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Phishing is top PH cybercrime during pandemic – authorities

Jul 12, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Online selling scams and the proliferation of misinformation that cause panic among the public are the other cybercrimes often committed as Filipinos grapple with the COVID-19 outbreak, says the National Bureau of Investigation NBI-Cyber Crimes Division

Ghislaine Maxwell, jet-set socialite facing jail for Epstein sex crimes

Jul 03, 2020 - 10:32 AM

Maxwell is often cast as an international woman of mystery with close ties to both British royalty and US politicians

CAUGHT. Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, announces charges against Ghislaine Maxwell during a July 2, 2020, press conference in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Hundreds arrested after European police hack crime chat network

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:51 AM

'It was as if though we were sitting at the table where criminals were chatting among themselves,' says Jannine van den Berg

215 bodies found in Mexico mass graves

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:52 AM

Most of the graves were located on fenced land or abandoned farms in the towns of Zapopan, Tlajomulco, Juanacatlan, and El Salto

SEARCH CONTINUES. Mexican police members guard the area where forensic service personnel work at a clandestine grave inside a farm in Zapopan, Jalisco State, Mexico. File photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

Baguio and Benguet crimes drop during lockdown

May 09, 2020 - 7:45 AM

In the summer capital, the number of crimes during the enhanced community quarantine is three-fourths less than what was reported in the same period in 2019

EMPTY STREETS. The Baguio City government imposes total a lockdown every Sunday, which means the public market and all establishments are closed. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Tip from Australian police lead to arrest of sex trafficker in Caloocan

May 06, 2020 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) Police rescue 3 minors, all children of the suspect

ARRESTED. Authorities with a  41-year-old women accused of forcing her 3 chilldren, all minors, to perform sexual acts via webcam. She was arrested on May 4, 2020, in Caloocan City. Photo from IJM

Crime down in Metro Manila, Central Luzon in first days of lockdown

Mar 22, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The two regions' police offices report lower crime volumes compared to the same days in March 2019

'GHOST TOWN.' The corner of EDSA and Kamuning on March 17, 2020 on the 3rd day of the Metro Manila lockdown. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Afghan war crimes probe must go ahead, ICC judges say

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The move is immediately hailed by human rights organizations as a 'pivotal moment' for victims of the central Asian country's 18-year-war since the 2001 US invasion

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015, shows the new building of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

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.

Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes

Feb 25, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force says 55 separate incidents are being investigated as part of a years-long probe into allegations Australian soldiers committed war crimes while in Afghanistan

PROBE. In this photo taken on January 20, 2010, an Australian soldier of Omlet-c company fires an AK-47 assault rifle used by Afghan soldiers during practice firing at a forward operating base (FOB) in Mirwais in the southern province of Uruzgan.  File photo by Deshakalyan Chowdhury/AFP

Man suspected of killing wife, 3 children in Australia fire

Feb 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Hannah Clarke dies in a Brisbane hospital just hours after her 3 children aged 3, 4 and 6 were found dead in the car on a suburban street

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Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes – top official

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:24 AM

The ICC has charged Bashir and 3 of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes

CHARGED. Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Raffy Lerma, Mae Paner chosen in Global Initiative's Resilience Fellowship

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime chooses 10 fellows from around the world, including two from the Philippines, for their work tackling extrajudicial killings, human trafficking among others

Photos from Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

War crimes, not genocide committed against Rohingya – Myanmar probe

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) dismisses the findings as a 'blatant PR exercise'

In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP)

China police kill kidnapper armed with explosives

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:52 PM

The kidnapper uses a homemade gun and explosive devices, in a rare case involving firearms in the country

GOTCHA. Members of the police acting as terrorist (L) and hostage take part in a counter terrorist training exercise in Hong Kong on May 11, 2017. (Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP)

Anti-Asian assaults a 'neglected' problem in France

Dec 21, 2019 - 3:02 PM

Because France bans statistics on ethnicity, there is no official data on assaults against Asian French, but campaigners say they have begun to see a pattern

RACIST VIOLENCE. Asian French violence is reportedly on the rise according to activists. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Europe's most wanted online sex offender gets 20 years in Cebu

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:26 PM

Nelson Siacor Torayno is also ordered to pay P2 million in fines

CONVICTED. Nelson Siacor Torayno is convicted to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children. Photo by the International Justice Mission

Korean man charged with murder of live-in partner

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:13 PM

The decomposing body of the victim, who was also a Korean, is found inside a condominium in Angeles City

K-pop star Jung Joon-young jailed for 6 years for gang rape, spycam crimes

Nov 29, 2019 - 4:00 PM

South Korean singer Jung Joon-young is convicted of gang rape and secretly filming and then distributing illicit sex videos of his female partners

Military nurse stabbed dead in Makati City

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:24 PM

The suspect, John Louie Brosas, is a 19-year-old construction worker, whom the victim, 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar, had been helping after taking pity on him

VICTIM. 2nd Lieutenant Jennett Beron Aguilar is stabbed in the chest after the suspect, whom she knew, stole her mobile phone. Photo from Makati police

[ANALYSIS] Drug wars, mass incarceration, and the rise of organized crime

Nov 13, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The rise of organized crime is one of the unintended consequences of a drug war. What can the Philippines learn from Latin America?

