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MPD files rape, abortion complaints vs cop

Jun 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) The complaints are based on the allegations of a female criminology student who had on-the-job training at the Sta Cruz police station in Manila

DRUG QUEEN? Manila Police District tags as a "drug queen" Guia Gomez-Castro, a barangay chairwoman in Sampaloc, Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Rookie cop dies of heatstroke after training in Davao City

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:10 PM

Police Regional Office 11 chief Brigadier General Filmore Escobal says Patrolman Angelo Tito and 4 other rookie cops fainted during training. Tito died a day later, while 3 are still in the hospital.

ROOKIE COP. Patrolman Angelo Tito, 24, dies a day after fainting during police training. Photo from the Facebook page of Jeal Angelo Tito

Senate bets push for body cams, anti-EJK law to stop killings

Feb 24, 2019 - 8:44 PM

'Hanggang nandiyan si President Duterte, hindi matatapos ang patayan sa Pilipinas,' says opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano

WAR ON DRUGS. A dead body with a sign board lays on the road in Tondo, Manila on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-NCR deputy chief Coronel is now Central Luzon police director

Nov 20, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Chief Superintendent Joel Napoleon Coronel, who was deputy director for operation in Metro Manila, replaces Chief Superintendent Amador Corpus in Central Luzon

PROMOTION. Newly installed Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Joel Napoleon Coronel addresses the police officers in Camp OLivas, Pampanga. Photo courtesy of PRO3-PIO

Resist, adapt, submit: Barangay officials make tough choices in the drug war

May 16, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Officials of the barangay, the smallest government unit in the Philippines, are at the forefront of President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives since mid-2016. Barangay officials have the power to decide on who lives, who survives; whether to submit to orders, to resist or to adapt.

Sulu kidnappers demand P5M for release of abducted policewomen

May 02, 2018 - 9:02 PM

PNP chief Albayalde says government will not yield to the demand as they see kidnapping as a 'terror activity'

KIDNAPPED. Police Officer 2 Benierose Alvares and Police Officer 1 Dinah Gumahad are kidnapped in Sulu. Sourced photo

Special board created to probe PNP Academy beatings

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:23 PM

The team is organized by the Philippine Public Safety College, which oversees the Philippine National Police Academy

ISOLATED CASE? Philippine National Police Academy cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

PNP: Academy beatings violate anti-hazing law

Mar 28, 2018 - 11:18 AM

But the Philippine National Police says it will not initiate a criminal investigation into a PNP Academy beating that supposedly happened in 2017, adding that the Philippine Public Safety College should start the probe

ACADEMY BEATING. PNPA cadets appear to hit each other with a paddle inside the academy grounds. Screenshot from video obtained by Rappler

2 cops sacked for sleeping while on duty

Feb 09, 2018 - 5:44 PM

National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Oscar Albayalde catches the policemen sleeping while they were supposed to be on duty during a surprise inspection at the Police Community Precinct 1 of the Anonas Police Station

SURPRISE INSPECTION. NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde conducts a surprise inspection of police stations on February 9, 2018. Photo from NCRPO

5 killed as PH police resume drug war

Jan 11, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The 5 deaths in Bulacan equal the number of drug-related killings in the previous five weeks, according to official data

Año, Dela Rosa to focus on eliminating police scalawags

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:21 AM

Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says he 'very much welcomes' the appointment of newly retired Armed Forces chief General Eduardo Año to supervise the police

NEW JOB. Newly retired AFP chief General Eduardo Año will supervise the police

NCRPO cop shot dead in Manila

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:01 PM

Investigators have yet to determine the motive for the fatal attack on Police Officer 2 Joey Imperial in Sampaloc, Manila

The police's menace of guns, power, and machismo

Oct 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

When we give a gun to a person tasked to police and protect us, do we hope or do we worry?

