Camp Rafael T. Crame () is the national headquarters
of the Philippine National Police
(PNP) located along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue
(EDSA) in Quezon City
. Formerly the national headquarters of the Philippine Constabulary
, Camp Crame is across EDSA from Camp Aguinaldo
, the national headquarters of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
It was named after the first Filipino Chief of the Philippine Constabulary
, Brigadier General Rafael Cramé
As early as the 1930s, military facilities were set up in Quezon City, among them Camp Murphy (now Camp Aguinaldo
) and Camp Crame. Named after the first Filipino brigadier general of the Philippine Constabulary (PC), Rafael Crame
(a grandson of Don Joaquín Rafael de Crame, Governor-General of the Philippines
in 1835), the camp was where the General Strike Force of the PC was organized under Brig. Gen. Guillermo Francisco in 1939. Camp Crame had been used as the headquarters of the Philippine Constabulary, which service command was then considered part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
A major detention area during the Marcos regime, Camp Crame became one of the rallying points of people during the EDSA Revolution
Today, the camp serves as the headquarters of the Philippine National Police, the force established in 1991 as an entity separate from the AFP; despite the separation, however, the titles to the land on which Camp Crame stands were turned over to the PNP by the AFP only in July 2008.
The camp is currently undergoing renovation, starting with the renovation of the PNP Multipurpose Hall and the camp's swimming pool. There are also plans for the construction of a multi-storey building along the EDSA
side of the camp to house the administrative offices of the PNP, as well as commercial establishments for the general public.
Several high-profile personalities have been detained at Camp Crame in recent years, among them deposed President Joseph Ejercito Estrada
. The ongoing trial for the Maguindanao Massacre
is also held in a courtroom inside the camp, where primary suspect Datu Unsay
mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr.
is being detained. Australian Muslim preacher Musa Cerantonio
was held here at one point during his deportation from the Philippines. As of March 2017, Senator Leila de Lima
, former chair of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, was being held here, charged with allegedly taking bribes from drug dealers.
In April 2011, the post was recognized by the National Historical Commission
; a marker was placed on the facility with the presence of former President Fidel Ramos
Category:Law enforcement in the Philippines
Category:Philippine National Police
Category:Buildings and structures in Quezon City