Cops seen tearing up ballots mandated by Comelec

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said police officers seen on the various social media tearing up ballots in a Cotabato precinct are mandated to do so by a Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling. “We have ‘fact-checked’ video footage circulating on the Internet wherein police officers were shown tearing some election forms. Reports from Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (in Muslim Mindanao) indicate that the video footage was taken at the Datu Ayunan Elementary School, MB Kalanganan, Cotabato City where PNP personnel served as members of the Special Electoral…

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PRRD to continue fight vs. corruption, drugs as private citizen

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will continue his advocacies for good government, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs even as a private citizen, Malacañang said Thursday. Acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made this assurance after Duterte mentioned feeling “patriotic” about soon transferring the reins of government to the newly elected president. “Di namin napag uusapan kung anong preparasyon ang ginagawa ng ating Pangulo para sa kanyang paghahanda na maging isang private citizen but knowing the president but also based sa sinabi niya nung nakaraan, ipagpapatuloy niya ang kanyang advocacy for…

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Police, Army intercept firearms, ammo in Lanao Norte

Government security forces manning a checkpoint in the Lanao del Norte town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND) intercepted a pickup truck loaded with firearms and ammunition, police said Wednesday. Maj. Moamar Solog, SND police chief, said police and Army personnel saw inside the flagged down Toyota Hi-lux pickup what appeared as firearms wrapped in sacks. Solog said the vehicle bore the logo of the “Municipality of Midsalip,” indicating that it is owned by the local government unit of Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur. Upon checking, authorities discovered four M16 rifles, an…

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7 charged for mauling poll officer, 2 watchers in Maguindanao

The police in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has filed charges for violation of the Omnibus Election Code against seven persons who allegedly manhandled a poll official and two watchers in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. Brigadier Gen. Arthur Cabalona, BARMM police director, said Wednesday the seven suspects, whose identities were withheld for security reasons, are now locked up at the Datu Piang municipal police station. He said responding police officers immediately arrested the suspects who all barged inside one of the voting precincts in Datu Piang National High School…

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PNP successful in containing poll violence in Mindanao

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has successfully contained the usual outbreak of violence in Mindanao during the May 9 elections. PNP directorate for operations, Maj. Gen. Valeriano De Leon, in an interview Wednesday, attributed this to early security preparations and real-time adjustments on the ground. De Leon, concurrent commander of the PNP national and local election task force, said the good working relationship with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should also be credited since the poll body facilitated the movement of police personnel to areas with serious security concerns in…

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Former NBA player Adreian Payne dies in Florida shooting at 31

ANKARA – Former NBA player Adreian Payne died after he was fatally shot in Orlando, Florida on Monday morning, police said. He was 31. The Orange County Sherriff in Orlando said it responded to a call at 1.37 a.m. (0537GMT) that a man had been shot dead. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim was later identified as Payne. Payne spent four seasons in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic. He later moved to EuroLeague teams Panathinakos…

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Bicol police logs zero poll-related violent incidents

LEGAZPI CITY – The Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) on Tuesday said the election was peaceful across the region, with no reported poll-related violent incidents across its six provinces. Maj. Malu Calubaquib, PRO-5 spokesperson, said the early and thorough preparations undertaken by the police force and its counterpart, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, helped achieve a generally positive outcome of the balloting process. “Among these is the maximum deployment and augmentation of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel near polling precincts as well as in various strategic areas in…

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CA upholds life terms on 2 Pampanga women in int’l sex ring

MANILA – The Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the life imprisonment sentence and more than PHP2 million in fines imposed by a Pampanga court on two women for violation of anti-trafficking in persons law. In a decision on May 4 and made public online recently, the CA said Julie Nicdao and another woman named in court records only as YYY are guilty beyond reasonable doubt of qualified trafficking. YYY’s real name was concealed to protect the identity of her sibling, one of their minor-aged victims referred to as AAA. The…

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NPA rebel’s wife nabbed for illegal possession of firearms

ILOILO CITY – A Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) rebel eluded arrest but his wife was apprehended for illegal possession of firearms when a joint team of policemen and soldiers served a search warrant on Monday. Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) Director Col. Adrian Acollador, in a phone interview on Tuesday, said the subjects of the search warrant for illegal possession of firearms were Ricky Tumabiao and his wife Victoria of Barangay Jamog-Gines, Leon, Iloilo. “Ricky Tumabiao is a member of the NPA. But only…

