Father-and-son Espinosa, not free of charges despite surrender

admin   •   August 4, 2016   •   4095

FATHER AND SON: Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. (left) and Kerwin Espinosa (right).

FATHER AND SON: Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. (left) and Kerwin Espinosa (right).

UPDATE — Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and son Kerwin are not free from any charges despite surrendering to authorities.

PNP Cihef PDG. Ronald Dela Rosa said, they shall file charges of illegal possession of firearms against the Espinosas in Leyte. This, after operatives were able to confiscate high-powered firearms inside the Espinosa compound yesterday.

“The charge of illegal possession of firearms filed against Kerwin and the Mayor, we are filing those in Albuera, Leyte. The warrant for that is yet to be released. So, we cannot have custody of him yet. We will be sending him home,” Dela Rosa said.

The general said he would bring Kerwin straight to Criminal Investigation and Detection Group should he surrender after giving a surrender feeler for his judicial affidavit.

However, there is still a ‘shoot-on-sight’ order against Kerwin.

“Mayor Espinosa said his sibling called him saying Kerwin is coming back home to surrender,” said Dela Rosa.

Meanwhile, General Dela Rosa confirmed that Mayor Espinosa, his wife and child are staying at the PNP White House.

The general explained that it is not special treatment, but part of a strategy in luring Kerwin to reveal himself.

“I have to be humane because his wife and child are there. They keep on crying. Where would I let them sleep? In a cell? That could not be because there is no warrant yet. So, they are staying in the White House for now.”

In addition, the PNP chief said, he can’t just kill father and son like what usually happens in anti-drug operations at barangays when they’re not fighting back.

“Pinapatay talaga ‘pag lumalaban. Itong pumunta sa akin, hindi naman lumaban. Gusto ko talagang patayin e, sa totoo lang. E hindi ko naman pwede patayin kasi di naman lumaban. That’s against the law.”

Kerwin is allegedly connected with retired general Marcelo Garbo and Mayor Vicente Loot in illegal drugs operations in Eastern Visayas.

(LEA YLAGAN/UNTV NEWS & RESCUE)

Senate, House ratify bill lowering height limit for uniformed personnel

Robie de Guzman   •   March 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the proposal seeking to lower the minimum height requirement for applicants of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

During a session on Monday, both chambers adopted Senate Bill 1563 and House Bill 8261 or the proposed PNP, BFP, BJMP, BuCor Height Equality Act.

The reconciled bill provides that the minimum height limit for males to be appointed as officers or members of the PNP, BFP, BJMP, and BuCor shall be 1.57 meters or 5 feet 2 inches and 1.52 meters or 5 feet for females.

Currently, in order to be appointed as uniformed personnel of the PNP, BFP, BJMP, and BuCor, a male person must be at least 5 feet 4 inches, and a female person must be at least 5 feet 2 inches.

“Gaya po ng aking naunang deklarasyon, hindi po natin binababa ang standard na kailangan para makapagsilbi bilang pulis, firefighter, jail at correction officers. Ninanais po natin mabigyan ng pagkakataon makapagsilbi ang mga hindi nabiyayaan ng katangkaran,” said Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who authored and principally sponsored the Senate bill.

Dela Rosa, a former PNP chief, said the reconciled bill adopted the retention of the automatic waiver for members of the cultural minorities and Indigenous Peoples, as provided for in the Senate version. It also adopted the higher chamber’s provision lowering the height requirement for PNPA cadets.

“We retained the uniform height requirement for the PNP applicants including PNPA Cadets as stated in the Senate version of the bill,” Dela Rosa said.

“This chamber (Senate) can be a vehicle to limit or prohibit many things. But today, we have chosen to become a key in opening the gates of public service. We welcome those who may be less in height but possess the biggest of hearts for the service of the country,” he added.

Taytay PNP seizes over P1-M worth of illegal drugs

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Taytay Philippine National Police (PNP) has seized over P1 million worth of suspected illegal drugs during a buy-bust operation in Rizal.

Taytay PNP Chief of Police PLtCol. Rodel Ban-o reported that suspect, Gerlie Lasap, was arrested during an operation in Barangay Sta. Ana in Taytay, Rizal.

Authorities seized from Lasap around 200 grams of suspected illegal drugs, including P99,000 worth of fake money.

“Initially, based on our findings, she’s one of the main sources of the drug supply here in Taytay. A 200 to 500 grams per transaction is a huge supply already,” he said.

Ban-O also said Lasap also has dealings in Taguig City where illegal drugs are reportedly in short supply.

“This is an indicator po na kumakaunti po ang supply (that supply is dwindling),” he added.

Authorities are currently investigating where Lasap sourced her supplies and who her buyers are. AAC (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

PDEA to freeze bank accounts of drug personalities

Marje Pelayo   •   February 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have joined forces to effectively implement the forfeiture of laundered money alleged to be proceeds of illegal drug activities.

Under an agreement, PDEA shall refer to the AMLC drug-related cases for financial investigation, and if warranted, filing of cases involving freeze order, civil forfeiture, and money laundering, accompanied with specified case documents that are admissible in court.

PDEA Director General Wilkins Villanueva explained that their operations on freezing bank accounts of drug syndicates will be intensified under the memorandum.

Villanueva, however, refused to elaborate how they freeze bank accounts of suspected drug individuals.

“I assure everybody, ‘pag nanghuli kami ngayon, sigurado ‘pag nakakuha kami ng ebidensya, ide-derecho namin siya kung saan nila pinaglalalagay ang kanilang pera,” Villanueva said.

The PDEA Chief is also eyeing to use the money of drug syndicates in the agency’s rehabilitation programs.

“Magmo-motion tayo sa korte para iyong pera nila, magamit ng (Dangerous Drugs Board) at PDEA para sa anti-drug operation or rehabilitation. Igigisa natin sila sa sarili nilang mantika,” he said.

Villanueva added that they are still running after the Golden Triangle in Southeast Asia, which remains to be the main source of illegal drugs in the country. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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