DBM wants cops, soldiers to fund their own retirement

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Taxpayers, like you and me, are the ones paying every year for the retirement fund of the military and police, budget chief Benjamin Diokno says

Q&A. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno talks with media during "Breakfast with Ben" at the DBM Executive Lounge in Manila. Photo from the DBM

#SalamatSaSerbisyo: Netizens show support for Marawi soldiers, cops

Jun 12, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Responding to MovePH s callout social media users share words of encouragement and gratitude for security forces battling terrorists in Marawi City

Bad or good intel: 5 questions on Abu Sayyaf presence in Bohol

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Government forces foil an Abu Sayyaf attack in Bohol But it s hard to cheer when they let a notorious terrorist leader slip through

ASG leader behind foreigners' kidnap killed in Bohol

Apr 12, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Muamar Askali better known as Abu Rami and said to be behind the kidnapping of foreign hostages also served as the Abu Sayyaf spokesman

ABU SAYYAF IN BOHOL. Government forces foil attack in Central Visayas

Palace commends military, police for foiling Bohol terror attack

Apr 12, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Malacañang assures the public that security forces are in control of the peace and order situation in Central Visayas

ADDRESSING TERROR THREATS. During a visit to a military camp in Sulu, President Duterte inspects firearms seized from Abu Sayyaf. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

10 killed as gov't forces foil Abu Sayyaf attack in Bohol

Apr 11, 2017 - 2:03 PM

5th UPDATE 3 soldiers a cop and at least 5 of the armed men are killed in clashes that started at 5 am on Tuesday April 11

File photo of Filipino soldiers in Sulu

AFP contradicts PNP on Maute presence in Metro Manila

Mar 21, 2017 - 4:40 PM

UPDATED Members of the ISIS inspired group are not in the country s capital based on military intelligence

NO PRESENCE. AFP Public Affairs Office chief Colonel Edgard Arevalo says military intelligence has not monitored the presence of Maute Group in Metro Manila

HRW: Duterte could be held liable for crimes against humanity

Mar 02, 2017 - 7:33 PM

Human Rights Watch's latest report says Duterte's repeated calls to kill alleged drug personalities are 'indicative of a government policy to attack a specific civilian population'

[Newspoint] Duterte’s abridged war and peace

Feb 20, 2017 - 8:00 PM

Not known to retreat in battle Mr Duterte has called off the twin campaigns on which he launched his presidency seven months ago – a war on drugs and peace talks

WEEKEND WITH GENERALS. President Rodrigo Duterte leads the alumni homecoming of the Philippine Military Academy on February 18, 2017. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

US cancellation of rifles sale a 'great opportunity,' says CPP

Nov 03, 2016 - 10:28 AM

The Communist Party of the Philippines is against equipping the police with long firearms saying it is a US supported tactic against communist rebels

PEACE TALKS. Communist rebels in the Philippines are talking peace with the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. Rappler photo

STAKEOUT: Police operation, noon at ngayon

Oct 22, 2016 - 9:00 PM

Sa halos limang araw na pag stakeout nakita ko ang malaking bentahe ng mga operatiba sa ngayon kumpara noong dekada 80 at 90

FACT CHECK: Gordon on UN silence, Chicago and PH killings

Oct 03, 2016 - 4:30 PM

Senator Gordon slams the UN for not hitting the US for its police related killings Is he right?

3 suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016.

Newsbreak Reads: In war on drugs, lives of police at risk too

Sep 16, 2016 - 4:00 PM

The rising body count in the Philippines bloody war against drugs has included several police officers killed in the line of duty

STAKEOUT: Sumisikip na ang mundo ng mga pulis na 'ninja'

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Ang mga pulis na ninja ay sinasabing yumayaman dahil sa pagbebenta nila ng mga shabu na nakukumpiska nila sa mga raid

In war on drugs, lives of police at risk too

Aug 20, 2016 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Mas lugi pa nga kami kasi naghihintay kaming barilin eh Naghihintay kami na may action kami bago kami gumalaw eh says a precinct commander in Manila

LISTEN TO OUR SIDE. Police Chief Superintendent Paul Sabulao fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte's directive to suppress crime and illegal drugs. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippine police kill 10 in Duterte's war on crime

Jul 02, 2016 - 11:01 PM

With Duterte encouraging them police have already killed dozens of suspected criminals between his election victory and being sworn into office

President Rodrigo Roa-Duterte delivers his inaugural speech. He is the 16th President of the Republic of the Philippines.

