CIDG arrests alleged members of Chinese kidnapping group in Parañaque

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 27, 2021   •   369

MANILA, Philippines — The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested alleged members of a Chinese kidnapping group in Parañaque, Thursday evening (August 26).

According to the CIDG, the arrest was made after 29-year-old Chinese national Cao Qui and 53-year-old Arnulfo Firmanes filed a report on Cao Qui’s kidnapping on August 25.

Based on their report, a group of Chinese nationals on Wednesday afternoon suddenly appeared and handcuffed Cao Qui. The group took the car he rented and brought him to Multinational Village, Paranaque City.

Thereafter, they demanded a sum of money in exchange for Cao Qui’s freedom.

However, Cao Qui failed to comply with their demand. After 24 hours, he was released on the condition that the rented car will remain in the Chinese group’s possession until he produces the money.

The CIDG immediately responded to the complaint and to the area where Cao Qui was reportedly kidnapped. Upon arrival at the location, the victim, without any doubts identified the rented car.

The CIDG operatives flagged down the vehicle and arrested the individuals onboard.

Authorities also seized firearms and ammunition, as well as, handcuffs and sachets of suspected illegal drugs in the house where the victim was detained.

Cases for violations of RA 10883 (Carnapping), Art 267 of the RPC (Kidnapping and Serious Illegal Detention), Section 11 and 12 of RA 9165 (Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act) and Art. 5, Section 28 of RA 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) were filed against the group. AAC

PNP: Over P32M worth of fake cigarettes seized in Bulacan, 4 suspects nabbed

Robie de Guzman   •   October 4, 2021

More than P32 million worth of fake cigarettes were confiscated by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) during an operation in Balagtas, Bulacan, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said the operation was conducted on Sunday night in Barangay Borol.

The operation yielded the arrest of four suspects, identified as Zeng Qiangjian, 42; Lin Shanxiong, 48; John Bejay Agujar, 25; and Rodolfo Brosas, 25.

Seized from them were boxes of the following items containing 50 reams each:

  • 27 cartons of Marlboro light cigarettes
  • 6 cartons of Marlboro red cigarettes
  • 41 cartons Marvel red cigarettes
  • 26 cartons of Jackpot cigarettes
  • 41 cartons of Union cigarettes
  • 15 cartons of Cambo cigarettes
  • 167 cartons of fortune blue cigarettes
  • 49 cartons of Mighty green cigarettes
  • 637 cartons of Two Moon cigarettes
  • 95 cartons Fortune green cigarettes
  • 244 cartons of D&B cigarettes

The PNP said the amount of confiscated fake cigarettes was estimated at P32,305,000.

Authorities also recovered one Isuzu elf truck, some boodle money and a P1,000 cash.

Police said the suspects will be facing charges for alleged violation of Art. 189 of the Revised Penal Code, Violation of R.A. 7394 (The Consumer Act of the Philippines), R.A. 8293 (Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines) and R.A. 1937 (An Act to Revise and Codify the Tariff and Custom Law of the Philippines).

“Patuloy ang mga iligal na gawain sa panahon ng pandemya and that is the reason we in the PNP are also not lowering our guard against them,” Eleazar said.

 

CIDG, ACG to probe alleged sale of fake COVID-19 test results

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday said he has ordered an investigation into the alleged sale of falsified negative COVID-19 test results.

In a statement, Eleazar said the probe will be conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG).

“Inatasan natin ang CIDG at ACG na tingnan ang bagay na ito. Hindi talaga nauubusan ng modus ang mga tuso at oportunista para pagkakitaan ang pandemya,” he said.

“We will not allow this. The PNP will track down and arrest the persons behind this kind of scam,” he added.

The investigation will be conducted following reports that fake negative RT-PCR test results, often used as travel requirement, are being sold for at least P1,000 each.

Reports said that the buyer would only have to shell out money to get the negative result without even undergoing an actual swab test.

Eleazar urged the public not to patronize this scheme and to immediately report to authorities if they have information on such illegal activity.

“We are asking for the public’s cooperation so that we can quickly arrest the culprits and shut down this activity which is not only illegal but poses a danger to public health as it would set back our efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19,” the PNP Chief said.

“Kung kayo ay nabiktima na ng ganitong modus o may nanghikayat sa inyo na kumuha ng falsified negative RT-PCR result ay ipagbigay alam ninyo agad sa mga otoridad,” he added.

Individuals engaging in this scheme will face appropriate actions, he warned.

“Huwag ninyong sakyan o patulan ang ganitong mga scam dahil pati kayo ay mahaharap sa asunto,” Eleazar said.

PNP vows cooperation in NBI probe on cops tagged in Manila kidnapping case

Robie de Guzman   •   June 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday assured full cooperation in the National Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the alleged involvement of some cops in the abduction of three individuals in Manila.

The investigation stemmed from allegations made by two suspects in the kidnapping case that some policemen were behind the scheme.

The suspects were arrested in a police operation in Batangas on June 8.

They claimed that they are assets of police in their anti-illegal drug operations, and that their job includes pinpointing drug offenders.

The suspects identified the three kidnap victims – 23-year-old Rexcell John Hipolito, 21-year-old Ronald Jae Dizon, and 18-year-old Ivan Serrano – as marijuana peddlers.

Hipolito, Dizon, and Serrano were reportedly taken from their neighborhood last April by a group of armed men.

The suspects said the police were the ones who abducted the three individuals. They also alleged that the three men were already dead.

“Seryosong alegasyon po ito na dapat nating tutukan. But at this point, let us allow the investigation of the NBI to take its course at huwag po muna sana nating agad husgahan ang ating kapulisan,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Tinitiyak ko naman na sa oras na mapatunayan na totoong may nagkamali sa aming hanay hindi natin ito palalagpasin,” he added.

The two kidnapping suspects are currently under NBI custody and will possibly be placed under the government’s witness protection program.

 

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