P2-M worth of shabu seized in Lipa City, Batangas

Marje Pelayo   •   May 21, 2018   •   3195


BATANGAS, Philippines – Calabarzon Police Regional Special Operations Unit raided the house of a certain Marcial Orbigoso in Barangay Pangao in Lipa City on Monday, May 21.

Authorities seized more than 300 grams of shabu kept inside a vault along with a .45 caliber pistol and other drug paraphernalia.

The confiscated illegal drugs are valued at P2 million.

Calabarzon Regional Director PCSupt. Guillermo Eleazar said, Orbigoso allegedly did the repacking of the illegal substance at his house in Batangas and would send out the items for distribution in Metro Manila.

Orbigoso was previously detained due to drug peddling.

Eleazar said Orbigoso is a high-value target operating in Makati City and Batangas. – UNTV News & Rescue

Police deny torture of Atty. Chong’s aide Richard Red Santillan

Marje Pelayo   •   December 19, 2018


(L-R) Atty. Glenn Chong and Richard Santillan. | Courtesy: Glen Chong FB account

LAGUNA, Philippines – The Calabarzon Police has denied the alleged torture of Richard Red Santillan, the bodyguard of election lawyer Atty. Glen Chong.

According to a police report, Santillan was a member of an organized crime group and the subject of a police operation that resulted in his death on December 10 in Cainta, Rizal.

Calabarzon Police Regional Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza said, Chong’s claim of torture was a “serious allegation.”

“We will not let this allegation stain the credibility of the members of the police Calabarzon. We would like to clarify the accusations of Atty. Glenn Chong that Richard Santillan was tortured and that this person is not related in any form of illegal activities,” Carranza argued.

The PNP Crime Laboratory in Rizal explained that based on the autopsy conducted on Santillan’s body, there were no signs of bruises much less of torture.

“Makikita po rito ang mga injuries nan a-sustain sa harap at sa likod  walang mga pasa. Doon sa paa na natanggal daw ang kuko, iyon po ay grace gunshot wound. It is injury sustained nang tumama ang bala sa hinlalake sa kanan. Hindi naman po talaga tinanggal iyon,’ explained Rizal Crime Lab Chief PSupt. Pierre Paul Carpio.

Also, based on the intelligence report from the Police Regional Office-4A, Santillan was in a relationship with Gessamyn Casing whose cousin is the leader of the so-called “highway boys” gang.

During the press briefing on Tuesday (December 18) at Camp Vicente Lim, the PNP presented a diagram that shows Santillan’s links to an organized carnapping group.

Casing and Santillan were both killed in the incident.

But Atty, Chong insists that his aide had never been involved in any criminal activity.

“Puro kasinungalingan iyan. I’m sure about that because I also have my own evidence. Sabi mo na si Richard Santillan carnapper. Kaninong sasakyan ang na-carnap? Sabi nila holdaper, sinong nabiktima? Announce the name, date, place and time. Ipakita ninyo. At iyong ipinagyayabang nilang intel report, ito ba iyong matrix? Iyong picture ni Richard? Galing sa Facebook. Anung klaseng intel report iyan? Kabalbalan iyan ng mga bobong pulis. Tanong ko sa kanilang kapulisan, is a matrix acceptable in the court? Hindi,” Chong argued.

As of press time, the PRO4A is still waiting for the trajectory report of the incident in Rizal that will come from the PNP Crime Lab.

The involved policemen remain on hold while the investigation is underway. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

Calabarzon police targets to address jail congestion in 2018

UNTV News   •   December 29, 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The number of detainees who died in the prisons of Region 4-A has climbed to 172 this year.

The Calabarzon Police said the deaths were due to contraction of various diseases like tuberculosis and respiratory problems because of too much congestion.

Aside from this, the inmates also contracted various skin diseases due to poor ventilation in prison cells.

With this, the Calabarzon police hope to address its problem on jail congestion in Region 4-A in 2018.

“They have a program to build more facilities that would improve the detention facilities. Hopefully next year, we can start the plan,” PRO-4A PIO Chief P/Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran said.

According to Police Regional Office 4A PIO Chief P/Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran, they have already brought up the problem to local government officials.

“The Regional Director also held a meeting to hasten the process of the commitment order… to transfer them to the BJMP,” Gaoiran said.

Aside from the PNP detention facilities, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) prison facilities are also congested. – Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


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