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8 nabbed as scuffle ensues between N. Ecija poll rivals’ camps

Eight people, including a police officer, were arrested Sunday night following a tension that broke between security personnel of two mayoral candidates in San Antonio, Nueva Ecija. In a report to Brig. General Matthew P. Baccay, regional director of Police Regional Office-Central Luzon on Monday, arrested were security personnel of incumbent Mayor Arvin Salonga and mayoral candidate Agripino Javier – Benedicto Figueroa, Rances John Lozada, Jerick Santos, Herbert Bundalian, Gerry Vincent Vicente, Arturo Garcia, Arnold Labugin, and Cpl. Edgardo Nitoliano, assigned at the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 3. Baccay said…

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500 cops act as poll officers to defuse tension in Cotabato City

More than 500 police personnel are serving as Electoral Board (EB) members here to diffuse intense political rivalry, a police official said Monday. Brig. Gen. Pablo Labra II, deputy director for administration of the Police Regional Office–Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM), assured the police officers have been trained to administer the elections. “These police officers were trained to operate vote-counting machines (VCMS) in the city’s more than 100 clustered precincts,” Labra, who is also head of the Regional Special Operation Task Group Cotabato City and Maguindanao (RSTOG CoMag),…

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Manhunt on for killers of 3 village watchmen

A manhunt has been ordered against still-unidentified men who shot dead three village watchmen near a voting center in Buluan, Maguindanao on Monday morning. Lt. Cemafranco Cemacio, Buluan police chief, said the victims were sitting inside a parked village patrol vehicle when gunmen in a separate vehicle passed by and opened fire on them at past 8 a.m. Cemacio was unable to identify the victims pending an ongoing investigation. Former Mayor Ibrahim “Dong” Mangudadatu said in a phone interview the victims were members of the town’s Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team…

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Local candidate’s house in Tawi-Tawi yields high-powered firearms

Policemen on Sunday seized 10 high-powered firearms and other weapons in a Tawi-Tawi. Aside from the high-powered firearms, authorities also seized a handgun, a baseball bat and other assorted deadly weapons consisting bolos and knives, Maj. Winston Botengan, police chief of Sapa-Sapa municipality, said in a statement Monday. Botengan said the weapons were seized when policemen responded to the reported presence of some 150 unidentified armed men staying at the residence of a local candidate around 1:50 p.m. Sunday in Barangay Top-Top Banaran, Sapa-Sapa. “The responding policemen were about to…

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P1-M ‘shabu’ seized in Bacolod drug bust

A woman was arrested during a police buy-bust that led to the recovery of PHP1.054 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay 5 here on Sunday night, a report of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) showed. The suspect was identified as Liza “Inday” Lausa, 54, a resident of Fiesta Homes, Barangay Sum-ag. At 7:45 p.m., she sold a sachet of the prohibited substance amounting to PHP12,500 to a poseur buyer during the operation along 17th Street. Lausa also yielded one knot-tied and 10 heat-sealed plastic sachets of shabu placed…

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12 gun ban violators fall in Surigao Norte town

Twelve alleged members of a private armed group were arrested while high-powered firearms were seized in a two-day joint operation of a police and military team in the Surigao del Norte town of Malimono. Maj. Dorothy Tumulak, the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) information officer, said the operations carried out Sunday netted 12 suspects and four more were arrested on Monday. “The local police office in Malimono town first received information on Sunday on the presence of armed men in Purok 4, Barangay Binocaran,” Tumulak said. She said police,…

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May 9 polls to test Filipinos’ political will, unity: Danao

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said that Monday’s national and local elections will test the country’s political will and unity of the people. “Indeed, this is another historical milestone that will test the mettle of government security forces in handling a national event of this scope and magnitude. But more importantly, this election will test our political will and unity as a sovereign people to guarantee the exercise of this democratic right that is free from fear, violence, fraud, disinformation and social dislocation,” he said.…

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Slain ASG member yields bomb components after Basilan clash

Troops recovered bomb components following a clash that resulted in the death of an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member in Basilan province, a top police official said Monday. Brig. Gen. Franco Simoborio, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) director, said the slain ASG fighter, 34-year-old Adzhar Alih Anding, was killed in an encounter with the Army’s Special Forces around 3:10 a.m. Saturday in Barangay Baluno, Isabela City, the capital of Basilan province. Simborio said the troops recovered from the slain ASG member bomb components consisting of a kilogram of C4 explosive, six…

