PROCor monitors Abra, Kalinga, Apayao as polls near

An official of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera (PROCor) on Tuesday said they are keeping a close watch on the provinces of Abra, Kalinga, and Apayao ahead of the May elections as these areas have a history of political violence. Police Col. Elmer Ragay, PROCor chief regional staff, in a phone interview on Tuesday clarified that while no area in the region has been declared election concern, there are seven towns out of the 77 municipalities and cities in the Cordillera Administrative Region that have been classified under the red category…

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Customs modernization law revision eyed to better fight smuggling

The House Ways and Means Committee is eyeing to propose amendments to the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act to boost the government’s fight against agricultural smuggling in the country and protect the livelihood of local farmers. Albay Representative Joey Salceda said the House panel has been focused on working with the agencies to revise administrative issuances and policies, as well as creating the necessary legislative pressure to strengthen ongoing anti-smuggling efforts. “I will constitute a Technical Working Group on possible recommendations that we can turn over to the next administration,…

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AI report on PH’s drug war ‘false, rehashed’: Palace

Malacañang on Tuesday dismissed as “false” and “rehashed” the report of London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International (AI) on the supposed commission of unlawful killings and human rights violations in the Philippines. In a press statement, acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar expressed dismay that AI continues to rely on the critics’ baseless allegations against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his administration. “We consider Amnesty International (AI) Report 2021-2022 as simply a cut-and-paste collection of recycled issues and arguments used by perennial detractors and critics of the Duterte…

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SC upholds life imprisonment for Laguna drug pusher

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a life imprisonment sentence imposed by a court in Calamba City, Laguna on a man found guilty of possessing and trading shabu. In a resolution uploaded online on March 23, the SC found Angelo Jimenez guilty on two drug charges and ordered him to pay a fine of PHP800,000. In denying his appeal, the high court dismissed Jimenez’s claim that it was improbable that he would immediately sell drugs to a policeman whom he just met during a buy-bust operation in Bay, Laguna in…

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Nonagenarian weaver donates own lot to sustain heritage work

Ninety-seven-year-old Magdalena Gamayo, an Ilocano master weaver in a rural village of Lumbaan, Pinili town, is donating a portion of her family lot in her hometown just to make sure the “inabel” weaving tradition will stay through the years, even when she is gone. Through a provincial resolution certified as urgent by Ilocos Norte Gov. Matthew Joseph Manotoc, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP or Provincial Board) unanimously approved on Monday the proposed conditional deed of donation of a 290-square meter lot of Gamayo in favor of the Ilocos Norte…

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PNP logistics office feted for accessible info mgt system

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Directorate for Logistics has been recognized for its innovation of a central database on the force’s logistical assets. The directorate and its personnel received a “certificate of recognition of information system proposal” and a “Medalya ng Katangi-Tanging Gawa” for its Logistics Data Information and Management System (LDIMS) during Monday’s flag-raising rites in Camp Crame, Quezon City The LDIMS is a one-stop-shop that maintains a central database that provides relevant information of all PNP logistical assets in real-time, verifies personnel accountabilities, and provides easy access in…

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Court clears 4 Landbank workers in 1998 fraud raps

The Sandiganbayan has dismissed charges filed against workers of a branch of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) in Marikina City who were accused 24 years ago by a government retiree of defrauding her of her gratuity pay via a fake bank account in her name. In a decision dated March 25, the anti-graft court’s Fourth Division acquitted LBP Concepcion branch bank cashier Emelyn Pizarro, bank clerk Hendrei Soriaga, teller Danilo Panaguiton and document examiner Ricardo Espino. The court ordered that the case against their boss, then branch bank…

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SC upholds conviction of mechanic who stole client’s car

The Supreme Court (SC) has turned down an appeal filed by a Binangonan, Rizal mechanic who has been sentenced to up to 17 years in prison for running off with and selling a car he was supposed to just repair. In a resolution uploaded online on March 23, the SC upheld the Court of Appeals’ 2020 decision which affirmed the Binangonan Regional Trial Court Branch 67’s conviction of Hubert Salvadora of carnapping. The SC said Salvadora’s defense that he was verbally authorized to sell the vehicle was unsubstantiated, adding that…

