Kidnapped businessman in Bicol region rescued by PNP-AKG

admin   •   March 13, 2017   •   3845

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa with the family of the kidnap victim Francis Leo Maulion

PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa with the family of the kidnap victim Francis Leo Maulion

The PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group has rescued a businessman after three months of captivity in Bicol region.

PNP chief PDG Ronald Bato dela Rosa has presented to the media Francis Leo Maulion, a businessman victimized by a five-member kidnap for ransom group in Bicol region.

The PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group rescued Maulion in Ragay, Camarines Sur last March 6.

PNP AKG chief P/SSupt. Glenn Dumlao said the victim was abducted on the 23rd of November last year in Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

The family of the victims initially paid 1.4 million pesos to the kidnappers.

However, the suspects have asked for another ransom worth 1.2 million pesos. This time, an entrapment operation was conducted where the operatives and the kidnappers, armed with high calibre firearms, exchanged fire.

“Iba yung nagbabantay sa safehouse at iba yung kukuha ng pay off, ang nangyari sa pay off area doon nila binuhusan ng tropa na walo at naka high powered firearms sila at nagkaroon ng encounter don and they  took the high ground at marurunong dahil yun daw ang training nila, may nagtuturo daw sa kanila na tinatawag na danny sundalo,” AKG Chief Dumlao said.

(Others were guarding the safehouse while the others would go to the pay off area. They were eight of them and were armed with high powered firearms. An encounter took place there, and they took the high ground. They knew what to do. They said that’s how they were trained, and that they were trained by a certain Danny Sundalo.)

Maulion, owner of a poultry farm, gasoline station, and a bakery, said he was in his farm when armed men pointed a gun at him, and forced him to come with them.

The five arrested suspects were the ones who guarded him as they transfer places. There was also a time when he was kept in a house just beside the home of the barangay chairman of Camalig Albay.

“Pinapakain naman po nila ako pero palagi po akong nakatali at tinatakot … papatayin po, pupugutan at puputulan daw po daliri at ipapadala sa pamilya ko,” the victim said.

(They fed me, but they always tie, and scare me. “we will kill you, behead you, maim your fingers and send your body parts to your family.That’s what they always tell me)

General Bato, meanwhile, has expressed anger towards the barangay chairman whom he said might possibly be involved in the kidnapping.

“Anong klaseng kapitan ka? ay p*** tell it to the marines, all the while tinutukan ka baril kaya di ka maka report sa pulis… two months sya don at nakikita nya na lagi mo kausap ang mga abductors nya at guwardya nya e wala ka ginagawa at lokohin mo kami? magkano promise sayo na share mo sa una? dito magkano share mo dapat? anak ng bakang kapitan ka?” said PDG Dela Rosa.

(What kind of a barangay chairman are you? Son of a b*tch! Tell it to the marines. All the while, you are pointed with a gun so you were not able to report to the police. He was there for two months, and he always saw you talking to his abductors. And you even did nothing. So you’re gonna fool us now? How much share do they promised you?)

Authorities are still determining the other motives of the suspects.

PNP is also conducting a pursuit operations against the leader of the group identified as Ronald Cuachin and its two other members also operating the provinces of Quezon, Batangas and Laguna. – Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Dela Rosa on Espenido being in drug watchlist: “I am vouching for his integrity.”

Marje Pelayo   •   February 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ronald dela Rosa wants to know the person who included the name of P/Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido in the government’s drug watchlist or list of cops linked to illegal drug trade.

Senator dela Rosa said it surprised him to hear that Espenido’s name was on the list when it wasn’t the case when he was still the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Hindi ko nakita noong panahon ko, otherwise, hindi ko iyan i-a-appoint (I didn’t see (his name) during my time, otherwise, I wouldn’t have appointed him),” the Senator said.

Dela Rosa transferred Espenido from Albuera, Leyte to Ozamiz City.

Espenido spearheaded the raids that resulted in the killing of then Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and the downfall of the Parojinog drug chain.

Given Espenido’s service history, dela Rosa expressed doubt as to how his name ended up in the President’s drug watchlist.

