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PNP apprehends over 300 liquor ban violators

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, May 13th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has apprehended at least 321 individuals in Metro Manila for violating the liquor ban in relation with Monday’s midterm elections.

The liquor ban is effective from 12:01 a.m. of May 12 until midnight of May 13.

The ban includes drinking and selling of alcohol in stores.

READ: PNP: Liquor ban for May 13 polls to start on Sunday

The PNP said most of those arrested were from Quezon City with 200 apprehensions; 46 from Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela and Navotas; 28 others were netted in Pasay, Makati, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Taguig and Pateros while the rest were nabbed in Manila, San Juan, Pasig and Marikina.

Most of the persons arrested were caught in the act of engaging in a drinking session.

Aside from liquor ban, police also monitored alleged vote-buying incidents in parts of Metro Manila.

Around 134 persons were arrested for alleged vote-buying, and more than half a million pesos were recovered in seven operations that were launched by authorities. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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RTC issues search warrant vs Kapa-Community Ministry International

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a search warrant against the Kapa-Community Ministry International in Tagum City.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) went to the office of the Kapa-Community Ministry International.

Authorities knocked several times, however, no one responded. The NBI then seized ID’s, logbooks, and other items in the office.

The police, meanwhile, continues to monitor other investment schemes in the Davao region.

“Na-monitor namin is around 39. Iyong 14 is allegedly nag-close upon monitoring namin that time ay bumalik dahil naka-secure daw sila ng permit, (We monitored 39 [investment schemes]. Fourteen already closed upon our monitoring that time. They went back because they said they havde already secured their permit)” according to Police Regional Office XI Spokesperson PMaj. Jason Baria.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself has ordered the shutdown of the Kapa-Community Ministry International and other investment schemes in Mindanao.

“There have been numerous complaints with the president, in fact, me too, I have been receiving complaints about certain people there that may have prompted the president from ordering,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously issued a cease and desist order against the religious firm but Kapa did not respond.(with reports from Janice Ingente)

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PNP to conduct action if Erwin Tulfo fails to surrender expired firearms

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be forced to conduct police action against radio broadcaster Erwin Tulfo if he fails to surrender expired firearms.

According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde Erwin’s firearms licenses have already expired since March.

The official also clarified that all expired License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) needs to be renewed or surrendered.

“As an SOP [Standard Operating Procedure], lahat ng expired hindi lang kay Mr. Tulfo, sa lahat na nag-expire ang LTOPF we remind them to una, renew or surrender all their firearms because once your LTOPF is expired automatic iyong revocation ng mga licenses mo (As an SOP, all expired [firearms], not just Tulfo’s, we remind them to renew their license or surrender all their firearms because one your LTOPF is expired your license will automatically be revoked),” he said.

Meanwhile, PNP Firearms and Explosives Office Director PGen. Val de Leon said they already sent a letter to Tulfo for him to surrender his firearms but he still hasn’t responded.

De Leon also reiterated that Tulfo could have renewed his license even during the election period.

“Wala pa kaming na-monitor na sinurrender na niya ito. We intend to reiterate our effort at tulad ng sabi ng ating Chief PNP, we will be forced to take police actions kung hindi pa niya na-surrender (We haven’t monitored that he already surrendered it. And like what our Chief PNP said, we will be forced to take police actions if he still has not surrendered them),” he said.

Tulfo has not responded on the issue because he is still abroad.

Meanwhile, the Tulfo brothers may now re-apply for police escorts but Albayalde said there is no assurance it will be approved.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Security guard, two other drug suspects nabbed in QC

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2019

Three alleged drug peddlers who were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay San Roque, Cubao, Quezon City on Sunday night (May 26, 2019)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Three individuals including a security guard were arrested in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay San Roque, Cubao, Quezon City on Sunday evening (May 26).

According to Police Capt. Ramon Aquiatan Jr., an informant tipped them about the illegal drug operations in the area where 30-year-old Rayan Timan was allegedly a known drug peddler.

He was operating together with two drug surrenders, Roel Viernes alias Balot and Aldyn Ramos who were also arrested in the operation.

“Itong si Timan ang talagang pinaka-source ng dalawa kasi itong si Balot, itong si Roel, ay parang runner niya. Pagka may bumibili doon sa guwardiya, si Balot ang nagtatakbo,” Aquiatan said.

(Timan was the main source [of drugs] while alias Balot or Roel served as his runner. When a customer buys from the guard, Balot handles the transaction.)

Authorities seized about four grams of suspected shabu from the suspects with a street value of P27,000.

The suspects will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Meanwhile, the public is encouraged to report any suspicious activities in their area through the Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Number 117. — Marje Pelayo (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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