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Murder charges filed against suspects in Sagay massacre

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2018

 

 

Crime scene of Sagay massacre

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified eight witnesses to the killing of nine sugar farmers in Hacienda Nene in Barangay Bulanon, Sagay City on Saturday (October 20).

Residents nearby also testified of what they witnessed before and after the crime.

“Tinitingnan din natin ang before and after so lahat ng surrounded diyan basta relevant on this particular case, pwede natin iyan gamitin,” said PCInsp. Robert Mansueto, Chief of Sagay City Police.

Mansueto said, however, that they cannot reveal their identities yet for their safety.

The witnesses have given their respective affidavits from which the PNP will file charges of multiple murder against the suspects at the Sagay City Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigators also received information that the suspects’ camp is dealing with some of the witnesses.

Meanwhile, a 47-year-old witness went missing after giving his statement, according to police.

“We have already subscribed the affidavit of eight witnesses and counting…Ang problema talaga kasi ang witnesses natin pene-penetrate din,” said Mansueto.

Meanwhile, 14 minors who witnessed the incident are being given counselling at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the trauma and fear that they went through.

The Police Provincial Office created a Special Investigation Task Force to focus on the Sagay massacre.

The remains of the nine farmers, meanwhile, are now laid at the city hall gym for public viewing. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)

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Father-and-daughter local execs ambushed in La Union, not in drugs watch list – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Thursday (November 15) that Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and his daughter Mayor Aleli Concepcion were not on the police drug watch list.

The father and daughter tandem were ambushed in Balaoan, La Union on Tuesday (November 14).

According to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, there was no previous report of the two local executive’s involvement in illegal drugs trade.

“Wala naman so far. I just don’t know in the region,” Albayalde said.

So far, there are no witnesses surfacing to testify on the case while the PNP Region 1 police are doing the investigation.

“The more important thing here is the witness who can give full account or give suspects or persons of interest dito sa mga incidents na ganyan. Napakaimportante kasi na kapag may nakakita, kailangan pong pumunta sa pulisya para makunan ng statement at ma-solve ang crime,” the PNP Chief explained.

Albayalde noted that La Union is considered as among the election hot spots due to intense political rivalry. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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PNP to probe death of lawyer who assisted in Sagay farmers’ slay case

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Atty. Benjamin Tarug Ramos Jr. | Image courtesy to Atty. Edre Olalia via Facebook 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) condemns the killing of Atty. Benjamin Tarug Ramos Jr.

Ramos, a founding member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, was among those who first assisted in the case of slain nine sugarcane farmers in Sagay city.

Ramos was gunned down in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on the evening of Tuesday (November 6) by unidentified perpetrators.

Police Regional Office 6 Director, PCSupt. John Bulalacao said the lawyer sustained three gunshot wounds on his chest and died on his way to the hospital.

“The victim sustained 3 gunshot wounds on his chest and was brought to Holy Mother Mercy Hospital in Kabankalan City but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician,” he said.
An investigation on the murder of Ramos is underway. – UNTV News and Rescue

 

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PNP: Themed costumes among security guards strictly prohibited

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

 

Security guards in themed costumes

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Security guards are no longer allowed to don themed costumes on duty.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) on Wednesday (November 7) reminded security agencies that themed costumes will no longer be allowed to security guards on duty.

Themed costumes are common in commercial establishments during holidays.

Last Sunday (November 4) members of the PNP SOSIA accosted the administrator of a mall in Quezon City for letting their security personnel wear themed costumes.

According to PNP-SOSIA Enforcement Management Division OIC PSupt. Jaime Santos, such a practice is considered a security risk and only leads to confusion especially in times of emergency that is why it is strictly prohibited.

“Maaari kasing gayahin ito or magsuot ng ganito ang mga sindikato o grupo na gumawa ng krimen doon sa loob ng mall kaya malaking factor na di dapat sila magsuot ng ganyan dahil nangyari na iyan before sa isang mall na pinasok ng martilyo gang,” Santos said.

The security agency of security guards accosted by the PNP was ordered to pay P400,000. Authorities also confiscated the service firearms of their security guards.

“Kapag naging recidivist sila o habitual at di nila pinakikinggan ang aming sanction sa kanila ang mangyayari nya ay mag oorder ang chief SOSIA na i-tag, na i-suspend na ang kanilang license pati iyong mismong operator,” warned Santos.

Meanwhile, the PNP also noted that security measures in malls will be stricter this coming holiday season due to the expected influx of mall goers, the time when lawless elements are in their active operations.

“Muli ang aming paalala kapag may insidente at pangyayari sa mga business establishments, mga malls kaagad yung mga bantay sa entrances ay tumawag agad ng kanilang response team at wag nila iiwanan ang entrance dahil ang seguridad, maaaring diversionary tactics lamang ito … at tuloy tuloy na ang pasok ng mga magnanakaw,” advised PSSupt. Bernard Banac, SOSIA Assistant Chief.

The PNP is set to deploy patrol units at the outside vicinity of malls for quick response in case any untoward incidents happen inside the establishments. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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