FILE PHOTO: Arrival of erring policemen who were reassigned to Basilan
CEBU CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has ordered Police Regional Office 7 to track the activities of cops who went on “absent without leave” (AWOL) from their duties in Mindanao.
The directive was prompted by reports that some errant Cebu cops have gone AWOL and returned to Cebu in defiance to their transfer order to Mindanao.
Albayalde wants to confirm if the said policemen have left or returned to their illegal activities.
“Well, our officers in the region ay hindi naman tumitigil nang pag monitor at pag-usisa sa lahat ng mga pulis na iyan na nag-AWOL. Ma-check sila kung nakabalik na dito, kung nakasuhan na o kung wala ay kasuhan na sila ng administratibo kung AWOL nga sila,” explained PSupt. Reyman Tolentin in a local dialect.
(Well, our officers in the region continue to monitor and investigate police who are on AWOL. We will find out if they have already returned to Cebu and if a case has already been filed against them. An administrative case will be filed against them if they really went on AWOL.)
Though Tolentin cannot reveal the exact number of involved policemen, the officer assured that they are under strict surveillance.
The said cops were transferred to Mindanao as a sanction for their involvement in illegal drugs.
Tolentin warned his men not to get involved in illegal activities especially in illegal drugs to avoid administrative sanctions. – Gladys Toabi / Marje Pelayo
Police rules out politics behind Gen. Tinio Mayor Bote’s slay, tracks suspects
Mayor Ferdinand Bote (photo courtesy of Mabuhay Papaya FB account)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that the case on the killing of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote will soon come to a close.
Albayalde said they already have a lead on the whereabouts of the suspects.
“Itong linggo na ito pag na-develop namin na nasa amin na ang physical evidence… (Pag-arrest ng person?) Yes. (That’s) possible and we have persons of interest already,” said the PNP Chief.
The PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) ruled out politics as the motive behind Bote’s assassination.
CIDG Director Roel Obusan, however, refused to disclose further details so as not to compromise their operation. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
LGU officials ask protection following Halili, Bote slay
CCTV videos that captured the assassinations of Mayor Antonio Halili (left) and Mayor Ferdinand Bote (right). (Image of Mayor Halili courtesy of City Information Office, Tanauan. Image used for Mayor Bote courtesy of NIA)
MANILA, Philippines – The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines met with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde on Wednesday (July 4) to air their concerns over the consecutive murders of Mayors Antonio Halili and Ferdinand Bote.
Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque said the local executives appealed to authorities to provide protection to mayors and other local officials in Mindanao who were banned from carrying firearms under the existing martial law.
The local officials also asked for their participation in the vetting of names to be included in the narcolist.
“Kasi sila alam nila kung sino ang mga involved sa kanilang mga lugar at yan naman po ay pag-aaralan, ang alam natin ngayon ay nagkakaroon na ng central data base and pdea will take the lead in the central data base for narcolist or narco politics,” Roque explained .
Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was assassinated on Monday (July 2) during the flag raising ceremony while General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote was shot the following day Tuesday (July 3) at the gate of National Irrigation Administration (NIA) building in Cabanatuan City. Both mayors were declared on arrival at hospitals after the fatal shootings. Suspects in both crimes remain unidentified. — Marje Pelayo
NCRPO opens hotline against scalawags in uniform
LAGUNA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) launched on Friday (June 29) a hotline where the public may report cases of abuse and illegal activities of policemen.
The hotline numbers are 0915 888 8181 for Globe subscribers and 0999 901 8181 for Smart subscribers.
Aside from texts and calls, the public may also send actual pictures and videos to support their complaints through the said hotline numbers.
NCRPO Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar said that with the use of technology they will be able to immediately respond to incidents especially if those involved are erring cops.
“Kung iko-comapare naten nangyare sa Manila kahapon, itong entrapment operation kung hindi nagreport itong asawa ng isa sa biktima nila at hindi nakarating sa amin, no way that we can act on this kaya it needs community participation,” explained Eleazar.
Eleazar encourages the public to be vigilant and not be afraid to report any illegal activity as the PNP ensures the informant’s protection.
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde commended the NCRPO’s initiative saying he is confident that such measure will be a big help towards arrest of scalawags in uniform. – Sherwin Culubong / Marje Pelayo