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Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Privacy and rights groups worry about the implications of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement

Gunshot detection technology raises concerns of bias and inaccuracy

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:42 AM

A controversial gunshot detection system used by police departments in over 100 US cities raises questions about how technology is deployed by law enforcement

Artwork by Aigerim Ismagulova for Coda Story

[OPINION] Who will police the police?

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'We should have a nationwide information campaign for the public to know about the People’s Law Enforcement Board and encourage them to use it'

U.S. expresses 'full support' for PH anti-drug campaign – Robredo

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:57 PM

'Bilang kaibigan ng Pilipinas, gagawin nila ang lahat para tayo ay magtagumpay sa laban na ito,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, whose strategy against illegal drugs is focused on drug demand reduction and rehabilitation

'FRIEND' OF PH. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the inter-agency working-level delegation from the United States government to discuss how to fight illegal drugs in the Philippines. Photos from OVP

Subic Bay Freeport security arrest Chinese for carnapping

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The suspect forcibly takes a Starex van and drives it inside the Subic Bay Freeport

LUCKY GUY. Carnapping suspect Bin Zhang in the custody of the SBMA Law Enforcement Department. Photo by: LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPT. SBMA

US ‘cautiously optimistic’ on Philippine drug war rights record

Jan 31, 2018 - 2:59 PM

James A Walsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement at the State Department, the US still provides support in such areas as 'drug demand reduction programs'

ANTI-DRUG OPS. A crime scene in Manila is sealed off by policemen after a raid in November 2016. Rappler file photo

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Manankil, Dela Rosa, Wroblewitz | Midday wRap

Jun 29, 2017 - 1:24 PM

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LOOK: Japan Coast Guard vessel joins maritime drill in Davao

Jun 02, 2017 - 7:09 PM

The exercise in the waters off Talicud Island Davao del Norte on Saturday June 3 aims to enhance the capacity of both PH and Japan coast guard personnel

Police watchdog: Know enough about Internal Affairs Service?

Mar 11, 2017 - 8:00 AM

The Internal Affairs Service is an independent body tasked to investigate police accused of violating procedures and regulations

Marcos burial, William Brownfield, Donald Trump | 12PM wRap

Nov 15, 2016 - 2:04 PM

Watch the 12PM newscast with Zak Yuson

Another top U.S. official visits Philippines

Nov 15, 2016 - 7:54 AM

US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield is set to offer help in promoting rule of law his spokesman tells Rappler

TOP OFFICIAL. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield is set to tackle rule of law in the Philippines during a two-day trip. File photo courtesy of the US State Department

'We cannot arrest our way out of this drug problem'

Oct 01, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Speaking to Rappler US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield says the drug problem is a public health crisis as much as it is a law enforcement crisis

DRUG KILLINGS. Police and Scene of the Crime Operatives inspect another victim of drug-related killings. File photo by C. Gabuco/Rappler

US commits P320M for law enforcement in PH

Sep 24, 2016 - 3:36 PM

These funds will be used in strict compliance with US legal obligations and basic international law enforcement and policing standards a US official tells Rappler

TOP OFFICIAL. US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield listens during a briefing at the Foreign Press Center on February 24, 2015, in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

SC affirms dismissal of graft cases vs PH Air Force officers

Sep 13, 2016 - 10:35 AM

The High Court s 3rd Division says it took the Office of the Ombudsman too long to file the case before the Sandiganbayan violating the right of the officers to a speedy disposition of their case

TOO LONG. The Supreme Court says it took the Ombudsman too long to file cases against the Philippine Air Force officers

Recent bomb threats in schools: 'Are kids your enemies?'

Sep 08, 2016 - 4:37 PM

Hindi naman siguro nila target in [mga] bata kasi mga kabataan ito Kung gusto nilang mag communicate bombing a school is not the best way to do it says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

VERIFY. Education Secretary Leonor Briones urges schools to carefully verify bomb threats they receive. Briones file photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

New rescue ship arrives in PH from Japan

Aug 18, 2016 - 4:28 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says 9 more MRRVs are being built for its fleet to be delivered from December 2016 to August 2018

NEW SHIP. The Philippine Coast Guard’s first ever multi-role response vessel, the BRP Tubbataha, arrives at the port in Manila on August 18, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

'False empowerment' in Duterte’s society

Aug 08, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Real people power lies in the hands of those who openly resist arbitrary rule of authority and terror tactics of the state not those who pledge allegiance to it behind masks and electronic devices

LOOK: PH Coast Guard gets new rescue ship from Japan

Jul 28, 2016 - 4:13 PM

‘BRP Tubbataha ’ which will reach the Port of Manila on August 18 is the first of 10 vessels that Japan is building for PH s search and rescue and maritime security and law enforcement operations

