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PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy will test its cadets for COVID-19 in the wake of two cadets' deaths due to heat stroke and electrolyte imbalance

GRADUATION. Graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 march at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

All activities of PNPA Class of 2024 suspended following 2 deaths

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Cadet Fourth Class Jiary Jasen Papa dies due to low potassium intake days after a fellow cadet died of heatstroke

PNPA. A file photo of the Philippine National Police Academy Homecoming on March 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

Rights group leader served arrest warrant by cop disguised as delivery man

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:31 PM

The warrant is served despite the rights leader already obtaining a recall order since April

MOOT WARRANT. Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay. Photo from Palabay's Facebook page

Suspects in slay of soldier, 3 others surrender in Basilan

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The suspects – all barangay peacekeepers – surrender to the 4th Special Forces Battalion through the assistance of a village chief

SUSPECT. A suspect in the killing of a soldier, CAFGU members, and a civilian surrender with several others to the military on July 6, 2020. Photo courtesy of 4th Special Forces

Navotas PNP files complaint vs 17 residents for breaking quarantine, going to party

Jul 06, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The family’s utter disregard of safety regulations endangered their lives and all those living at H. Monroy,' says Mayor Toby Tiangco

Rappler Talk: Patricio Abinales on PNP's institutional weaknesses

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:56 PM

On Monday, July 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Asian studies professor Patricio Abinales about how the Philippine National Police can be reformed

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

'Kill 1,000 and I will protect you'

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:30 PM

There was a time the PNP stood for what is right, even if it meant hurting their president

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.

Zamboanga del Norte town police chief arrested for extortion

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:56 PM

Godod town police chief Captain Haran Ulah allegedly demanded P10,000 in 'protection money' from a local treasure hunter

ARRESTED. A mug shot of Police Captain Haran Ulah. Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police Regional Office 9

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

Cops arrest online sex trafficker in Taguig who abused own son, sister

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento

SAVED. Police in personal protective equipment rescue 8 people, including this child, from an online sex trafficker in Taguig City on June 17, 2020. Photo from IJM

Puerto Princesa top cop linked to assault on environmental officer in Palawan

Jun 13, 2020 - 1:15 PM

The team of environmental officers was in the area after receiving reports of mangroves being cut down illegally

P2.5 billion worth of shabu seized in Cavite buy-bust

Jun 12, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Police find 374 bags of suspected shabu in a General Trias residence on the eve of Independence Day

INVENTORY. A cop undercover marks the seized shabu from the General Trias, Cavite buy bust on June 11, 2020. PNP photo

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

'Toxic disinfectant' spray kills PNP doctor treating coronavirus patients

Jun 07, 2020 - 11:10 AM

‘Saan ako hihingi ng tulong to seek justice for you?’ Shella Distor, the distraught partner of the late Captain Casey Gutierrez, cries in a Facebook post

TOO SOON. Captain Casey Gutierrez with his family. 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

Yet again, Duterte rewards PMA, PNPA valedictorians with house and lot

May 22, 2020 - 10:12 PM

The class goat, the least-rated cadet from either academy, gets a gun from the Commander-in-Chief

MILITARY CADETS. File photo of Philippine Military Academy cadets. PMA file photo

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

Central Luzon police arrest No. 1 most wanted in Zambales

May 19, 2020 - 1:10 PM

The suspect, whom police reports say operates as medic and supply officer of the rebel New People's Army, is also among the top 10 most wanted in Central Luzon

Photo from Regional Intelligence Unit provincial police force

[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

16 Cebu City police officers positive for coronavirus

May 12, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Aside from the police officers, 5 civilian personnel also test positive for the virus

CHECKPOINT. Cebu City Police Office personnel man a checkpoint in Cebu City. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler