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PNP preparing intel-driven 'Oplan' vs terrorism

Apr 24, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The Oplan is confidential as publishing will predictably compromise the counterterrorism operations it organizes

COUNTERTERROR PLAN. PNP chief Oscar Albayalde says they've been busy preparing a campaign plan against terrorism

Rappler Talk: Oscar Albayalde on maintaining momentum in PNP

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:24 PM

Watch Rappler's one-on-one interview with Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday, April 24

5 challenges for new PNP chief Oscar Albayalde

Apr 22, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Here are obstacles that outlasted Ronald dela Rosa. Now, it's Oscar Albayalde's turn to face them.

IN PHOTOS: Police simulate terror attack on Cubao bus terminal

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Quezon City police prepare for the possibility of a terror attack on the public transportation hub

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. Suspect B takes a woman as hostage. Photo by Angie de Silva

Lorenzana gives top PH economists security briefing

Mar 22, 2018 - 6:07 PM

Former finance secretary Roberto de Ocampo gives a glowing assessment of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana's performance as defense chief

BRIEFING ECONOMISTS. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana gives the Foundation for Economic Freedom a briefing on the national security situation. Rappler photo

'Marawi part 2' possible in major Mindanao cities – Dela Rosa

Feb 26, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa calls for calm, saying cops will hold simulation exercises nationwide to prepare for terror attacks

MARAW PART 2? PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa speaks at a press conference in Camp Crame. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Police arrest widow of Jemaah Islamiyah leader Marwan

Feb 25, 2018 - 2:21 PM

(UPDATED) Police arrest members of the Dongon family, including Juromee Dongon, the widow of the late JI leader Marwan, in two separate operations

PNP to recruit 2,500 SAF troopers

Feb 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa says the new commandos will be tasked to prevent terrorist attacks in the country

'TAGALIGTAS'. PNP-SAF troopers deployed to Marawi get a heroes' welcom as they walk to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

ISIS has 'safe havens' in Metro Manila – NCRPO chief

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Director Oscar Albayalde says they have monitored ISIS safe havens in the Philippines' capital region

NCRPO CHIEF. Director Oscar Albayalde grants an ambush interview in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Suspected ISIS leader-recruiter nabbed in Manila

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:52 AM

(UPDATED) Egyptian Fehmi Lassqued is captured by joint Philippine police and military operatives in Manila

SUSPECT. Fehmi Lassqued is caught by joint forces of the PNP and AFP. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

PNP arrests Hamas-linked Iraqi bomb maker in Pampanga

Jan 22, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Iraqi citizen Taha Mohamed Al-Jabouri is arrested for overstaying in the Philippines

PRESENTED. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa shows Taha Mohamed Al-Jabouri in Camp Crame, Quezon City. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

QC police arrest suspected ASG member charged with murder

Dec 16, 2017 - 10:51 PM

Police capture 35-year-old Abdulmuin Yahiya in Salaam Compound, Quezon City

SUSPECTED TERRORIST. QCPD cops nab suspected Abu Sayyaf Group member. QCPD photo

Trudeau wants justice for Canadians beheaded by Abu Sayyaf

Nov 14, 2017 - 2:54 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Philippine authorities have informed them that most of those involved in the beheading of Canadian citizens John Ridsdel and Robert Hall have been killed in military operations

NO-RANSOM POLICY. Canadian Priime minister upholds Canada's no-ransom policy

Indonesian 'terrorist' killed his Maute-ISIS 'buddy' to escape – PNP

Nov 06, 2017 - 2:14 PM

'Ang unang ginawa niya, pinatay niya 'yung kan'yang buddy, para makalayas siya, at doon siya sa Lanao lake lumangoy, at nagtago for 3 hours,' says PNP chief Dela Rosa

ARRESTED. Indonesian Muhammad Ilham Syahputra is detained in Camp Crame, Quezon City after his capture in Marawi. PNP Photo

Malacañang says PH 'safe' despite Australia warning

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:40 AM

Australia's travel advisory 'should not be a cause for undue alarm,' says the Department of National Defense in a separate statement

'NO CAUSE FOR ALARM.' The Department of National Defense urges the public to 'work closely with government security forces' in making sure terrorism 'do not take root' in the country. Malacañang file photo

Dela Rosa's Undas request: Be vigilant vs terrorist threat

Oct 31, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa urges the public to report suspicious activities as the nation observes All Saints' Day

PH has most ISIS-claimed attacks outside Iraq, Syria – report

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Of 222 ISIS-claimed terror attacks all over the world in the last 5 months, 99 happened in the Philippines

MOST ATTACK CLAIMS. A global research group counts 99 of 222 IS-claimed attacks to be in the Philippines. Rappler file photo of Marawi City

IN PHOTOS: Marawi soldiers fight the biggest battle of their lives

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Here are some of the images captured by Rappler correspondent Bobby Lagsa's since the beginning of the war in the southern Philippines

Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

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

4 hostages flee as Maute captors sleep – report

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:30 PM

The escaped hostages say Father Teresito Chito Soganub who was taken on May 23 from Marawi City is still alive

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

'Peace-loving' Muslims included in Calida terror list – expert

Jun 20, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Balik Islam Group in the Philippines is very peaceful very democratic and very tolerant and linking them with ISIS is in fact providing them an injustice says terror expert Rommel Banlaoi

Solicitor General Jose Calida, in a press briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City on May 26, 2017, announces that the state of Marital Law and the suspension of the privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus in Mindanao should not be a cause for alarm to all law-abiding citizens. He also confirmed that foreign jihadists are now trying to establish a caliphate Mindanao. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Security intensified over PH waters in light of martial law

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The order issued by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is a response to the security scare springing from the continuing crisis in Marawi

OVER WATERS. With the country in full alarm over the criris in Marawi, the Philippine Coast Guard raises its security over the entire archipelago

BSP to probe cash, checks found in Marawi house

Jun 06, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Experts from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will scrutinize the money being linked to the Maute Group

Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

PH, U.S.: Military ties remain strong, fighting ISIS together

Jun 04, 2017 - 1:26 PM

We are involved in activities in Mindanao to help the Armed Forces of the Philippines take the fight to ISIS in the Philippines US Pacific Command Admiral Harry Harris says

MILITARY TIES. Amid recent changes in the Philippines' foreign policy, the United States and the Philippines say their military relationship remains strons, especially in the war against the Islamic State (ISIS). File photo by AFP/Jay Directo

Making sense of Duterte’s martial law

May 26, 2017 - 9:25 AM

This is perhaps the tactical objective of terrorists attacking democracies: to force countries into draconian measures by increasing the trade off between security and freedom

Black smoke billows from burning houses as fighting between soldiers and the Maute group rages near the provincial capitol in Marawi on May 25, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

How to implement martial law? No AFP, PNP guidelines yet

May 24, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Top defense and security officials were in Russia when supposed members of the Maute Group clashed with government forces in Marawi City

Residents flee Marawi City cramped in a truck as they traverse a traffic gridlock near a police checkpoint at the entrance of Iligan City on May 24, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

PNP: Limit Marawi posts to 'what you know, what you see'

May 24, 2017 - 4:30 PM

The PNP appeals to the public to be responsible in sharing information

EXIT. Residents try to leave Marawi City on May 24, 2017, the day after clashes between government troops and suspected Maute Group members erupt in the city. Photo from @preppashar

2 soldiers, 1 cop killed in Marawi terror attack

May 23, 2017 - 9:20 PM

A police senior inspector dies during the clash with lawless elements in the capital city of Lanao del Sur

TERROR THREAT. Suspected ISIS-inspired militants belonging to the Maute group in the streets of Marawi on May 23, 2017 Photo from @RickoDima

#PrayforMarawi: Twitter users show support for Filipino civilians, troops

May 23, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The hashtag PrayforMarawi tops Twitter s trending topics in the Philippines as the clash between government forces and the Maute terror group worsened towards evening

No Filipino casualty in UK concert bombing – embassy

May 23, 2017 - 3:18 PM

Initial reports do not indicate that any Filipino citizen is included among the casualties says the Philippine embassy in London

AFTERMATH. Emergency response vehicles are parked at the scene of a suspected terrorist attack during a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester, northwest England on May 23, 2017. Paul Ellis/AFP

Abu Sayyaf member killed after escape attempt

May 05, 2017 - 8:27 AM

The alleged member of the terrorist group is killed less than 24 hours after his arrest in Bohol

ALIAS SAAD. The alleged Abu Sayyaf member after his arrest in Tubigon, Bohol. Source photo

30 Maute members killed in clashes with army

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:05 PM

After the 3 day clashes with the ISIS inspired group the Philippine Army has recovered from the encampment ISIS flag weapons and documents of subversive value

Cop detained over alleged plot to rescue ASG in Bohol

Apr 24, 2017 - 9:27 AM

UPDATED Government forces in Bohol are pursuing members of the ASG following two armed encounters in the province

ASG IN BOHOL. Military troops operate against members of the ASG in Bohol province. File photo sourced by Rappler

