Padilla learns basic Senate lessons

Neophyte Senator-elect Robin Padilla still remembers a conversation he had with President Rodrigo Duterte several months back.Duterte told him that he always has a lot on his mind and likes talking but has no concrete plans.”Ngayon, eto na ako. Ito na …

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NegOr anti-crime ops net 87 suspects

Police in Negros Oriental arrested over the weekend a total of 87 persons for various offenses during massive anti-crime operations dubbed “One Time, Big Time”.Col. Germano Mallari, provincial police director, said on Monday the Synchronized Enhanced M…

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Fire guts Zambo Sibugay town market

Some PHP16.2 million worth of properties went up in smoke when a fire caused by faulty electrical wiring gutted down the public market of Ipil, the capital town of Zamboanga Sibugay, before midnight Friday.Insp. Percival Alar, Ipil fire marshal, said i…

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Marcos vows to protect human rights

President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Friday guaranteed that human rights will be protected during his watch.Marcos made the vow during his meeting with United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator to the Philippines Gustavo Gonzales at his he…

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Couple yields P1.1-M shabu in Bacolod sting op

Anti-drug operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) seized PHP1.183 million worth of suspected shabu from a couple during a buy-bust at their residence in Purok Kapawa, Barangay Punta Taytay on Friday. Police identified the suspects as Pearl Je-Ann Elera, 26, a high-value individual, and her common-law husband Reigel Troy Quimba, 20. At about 1 a.m., the couple sold a sachet of the prohibited substance worth PHP1,500 to an undercover policeman. Operatives also found in their possession 33 sachets of suspected shabu, weighing about 174 grams, pegged at a…

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Over 21K erring cops dismissed, sanctioned since July 2016

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., has assured the police force upholds accountability through quick response to reports of abuse of its personnel as the PNP leadership pursues reforms to make the police organization a more transparent, accountable, and credible organization. Citing PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) records, Danao said some 5,652 PNP personnel were dismissed from the service, 1,150 were demoted in rank, 10,650 were suspended, 853 were sanctioned with salary forfeiture, 2,491 were reprimanded, 222 were restricted to quarters, and 288…

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Over P1-M shabu seized in Caraga

Authorities have seized more than PHP1 million worth of shabu for the past two weeks during separate operations in this city and Agusan del Norte province. The latest anti-drug operation Thursday evening in the Agusan del Norte town of Carmen resulted in the arrest of three suspects, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Caraga Region (PDEA-13) reported Friday. Backed by local police personnel, PDEA-13 said they arrested Ryan Plaza, Aaron John Bautista, and Jayzer Paul Sapero who yielded 150 grams of shabu worth PHP600,000. “The 50 grams of shabu were…

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C. Luzon cops on full alert vs. poll protest rallies

The Central Luzon police are on alert for possible rallies in protest of election results. Brig. Gen. Matthew P. Baccay, regional director of the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3), said on Friday he has ordered his men to observe maximum tolerance in case there are groups that would push through with their mass action. Baccay said while police personnel are directed to observe maximum tolerance towards protesters, the groups conducting mass protests should also respect the mandate of the government forces to serve and protect. “The Philippine National Police (PNP)…

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PNP denies profiling Comelec demonstrators

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday denied allegations that its operatives are profiling personalities who are attending various protest actions at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila. “The PNP has not given any directive to profile any personalities,” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba said. He said the duty of PNP personnel deployed to protest rallies is to ensure that the activity is peaceful and protesters would not resort to violence or any untoward incident. “Part of the regular activity of the PNP during…

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Marcos plans to add more non-teaching staff in public schools

One of the long-standing complaints of public school teachers is work overload. That is having to perform other chores that are completely unrelated to their jobs resulting in fatigue and burn-out on their part, that somehow also affect the quality of their teaching. Fully aware of their predicament, presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. plans to expand the number of non-teaching personnel in public schools to address the situation. He said one way to maintain high quality education in public schools is to reduce the non-teaching loads of teachers. Based…

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Security preparations for May 9 polls ‘all set’: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday security measures are all set as more than 40,000 police personnel will be deployed for the May 9 national and local elections PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said this figure is still expected to go up next week to boost the security operations for the upcoming polls. Carlos said more than 16,000 police officers with their mandatory career courses and field training exercises for election duties have been recalled and would serve on election day. “We will have more police on the ground…

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PNP checkpoints net over 2.7K Comelec gun ban violators

A total of 2,738 people have been arrested so far for violating the election gun ban, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Friday. In a statement, the PNP said 2,661 of those apprehended were civilians, 44 security guards, 16 police officers, and 17 military personnel. It added that a total of 2,612 police operations yielded 2,065 firearms, 11,128 pieces of ammunition, and 1,103 deadly weapons. Citing its latest data, the PNP said the top five regions in terms of the number of arrested violators are the National Capital Region…

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Bicol police reports major gains vs. illegal drugs, crimes in Q1

Police in the Bicol region seized some PHP22.3 million worth of illegal drugs from 241 police operations from January to March this year. A report from the Police Regional Office in Bicol (PRO-5) on Friday showed that two high-value target individuals died in a buy-bust, 272 suspects arrested, and confiscated some 365.80 grams of marijuana and 3285.32 grams of shabu. In its campaign against loose firearms, police seized 108 firearms without a license; 14 were surrendered and 22 recovered. On illegal gambling, 191 operations resulted in the arrest of 569…

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Sandigan clears ex- CamSur mayor in falsification raps

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has acquitted a former Camarines Sur mayor and two other town officials of falsification of municipal resolutions in 2014. The anti-graft court cleared former Caramoan mayor Constantino Cordial Jr., former vice mayor Irene Breis, and former Sangguniang Bayan secretary Danilo Belleza in the charges filed by the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman-Luzon for two counts of falsification of official documents. The charges stemmed from two resolutions dated March 24, 2014 where Cordial allegedly made it appear that then councilors Eduardo Bonita, Lydia Obias, and Francis Benemerito…

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Police deploys 3rd batch of post-disaster search team

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has sent its third batch search, rescue and retrieval (SRR) to villages in Baybay City and Abuyog, Leyte. The PNP regional office conducted a send-off ceremony for the team at the regional headquarters in Palo, Leyte on Thursday. They will be replacing the other 100 previously augmented personnel after a week of post-disaster duties. At least 70 of them are assigned in Baybay City and 30 are on duty in Abuyog town. “This shifting of schedule of our men and women deployed in said areas…

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PNP records 28 poll-related incidents Jan. 9-April 17

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it recorded 28 election-related incidents from January 9 up to April 17. PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said of the 28 election-related incidents (ERI), 21 have validated nothing really to do with the election while five were connected to an election that happened in Regions 1 (Ilocos Region), 3 (Central Luzon), 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula), 10 (Northern Mindanao) and Cordillera region, and two incidents still being investigated if they are election-related. Fajardo said the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)…

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PAGCOR asked to explain ‘e-sabong’ betting on Good Friday

The Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs is seeking an explanation from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) why online cockfighting (e-sabong) continued to operate during the Holy Week. Senator Francis Tolentino said there should be at least a semblance of respect for the Christian tradition. “It’s been part of the Filipino culture to recognize our faith-based practices, noticeably on Good Friday. But I noticed that even on Good Friday, contrary to what PAGCOR has been saying that they have been regulating e-sabong, on the very day…

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CA clears motorist in road crash

The Court of Appeals (CA) absolved a motorist who figured in an accident in 2014 with a motorcycle with three persons on board, one of whom was killed. In a decision dated April 5 and uploaded online recently, the CA Seventh Division denied the appeal filed by the parents of the deceased motorcycle rider, Kim Raymundo, and affirmed the decision of the Valenzuela Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 284. The incident occurred on Nov. 23, 2014 at around 4 a.m. when the borrowed motorcycle ridden by Raymundo who was with…

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Senators must get along with other lawmakers

Senators must not only introduce brilliant ideas to craft a law but must also have good relationships with other legislators, UniTeam senatorial candidate Harry Roque said. Roque, a former congressman, said having brilliant ideas alone would not be enough in the Senate for a bill to be enacted into law. “Kahit gaano ka brilliant ang ideas mo, hindi uusad ang iyong mga panukalang batas kung hindi mabuti ang relasyon mo sa iyong mga kasamahan (No matter how brilliant your ideas are, your bills will not progress if you do not…

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2 nabbed, P5-M smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga Sibugay

Police and Bureau of Customs (BOC) operatives arrested two persons and seized some PHP5.2 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga Sibugay province, a top police official said Monday. Col. Richard Verceles, operations chief of the Area Police Command-Western Mindanao (APC-WM), said suspects Hamid Pallong and Radzmir Ainami were arrested around 5:20 p.m. Saturday in Barangay Caparan, Ipil town. Pallong and Ainami were caught separately driving a van and a sports utility vehicle loaded with 402 master cases of assorted smuggled cigarettes. Verceles said the operation was launched after receiving…

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1.7K cops in W. Visayas to secure strategic areas for Holy Week

