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PNPA cadets to undergo coronavirus testing

Jul 13, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine National Police Academy will test its cadets for COVID-19 in the wake of two cadets' deaths due to heat stroke and electrolyte imbalance

GRADUATION. Graduates from the Philippine National Police Academy 'Maragtas' Class of 2018 march at Camp Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on March 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

All activities of PNPA Class of 2024 suspended following 2 deaths

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:39 PM

Cadet Fourth Class Jiary Jasen Papa dies due to low potassium intake days after a fellow cadet died of heatstroke

PNPA. A file photo of the Philippine National Police Academy Homecoming on March 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hong Kong police raid opinion pollster ahead of opposition vote

Jul 11, 2020 - 2:36 PM

The overnight move comes days after China imposed a sweeping new national security law on the financial hub after months of civil unrest last year

HONG KONG POLICE. Police charge towards protesters during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

More than 1,000 Philippine cops infected with coronavirus

Jul 10, 2020 - 12:11 AM

Some 455 police personnel have recovered, while 9 succumbed to the disease

FRONTLINERS. Members of the PNP-SAF attend a briefing on the implementation of the hard lockdown in the 1st district of Tondo, Manila on Monday midnight, May 4. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Ilocos Sur policewoman who mishandled molestation complaint relieved from duty

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Staff Sergeant Merly Joy Pascua reportedly didn't process the complaint filed by the 15-year-old girl from Cabugao town. The teenager was ambushed on her way home.

CABUGAO Police Station, Ilocos Sur. Screenshot from Google Maps

Slain Jolo soldier’s kin hopes ‘justice will prevail’ as AFP, PNP launch own inquiry

Jul 08, 2020 - 8:02 PM

The military and police will check for 'what went wrong' when cops gunned down 4 soldiers on an intelligence mission in Jolo

GRIEVING. A woman weeps at the casket of one of the 4 soldiers shot dead by police in Jolo, Sulu on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

What are Hong Kong police's new powers?

Jul 08, 2020 - 5:41 PM

Here are some of the key powers granted Hong Kong authorities when conducting national security investigations

Riot police clear a street as protesters gathered to rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. A man found in possession of a Hong Kong independence flag became the first person to be arrested under Beijing's new national security law for the city, police said on July 1. DALE DE LA REY / AFP

Cops who killed soldiers in Sulu restricted to Camp Crame

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:18 PM

The 9 Jolo cops who gunned down 4 intelligence officers are detained in Camp Crame as the National Bureau of Investigation continues its probe

CAMP CRAME. File photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Rights group leader served arrest warrant by cop disguised as delivery man

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:31 PM

The warrant is served despite the rights leader already obtaining a recall order since April

MOOT WARRANT. Karapatan secretary general Tinay Palabay. Photo from Palabay's Facebook page

Suspects in slay of soldier, 3 others surrender in Basilan

Jul 07, 2020 - 9:49 AM

The suspects – all barangay peacekeepers – surrender to the 4th Special Forces Battalion through the assistance of a village chief

SUSPECT. A suspect in the killing of a soldier, CAFGU members, and a civilian surrender with several others to the military on July 6, 2020. Photo courtesy of 4th Special Forces

Navotas PNP files complaint vs 17 residents for breaking quarantine, going to party

Jul 06, 2020 - 6:40 PM

'The family’s utter disregard of safety regulations endangered their lives and all those living at H. Monroy,' says Mayor Toby Tiangco

Rappler Talk: Patricio Abinales on PNP's institutional weaknesses

Jul 06, 2020 - 4:56 PM

On Monday, July 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to Asian studies professor Patricio Abinales about how the Philippine National Police can be reformed

Kalinga town 'welcomes home' hero who was among soldiers slain in Sulu

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Major Marvin Indammog, the commanding officer of the Army soldiers killed by policemen in Jolo, Sulu, is honored as a 'full-blooded Igorot warrior'

Hundreds of relatives and neighbors of Major Marvin Indammog welcomed their slain hero before noon this Friday. Photo courtesy of Tabuk PIO

'Kill 1,000 and I will protect you'

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:30 PM

There was a time the PNP stood for what is right, even if it meant hurting their president

Army admits lapses: Soldiers rushed to Sulu crime scene to check on their dead

Jul 02, 2020 - 5:47 PM

The Army says the soldiers wanted to check if the victims were still alive and to secure intelligence equipment

BLOOD IN JOLO. Men – soldiers, not police – figure in the crime scene where cops gunned down 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Screenshot of CCTV footage from Ricardo Visaya's Facebook

17 Mandaue City police test positive for coronavirus

Jul 01, 2020 - 11:28 PM

Mandaue City is still under general community quarantine

Jolo police chief sacked as probe over cops who killed soldiers begins

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The relief further paves the way for an impartial investigation conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation

SHOOTING. The crime scene in Jolo, Sulu, after police shot dead 4 Army soldiers on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

Former AFP chief posts footage of Sulu crime scene, slams PNP 'violations'

