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Slain mayors prove peace and order 'lacking' under Duterte – Aquino

Nov 20, 2019 - 4:23 PM

'Doon ho lantad na lantad, walang kaduda-dudang may kakulangan,' says former president Benigno Aquino III on the peace and order situation in the country under the Duterte administration

'LACKING.' Ex-president Benigno Aquino III gives his assessment on peace and order under the Duterte administration. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte's advice vs Western Mindanao investments a 'wake-up call'

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:13 PM

Zamboanga del Norte business leader Rolando Soliva responds to the Chief Executive's statement urging investors to 'stay away' from the western part of Mindanao due to peace and order problems

BUSINESS LEADER. Rolando A. Soliva is the president of the Dipolog Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He also chairs the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office Advisory Council. Photo by Bert Laput

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

Declare state of calamity in Basilan – local officials

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:50 PM

(3RD UPDATE) The Basilan peace and order council makes the recommendation to the provincial board due to the ongoing military operations that have displaced residents in Mohammad Ajul town, the acute rice shortage, and the 'cocolisap' infestation in the province

BASILAN PEACE AND ORDER COUNCIL. The provincial peace and order council meets on August 6, 2018. Photo from the Provincial Government of Basilan Facebook page

3 charged over grenade attack during Abra town fiesta

Mar 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

(UPDATED) The police escorts of Abra Representative Joseph Sto Niño Bernos and his wife, Mayor Menchie Bernos, were killed, while the couple and 34 others were injuired in the January 25 incident

More security lapses uncovered as House probes Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 10:50 PM

Testimonies from police officials and hotel security reveal a lack of coordination among those deployed to pursue gunman Jessie Carlos

SECURITY LAPSES. A policeman on standby outside Resorts World Manila as gunman Jessie Carlos attacked the hotel-casino on June 2. File photo by Ezra Arcayan/Rappler

Police, casino guard had 'misencounter' during Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 6:40 PM

Resorts World Manila COO Stephen Reilly says this shows there [was] a degree of confusion among security forces on the ground during the attack

HOUSE PROBE. Lawmakers talk to law enforcement authorities and hotel security officials deployed during the Resorts World attack Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler  HOUSE PROBE. Lawmakers talk to law enforcement authorities and hotel security officials deployed during the Resorts World attack Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Dela Rosa slammed over 'premature' info on Resorts World deaths

Jun 14, 2017 - 3:50 PM

Parañaque 2nd District Representative Gustavo Tambunting hits PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa for initially saying only the gunman died in the attack

THE CHIEF SLAMMED. PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa faces the House probe into the Resorts World attack. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

'300 rounds' of gunfire during Resorts World attack

Jun 14, 2017 - 1:55 PM

Resorts World Manila president Kingson Sian says victims who were hiding – and eventually died of suffocation – likely thought there was more than one gunman

GUNFIRE. Lawmakers watch as Resorts World president Kingson Sian show new CCTV footage of gunman Jessie Carlos attacking the hotel-casino. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte: 'I alone' responsible for martial law aftermath

May 26, 2017 - 6:48 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte also says he has ordered Presidential Adviser on OFWs Abdullah Mamao to see if some of the terrorists are willing to talk peace with him

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Metro Manila cops ready for groups exploiting Mindanao crisis

May 26, 2017 - 9:30 AM

We cannot let other groups take advantage of the crisis in Mindanao says QC Mayor Herbert Bautista who chairs the Regional Peace and Order Council

TIGHTER SECURITY. The order was supposedly released "minutes after" President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over Mindanao on Tuesday, May 23.

No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?

Apr 08, 2017 - 7:36 PM

What we noticed is that if we are going to concentrate big rehabilitation centers in one region there would be some difficulties says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

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

Martial law in Mindanao? No cause for alarm, says Pimentel

Mar 10, 2017 - 11:17 AM

If it happens it will likely be only in certain areas says the senator from Mindanao

MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO? File photo of Senator Aquilino Pimentel III. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Canadian shot by unknown suspect along EDSA

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:25 PM

The man and his wife had stopped their vehicle because of heavy traffic when the suspect approached the vehicle and shot 55 year old Nanthakumaran Kumarasamy say police

Why not abolish the PNP?

