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Cadaver found in Nueva Ecija, not Reynaldo de Guzman alias “Kulot” – PNP

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Based on the DNA test conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory, the cadaver with 31 stab wounds was not of 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman alias “Kulot”.

“He was not Reynaldo de Guzman. He was not the son of the couple. The dead body found in the creek. We don’t know, we have to ask around if there are reports that a boy his age was missing in other places not necessarily in Nueva Ecija,” said Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Chief for Operations, PDDG. Fernando Mendez Jr.

The real identity of the dead body found in a creek in Gapan, Nueva Ejica is now a big puzzle for the Philippine National Police.

The PNP said the provincial police chief of Nueva Ecija requested to have the dead body undergo a DNA test.

The PNP then took DNA samples from Kulot’s father Eduardo Gabriel and his mother Lina de Guzman through buccal swab.

“The accuracy of the test is what is standard for a scientific investigation, and if you were asking for numbers it is 99.9% accurate,” said PNP Crime Lab DNA Division Chief  PCInsp. Lorna Santos.

With the result of the DNA test, the PNP still considers Reynaldo a missing person and is still being searched for by police.

The PNP is now puzzled over the source of the information that the dead body found in a creek in Gapan was Kulot.

Authorities are still not discounting the possibility that some individuals are trying to sabotage the campaign of the government against illegal drugs by misleading investigators.

However, the Public Attorneys Office (PAO) stands firm that the cadaver was Kulot.

According to PAO chief Atty. Persida Acosta, it was Kulot’s mother herself who identified the remains by pointing at his body markings such as his warts and scars.

Acosta claims there might have been mishandling in the conduct of the DNA test that resulted into the mismatch of DNA results of the cadaver.

“The DNA is reliable if the specimen is the same specimen. If there was a mishandling of the specimen, the findings might not match. But it was the parents of Kulot who identified him. They saw marks on his skin,” said Acosta.

According to the Public Attorney’s Office, the PNP’s move to make the incident an issue of mistaken identity will not affect the case it is now handling.

It said the identification of the mother to the identity of his son has more weight.

On the other hand, the PNP said it is in no position to say that Kulot was orphaned just because his DNA did not match that of his parents.

The police said it is now using as basis the statements of his parents that the dead body found in Gapan was the 14-year-old Reynaldo de Guzman. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP to resume Oplan Tokhang this month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has ordered his ground commanders to resume this month the police anti-drug operation or Oplan Tokhang.

“Siniguro namin at patuloy na sisiguruhin na yung totoong tokhang ang gagawin hindi yung pasukin ng kalokohan ng mga pulis na nag i-implement nyan. As I’ve said dati, may listahan at kinokotongan yung pusher na nasa listahan: ‘Para matanggal ka sa listahan ay bigyan mo kami pera’,” said the chief.

(Translation: We will make sure that it will be a real tokhang and not a corrupted one being implemented by erring policemen.  As I’ve said before, they have a list of pushers whom they extort money from saying, “To be taken off the list, give us money.”)

General Bato advised them to be more careful and assure bloodless operations this time around.

The PNP chief added that there is no room for irregularities this time especially among police officers one or po1 who have just been given a 100% salary increase.

He expects that these policemen will render good service.

“Kahit ang basehan natin yung lumang sweldo pa, wala pa rin rason para gumawa ng katiwalian, mas lalo ngayon na tumaas ang sweldo, doble ang sweldo (Even when we were still receiving the old salary, there was no reason to engage in corrupt practices. More so now that the salaries have been doubled) ,” said Dela Rosa.

Aside from the pay hike, Bato added that they also received allowances and logistical support from local government units.

He cited the Valenzuela LGU which donated 60 new mobile patrol units and K-9s that they can utilize in police operations.

Bato further warned of possible dismissal against cops who will get involved in illegal activities.

“That is my promise. I will dismiss policemen especially the PO1s who will be involved in illegal activities,” said the chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue


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NCRPO vows to level up efforts against illegal drugs this year

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — The number of illegal drug users ballooned during the period when the Philippine National Police (PNP) was not part of the war on drugs campaign of the government.

National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) chief Police Director Oscar Albayalde said illegal users had more courage to return to their vice within the two months the PNP has no anti-drug operations.

“Maraming barangay officials na nagsabi na harap-harapan pa sa kanila nagtatarya sila at tapos sasabihin nila, hindi naman kami pwedeng hulihin ng pulis ngayon,” said Albayalde.

(Many barangay officials say illegal drug would conduct a pot session in front of them saying they could not be arrested by policemen.)

Now that the PNP is back to the war on drugs scene, Albayalde vowed to intensify the NCRPO’s anti-illegal drug campaign this year.

According to the general, the Oplan Tokhang and the Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP are effective in resolving the problem in illegal drug use and trading.

“Those millions of people would not have surrendered, and those thousands more would not have been arrested if this campaign is not effective,” said the NCRPO chief.

Proof of this, said the chief of the Metro Manila police, is the lower number of crimes related to illicit drugs in 2017.

He said that illegal drug-related crimes were lower by 18 percent in 2017 compared to the recorded number in 2016.

“The continuous decrease of these eight focused crimes is attributed to the NCRPO’s intensified implementation of Project Double Barrel Alpha, Project Double Barrel Reloaded and the intensified implementation of our enhanced managing police operations,” said the police chief.

Albayalde said the NCRPO will conduct more anti-drug operations this year.

He noted that the police will visit individuals, whose names are on the drug watch list, and will ask them to stop their illegal activity.

The NCRPO chief clarified that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will still focus on high-value targets, while the PNP will go after drug suspects in communities.

The NCRPO has yet to set a date on when its campaign against illegal drugs will begin. — Rajel Adora | UNTV News & Rescue


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Cops to receive pay hike this month

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, January 11th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will start to receive this month’s higher salaries, based on the Joint Resolution No. 1 that authorizes the increase of base pay of military and other uniformed personnel.

Under the new monthly base pay, 75,550 policemen with a rank of Police Officer 1 (PO1) will receive 30,000 pesos in salary from the previous P15,000 —  a 100 percent increase.

“This salary increase is a huge help for the PO1s. It could help our families and in our livelihoods,” said Police Community Relations Group PO1 Rey Boy Abrea.

With this, the PNP officials are hoping that cops with lower ranks will no longer be involved in illegal acts, especially the police officers one who will receive the biggest salary raise.

“We can say that we have the security of tenure, we’ll be assured that we have a job to 56 years old. As long as you will not commit crimes, you will stay in your post,” said PCSupt. Joselito Vera Cruz, Executive Officer of Directorate for Comptrollership.

Cops with ranks of Police Director General or Chief PNP will receive P121,000 from the previous P67,500 — a 79 percent increase in salary.

However, despite the higher salary, cops will no longer receive the officer and provisional allowances.

It can be noted that police officers one receive an allowance of P1,071  while police director generals or four-star generals receive P88,977.

The said amount is bigger than the  P53,643 salary raise ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte for the chief of the PNP.

But according to CSupt. Vera Cruz, what is important is that the base pay of cops with the lowest rank has been increased by 100 percent.

He explained that this means an increase in their pension upon their retirement.   — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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