BRP Tubbataha. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

Japan ship to conduct security exercises with PH coast guard

Jul 11, 2016 - 4:19 PM

The Japanese Coast Guard vessel docks at the Manila harbor on the week when an international tribunal is set to decide on PH’s maritime dispute with China

JOINT EXERCISES. The Japan Coast Guard vessel PHL02 Tsugaru docks at the Manila South Harbor for its 6th Joint Maritime Law Enforcement Exercises with the Philippine Coast Guard on July 13, 2016. Photo courtesy of PCG Public Affairs Office

Uber reveals US law enforcement data queries

Apr 13, 2016 - 3:10 PM

The global ridesharing giant says it got hundreds of requests from American agencies in the second half of 2015

epa04490027 Uber signage in front of their headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA, 14 November 2014. Uber is a taxi alternate ride sharing service which uses a smartphone application to connect passengers with drivers. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

The wRap Indonesia: Missing plane found, lesbians 'rehabilitated'

Oct 06, 2015 - 6:00 AM

The wreckage of a missing plane is found lesbians in Aceh are rehabilitated and other top stories from Indonesia and around the world

Suspected Indonesian lesbians forced to undergo rehabilitation

Oct 05, 2015 - 11:18 PM

The two were arrested after they were caught sitting and hugging

What's wrong with Philippine cops?

Jul 26, 2015 - 8:00 AM

A retired law enforcement specialist with the US Air Force who is now based in the Philippines discusses what s fundamentally wrong with the way our policemen think

PH, Japan arrest 'pirates' in sea safety drill

May 06, 2015 - 9:24 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard and the Japan Coast Guard downplay questions on whether the joint exercises are meant to counter China s threat

SAFETY AT SEA. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard and the Japanese Coast Guard 'arrest' 6 hijackers at Manila Bay in a joint maritime safety drill on May 6, 2015. Photo by Joel Leporada, Rappler

China fines Sina over 'indecent' content

May 04, 2014 - 10:21 AM

The Chinese government said Sina published 24 pornographic and obscene e books videos and audio programs

SINA. A smartphone running the Sina Weibo social networking app is seen against a background of the company logo on screen in Beijing, China, 17 March 2014. Sina Weibo is one of Sina's 4 main offerings. Adrian Bradshaw/EPA

Use Facebook, Twitter to help catch criminals – Recto

Mar 22, 2014 - 6:13 PM

Senator Ralph Recto calls this community policing which can save government millions of pesos from asking IT company to create police notification software

CHR to sign agreement against involuntary disappearance

Feb 07, 2014 - 5:01 PM

The MOA outlines the responsibilities of 4 agencies emphasizing their commitment to victims or families of enforced disappearances

JUSTICE FOR THE DISAPPEARED? Activist Jonas Burgos is one of the victims of involuntary disappearance, missing since 2007. File photo

Nigerian farmers abandon food crops for cannabis: agency

Dec 08, 2013 - 9:40 AM

Over 1 000 hectares of land could have been utilized for agriculture authorities say

Britain launches its latest answer to the FBI

Oct 07, 2013 - 11:18 PM

Britain launched the National Crime Agency Monday its third attempt in 15 years to set up a British FBI

CRIMESTOPPERS. The NCA has been launched to focus on organised, economic and cyber crime. AFP PHOTO/NATIONAL CRIME AGENCY/HO

CHR set to probe police 'murder' of criminal‎

Jul 13, 2013 - 7:21 PM

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also warns Duterte that a shoot to kill order is against the law

Photo by Rappler/Karlos Manlupig

Cops kill 3 kidnappers in Davao, rescue victim

Jul 11, 2013 - 3:58 PM

At least 3 kidnappers of a Filipino Chinese were killed in an entrapment operation in Davao City on Thursday

Photo by Rappler/Karlos Manlupig

PNP a step closer to one firearm per policeman

Jul 02, 2013 - 2:05 PM

The new pistols in addition to PNP s current inventory of firearms will ensure a 100 fill up and will fully equip the PNP something that has never happened before

NEW GUNS. President Benigno Aquino III turned over new Glock 17 firearms to the Philippine National Police. Malacañang Photo Bureau

Ombudsman sacks admin officer who demanded bribe

Jun 19, 2013 - 7:02 PM

Records officer Juan Dita dela Cruz is found guilty of demanding and receiving P30 000 from a policeman who needed a clearance for his promotion

Twitter challenges US subpoena seeking user data

May 09, 2012 - 6:33 AM

The Twitter case is a major test of online freedom of speech