Jan 30, 2017 - 8:30 PM

It is a chronic violator of human rights It is also the biggest criminal syndicate in town

PNP out of drug war means end to 'tokhang,' buy-bust

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:30 PM

What are policemen allowed and not allowed to do from today? The PNP explains in detail

CHANGE OF PLANS. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa updates President Rodrigo Duterte on the whereabouts of a cop suspected to be behind the killing of Jee Ick Joo during a late-night press conference at Malacañang Palace. Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

#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

The PNP as the people’s oppressors

Jan 24, 2017 - 6:19 PM

With President Duterte covering their backs today’s cops have become greatly emboldened in playing their traditional role as the people’s oppressors

PH to make Mindanao global tourist spot in 2017

Jan 01, 2017 - 9:00 AM

We will bring Mindanao to global tourism this year Tourism Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre says

DIVING SPOT. Tourists from Hong Kong enjoy diving in Dapitan City. Photo courtesy of the Hong Kong Diving Group

PNP ends gun taping tradition for Christmas, New Year

Dec 12, 2016 - 9:22 PM

The Philippine National Police wants to show that it is a disciplined and trusted organization whose members will not engage in indiscriminate firing

TAPING. The taping of gun muzzles is a yearly holiday season tradition in the PNP. File photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Duterte must address issues other than crime – poll

Oct 17, 2016 - 5:02 PM

Improving the pay of workers is the most urgent national concern a September 2016 Pulse Asia poll shows

BLOODY. The government's war on drugs is linked to over 3,000 deaths. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

STAKEOUT: Sumisikip na ang mundo ng mga pulis na 'ninja'

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Ang mga pulis na ninja ay sinasabing yumayaman dahil sa pagbebenta nila ng mga shabu na nakukumpiska nila sa mga raid

'They fired first': 2 suspected drug pushers killed in Bataan

Jul 07, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Bataan Provincial Police Office says the suspects fired on undercover cops prompting the authorities to shoot back during a buy bust operation in Dinalupihan town

Does it make sense to talk with the Abu Sayyaf?

Jul 05, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The responsible government is the one who keeps looking for a peaceful solution even if the chances of that taking hold are minimal at this time

ISLAMIC STATE? Screenshot of Youtube video showing senior Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon swearing allegiance to ISIS

Negros Oriental drug lord killed

Jul 01, 2016 - 8:08 PM

Police say Lito Belandres belonged to the group of Cebu City drug lord Jeffrey Jaguar Diaz who was killed in a police operation in Metro Manila

Hundreds attend funeral of alleged top Cebu drug lord

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:39 PM

Central Visayas alleged top drug lord is killed in a police operation in Las Piñas in Metro Manila on June 18

#AnimatED: Duterte and high expectations

Jun 27, 2016 - 9:51 AM

President elect Duterte takes office amid rising hopes that the country will be safer and lives will be better

Duterte studies P50,000 minimum wage for PNP

Jun 13, 2016 - 11:44 AM

Duterte ally Senator Alan Peter Cayetano believes this can prevent the bribery of policemen

Philippine police salute at Camp Crame in suburban Manila on November 9, 2015. Jay Directo/AFP

Kidnapped students in Lanao del Norte rescued

Jun 07, 2016 - 7:07 PM

Authorities have yet to find two more students of the the Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology

Cebu gov't supports Duterte's planned curfew for minors

May 23, 2016 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED A resolution supporting the reimposition of the death penalty however is deferred

 UNANIMOUS. Provincial  board members Julian Daan (left) and Sun Shimura lead their colleagues in passing the resolution that will take effect on June 30, when the new set of elected officials start their term. Photo by Richale Cabauatan

Jesse Robredo had something to say about Duterte's crime-fighting style

May 08, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Leni Robredo acknowledges her and Rodrigo Duterte s positions on certain matters may differ Her husband told Newsbreak that as early as 14 years ago

Crime-free PH in 3-6 months? Start by cleaning up gov't – Alunan

Apr 22, 2016 - 4:03 PM

Senatorial candidate Rafael Alunan III says his presidential bet s promise to suppress crime in a short time is doable

DUTERTE'S BET. Rafael Alunan III explains at Rappler's senatorial debate on April 22, 2016, how his presidential candidate's promise to suppress crime in 3-6 months is doable. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

De Lima on Duterte's anti-crime plan: Does he have superpowers?

Apr 15, 2016 - 4:34 PM

UPDATED The former justice secretary says the Davao city mayor s anti crime plan is not doable and cannot be sustained

Poe hits Duterte in Mindanao: 'Killing not the answer'

Apr 13, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Mga kababayan hindi puwedeng basta gantihan na lamang Hindi puwedeng basta napagsuspetsahan ay ililigpit na lamang presidential bet Grace Poe tells Mindanao voters

MINDANAO. Presidential bet Grace Poe took a swipe at Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who surpassed her as the front runner in pre-election surveys.

