18 policemen, one PDEA agent from Franz Sabalones’ drug matrix, identified

admin   •   September 24, 2016   •   11080

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“We are still validating their level of involvement. But obviously they are involved in drugs trade.”

Internal Affairs Service (IAS) Deputy Inspector General, P/CSupt. Leo Angelo Leuterio revealed that aside from getting the names of the 83 policemen from those who already surrendered, they have identified additional 18 policemen from the drug matrix of drug lord Franz Sabalones.

The PNP-IAS is continuously investigating the extent of their involvement in illegal drug transactions.

Based on the matrix provided by Sabalones to UNTV, he used to give up to P507,000 as payola or protection money to policemen from the ranks of police officer 1 to police senior superintendent.

Sabalones alleged that the implicated policemen regularly receive from P1,000 to P150,000 weekly, usually delivered by either his cook, his colleagues at the gym or in billiards, or sometimes by his neighbors.

Leuterio warns these policemen that they will face appropriate charges once their participation in illegal drug trade is proven.

“We will file cases against this people or even we will recommend that orders will be issued putting them under the Police Holding and Admin Unit and removing them in their places of assignment,” he said.

READ: Police officials named by Pres. Duterte as allegedly involved in illegal drugs ops, relieved

Meanwhile, CIDG Director P/CSupt. Roel Obusan says they have already sent notices to the policemen mentioned in the matrix so they could send their respective affidavits in the coming days. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Two cops arrested for extorting money from tricycle drivers in Bulacan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2020

The Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) on Monday (July 6) arrested two policemen for extorting money from tricycle drivers in Bulacan.

PNP-IMEG Spokesperson PCapt. Mae Ann Cunanan said the agency has been receiving numerous reports since 2019 against two policemen and two civilians extorting from motorists.

Based on reports, the cops would demand payment from motorists in exchange for redeeming their licenses instead of only issuing a citation ticket.

“Kapag hinuhuli nila iyong mga traffic violators, mga tricycle drivers ay hindi nila ini-issue ang ticket. Instead, kinukuha nila iyong pera kapalit nito iyong pagtanggal na sa kanilang violation, (When they apprehend traffic violators and tricycle drivers, they will not issue a ticket. They would take money instead in exchange for removing the violation),” she said.

Cunanan identified the two policemen as PSMgt. Vic Godwin and Pat. Jay Mark Tuazon who are assigned in Malolos City Police Community Precinct 5. The two civilians who served as their middlemen were identified as Wendell Mendoza and Kenneth Villena.

The suspects will be charged with robbery extortion while the two policemen will have additional administrative cases and grave misconduct. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Pangilinan seeks Senate probe on fatal shooting of 4 soldiers in Jolo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Pangilinan is calling for an inquiry into the killing of four soldiers by local policemen in Jolo, Sulu.

“Nakakabahala ang balitang ito. Ngayon pa lang na hindi pa batas ang anti-terror bill, may nangyayari nang ganito. Ano na lang ang laban ng ordinaryong tao?” Pangilinan said in a statement on Wednesday.

On Monday afternoon, June 29, four members of the Philippine Army were fatally shot by police officers some meters away from the Jolo police station.

The Army said the four soldiers were on an official mission and were tracking suspected suicide bombers  when they were accosted by the local police.

The soldiers, who had been wearing plain clothes, were said to have introduced themselves to the policemen. The cops allegedly told them to go with them to a nearby police station for identity verification.

Initial police report said that as their team and Army officers approached the police station, the soldiers’ vehicle allegedly sped off, prompting a car chase.

Police said they only defended themselves when the soldiers opened fire.

The Army disputed this claim, saying the soldiers did not try to escape and never fired a single shot towards police officers based on eye-witness accounts of two civilians and of a motorcycle-riding soldier who was part of the operation trailing the soldiers’ vehicle.

Pangilinan said the police and military have different versions of what happened, and an “independent and impartial” Senate probe will “help bring out the truth.”

“This incident is disturbing because it appears that the police are quick in pulling the trigger without careful judgment. If they can do this to their fellow uniformed men, how much more to the ordinary civilians who are unarmed and defenseless?” the senator said.

Nevertheless, Pangilinan called on military and police ground commanders to “rein in their men to preserve peace and avert escalation of tension between the armed personnel.”

“We should be going after the common enemy — terrorists, drug lords, armed groups, and in this time of the pandemic, COVID — not against each other,” Pangilinan said.

The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said they have requested the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an impartial probe into the incident.

The nine policemen involved in the incident, as well as the chief of Jolo police station have also been ordered relieved from their posts pending investigation.

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P1-M worth of illegal drugs seized in Taguig, 3 arrested

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday (June 17) seized P1 million worth of suspected illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation in Taguig City. Three individuals were arrested.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects might have found out that they were transacting with authorities which led to a small encounter.

“Nakatunog yata, ayun pinagbabangga niya na iyong sasakyan ng tropa (They suspected something so they hit the vehicle used by our troops), so in order to immobilize his vehicle, they shot his tire,” he said.

No one was injured during the encounter and authorities arrested Edwin Pascual, Vyron Flores, and Allan Mendoza and 200 grams of shabu were seized.

The suspects will face charges for violating Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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