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Jun 28, 2016 - 2:35 PM

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Duterte death squad fears rise as Philippine police kill 8

May 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM

Police insist the 8 drug suspects were killed lawfully with the officers only firing back after being shot at in 3 separate raids

MYTH? Davao City police spokeswoman, Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz says the so-called death squad in Davao does not exist. Duterte photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

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?

Duterte, Cayetano to give P75,000-P100,000 salary to policemen

Jan 04, 2016 - 9:33 PM

The sum is 5 times the current monthly wage of the lowest ranking police officer and more than what the PNP chief earns

REVERSING THE EQUATION. A handsomely-paid police force would make crime-fighting more effective and would create a better environment for economy and people to thrive, believe Rodrigo Duterte and Alan Peter Cayetano. Photo from PNP Facebook page

PNP change of command ceremony

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:41 AM

The PNP confers retirement honors to outgoing OIC Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina and welcomes new chief Director Ricardo Marquez

PNPA topnotcher: Mamasapano clash shouldn't stop peace

Mar 26, 2015 - 12:57 PM

Cadet Dennis Yuson is a son of a policeman from Mindanao

PNPA topnotcher. President Benigno S. Aquino III salutes as he acknowledges Police Cadet Dennis Mondroid Yuson Jr, topnotcher of PNPA Lakandula Class of 2015 on March 26, 2015. Photo by Gil Nartea/Malacañang Photo Bureau

#AnimatED: Agonized cry for truth

Feb 02, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The country needs to know what really happened and why – and make those responsible account for the slaughter in Mamasapano

See pageant policeman Neil Perez's Mister International national costume

Jan 29, 2015 - 1:08 PM

All Filipino designers Neil says of the clothes he will wear during the pageant

Roxas: Cops won't leave posts during, after Ruby

Dec 06, 2014 - 1:10 PM

DILG Secretary Mar Roxas assures the public that emergency responders – PNP and BFP personnel – will be ready to respond during and after Typhoon Ruby

ON CALL. DILG Secretary Mar Roxas speaks to PNP personnel in Boronga, Eastern Samar on December 5, 2014. Photo by the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office

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

P7B worth of shabu seized from Chinese nationals

Sep 15, 2014 - 6:03 PM

Some 1 100 kilos of shabu have been recovered from the 4 suspects Police say it is the largest haul in the country s campaign against illegal drugs

Rappler Newscast | June 25, 2014

Jun 25, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Police is on a manhunt for 13 others in the pork scam Aquino says Senator Enrile’s age should be considered if he is jailed ISIS says it will take the war to neighboring countries

13 inmates remain at large after Bukidnon jailbreak

Sep 05, 2013 - 6:55 PM

2nd UPDATE Nine escapees have surrendered or have been recaptured Police and military teams are pursuing the rest who broke from the Valencia City Jail

Less corruption in PH in the last 2 years – global study

Jul 09, 2013 - 6:19 PM

A Transparency International survey shows 10 to 14 of PH respondents paid bribes but 84 are willing to get involved in anti corruption activities

Aquino distributes 22,000 pistols to PNP

Jul 03, 2013 - 8:42 AM

President Benigno Aquino distributes 22 000 Glock pistols part of efforts to upgrade the equipment of the Philippine police

DILG to present gunman in Maconacon mayor slay

Jan 26, 2013 - 11:01 AM

The DILG will present the arrested gunman on Saturday January 26

PDEA boss quits; retired cop takes over

Oct 16, 2012 - 7:06 PM

PDEA boss Jose Gutierrez resigns

Bartolome approves P1.98-B pistol deal

Sep 20, 2012 - 4:59 PM

The procurement of 59 904 pistols is one of the biggest deal entered into by the Philippine National Police and is expected to eliminate the firearms shortage of 148 000 cops

Puno aide: Why pick on me?

Sep 14, 2012 - 4:47 PM

A consultant of resigned Interior and Local Government Secretary Rico Puno speaks up on the firearms issue

Puno quits, speaks up on Robredo issue

Sep 11, 2012 - 3:48 PM

2nd UPDATE In a statement resigned DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno insists he got orders from the President to secure the offices of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo

File photo.

1 dead, 6 hurt in demolition

Apr 23, 2012 - 1:46 PM

One person was killed while at least 6 were injured as heavily armed riot police clashed with hundreds of squatters in Parañaque