9 Jolo cops tagged in killing of 4 soldiers to face NBI probe this week

Robie de Guzman   •   July 13, 2020   •   322

MANILA, Philippines – The nine police officers involved in the killing of four military men in Jolo, Sulu in June will face the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) this week, Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa said Monday.

Gamboa said the policemen will meet with the NBI for three days starting Monday for the investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of the soldiers.

The PNP chief also confirmed reports that only four out of nine cops had fired their guns during the incident that took place on June 29.

The NBI Forensic for Investigation Services earlier said that four of the nine policemen tagged in the killing tested positive for gunpowder nitrates following paraffin tests.

“They are also hoping na matapos din agad ang investigation kasi sabi nila kung walang kasalanan yung iba. Yung iba maiiwan pero yung walang kasalanan sana makabalik na sila sa kanila. But, of course, natural ito dahil may mga pamilya din sila doon sa Jolo na naiwan,” Gamboa said.

Meanwhile, Gamboa said that the Board of Inquiry, whose members consist of police and military officers, is still reviewing the tactics and protocols of the PNP and Armed Forces of the Philippines to see if these need to be improved and to prevent the incident from happening again.

“Of course ang magiging adjustment kung coordination ang problema is not only with the PNP. This will be a joint evaluation, joint resolution on how to go about yung coordination… Local coordination really is the secret para hindi na magkaroon ng mga insidente kagaya ng Jolo,” he said,

Last June 29, four soldiers were killed after they were accosted by local police officers.

The Philippine Army said the four men, who were wearing civilian clothes, were on an official mission when they were spotted by police officers on patrol.

When questioned by cops, the four men allegedly introduced themselves as members of the AFP. They were then asked to proceed to the Jolo Municipal Police Station for verification.

But initial police report said the soldiers attempted to escape prompting police to give chase. When the men got off their vehicle, they allegedly pointed their firearms at the police, which prompted the cops to fire at them, resulting in their death.

The NBI earlier said its investigation is ongoing and is already in possession of video footage of the incident. It has also gathered testimonies from witnesses, including two soldiers who served as sweepers when the shooting incident took place.

The caps tagged in the killing have since been placed under restrictive custody following the incident. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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PNP, may bagong listahan ng narco-cops – Sinas

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Kinumpirma ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas na may hawak silang bagong listahan ng mga pulis na umano’y sangkot sa operasyon ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan, sinabi ni Sinas na may  ranggo ang mga pulis na nakasama sa listahan ngunit tumanggi siyang tukuyin ang mga ito, kung saan naka-assign pati na ang pangalan ng mga tinaguriang narco-cops.

“Halo na po yan. Kaunti na lang yan pero hindi na muna namin pangalanan at sabihiin ang ranggo kasi baka magtanungan eh,” ang pahayag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya.

Ayon kay Sinas, ang listahan ay batay sa nakalap na intelligence report patuloy pa itong isinasailalim sa validation process.

Isasalang din aniya ito sa adjudication process gaya ng ginawa sa termino ng nag-retiro nang si PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

Sa panahon ni Gamboa, aabot sa 357 pulis ang napabilang sa sinasabing narco-list.

“Ito lang naman ay more on intelligence report, bina-validate, evaluated, confirmed, re-confirmed… Ganoon po ang proseso natin. Pagdating sa DI ay ina-adjudicate kung totoo nga o hindi para finally remain them in the list or to remove them,” ang wika ni Sinas.

Sakaling makumpirmang sangkot nga sa operasyon ng iligal na droga ang mga nasa listahan at may sapat na ebidensiya at testigo ay sasampahan ang mga ito ng kaukulang kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Mga pulis, obligadong mag-ehersisyo 2 beses sa isang araw – PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Obligado na ngayong maglaan ng oras para sa ehersisyo ang mga pulis kahit nasa loob lang ng kani-kanilang mga opisina.

Ayon kay Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas, kailangang maglaan ng apat na minutong exercise, dalawang beses sa isang araw, ang mga pulis upang manatiling malusog ang pangangatawan.

“10 o’clock in the morning habit, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon habit. ‘Yun ‘yung 4-minute exercise, inumpisahan na namin ipatupad doon sa headquarters…. Simple lang naman yun, nasa opisina ka nakaupo gawin mo yun. Mapapansin mo at mararamdaman mo yung effect,” ang wika ng hepe ng PNP.

Aniya, kapag tumugtog na ang awiting Voltes V ay kailangang huminto ang mga pulis sa kanilang ginagawa para mag-ehersisyo, nakaupo man o nakatayo.

Ayon kay Sinas, maging siya ay ginagawa ito para sa pagsisikap niyang maging physically fit, dagdag pa ang mahigpit na monitoring sa kaniyang diet.

Katunayan aniya ay nabawasan na ang kanyang timbang – mula sa 300 pounds ay nasa 255 pounds na siya ngayon.

“Ang ideal weight ko is 210 pero payat na payat nako nun baka sabihin mo gumagamit na ako… I’m happy to have 230 – 240 para medyo may laman naman,” ang pahayag ni Sinas.

Maliban sa ehersisyo, pinababantayan rin ni Sinas ang body mass index (BMI) ng kanyang mga tauhan upang makaiwas sa sakit.

Ang body mass index ng isang tao ay dapat nakabatay sa height nito.

Ayon kay Sinas, ang mga pulis na nasa obese category ay hindi papayagang sumailalim sa mandatory schooling na maaaring maka-apekto sa proseso ng kanilang promosyon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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Sinas extends working days for PNP frontline services

Robie de Guzman   •   November 25, 2020

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas on Wednesday said he has directed the Civil Security Group (CSG) to extend the working days of its personnel involved in frontline services to accommodate more clients.

Sinas said he has issued instructions to CSG director Police Brigadier General Rolando Hinanay to operate the One-Stop-Shop beyond the regular working days to decrease the number of applicants for License to Exercise Security Profession (LESP) for private security, and the License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) during weekdays.

This means that the CSG will accommodate LESP and LTOPF applicants even on weekends and holidays starting Nov. 28 to Dec. 13. During Saturdays, the One-Stop-Shop services will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays or Holidays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The scheduling scheme for clients will be based on an online queuing system to control and streamline the number of visitors in Camp Crame.

“We see to it that we control the customer flow in the National Headquarters to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for the safety of everyone. On a daily average, the CSG-OSS has 700 to 800 clients,” Sinas said.

The PNP chief also ordered the CSG to open a One-Stop-Shop annex at the Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence Office for the processing of DI clearances needed in applying for LESP, neuro-psycho test and drug test for LTOPF applicants.

He is likewise eyeing to open a CSG Extension Offices in Eastern Police District, Northern Police District, and Southern Police District.

“Aside from this development for CSG services, we are working on the possible opening of LTOFP booths in shopping malls in Metro Manila, and printing hubs of LESP and LTOFP cards to be placed in all Police Regional Offices nationwide,” Sinas said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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