crime in Philippines - updates

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How Isko Moreno copied a Duterte anti-crime idea and made it his own

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:12 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno forms his own mayoral anti-crime police squad, headed by a cop who grew up with him in Tondo

ISKO ON CRIME. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is the only mayor in Manila who presents crime suspects inside the city hall. Photo by Manila PIO

DENR employee shot dead by riding-in-tandem suspects in Antipolo

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:40 PM

Police say two unidentified suspects fled the scene of the crime aboard a pink Yamaha Mio with no plate number

Bato dela Rosa is president of newly formed PH Anti-Crime Council

May 29, 2018 - 12:59 PM

The Anti-Crime Council of the Philippines is expected to focus on bringing down smuggling in the country

FIRST PRESIDENT. Ronald dela Rosa is appointed as the first leader of the Anti-Crime Council of the Philippines. Sourced photo

Baguio: Rape cases up, minors involved in street crimes

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:29 PM

The Baguio City Hall façade has been turned orange since November 25 to support the '18 Days to End Violence Against Women' campaign

Suspect in rape-slay of Mabel Cama tests positive for drugs

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:55 PM

Police say Randy Oavenada used shabu, and drug paraphernalia were also found at the crime scene

CAPTURED. The PNP presents Randy Oavenada to the media. Photo by Rambo Talabong/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

16-year-old boy gunned down in Commonwealth, Quezon City

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:36 PM

Cops say Aldrin Jore, a sophomore at Commonwealth High School, was not on any drug or crime lists

SHOT DEAD. Aldrin Jore was 16 years old. Photo from Jore's Facebook page

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

Resorts World Manila: Jessie's Got a Gun

Jun 23, 2017 - 4:15 PM

There are many ways to begin this story but every beginning ends at the same place: inside a room high above a city the man on the bed burnt and dead with a bullet in his skull and a rifle on his chest

Ex-DOF employee is Resorts World gunman – police

Jun 04, 2017 - 12:01 PM

5th UPDATE 42 year old Jessie Carlos said to be heavily in debt due to casino gambling is identified as the gunman in the June 2 Resorts World attack

PRIME SUSPECT. NCRPO Director General Oscar Albayalde holds a photo of suspect Jessie Carlos, the lone gunman in the June 2, 2017 Resorts World Hotel attack, in a press conference at the House in Remington Hotel, Pasay on June 4, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Court affirms guilty verdict on US Marine in Jennifer Laude death

Apr 10, 2017 - 12:20 PM

The Court of Appeals rejects US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton s plea of self defense

APPEAL REJECTED. File photo of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton with local security forces. File photo by Rappler

#AnimatED: Leadership breakdown in PNP

Jan 30, 2017 - 11:13 AM

It takes the death of a South Korean businessman – an embarrassment says President Duterte – for the PNP to realize it s gone too far in its war on drugs

Philippine crime war claiming 44 lives a day – police

Sep 06, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The new figures come after Duterte vowed Monday to defy a wave of international condemnation and continue killing until every drug trafficker in the Philippines was dead

CLAIMED LIVES. This picture taken on September 1, 2016, shows the grieving father of a suspected drug user killed by the police in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Duterte's marching orders for war on drugs, crime, corruption

Jul 26, 2016 - 8:30 PM

There will be no let up in this campaign Double your efforts Triple them if need be the President tells police barangay captains and local chief executives

La Salle president slams killings under Duterte admin

Jul 22, 2016 - 3:24 PM

The absence of a significant public outcry against extrajudicial killings also alarms De La Salle Philippines president Brother Jose Mari Jimenez

WAR VS DRUGS. A revolver gun is seen next to the body of an alleged drug pusher and user who was killed in an operation of the police in Manila, Philippines, on July 12, 2016. Photo by Mark Cristino/EPA

The promise of busting crime, and why it’s old news

Apr 23, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Can this all end in 6 months courtesy of yet another ranger trained special unit or yet another bemedaled officer?

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?

Roxas: CCTV cameras to cover U-Belt area

Apr 29, 2015 - 3:40 PM

By the time classes resume CCTV cameras will be monitoring Manila s University Belt area

ANTI-CRIME TOOL. The government wants CCTVs in national chains to aid its anti-crime drive.

Syrian, two others arrested for human trafficking

Apr 12, 2015 - 3:45 PM

The operation was conducted following complaints that the Syrian was recruiting overseas Filipino workers OFWs for non existent jobs in the United Arab Emirates

Mongolian president to pardon jailed Filipino, US miners – reports

Feb 25, 2015 - 8:19 PM

Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj will pardon 3 foreign mining executives including two Filipinos jailed on tax evasion charges

A general view of a coal mine in Banganuur city, Mongolia, 01 July 2012. How Hwee Young/EPA

#AnimatED: PNP scalawags and squabbles

Sep 15, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The problem with crime in this country is not simply the criminals The problem with crime largely lies in the people tasked to put an end to it

Roxas to EDSA 'kidnap' suspects: Surrender for your own good

Sep 10, 2014 - 7:12 PM

So far only 3 out of 10 former and current cops in the EDSA kidnapping incident have surrendered Hindi natin sila tatantanan hindi sasantuhin says DILG Secretary Roxas

'GIVE UP.' DILG Secretary Mar Roxas urges the remaining suspects in the suspected EDSA kidnapping incident to surrender. File photo by Rappler

Police: Enzo Pastor slay suspect 'shopped' for gunman

Aug 28, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Police say the alleged mastermind of the Enzo Pastor slay reportedly tried to get the services of a cheaper gunman before settling for a cop to do the job Authorities are still trying to verify the claim

GUNMAN. PO2 Edgar Angel, the confessed gunman in the murder of race car driver Racer Enzo Pastor, faces the media at a news briefing at Camp Karingal in Quezon City on August 27, 2014. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Google removes Singapore hate blog against Filipinos

Jun 20, 2014 - 8:12 AM

UPDATED Google s decision to remove the blog drew mostly positive reactions from Singaporeans online including the cabinet minister in charge of approving foreign worker permits

What countries can do to end 'sextortion'

May 03, 2014 - 1:26 PM

Regional meets and cooperation officials say are essential in thwarting crimes that happen in the borderless online world


Freed Aussie hostage moving on

Jun 16, 2013 - 2:39 PM

Rodwell says he pulled up pretty well since he was released by the Abu Sayaff earlier this year after 15 months of captivity

BETTER. Warren Rodwell says he “pulled up pretty well” since he was released by Abu Sayaff earlier this year. Screenshot from

PH, Taiwan sign crime-fighting pact

Apr 23, 2013 - 6:28 PM

The pact is aimed at cracking down on criminals who exploit the lack of diplomatic relations between both sides

SCAMMERS DEPORTED. NAIA security officials inspect the deportees before handing them over to the Taiwanese authorities. Photo by Jedwin Llobrera

Reporter shot in Cavite

Mar 06, 2013 - 1:01 PM

A reporter is wounded after being shot by unidentified gunmen in Cavite on Wednesday