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

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, 20 February 2019 07:50 PM

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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PNP to augment troops in Comelec-controlled areas

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 25 March 2019 03:45 PM

FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Members of the Philippine army man the checkpoint at the entrance of Maguindanao province, 11 May 2013. Security is tightened as political tension rises two days before the Philippine midterm election in the province. Maguindanao is among the election hot spots tagged by Comelec.

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will realign its troops to augment its forces in areas under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) prior to the conduct of May elections.

These areas include the municipality of Jones in Isabela; Lope de Vega in Northern Samar; Daraga in Albay; the entire Abra province and the whole of Mindanao.

According to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, there are 941 election hotspots across the country, 570 of which are placed under red category of areas of grave concern.

Meanwhile, 131 falls under yellow category or areas of concern; and 238 falls under orange category or areas of immediate concern.

“Iyong mga naka-assign dito sa national headquarters, we deploy them to the different critical areas. Basically we create a special task group headed by senior officer at least police brigadier general,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde clarified, however, that not all areas under the red category or placed under Comelec control are areas of violence.

These areas were classified as such, according to Albayalde, based on the situation in the previous elections.

“This is probably to ensure that deployment of personnel. There are enough, not necessarily nasa red areas iyan o areas of grave concern ay ibig sabihin magulo ang lugar na yun,” he explained.

The National Capital Region (NCR) and the Ilocos Region are not included in the list of areas of grave concern, Albayalde assured. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP nabs over 3,000 poll gun ban violators, including cops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 04:35 PM

Seized firearms from violators

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported to have arrested more than 3,000 people for violating the election gun ban.

Data from the PNP showed that a total of 3,105 gun ban violators were apprehended from January 13, the start of the election period, to March 20, 2019. Arrested persons include 2,924 civilians, 57 security guards, 44 government officials, 32 cops, five soldiers, two Jail and Management Penology officials and seven other members of law enforcement agencies.

According to PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, the policemen were arrested for carrying unlicensed personal firearms.

“They will face illegal possession of firearms for violating the law, their firearms license will also revoked,” Banac told reporters at a press briefing in Camp Crame.

Also arrested for violating the election gun ban were 23 members of threat groups, six from private armed groups, three foreign nationals and two CAFGU members.

The PNP also seized 2,603 firearms, 64 firearm replicas, 1,038 bladed and pointed weapons and 168 grenades. 356 other types of explosives and over 21,000 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

The election period in connection with the May midterm elections will last until June 12, 2019. During this time, only police and military on duty and in complete uniform are allowed to carry firearms.

Under election gun ban, permit to carry firearms outside of residence is cancelled and people are prohibited from bearing, carrying and transporting firearms, explosives and other deadly weapons if they have not secured exemptions from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)

The PNP also called on gun owners with expired licences to surrender their firearms to authorities.“We appeal to the responsible gun owners, if your license has expired, surrender your firearms to the nearest police station for temporary custody and safekeeping until you renew your expired license,” Banac urged. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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NCRPO chief fires 15 cops over robbery- extortion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 03:26 PM

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — NCRPO Chief Police Dir. Guillermo Eleazar has fired 15 cops from the the Eastern Police District (EPD) over allegations of involvement in a robbery-extortion incident.

A complaint has been filed against PO2 Marlou Quibete, for allegedly extorting money from a drug suspect that his group arrested in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City, Monday night, March 4.

Quibete and his men were reported to have taken P60,000 cash and a necklace from the suspect and his live-in partner. The cops are also accused of forcing the two to sign a deed of sale for a motorcycle.

The said report prompted the authorities to conduct an entrapment operation against the group on Tuesday night that led to the arrest of Quibete.

The 15 cops will be facing administrative and robbery extortion charges together with EPD district director, Police Brigadier General Bernabe M. Balba, who is allegedly aware of the group’s fraudulent activity based on their exchange of text messages which has been forwarded to the NCRPO Chief. — Freema Salonga (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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