Authorities arrest no. 2 most wanted carnapper in Camarines Sur
Aileen Cerrudo • July 10, 2019 • 827
The Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has arrested the no. 2 most wanted carnapper in Camarines Sur.
Authorities arrested Edwin Argamosa, through a warrant of arrest, on Tuesday (July 9) in Laguna.
According to the PNP-HPG, Argamosa has been in hiding for three years after stealing an elf truck that he was supposed to fix in 2016.
Argamosa had been moving to different places in Laguna which made him difficult to track by authorities until he was found in Barangay Mojon, Liliw, Laguna.
“Matagal namin siyang sinusubaybayan, sinundan namin iyong kaniyang anak papunta sa school at sa paguwi niya nalaman namin iyong kaniyang ibang bahay pa na inuuwian sa Laguna, (We have been monitoring him for quite some time. We followed his child from school and we found their home in Laguna)” according to Laguna HPG Chief PCapt. Ernesto Esguerra
The court allowed the suspect to file a bail amounting to P180,000. Argamosa is currently of the HPG in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.—AAC (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there had been a group of former generals who pressured PGen Oscar Albayalde to step down from his post as chief of the national police.
Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday (Oct. 14) amid the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 while he was still the provincial director.
Senator Richard Gordon mentioned the possibility that pressures from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pushed Albayalde to resign.
“Ang naging dahilan ni Albayalde ay serye ng pagdinig at pressure doon sa issue (Albayalde’s reasons for his resignation were the series of hearings and on the issue itself),” PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.
The PNP, however, admitted that Albayalde’s decision to go on a terminal leave had affected the morale of the police.
Banac said the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, where Albayalde belongs, is in full support of the former police chief’s decision.
Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is still in the process of choosing the next PNP chief.
Three senior police officers are already in the shortlist of the president. These are:
PNP OIC PLtGen. ARCHIE GAMBOA
Deputy Chief PNP for Operations PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan
Chief of Directorial Staff PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar
The President, however, has the prerogative to choose anyone of the generals in the PNP. —(from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – Some lawmakers believe that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde is not yet off the hook over allegations for his supposed role in the alleged drug recycling scheme involving some rouge policemen despite his early exit.
In a statement on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Albayalde’s decision to relinquish his post ahead of his mandatory retirement “will not in any way clear him from his liability.”
“His continued stay as PNP chief has become untenable. His resignation ahead of his mandatory retirement, however, will not in any way clear him from his liability, both administratively or criminally, in connection with the Pampanga ninja cops issue,” Drilon said.
Earlier in the day, Albayalde said he is stepping down from his post and go on non-duty status.
The embattled PNP chief made the announcement weeks before his mandatory retirement on November 8.
Albayalde has denied allegations he was involved in the controversial 2013 anti-drug operation carried out by his former men when he was the head of Pampanga police provincial office.
He also maintained he did not intervene in their case when the cops were only demoted in 2017 instead of dismissed as ordered in 2014.
Although he initially said he will finish his term, Albayalde said he decided to leave his post after “careful thought and deliberation.”
He said this would pave the way for the appointment of his replacement should the President so desire.
But according to Kabataan Party-list Representative Sarah Elago, Albayalde’s early exit does not put an end to the issue.
“This won’t appease the youth’s call for truth and liability over the PNP chief’s alleged involvement in the recycling of seized illegal drugs,” Elago said in a statement.
“Beyond his resignation, we demand an end to the drug war’s murderous rampage; we demand justice and accountability,” she added.
Bayan Muna party-list Representative Ferdinand Gaite also believes Albayalde’s resignation is only a “smokescreen” to conceal the real corruption in the government’s war on drugs.
“They are trying to minimize the damage that Gen. Albayalde’s involvement had done which is why he was let go earlier. Malacañang officials may have talked to Albayalde over the weekend for him to resign and ‘take one for the team’ as they say,” he said.
“As late as last Friday, Albayalde was adamant that he would not resign but what transpired over the weekend that he changed his mind? Apparently, he became too hot to handle and the Senate investigation has further exposed the bogus character of the drug war of Pres. Duterte,” he added.
Malacañang, however, said it did not pressure Albayalde from leaving his post and that perhaps he has had enough of the accusations.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, expressed mixed feelings on how Albayalde ended his police service.
“I have mixed feelings about the way P/Gen. Oscar Albayalde, now ex-Chief PNP, has abruptly ended his police service more than three weeks before his compulsory retirement,” Lacson said in a statement.
“His statements prior to his formal announcement today to relinquish command of the 190,000-strong police force have somehow diminished the redeeming value of his intent to spare the PNP from the so-called ‘ninja cops’ controversies,” he added.
Lacson said that being a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) himself, he feels sad whenever a fellow PMA-er is involved in a controversy that “hit the very core of the unique and exclusive cadet honor system” which nurtured them “to resist the moral challenges and temptations once we step out of the Academy.”
“The Code simply says: ‘A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.’ While many choose to adhere to the Code albeit not in the same rigid, exacting manner, still, quite a number have opted to fall out of the ‘long grey line’ sooner or later in their career,” he said.
However, Lacson, also a former PNP chief, was quick to clarify that his statement does not mean to cast judgment on Albayalde’s character.
“Rather, it is only to reiterate the sad reality that many PMA graduates have been eaten by the corrupt and corrupting system of law enforcement,” he said.
In light of the controversies surrounding the PNP leadership, Drilon urged for a strict and better vetting procedure for PNP officers.
“We expect a better vetting process should be instituted in the selection of next PNP Chief, and in general, in the assignment of PNP officers,” Drilon said.
“The next PNP chief will have to work doubly hard to regain the credibility of the police community and the government’s drug war,” he added.
The senator also said he will push for amendments to the implementing rules of the Dangerous Drugs Law, particularly with regard to the period of destroying seized contraband to address the issue of drug recycling. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines – National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Major General Guillermo Eleazar has been designated to chief of the Directorial Staff of the Philippine National Police (PNP) following a major reshuffle of police key posts.
The promotion places Eleazar as the number four highest official in the PNP.
The reassignment was triggered by the retirement of PNP deputy chief for administration, Lt. Gen. Fernando Mendez on Friday, Oct. 11.
Mendez will be replaced by Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, who is currently the deputy for operations.
Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan, who is the current chief of the directorial staff, will take over the post soon to be vacated by Gamboa.
Eleazar, Gamboa and Cascolan have earlier been reported as front runners to replace PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde, who is set to retire on November 8.
Central Visayas Regional Director BGen. Debold Sinas will replace Eleazar as head of the NCRPO.
The PNP said the new designations will take effect on October 12. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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