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PNP sees no ‘credible threat’ to disrupt polls

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has not monitored any “credible threat” to the May 9 elections as the campaign period for local candidates officially kicked off on Friday. In a radio interview, PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo, however, said based on data on the previous elections, they are monitoring areas in Mindanao such as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Region 12 (Soccskargen) due to the presence of private armed groups and Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) due to the presence of communist terrorist groups. Fajardo said security in…

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CA affirms cop’s conviction over missing rifle

The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the conviction of a police officer on malversation charges over his failure to surrender a service firearm issued to him. In a four-page resolution dated March 21 written by Associate Justice Tita Marilyn B. Payoyo-Villordon, the appellate court turned down the motion for reconsideration filed by Police Officer 2 (PO2) Emmerson Balosbalos. Balosbalos had been found guilty in 2017 by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 84 of malversation of public property arising from his failure to turn in his service…

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PRO-6 readies security plan for local election campaign

The Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO-6) is gearing up for the local campaign period which starts on March 25, directing all its unit commanders to operationalize security implementing plans to prevent crimes and ensure public safety. As of Thursday, cases have been filed against violators of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban since the start of its implementation on January 9. Brig. Gen. Flynn Dongbo, director of PRO-6, said early preparation is vital in their objective of secure, safe, peaceful, and orderly national and local elections. “We…

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CA dismisses contempt raps vs. lawyer

The Court of Appeals (CA) has reversed a ruling by a lower court in Rizal finding a lawyer and her client guilty of indirect contempt and ordered them to pay a PHP5,000 fine. In a decision dated March 22, the CA’s Sixth Division dismissed the charge of indirect contempt initiated by Angono, Rizal Municipal Trial Court (MTC) against lawyer Fay Isaguierre Singson. MTC Judge Katherine Jambaro-Altubar had found Singson and her client Senior Fire Officer 3 (SFO3) Roberto Z. Tirona guilty of indirect contempt for a statement made in a…

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Surigao Sur vice guv, wife nabbed for estafa

Police authorities have arrested the vice governor of Surigao del Sur and his wife for estafa charges. In a report Friday, the Surigao del Sur Police Provincial Office (SDSPPO) said that Vice Governor Librado Navarro, 64, and his wife Maylene, 47, were arrested by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 42 in Medina, Misamis Oriental. “They were arrested at around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 in San Andres, Barangay Maharlika, Bislig City,” the SDSPPO report said. The arrest was carried out by the…

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17K cops to secure summer travelers: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy some 17,000 personnel in “places of convergence” nationwide to secure travelers for the Lenten season and the summer months. PNP spokesperson, Col. Jean Fajardo, in a television interview Friday, said help desks and police assistance posts will be set up in key tourist destinations and major streets leading to it. Of the number, some 5,000 personnel will be deployed as tourist police on foot and bike patrol in areas frequented by tourists such as Boracay Island. “Inaatasan na rin ang mga field commanders…

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PRRD defends drug war anew

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday once again defended his anti-narcotics campaign, saying he could not stomach the “horrible” acts perpetrated by drug offenders. “Sisirain mo ang bayan ko (You will destroy my country). That’s the thing they do, horrible,” Duterte said in a speech delivered in Palo, Leyte. The President issued the statement, reiterating that he would not allow himself to be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) over killings associated with his campaign against illegal drugs. He also maintained that he would only cooperate if the investigation was…

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BARMM opens P6.3-M police station in Maguindanao town

The Ministry of the Interior and Local Government in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MILG-BARMM) has turned over a PHP6.25 million police station in the coastal town of Datu Blah Sinsuat in Maguindanao, an official said Friday. Lawyer Naguib Sinarimbo, MILG minister and BARMM spokesperson, said the three-story police station was funded through the Bangsamoro Appropriation Act (BAA) of 2020. It was inaugurated Thursday. “The building is situated in Barangay Pura, an elevated area of DBS (Datu Blah Sinsuat) facing the Moro gulf,” Sinarimbo told reporters here in…

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AFP logistics chief retires after 34 years of service

