2 minors who witnessed Tarlac shooting agree to testify vs Nuezca – PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   December 24, 2020   •   477

MANILA, Philippines – The two minors who witnessed the fatal shooting of a mother and her son by a policeman in Paniqui, Tarlac have been placed under government protection after they have submitted their sworn affidavit, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas said Thursday.

Sinas said the guardians of the two minors who took the video of the shooting incident have agreed to allow their children to testify in exchange for their security.

The PNP chief said he personally talked to the parents of these minors to convince them to let the children testify against Police Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca.

“Ako mismo ang nakiusap sa kanila, kinausap ko yung parents at guardian ng dalawang bata na sana tulungan kami para mapalakas yung kaso. So, nakumbinsi namin po yung mga parents po ng mga bata na tutulungan kami kapalit po sa pag-alaga namin sa security nila,” Sinas said.

The minors, aged 12 and 16 years old have been placed under PNP’s Witness Protection Program.

The mobile phone used to capture the video has also been turned over to the PNP’s cybercrime group.

“Yung video po, nasa batas po na hindi po ‘yan magiging ebidensya kung hindi po natin mapakita kung sino ang kumuha. Dapat merong mag-testify na siya ang may-ari nung cellphone o machine at siya ang kumuha,” Sinas said.

Last Sunday, Nuezca shot mother and son, identified as 52-year old Sonya Gregorio and 25-year old Frank Anthony, following an argument that started over an improvised canon.

He is currently in the custody of the Chief of Police of Paniqui, Tarlac and is facing  charges of two counts of murder.

“Malakas po yung kaso against kay Nuezca kasi meron na pong 2 eye witnesses na kasama doon,” Sinas said.

“Of course, yung baril kasi nung sumurrender siya, yung baril po ay nag-match siya doon sa empty shells at saka slugs na narecover sa crime scene at tsaka yung forensic sa kamay nya ay positibo po, yung video yun yung magpapalakas lalo ng kaso sa kanya,” he added.

The PNP Internal Affairs Service earlier said it hopes to resolve Nuezca’s case within 30 days. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)

PNP seizes P30-M worth of fake cigarettes in Bataan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Around P30 million worth of fake cigarettes were seized in two warehouses in Bataan, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas reported that the Police Regional Office 3, with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and other local authorities, raided Crisostomo Rice Mill Warehouse in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Orion, Bataan.

They discovered units of cigarette-making machines and raw materials worth around P20 million.

A Follow-up operation was conducted where authorities seized an undetermined quantity of imported sacks of rice and master cases of counterfeit different brands of cigarettes. The seized items have an estimated value of P10 million.

“I commend our police units and other pillars of the criminal justice system for their support in the fight against criminality. The successful raid today is just a manifestation of our long-lasting cooperation to better serve and protect the community from all kinds of lawlessness,” Sinas said. –AAC

Manhunt launched for 2 suspects in killing of Zambo, Sibugay vice mayor

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified two suspects in the killing of Mabuhay, Zamboanga Sibugay Vice Mayor Restituto Calonge.

A regionwide manhunt operations are underway, according to PNP. Authorities identified the suspects as Er Mangod and Jomar Taiting, who are alleged members of the Anwar Ansang gang.

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The two were tagged for shooting Calonge and Engineer Edgar Pampanga on Friday (February 26). They are also involved in gun for hire, piracy, and illegal drug activities in the region. AAC

800 police frontliners on PNP’s vaccine priority list

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police (PNP) said 800 police frontliners are on the list of priority groups to receive the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine.

PNP Chief PGen. Debold Sinas said that the agency plans to vaccinate 200 personnel per day for four days.

Among the 800 PNP frontliners on the list are doctors, nurses, and staff at the PNP General Hospital, as well as police personnel manning PNP’s molecular laboratory and quarantine facilities. PNP Health Service PBGen. Luisito Magnaye and his command group are also included in the list.

Meanwhile, vaccine recipients will have to undergo five steps under the vaccination program. First step is registration, followed by pre-vaccination counselling, screening process to asses if they are qualified to be vaccinated, then the vaccination.

After receiving the shot, vaccinees need to stay at the monitoring area for one hour to check if there are experiencing bad effects from the vaccine.

Sinas also assured that doctors and ambulance are on standby to bring personnel who may experience adverse effects, to the PNP General Hospital. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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