“Saan galing yan? Lumabas lang out of thin air? (Where did it come from? Did it appear out of thin air?),” the former PNP Chief said.

He urged that the PNP leadership should investigate how it happened, adding that there might be a ‘syndicate’ inside the PNP who wanted to dishonor their comrades.

“Dapat ungkatin ng PNP kung sino ang gumawa ng report na iyan, most likely sindikato na pulis ang gumawa noon (The PNP should investigate who made that report. It’s most likely a syndicate of cops who did that),” dela Rosa noted.

“Dahil kung andyan pa iyang mga pulis na iyan most likely meron na naman iyang gagawing kalokohan sa ibang kasamahan nila na makakalaban nila (Because if those cops are still in position, most likely they will repeat their follies against other cops who oppose them),” the Senator added.

Senator dela Rosa clarified that Espenido still has his full trust and similar to President Duterte, he doesn’t believe Espenido is involved in illegal drugs trade.

“He is my man I am vouching for his integrity,” dela Rosa said of Espenido.

“Kilala ko siya na matino siya (I have known him as a straight cop),” he concluded. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Duterte can scrap PH-US Visiting Forces Agreement without Senate approval – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   January 24, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte can terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US) even without the concurrence of the Senate, Malacañang said on Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement after the president threatened to scrap the VFA if the US government does not reverse the cancellation of Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s visa.

“Because it (VFA) is an executive agreement so he can cancel it without the approval of the Senate,” Panelo said.

Dela Rosa on Wednesday confirmed to media that he is not allowed to travel to the US for now after he received notification about his visa cancellation.

The senator said the exact reason on why his US visa was cancelled remains unclear but he heard reports it might be linked to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs that he spearheaded when he was the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) from 2016 to 2018.

The VFA, signed by Manila and Washington in 1998, is a bilateral deal which outlines the guidelines for the conduct of government troops when they are visiting the US or the Philippines.

Panelo said the US government should not intervene with the Philippines’ internal issues.

The Palace official also believes the president’s threat to cancel the VFA will not affect Filipino workers in the US. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Dela Rosa wants BuCor Building no. 14 inmates excluded from GCTA grant

Robie de Guzman   •   September 4, 2019

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to consider disqualifying persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) incarcerated inside Building no. 14 of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in Muntinlupa City from benefitting from the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law.

Dela Rosa made the suggestion to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra during the joint hearing of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human rights and the Blue Ribbon Committee on Tuesday (Sept. 3).

The senator said inmates confined in Building no. 14 are considered not in good behavior because of their continuous engagement in the illegal drug trade even while in prison.

“Kaya nilagay natin doon para ma-stop ‘yung kanilang ginagawa so, meaning they are not in good conduct behavior habang nasa loob ng building,” he said.

Dela Rosa hopes the DOJ and other concerned agencies will take note of his proposal when they deliberate on the possible amendments to the Implementing Rules and regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act 10592, which increase the good conduct time allowance given to qualified prisoners.

“I would suggest to the Secretary of Justice na sana isama niyo dun (sa revised IRR) sir na once nasa loob ka ng building 14, you are not eligible for GCTA… In case ma-approve by this body ‘yung sinasabi ni Senate President (Vicente Sotto III) kanina na we will vote for the recall of the IRR at ibalik sa DOJ at DILG para baguhin in accordance with the spirit na gusto (ng Congress), yung na-envision ng legislators na nag-craft ng law na yan,” he said.

Guevarra, in return, agreed to consider Dela Rosa’s suggestion.

The RA 10592, which was passed in 2013, was intended to decongest the country’s prison cells. It also provides second chances to reformed convicts.

During the recent senate hearing, several senators have said that PDLs convicted of heinous crimes and those who committed grave offenses while in prison do not deserve reduced prison terms.

The GCTA law became controversial after news broke out that convicted rapist-murderer Antonio Sanchez, former mayor of Calauan, Laguna, could be among thousands of inmates qualified for early release due to good behavior.

This sparked public outrage, prompting several legislators to file bills seeking to amend or repeal the law.  

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