NCRPO beefs up security ahead of Maguindanao massacre case promulgation
Robie de Guzman • December 6, 2019 • 247
MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Friday said it has beefed up the security in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City ahead of the expected promulgation of the decade-old Maguindanao massacre case.
NCRPO acting director Brigadier General Debold Sinas said they have tightened security in the vicinity of their headquarters, and that the ingress and egress from the camp will be controlled to prevent any untoward incidents related to the case promulgation.
Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 earlier issued an order announcing that the ruling for the multiple murder charges against over 100 suspects – including members of the Ampatuan clan – will be released on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa.
Sinas said that at least 240 members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion in full battle gear were deployed in the camp to monitor the entrance and exit points.
“Sila yung mag-secure ng whole of Camp Bicutan starting ngayon kasi ngayon pa lang nag ready na kami, iniikutan na yung mga barangays sa tabi, lalo na yung mga bahay sa tabi ng gates,” he said.
The NCRPO chief said the camp will be on lockdown, especially in the detention facility, a few days before the promulgation.
Police civil disturbance unit has also been placed on alert for possible protest actions that may be staged during the event.
“Meron na kaming inilagay na CCTV sa mga gates para malaman kung sino ‘yan at pinapatanggal ang sumbrero kung mag-register para makuha yung mukha,” Sinas said.
The NCRPO chief also said the Quezon City Police District has already ensured the security of Judge Solis-Reyes, as well as the prosecutors and lawyers handling the case.
The Maguindanao massacre is considered the worst election-related violence and attack on press freedom in the Philippines.
The gruesome incident that occurred on Nov. 23, 2009, left 58 people dead, including 32 media personnel, some members of the Mangudadatu family and several civilians.
The ambush happened when they were on their way to a local Commission on Elections office to cover the filing of then gubernatorial bet Esmael Mangudadatu – a political rival of the Ampatuans.
Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr. and his brother Zaldy Ampatuan are the primary accused in the case.
Of the 197 original suspects facing multiple murder charges, 101 were put on trial and could face sentencing soon. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is looking into the connection of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) issue with the killing of Bureau of Corrections legal chief Atty. Frederic Anthony Santos.
According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas, the NCRPO already formed a special investigation task group to investigate the said case.
“Iyong tinitingnan nila ay iyong dating kaso ni Atty. Santos, iyong GCTA. Iyon ang latest na case niya at iyon ang cause kung bakit siya na suspend (They are looking into the former case of Atty. Santos which is the GCTA. That was his latest case and it was the cause of his suspension),” he said.
“We are checking sa angle na iyon kung sino ang nag-benefit sa pagkapatay ni Atty. Santos (We are checking that angle, and who benefited from killing Atty. Santos),” Sinas added.
Investigators, however, were not able to retrieve the CCTV footage from the incident. According to Sinas, the CCTV around the area were all broken.
The dash cam of Santos’ vehicle was also unable to capture the shooting.
“The shooters approached on the left side of the driver seat, kaya hindi nahagip ng dash cam (so it was not captured by the dash cam),” Sinas said.
The NCRPO official said there were two suspects in the shooting and they were on board a motorcycle.
Santos was suspended as the BuCor’s legal chief last September 2019 for the Senate hearing on the GCTA issue. He was supposed to resume work this March.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday (February 11) ordered a ban on all forms of gambling in Metro Manila, even during wakes and fiesta celebrations.
“Nag-issue ako ng directive na maski sa patay bawal,” NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas told reporters at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.
The NCRPO Chief added that his directive was already cascaded to local chief executives across the metropolis.
These include any form of numbers game like color games, video karera and ‘sakla’ which gamblers usually set up in wakes.
Sinas added that they received reports that funeral shops allegedly sell or rent out cadavers for fake wakes to set up betting games.
“Ang guidance ko pakiusapan muna at pag ayaw ay saka i-raid para hindi nila masabi na wala din kami konsiderasyon (My guidance to the police is to talk to the organizers and if they refuse, they may raid the location so they may not accuse us of being inconsiderate),” Sinas explained.
The NCRPO chief warned to automatically relieve police official in charge once he received reports of gambling in his area of duty.
“Lantarang saklaan, sabungan, number games, VK pag andyan yan ibig sabihin meron talaga kayong proteksyon (If sakla or card games, derby, number games, video karera is still in practice in your area, that would mean you are a protector),” Sinas warned members of the police.
Such effort by the NCRPO is in support of Philippine National Police Chief DG Archie Gamboa’s ‘no-take policy’ in order to curb illegal gambling in the country.
Other police officials, meanwhile, also expressed similar support to the program.
“On behalf of the MPD, I would like to pledge to our chief PNP and our regional director to support all their focus program and program trust the “NO TAKE POLICY” and to go against all forms of illegal activities,” assured Manila Police Director PBGen. Bernabe Balba.
“Ang buong SPD under my leadership are fully abide with the full commitment of following the no-take policy of our Chief PNP,” added Southern Police District Acting Director PCol. Emmanuel Peralta.
Sinas, likewise, encouraged the public to capture a video or a photo of any gambling activities in Metro Manila and immediately report the incident to the nearest police authority. MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has formed their own response team against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Debold Sinas, this team will be the first responders in case they receive reports of a suspected case of 2019-nCoV.
Sinas said they will also implement security measures before anyone can enter Camp Crame.
“Sa mga kampo or offices ang unang tanong sayo ay ‘Galing ka ba sa China or these places?’ So please answer it, baka hindi ka i-entertain, (In our camp or offices, they will ask if you’ve been to China or these places. So please answer itor they might not entertain you),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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