Robredo, U.N. office tackle 'best practices' on health-based approach vs drugs

Nov 11, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo's chief of staff Philip Dy says community-based drug rehabilitation programs would best help 'slight or occasional' drug users who surrender to authorities

DRUG WAR WITH NO DEATHS. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with members of the Community Based Rehab Alliance just after meeting with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on November 11, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Using Magalong, VACC tries to reopen Mamasapano homicide case vs Aquino

Nov 08, 2019 - 1:04 PM

This is despite a recent Supreme Court ruling saying Aquino cannot be charged with homicide. Chief Justice Peralta leaves it to Ombudsman Martires to decide.

MAMASAPANO CLASH. Ex-CIDG chief Benjamin Magalong submits an affidavit to boost the VACC's Motion for Reinvestigation to reopen the homicide complaint against former president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III over the 2015 Mamasapano clash. Photo by DarrenLangit/Rappler

[OPINION] End impunity, free expression!

Nov 02, 2019 - 11:00 AM

On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, it's important to recognize the essential link between the right to freedom of expression and the right to information. Journalists are too often the direct targets when either right is under attack, and ultimately – we are all victims.

Global darknet child porn probe leads to 337 arrests

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:34 AM

Authorities from the US, Britain, South Korea and other countries say they rescued at least 23 minor victims of sexual exploitation

An undated handout picture released by Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) in London on October 16, 2019 shows a screen shot of the seized dark web 'Welcome To Video' website. UK and US authorities investigating a "dark web" child pornography site run from South Korea on Wednesday announced the arrest of 337 suspects in 38 countries. Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) said the "Welcome to Video" site contained 250,000 videos that were downloaded a million times by users across the world. HO / AFP / NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY

Group transfers graft complaints vs BCDA exec from PACC to Ombudsman

Oct 06, 2019 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Citizens Crime Watch says both the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission and Civil Service Commission 'seem to be acting slowly' on the anti-crime group's fight against corruption

Citizens Crime Watch president Diego Magpantay Jr shows a copy of the complaints he filed at the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo courtesy of CCW

From 1,914 to 19: PNP resumes hunt vs GCTA-freed convicts

Oct 01, 2019 - 12:43 AM

The Philippine National Police resumes its Tokhang-style hunt for convicts freed through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance law

BACK TO THE FIELD. Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Guevarra: Surrender of qualified convicts 'phenomenal'

Sep 26, 2019 - 2:08 PM

Around 25 convicts who surrendered will be freed Thursday after verification they are qualified for release

PHENOMENAL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra says the surrender of qualified convicts is "phenomenal." Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Group files graft, usurpation of authority complaints vs BCDA exec

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Citizens Crime Watch files a complaint before the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission

DOJ scrambling to release qualified convicts 'who should not have surrendered'

Sep 25, 2019 - 2:08 PM

The Department of Justice says it will give second priority to convicts who were either acquitted or granted parole

RELEASES. The Department of Justice (DOJ) scrambles to finalize lists related to releases and rearrests of convicts. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Bloody weekend for crime-plagued Israeli Arab towns

Sep 22, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Israeli police probe 4 shooting deaths within 24 hours in Arab Israeli towns following elections in the country

ISRAEL. An Arabic-language election banner displaying a slogan reading: 'one million Arab votes, our unity is our strength,' is pictured in the Israeli city of Nazareth, on September 18, 2019. The Joint List coalition of Arab Israeli parties reportedly won 12 seats in Israel's parliamentary elections. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

New IRR could risk GCTA of qualified convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'That is the burden that the implementors of the law would have to assume,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

NEW IRR. Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete explains the new and revised IRR of Republic Act 10592 on the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) given to convicts. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Qualified convicts surrender, won't leave Bilibid without clearance

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

'They are asking for a certification from the BuCor that they will no longer be the subject of rearrest,' says Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete

RE-ARREST. Some convicts who are qualified for early release also surrender and are refusing to leave the New Bilibid Prison without a certification. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Confusion abounds as DOJ rushes final arrest list of convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 5:02 PM

The Department of Justice is counting on the promise of the Philippine National Police that it will carry out the rearrests peacefully

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOJ suspends rearrest of convicts, but cops already picked up a few

Sep 20, 2019 - 9:42 AM

Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete announces on the radio early Friday morning that the rearrest should be suspended, but cops already started rearresting at midnight