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Sandigan affirms jail term for PVAO staff in check scam

The Sandiganbayan sentenced a former employee of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) to up to eight years in prison for his involvement in the irregular disbursement of checks to his uncle, as well as deceased and fictitious beneficiaries. Leomar Basuel was also ordered by the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division to pay PHP474,259 in a decision promulgated on April 27 and published online Friday. Also affirmed was the QC court’s sentence of disqualification from public office. The Sandiganbayan affirmed the decision of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 88…

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PNP to activate vote-buying monitoring team

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will activate its monitoring team to assist the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against vote-buying in relation to the May 9 national and local elections. “We will be activating our own PNP monitoring team to assist the Comelec concerning the report of vote-buying. The team will be from the regional headquarters down to municipal stations, and we will be closely coordinating with the Comelec with respect to these reports. We will be assisting the Comelec in filing cases relative to reports of vote-buying,” PNP spokesperson Col.…

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PNP-ACG nabs 3 suspects in Smartmatic breach

Authorities arrested three persons for allegedly claiming to have illegally accessed the Smartmatic System to influence the results of the upcoming May 9 national and local election, official of the Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) said on Tuesday. Brig. Gen. Robert Rodriguez, chief of the Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG), identified the suspects as Joel Adajar Ilagan, a.k.a. “Borge”; Adrian De Jesus Martinez, a.k.a. “Admin X”; and Jeffrey Cruz Limpiado a.k.a. “Brake/Vanguard/Universe/LRR”, members of notorious hackers named “XSOX Group”, who are claiming to have illegally accessed the Smartmatic…

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Land dispute eyed in shooting event that marred Ka Leody’s sortie

The Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) has ordered the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office (BPPO) to conduct a “thorough investigation” into the shooting incident that marred the visit of presidential aspirant Leody De Guzman. In a phone interview Wednesday, PRO-10 spokesperson Lt. Col. Michelle Olaivar said BPPO was instructed to identify the gunmen in Tuesday’s incident in Quezon town, which led to the wounding of several people. Olaivar said they are verifying reports that the gunmen who fired at De Guzman’s group were “company guards” of an agricultural farm…

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SC reduces suspension of lawyer

The Supreme Court has reduced the suspension of a lawyer to one year from two, after the counsel showed sincere remorse. In a resolution uploaded online April 13, the court granted the motion by lawyer Ely Galland Jumao-as’ motion to reduce the penalty imposed on him to a period of one year instead of the original two-year suspension imposed by the tribunal in its original Dec. 9, 2020 decision on the case. The court cited the lawyer’s “speedy initiative to make amends”, saying he had “expended extraordinary efforts to straighten…

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Roque to review PH criminal jurisdiction over US soldiers

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has commended UniTeam senatorial aspirant Harry Roque for seeking justice for disadvantaged and marginalized Filipinos like murdered transgender Jennifer Laude. Duterte asked Roque to reconfigure the criminal jurisdiction over foreign soldiers that commit offenses on Philippine soil under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA). If elected to the Senate, Roque said he would look into the provision concerning non-service-related crimes committed by American soldiers. In 2014, US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton killed Laude in Olongapo City. As legal counsel to the Laude family, Roque secured…

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Cops probe if Maguindanao IED twin blasts poll-related

Police authorities are validating reports indicating that the twin roadside explosions at the borders of two Maguindanao towns on Tuesday afternoon were intended to harm local candidates. In an interview Wednesday, Capt. Fayeed Cana, speaking for the Maguindanao police, said the blasts occurred at past 5 p.m. while the convoy of Maguindanao reelectionist Gov. Bai Mariam Mangudadatu was en route toward North Upi from South Upi town. The blasts left Abdulraof Usman, a supporter of provincial board candidate Nathaniel Midtimbang, slightly injured. Nor-Eimman Balayman-Dalaten, a staff of the governor, said…

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PNP reminds candidates to coordinate with authorities

