FILE IMAGE: A screenshot of a video in the internet showing some allegedly Filipinos signifying alliance with the ISIS terrorist group.
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the remaining terrorists are still recruiting and strengthening their forces.
Twenty-three armed groups are believed to have joined forces under the so-called “ISIS Philippines”.
However, the AFP is still verifying the said information.
The military is also looking into intelligence reports that a certain Abu Dar replaced Isnilon Hapilon as the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia.
Abu Dar, a Maranao, was able to flee the clashes in Marawi City and is believed to have brought with him a huge sum of money.
“We are trying to confirm the veracity of that information. Yesterday, informal reports came in regarding the matter and I’m telling it to the intelligence community, operations and people on the ground we are trying to confirm that,” AFP spokesperson BGen. Bienvenido Datuin said.
The AFP noted that terrorists continue to recruit new members, organize, and re-train themselves.
The military and the police are also verifying a circulating text message, saying terrorists are planning to bomb six cities.
The said text message states a leaked copy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region X in Cagayan de Oro City.
“We are closely monitoring them to make sure that they will not conduct or execute any atrocities or terroristic actions within the metropolis or any urban areas,” said the AFP spokesperson.
“This is being validated, but this should not be a cause of panic or alarm among our citizens. If we are talking about Mindanao, so we could protect the people there. Here in our area, in Visayas and Luzon, the security forces, the military, the intelligence community and the PNP are on top of the situation. We are doing our part in seeing to it that our people will be protected,” said PNP spokesperson PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP warns of ‘Tokhang’ robocall scams
A number of telephone subscribers have complained about receiving a robocall or a phone call that uses computerized autodialer to deliver the pre-recorded message: “Paalala. Ito ang departamento ng pulisya ng lungsod. Para sa iyong kaalaman nasangkot ka sa isang nakabinbing kaso ng iligal na droga. Pindutin ang number 1 upang marinig muli ang mensahe at number 9 upang ilipat ang tawag sa opisyal ng pulisya. Salamat.”
The robocall claims to come from the Philippine National Police (PNP). A prerecorded female voice would urge the recipient to press the number 9 to talk to a police officer about their alleged involvement in a drug case.
The person posing as an officer on the other line will allegedly order the victim to pay a certain amount of money or ask for personal information such as bank details in order to clear their name from the list of “narcos”.
The same robocall was received by the head sector relations of Globe Telecommunications.
“Ako mismo nakatanggap ako. Two days ago on the way to a meeting with NDRRMC. Nakatanggap ako ng call mismo. It was the recording. Yung female voice telling me to press 1 or press 9” said Globe Telecom Inc. Sector Relations head Robert Bobby Aquino.
But the PNP clarified that its Oplan Tokhang does not use robocall, but rather, police officers who personally visit the residence of the person suspected of being involved in illegal drug use or trading.
The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group said this is a type of telephone fraudulent scheme that evolved from the text method used by scammers to extort money.
Due to mounting complaints, the PNP-ACG reached out to the management of giant telecommunications company in the country to discuss and agree on ways to counter the fraudulent scheme.
“We can alert our internal fraud teams and we will discuss and see how can this be mitigated or prevented,” said PLDT Inc. 15 Inter-carrier Transactions and Proceedings Division Head Senior Associate Atty. Juan Antonio Lopez.
“Ang recommendation ko is to come up with an advisory right away to our customers about this new scheme siya, pero old fraud method ito para ma-educate ang customers about this,” said Aquino.
The PNP ACG also calls on the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report to authorities when they encounter such or similar fraudulent schemes.
“Sa mga nabibiktima kung puwede po ay mag report sila sa PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group. Doon naman po sa nakarecieve pa lang ng tawag, kung maari po ‘wag nyo na lang sagutin kasi kung importantenaman po ay magtetext naman po yun. Hindi rin naman po puwedeng tawag lang at text ang Tokhang natin. Pupunta po ang kapulisan sa mga bahay kung totokhangin po tayo,” said Investigation Section – ACOD chief PCInsp Joseph Arvin Villaran. — Lea Ylagan
EXCLUSIVE: 349 cops test positive for illegal drug use – PNP
MANILA,Philippines — Despite the government’s intensified war against drugs, cops who test positive for illegal drug use continue to rise.
The Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory said that 349 policemen have tested positive of using shabu based on the latest tally from January 2016 to September 2018.
PNP Crime Laboratory Director PCSupt. Rolando Hinanay said, drug use is more prevalent among Police Officers 1 (P01) with 146 offenders while the highest ranking cop on record is a police superintendent.
“Administratively they are charged with grave misconduct. Of course they will be given due process but ang grave misconduct kasi, ang maximum penalty niyan is dismissal from the service,” Hinanay said.
He added that the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has the highest number of personnel who use illegal drugs at 47, followed by Calabarzon area with 41 and Zamboanga peninsula with 37.
“ Tuloy- tuloy yung aming internal cleansing, random drug testing to find out kung sino-sino sa mga personnel namin ang gumagamit ng drugs,” Hanay said. “Totoo nakakabahala siya kaya nga ito yung actions na ginawa ng pamunuan ng PNP upang i-address yung problem na yun.”
Meanwhile, no PNP personnel tested positive of illegal drug use in the Cordillera Administrative Region. — Lea Ylagan
Man arrested for bribing QCPD police
Jonathan Prodigalidad ended up behind bars after attempting to bribe operatives of QCPD Station 1 Drug Enforcement Unit in an attempt to free his brother, Isagani Progalidad, who is facing drug charges.
Based on the initial investigation of the QCPD, Isagani was nabbed previously in a buy-bust operation on a street in Brgy. Sto. Domingo Thursday night (August 23).
Six sachets of suspected shabu and marked money worth P300 were seized from the suspect.
To save his brother from ending in jail Jonathan approached a member of the operative and made an offer.
This alerted the officer and started to subtly record the whole transaction.
“So ginawa ng operatiba natin agad-agad nag-set up ng video na sa ganun makukuha natin ng ebidensya ang panunuhol sa operatiba natin,” said QCPD SDEU chief PSInsp. Kenneth Louie Leano.
Jonathan was recorded negotiating with the police officer and handing out cash worth P25,000.
He insisted that it was Isagani’s wife who ordered him to bribe the police.
“Pinag utusan lang ako sir. Yung asawa ng kapatid ko, hindi ko naman alam sir,” he said.
Jonathan will face charges for violating Article 212 Corruption of Public Official of the Revised Penal Code. — Reynante Ponte