Jul 01, 2020 - 7:19 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Now head of the National Irrigation Administration, retired general Ricardo Visaya tells Camp Crame to 'stop covering up [for] their abusive men'

MISHANDLED? Police loitering in the crime scene where 4 cops gunned down 4 soldiers in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Screenshot of CCTV footage from Ricardo Visaya's Facebook

AFP backs Army chief’s 'murder, rubout' claim on soldiers' deaths

Jul 01, 2020 - 3:20 PM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines says Army chief Gilbert Gapay has basis for his claim on what happened in Sulu, but defers to the probe of the National Bureau of Investigation

RUBOUT? The crime scene in Jolo, Sulu, after police shot dead 4 Army soldiers on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

‘Extremely saddened’ Duterte wants to talk to 9 cops in Jolo ‘misencounter’

Jul 01, 2020 - 12:54 PM

'Lungkot na lungkot siya. Ang ginamit nga niyang salita ay siya ay ‘nanlambot, extremely sad,’ says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

RODRIGO DUTERTE. President Rodrigo Duterte holds a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on June 30, 2020. Malacañang photo

$500,000 bond set for Atlanta officer who shot black man

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:39 AM

'This court does not feel this amount is excessive,' Judge Jane Barwick says

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

‘It was murder’: Army bares details of Jolo police ‘rubout’ of 4 soldiers

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:33 PM

The soldiers’ unarmed commander raised his hands while his deputy was working on his laptop when police shot them dead in broad daylight, says the Army

SLAIN SOLDIERS. (L-R) Sergeant Eric Velasco, Major Marvin Indammog, Captain Irwin Managuelod, and Corporal Abdal Asula, Philippine Army soldiers shot dead by police in Jolo, Sulu, by police on June 29, 2020. Photos from the Philippine Army

Army enraged; police shot 4 intel soldiers in Sulu without gunfight

Jun 30, 2020 - 2:51 PM

The Philippine Army says there was 'no provocation' on the part of the soldiers to 'warrant such carnage'

SLAIN SOLDIERS. Four soldiers were gunned down by police in Jolo, Sulu, on June 29, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Army

U.S. 'Golden State Killer' pleads guilty to 13 murders

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:48 AM

He also confesses to dozens of rapes, robberies, and kidnappings

KILLER. Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected 'Golden State Killer,' appears in court for his arraignment on April 27, 2018 in Sacramento, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

PNP, AFP agree to let NBI lead Sulu probe

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:42 PM

Police and military officials seek 'impartiality' in the investigation into the encounter between police and soldiers that led to the death of 4 military intelligence officers

TOP BRASS. Military chief General Felimon Santos Jr (left) and police chief General Archie Gamboa in a Camp Aguinaldo press briefing in January 2020. Photo from PNA

Año orders detention of Sulu cops who gunned down 4 soldiers

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:16 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año joins the Armed Forces in urging the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an impartial probe into the incident

FORMER MILITARY CHIEF. DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano during the Rappler Talk interview at the PNP National Headquarters in Quezon City. File photo by Gerard Carreon/Rappler

Policemen gun down 4 AFP soldiers in Sulu

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:01 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The dead all belonged to Army intelligence. The Armed Forces of the Philippines calls on the National Bureau of Investigation to step in to conduct an impartial investigation.

Nowhere to run: Why some abused sex workers don’t want cops’ help

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Part 2: Even as sex workers or prostituted women claim they experience systematic abuse from the police, they are blamed when they are raped and told ‘it’s part of the job anyway’

Female, 3 other suspected ISIS-linked terrorists killed in Parañaque police raid

Jun 26, 2020 - 1:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police reports say the suspects had links to Abu Sayyaf bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan, who helped plot suicide bombings in Sulu in 2019

IN PLAIN SIGHT: The house in Parañaque City where 4 terrorist suspects were killed in a police raid on June 26, 2020. Photo sourced by Rappler.

Zamboanga del Norte town police chief arrested for extortion

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:56 PM

Godod town police chief Captain Haran Ulah allegedly demanded P10,000 in 'protection money' from a local treasure hunter

ARRESTED. A mug shot of Police Captain Haran Ulah. Photo courtesy of Philippine National Police Regional Office 9

Probe ordered into police death of black man in Colorado as anger flares

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Elijah McClain, 23, died last August in Aurora, near Denver, 3 days after he was put in a chokehold by police, injected with ketamine to sedate him, and suffered cardiac arrest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

Police reform bill clears U.S. House but deadlock awaits in Senate

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:41 AM

President Donald Trump is opposed to the House measure, and says the Democrats were aiming to 'weaken our police' and end officer immunity

ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 01: St. Louis City Bike Patrol Officers mobilize as protesters demonstrate against police brutality and the death of George Floyd through downtown St. Louis on June 1, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Protests continue to be held in cities throughout the country over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images/AFP

Republican police reform bill blocked in U.S. Senate

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:09 AM

The Republican proposal, which President Donald Trump supports, would discourage but not ban tactics like choke holds