Air Force Maj. Gen. Rene S. Diaz, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief of staff for logistics or OJ-4, formally retired from the service on Thursday after more than 34 years in service. In a statement Friday, the AFP honored Diaz’s role in the construction and maintenance of infrastructure and facilities that improved the living conditions of troops stationed in remote detachments and stations in the West Philippine Sea. He likewise oversaw the completion of 13 major defense procurements under the AFP Modernization Program. This included the 16…

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Firearm, ammunition recovered in E. Samar clash

Policemen have recovered a firearm, ammunition, and personal belongings when they clashed with an undetermined number of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in an upland village of Jipapad, Eastern Samar on March 17. No one was reportedly killed or injured from both sides during a 10-minute firefight in Cagmanaba village in Jipapad town around noon on Thursday. Seized were a shotgun, five rounds of 5.56 ammunition, two mobile phones, three boxes of contraceptives, two solar panels, an identification card under the name of Jason Rongales with an address in Sta…

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NCRPO feted for recovery of 363 firearms from erring cops

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo B. Carlos on Thursday night lauded the efforts of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) for the recovery of some 363 firearms from erring police personnel in just less than a year. Citing the report of NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., Carlos said these firearms were recovered from Feb. 17, 2021 to Feb. 1, 2022. These weapons were immediately turned over to the Office of the Regional Supply Accountable Officer-NCRPO for proper disposition. Carlos said “Bawi operations” were conducted by…

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Ex-PNP chief Eleazar thanks PRRD for Legion of Honor award

Retired Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Guillermo Eleazar, on Friday thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for conferring on him the Philippine Legion of Honor with the rank of Commander. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa pagkilalang iginawad sa atin ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte matapos ang pagsisilbi sa kanyang administrasyon at sa sambayanang Pilipino bilang dating hepe ng pambansang pulisya (I am grateful for the recognition bestowed on us by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte after serving in his administration and the Filipino people as former chief of the Philippine National Police),” Eleazar said in…

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PDEA nabs No. 2 provincial target in DavOr

Anti-narcotics agents have arrested Davao Oriental’s second top drug personality in a buy-bust, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Davao Region (PDEA-11) reported Friday. In a statement, the PDEA-11 identified the suspect as Anthony Louie Tura, 33, of Barangay Central, Mati City, Davao Oriental. Joint operatives of PDEA-11, the Regional Intelligence Unit of Police Regional Office – 11, Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office, and the Mati City Police Station launched the operation at 7:50 p.m. on February 2 at the suspect’s house in the area. Tura was collared by PDEA…

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W. Visayas cops nab 375 wanted persons in January

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos on Friday lauded the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas (PRO-6) for the arrest of a total of 375 wanted persons during the first month of this year. Carlos said the number includes 70 suspects classified as most wanted persons (MWPs) and 305 other wanted persons (OWPs). Based on the report of PRO-6 director, Brig. Gen. Flynn Dongbo, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) has the most number of arrests with 29; followed by Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) with 16; Bacolod City…

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DOJ, BAP ink pact on cybersecurity measures

Measures against online fraud will be strengthened following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) on Friday. The MOU will help the private sector and the government achieve its “common goal of establishing a collective, coordinated, and strategic cyber response through information-sharing, learning, training, and fostering cybersecurity awareness,” DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said during the virtual signing with BAP president Jose Arnulfo Veloso. “The MOU between the Department and the BAP that we concluded today…

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Palace gives PNP, NBI 30 days to probe missing ‘sabungeros’

Malacañang has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a thorough investigation on the disappearance of 31 “sabungeros” (cockfighting enthusiasts). This was stated in a March 8 memorandum signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and addressed to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chairperson and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andrea Domingo. Medialdea directed the PNP and NBI to “submit its findings to the Office of the President and the Department of Justice (DOJ)…

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C. Luzon cops arrest 162 wanted persons in 1 week

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos on Wednesday lauded the Police Regional Office in Central Luzon (PRO-3) for its significant gains in tracking down wanted persons in its intensified Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) last week. Citing the report of PRO-3 director, Brig. Gen. Matthew Baccay, Carlos said a total of 162 most wanted persons were among the 565 individuals arrested in the region from February 28 to March 6. The figure also includes 60 persons wanted for various crimes ranging from murder, rape, and frustrated murder;…

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Court worker fired, loses retirement benefits for faking docs

