Former Maguindanao mayor on ‘narcolist’ killed after grabbing police escort’s gun

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021   •   598

MANILA, Philippines — Former Talitay, Maguindanao mayor, Montasser Sabal, was killed during the operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.

PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Sabal is one of the high-value targets.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Sabal on Wednesday (June 16) at the Batangas Port in Batangas City.

The PNP said he was wanted for drug and illegal possession of firearms charges. Eleazar also said that Sabal is included in the ‘narcolist’.

“Isa siya sa kino-consider natin na high value target (We consider him a high-value target) considering he was a former police officer, recruited and trained by special action force on explosive ordnance disposal and sniper course,” he said.

During Sabal’s arrest, authorities recovered six high-caliber firearms, 400 grams of suspected illegal drugs, and P200,000 cash.

Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm while onboard the vehicle which resulted in a scuffle.

Sabal was able to shoot the police officer beside him which prompted the accompanying police officer to use reasonable force.

“Sabal tried to escape by grabbing the firearm of his police escort the scuffle between the suspect and the police escort resulted in the latter to hit and fatally wounded Sabal, the suspect was rushed at San Juan Medical Center but declared dead at around 6:13 in the morning,” Eleazar said.

The PNP Chief also added that the confiscated firearms from Sabal might probably be used during the 2022 national elections.

“Another possible attempt by a partisan armed group to beef up armaments as they prepared for the coming 2022 election,” according to Eleazar.

Sabal was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman and eventually suspended for failure to disclose his properties and business interests in his SALN from 2011 to 2015.

Meanwhile, Sabal’s cohorts will undergo an investigation to determine appropriate cases to be filed against them.

PNP to deploy more cops at Manila dolomite beach

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it will deploy more personnel at the dolomite beach in Manila after thousands of people flocked to the area over the weekend.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has tasked the Manila Police District (MPD) to closely coordinate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), dolomite beach administrators, and the local government unit on the possibility of establishing restrictions on the number of visitors and their length of stay.

He also directed the MPD to make sure that no super spreader event will occur in the area.

“Inatasan ko na ang Director, MPD na magdagdag ng pulis sa dolomite area ng Manila Bay upang tiyakin na nasusunod ang minimum public health safety protocols. Kasama sa aking utos ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa lokal na pamahalaan upang magkaroon ng maayos na sistema, lalo na sa pagdadala ng mga bata na nakita natin sa video at sa mga litrato na kumalat sa social media,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Nauunawaan natin ang kasabikan ng ilan nating mga kababayan na lumabas dahil sa mahabang lockdown subalit hindi dahilan ito upang ipagsawalang-bahala ang kaligtasan ng bawat isa, lalo na ang mga batang isinama nila gayong malinaw sa patakaran na hindi pa puwede silang lumabas under the COVID Alert Level 3 status,” he added.

Last Sunday, the PNP said authorities temporarily stopped the entry of visitors when the crowd reached 4,000.

Video taken via UNTV drone also showed clusters of people visiting the dolomite beach, with some even violating the protocol on social distancing and wearing of face masks.

Eleazar reminded the public to strictly adhere to the health protocols against COVID-19 when visiting public areas to prevent the further spread of the disease.

The DENR earlier said it is eyeing the possibility of limiting to only 15 minutes the length of stay and the number of visitors to the area.

PNP chief Eleazar orders probe into Maguindanao blast

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar on Monday said he has directed the Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region to conduct a deeper probe into a grenade blast that occurred in Maguindanao last Saturday, Oct. 23.

In a statement, Eleazar said police investigators should look into the possible motive and perpetrators of the incident, which is said to be targeting Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu.

“Our police investigators should not leave any stone unturned in determining the motive and identifying the perpetrator of the grenade blast. Lahat ng anggulo ay ating titingnan sa insidenteng ito,” he said.

The PNP said the blast transpired just as a convoy of some 20 to 30 vehicles of Mangudadatu and his group were passing near a Philippine Army detachment in Guindulungan, Maguindanao.

Initial information stated that a hand grenade was thrown towards the direction of the military detachment, which then exploded.

“Isa lang sa maraming posibleng motibo sa insidente ang sinasabing pagtarget kay Maguindanao Rep. Esmael Mangudadatu ng pagpapasabog. Maaari rin kasing nagkataon lang na dumaan ang convoy ni Rep. Mangudadatu nang naganap ang insidente,” Eleazar said.

“Pero agad makikipag-ugnayan ang ating mga imbestigador sa kongresista pati na rin sa mga sundalong nakatalaga sa Army detachment para kumuha pa ng ibang detalye,” he added.

Mangudadatu is eyeing the gubernatorial post of the province in the 2022 national and local elections.

Meanwhile, Eleazar ordered all police units and offices in the region to remain vigilant and to work with the military to prevent any attacks from lawless elements, especially during this election season.

 

PNP to closely monitor cemeteries, columbaria ahead of Undas – Eleazar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it will closely monitor cemeteries nationwide ahead of the observance of the Catholic community’s Undas.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has directed police personnel to be prepared for the arrival of people in cemeteries, memorial parks, or columbaria during Undas on November 1 and 2.

Eleazar said they are expecting people to visit these areas before November to avoid crowds.

“Inaasahan natin ang maagang pagbisita ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga pumanaw na mahal sa buhay. Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na maging alerto at siguraduhing nasusunod ang ating minimum health standards,” he said.

“Dapat matiyak na walang mangyayaring super spreader event sa mga sementeryo,” he added.

The PNP chief’s directive comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases ordered for the closure of cemeteries from October 29 to November 2.

Eleazar also reminded the public to strictly abide by health and safety protocols to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.

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