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LIST: Hostage-taking incidents in the Philippines

Mar 02, 2020 - 6:04 PM

What are the usual motives and outcomes? Rappler lists some of incidents.

Senate panels push for separate jail for heinous crime convicts

Sep 19, 2019 - 12:11 PM

A total of 15 senators sign the committee report recommending 3 maximum penal institutions for heinous crime convicts – one each in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

SEPARATE JAIL? Heavily armed members of the PNP-Special Action Force secure inmates of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

70-year-old businesswoman killed by riding-in-tandem in Cebu City

Jun 26, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Police are still investigating the motive behind the shooting of Erlinda Garcia, a native of Aloguinsan town

Korean travel writer found dead in Antipolo

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rizal police identify the victim as 59-year-old Joo Yeong-wook, who arrived in the country on June 14

CRIME SCENE. Police seal off a crime scene following an anti-drug operation. File photo by Rappler

Is your city safe? Understanding PNP crime statistics

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:11 PM

How can Naga City be 16th in crime volume, but 1st in crime rate? We explain why the Philippine National Police thinks so.

CRIME CITIES. The Philippine National Police release crime data on cities after President Rodrigo Duterte named Naga City as a shabu hotbed.

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

Rape cases have gone up since PNP left drug war – Dela Rosa

Nov 17, 2017 - 2:56 PM

'That's a glaring reality,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

RAPE CASES ON THE RISE. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa (center) tells reporters in Camp Crame on November 17, 2017, that rape cases have been on the rise since the police were taken out of the war on illegal drugs. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Robberies at all-time low in 22 months – PNP

Nov 10, 2017 - 11:39 AM

From 2,350 robberies in January 2016, the Philippine National Police records only 1,295 cases in October 2017 – a sharp 45% dip

ALL-TIME LOW. The PNP says robberies are at its lowest. Rappler file photo

Don't focus on one riding-in-tandem killing, says Dela Rosa

Nov 06, 2017 - 10:51 AM

In the wake of the death of a 14-year-old boy due to suspected riding-in-tandem assailants, the PNP chief urges the public to look at the 'bigger picture'

13-year-old boy shot dead in Pasay

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Jayross Brondial just came out of their house to sit outside when he was shot dead in broad daylight

SHOT DEAD. Jayross Grepal was shot dead in a Pasay neighborhood. Photo from Grepal's Facebook page

Son who ate mother's entrails charged with parricide – Negros police

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:47 PM

The suspect Roger Manaban says he had attempted to rape his mother then killed her and gouged out her eye and ate her innards Local police chief Nelson Lamoco however says Manaban s statements were inconsistent

Except for killings, all crimes drop in Duterte's 1st year

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:14 PM

While all crimes drop by 9 8 killings rise by 22 75 during President Rodrigo Duterte s first year in office

CRIME DOWN. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria

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Mar 23, 2017 - 11:08 AM

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U.S. suspects North Korea behind $81M Bangladesh theft – report

Mar 23, 2017 - 9:56 AM

The Wall Street Journal reports prosecutors were developing cases showing Chinese middlemen helped the North Korean government orchestrate the enormous theft from the Bangladesh central bank

A cornerstone in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building is seen on July 29, 2011 in New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Canadian shot by unknown suspect along EDSA

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The man and his wife had stopped their vehicle because of heavy traffic when the suspect approached the vehicle and shot 55 year old Nanthakumaran Kumarasamy say police

LIVE: House votes on death penalty bill on 2nd reading

Mar 01, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

LIVE: House debate on the death penalty bill

Feb 28, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The House justice panel approved the measure seeking to reinstate the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Will it pass both houses?

Why the death penalty is unnecessary, anti-poor, error-prone

Feb 11, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Crime is a more complex and nuanced issue than many of our politicians will care to admit

Koreans and crime in Angeles City

Jan 28, 2017 - 6:49 PM

They have their own security desks CCTVs and a specially designated Korean police chief but why are some Koreans in Angeles City still victimized or involved in crimes?