At least 1,700 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will secure various strategic areas in Western Visayas during the observance of the Holy Week. Cops will be deployed to man random checkpoints, establish police assistance desks, conduct mobile and detective patrols, and other crime prevention efforts to ensure a peaceful and orderly celebration, the Police Regional Office-Western Visayas (PRO-6) said in a statement. Lt. Col. Arnel Solis, the PRO-6 spokesperson, said in an interview on Monday the personnel will be fielded from the existing number of the lower police…

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PNP deploys 1.2K cops to secure Holy Week activities in NorMin

The Police Regional Office-10 (PRO-10) said Monday it will deploy 1,223 uniformed personnel to monitor the peace and order during the Holy Week observance throughout Northern Mindanao. Lt. Col. Michelle Olaivar, spokesperson of PRO-10, said the personnel will be safeguarding activities in 181 churches and 58 religious and pilgrimage sites region-wide. Most of the deployment will be in this city with 491 personnel, followed by the province of Misamis Oriental with 171, Olaivar said in an interview. With the recent easing of restrictions in most local government units in the…

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SC drops Mike Arroyo from PNP chopper raps

The Supreme Court (SC) cleared former First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo of criminal charges arising from the purchase by the Philippine National Police (PNP) of three helicopters in 2009 for PHP105 million. In its resolution uploaded online on Sunday, the SC granted the motion for reconsideration filed by Arroyo and ordered the Sandiganbayan to drop the husband of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from the information filed in the criminal case “at any stage of the proceedings,”. The Dec. 1, 2021 resolution reconsidered a January 2020 decision which dismissed Arroyo’s…

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PDEA-CAR holds more random PUV checks, drug tests for Holy Week

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) said it will continue to conduct unannounced checking of vehicles for illegal drugs and random drug testing of public utility vehicle drivers in the region to assure the safety of the commuting public, especially during the Holy Week break. PDEA-CAR Regional Director Gil Ceasario Castro said in a private message over social media on Monday that “we will do it anytime… sa mga (for the) driver when we see the need.” Castro said the “Oplan Harabas” done last…

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Palace shrugs off Gordon’s tirade vs. drug war

Malacañang on Wednesday brushed aside Senator Richard Gordon’s fresh tirade against President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s anti-narcotics drive. In a virtual presser, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, also acting presidential spokesperson, dismissed as a mere “political noise” the claim of Gordon that Duterte seemed to have failed to end the drug problem in the country. “As we all know, we are in the middle of the campaign season and this is part of the political noise,” Andanar said, when sought to react to the statement of Gordon, who is seeking reelection in…

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Caraga PNP rounds up 41 ‘abusers’ of women, children’s rights

Police arrested last month 41 individuals wanted for violating laws on women and children’s rights, the Police Regional Office – Caraga (PRO-13) reported Wednesday. In a statement, Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr., the PRO-13 director, said the arrests were made during the series of Simultaneous Anti-Criminality Law Enforcement Operations (SACLEO) conducted last month. Of the arrested persons, 18 were charged for violating the provisions of RA 8353, or the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, while 11 were charged under RA 7610, or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and…

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SC voids marriage due to bogus license

The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the Court of Appeals (CA) in ruling as void ad initio (from the start) the marriage between two persons due to the lack of a marriage license when they were wed. In a resolution uploaded last April 4, the SC Second Division turned down the petition filed by state lawyers contesting the 2018 decision of the CA which in turn affirmed the 2013 decision of the Caloocan regional trial court (RTC Branch 130) on the case for nullity of marriage filed by Reynold Q.…

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NCRPO seizes P432-M worth of illegal drugs in March

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) confiscated about PHP432 million worth of suspected illegal drugs and arrested about 2,010 persons in more than 1,077 operations in March. NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Felipe Natividad said Wednesday the police also cleared 719 barangays of illegal drugs, equivalent to 42.19 percent out of more than 1,709 barangays. “The intensification of our anti-illegal drug campaign to attain our vision of a drug-free community for all is one of the key(s) towards the realization of our goal of keeping Metro Manila safe, peaceful, and…

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No threat to peace, order in Himamaylan City: police

The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOCPPO) has assured the public that Himamaylan City remains peaceful and orderly despite the series of clashes between government troops and communist rebels in its hinterland villages in the past several weeks. Lt. Abegael Donasco, the spokesperson of NOCPPO, said on Tuesday the encounters are just isolated cases and there is no need yet to deploy more police personnel to the area. “These do not mean that Himamaylan City is in danger or not safe. Rest assured, there is no peace and order threat…

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