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a Negros Occidental court stenographer for forging her superior’s signature in a falsified court paper issued in exchange for PHP10,000 from a litigant. In its 14-page per curiam decision published online on March 4, the SC found Bago City, Negros Occidental regional trial court stenographer Evelyn G. Montoyo guilty of two counts of prejudicial conduct, serious dishonesty, and acts of graft, three years away from reaching the compulsory retirement age of 65. She was ordered dismissed immediately from the service with the forfeiture of…

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BP2 beneficiary to reunite with father in Albay

A “Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-Asa” (BP2) program beneficiary is looking forward to returning to her home province in the Bicol region and finally reuniting with her father. Marilyn Talagtag, 37, said she has made up her mind about going home, even when pandemic restrictions ease, as her father is waiting for her and her husband, Martin. “Hinihintay na kami, kasi wala daw siyang makasama (He is waiting for us. He is now all alone),” Talagtag said. “Kasi po namatay ‘yung nanay ko, wala na siyang kasama (Because my mother died…

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Police, FDA seize P3.5-M fake medicines in Ozamiz raid

Authorities seized some PHP3.5 million worth of counterfeit medicines in a recent raid in Ozamiz City, police said. In a phone interview late Tuesday, Col. Michelle Olaivar, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office – Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) said the law enforcers did not expect to find a big number of both prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines stored inside the suspect’s house identified as Leonardo Duma Jr. in that city. The police raiding team, together with personnel from the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), searched the house of Duma, 56, in…

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New statutory rape law boosts fight vs. sexual abuse of minors

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said the new law raising the age of sexual consent from 12 to 16 is a major development in the campaign against abuse of minors who are among vulnerable sectors of society. In a statement, PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos said they will intensify their information campaign to raise awareness on the protection of women and minors in support of the law. “With this, our Women and Children Protection desks can initiate their own information dissemination regarding the importance of protecting our children…

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N. Ecija clerk of court dismissed for dishonesty, misconduct

A Nueva Ecija court official was ordered dismissed from the service by the Supreme Court (SC) for gross neglect of duty, gross misconduct, and dishonesty. The court en banc also ordered the forfeiture of all benefits except accrued leave credits and disqualification from reinstatement or appointment to any public office of lawyer Renato Frades, clerk of court of the Regional Trial Court of Gapan City. Frades was the subject an administrative complaint by Reynaldo Ngo for falsely certifying the authenticity of a document submitted as evidence by spouses Dominador and…

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Security tightened vs. bus bomb attacks in Cotabato, Kidapawan

Police authorities here and in North Cotabato have taken extra steps to ensure the safety of the commuters against terrorism and bombings. The stricter safety measures came about after authorities recently foiled a bombing attempt at a bus terminal in Kidapawan City, and the explosion that took place inside another passenger bus while parked in Cotabato City last week. On Tuesday, Lt. Col. Peter Pinalgan, Kidapawan police director, said a box found unclaimed for three days inside the city integrated public terminal that bomb experts intentionally set off was an…

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Man using fake money nabbed in NoCot

Police authorities and village officials in Magpet, North Cotabato have warned the public Tuesday against counterfeit money being circulated by unscrupulous individuals in the area. This was after a man from Sultan Kudarat province used fake money in his transaction in the villages of Noa, Bagumbayan, and Basak in Magpet town. Chairman Paterno Bansag of Barangay Noa said two persons showed up to his office Monday afternoon complaining they were duped by a man who used fake PHP1,000 bills. “Fortunately, the suspect was nabbed as he also reportedly used fake…

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DILG beefs up anti-drug ops amid hiked mobility under AL 1

Law enforcers saw a significant increase in the volume of illegal drugs seized in operations during the past week amid increased mobility in many areas under the most relaxed Alert Level 1. Speaking to President Rodrigo Duterte during his Talk to the People on Monday night, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said authorities seized a total of PHP424.7 million from February 27 to March 5, from only PHP159 million seized from the previous seven-day period from February 20 to 26. “So ito po ay…

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1 of 2 rescued kidnap victims in P’que wanted for fraud in Taiwan

MANILA – The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) on Wednesday said one of the rescued victims in a recent anti-kidnapping operation is a fugitive wanted for fraud in Taiwan. In a statement, Brig. Gen. Rudolph Dimas, PNP-AKG chief, said Taiwanese national Li You Ci, with alien ID card number W200394288, was arrested by AKG members on Tuesday by virtue of an arrest warrant from the Taiwan Kinmen District Prosecutors Office, in coordination with the Bureau of Immigration (BI). “Documentation will be undertaken prior to her turnover to the BI…

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CA drops drug raps vs. QC man

MANILA – The Court of Appeals (CA) has acquitted a man who stumbled his way into a drug buy-bust in Quezon City five years ago. In a resolution dated February 22 and released on Wednesday, the court acquitted Robin Bulan after Evelyn Santos, his co-accused in the drug charges, was acquitted in 2020. Santos was arrested in a buy-bust by Quezon City police officers on June 27, 2017, following reports of widespread sale of shabu by a certain “Bebe Komang” who later turned out to be Santos at the back…

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CA affirms life in jail for Colombian drug mule

MANILA – The Court of Appeals (CA) has affirmed the life imprisonment sentence handed down by a Manila court to a septuagenarian Colombian national who was nabbed in 2017 for entering the country with 1.17 kilograms of cocaine in rubber pellets inside his stomach. The appellate court’s Ninth Division, in a 23-page decision dated February 22, denied the appeal filed by Alberto Quijano, 72, and affirmed the decision of the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 31, that convicted him of transportation of illegal drugs and ordered him to pay a…

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CA dismisses NPC order in identity theft case vs. car dealer

The Court of Appeals (CA) has granted the petition of a local car dealer that questioned an order from the National Privacy Commission (NPC) regarding an identity theft complaint. In an 18-page decision dated February 21 and made available online recently, the CA 3rd Division granted the petition filed by Toyota Shaw, Inc. and set aside the 2017 order of the NPC for the dealer to respond to alleged violations of Republic Act (RA) 10173 or the Data Privacy Act. The CA ruled that the complainant, Dunstant Egar, filed the…

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Firefighters to engage public on fire safety campaign plan

A ranking official of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) on Tuesday said firefighters will continue to engage the community to make the residents feel safe and secure from fires and any forms of man-made and natural calamities. In his speech, chief Supt. Felixberto Abrenica, BFP director for operations, said bureau personnel should be visible to the public even beyond March of each year when the entire country is celebrating Fire Prevention Month. Abrenica is in Cebu to lead the Central Visayas version of the simultaneous kick-off ceremony of the…

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Cops arrest woman with P7-K fake money in Maguindanao

Police authorities in Maguindanao on Tuesday warned the public against the possible proliferation of counterfeit bills this election season. The warning was aired by Police Maj. Dareen Tolosa, town police chief of Upi, Maguindanao, following the arrest of a woman who used the counterfeit money in the town’s public market on Monday afternoon. Tolosa said a certain Momena Datuwata Piang was arrested after vendors complained of receiving fake money from her in payment of goods and services. Police found PHP7,000 worth of fake money from the suspect whose two companions…

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GenSan crime rate drops by 14% in 1st 2 months

Crimes here dropped by about 14.11% during the past two months, the police said Tuesday. Col. Paul Bometivo, acting city police director, said the recorded crimes from January 1 to February 28 in the city’s 26 barangays decreased to 426 from 496 during the same period last year. He said theft cases still topped the list but dropped during the period along with murder, rape, and physical injury. The official said such a situation was mainly due to the movement restrictions of the city government following continuous threats posed by…

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PNP integrates police cadets to payroll system

The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced that it has integrated all cadets of the PNP Academy to its payroll management system (PMS) through its online payroll portal. PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos, in a statement Tuesday, said this was made possible through the PNP Finance Service. “As PNPA undergoes a five-year transition towards complete PNP administrative and operational jurisdiction, the PNP under his watch shall embrace reforms and innovation to ensure seamless transition with minimal intervention on the management, operation, curriculum development, training and other activities in the Academy,” he…

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Argentinian ends Ancajas’ 5-year reign

Argentinian Fernando Martinez ended Jerwin Ancajas’ more than five-year reign by wresting the Filipino’s International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight title via unanimous decision at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Hotel on Sunday (Philippine time). Two of the judges scored 118-110 while another judge had it 117-111. Statistics showed Martinez landed 427 of 1,046 punches while Ancajas connected on just 192 of 816. The Filipino desperately tried to score a knockout (KO) entering the 12th round to retain his title but couldn’t floor the still undefeated Martinez. It was the 10th…

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Drug suspect killed, P27.2-M shabu seized in Zambo City

A high-value drug suspect was killed and some PHP27.2 million worth of illegal drugs were seized in an anti-illegal drugs operation here late Friday. Col. Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office chief, identified the slain suspect as Puruti Taraji (alias Bossing), listed as a high-value individual (HVI) and a resident of Barangay Laum Maimbung in Maimbung, Sulu. Lorenzo said Taraji was killed as the undercover policeman returned fire at around 10 p.m. in Caragasan Beach, Barangay Maasin. The wounded policeman is in the hospital, according to Lorenzo. The suspects’ two…

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Former OP exec appointed to Court of Appeals

Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo on Friday administered the oath of office to Jennifer Joy Ong, the latest appointee of President Rodrigo Duterte to the Court of Appeals. Ong will take over the post of Associate Justice Maria Luisa Quijano-Padilla who retired in January 2020, “leaving behind a legacy of integrity in public service with a zero backlog of cases,” according to the Supreme Court (SC). Ong’s appointment, dated May 20, 2021 and signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, was received by the SC on Friday. Ong, who hails from Davao…

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6th most wanted in Zamboanga Peninsula nabbed

Lawmen arrested in an operation in Basilan province on Friday a former soldier listed as the sixth most wanted person in the Zamboanga Peninsula, a top police official said. Col. Alexander Lorenzo, Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) director, identified the arrested person as Abdul Yaser, 41, a dismissed soldier. Lorenzo said Yaser was arrested in a law enforcement operation by way of a warrant of arrest around 1:37 a.m. Friday in Barangay Tandong Ahas, Lamitan City, Basilan. Lorenzo said Yaser has standing warrants of arrest for murder, two counts of…

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’Media security vanguards’ to protect journos vs. poll violence

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Friday officially launched its “media security vanguards” who will be assigned to protect journalists from threats of violence, discrimination, misinformation, and corruption ahead of the elections in May. In his speech at the virtual launch, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año stressed that the media has a sacred duty to perform its tasks “that cannot be curbed by doubts, fear, harassment or intimidation to tell the truth to the people.’’ With the continuous election-related violent incidents,…

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Army official vows to complete mission vs. Reds before ‘deadline’

A top-ranking military official has vowed an intensified drive against insurgency along with his counterparts in the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Region 3 (Central Luzon) to finish its mission and objectives “within the time frame”. Maj. Gen. Andrew D. Costelo, commander of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division (7ID), cited the need to intensify efforts in the conduct of collaborative activities with national government agencies and engaging more with the communities to defeat local communist armed conflict. “We are already in the stage…

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HR Defenders bill undermines efforts to end local armed conflict

The proposed Human Rights Defenders bill is nothing but a tool to “undermine” the government’s security forces and efforts to end the local community armed conflict, the Western Visayas Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF6-ELCAC) said on Friday. Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Flosemer Chris Gonzales, spokesperson for RTF6-ELCAC, called it a “desperate bid” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) to derail the gains of the national TF-ELCAC and the Filipino people. “It is an affront and an insult to all of…

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NBI anti-cybercrime division to upgrade equipment

The government will soon upgrade the equipment being used by the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) anti-cybercrime arm to keep pace with online criminals who are getting bolder by the day. Department of Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay said acquiring new equipment is among the measures meant to deal with online financial scams. “The NBI is geared toward the acquisition of state-of-the-art investigative and intelligence equipment, as well as the establishment of a Cyber Investigation and Assessment Center, under the aegis and guidance of the NBI Reorganization and Modernization Act (Republic…

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Passenger traffic nearly doubled on Dec. 31-Jan. 1

The number of international travelers during the last day of 2021 and the first day of the new year almost doubled compared to last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Monday. In a statement, Commissioner Jaime Morente said New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day saw 10,140 arrivals while there were only 5,791 during the same two-day period in 2020-2021. The number of departing passengers also increased to 6,951 from 3,770. “The trend shows a steady improvement in the number of travelers. While the figures remain low, this…

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