CIDG ready to arrest Trillanes, 10 others unless they post bail

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020   •   1244

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said they are ready to arrest former Senator Antontio Trillanes IV and 10 others over conspiracy to commit sedition if they will not post bail.

“Unless they post bail, the accused will be arrested. But they are expected to post bail,” according to CIDG National Capital Region Chief PCol. Tom Ibay.

The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138 has already released a warrant of arrest against Trillanes, Peter Joemel ‘Bikoy’ Advincula, and nine others.

Ibay said they are still waiting for the copy of the warrant before taking any action and in case they were not able to post bail.

The accused were charged due to the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video that aimed to discredit President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Meanwhile, Trillanes said he will post bail next week when he returns to the Philippines. The former senator also said he is ready to face any complaints filed against him.

“I am out of the country as of the moment for a series of engagements. But I intend to post bail once I arrive in Manila late next week. I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte’s minions have filed against me,” he said in a statement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

More than 500 local execs under probe over alleged SAP anomalies – CIDG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 500 local and barangay officials are being investigated over the alleged anomalies in the distribution of the cash subsidy under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

According to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), a total of 505 local officials nationwide are under “case build-up” following allegations of their involvement in graft and corrupt practices amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

PNP-CIDG deputy director for administration Police Brigadier General Rhoderick Armamento said around 380 complainants went to their office from April 1 to June 1 to report the alleged wrongdoings of local officials during the SAP distribution.

Armamento said most of the barangay officials facing allegations are from Western Visayas.

Among the local officials under investigation are 104 barangay chairpersons, 70 are barangay councilors, and three are Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons.

The CIDG official also revealed the recent arrest they made involving three barangay officials from Olongapo City and Davao del Sur for allegedly ‘splitting’ the SAP cash aid of intended family-beneficiaries.

“Nagkaroon din po ang splitting, namagitan s’ya at diumano sa utos ng, may nag-utos sa kanya na, yun nga, hindi ibibigay lahat ang subsidy kundi babawasan… Hindi rin po na receive totally ng mga complainants yung amount na pinirmahan nila,” Armamento said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said that “splitting” is among the top complaints leveled against erring barangay officials, in which they allegedly divide the SAP cash aid of one family to benefit other families.

Collecting “processing fees” and getting a cut from the SAP financial aid of beneficiaries also emerged as among the top complaints against some barangay officials.

Armamento said they have already lodged criminal complaints against more than 100 barangay officials over the alleged irregularities in the SAP distribution.

He also called on the public anew to report local officials who are involved in corrupt practices through the CIDG Facebook account, and hotline numbers 09773475267 and 09510593843. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP-CIDG, hawak na ang listahan ng mga opisyal na umano’y nambulsa ng SAP cash aid

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Inumpisahan na ng Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) ang imbestigasyon at case build-up laban sa mga opisyal na umano’y sangkot sa anomalya sa pamamahagi ng cash aid sa ilalim ng social amelioration program ng pamahalaan.

Ayon kay PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, may hawak na silang listahan ng mga mga lokal na opisyal na inaakusahang nambulsa ng ayuda na dapat sana ay para sa mga mahihirap na pamilyang lubhang naapektuhan ng COVID-19 crisis.

Aniya, nabuo ang listahang ito mula sa mga reklamo na itinawag sa 8888 hotline.

Sa imbestigasyon at case build-up, sinabi ni Banac na kasama sa mga bubusisiin ng CIDG ang disbursement records, paper trail evidence at sworn statement ng mga nagsumbong kaugnay ng iregularidad.

“Sa ngayon ay kasalukuyang ginagawa ng CIDG ang case build up laban sa ilang mga lokal na opisyal na may mga alegasyon o report na umano’y sangkot sa kurapsyon sa pamamahagi ng social amelioration fund,” ani Banac.

Layon ng hakbang na ito na makakuha ng matibay na ebidensiya para sa pagsasampa ng kaukulang kaso laban sa inirereklamong opisyal.

Ang Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management ng PNP ang naatasang tumutok sa imbestigasyon at pagsasampa ng kaso.

Ang hakbang ay kasunod ng pag-aresto sa isang barangay kagawad dahil sa umano’y pangungurakot sa halos kalahati ng halagang inilaan na pang-ayuda sa mga mahihirap na pamilya sa Hagonoy, Bulacan.

Sa kumalat na video, sinasabing hinahati umano ng naturang opisyal ang P6,500 na cash aid – P3,000 ang mapupunta sa mga pamilya at ag P3,500 ay para umano sa iba pang mag-anak na hindi kabilang sa SAP beneficiaries.

Una nang kinondena ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang nasabing opisyal at nag-alok pa ng P30,000 pabuya sa sinumang makakapagsumbong ng katiwalian ng mga lokal na opisyal sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis.

Ipinag-utos na rin ng Department of the Interior and Local Government sa pambansang pulisya ang pag-aresto sa iba pang lokal na opisyal na nasasangkot sa mga katulad na kaso ng katiwalian. RRD (may ulat mula kay Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP-IMEG arrests Bacolod CIDG chief for extortion

Maris Federez   •   February 28, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) has arrested the chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

This, after he reportedly asked for Php5,000.00 as weekly protection money from the owner of ZTrip Zone KTV Bar in Barangay Singcang, Bacolod City.

PMaj. Melvin Madrona and his civilian accomplice Jay-Ar dela Cruz were arrested in an entrapment operation by the PNP-IMEG Visayas Field Office inside a cockpit arena while accepting the Php5,000 marked money from the complainant.

Based on the complaint, Madrona purportedly told the owner to give them protection money on Thursday of every week.

Madrona reportedly raided the KTV bar on February 8 and brought the manager, workers, and Japanese clients of the bar to the police station but soon released them after asking for a weekly Php 5,000 protection money.

IMEG said Madrona had earlier faced arbitrary detention, grave coercion and physical injury cases when he assaulted an overseas Filipino worker in March 2017 in Quezon City because of a vehicular accident.

He was relieved from his post and was transferred to Camp Crame Headquarters Support Service before he was assigned as chief of the Bacolod CIDG.

Madrona and Dela Cruz will be facing robbery-extortion charges. — (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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