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Crime casts shadow over Philippines image makeover

SWAT members of the Philippine National Police make the rounds of business establishments as they go on patrol in Pasay City. AP

Even by the usual standards in the Philippines, where crime is an accepted part of life, the brazen evening robbery of a jewelry store in one of the world’s largest malls shocked residents of Manila.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Day-time checkpoints eyed during election period


Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has ordered checkpoints during the day to enforce the election gun ban.

Posted: February 3rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Aquino reiterates support for Ochoa despite Quezon shooting controversy

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa file photo

President Aquino sees no reason to doubt Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, the administration’s anticrime czar whose name has been dragged into the police killing of 13 alleged criminals in Atimonan, Quezon, on Jan. 6.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Police official admits approving the checkpoint where 13 were killed in Quezon

Chief Superintendent James Melad. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Sacked Chief Superintendent James Melad, the former director of the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) regions, admitted he gave the go-signal to put up the checkpoint in Atimonan, Quezon, on January 6 where 13 people were killed.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Uncategorized | Read More »

De Lima urges soldiers tagged in Quezon shooting to turn state witness

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Standing by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) witnesses who claimed the Jan. 6 encounter in Atimonan, Quezon was not a shootout, Justice Secretary Leila De Lima asked the 25 Army soldiers and police operatives who took part there to “speak the truth” and promised the government would protect them should they do so.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »