DILG commends PNP, LGUs for ‘safest SEA Games ever’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019   •   822

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) for the “safest Southeast Asian (SEA) Games” in history.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there were no serious or major untoward incidents reported that marred the SEA Games.

“Naipakita natin ang ‘Filipino hospitality’ at ang bayanihan ng pulisya, nasyunal at lokal na mga pamahalaan, private sector at media (We have shown the ‘Filipino hospitality’ and the cooperation of the national police and the local government, private sector and media). This will go down in history as the best and safest ever,” he said.

There were 27,440 police officers deployed to site task groups during the whole duration of the SEA Games.

In Metro Manila alone, there were 18,105 officers securing the competitions; 6,554 in Central Luzon; 1,865 in Southern Luzon; and 916 in La Union.

“We will not rest until all the foreign athletes, coaches and staff have left the country. We are committed 100% to their safety and well-being. Congrats to the PNP for a job well done!,” Año addded.—AAC

PNP, may bagong listahan ng narco-cops – Sinas

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Kinumpirma ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas na may hawak silang bagong listahan ng mga pulis na umano’y sangkot sa operasyon ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan, sinabi ni Sinas na may  ranggo ang mga pulis na nakasama sa listahan ngunit tumanggi siyang tukuyin ang mga ito, kung saan naka-assign pati na ang pangalan ng mga tinaguriang narco-cops.

“Halo na po yan. Kaunti na lang yan pero hindi na muna namin pangalanan at sabihiin ang ranggo kasi baka magtanungan eh,” ang pahayag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya.

Ayon kay Sinas, ang listahan ay batay sa nakalap na intelligence report patuloy pa itong isinasailalim sa validation process.

Isasalang din aniya ito sa adjudication process gaya ng ginawa sa termino ng nag-retiro nang si PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

Sa panahon ni Gamboa, aabot sa 357 pulis ang napabilang sa sinasabing narco-list.

“Ito lang naman ay more on intelligence report, bina-validate, evaluated, confirmed, re-confirmed… Ganoon po ang proseso natin. Pagdating sa DI ay ina-adjudicate kung totoo nga o hindi para finally remain them in the list or to remove them,” ang wika ni Sinas.

Sakaling makumpirmang sangkot nga sa operasyon ng iligal na droga ang mga nasa listahan at may sapat na ebidensiya at testigo ay sasampahan ang mga ito ng kaukulang kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

AFP, PNP: Tiamzons’ conviction a victory for Reds’ victims

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

Wilma and Benito Tiamzon

MANILA, Philippines – Military and police officials on Friday lauded the conviction of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, calling it a victory for the victims of the communist group.

In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, Major General Edgard Arevalo said the court’s decision is “a victory for the many victims of atrocities of the NPA particularly orders to conduct murder, arson, extortion, ambushes, bombing and the like that they orchestrated.”

“They were convicted ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ by the Regional Trial Court 216 of Quezon City for the crime of kidnapping and serious illegal detention,” he said.

The Tiamzon couple is believed to be ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 found the couple guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years of imprisonment.

The Tiamzons were also ordered to pay damages and civil indemnity to the complainant amounting to P225,000.

“The AFP will continue to hunt them down after they have violated the provisions of their temporary liberty by virtue of their being nominated as consultants in the peace negotiations with the government. They refused to submit themselves to the government after the peace negotiations did not prosper,” Arevalo said.

He also vowed that the AFP would continue to strengthen its resolve to bring other criminals to justice in honor of the victims of the violence perpetrated by the CPP-NPA.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) called the conviction of Tiamzon couple a triumph of justice.

“It is also another success story on the efficiency of our prosecutors of our investigators who secured the validity of evidence presented during trial. Of course, it is also a manifestation of the sins committed by the communist terrorists against our people,” PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ilbrandi Usana said in a statement.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also lauded the conviction of the Tiamzons, recalling the efforts to track down and arrest the couple when he was just a military captain.

“I’m very happy malaki kasi yung hirap ko diyan sa paghuli niyan I was the chief of ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the AFP) when they was arrested in March 2014. I just cannot recall the exact date March 20 or 21, I spent half of my career looking for this couple started I was Captain,” he said.

The couple was arrested in 2014 in Cebu City after many years of hiding. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

PNP-IAS recommends dismissal vs 9 Sulu cops tagged in killing of soldiers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The nine police officers involved in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu may face dismissal from service, the Philippine National Police – Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) said Friday.

In an exclusive report in UNTV’s Ito ang Balita by Correspondent Lea Ylagan, PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said they have recommended that the cops tagged in the killing of four military intelligence operatives in Jolo be dismissed from service after they were found guilty of the administrative charges filed against them.

In its recommendation, the following may face removal from police service:

  • PSMS Abdelzhimar Padjiri
  • Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri
  • P/Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan
  • PSSg Erniskar Sappal
  • PCorporal Sulki Andaki
  • Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani
  • PSSg Almudzrin Hadjaruddin
  • Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan
  • Patrolman Rajiv Putalan

“Dismissal from the service because serious po yung offense committed,” Triambulo explained in an interview with UNTV News.

“There are four counts of grave misconduct kasi apat po yung victims sa pamamaril nila and then yung victims, ayon sa mga ebidensya, ay nakataas na yung kamay at tsaka yung mga tama ay nasa likod kaya wala silang chance to defend themselves kaya ang criminal offense noon ay murder,” he added.

The PNP-IAS also recommended a 50-day suspension for charges of less grace neglect of duty against three police officials who were manning the checkpoint where the vehicle carrying the soldiers were flagged down.

“Doon inaabangan ng siyam yung apat na victim, yun ang kasalanan nila. Bakit nila inallow na makialam yung mga junior officer na hindi kasama sa pag-conduct ng checkpoint. Nagkaroon ng sagutan, nagkainitan na, nagkabuhol buhol na ang traffic eh wala silang intervention. Nagkainitan ang grupo kasi sa tingin ng siyam ay sila ang sinu- surveillance,” Triambulo said.

The shooting incident happened on June 29. Four soldiers were said to be tailing alleged suicide bombers when they were supposedly accosted by nine cops.

Despite identifying themselves as members of the Philippine Army, they were allegedly instructed by the policemen to proceed to the police station for the verification of their identities.

Police spot report stated that the shooting incident transpired when the soldiers allegedly tried to escape and pointed their weapons at the police officers, which allegedly prompted the cops to open fire.

The PNP-IAS also recommended sanctions against two police officials – former Jolo Police chief Lt. Col. Walter Annayo and Capt. Ariel Corcino – for command responsibility and less grave neglect of duty.

Triambulo said Annayo had prior knowledge about the Philippine Army’s operation in his area because he was privy to the meetings and plan of the Task Force Jolo to take down the alleged suicide bombers.

“Hindi naman niya ito dineny sa affidavit at statement ni Col. Bautista at inulit nya ito sa Senate hearing presided by Sen. Bato (dela Rosa) na talagang andon siya at sinabihan siya,” he said.

“Hindi niya ito ni-relay sa mga tauhan niya, kaya ang mga tauhan nya na-threaten doon sa movement ng mga intelligence officer, thinking na sila yung tinatrabaho,” he added.

Annayo was slain by still unidentified gunmen in Maguindanao on Nov. 21. Investigators have yet to determine whether Annayo’s killing is connected to his previous assignment as Jolo police chief.

Triambulo said the recommendation has been submitted to PNP chief General Debold Sinas.

Should Sinas approve the recommendation, Triambulo stressed that police officers involved in the case have the right to file an appeal in the National Police Commission. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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