MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa could not hold his tears when he saw a video of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers battling in Marawi City.
General Dela Rosa said that the five-month battle of the SAF members against the terrorists who attempted to conquer the city was not a piece of cake.
“Tumatayo ang balahibo ko. I can feel for them yung mga naghirap talaga doon sa frontline. Makita talaga yung mga dugo na dumanak, yung mga pagsabog left and right, mga putukan. Kahit gaano ka katapang at katibay pag ganoong sitwasyon wala kang ibang mapupuntahan kundi si Lord,” said Dela Rosa.
With this, the PNP chief did not hesitate to give special promotion to the 745 Special Action Force members who fought in Marawi City.
Even Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista salutes the gallantry of the SAF members.
“I have seen how this men and women work side by side with the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to crush and defeat the lawless elements who spread terror in the city of Marawi,” said the commanding general.
The PNP chief takes pride of the expertise of the SAF members when it comes to urban warfare, hence the successful mission of liberating Marawi City from the hands of ISIS-inspired terrorists.
General Dela Rosa also recommended the promotion of third level officers, which is under the jurisdiction of President Rodrigo Duterte himself, and not of the PNP chief’s.
“They did they share in Marawi especially that they were the commanders. They keep on inspiring their people, their men, to fight. And indeed what they did is very commendable, very laudable,” said the chief.
Meanwhile, eight other policemen were promoted after fighting against 200 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who made an attack on Binuangan Municipal Station in Misamis Oriental in December 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
2,181 cops fired in 2 years under Duterte administration
MANILA,Philippines — The number of Philippine National Police (PNP)officers who have been dismissed from service has now reached more than 2,181 since President Rodrigo Duterte initiated internal cleansing among the agency’s ranks from July 2016 to June 2018.
“The PNP has sustained the momentum of its continuing internal cleansing program in the 190,000-strong police force over the past two years under the Duterte administration when organizational discipline and internal reform became the centerpiece of the service agenda of PNP Chief (Oscar) Albayalde,” PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Benigno Durana said in a statement.
Over 1,828 of these personalities committed serious infractions while 353 are involved in illegal drug trade.
The agency continues to cleanse its ranks of scalawags in an effort to end corruption and proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. — UNTV News & Rescue
Police nab 2 Japanese, 6 Filipino illegal recruiters in QC
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Two Japanese nationals and six Filipinos were arrested in Quezon City on Friday (July 20) for large-scale illegal recruitment.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the suspects allegedly recruit applicants to Japan via “direct hiring” through a language school named Kansai Care Training Center. The group asks P30,000 each victim for a Nihonggo language training which they say is a prerequisite for a caregiver job in Japan.
A victim said the group promised to send him to Japan this July but after the first schedule lapsed, the center vowed to include him in the September batch.
“Kami po ay taga-probinsya…Nagbigay po sila ng pangako na magandang trabaho sa Japan kapalit ng pagaaral sa kanila ng Nihonggo at pagproseso ng dokumento sa pagpapaalis sa amin,” said alias Rolly, one of the victims.
The entrapment team launched the operation at 1:45 p.m. today after the suspects demanded an additional P12,000 from four of the victims allegedly as processing fee.
CIDG-Anti Transnational Crime Unit (ATCU) Chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr. said the suspects’ modus operandi is known as “enrolment to employment scheme” and the alleged language center is not a registered agency under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
The suspects will face charges of economic sabotage, illegal recruitment and estafa.
“It’s a non-bailable offense,” Merdegia concluded. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
PNP holds reenactment of Mayor Halili’s assassination
At exactly 8:10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead in the early Monday flag ceremony at the Tanuan City Hall grounds.
The Special Investigation Task Group Halili conducted on Thursday, July 5 the reenactment of the assassination.
This aims to eliminate speculations and establish the position of the gunman.
In the reenactment, a mannequin wearing a suit was placed at the spot where Mayor Halili was standing along with other individuals during the incident.
After the reenactment, Region 4-A Director Edward Carranza confirmed that the position of the gunman was the sniper hole which they mentioned before.
The crime laboratory said that the killer had an estimated distance of 76.8 meters from the position of the mayor.
The suspect was also elevated 4.1 meters from the ground which enabled him to hit the mayor despite any movement in his place.
Carranza said that it is possible that the gunman is not a sniper who commonly aims for a head shot.
At a distance of 76.8 meters, he said that civilians who are highly-skilled in firearms can also execute a kill shot comparable to a marksman’s .
Currently, there are still three persons of interest who are under investigation.
Meanwhile, at around 9:30 pm in the morning, the crime laboratory has found a bullet in the sniper hole.
It will undergo a ballistic examination to cross-match with the 5.56mm bullet found in the body of the mayor in an autopsy.
Through this, it is possible to identify the owner of the firearm which was used in the killing of Halili. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue