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‘Fake’ cop nabbed in Pasay City

by UNTV NEWS   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Authorities nabbed a motorcycle rider disguised as police at a checkpoint along NAIA road in Pasay City Wednesday.

The suspect, identified as Felix Verona, 35, is actually a tricycle driver and a resident of Velasquez, Tondo in Manila.

Verona, who was wearing a police uniform, was stopped by Pasay City Police personel at the checkpoint at Chapel Road for not wearing a helmet. He was asked to present proper identification but the inspecting authority discovered his ID was fake. Verona later confessed that he has never been a cop.

“Malinaw po na peke ang I.D. niya kasi sa orihinal na PNP ID eh merong middle name ‘yon. Y’ung sa kaniya, inisyal lang, letter C lang…Tsaka yung badge number niya eh malayong-malayo sa edad niya at saka sa serbisyo niya,” PO3 Robinson Alsol, the Pasay police investigator said.

(It is clear that he’s using a fake ID because on an original PNP I.D. the full middle name is printed — his is just an initial letter. And his badge number does not match his age and service.)

When the police further inspected Verona, a four-inch knife was found in his garment.

Verona will face charges for usurpation of authority, illegal use of uniform and insignia for violation of the Omnibus Election Code. —  Asher Cadapan Jr.| UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP: Faculty members linked to NPA recruitment in schools will face charges

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Young rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

MANILA, Philippines — Following reports that 18 schools in Metro Manila are being infiltrated by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), the PNP warned of filing charges against faculty members who will be caught conniving with the communist rebels by feeding students anti-government propaganda and allowing them to be recruited by the New People’s Army (NPA).

“Inciting to sedition at inciting to rebellion ang possible [charges] kung merong ebidensya na makukuha. Pero ang lahat ng ito ay kung may paglabag sa batas, “ said NCRPO Director PDir. Guillermo Eleazar. “Ang ating kapulisan ay andiyan para mag-imbestiga kung meron man silang ginagawang ganun.”

Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde expressed readiness to speak with the officials of the institutions, whose students are allegedly being tapped by the CPP-NPA.

Albayalde said there is a need to correct the views of students against the government possibly instilled in them by communist rebels.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) earlier said that rebels are using some schools to indoctrinate students into joining their organization through the screening of films that show the ‘dark years’ of martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos and projecting President Rodrigo Duterte as the new emerging dictator.

The AFP said these films are designed to incite resentment against the government and urge them to join protest rallies.

“Pag meron silang mga doubt especially so yung mga students, pag meron silang kailangang matutunan, meron silang mga question at doubt sa pag-iisip, puwede natin silang mabigyan ng liwanag kung ano talaga ang dapat matutunan ng isang estudyante para ma-develop na rin ang sense of nationalism at love of country,” said the PNP chief.

Albayalde also expressed a sense of loss over the actions of some youth leaders who choose to join left-leaning groups to criticize the government that funded their schooling.

“They’re supposed to be the cream of the crop, the hope of the land and yet ‘di ka pa graduate, you are already going against the same government that gives you free education. So ‘yun lang ang tanong natin: why? ” said Albayalde.

Police said schools are the second home of the youth and molding them into better individuals is among the important roles of teachers who are considered as their second parents. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP: No extrajudicial killings under government’s war on drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

MANILA, Philippines — As far as the Philippine National Police is concerned, there has been no case of extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration.

According to PNP Director General Oscar Albayalde, police officers were not mandated to kill drug suspects under the government’s war on drugs.

“In fairness to the president and even to the former Chief PNP Bato dela Rosa na wala pong binigay sa amin na order whatsoever na para pumatay even mga suspek, even drug dependents or even mga criminals,” he said.

This week, the PNP reported that more than 4,800 drug personalities have been killed in over 100,000 legitimate anti-drug operations from July 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.

In the said operations, 155,000 drug suspects were arrested.

Albayalde said drug suspects get killed when they resist arrest or retaliate against police operatives. He also assures that policemen who get involved in a killing incident are dealt with accordingly.

“In fact not even the Commission on Human Rights ay may na prove na may EJK during the time of Pres. Duterte, and even since the time of Chief Bato ay walang ring na prove naganyan,” he added.

The PNP chief also defended President Rodrigo Duterte amid criticisms over his latest statement on extrajudicial killings.

Albayalde said the Chief Executive may have only been expressing his frustrations on the matter.

“Alam niyo naman yung political atmosphere ditto sa ating bansa everytime. Pag ikaw ay nakaupo diyan palaging may ibinabatong kung ano ano sayo, since wala nang maibato sa kanya, ito ay paulit ulit at history na ito at inuungkat na lang yung word na EJK,” Albayalde said. — Lea Ylagan

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PNP warns of ‘Tokhang’ robocall scams

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2018

 

A number of telephone subscribers have complained about receiving a robocall or a phone call that uses computerized autodialer to deliver the pre-recorded message: “Paalala. Ito ang departamento ng pulisya ng lungsod. Para sa iyong kaalaman nasangkot ka sa isang nakabinbing kaso ng iligal na droga. Pindutin ang number 1 upang marinig muli ang mensahe at number 9 upang ilipat ang tawag sa opisyal ng pulisya. Salamat.”

The robocall claims to come from the Philippine National Police (PNP). A prerecorded female voice would urge the recipient to press the number 9 to talk to a police officer about their alleged involvement in a drug case.

The person posing as an officer on the other line will allegedly order the victim to pay a certain amount of money or ask for personal information such as bank details in order to clear their name from the list of “narcos”.

The same robocall was received by the head sector relations of Globe Telecommunications.

“Ako mismo nakatanggap ako. Two days ago on the way to a meeting with NDRRMC. Nakatanggap ako ng call mismo. It was the recording. Yung female voice telling me to press 1 or press 9” said Globe Telecom Inc. Sector Relations head Robert Bobby Aquino.

But the PNP clarified that its Oplan Tokhang does not use robocall, but rather, police officers who personally visit the residence of the person suspected of being involved in illegal drug use or trading.

The PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group said this is a type of telephone fraudulent scheme that evolved from the text method used by scammers to extort money.

Due to mounting complaints, the PNP-ACG reached out to the management of giant telecommunications company in the country to discuss and agree on ways to counter the fraudulent scheme.

“We can alert our internal fraud teams and we will discuss and see how can this be mitigated or prevented,” said PLDT Inc. 15 Inter-carrier Transactions and Proceedings Division Head Senior Associate Atty. Juan Antonio Lopez.

“Ang recommendation ko is to come up with an advisory right away to our customers about this new scheme siya, pero old fraud method ito para ma-educate ang customers about this,” said Aquino.

The PNP ACG also calls on the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report to authorities when they encounter such or similar fraudulent schemes.

“Sa mga nabibiktima kung puwede po ay mag report sila sa PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group. Doon naman po sa nakarecieve pa lang ng tawag, kung maari po ‘wag nyo na lang sagutin kasi kung importantenaman po ay magtetext naman po yun. Hindi rin naman po puwedeng tawag lang at text ang Tokhang natin. Pupunta po ang kapulisan sa mga bahay kung totokhangin po tayo,” said Investigation Section – ACOD chief PCInsp Joseph Arvin Villaran. — Lea Ylagan

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