NCRPO: No untoward incident reported during Ampatuan massacre case promulgation

Robie de Guzman   •   December 19, 2019   •   225

Anti-riot police stand guard in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City prior to the promulgation of the verdict of the Ampatuan Massacre case, 19 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Thursday said it has not monitored any untoward incident during the handing down of the verdict of the Ampatuan massacre case in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City.

NCRPO spokesperson Major Britz Estadilla attributed this to the stringent security measures they implemented in the vicinity of the camp, as well as the controlled ingress and egress of people, and the lockdown a day before the promulgation.

“May konti lang reklamo kung bakit sobrang istrikto pero na-explain naman po namin sa kanila na para sa safety ng promulgation,” Estadilla told reporters.

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) also said that the promulgation was orderly and peacefully held following safety protocols implemented in Camp Bagong Diwa.

“Natutuwa kami na maayos ang security na nailatag ng PNP at BJMP. Yung security protocols natin ay nasunod naman… At wala naman tayong naging problema sa court proceedings,” BJMP spokesperson Chief Inspector Xavier Solda said.

“Naging cooperative naman ang mga persons deprived of liberty (PDL) natin, yun lang after na mabasa yung guilty verdict ay may mga nag-react na PDL,” he added.

Four members of the Ampatuan clan were found guilty of murder by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 while other accused were acquitted on the ground of reasonable doubt.

The convicted Ampatuans were then brought to the New Bilibid Prison after the promulgation.

Prior to the transfer, the NCRPO conducted an aerial inspection on the route that would be taken by the convoy of vehicles bearing the Ampatuans.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team were with the NCRPO team to cover the inspection exclusively.

During the transfer, the Ampatuans were boarded in a convoy of vehicles while a Police helicopter hovered above to ensure their safety.

Authorities said the operations and security policies inside the Camp Bagong Diwa are now back to normal. The security lockdown has also been lifted since three p.m. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

NCRPO to probe link of GCTA mess to BuCor exec’s killing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 21, 2020

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)

NCRPO to form nCoV response team

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 4, 2020

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 it or they might not entertain you),” he said.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Cop linked to 2009 Ampatuan massacre surrenders to CIDG

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

Police Officer Ysmael Baraquir

MANILA, Philippines – A police officer tagged in the 2009 Ampatuan massacre case has surrendered after more than 10 years of hiding, authorities said Wednesday.

Police Officer Ysmael Baraquir of the Maguindanao Provincial Police Office surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) regional field unit 15 around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Barangay Linandangan, Pagalungan in Maguindanao.

Police said they took Baraquir into custody based on an arrest warrant for 56 counts of murder signed by Quezon City Regional Trial Court (QC RTC) Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes.

Baraquir is also listed in the national level most wanted persons, according to a report to CIDG acting director Brig. Gene. Joel Napoleon Coronel.

Earlier, two massacre suspects were separately arrested by authorities in Maguindanao after the court released last December 2019 its verdict on the gruesome killing.

On December 19, QC RTC Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes handed down a guilty verdict to several members of the political Ampatuan clan, including former Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Governor Zaldy Ampatuan, Anwar Ampatuan Sr., Anwar Ampatuan Jr., and Anwar Sajid Ampatuan, for their involvement in the murder of 57 people, including members of the media.

Originally, there were 58 victims in the massacre but the 58th person, photographer Reynaldo Momay of the local paper Midland Review, was declared missing after his body was not found in the scene.

The Ampatuan massacre is considered the worst election-related violence and attack on press freedom in the Philippines.

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