DOJ directs PNP-CIDG to provide complete address of respondents in sedition complaint

Maris Federez   •   July 24, 2019   •   713

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Wednesday directed the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) to provide them complete information of those who were made respondents in the sedition complaint before the agency.

This, following the PNP-CIDG’s filing of complaint for sedition before the DOJ against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Leila de Lima and Risa Hontiveros, and former Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Bam Aquino, in relation to the so-called Project Sodoma on Thursday (July 18).

The DOJ Panel of State Prosecutors who was tasked to conduct preliminary investigation on the complaint issued an order directing the PNP-CIDG to provide them with the complete addresses of the said respondents.

The Panel noted that the complaint filed before it does not state respondents’ complete addresses.

It added that the missing information has made it difficult for the Panel to cause service of the subpoena to respondents.

The complaints filed against the respondents were sedition, inciting to sedition, libel, cyber libel, estafa, harboring a criminal and obstruction of justice.

The respondents refuted the complaints with one of them even regarding the charges as “hogwash” and “a piece of trash”.   (with details from Mai Bermudez) /mbmf

Soldiers who rushed to Jolo shooting site may be charged with obstruction of justice — PBGen. Abu

Marje Pelayo   •   July 2, 2020

CCTV footage of the soldiers who responded to the site where four military personnel were shot by police

MANILA, Philippines — A Facebook post of former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya sparked anger among netizens against alleged members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the video. 

The former military chief himself criticized what he called as mishandling of the crime scene by alleged cops in the video. 

The post was shared around 10,000 times and has drawn nearly 2,000 comments against the PNP.

READ: Misencounter between soldiers and police in Jolo kills 4

But according to the Police Regional Office in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (PRO-BAR) Director PBGen. Manuel Abu, the men in the video were actually Army personnel in civilian clothes who first responded to the shooting site.

He said, even the person who entered the vehicle and moved the bodies of the victims was a soldier. 

Iyon ang masaklap kasi nagresponde ang mga sundalo, kinuha nila ang mga laman, kaya pati mga baril pinagkukuha nila,” Abu explained. 

(That’s the problem because the soldiers responded to the scene, moved the bodies, and took the victims’ firearms.)

Hindi na hinintay iyong SOCO. Ibig sabihin baka wala silang alam o baka may itinatago,” he added.

(They did not wait for the SOCO [Scene of the Crime Operatives]. Either they were ignorant of the procedures or they were hiding something.)

The Philippine Army admitted that the men in the video were indeed soldiers and according to Army Spokesperson Col. Ramon Zagala, the one who moved a body and placed a pillow behind its head was actually the brother of the victim, Cpl. Abdal Asula.

They checked ang pulse kung may buhay and then secured the vehicle. So from take down team to rescue to recovery at makikita mo rin sa video na parang bumubukas ang pinto. Iyong bumubukas na pinto iyon ay brother ng isa naming operative,” Zagala explained.

(They checked the pulse if there was sign of life and then they secured the vehicle. So from take down to rescue to recovery, you will see in the video that someone was opening the door. That person is the brother of one of our operatives.)

Kasi alam niya na ang brother niya ay iyong driver. So out of his instinct, sinu-sure niya ang gamit ng brother niya,” he added.

(Because he knew that his brother was the driver. So out of instinct, he was securing his brother’s belongings.)

READ: PNP admits no misencounter in Jolo incident

But Abu said the PNP might file cases against the soldiers for intruding into the shooting site.

Baka pakasuhan ko pa nga sila ng obstruction of justice kasi pagka-ganyan na may namatay na hindi dapat guluhin ang encounter site. Ginulo nila,” the official said.

(I might even file charges against them for obstruction of justice considering that there were fatalities. The encounter site shouldn’t be touched. They messed it up.)

Based on the PNP’s version, the nine police suspects were still in the area when the responding soldiers arrived.

However, they chose to keep distance in fear of another gunfight. 

Nine lang ang mga pulis na involved. They were in uniform. Nang dumating iyang mga nagresponde na Army na mga nakasibilyan, natakot ang mga pulis. Pumwesto sa gilid gilid kasi galit na galit ang mga Army. Baka magkabarilan ulit,” Abu noted.

(Only nine policemen were involved. They were in uniform. When the responding Army team in civilian clothes arrived, the policemen became anxious. They positioned themselves at the sides as the soldiers were very furious. They feared starting another gunfight.)

But AFP Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Major Arvin Encinas has a different version of what happened, saying the police suspects fled the scene before the responding soldiers arrived. 

“Right after nila binaril yung tropa, tumakas naman yung mga pulis na yun, umalis supposedly kung talagang hinabol nila eh di kinordon nila yung area,” Encinas said.

(Right after they gunned down our troops, they fled. Supposedly, if the police were indeed chasing the soldiers, they should have cordoned the area.)

Pero right after na binaril nila, tumakas sila sa scene. Umalis,” he added.

(But right after they shot the soldiers, they fled from the scene. They escaped.)

READ: Jolo police chief sacked over fatal shooting of soldiers

The investigation on the incident is ongoing but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Interior Secretary Eduardo Año already has a copy of the initial result of the investigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI). MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan) 

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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

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)

PNP-CIDG: 6 co-passengers of nCoV cases show symptoms

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 6, 2020

Six co-passengers of the couple who tested positive of the novel coronavirus, have shown flu-like symptoms, according to the report of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG).

Based on the PNP-CIDG’s contact tracing, CIDG Deputy Director for Administration PCol. Rhoderick Armamento said three co-passengers from Cebu Pacific flight 5J241 (Cebu-Dumaguete) on January 21 showed symptoms.

Meanwhile, the other three co-passengers who showed symptoms were from Philippine Airlines flight 2452 (Dumaguete-Manila) on January 25.

Three of the six co-passengers are currently under quarantine in various hospitals.

Armamento said they advised passengers they called under contact tracing to undergo self-quarantine and observe their health.

“Hanggang doon lang kami actually, hanggang contact tracing lang. Kung may sinasabi sila na ‘sir inuubo po ako, sinisipon’, immediately tinatawagan namin agad ang DOH (All we can do is contract tracing. If they say, ‘sir, I have a cough, cold’, we would immediately call the DOH),” he said.

He also called on airline companies to make sure all the information they will provide are verified.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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