The Philippine National Police (PNP) urged candidates in this year’s elections and the public to coordinate with authorities for their security and safety. “We would like to remind our candidates and the public at large na importante ang koordinasyon (that it is important to coordinate with authorities), so the PNP can provide security assistance para maiwasan na mangyari ang kahit anong kaguluhan (to avoid any trouble),” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba said in a statement issued Tuesday evening. “Hindi naman pinagbabawal ang area security lalo na sa identified…

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SC suspends work in courts for Holy Week break

Work in courthouses has been suspended starting noon of Wednesday for the Holy Week, Supreme Court (SC) Court Administrator Raul Villanueva said. In its Circular No. 83-2022 on Wednesday, the Office of the Court Administrator said Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo cleared the half-day work suspension in all first and second level courts “to afford judiciary officials/personnel ample time to prepare for the observance of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday,”. The order covers Metropolitan Trial Courts (MeTCs), Municipal Trial Courts in Cities (MTCCs), Municipal Trial Courts (MTCs), and Municipal Circuit…

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Retired police officers back Robredo’s presidential bid

Some retired officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and former Philippine Constabulary officers have declared their support for the presidential candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo. In a manifesto of support released on Wednesday, around 60 retired police officers said they strongly support and endorse Robredo’s presidential bid, as they share her advocacies, particularly on matters pertaining to peace and order. Among the signatories are former National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia, former PNP chief Ricardo Marquez, and former Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission Executive Director Reginald Villasanta, among others. According…

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Doncic suffers from left calf strain; no timetable for return

Slovenian NBA star Luka Doncic has been sidelined with a left calf strain, Dallas Mavericks confirmed Tuesday. “Doncic has begun treatment and there is no timetable for his return. Updates will be provided as available,” the Mavericks said in a statement. The 23-year-old guard sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Mavericks’ 130-120 victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. Doncic, playing for the Mavericks since 2018 averaged 28.4 points, 8.7 assists, and 9.1 rebounds in 65 games this season. Dallas will take on the Utah Jazz…

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2.7K cops deployed to secure CAR destinations

The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCor) said a total of 2,768 police officers have been deployed to the different destinations and convergence areas in the Cordillera Administrative Region during the observance of the Holy Week. Capt. Marnie Abellanida, PROCor information officer, said in a message on Tuesday the deployment was done ahead of Palm Sunday as tourists were expected to start arriving on the weekend. Data showed that of the 2,768 PROCor cops deployed, 344 are deployed in places of convergence; 16 in transportation hubs and terminals; and 226 police…

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DOJ looks into fake sex video of Leni daughter

The Department of Justice Office of Cybercrime (OOC) on Tuesday said it will go after those responsible for the circulation online of a fake sex video of Aika Robredo, the eldest of three daughters of Vice President Leni Robredo. It is the second high-profile election-related cybercrime being investigated by the DOJ following a Twitter threat on the life of the Vice President’s rival for the presidency, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Links of the fake videos of the 34-year-old Second Daughter started circulating Monday night. “Our investigation agents are on it.…

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NegOr police ready for influx of Holy Week, summer travelers

The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Negros Oriental will be deploying its personnel to the field to secure returning residents, as well as tourists coming for the Holy Week, a police official here said Friday. Col. Germano Mallari, provincial police director, said they have a security plan in place, dubbed “Oplan SumVac” (summer vacation), which will serve as a guide for personnel deployment and anti-crime activities. “This year, it will be like a three-in-one for us because not only do we have to secure people during the Holy Week observance…

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54K cops to secure travelers for Lent, summer months

Close to 54,000 police officers across the country have been deployed to ensure safe travel for motorists and commuters during the Lenten season and the rest of the summer months, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday. PNP spokesperson, Col. Jean Fajardo said 53,989 police officers will ensure peace and order and enforce minimum public health protocols for travelers nationwide. “So far, we have not monitored any credible threat coming from any local threat(s) group. However, we cannot be complacent, and so we are still conducting continuous intelligence gathering…

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8 nabbed, over P1-M shabu seized in Bacolod City

Anti-drug operatives of Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) seized PHP1.068 million worth of suspected shabu from eight suspects in three separate buy-busts during the first week of April. Police records released on Friday showed that the latest operation was made in the afternoon of April 7 when two drug personalities were arrested at an apartment in Purok Candelaria, Barangy Sum-ag in this city. They were identified as Gabriel Llenos, 40, and Geraldine Bawa-an, 38, both considered high-value individuals (HVIs). Around 2:53 p.m., they transacted with an undercover policeman who bought…