After Duterte lead, Poe vows to end crime through 'justice'

Apr 12, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Ang pakikipaglaban sa krimen at sa droga ay nadadaan sa katarungan at hindi lamang sa karahasan Grace Poe says in a Laguna rally after Rodrigo Duterte became the new poll front runner

JUSTICE. Presidential bet Grace Poe vows to address the crime situation in the country through 'justice' and not 'violence.' Photo by Allan Penaredondo/Poe-Chiz Media Bureau

Duterte in Bohol: I'm leftist, I wouldn't kill NPA members

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:00 AM

Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte campaigns on a peace and order platform in the province where communist guerrillas and government forces often clash

WARM WELCOME. Residents of Ubay town in Bohol rush to Duterte's helicopter landing site on April 4, 2016. Photo by Ryan Macasero/Rappler

Palace: Stay safe, be alert during Holy Week

Mar 19, 2016 - 9:37 PM

UPDATED The government also calls on Filipinos to pray for the country so that voters will choose leaders ‘based on conscience’ during the May 9 elections

HOLY WEEK. In this file photo, passengers line up for security inspection of their luggage at a passenger ship terminal in Manila, as Filipinos in the city head for the provinces during the Holy Week. Rolex dela Pena/EPA

'President' Grace Poe to order surveys on peace and order situation

Mar 04, 2016 - 7:41 PM

Grace Poe says she will allot a room in Malacañang to closely monitor the security situation in the villages across the country

PEACE AND ORDER. Presidential bet Senator Grace Poe during a campaign sortie in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. Photo by Arnold Almacen

Grace Poe to Filipino women: Be financially independent

Feb 18, 2016 - 2:55 PM

At a GoNegosyo summit the presidential bet says there is a need to empower Filipinas especially mothers who juggle their responsibilities at home and work

EMPOWERING WOMEN. Presidential candidate Grace Poe pushes for TESDA women's centers nationwide to offer vocational courses that will qualify women for job requirements in their respective regions. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Mocha Uson supports Duterte: This is what she's talking about

Feb 08, 2016 - 8:37 PM

The dancer s father – a regional trial court judge – is killed in the line of duty in 2002 Newsbreak writes about Judge Oscar Uson in an investigation in 2007

STILL NO JUSTICE. The story 'A Cry for Justice,' published by Newsbreak in December 2007, cites the murder of then Judge Oscar Uson, the father of Mocha Girl Uson (left) who supports the presidential bid of Rodrigo Duterte. (The man in the middle is former Cagayan Judge Nathaniel Pattugalan, who was also assassinated. His photo was used in the 2007 Newsbreak article.)

Making sense of Digong Duterte

Jan 30, 2016 - 10:30 AM

If we are to elect Duterte to the presidency we must first ask ourselves: how different is present day Philippines from Davao City of the 1980s?

PNP to Cebuanos: Help protect IEC visitors

Jan 24, 2016 - 12:14 PM

About 6 000 police officers and 2 000 personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines are deployed to protect participants of the International Eucharistic Congress

WELCOME TO CEBU. Delegates of the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) are pictured at the San Carlos Seminary grounds, January 23, 2016. Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

Duterte vows peace in 3-6 months if elected president

Jan 03, 2016 - 3:49 PM

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte says he ll promote peace by talking to the NDF MILF MNLF and other groups

'Stampede' in Pampanga mall following alleged shooting incident

Dec 24, 2015 - 6:44 PM

Angeles Police Station 4 refused to give details saying the incident is currently being investigated

STAMPEDE. Reports from people on the ground say a stampede occurred inside a mall in Pampanga, following an alleged shooting incident. Photo by Jhoan Han

BIFF kills 11 in Maguindanao, S. Kudarat on Christmas eve

Dec 24, 2015 - 4:58 PM

The Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters a breakaway group of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front owns up to the attacks as part of their Jihad or holy war

CHRISTMAS ATTACKS. Troops of Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters,claiming allegiance to the Islamic State of Isis and Iraq (ISIS) killed 11 people in Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat after it launched attacks on Christmas Eve.

Supporting other bets? Then leave LP, says Erice

Nov 30, 2015 - 7:30 PM

But LP spokesman Representative Edgar Erice downplays reports that party members are jumping ship to support Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

LP OR BUST? Caloocan Representative Egay Erice says LP members who support other candidates should just leave. File photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

NCR Aviation Security Unit chief sacked amid NAIA 'laglag-bala' scam

Nov 09, 2015 - 10:59 PM

Aviation Security Group head Chief Superintendent Pablo Francis Balagtas confirms the relief of Senior Superintendent Ricardo Layug Jr but says the movement is part of a rotation

A view of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Passenger Terminal 3, February 7, 2013. Francis R Malasig/EPA

#AnimatED: Impunity in NAIA

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:00 AM

‘Tanim bala’ is symptomatic of a weak rule of law in the country where people are not protected from injustices

Blackout hits parts of Mindanao after bombing of NGCP tower

Oct 30, 2015 - 11:30 AM

The NGCP says it will begin restoration activities as soon as the area is secured by government forces

Manila bus hostage taker shot dead

Oct 08, 2015 - 3:50 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada lauds Manila policemen for their speedy response

AFTERNOON CRISIS. An HM Transport bus is held hostage by a man reportedly armed with a knife  along Taft Avenue near Pedro Gil on October 8, 2015. Photo Photo by Czeasar Dancel/Rappler