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

3 men charged with murder of U.S. black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

9 counts, including murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment are laid against the 3 men

MOURNING. Jasmine Arbery, sister of Ahmaud Arbery (R) and Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud's mother, comfort one another while people gather to honor Ahmaud at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

15 QC cops fired after 6 POGO workers escape detention

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:11 PM

The 6 Chinese POGO workers escape detention in Camp Karingal, Quezon City

LOCKDOWN. Camp Karingal is placed under lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. File photo from QCPD Public Information Office

Caving in to criticism, PNP scraps Chinese help desks

Jun 22, 2020 - 3:48 PM

Instead, police stations are ordered to set up ‘tourist police assistance desks’ to cater to tourists, regardless of nationality

SCRAPPED. A Chinese help desk. Photo from It's Still Poor in the Philippines Facebook page

Dutch arrest hundreds at coronavirus protest clashes

Jun 22, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The city's top official did not just ban the demonstration because of coronavirus measures, the ANP national news agency says

PROTEST. A woman reacts towards police at the Central Station as people gather at the city's central Malieveld grounds to demonstrate against the government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in The Hague on June 21, 2020. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP

High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

Jun 20, 2020 - 10:28 AM

Instead of repeating the mistakes of the past 12 years or so, communities have an opportunity to reject the expansion of big data policing. The dangers have only increased, the harms made plain by experience.

CAMERAS. Police forces have a wide range of options for monitoring individuals and crowds. Nicholas Kaeser/Flickr, CC BY-NC Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, American University

U.N. resolution condemns systemic racism without naming U.S.

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:53 PM

An initially strongly-worded text proposed earlier this week is watered down, first to remove the call for an international probe, and finally to strip away any mention of the United States

UN RESOLUTION. General view of the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 13, 2018, in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Cops arrest online sex trafficker in Taguig who abused own son, sister

Jun 19, 2020 - 2:21 PM

'One of the victims was a differently abled 27-year-old deaf female, the younger sister of the suspect and who is also the mother of some of the children rescued,' says Police Colonel Sheila Portento

SAVED. Police in personal protective equipment rescue 8 people, including this child, from an online sex trafficker in Taguig City on June 17, 2020. Photo from IJM

U.N. urged to hold U.S. 'accountable' over racism, police violence

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:11 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union warns countries that 'partial or half-baked measures of accountability won't remedy structural racism'

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

Trump says police 'not treated fairly' after latest race shooting

Jun 18, 2020 - 3:27 PM

'I thought it was a terrible situation, but you can't resist a police officer,' US President Donald Trump says of Rayshard Brooks' death in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity

TRUMP ON THE POLICE. US president Donald Trump gestures flanked by her daughter White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as he arrives at the Congress center during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, on January 22, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

7 Moro lawmakers want House probe into warrantless arrest of 2 Muslim traders

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:30 AM

Manila cops arrest jewelry traders Abdullah Palawan Maute and Saadudin Alawiya in San Andres Bukid, claiming to find illegal drugs in their home

16 foreigners arrested for 'partying' in Makati bar

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:11 AM

(UPDATED) Police say they caught 15 Cameroonians and 1 Nigerian violating social distancing rules and drinking beer at a bar

RAID. Police raided the Evolution bar in Makati following complaints from the establishment's neighbors. Photo from Makati police

Atlanta police officer charged with murder for shooting black man

Jun 18, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Atlanta District Attorney Paul Howard says police officer Garrett Rolfe aggravated the case by kicking Rayshard Brooks' body as he lay on the ground bleeding

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

U.S. Republicans unveil police reform bill focusing on transparency

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:42 AM

'This is not about trying to create partisan differences. This is about coming together and getting an outcome,' says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

INJUSTICE. Military Police face off with protesters across from the White House on May 30, 2020 in Washington DC, during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Floyd's brother tells U.N. 'black lives do not matter' in U.S.

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

'You in the United Nations are your brothers' and sisters' keepers in America, and you have the power to help us get justice for my brother George Floyd,' says Philonise Floyd

PROBE. George Floyd's brother Philonise is seen on a TV screen during his speech at the opening of an urgent debate on 'systemic racism' in the United States and beyond at the Human Rights Council on June 17, 2020 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Police fire tear gas as thousands join French health care protest

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Protesters clad in black set fire to a vehicle and pelt the police with projectiles, chanting, 'Everybody hates the police'

MARIANNE. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne take part in a healthcare workers demonstration during a nationwide day of protests to demand better working conditions for health workers, in Lille, northern France, on June 16, 2020. Photo by Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Extreme right 'boogaloo' follower charged with police murders

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 AM

Officials say the suspect is associated with the underground 'boogaloo bois' ideology, which espouses a mix of anti-government extremism and civil and race war.

BOOGALOO. A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. Photo by Logan Cyrus/AFP

Africa urges U.N. probe of U.S. 'systemic racism,' police violence

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:05 AM

'When national processes consistently fail, international processes are needed,' says John Fisher, head of Human Rights Watch's Geneva office