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Pangasinan cops on full alert for Holy Week, summer vacation

The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) is now on heightened alert and augmented its forces for the observance of Holy Week and the rest of the summer vacation this year. In an interview on Thursday, PPPO information officer Maj. Katelyn Awingan said the provincial command has already issued guidelines to all the chiefs of police in the province to ensure a peaceful and orderly Lenten week. Awingan said police personnel from all stations in the province will monitor places of worship as well as other areas of convergence, such as…

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Use of police mobile units during campaign prohibited

The Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) has reminded police units that the use of mobile and motorcycle security for incumbent government officials and political aspirants to take the lead in campaigns are prohibited. With more than a month before the polls, PRO-5 spokesperson Maj. Malu Calubaquib on Thursday said the police force in the region are non-partisan, remains neutral and unbiased this election season. “PNP mobile cars and motorcycles shall not take the lead in any campaign motorcades, campaign sorties, caravans, and other similar activities,” Calubaquib said. She said…

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Palace unsure if PRRD would release drug list before 2022 polls

Malacañang is not sure if President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, just like what he did in the 2019 midterm elections, will also release a list of narco-politicians ahead of the May 9, 2022 national and local elections. “On whether the Chief Executive would release a list of candidates involved in illegal drug trade, we cannot second guess the President in this regard,” said acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in a statement Thursday sent to Palace reporters. Andanar’s statement was in response to media query about the possibility that…

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NPA platoon leader surrenders to NorMin police

A platoon leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Bukidnon has surrendered to the Police Regional Office of Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) Wednesday afternoon. Brigadier Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr., PRO-10 director, identified the surrenderer only as Brabong, commanding officer of Platoon 3, Sub-Regional Committee 5 (SRC5), North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), who is from the Bukidnon town of Talakag. Brabong turned over two high-powered firearms during the surrender rite at the PRO-10 headquarters in Camp Vicente Alagar here. Acorda said NPA rebel was one of…

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IAS endorses dismissal of 8 cops in Pampanga robbery

The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has recommended the dismissal from the service of the eight police officers accused of robbing seven Chinese nationals and a Filipina in Angeles City, Pampanga last January. IAS director-general Alfegar Triambulo said he already submitted the recommendation to the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management on April 4 to dismiss the eight cops belonging to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Anti-Organized Crime Unit (CIDG-AOCU) The suspects were identified as Maj. Ferdinand Mendoza as their team leader together with Staff Sergeants Mark Anthony Iral and…

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2 female drug suspects yield P20-M shabu in N. Ecija drug sting

More than PHP20 million worth of shabu were seized and two female suspects were apprehended during an anti-drug operation in Barangay Sumacab Este, this city on Wednesday afternoon. Col. Jess Mendez, acting provincial director of the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO), said arrested were Sittie Pindatun, 30, and Nor-an Bilal, 26, both residents of Barangay H-2, Dasmariñas, Cavite. According to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the drug suspects are among major distributors of shabu in NCR, Bulacan, and Nueva Ecija. Seized from the suspects were two cellular phones,…

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N. Samar cops assure safety of poll candidates, VIPs

The Northern Samar police provincial office has assured the security of local and national candidates in the province this election season. Northern Samar acting provincial police director Col. Alfredo Tadefa said they have 32 policemen trained on security and protection of visiting and resident key personalities during the election period. “The training aimed to enhance the knowledge and skills of uniformed personnel, especially those who are detailed as security escorts on how to protect and secure VIP (very important person) against potential harm,” Tadefa said in a message sent to…

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SC fines QC judge for gross inefficiency

A Quezon City judge has been fined by the Supreme Court (SC) for delay in resolving a motion filed by a litigant in a pending case before his sala. In a resolution uploaded online on April 4, the high court fined QC Regional Trial Court (RTC Branch 226) Judge Manuel B. Sta. Cruz Jr. PHP9,000 for gross inefficiency and delay in the administration of justice and was sternly warned that repetition would be dealt with more severely. Sta. Cruz, however, was cleared of charges of gross ignorance of the law…

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DOJ chief clarifies former law firm’s handling of Marcos tax raps

