16 police officers implicated in contraband smuggling in NBP undergo NCRPO probe

Maris Federez   •   October 24, 2019   •   827

MANILA, Philippines – The 16 police officers who were implicated in the alleged smuggling of contrabands inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) have undergone the pre-charge investigation of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson PBGen Bernard Banac confirmed that said police officers are under probe for bringing in a cellular phone, cigarettes and an iced tea bottle that actually contained alcoholic drink inside the facility which is strictly prohibited.

Banac said he is saddened by the fact that police officers who are supposed to guard and implement laws inside the national penitentiary are the ones actually violating its rules.

If found guilty, they will be charged administratively.

Banac added that the NCRPO has also pulled out the more than 500 police personnel assigned in the NBP last October 5 and will undergo assessment on their performance.

“Kung nakita naman na katiwa-tiwala ang mga pulis natin ay maaari naman na sila pa rin ang ipadala doon. So kasalukuyan ay irerepaso lamang ang kanilang mga background at titingnang maigi kung karapat dapat pa silang pagtiwalaan at hindi agad masisilaw sa anomang ihahain sa kanilang bribe,” Banac said.

The PNP reminds said police personnel not to even attempt violating the regulations of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to avoid being filed charges against and be dismissed from service.

It can be recalled that the NCRPO assigned around 552 police officers at the NBP after BuCor Director-General Gerald Bantag sought the help of the police force to guard the Bilibid.

This, following the Bantag’s course of action that removed BuCor personnel from the NBP due to corruption. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

P100M worth of smuggled frozen agri-fishery products seized in Navotas City

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2021


MANILA, Philippines —  Authorities intercepted about P100-million worth of smuggled agri-fishery products at a vacant lot in Navotas City Thursday afternoon, May 27.

Specifically, elements of the Sub-Task Group on Economic Intelligence (STG-EI) under the Task Group on Food Security held the anti-smuggling operation along Guillermo Street, San Rafael Village in Navotas City.

The operation resulted in the seizure of 12 refrigerated container vans loaded with assorted frozen pork, beef, jumbo shrimp, eel, black chicken, crawfish, Peking duck, and dory fish fillet.

The shipments originated from Vietnam, China, Germany and Belgium based on the markings on the boxes.

The container vans were opened in the presence of the alleged caretaker identified as Gilbert Abanso who revealed that the said shipments were not covered by any documentation such as import permits and clearances.

The STG-EI is composed of members from the Department of Agriculture (DA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), National Intelligence Coordinating Council (NICA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Meanwhile, representatives of the Bureau and Animal Industry (BAI), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) are now conducting full inventory prior to the disposition of the said smuggled items.

Documentation and filing of appropriate charges against the owner of the shipment is underway.

Customs destroys P50-million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021


Operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Zamboanga destroyed some P50 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in a warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan.

The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes destroyed on April 13 were seized in separate operations since December 2020.

The bureau, together with representatives from different partner agencies, destroyed more than 1,278 master cases and 513 reams of cigarettes.

The seized cigarettes were crushed by payloader equipment in an outdoor yard, soaked with used oil to prevent recycling, dispersed with water by firemen, and disposed of in the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Salaan, it added.

The destruction and disposal of cigarettes is reported to be the first condemnation activity of the Port for this year.

The condemnation ceremony was witnessed by the local government unit, heads of partner law enforcement agencies, a representative from the Commission on Audit, Department of Health, and stakeholders, the BOC said.

“The immediate destruction and disposal of such contrabands was a firm directive from Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to promote transparency and remove doubts of corruption, theft, or pilferage in the agency,” it added.

NCRPO in favor of placing Metro Manila under MGCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it is in favor of relaxing the quarantine classification in Metro Manila from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Vicente Danao Jr., this is to ease the load of police officers who have been monitoring quarantine controlled points for almost one year.

It could be a very very welcome development for all of us at least. Siguro nakikita ng taas na nako-kontrol na natin ang virus. Hopefully, as long as hindi po natin maba-violate ang basic health protocols (Maybe the higher-ups are seeing we are controlling the virus. Hopefully, as long as we do not violate the basic health protocols),” he said.

Aside from this, easing the quarantine classification can also help them in focusing more on their anti-illegal drugs, anti-criminality, and anti-terrorism campaign.

Meanwhile, Danao also reiterated that the public should still follow the minimum health and safety protocols.

“Let us be responsible enough to really, follow the basic like wearing a facemask, face shield, social distancing,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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