Korean nationals in Angeles City enjoy a specialized security, such as a designated satellite police station shown in photo. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Court orders arrest of cops, 5 others in Korean's murder

Jan 20, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says the justice department is not yet considering Senior Police Officer 3 Ricky Sta Isabel as a possible state witness in the abduction and murder of Jee Ick Joo

SCENE OF THE CRIME. South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo is reportedly killed inside Camp Crame on October 18, 2016. Rappler file photo

DOJ indicts cops for kidnap, death of Korean businessman

Jan 19, 2017 - 5:17 PM

The DOJ concludes that Jee Ick Joo was strangled to death while inside the Philippine National Police headquarters

LOOKOUT BULLETIN. The justice department issues a lookout bulletin against several people in line with an ongoing probe of the National Bureau of Investigation. Photo by Leanne Jazul/

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Dec 07, 2016 - 9:59 PM

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House death penalty bill: How they voted

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED The House justice committee votes in favor of reimposing the death penalty for heinous crimes in the Philippines Who voted for and against the measure?

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. How did the House justice panel vote on the death penalty bill?

House to extend death penalty debates to January 2017

Dec 07, 2016 - 7:30 PM

Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says more supermajority congressmen would be amenable to reimposing the death penalty if only applied to drug related cases

MORE DEBATES. Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas says House sessions in January 2017 would include floor debates on the death penalty bill. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Death penalty bill hurdles House committee

Dec 07, 2016 - 12:42 PM

3rd UPDATE Leyte 3rd District Representative Vicente Veloso compares criminals who commit heinous crimes to Satan: Kung ang nasa harapan mo ay si Satanas na mismo oh my God Bigyan mo naman ang gobyerno ng option para patayin na yan

DEATH PENALTY. The House committee on justice meets on December 7, 2016. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Dela Rosa on drug lords: Burn their houses, show your anger

Aug 25, 2016 - 4:40 PM

The PNP chief urges surrendered drug pushers and users to vent their anger towards drug lords who he says have fattened their coffers at the expense of the poor

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa urged drug pushers and addicts to show their anger towards drug lords. File photo by Joe Liporada/Rappler

Inflation, jobs edge out crime as Filipinos’ top worries – poll

Jul 20, 2016 - 12:17 PM

Filipinos want the new administration to give least priority to amending the Constitution according to a Pulse Asia survey conducted in early July

MORE JOBS. There is a lesser number of unemployed Filipinos in October 2015, says the latest Labor Force Survey. File photo by AFP

PNP chief says crime rate down amid war vs drugs

Jul 14, 2016 - 5:32 PM

Pag nagpursigi ka sa drugs yung ibang crimes against property persons bababa rin yan Medyo humina na yung loob ng masasamang tao na gumawa ng kalokohan kasi hindi na sila nagshashabu says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

SHABU BUST. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa points to the Chinese crew of an alleged floating shabu lab nabbed by authorities off Subic Bay. Photo from PNP-PIO Photo

'Pambobola,' says Roxas of Duterte's anti-crime promise

Apr 06, 2016 - 4:48 PM

Administration standard bearer Mar Roxas wonders aloud how the mayor can end crime on a national scale in just months when Davao City itself is not crime free

CAMPAIGN SORTIE. Presidential candidate Mar Roxas delivers a speech during a campaign rally at the Bula Gymnasium in Brgy. Bula, General Santos City on April 1, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras /

Tawi-Tawi town mayor wounded in Zamboanga City shooting

Feb 07, 2016 - 12:49 PM

Authorities are not ruling out politics even if Bongao Mayor Jasper Que an administration ally is not running for reelection

A look at the state of crime, drugs in the Philippines

Jan 05, 2016 - 5:48 PM

Should crime and drugs be an election issue based on statistics?

Farm workers nabbed for killing American boss, Filipino wife

Aug 18, 2015 - 4:45 PM

The workers do not resist arrest and admit they killed Kevin and Lolly Fleischauer at the couple s residence in Murcia town Negros Occidental say authorities

House hearing, sedition in SG, Roach on Mayweather history | The wRap

Apr 08, 2015 - 8:12 PM

On Mamasapano: Troops refute each other’s testimonies Singapore charges a Filipino with sedition And Roach scores Mayweather’s history of domestic abuse

Japan man who paid for sex with 12,000 women in PH arrested

Apr 08, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Yuhei Takashima had meticulously catalogued nearly 150 000 photographs of his exploits over a 27 year period in around 400 separate albums