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has clarified that at least one of the tax cases of the family of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos had been handled by his law firm while he was still in private practice. “I remember that at one time our law firm represented the Marcoses in a tax case in the early 1990s. It was through Liza Araneta, who worked with us as an associate after returning from New York, that the case was referred to us,” said Guevarra in replying to newsmen’s questions on the…

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PNP mourns death of another cop in N. Samar blast

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is mourning the death of the second police officer who died due to serious injuries after the detonation of an anti-personnel mine by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Las Navas, Northern Samar on April 4. The Northern Samar police provincial office announced on Wednesday night that Pat. Rico Borja succumbed to blast injuries while being treated in a local hospital in Catarman, Northern Samar. The injuries sustained by Borja caused multi-organ failure and cardiopulmonary arrest making him unable to recover, said Col. Alfredo Tadefa,…

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PNP ‘backtracking’ route of BOC lawyer hurt in Pasay shooting

Police investigators are now conducting a backtracking investigation on the shooting of a lawyer of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) who was hurt in a shooting incident along Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City on April 4. In a statement on Wednesday evening, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, said the investigation aims to identify the route where lawyer Joseph Samuel Zapata, 30, deputy chief of the BOC’s Internal Inquiry Division, passed by for possible identification of the suspects and their getaway motorcycle. Interviewed relatives of the lawyer…

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Abra vice mayor, 4 others face raps over standoff with cops

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has filed charges against Pilar, Abra Vice Mayor Jaja Josefina Disono and four others following a standoff between the police and her bodyguards after they ignored a checkpoint at the town center last March 30. In a statement on Thursday, PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said complaints for violation of the Expanded Trafficking in Persons Act were filed against Disono and her brother, Pilar town Mayor Mark Somera. Meanwhile, facing charges of serious disobedience to an agent or person in authority are Robert Toreno and…

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23 rescued in PNP anti-human trafficking ops in Taguig, Bulacan

The Philippine National Police-Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) arrested three suspected traffickers and rescued 23 victims, 22 of whom are minors, from trafficking in persons and online sexual exploitation in two successive operations on Tuesday. In a news release, the WCPC said the operations, the product of over six months of case buildup, were the result of international law enforcement collaboration between the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Philippine National Police – Women and Children Protection Center (PNP-WCPC) through the Transnational Criminal Investigation Task Force (TCITF). The…

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Robredo courts voters in Marcos bailiwick

Vice President and presidential aspirant Leni Robredo has admitted that it is a big challenge for her supporters to campaign in Leyte whose local government officials have picked former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as their bet. Speaking to an estimated 5,000 crowd at the Government Center here on Tuesday, Robredo urged volunteers to knock on every door in the province to bring the message of “Gobyernong Tapat” (honest government). No incumbent local official was present during the rally held just two weeks after Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla formally announced…

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Over P500-K shabu seized, drug den destroyed in Iloilo City

Close to 80 grams of shabu valued at PHP544,000 were confiscated by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Iloilo City Police Station 4 (ICPS-4) in a buy-bust operation in this city’s Molo district on Monday afternoon. Johnny Boy Ybañez, PDEA officer in Iloilo Province, said in an interview on Tuesday, they conducted the buy-bust operation at Jardeliza Subdivision, Barangay San Juan Zone 2, after validation of a report from their confidential informant regarding the illegal activities of the new drug personality Jefferson D. Maala, 29, a…

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Bicol police reports 9% decline in crimes since October

The strengthened anti-criminality campaigns of the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) have resulted in a 9 percent decline in crimes in the region from Oct. 1, 2021 to March 15, 2022. In a media statement on Tuesday, Maj. Malu Calubaquib, PRO-5 spokesperson, said PRO-5 recorded a total of 7,091 crimes, which is lower by 727 compared to the number during the same period last year. “The decline can be attributed to the aggressive campaigns launched by PRO-5 including the war against illegal drugs with 430 operations conducted that resulted…

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499 NCR cops to undergo public safety training program

Nearly 500 police recruits of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will undergo a Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP) to strengthen the region’s police force. Deputy Regional Director for Administration, Brig. Gen. Jon Arnaldo, who represented NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad, led the send-off ceremony on Monday in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City for the 499 newly appointed Police Non-Commissioned Officers (PNCOs) of PSFTP Class 2021-01 “Sinaglawin” for their Field Training Exercise to the five police districts of the NCRPO. The NCRPO covers five districts — the…

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