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4 cops killed by suspected NPA rebels in Davao del Sur

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Barangay Sibayan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur

Barangay Sibayan, Bansalan, Davao del Sur

Authorities are in pursuit of alleged members of the New People’s Army suspected to have killed four policemen in an ambush in Davao del Sur on Wednesday morning.

Five Davao policemen were on their way to respond to a murder incident in Barangay Sinabyan when suspected members of the New People’s Army ambushed them.

One of them was able to call for help using his mobile phone while in the middle of a gunfire.

Reported dead on the spot are:

  • Po1 Rolly Benelayo
  • Po1 Joe Narvaza
  • Po1 Saro Mangutara
  • Po3 Jayden May Rabor

While PO3 Allen Arnado was reported wounded and brought to a nearby hospital.

Initial investigation shows that Guerilla Front 51 of the NPA is operating in Davao del Sur.

“We will still establish, but by experience no one in our security forces would do that. No one else has the capability to do such a thing”, said PCSupt. Marcelo Morales

PNP is also investigating Sibayan Barangay Captain Eddie Dicdican, who sent for the police about a murder.

“The murder case happened the night before but the police waited until morning because the area in question was too dark. It seemed likely that people were killed there because intel operatives went to the area to verify the incident”, P/CSupt. Morales said.

The police are now investigating the incident and looking for suspects in the crime.

PNP headquarters condoles with the families of the victims and condemns the killing of their colleagues.

“It is sad that this thing needs to happen to those policemen”, PNP spokesperson PSSupt. Diosnardo Carlos said. — Grace Casin |UNTV News & Rescue

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Authorities rescues 19 women, minors in a restobar in Caloocan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center raided a restobar along 8th Avenue in Caloocan City, Monday night.

The operation targeted 2 suspected procurers identified as Teody Gutierrez alias Agatha and an unidentified woman who allegedly pimped girls.

During the raid at the restobar, operatives rescued 19 women including 11 minors who were supposed to be pimped to male customers that night.

Some of them were tearful during the rescue.

Authorities arrested alias Agatha who failed to escape after she was cornered. However the other suspect managed to flee.

According to Police Senior Supt. Villamor Tuliao, the Chief of the PNP Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, the restobar had long been under surveillance after receiving complaints about the illegal activities by the suspects.

“Usually, they would offer via Facebook or other platforms on social media while others are through personal contacts that they have these women and these are the ages ranging from… actually the youngest we rescued is aged 14-yrs old,” WCPC Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division chief, PS/Supt. Villamor Tuliao said.

He added that the meeting for the trafficking of the women was supposed to take place at a diner, but the underage girls were being brought to hotels for sex.

The clients pay P4,000 to P5,000 for the services of the minors.

Tuliao reminded parents, “Warning to parents: properly monitor your children.”

The rescued women will be brought to Camp Crame for documentation. Afterwards, they will be turned over to the social workers of the Department Social Welfare and Development.

Alias Agatha, meanwhile, will face charges for violating the Anti- Trafficking in Person Act. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ collates evidence to support its petition to declare NPA as terrorist group

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II confirmed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is gathering information for the petition it will file before a court to declare the Communist rebel New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist organization.

Aguirre said that among the information they are gathering is the violence committed by the NPA against soldiers, policemen, and civilians.

Under the country’s human security act, the government is required to file a petition declaring a group as a terrorist before a regional trial court.

The said court will hear the case first to determine whether or not a group should be formally declared a terrorist.

Last week, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation declaring the NPA as a terrorist group. —UNTV News and Rescue

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PSSupt. Ferro calls on public to give PNP Drug Enforcement Group another chance

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, December 11th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Police Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro said he did not anticipate his designation as the chief of the anti-drug unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

It can be recalled that then PNP anti-illegal drugs group was abolished after the abduction and killing of Korean national Jee Ick Joo, which involved some of Ferro’s men.

The new PNP anti-drug unit head thanked the leadership of the PNP for trusting him anew.

He vowed to fix their system so that scalawag policemen can no longer infiltrate the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG).

“I do subscribe to what we call 6WS what went well, what went wrong. We have to examine and come up with a good safeguard. Come up with a good reform. Or come up with a good inventory of our good practices, tactics. I will anchor it with the two types of principles,” said the PNP-DEG director.

Ferro called on the public to give them another chance to prove their dedication to their job.

According to the police official, one proof of their sincerity in their effort to resolve the Jee Ick Joo case, where PSupt. Rafael Dumlao was allegedly involved.

“I want to inform you that I was part of the efforts to resolve that case. We did not hide the truth because the President ordered to tell the truth,” said Ferro.

Ferro also urged the public to help the PNP fight illegal drugs.

“We will raise our standards with most caution to everything we will do. This is a fight of not just cops, but of all Filipinos,” said the director.

The new head of the PNP-DEG warned anew the police unit’s personnel planning to commit anomalies.

Ferro also noted that his men will use body cameras in all their operations to provide transparency to the public.

The PNP-DEG concentrates on neutralizing high-value targets and in reducing the supply of illegal drugs. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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