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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.

Zubiri wants Alcatraz-type 'heinous crime penitentiary'

Sep 04, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri says his proposed prison in an isolated and uninhabited island will keep heinous crime convicts 'far from their victims and society at large'

ISLAND PRISONS. Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri wants island prisons for heinous crimes convicts. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

What are heinous crimes?

Sep 03, 2019 - 5:39 PM

There is no explicit definition of what heinous crimes are – only an enumeration of crimes that due to their 'manifest wickedness, viciousness, atrocity and perversity' merited the death penalty until its abolition in 2006

BILIBID SECURITY. Members of the PNP-SAF patrol outside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on July 20, 2016 after their recent deployment at the maximum prison for additional security detail. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Can heinous crimes be excluded from good conduct time allowance law?

Aug 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra's interpretation differs with the view of the former justice undersecretary who published the law manual

Convicted former mayor of Calauan, Laguna Antonio Sanchez is seen inside the Maximum Security Compound of the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City on August 22, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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

1.4 million Filipino families fell victim to common crimes in Q3 – SWS

Dec 01, 2018 - 4:47 PM

This is higher than in June 2018, when 5.3% or around 1.2 million families reported their members were victims of common crimes

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

6 members of notorious robbery gang killed in Cagayan police operation

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Cagayan police say the group's leader is among those killed in the operation

POLICE OPERATON. One of the alleged members of a robbery gang in Lal-lo town, Cagayan, is sprawled beside the gang's van after the shootout with police on November 20, 2018. All photos courtesy of PNP

Fewer families fell victim to common crimes in Q2– SWS

Sep 20, 2018 - 4:39 PM

A Social Weather Stations survey held in June also shows that the number of families with members hurt by physical violence fell to a 'record low' 45,000 in the second quarter of the year

WAR ON DRUGS. A police officer at a crime scene after a buy-bust operation in Taguig City on July 28, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

De Lima bill raises statutory age of rape to 18

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:52 AM

Senator Leila de Lima says Senate Bill 1949 seeks to protect the youth 'by all means and at all costs'

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.

Policing the PNP: Scalawags spoil Duterte vow to end crime

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Philippine National Police finds enemies from within

INTERNAL CLEANSING. The PNP wants to expand its 'punitive' cleansing program to 'preventive' and 'restorative' measures of weeding out crooked cops. Graphic by Ernest Fiestan/Rappler

Duterte disheartened by survey results on crime: 'Wala akong silbi'

Jun 26, 2018 - 7:00 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte mentions the Social Weather Stations survey on crime victimization 3 times, saying it's proof that more needs to be done to fight criminality

A rule too late? PNP bans presenting suspects to the media

Jun 12, 2018 - 7:29 AM

The Philippine National Police now avoids trial by publicity for suspects they arrest, but only after scores of accused have been paraded for millions to see

PNP CHIEF. Director General Oscar Albayalde speaks in a press conference in Camp Crame. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Barangay captain shot dead in San Narciso, Quezon

Jun 11, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Ruben Carabido, the captain of Barangay Binay, is killed noontime Monday, June 11

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

Amnesty International urges ICC to start probe into PH drug war killings

Dec 04, 2017 - 8:02 AM

'It is time [to] end the carnage on Philippine streets.... The country's judiciary and police have proven themselves both unwilling and unable to hold the killers in the war on drugs to account,' the human rights group says

Schoolmates pay their last visit during the wake of Kian Delos Santos on August 25, 2017. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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

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

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

7 Filipino militant suspects arrested in Malaysia

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:04 PM

The arrests last week brings to 41 the number of foreigners suspected of being 'terrorist fighters' who have been detained in Malaysia this year

1 in 4 drug users in PH unemployed – NAPC study

Aug 24, 2017 - 3:04 PM

A study by the National Anti Poverty Commission based on statistics provided by the Dangerous Drug Board also shows majority of those using illegal drugs belong to the poor sector

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the dead body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape and a placard reading "I'm a pusher", on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

The criminal in every Filipino

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The Filipino people are truly fed up and angry They are angry at drug dealers and addicts They are angry at criminals They are angry at the corrupt They are angry at terrorists They are angry at every evil that afflicts Philippine society

From Kuratong Baleleng to elected gov't: The rise of the Parojinogs

Jul 31, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The Parojinog patriarch Octavio Sr headed the military backed vigilante group in Misamis Occidental in the 1980s It splintered into crime syndicates

Crime and due process: Is there room for dialogue and compromise?

Jul 30, 2017 - 5:00 PM

President Duterte s popularity and the willingness of Filipinos to embrace change can provide the right atmosphere for improving the criminal justice system

3 foreigners arrested for ATM skimming in Pampanga

Jul 25, 2017 - 3:00 PM

The suspects – identified as a Nicaraguan Italian and Romanian – allegedly stole P339 300 from various ATMs in the province

The 3 foreigners suspected to be conducting ATM skimming activities cover their faces with their shirts as they were escorted to the conference room in Camp Olivas. (Photo by Jun A. Malig)

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 23, 2017

Mar 23, 2017 - 11:08 AM

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EXPLAINER: Police, military officials liable for Duterte's illegal kill orders

Mar 05, 2017 - 10:45 AM

The Rome Statute is precisely designed to demolish the wall of impunity with which state officials commit human rights violations, like the ones occurring on a virtually daily basis in our midst

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

EXPLAINER: Yes, Int'l Criminal Court can prosecute Duterte for killing spree

Mar 04, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The Philippines effectively domesticated the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court when it enacted Republic Act 9851 – the commander in chief can be held liable for crimes against humanity

DRUG WAR'S TOLL. Three suspected drugs personalities were apprenhended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Plunder cases in the Philippines: Was anyone punished?