Duterte’s drug war blinding PH from rising ISIS threat, analysts say

Apr 09, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UPDATED Experts believe that not only is this fixation on the drug war allowing these terrorist groups room to operate but may also be the reason the situation has gotten so out of hand

Rappler Talk: Baker Atyani's 18 months with the Abu Sayyaf

Jan 24, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Journalist Baker Atyani relives the 18 months he was held captive by the Abu Sayyaf

Maute attacks: Lorenzana says no reason to suspend habeas corpus

Nov 29, 2016 - 4:05 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says he will advise against any move to suspend the writ of habeas corpus as the situation in the country is still under control

UNDER CONTROL. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says the offensive against the Maute terror group is normal military operation against lawless elements. Rappler photo

Duterte and Arroyo, Maute group, Donald Trump | Midday wRap

Nov 28, 2016 - 1:08 PM

Watch the midday edition of Rappler s newscast with Zak Yuson

PH military: 35 members of Maute terror group killed

Nov 27, 2016 - 2:08 PM

The military chases the local terror group in Butig town in Lanao del Sur after they occupied a portion of the municipal hall Saturday morning and raised the black flag of the Islamic State

SITE OF MILITARY OPERATIONS. File photo of Army troops arriving in Butig, Lanao del Sur in early 2016 for the offensive against an ISIS-inspired armed group. Photo by Rappler

Pro-ISIS groups in PH, gender equality, Apple sales | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:54 PM

Watch the noontime edition of Rappler s newscast with Zak Yuson

Duterte to Abu Sayyaf: How can you kill in Allah's name?

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:26 PM

President Duterte visits the wake of soldiers killed in a recent encounter with the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

LOVE FOR SOLDIERS. President Duterte kisses the photograph of a slain soldier in Western Mindanao Command as he visits the wake of fallen soldiers. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Abu Sayyaf beheads another Canadian hostage

Jun 13, 2016 - 6:14 PM

Robert Hall is beheaded by the group in Sulu as the deadline for ransom payment lapses

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PH-Chile ties, APEC security, Rousey’s career | 6PM wRap

Nov 16, 2015 - 6:39 PM

Watch the 6PM edition of Rappler s newscast The wRap

Abu Sayyaf leader pleads 'not guilty' to kidnapping

Mar 02, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Khair Mundos a key leader and financier of the Abu Sayyaf Group also has cases involving murder frustrated murder and money laundering

CAUGHT. Philippine police arrest Khair Mundos, who was previously arrested for facilitating the transfer of funds from the al-Qaida to Abu Sayyaf Group leader Khadaffy Janjalani. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

Global terrorism index: PH ranked 9 in 2013

Nov 21, 2014 - 8:09 AM

Terrorism in the Philippines is tied with national and separatist claims by people living in southern Philippines a deviation from the world trend showing religion as the driving ideology for terrorism

MOST INCIDENTS: A car bomb in August 2013 killed 8 civilians in Cotabato City, the city that recorded the highest number of terrorist attacks. Photo by Zainudin Malang/MinHRAC

Troops deploy after Abu Sayyaf threaten German hostages

Sep 28, 2014 - 7:05 PM

Abu Sayyaf has threatened to kill one of two German hostages unless a ransom is paid and Berlin halts its support for the US led campaign against the IS group

NAIA tightens screening of ‘powerless’ devices

Jul 11, 2014 - 12:59 PM

Electronic gadgets that have no power or fail to work would be confiscated and the owner questioned

Aquino set to visit Davao despite Mindanao violence

Aug 07, 2013 - 9:21 PM

President Benigno Aquino III is set to travel to Davao City on August 8 despite a recent series of bombings in Mindanao

CRIME SCENE. Outside Kyla's Bistro at an arcade in Cagayan de Oro City, right after the explosion. Photo EPA/Bobby Lagsa

Roxas, Purisima disagree on CDO blast issue

Aug 02, 2013 - 1:32 PM

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas questions police chief Alan Purisima s decision to clear cops who cleared the CDO blast side

NO IRREGULARITY. PNP Chief Alan Purisima says the Cagayan de Oro blast site was cleaned only after police had obtained the evidence it needed. Photo by Rappler

Purisima: CDO blast site clean-up not premature

Jul 30, 2013 - 7:15 PM

Contrary to initial reports police chief Alan Purisima says the Cagayan de Oro City blast site was cleared and evidence was obtained before it was cleaned up

NO IRREGULARITY. PNP Chief Alan Purisima says the Cagayan de Oro blast site was cleaned only after police had obtained the evidence it needed. Photo by Rappler