7 Navotas policemen surrender over kidnapping and extortion allegations

admin   •   August 14, 2017   •   3876

MANILA CITY, Philippines — Seven policemen involved in kidnapping and extortion of a civilian surrendered to the Philippine National Police  – Counter-Intelligence Task Force (PNP-CITF).

On August 11, police kidnapped a civilian from Barangay Longos in Malabon City.

The suspects asked for P100,000 to the victim’s parents in exchange for his freedom.

The victim’s parents immediately asked the help of the CITF.

A joint operation was conducted by the NPD and CITF but the suspects immediately found out.

The next day, the suspects surrendered and were identified as members of the Navotas PNP.

They are namely, PO1 Emmanuel Benedict Alojacin, PO1 Mark Ryan Mones, PO2 Jonnel Barocaboc, PO3 Kenneth Loria, PO1 Christian Bondoc, PO1 Jack Rennert Etcubañas and PO2 Jessrald Pacinio.

“However, mayroong kaming other investigations. Kung mapatunayan namin na naging neglectful siya, ang immediate supervisor kasi sila ay assigned sa intelligence. Kung ang intelligence officer na may hawak sa kanila is the direct responsible officer,” CITF director PSSupt. Jose Chiquito Malayo said.

(However, we have other investigations. If we can prove the negligence of the immediate supervisor because the suspects are assigned in intelligence. If the intelligence officer handling them is the direct responsible officer, then he will be sacked accordingly.)

CITF Director PSSupt. Jose Chiquito Malayo said it proves the effectiveness of their campaign against anomalous police.

“Naging effective ang supporting ng ating mga civilians dahil tuwing may insidente naka-abot agad sa atin at na-aksyunan, malamang noong araw marami talaga ito kaya lang hindi agad na-aksyunan so it was silent,” PSSupt. Malayo added.

(The support of our civilians are effective because every incident, we are immediately informed and we take action, of course before there are many incidents with no immediate action, so it was silent.)

Meanwhile, the seven policemen will be charged with kidnapping and physical injury. – Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

Chinese loan sharks in PH hiring ex-cops, soldiers to abduct Chinese gamblers – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019

PNP-AKG Spokesperson Lt. Col. Elmer Cereno

MANILA, Philippines – Chinese loan sharks and kidnappers in the country have allegedly been hiring former cops and soldiers to abduct Chinese gamblers who fail to cough up their debts, a police official said Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Elmer Cereno, spokesperson of the Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG), said some formerly high-ranking officers have been hired as henchmen by these Chinese loan sharks to kidnap their compatriots.

Cereno said these rogue military and police personnel act as guides for illegal activities, specifically those related to casino debt-kidnappings. They also provide safe houses where hostages are to be kept.

“Itong mga Chinese ay bawal sila magkaroon o magdala ng baril sa ating lugar kaya sila nag-i-import ng ganyan ‘yung alam nila ‘yong pasikot-sikot kung saan pinakatagong hideout, kung saan tinatakbuhan ng mga sasakyan kaya naghi-hire sila ng ganito,” he said.

Since 2017, more than 50 cases of casino gambling-related kidnappings involving Chinese nationals have been reported. Victims are usually held captive until their relatives agree to pay ransom through wire transfer in exchange for the hostage’s release.

Cereno said operatives of the PNP-AKG are undergoing training, including marksmanship to hone their skills in launching anti-kidnapping operations.

“Nakiki-deal tayo sa mga kidnapper. Ito ‘yong mga talagang kaya nilang pumatay para maisakatuparan nila ‘yong gusto nilang hangarin na maghasik ng pangamba sa mga tao,” he said. RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

Trillanes, 3 others face kidnapping case

Robie de Guzman   •   August 30, 2019

Former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has filed a kidnapping with serious illegal detention charges against former Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and three others before the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Based on a copy of a complaint filed August 15, the complaint stemmed from the affidavit of Guillermina Lalic Barrido, a 43-year old businesswoman from Davao City.

Barrido claimed she was detained for nearly two weeks in two convents in Makati and Quezon City in December 2016, and forced to sign a document linking President Rodrigo Duterte to corruption and illegal drugs.

In 2017, Barrido accused Trillanes of trying to bribe her to make derogatory statements against Duterte.

The PNP-CIDG said in its complaint that “It is clear from the foregoing that herein respondents feloniously, maliciously and intentionally put the complainant under detention for 14 days in order to force her to do something against her will.”

Aside from Trillanes, also named as respondents to the complaint were lawyer Jude Sabio, a certain Sister Ling, and priest Albert Alejo.

It can be recalled that Sabio was the one who filed a communication with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Duterte campaign against illegal drugs.

In a statement, Trillanes denied Barrido’s allegation, insisting that he does not know the complainant.

“Never ko na-meet ‘yan si Guillerma Arcillas or Barrido. San ka makakita na pari at madre daw ang kasama ko sa pagkidnap at sa kumbento pa daw sya dinetain?” he said.

“Bukod pa dyan, 2016 pa raw sya kinidnap pero ngayon lang nag-file ng kaso,” he added.

Trillanes, a staunch critic of the Duterte administration, said that based on the information he received, Barrido allegedly volunteered to testify against Duterte in exchange for money.

“Ang impormasyon ko d’yan ay isa siyang nagboluntaryong mag-testigo laban daw kay Duterte pero butas-butas ang kwento at nanghihingi diumano ng pera kapalit ng kanyang salaysay kaya hindi tinanggap bilang testigo. Tapos ng hindi nabigyan ng pera, bumaliktad,” he said.

The former lawmaker also called the kidnapping charge against him as “clear harassment” and “persecution” against the administration’s critics.

Sabio, Alejo and “Sister Ling” have yet to issue any statement on the issue as of posting. RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

2 National Museum officials arrested for extortion

Maris Federez   •   August 20, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) have arrested two high-ranking officials of the National Museum.

The two were involved in extortion in exchange of permits issued by the agency, particularly on treasure hunting.

According to the PACC, the two officials had been extorting money from the complainant who has a pending application for treasure hunting permit at the agency.

The two were asking for P120,000 from the applicant for a permit that only costs P3,000.

“So pumunta sa amin iyong complainant then we set up this entrapment operations with the NBI.  Malaki hong halaga iyan for these permits dahil legal fees hindi naman aabot yan ng ganoon kalaki,” said PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica.

The two were identified as Ernesto Toribio Jr, chief of the National Museum Treasure Hunting Section, and Angel Toribio, acting Director and Curator II of the museum’s Cultural Properties Division.

The PACC believes that there is a possibility that extortion has already become rampant at the National Museum as there are no clear guidelines on the process of application permits such as in treasure hunting.

With this, the PACC is urging the National Museum administration to streamline its requirements for permit applications.

PACC will file bribery, extortion, and conspiracy against the two officials. (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

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