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CIDG nabs Dayan in La Union

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

CIDG personnel, together with La Union and Pangasinan Police nabs Ronnie Dayan (in vest) at Sitio Turod, Brgy. San Felipe in La Union.

CIDG personnel, together with La Union and Pangasinan Police nabs Ronnie Dayan (in vest) at Sitio Turod, Brgy. San Felipe in La Union.

 

After months of unrelenting manhunt, authorities are now in custody of Ronnie Dayan; former driver and alleged bagman of Senator Leila de Lima.

At about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22, joint elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) La Union and Pangasinan police have arrested Dayan at Sitio Turod, Brgy. San Felipe, San Juan, La Union.

A bamboo hut believed to have been Ronnie Dayan's hideout.

A bamboo hut believed to have been Ronnie Dayan’s hideout.

In October, a House committee had ordered for the arrest of Dayan when he failed to attend the hearing on the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) drug trade.

Dayan is accused of collecting drug money from druglords on behalf of Sen. De Lima. — UNTV News & Rescue

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CIDG to submit new evidence vs. Espinosa, et al.

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE IMAGE: Kerwin Espinosa on a Senate hearing

MANILA, Philippines —  Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has announced that the decision to dismiss the drug charges against big time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others is void.

For this reason, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is set to submit additional evidence against the said drug personalities.

CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos said that although they believe they have a strong case, they will still submit the transcript of the statement of Espinosa during a Senate inquiry where he admitted being a drug dealer and his extrajudicial confession to the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

“As far as we are concerned, we have already shown that what is stated there is uncontested,” said Orsos.

The extrajudicial confession of Kerwin to the AIDG states that he was distributing illegal drugs while in detention through his men.

He also said he was introduced to other drug lords like Peter Co, Tony Co, and Peter Lim while in detention.

In line with this, the CIDG is confident that the police unit can win against the said drug lords.

“If you will read the resolution, if you scrutinize it, it’s really reversible,” said the legal chief.

However, Orsos said the fiscal have to explain why they have a contradictory decision regarding the case against Sen. De Lima. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ prosecution panel ready to face NBI

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, March 16th, 2018

Former State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes

MANILA, Philippines — Former State Prosecutor Aristotle Reyes and State Prosecutor Michael John Humarang are not afraid to face the National Bureau of Investigation’s (NBI) probe amid criticisms on their decision to dismiss the drug charges against big-time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others involved in illicit drug trade in the Philippines.

Reyes and Humarang are among the panel members who heard and reviewed the case against the said personalities. They are now under Department of Justice’s (DOJ) watch amid their questionable decision.

Reyes said it is clear in their resolution that Marcelo Adorco, the sole witness presented by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), had inconsistent or unsubstantiated claims which affected his credibility.

“Hearsay, most of the material allegations pertaining to the drug deal. Overheard lang niya through telephone conversation allegedly between Kerwin and the other drug supplier. Co-conspirator din siya. Meron siya confession. Yun confession ng co-conspirator kung wala nag-corroborate hindi natin pwede tanggapin yan as ebidensya,” said Reyes.

(Hearsay, most of the material allegations pertaining to the drug deal.  He only overheard through telephone conversation allegedly between Kerwin and the other drug supplier. He’s also a co-conspirator. He may have confessed but the confession of a co-conspirator cannot be treated as evidence unless it is corroborated.)

CIDG also missed including the testimony presented by Espinosa during the Senate committee probe where he confessed that he is a drug lord.

“They said Kerwin Espinosa recanted his statement. So far, there are no pieces of evidence like that presented,” said Reyes.

The prosecution team only depended on the merits of the case based on presented pieces of evidence by the complainants and respondents.

“Hindi kami pwedeng magsabi na ‘Kulang ito. Dagdag mo ito. Kulang ang defense mo. Dagdagan mo ito’. Hindi kami allowed. Kami, mag-evaluate lang at mag-weigh ng evidence, ng mga dokumento na submit sa amin.”

(We cannot say, “This is not enough. Add this. Your defense is insufficient. Add this.” We are not allowed. We will evaluate and weigh the evidence based on documents presented to us.)

Associate State Prosecutor Michael John Humarang has the same defense saying there is no strong evidence given by CIDG and such was based on only one witness. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

 

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Formal charges filed against 3 MMDA men for mauling ‘buko’ vendor

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 15th, 2018

 Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings

MANILA, Philippines — Coconut vendor Romnick Relos and his two siblings are still under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).

But CDIG -Detection and Special Operations Unit (CIDG-DSOU) chief Police Superintendent Richard Verceles said  the brothers might be sent to Masbate anytime soon due to murder charges .

“The procedure is, we will be returning him to the court concerned but we are not sure when because we are considering their security situation,” said Verceles.

The Relos siblings have to return to a court in Masbate to face murder charges in connection with the stabbing and killing of their neighbor Junie Olete in 2007.

However, Verceles said that Relos filed complaints against three personnel of the Metropolitan Manila and Development Authority (MMDA) for beating him.

The coconut vendor filed physical injuries and threat charges against Victor Jimenez, Jonathan Prebente, and Leonard Mojica.

MMDA had previously suspended its men who hurt Relos.

“The case is docketed under file in Pasay prosecutors office under case number XV-13-INV-18-00436. He was assisted by lawyer from Public Attorneys Office,” said the unit chief. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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