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Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy surrenders to PNP

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

Peter Joemel Advincula

Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who presents himself as alias Bikoy, has surrendered to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Northern Police District on Wednesday night.

This, after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a warrant for his arrest for an estafa case in Baguio City.

He requested to face the media at the Camp Crame this morning to clear the names of the personalities he implicated in the illegal drug trade and to ask forgiveness from the administration.

Bikoy said the series of “Ang Totoong (the real) Narcolist” with episodes 1 to 5 is a hoax and that Senator-elect Bong Go doesn’t really have a dragon tattoo.

He added that they were all fabricated by the camp of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

He further said that they came up with a scheme called “Project Sodoma” together with the Otso Diretso, with the exception of former Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas.

Project Sodoma, which he claimed to have been planned for nine months, allegedly aimed to oust President Rodrigo Duterte and to put Vice President Leni Robredo in power so that the Otso Diretso can have the chance to win in the 2019 midterm elections.

He claimed to have personally known Senator Trillanes after they were introduced by Fr. Albert Alejo, and to have met with the seven candidates of the Liberal Party.

He also maintained that they came to an agreement that he will receive P500,000 and will be given a government position if Otso Diretso wins.

Advincula added that he has already been receiving threats against his life and his family that is why he is seeking the help of the PNP.

PNP chief, Police General Oscar Albayalde said they will still validate Advincula’s claim that his life is under threat.

Advincula will be placed under the usual booking process at the CIDG before he gets transported back to Baguio to post bail for his estafa case. (with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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Report ranking PH as 4th most dangerous place in the world for civilians, ‘baseless’ – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (July 15) refused to accept the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project ranking the Philippines as the fourth most dangerous place in the world for civilians.

Such report was based on alleged violence and extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte government’s war on drugs that the project claimed as rampant in the country .

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, perhaps Filipinos who are critical of the Duterte administration are working to destroy the image of the Philippines and make it appear to the international community that violence is rampant in the country.

In fact, Albayalde said the Philippines is on top of the list among countries in the world safe to live in and for doing business.

“I don’t know how they were be able to say that what’s their basis for saying that,” the PNP Chief said.

According to the 2019 world’s best countries to invest in or do business by CEOWORLD magazine, the Philippines ranked third after Malaysia (1st) and Poland (2nd), even better than Indonesia (4th), Australia (5th) and Singapore (6th). – with details from Lea Ylagan

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Duterte wants OFW department up by December

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

One-stop service for Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs in side the POEA biulding in Ortigas.

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte wants the establishment of a separate Department of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) by December this year to address the persistent woes with illegal recruiters and other concerns.

Duterte said the proposed department’s power will include strict regulation of Philippine-based recruitment agencies.

“Kaya apurahin ko ‘yang Department of OFW. Bawal na ang recruitment sa abroad — sa labas. Kung gusto nila, diyan sila maglagay ng mesa. So, under the supervision of government at walang horrendous charges. Hindi ako papayag ng ganun ‘pag natayo ‘yan,” the president said in a speech during the Araw ng Pasasalamat for OFWs ceremony at Camp Aguinaldo last Friday (July 12).

Duterte said he wants the framework for this proposal be completed by the second week of August.

He also warned illegal and abusive recruiters to shape up as they will no longer operate without direct government supervision once the proposed department is created.

“Kaya kayong mga recruitment, bilang talaga ang araw ninyo… ‘Pag hindi ko kayo nadala sa usapan na maganda, brasohan tayo. ‘Pag nag-brasohan tayo, kayo ang matatalo. Sigurado ‘yan,” he said.

In line with this, former special assistant to the president and now Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed the Senate Bill 202 or the Department of Overseas Filipinos Act of 2019.

Go’s proposal seeks the creation of the said department to serve as the umbrella agency to address all concerns of Filipinos working overseas.

The measure will also create an Overseas Filipinos Assistance Fund to provide financial aid to Filipino migrants in distress and provide livelihood loans for OFWs returning to the Philippines for good.

Once approved into law, the department will absorb the functions of the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Department of Foreign Affairs-Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs, the International Labor Affairs Bureau and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas.

Currently, Filipinos wanting to work abroad need to go to different departments to secure necessary documents and present other concerns such as employment and technical education.

The neophyte lawmaker believes the president will certify the measure as urgent to swiftly hurdle the Congress before the year ends.

“I think it’s possible and doable naman po by December. Maybe the president will certify it as urgent. At ang gusto na mangyari ng presidente [ay] maiwasan ang illegal recruitment or maging biktima ng illegal recruitment,” he said. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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PNP eyes obstruction of justice raps against Metrobank management after Binondo robbery

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) eyes filing obstruction of justice charges against the Metrobank-Binondo branch management after a robbery incident.

This was after the management refused to allow police authorities to enter their branch after it was robbed on Thursday morning (July 11).

“We will check on that because technically, baka pwede kami makapag-file ng obstruction of justice (maybe we can file obstruction of justice),”  according to PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

“When something happens in a place, that is considered a crime scene. Kailangan makapasok ng mabilis iyong ating investigators (our investigators should immediately enter the premises),” he added.

According to the Manila Police District (MPD), the policemen were able to enter the branch two hours after the robbery.

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno questioned the said security protocol of Metrobank. He said that they will hold officers liable if proven to be involved in said crime.

“If there’s abuse on the part of the chief security of the bank, of the branch head, whoever calls the situation in interfering police operation, we will make them liable and we will think they are part of the criminal elements,” Moreno said.—AAC

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