Feb 18, 2017 - 9:51 AM

UPDATED Of the two people convicted of plunder so far only one – a lowly BIR cashier – is still serving her sentence Former president Joseph Estrada was pardoned

DOJ subpoenas 5 cops, 4 others in new probe into Korean's murder

Feb 01, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The reinvestigation of Jee Ick Joo s case – as ordered by an Angeles City court – starts on Friday February 3

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. The justice department conducts another preliminary investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo, after a Pampanga court granted the plea of prime suspect SPO3 Ricky Sta Isabel, shown here escorted from the Angeles City Hall of Justice on January 30, 2016. Photo by Jun Malig/Rappler

Int'l criminal court should probe Duterte's war on drugs

Oct 05, 2016 - 9:36 AM

Former International Criminal Court official and Harvard law professor Alex Whiting says an urgent action from the court will send a strong signal to President Rodrigo Duterte

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Sep 05, 2016 - 12:42 PM

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Northern Mindanao reports drop in July crime rate

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:21 PM

Police statistics showed that there was a 44 drop in the overall crime rate for the month of July

Dutertism and Philippine populist criminality

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:58 PM

We cite examples that represent a small portion of the many successful Philippine criminal politicians who began or furthered their political careers by capitalizing on their own crimes

RISING NUMBERS. The campaign against illegal drugs has begun even before President-elect Rodrigo Duterte sits in Malacañang.

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.

Indonesia Attorney General: Executions will proceed

Apr 28, 2015 - 6:07 PM

3rd UPDATE [President Joko Widodo said] proceed according to the rules the attorney general tells reporters

epa04723832 Indonesian mobile brigade police team who also believe as an executor team for death-row prisoners on a boat as they head to Nusakambangan Island of prison at Wijayapura port, in Cilacap, Indonesia, 28 April 2015. International pressure was increasing for Indonesia's president to stop the imminent execution of up to 10 drug convicts, including nine foreigners. Consular officials were rushing to Nusakambangan, the prison island off Java where the inmates are to be executed, after the Attorney General's office said on 24 April it had ordered final preparations the executions EPA/ADI WEDA

‘Money for PNP job’ modus in Cagayan Valley

Apr 19, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Looking for a job? Be careful of this modus operandi

PNP general heads unit vs most wanted criminals

Apr 07, 2014 - 4:53 PM

The new head of Task Force Tugis Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao served as the top cop in Central Luzon for almost 2 years

TUGIS HEAD. Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao is named new head of Task Force Tugis. File photo courtesy of PNP PRO 3

Suspect in murder of Ati tribal leader arrested

Mar 05, 2014 - 1:26 PM

Daniel Celestino who used to be a security guard at a Boracay Hotel was nabbed by the PNP and PAOCC in Laguna on Monday March 5

JUSTICE. The suspect in the murder of Ati tribe member Dexter Condez was arrested Monday, March 3. The Ati tribe Brgy Manoc-Manoc in Boracay continue to be threatened with violence despite affirmation from the government of their rights to their ancestral domain. File photo by Purple Romero

More victims in torture jail come forward

Jan 29, 2014 - 3:30 PM

The CHR now has 22 affidavits – two from minors – accusing Biñan police of torturing inmates in a secret facility

‘WHEEL OF TORTURE.’ More victims of police torture in Binan come forward. Photo courtesy: CHR/AFP

Caps, sunglasses banned as Metro malls fight crime

Dec 23, 2013 - 6:35 PM

UPDATED The ban was imposed after a gang of hammer wielding robbers looted a jewelery store in SM North EDSA

Japanese man kidnapped in Parañaque

Dec 15, 2013 - 9:13 AM

Two unidentified suspects abducted Hayato Sumi from his establishment in Brgy Don Bosco Parañaque at around 7:40 pm Saturday

'CHR documentation of hate crimes will protect LGBT interest'

Aug 03, 2013 - 11:39 PM

To combat discrimination the Commission on Human Rights will be documenting hate crimes against LGBTs

Crimes? In time, you can tweet them to PNP

Jul 17, 2013 - 2:21 PM

PNp chief Alan Purisima cites a 2012 survey which showed that more than 70 percent of crimes are not reported because citizens found it inconvenient

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

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

Aquino is last chance to free Paco, says filmmaker

Mar 18, 2013 - 9:33 AM

He s the only one who can grant pardon for Paco says the filmmaker who documented missteps by Philippine courts in relation to the celebrated murder case

Who stood to benefit from Atimonan killings?

Mar 06, 2013 - 7:23 PM

The NBI says police official Hansel Marantan had every reason to kill Vic Siman an alleged gang leader killed in the Atimonan operation

23 Batangas cops face dismissal

Feb 21, 2013 - 1:25 PM

Investigators file administrative charges against the cops for the killing of an aide of Vic Siman who was shot dead in the infamous Atimonan incident

PNP transfers Marantan from posh hospital to Crame

Jan 25, 2013 - 3:48 PM

At least 20 policemen involved in the Atimonan killings are now under restrictive custody in Camp Crame