PH seeks to block Ashley Madison adultery website

Nov 30, 2014 - 5:19 PM

De Lima: The website is a platform that allows illegal acts to be eventually committed A ban may be enforced

Screengrab from Ashley Madison

Oplan 'Lambat-Sibat,' Gigya attack, cheating website | The wRap

Nov 28, 2014 - 8:47 PM

The Philippine National Police reports a ‘downward trend’ in crime in the capital A hacker collective attacks a media integration platform affecting 80 news sites around the world The Philippines is the newest market for a cheating website

Suspect in Enzo Pastor slay accuse QC police of 'set-up'

Oct 24, 2014 - 4:31 PM

Businessman Domingo Sandy de Guzman attends the preliminary hearings for the first time while the victim s wife Dalia Pastor fails to appear for the fifth time thus waiving her right to submit a counter affidavit

'EVIDENCE.' QCPD director Richard Albano shows to the media the guns used to slay race car driver Enzo Pastor at a press conference on August 27, 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Suspect in slay of Cherry Pie Picache’s mom surrenders

Oct 09, 2014 - 2:32 PM

The suspect surrenders to authorities a day after the arrest of another suspect Michael Flores but denies any involvement in the case

2 Swiss nationals shot dead in Misamis Oriental

Oct 06, 2014 - 9:49 AM

Witnesses say the armed men who shot the victims wore no masks and simply walked away after the incident

Combating NCR crime: Weekly 'scorecards' for mayors

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:16 PM

The weekly scorecards – a breakdown of crime incidents in each LGU – will help mayors create strategies to combat crime better says DILG chief Manuel Roxas II

ANTI-CRIME CAMPAIGN. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas (L) and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima (R) meets with Metro Manila mayors to discuss strategies to combat criminality. Malacanang file photo

Grace Poe chides no-show PNP chief at Senate hearing

Sep 16, 2014 - 3:00 PM

Senator Grace Poe urges PNP Chief Alan Purisima to defend his own men before the Senate and the people by appearing at the Senate s public hearings

INCREASED CRIMINALITY? At a Senate hearing, Senator Grace Poe chides PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima for being a no-show. Photo by Rappler

Napolcom eyes changes in probe on erring cops

Sep 11, 2014 - 11:23 AM

The Napolcom wants to remove barriers that tend to discourage the public from filing complaints against erring cops

Gun-for-hire: ‘Enzo Pastor wanted De Guzman dead’

Sep 11, 2014 - 9:31 AM

In his affidavit confessed gun for hire Alvin Nidua claims that slain racer Enzo Pastor had threatened to kill businessman Domingo de Guzman

May 2013 file photo of Enzo Pastor from his Facebook page

Crime prevention: DILG to require CCTVs in nat'l chains

Aug 15, 2014 - 5:22 PM

It cites crime statistics that showed high solution rates because of CCTV recordings

‘Martilyo’ gang at SM CDO mall?

Jul 23, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Armed robbers use hammers and grips bought from a nearby hardware store to smash display cabinets at a jewelry shop inside the mall

Gunmen attack Sabah diving resort

Jul 13, 2014 - 2:54 PM

The shooting on Mabul island is the latest in a spate of abductions in Malaysia s remote Sabah state

Aquino: ‘Good leads’ in PH car racer murder case

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:58 AM

President Benigno Aquino III cites positive developments in 3 recent murder cases to dispel criticism of police performance

Ex-mayor behind death squad in Tagum - report

May 21, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Former members of the reported death squad tell Human Rights Watch that the unsolved murders of hundreds of Tagum City residents including suspected petty thieves drug dealers and street children were ordered by former Mayor Rey Uy

THE MAYOR. Former Mayor Rey Uy is seen posing with policemen in this photo uploaded on 8 Oct 2010 on his Facebook page

NBI on Vhong Navarro: CCTV footage belies rape charges

Jan 29, 2014 - 6:53 PM

CCTV footages obtained by the bureau supports Navarro s version of events – that Cornejo left him in her unit and returned with Cedric Lee

Spate of GenSan killings bother residents

Jun 11, 2013 - 4:41 PM

The killings give the city a bad name businessmen say

Photo by Francis Canlas