Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy surrenders to PNP

Maris Federez   •   May 23, 2019   •   1704

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

PNP firearms head De Leon is new PRO-7 chief

Robie de Guzman   •   October 16, 2019

Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon

MANILA, Philippines – Police Brigadier General Valeriano de Leon is the new chief of Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

PNP spokesperson Bernard Banac said De Leon will formally assume the post on Thursday, Oct. 17.

A turnover ceremony, to be witnessed by PNP Officer-in-charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, will be held in Cebu City.

De Leon will replace Brigadier General Debold Sinas who has been designated as the new director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

He is the current head of the PNP Firearms Explosives Office (FEO) and a member of the Philippine Military Academy Makatao Class of 1989.

PNP-FEO’s deputy commander Col. Westrimundo Obinque will take over De Leon’s post until the PNP has appointed the unit’s next chief. – RRD (with details from Lea Ylagan)

DOJ begins reinvestigation on 2013 drug raid

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra

The Department of Justice has begun reinvestigation of the 2013 Pampanga drug raid involving 13 cops allegedly involved in illegal drug recycling.

The 13 cops were ordered to attend the investigation and submit additional evidence.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra previously formed a three-member panel to reinvestigate the case where around 160 kilos of suspected illegal drugs were seized during an operation in Pampanga.

The Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), meanwhile, requested the DOJ panel for more time to submit records about alleged drug lord Johnson Lee and Ding Wengkun.

The DOJ panel will give the PNP-CIDG five days to submit additional evidence and supplemental affidavit.

Meanwhile, PMaj. Rodney Baloyo was given a subpoena by the DOJ for not attending the preliminary investigation.

Baloyo is currently at New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa after the Senate cited him in contempt for allegedly lying during a hearing.

“We still issued subpoena to the said respondent and even wrote a letter to the Senate president asking permission for him to be allowed in this proceedings,” according to state prosecutor Senior Assistant Atty. Alexander Suarez. —AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)

PNP denies pressures from former generals pushed PGen Albayalde to resign

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there had been a group of former generals who pressured PGen Oscar Albayalde to step down from his post as chief of the national police.

Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday (Oct. 14) amid the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 while he was still the provincial director.

Senator Richard Gordon mentioned the possibility that pressures from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pushed Albayalde to resign.

“Ang naging dahilan ni Albayalde ay serye ng pagdinig at pressure doon sa issue (Albayalde’s reasons for his resignation were the series of hearings and on the issue itself),” PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.

The PNP, however, admitted that Albayalde’s decision to go on a terminal leave had affected the morale of the police.

Banac said the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, where Albayalde belongs, is in full support of the former police chief’s decision.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is still in the process of choosing the next PNP chief.

Three senior police officers are already in the shortlist of the president. These are:

  • PNP OIC PLtGen. ARCHIE GAMBOA
  • Deputy Chief PNP for Operations PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan
  • Chief of Directorial Staff PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar

The President, however, has the prerogative to choose anyone of the generals in the PNP. —(from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf

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