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[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?

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

Caloocan has criminal group 'fond of shooting' people – PNP chief

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:54 PM

'Meron talagang grupo d'yan na malapit na, mahuli rin yan, ma-engkwentro rin ng pulis 'yan na mahilig mamaril ng mga pushers or kahit na hindi pushers,' says PNP chief Dela Rosa

POLICE CHIEF. Ronald Dela Rosa at the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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

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

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

9 children rescued from 'child pornographer' in Leyte

Nov 10, 2017 - 9:02 PM

The suspect allegedly abused 9 children, including her 8-year-old daughter

RESCUED. A child is escorted by a social worker. Photo courtesy of the International Justice Mission

A death an hour: PNP counts 790 killings in 30 days

Oct 21, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The Philippine National Police counts 790 killings from September 16 to October 15

KILLED. A Crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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

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

Failure of the legal system: A challenge to Filipino lawyers

Aug 07, 2017 - 9:32 AM

As part of the legal system myself an educator in the field of criminal justice I say we are losing and we are losing poorly We carry a heavy burden because the public call for blood is our own doing

A deranged mind: The insanity plea in PH cases

Mar 26, 2017 - 8:10 PM

UPDATED Has the insanity plea ever worked in a Philippine court?

[Newspoint] An end to the ugly war

Jan 31, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Now comes the test of Duterte s word


Suspect in Korean's slay to be transferred to NBI custody

Jan 30, 2017 - 3:43 PM

UPDATED Judge Irineo Pangilinan Jr of the Angeles City court also grants the motion of SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel and two other suspects to order the justice department to reinvestigate the case of Jee Ick Joo

LEAVING COURT. SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel is escorted from the Angeles City Hall of Justice. Photo by Jun Malig/Rappler

Cop suspects in Korean kidnap-slay brought to court

Jan 25, 2017 - 7:36 AM

The presentation SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel and SPO4 Roy Villegas at an Angeles City court is reportedly upon the insistence of a judge

SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel (in protective gear) waits inside the clerk of court’ office of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 58 on January 24. Contributed photo / 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

MAP: Where did violence in PH erupt in past 6 months?

Dec 17, 2016 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED Bomb scares explosions public officials killed – Rappler compiles a list of the violent incidents that have erupted as of mid December in the Philippines

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

War on drugs: Who are the Odictas of Iloilo?

Aug 29, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Melvin and Merriam Odicta allegedly among Iloilo s top drug lords are gunned down by unidentified men

6 men linked to Albuera mayor killed in shootout

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:58 AM

3rd UPDATE Police recover high powered firearms a day after Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr surrenders to the PNP

SOCO members investigate one of the 6 unidentified men killed in the encounter that took place outside the house of Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. at Tinago, Brgy Binulho, Albuera, Leyte on August 3. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

Philippines' war vs drugs: It has been bloody

Jul 25, 2016 - 2:15 PM

From social media to the streets President Duterte’s first month in office has been bloody

KILLING CONTINUES. Police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer in Manila on July 8, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Cop linked to drugs killed in Bacolod buy-bust operation

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:25 AM

The cop had been AWOL for a year and was included in the city police s watchlist

Locator map of Bacolod City

$100M stolen from US account traced to PH, Sri Lanka

Mar 09, 2016 - 8:08 AM

Bangladesh says the stolen money was illegally transferred online to the Philippines and Sri Lanka

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

The streets that haunt Filipino women

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:22 AM

In Quezon City alone 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016 What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

STREET HARASSMENT. Have you ever walked down the street and experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment?

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?

NPA admits killing Agusan del Sur mayor and son

Oct 24, 2015 - 7:28 PM

Slain mayor Dario Otaza is accused of establishing and building intelligence networks within NPA territories in Agusan del Sur for AFP counter revolutionary operations

ADVOCATE. Malacañang says Agusan del Sur mayor Dario Otaza (2nd from right) was an 'invaluable partner' for peace in the region. Photo from Otaza's Facebook account

Slain wife of PLDT exec was in Cavite, footage shows

Jul 02, 2015 - 11:22 PM

The PNP says the car of the slain wife of a PLDT executive passed through Cabilang Baybay Carmona Cavite at around 2 pm on the day she went missing

Families remember Ampatuan massacre victims

Nov 23, 2014 - 3:17 PM

Relatives of the 58 victims visit the burial site of the Ampatuan massacre to pay their respects to their loved ones

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

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

Rappler Newscast | June 27, 2014

Jun 27, 2014 - 8:28 PM

PNP reports surge in crime Hospital arrest for Enrile? PNP ready Aquino: PH to import rice as price hike probe continues

Explosive device found in village near Underground River

Jul 15, 2013 - 1:39 PM

The police detonated the device near the wharf of Sabang a coastal village where tourists take off on boats to visit Puerto Princesa s Underground River

Shooting in Megamall causes panic

Jan 26, 2013 - 8:11 PM

5th UPDATE Nobody is hurt in the shooting incident that caused mild panic in one of the world s biggest shopping malls Initial reports indicate that the group responsible is the Martilyo Gang

Checkpoints: When can police make arrests?

Jan 12, 2013 - 10:16 PM

Aside from guns and weapons what will uniformed men look out for when stopping you at checkpoints?