At least 32 injured in Hilongos, Leyte blast

admin   •   December 29, 2016   •   4357

The aftermath of consecutive explosions at a town plaza in Leyte.

 

The 32 injured are now recuperating in the hospital after two consecutive explosions rocked a plaza in Hilongos, Leyte last night.

Five of the victims are in critical condition. Some of the injured are males who were watching a boxing match at the plaza.

In the initial investigation of Hilongos Police, two improvised explosive devices (IED) were placed  in front of the municipal hall.

The first explosion was stronger compare with the second which  authorities described as “low order”.

“Based on our initial investigation conducted by EODT Region 8, it was established that the bomb used is an 81 millimeter mortar which was detonated using a cellphone,” said Hilongos Police chief P/CInsp. Alberto Redubla Renomeron Jr.

‘Persons of interest’ have already been identified by authorities but investigation continues on their identities.

They are also reviewing the CCTV footage of the incident.

At present, authorities are still unable to identify the motive behind the blast. However, a special task force has been formed by the Philippine National Police to focus on the investigation. — Jenelyn Gaquit | UNTV News & Rescue

PNP to launch manhunt ops for suspects in slay of cop in Cebu City

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said a manhunt operation has been launched for the suspects behind the murder of a police official, who was shot dead in Cebu City on Thursday afternoon.

PNP Officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa said he already directed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to coordinate with the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) of Police Regional Office 7 as he vowed to “get to the bottom” of the slaying of Police Lieutenant Colonel Joie Yape, Jr.  

“Although there are many possibilities on what could be the motive behind the ambush, we do not want to theorize or make hasty conclusions, rather we will look at all these possibilities and narrow down the investigation based on evidence,” Gamboa said.

Yape, who was assigned at the PNP Internal Affairs Service as Intelligence Officer, was attacked by unidentified gunmen aboard a motorcycle around 5:35 p.m. while traversing Molave Street in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City.

He was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival. He sustained a gunshot wound in the head.

“I extend the sincerest condolences of the PNP office corps and rank-and-file to the orphaned family and colleagues of Police Colonel Yape even as we assure them that the ends of justice will be served,” Gamboa said.

Prior to his assignment to the PNP-IAS, Yape served as chief of the Cebu Provincial Intelligence Branch and formerly assigned in Calbayog City Intelligence Unit.

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PNP agrees with PDEA not to give Robredo list of high-value drug targets

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2019

PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conform with whatever decision the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will come up with on furnishing Vice President Leni Robredo a copy of their list of high-value targets, in her capacity as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

This after PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino said that he is ready to present the said list to Robredo but only on closed-door meeting in the presence of personnel with security clearance.

Aquino has earlier refused to have the vice president furnished with the copy as it may compromise their operation, saying “the list is considered classified information that is why not everybody must have a copy of it.”
 
He added that if the list is given to the vice president, they will not have a way of knowing who else might see and learn of its content.

“Sa pinaka simpleng explanation — kapag binigay namin ang listahan kay VP Robredo hindi na namin alam kung sino sino ang magkakaroon ng access sa listahan. That will compromise our negation operations,” Aquino said.

Aquino also cited the “need to know rule” in law enforcement where not everybody is given access to sensitive and classified information.

Meanwhile, PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa said Robredo’s request may already be immaterial as the ICAD decides as a collegial body.

“Fine, if you want to review the law enforcement campaign. But would it really matter if you know who are on the list? So yes, I adhere to what PDEA Director General says,” Gamboa said.

The PNP chief once again advised VP Robredo to focus on the advocacy and the rehabilitation aspect of the campaign against illegal drugs.

Gamboa said the vice president must entrust the aspect of law enforcement to the agencies that have full know-how on the matter.

“Why would the VP not take the advocacy and the rehabilitation? Law enforcement and prosecution or on the justice could be best left to those who know it.” (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

PNP suspends permit to carry firearms for 30th SEA Games

Maris Federez   •   November 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will enforce a gun ban in Metro Manila, Central Luzon (Region 3), and CALABARZON (Region 4A) and in the whole province of La Union in view of the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

The PNP announced on Saturday (November 16) that the suspension of Permit to Carry Firearms Outside of Residence (PTCFOR) in these areas will be in effect from November 20 to December 14, 2019.

A memorandum released by the national police said the gun ban is part of the security measures it has laid for the event to ensure that the activities will be free from firearm-related incidents.

It added that the measure will be enforced to ensure the safety of the populace as well as of the local and foreign athletes.

Exempted from the gun ban are the police, soldiers and other members of law enforcement agencies in uniform, and the participants in the SEA Games shooting competition. /mbmf

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