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8 teams compete at UNTV Cup Executive Face-off 

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff opening ceremony on 2017. (Russell Julio / Photoville International)

The off-season games of UNTV Cup, Executive Face-off, will begin on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Eight teams, mostly composed of officials from various government agencies, will compete for the P1-million grand prize to be given to their chosen beneficiaries.
UNTV Cup is the brainchild of public service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon  to foster camaraderie among the participating government agencies while delivering charity and public service through basketball.
The following teams will be sharing the hard court: PNP Responders, AFP Cavaliers, Judiciary Magis, DOJ Justice Boosters, Senate Sentinels, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, Ombudsman Graftbusters and GSIS Thunder Furies.
Some Cabinet members of the Duterte administration are also expected to play at the event.
A total of P2 million and P350,000 will be given away for all the teams’ charities, tax-free through the support of UNTV Cup’s main sponsor Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International (MCGI)
The following cash prizes are as follows:
Champion  – Php1,000,000,
2nd Place   – Php 500,000
3rd Place    – Php 250,000
4th Place    – Php 200,000
5th Place    – Php 100,000
6th Place    – Php 100,000
7th Place    – Php 100,000
8th Place    – Php 100,000
For the former off-season champion AFP Cavaliers, defending their title is a huge challenge.
AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said, “I think yung team ay ready naman pareho, walang problema. Ang problema ay sana marami kaming bago ngayon, maagang mag-gel sa team.”
(I think both teams are ready, so there should be no problem. But we have new faces this time and I hope the team will be able to gel quickly.)
“Pero sa tingin ko nga defending champion tayo, dapat pakita natin na defending champion nga tayo,” he added.
(We are the defending champions, we should remind them why we really are defending champions.)
Meanwhile, the PNP Responders headed by Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, promised to avenge their defeat after losing to AFP Cavaliers last Executive Face-off championship.
The regular season champion, the Senate basketball team, is expected to grace the occasion.
This year’s Executive Face-off will run until July 30, 2018, with the knockout championship game at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Witness the opening games of the UNTV Cup Off Season Executive Face Off at the Pasig City Sports Center, this Sunday, May 6 at 3 PM with a telecast on UNTV and webcast via www.untvweb.com.
Don’t miss the performance of Wish107.5’s 1st Wishcovery Grand Champion Princess Sevillena.

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PNP to probe allegations, may consider alias Bikoy as witness

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

(L-R) Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy and PNP Police General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) did not grant Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy’s request to stay at Camp Crame for security even after he posted bail for his estafa case in Baguio City.

According to PNP Police General Oscar Albayalde, the PNP has no facility for Advincula’s request and there is no reason for him to stay at the PNP Headquarters.

“Not unless of course meron siyang kaso at may utos ang korte na ikulong sya sa custodial facility namin,” Albayalde told reporters on Friday (May 24).

(Not unless, of course, he has a case and the court orders to detain him at our custodial facility.)

“Pero wala po kaming tao kailanman na kinupkop dito at binigyan ng protection dito mismo sa loob ng kampo,” he added.

(We have never allowed anyone to stay and enjoy protection inside the camp.)

The PNP Chief said they also need to validate Advincula’s claim that he is receiving threats to his life.

As for Advincula’s testimonies, the PNP vowed to conduct a thorough investigation not only on his latest allegations but also his previous statements linking President Rodrigo Duterte and family to illegal drugs.

During his press conference on Thursday (May 23), Advincula alias Bikoy named Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Liberal Party as the people behind the narco-videos, “Ang Totoong Narcolist”.

It is possible, according to the PNP, for Advincula to become a witness in the investigation.

“Hindi natin inaalis ang posibilidad na kapag ang ebidensya ay matibay at may kasong isasampa at mag-a-apply bilang witness ay di maaalis ang posibilidad na maging witness nga sya,” PNP Spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac said.

(We are not discounting the possibility especially if the evidence and the case are strong, then he applies as witness, he can possibly become a witness.)

“Kasi siya ang nag-a-akusa sa pinangalanan niyang personalidad,” he added.

(Because he is the one who is accusing the personalities he mentioned.)

Even former Chief of Police and now Senator-elect Ronald Bato dela Rosa agreed to a scrutiny on the veracity of alias Bikoy’s statements.

“Hindi ko sinasabi na paniwalaan ninyo si Bikoy kasi ako mismo ay walang credibility ang tao na yan,” Senator-elect Dela Rosa said.

(I am not saying you believe Bikoy because to me, he is not credible.)

“Pero kung ikaw ay mag investigate ng isang kaso wag mong i- lump up lahat ng investigation. (Iyong) pag engage ni Bikoy sa Bucor noon ibang investigation iyon. (Iyong) pag engage ni Bikoy sa paggawa ng video series dapat ibang investigation iyon,” he added.

(But if you were to investigate on one case, you shouldn’t lump up the investigation. Bikoy’s alleged engagement with BuCor (personnel) should be investigated. His engagement in making the video series, that should be a different investigation.)

Meanwhile, Albayalde confirmed on Friday that Advincula was admitted to a hospital due to chest pains and rising blood pressure. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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Self-confessed ‘Bikoy’ used to sell fake information to authorities – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) remains skeptical of Peter Joemel Advincula claiming to be alias Bikoy, the hooded man in the viral narco video linking prominent personalities including President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, the responsibility is on Advincula to prove his claim, though authorities are working out to uncover his real identity.

“We have not really confirmed na itong si Bikoy na naka-hood ay siya rin itong si Advincula na self-confessed Bikoy. Ang burden of proof lies on Advincula kung paano niya i-prove na siya si Bikoy talaga, (We have not really confirmed if this hooded man or self-confessed Bikoy is indeed Advincula. The burden of proof now lies on Advincula to prove himself as Bikoy),” Police General Albayalde said.

According to Albayalde, Advincula used to tip authorities with information when he was serving jail term inside the New Bilibid Prison in 2016.

“He made it believe through one inmate also na siya ay involved. The same kuwento niya na siya ang involved sa isang sindikato at meron siyang alam na laboratory sa Bicol. It so happened na noong i-verify namin ang sinasabi niyang laboratory ay isang resort pala. (He made one inmate believe that he was involved (in a syndicate). The same old story. And that he knew of a (drug) laboratory in Bicol. It so happened that when we verified the supposed laboratory, it turned out to be a resort). So, this is how he lies,” Albayalde explained.

What’s cunning, Albayalde said, was that Advincula used to sell information for P50,000 to P70,000.

“We have an intensified campaign against illegal drugs, alam niya (he knows it). So, we develop kahit anong information ang nakukuha namin sa isang tao (So, we develop whatever information we could get from an informant).  But before he gives information, ilang beses na siyang nakahingi ng medyo large amount of money (he would always ask for a large amount of money). And it turned out na lahat ng sinabi niya are all false, (later, it would turn out that everything he said was false),” the PNP Chief narrated.

He said it was not only one agency that Advincula conned with false information.

“Ibig sabihin nagpabayad siya dito (He accepted payment for), the same information . Umatras iyon pero nabayaran na siya (The other party backed out their deal but he was paid already),” Albayalde said.

Then there was another agency na binayaran siya ulit and then false pa rin ang sinasabi niya (Then there was another agency that also paid him, but fed it false information again),” Albyalde added.

If Advincula is indeed Bikoy, Albayalde said it is possible that he is a paid whistleblower.

Until now, the PNP has not received any information on whether or not the personalities mentioned by Bikoy in the viral video have links to illegal drugs, but assures that investigations are still ongoing.

“Kahit na ang quadrangle group na sinasabi niya it’s not even existent, (Even that quadrangle group that he mentioned is non-existent),” the PNP Chief said.

Meanwhile, authorities are still verifying information if Advincula has an existing warrant of arrest for cases of illegal recruitment in Baguio City. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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PNP recovers over 300 firearms from unauthorized security agencies

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

PNP officials inspect over 300 firearms seized from unauthorized security agencies in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recovered a total of 331 firearms from security agencies in Metro Manila issued with Cease to Operate (CTO) order.

The PNP Civil Security Group-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (CSG-SOSIA) presented to media on Wednesday (May 8) 250 firearms from involved security agencies, while 81 were recovered during the conduct of post to post inspection in the duration of the election period from January 13 to present.

The firearms recovered include:

(55) 12 GA Shotgun

(39) 9mm pistol

(222) .38 caliber

(10) Super .38 caliber

(1) caliber 380

(2) CAL .32

(2) Mac Intretac

The security guards involved were also issued with violation ticket report.

The confiscation and issuance of VTR stemmed from the agencies’ lack of license to exercise the security profession of security guards.

The crackdown on unauthorized security agencies is in line with PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde’s directive to SOSIA to “revisit the hiring process of security guards and intensify the conduct of post to post inspection.”

This, after the arrest of an alleged Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention who posed as security guard in Muntinlupa City.

Since the start of the election period, the PNP has recovered a total of 1,257 firearms from unauthorized security agencies that violated the CTO order and through the post to post inspections of police authorities across the country. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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