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‘Bikoy’ walks free after posting bail

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Peter Joemel Advincula, claims to be ‘Bikoy’ in the “Ang Totoong Narco List” video series that linked President Rodrigo Duterte’s family to illegal drug trade.

Peter Joemel Advincula, alias ‘Bikoy’, walks free after posting bail for his estafa cases in Baguio City on Friday.

Advincula was discharged at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital on Saturday morning (May 24). This was after experiencing headaches and rising blood pressure on Friday (May 23).

READ: Alias Bikoy rushed to hospital due to rising blood pressure

He finished his documentation with the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and left Camp Crame Saturday afternoon. He was accompanied by his brother.

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PNP to replace CITF with IMEG to monitor corrupt cops

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, June 14th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will create a new task force to replace the Counter-Intelligence Task Force (CITF) in order to pin down corrupt cops.

The PNP has launched the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) as part of the plan to strengthen their campaign against corrupt policemen.

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde said the new task force will focus on all erring policemen including those involved in illegal drugs.

“It will be as relentless as the first day that we launched our campaign against illegal drugs, hindi magbabago iyan. Walang aabuso na pulis, hindi lang pang aabuso, pati iyong mga mai-involve sa korapsyon, (That will not change. No cop will abuse [their authority], this also include cops involved in corruption),” he said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said they are serious in cleansing the whole police ranks.

“We upgraded the CITF into a group so meaning to say more resources, more people, and more authority, because we are serious in cleansing the ranks of the policemen,” he said.

The IMEG, according to Albayalde will still be headed by PCol. Romeo Caramat. It will also need new equipment and personnel for a more comprehensive cleansing.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP looks into possible ‘failure of intelligence’ for wrongful arrest of columnist

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Davao Today columnist, Fidelina Margarita Valle

The Philippine National Police (PNP) sees a possible ‘failure of intelligence’ in the wrongful arrest of Davao Today columnist, Fidelina Margarita Valle.

Valle was arrested at the Laguindigan Airport on Sunday (June 9).

According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde, they are already investigating the issue.

He said that once proven guilty, the involved policemen might face administrative charges.

Albayalde also urged Valle to file a complaint against the policemen who wrongfully arrested her.

“If she feels violated, we’ll be very glad to assist her. If the manner of the arrest was wrong or if there were violations on her part while she was being arrested, if she has a complaint, then we will not hesitate to file charges against our own people,” he said in a press briefing on Monday (June 10).

Valle was mistakenly identified as Elsa Renton, alias Tina Maglaya, the suspect in a multiple murder case with quadruple frustrated murder.

The charges also include damage to government property issued by the Regional Trial Court 10 Branch 36 in Misamis Occidental in December 2011.

Valle was released from the detention facility of CIDG-Zamboanga del Sur Sunday night.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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RTC issues search warrant vs Kapa-Community Ministry International

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a search warrant against the Kapa-Community Ministry International in Tagum City.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) went to the office of the Kapa-Community Ministry International.

Authorities knocked several times, however, no one responded. The NBI then seized ID’s, logbooks, and other items in the office.

The police, meanwhile, continues to monitor other investment schemes in the Davao region.

“Na-monitor namin is around 39. Iyong 14 is allegedly nag-close upon monitoring namin that time ay bumalik dahil naka-secure daw sila ng permit, (We monitored 39 [investment schemes]. Fourteen already closed upon our monitoring that time. They went back because they said they havde already secured their permit)” according to Police Regional Office XI Spokesperson PMaj. Jason Baria.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself has ordered the shutdown of the Kapa-Community Ministry International and other investment schemes in Mindanao.

“There have been numerous complaints with the president, in fact, me too, I have been receiving complaints about certain people there that may have prompted the president from ordering,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously issued a cease and desist order against the religious firm but Kapa did not respond.(with reports from Janice Ingente)

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