rights, which will conduct its own probe into the killing of Winston Ragos

PNP Deputy Chief of Operations LtGen Guillermo Eleazar together with the PNP-SAF visits the Blumentritt Market in Manila on April 21, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

2 Metro Manila cops nabbed in Tarlac for transporting PUMs

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:49 PM

They want to reach Victoria town despite lockdown measures under the extreme enhanced community quarantine imposed in the province

DIALOGUE. Tarlac police director Colonel David Nicholas Poklay talks to residents arrested for violating curfew and mandatory face mask rules. Photo from the Tarlac Provincial Police Office Facebook page

PNP begins to arrest lockdown violators without warning

Apr 21, 2020 - 2:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'There will be no more warning,' says Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa

IN POSITION. Manila Police Station 4 officers remind residents of Sampaloc, Manila to stay and refrain from going out of their homes on March 19, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

‘They deserve praise’: PNP clears cops who barged into posh Taguig condo

Apr 20, 2020 - 3:14 PM

'The investigation is over, and there will be no cops who will be suspended. They deserve praise for what they did,' says Taguig City police chief Colonel Celso Rodriguez

WARRANTLESS. Taguig cops storm the Pacific Plaza Tower after receiving a call that its residents were violating quarantine guidelines on Sunday, April 19. Sourced photo.

Police, military now in charge of some major national quarantine facilities

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A military general says they are also preparing backup personnel, the way they 'prepare for casualties in battle'

MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL. The COVID-19 quarantine facility at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, photographed on April 7, 2020. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler