Alias Bikoy rushed to hospital due to rising blood pressure

Marje Pelayo   •   May 24, 2019   •   1778

MANILA, Philippines – Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy was rushed to the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital Friday morning (May 24) due to headaches and rising blood pressure.

This was confirmed by PNP Spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac citing PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde during a press briefing on Friday.

The UNTV News team tried to reach Advincula’s brother, Joseph for details but to no avail.

Report said that alias Bikoy’s blood pressure rose to 130/90, the reason for his confinement.

Meanwhile, Advincula will remain in the custody of the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group- National Capital Region (CIDG-NCR) until he is able to post bail, according to CIDG-NCR Chief PLt.Col. Thomas Ibay.

Banac, however, added that Advincula will not be allowed to give media interviews while in detention also in consideration with the request of his family to respect their privacy while they are processing Advincula’s bail bond.

“Paglabas niya ay doon na lamang ninyo siya kausapin,” Banac told reporters.

(You may talk to him when he gets out on bail.)

“Hindi na muna natin siya ipa-i-interview ngayon. Tama na muna ang naging press conference kahapon,” he added.

(For now, we will not allow him to be interviewed. What transpired from the press briefing yesterday is enough for now.)

 Meanwhile, the PNP spokesperson said they still couldn’t confirm the names of policemen to whom Advincula allegedly offered and sold information to malign the person of Secretary Mar Roxas who was then running for president.

“Wala kaming makuhang impormasyon kung sino sa kanila ang nakipag-usap noong mga panahon na iyon,” Col. Banac said.

(We have no information on the cops [Advincula] negotiated with before.)

“So, maaaring ang iba ay nagsipag-retiro na rin (o) wala na sa active duty. Wala po tayong nahanap sinuman na may kaugnayan kay Bikoy,” he concluded.

(Some might have retired or no longer in active duty. We have not yet found anyone who have links to Bikoy.) (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

PNP targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 21, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) targets zero casualties in the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.

Over 17,000 security personnel from various government agencies will be deployed during the event.

During the send-off ceremony in Camp Bagong Diwa on Thursday (November 21), PNP officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a press briefing that they have not monitored any threat for the SEA Games.

“Imminent [threat]? None. But the evaluation continues. We do not stop evaluating,” he said.

The task force created for the SEA Games includes the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Office of the Civil Defense, local government units (LGUs), and other government agencies.

Meanwhile, SEA Games Task Group Commander PBGen. Lyndon Lawas said they are coordinating with the Department Education (DepEd) for the suspension of classes in Metro Manila.

The deployment will begin on November 25 following the implementation of ‘full alert’ status in Metro Manila.

“We would like to minimize the effect of the travel of the delegates to and from the different destinations, from the billet area to the game sites,” he said.

There will be 530 events from 56 sports in the SEA Games where over 9,000 athletes will compete for the gold.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

All PNP camps, offices declared ‘no vape zone’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 20, 2019

All camps and offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be a ‘no vape zone’, according to PNP officer-in-charge (OIC) Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa.

“All PNP camps and offices are declared ‘no vape zone’,” he said in a statement on Wednesday (November 20). Gamboa also directed policemen to refrain from vaping in public.

The PNP OIC also said they will begin enforcing the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to ban vaping in public spaces.

PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac also said, Gamboa already directed the PNP to enforce the ban and arrest those who are caught vaping in public.

“Effective today ang agarang pagbabawal sa paggamit ng vapes o e-cigarettes at ang pagtiyak na ang paggamit nito in public ay maaaresto (The ban on the use of vapes or e-cigarettes will be effective today and individuals caught using it in public will be arrested),” according to Banac.

However, for cities with no ordinance, apprehended individuals will have their names listed. They will just be reprimanded and will be sent home.

Banac also said that the PNP will coordinate with local government units (LGUs), vape manufacturers and sellers regarding the said ban.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP personnel to receive year-end bonus

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has released over P7 billion for the year-end bonuses of its personnel, both uniformed and non-uniformed, in active duty.

In a press release, the PNP said about P P7,481,118,702 will be given to 205,189 PNP personnel nationwide.

PNP Director for Comptrollership Maj. Gen. Jose Victor Ramos said the year-end bonus is equivalent to the amount of the monthly basic salary of each personnel along with the mandated P5,000 cash gift from the national government.

The year-end bonus has been credited to the individual ATM payroll accounts of each police personnel through the Land Bank of the Philippines, the PNP said.

For police personnel who are yet to be enrolled in the PNP’s ATM payroll system, Finance Service Director Brig. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz said they will receive their individual cheques through their Regional Finance Service Offices.

Meanwhile, the release of year-end bonuses for police personnel with pending administrative and criminal cases will be deferred in accordance with its disciplinary policy.

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