Operatives of the MPD-Moriones police arrest Rolando Cano in Tondo on September 20, 2019, after failing to surrender to authorities on time of the deadline set by President Rodrigo Duterte for freed prisoners under the GCTA. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With Duterte’s blessing, cops hunt convicts with defective arrest list

Sep 20, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Without warrants, police commence their hunt for convicts freed through the GCTA with a rushed and unchecked list from the Bureau of Corrections

PREPARATION. Captain Elvin John Tio leads a team of Tondo cops in searching for 4 heinous crime convicts in their area of responsibility. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Prepare for Tokhang: Cops begin hunting convicts

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Reminiscent of the controversial Oplan Tokhang, cops will go to the addresses of the remaining hundreds of GCTA-freed heinous crime convicts, knock on their doors, and arrest them

HUNT BEGINS. Tondo Police Station 2 prepares for the overnight operation on Friday, September 20, of the Metro Manila police force to hunt over a hundred convicts prematurely released. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Ombudsman Martires: Convicts can be rearrested without warrant

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The Ombudsman agrees with the position of the Duterte government – contrary to various legal opinions that a rearrest must have a court order

NO NEED FOR WARRANT. Ombudsman Samuel Martires says there is no need for a warrant of arrest to send back to jail heinous crime convicts previously released on the basis of good conduct time allowance. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

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

PH gears for manhunt of over 900 heinous crime convicts

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:30 AM

Duterte is offering P1 million in exchange for the heads of heinous crime convicts 'dead or alive.' His men are quick to clarify that the President does not mean it literally.

Inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on October 28, 2016.

In new IRR, heinous crime convicts after 2013 cannot avail of any GCTA

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Those charged with heinous crimes and detained before 2013 can avail of the much lesser good conduct time allowance under the Revised Penal Code. Issues of equal protection and the ex-post facto law may come up.

(Left) Menardo Guevarra Secretary of Justice of Department of Justice (DOJ) and (Right) Eduardo Año Secretary of Department of The Interior and Local Government (DILG) sign the revise Implementing Rules and Regulation for Good Conduct and Time allowance at Department of Justice in Manila on 16 September 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Over 500 GCTA-freed convicts back in jail

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The update comes 9 days after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered prisoners released through the controversial GCTA law to surrender or be hunted down by cops

BACK TO JAIL. GCTA-freed convicts return to prison at the order of President Rodrigo Duterte. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

IN NUMBERS: The freed 1,914 heinous crime convicts

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Rappler obtains and analyzes the list of 1,914 heinous crime convicts the Duterte government says were released because of the GCTA law. This is what we found.

At least 15 foreigners jailed for heinous drug crimes freed through GCTA

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:00 AM

It’s not only the 4 ‘Chinese drug lords’ named by Senator Panfilo Lacson

MORE RELEASED. Foreigners further complicate the government's struggle to track down released convicts through the GCTA law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

With smuggled phones, drug lords 'still control operations' from Bilibid

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption says detained drug lords still manage to have cell phones, while some inmates 'post openly' on Facebook too, according to Senator Panfilo Lacson

DRUGS. VACC president Arsenio Evangelista says the war on drugs is bound to fail if drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prison still have access to their phones. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PNP also rearrests prisoners not convicted of heinous crimes

Sep 09, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Freed prisoners convicted of carnapping and robbery – which are not heinous crimes – are arrested again

MORE ARRESTS COMING. The PNP also rearrests freed prisoners who did not commit heinous crimes. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

2 Chiong murder convicts out on GCTA surrender to authorities

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The 3rd freed convict is expected to turn himself in next week, Justice Secretary Guevarra says

IN NUMBERS: Freed convicts rearrested amid GCTA mess

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:30 AM

(3rd UPDATE) After the threat of police pursuit from President Rodrigo Duterte himself, released heinous crime convicts surrender to the Philippine National Police across the Philippines

BACK TO JAIL. Former inmate Nicanor Naz with NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar during media briefing on his surrender at the Pasay City Police Headquarters on September 5, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Legal issues hound Duterte order for 1,914 convicts to surrender

Sep 06, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Justice Secretary Guevarra says convicts freed under the GCTA law can be considered evading sentence, but law professor Ted Te says the government must go to court to go after the convicts

SURRENDER. Freed convict Nicanor Naz surrenders to the Pasay City Police Headquarters after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the surrender of heinous crimes inmates freed under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA). Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Heinous crime convicts still entitled to lesser GCTA – Guevarra

Sep 05, 2019 - 5:44 PM

Heinous crime convicts, recidivists, and habitual delinquents can still avail of good conduct time allowance – though at a lesser rate – under the Revised Penal Code

GOOD CONDUCT TIME ALLOWANCE. The Revised Penal Code grants good conduct time allowance to all prisoners. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler