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Discovered cocaine in eastern seaboard, not a diversionary tactic —Albayalde

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

Blocks of cocaine intercepted by authorities along the shores of Camarines Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Quezon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde asserts that the cocaine blocks that were dumped and discovered in the eastern seaboard of the country is not a diversionary tactic.

The PNP Chief said the said blocks of cocaine were too expensive to just be thrown into the sea and be used as a diversionary tactic.

Albayalde added, “yung cocaine ay hindi masyadong pina-patronize dito sa Pilipinas [Cocaine is not popularly patronized in the Philippines], so I don’t see any diversionary tactics as of this time.”

This started when a student saw a block of cocaine along the coastline of Perez, Quezon on Tuesday (February 19).

The government has already recorded more than 90 kilos of cocaine valued at around half a billion pesos, all from what were recovered in Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Camarines Norte and Quezon Province. — Maris Federez (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) admitted that vote buying was rampant in the recently concluded midterm polls.

As proof, authorities were able to seize more than P12 million from a total of 449 violators over the course of the election.

“Lahat ng nakumpiskang pera ay magsisilbing ebidensya laban sa mga na-apprehend natin na violators,” said PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(All cash confiscated will serve as evidence against the apprehended violators.)

The highest amount seized was in Caraga region amounting to almost P8 million.

Other areas with the most number of vote buying incidents were Northern Mindanao with more than P1 million seized followed by Cagayan Valley (P561,000); Metro Manila (P541,100); and Bicol Region (P449,080).

From the 449 violators, a total of 356 were arrested, 85 persons evaded arrest while eight minors were rescued.

Most of the violators were from Metro Manila, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); and from Regions 4a and 6.

“Wala pa tayong na-apprehend ngayon na nakakulong na sa vote buying dahil ang mga suspects at violators ay na-release for further investigation,” Banac said.

(None of those apprehended for vote buying were detailed because the suspects or violators were later released for further investigation.)

Appropriate charges were filed against the suspects for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

If proven guilty, they will serve one up to six years jail term and in case of election candidates, they will be disqualified from holding public office.

The PNP is also looking into the possibility of using drug money in vote buying. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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Police cadet dies during training exercise in Cavite

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato

MANILA, Philippines – Cadet fourth class Al Rasheed Pendatun Macadato collapsed during a run on Tuesday afternoon (May 14) at Camp General Mariano Castañeda in Silang, Cavite.

The 21-year-old was taking part in the new cadet summer training program of the Philippine National Police Academy.

“Nagkaroon sila ng exercise at road run. Pagkatapos ng road run nila ng ala-singko ng hapon habang nagwa-warm down at stretching ay nakaramdam ng pagkahilo,” explained PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(They had an exercise and a road run. After the road run around 5:00 p.m. during their warm down and stretching exercises, he [Macadato] felt dizzy.)

According to the PNPA, he was rushed to the Camp’s health dispensary and later to Qualimed Hospital in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where he was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU).

But Macadato passed away on Wednesday (May 15).

Banac said the attending physician ruled out hazing as the cause of Macadato’s death.

Macadato died of heat stroke, according to the PNPA, as they were required to do some pull ups and running when he collapsed.

The PNPA said the hot weather may have affected the cadets’ training exercises and promised to look into the possible lapses in the training program.

“Patuloy itong iniimbestigahan ng pamunuan ng PNP…inaalam nila ang kaniyang medical records kung meron mang indikasyon o prone o maaaring naka-apekto, nakatulong at nakapagdulot ng kanyang pagkahilo,” the official said.

(The PNP leadership are investigating the case…they are looking into his medical records to see if there are existing conditions that may have contributed to his dizziness.)

Macadato was one of the 285 Fourth Class Cadets accepted in May 1, 2019 by the PNPA. Their batch was on their 10th training day when the incident happened. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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PNP apprehends over 300 liquor ban violators

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has apprehended at least 321 individuals in Metro Manila for violating the liquor ban in relation with Monday’s midterm elections.

The liquor ban is effective from 12:01 a.m. of May 12 until midnight of May 13.

The ban includes drinking and selling of alcohol in stores.

READ: PNP: Liquor ban for May 13 polls to start on Sunday

The PNP said most of those arrested were from Quezon City with 200 apprehensions; 46 from Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela and Navotas; 28 others were netted in Pasay, Makati, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Taguig and Pateros while the rest were nabbed in Manila, San Juan, Pasig and Marikina.

Most of the persons arrested were caught in the act of engaging in a drinking session.

Aside from liquor ban, police also monitored alleged vote-buying incidents in parts of Metro Manila.

Around 134 persons were arrested for alleged vote-buying, and more than half a million pesos were recovered in seven operations that were launched by authorities. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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