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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

[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?

672 arrested in global swoop on fake food and drink – Interpol

Jun 22, 2019 - 11:49 AM

In Zimbabwe, authorities seized soft drinks containing high levels of the active ingredient in drugs used to treat erectile dysfunction

Bottles of Coca-Cola are pictured at a branch of Asda in north London, on April 27, 2018. - 42 firms, responsible for 80 percent of plastic packaging sold in Britain, have signed up to a pact that aims to tackle plastic pollution over the next seven years through a series of measures. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Russian bank linked to $470-B offshore network – report

Mar 05, 2019 - 6:55 PM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and 23 other news groups expose how billions of money were sent out of Russia to bank accounts registered in Lithuania

Mexico arrests Zetas drug cartel boss wanted in U.S.

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:40 AM

The Zetas are considered one of the most cruel criminal organizations in Mexico

Palace says Duterte 'Person of the Year' award 'wrong'

Dec 30, 2017 - 10:58 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the opposite is true – President Duterte, he says, has done all possible to fight organize crime, end drugs, and corruption

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a message as he graces the Christmas Party with the Presidential Security Group (PSG) in Davao City on December 15, 2017. KIWI BULACLAC/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Dec 29, 2017 - 1:17 PM

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Drug war earns Duterte ‘Person of the Year’ title from U.S. nonprofit

Dec 29, 2017 - 8:31 AM

The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project gives the title to an 'individual who has done the most in the world to advance organized criminal activity and corruption'

'PERSON OF THE YEAR'. President Rodrigo  Duterte's controversial drug war has made him the top choice of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project for 'Person of the Year.' Presidential Photo

Powerful, dangerous, what are Chinese triads?

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:06 PM

Chinese triads started with extortion before branching out to more 'lucrative' crimes such as human trafficking, illegal drugs trade, and prostitution, among others

(FILES) This file photo taken 27 December 2006 shows a group of 97 members of a Chinese triad on trial at a gymnasium in Luodi, central China's Hunan province 27 December 2006, in the province's biggest ever criminal trial, where seven gang leaders were sentenced to death while four others received suspended death sentences and the rest with various jail terms. The gang was convicted for robbery, illegal possession of guns, drug trading, gambling, extortion and blackmailing activities and had bullied local residents with violent attacks. CHINA OUT GETTY OUT AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO / AFP

How a cop and an alleged terrorist 'let the love begin'

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:10 PM

It s also a love story that reveals apparent gaps between the PNP and an anti crime commission under the Office of the President

AGAINST THE ASG. Government troops at Inabanga, Bohol, where the first clash against alleged ASG members happened. File photo sourced by Rappler

De Lima insists Sebastian a gov't asset, 'pressured' to testify

Oct 10, 2016 - 2:40 PM

Apparently or obviously Jaybee Sebastian has been pushed to the wall says Senator Leila de Lima as the Bilibid inmate testifies against her in the House probe

The House committee on justice as resumes its probe into the proliferation of drugs in the New Bilibid Prison on October 10, 2016.

Dela Rosa surprised by De Lima's 'Davao Death Squad' witness

Sep 15, 2016 - 1:47 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa former Davao City police director denies knowing Senator Leila de Lima s key witness at a probe into the spate of killings linked to the government s war on drugs

SENATE INQUIRY. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa (middle) listens to the testimony of Edgar Matobato before Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights on September 16, 2016. Photo by LeAnneJazul/Rappler

Alleged Espinosa hitmen surrender

Sep 05, 2016 - 11:04 AM

Two of them surrender their guns to the police which were reportedly issued by Kerwin Espinosa

MUNICIPAL POLICE. The Albuera Police Station in Leyte. Photo by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

How 177 Indonesians obtained fake Philippine passports

Aug 23, 2016 - 7:55 PM

Illegal travel agencies forged documents and alleged police involvement – here s how some Indonesian Muslims attempt to unlawfully perform the Hajj

HAJJ. Muslim pilgrims circumvent around the Kaaba at the Masjid al-Haram Mosque, Islam's holiest site, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, September 20, 2015. File photo by Amel Pain/EPA

From one PNP chief to another: Lacson's advice to Bato dela Rosa

Jul 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

The former police chief has simple advice for his former subordinate PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa: Huwag ka masira sa pera huwag ka masilaw sa pera kasi masisira programa mo

ADVICE. Senator Panfilo Lacson, police chief from 1999 to 2001, gives a plain and 'simple' advice to his former subordinate and now Philippine National Police chief Ronald Dela Rosa. Photo from Dela Rosa's Facebook account.

Mexico mayor assassinated one day after taking office

Jan 03, 2016 - 7:29 AM

Gisela Mota is gunned down barely 24 hours after taking her oath of office on Friday in the city of Temixco about 90 kilometers from the capital Mexico City

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

43 nabbed in cybersex raids in Bataan

Sep 18, 2014 - 10:54 AM

The Naval Intelligence Security Force and the National Bureau of Investigation with the PAOCC raid 6 cybersex sites in Dinalupihan Bataan

Kidnap-for-ransom suspect who escaped Davao prison nabbed

Sep 08, 2014 - 4:34 PM

Martin Lico is a member of the Alferez and Ozamis syndicates that engage in kidnap for ransom and bank robbery He escaped Davao prison 2 decades ago

Algerian diplomats freed after two years' captivity in Mali

Aug 31, 2014 - 1:36 AM

Three jihadist groups Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb AQIM Ansar Dine and MUJAO in 2012 took control of much of the desert north of Mali including the three main towns of Kidal Gao and Timbuktu

RELEASED. The Algerian diplomats were released 'after intense and tireless efforts' by authorities in 'the utmost discretion', the Algerian foreign ministry says. File photo by Mohamed Messara/EPA

Mexico arrests 32 cops for alleged organized crime ties

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Authorities are investigating whether those taken into custody were involved in the recent murders of three senior officials

Police nab 7 in Pangasinan for online prostitution

Mar 18, 2014 - 1:56 PM

Police rounded up 94 women reportedly working as English online tutors for Japanese clients

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

De Lima vows to probe officials behind Quezon 'mission'

Jan 11, 2013 - 4:31 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the National Bureau of Investigation will probe who plotted the Quezon operation and why certain police officials were involved

Booming business: Organized crime 'worth $870 billion worldwide'

Oct 16, 2012 - 8:33 AM

International organized crime is worth US 870 billion the head of the UN s office on drugs and crime UNODC said Monday October 15 urging greater coordination in fighting it

Police arrest 350 in China, Taiwan phone scam

Aug 23, 2012 - 8:58 PM

More than 350 people were arrested in Manila as part of a major telephone scam that swindled people out of millions of dollars in Taiwan and mainland China