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PNP assures tight security in Albay danger zone chokepoints

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Legazpi, ALBAY — Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 5 reiterated that only residents whose houses are outside the 8-km permanent danger zone can go back to their homes.

“Mayroong mga police assistance desk na nakatalaga doon, kasi ‘yung ibang mga evacuation areas na ‘yung ibang mga tao pabalik-balik so doon natin ini-stop sila na umakyat ulit (We have police assistance desks designated there because others are in evacuation areas. We are stopping some people to come back and climb again),” said PNP PIO Maria Louisa Calubaquib.

Thus, police are imposing tight security in the designated chokepoints or areas monitored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Meantime, in the municipality of Camalig which has six barangays inside the 8-km danger zone, the local government strongly encourages residents to stay in evacuation centers.

“Unang-una,  ‘yung food supply, dapat every day may makakain kasi kung walang makakain, babalik at babalik na ‘yan. Then may entertainment na binibigay. Then may mga cash for work din naman ‘yung DSWD,” said Camalig Vice Mayor Caloy Baldo.

(First and foremost, the food supply. Every day there has to be food because if there’s nothing to eat, they will go back. Then there’s also entertainment being provided. The DSWD also offers cash for work.)

Meanwhile, the AFP and PNP continued the psychosocial activities for residents inside evacuation centers.

The local government gives free face masks, food and water were given in Bariw National High school aside from games and amusement delivered to residents. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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Cops prohibited from drinking in public — DILG

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to release an order that prohibits cops from drinking in public places.

Año said this in compliance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive prohibiting police officers from drinking in bars, nightclubs and other
public areas.

The secretary said that senior police officials should serve as role models to their colleagues.

He added that the president is correct in saying the public loses respect for the police when they are seen drinking in public.

“Nakakahiya at masagwang makita na may mga pulis na nag-iinuman sa publiko. The job of the police requires the respect of the people, therefore they must do what it takes to gain and maintain public trust,” Año said.

Violators of the new ordinance may face administrative charges. — UNTV News & Rescue

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Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo denies hand in Rep. Batocabe’s assassination

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019

Daraga town Mayor Carlwyn Baldo denies orchestrating the assassination of AKO Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe.


ALBAY, Philippines — Incumbent Daraga Mayor Carlwyn Baldo has denied allegations of masterminding the killing of AKO Bicol party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe.

Mayor Baldo asserted his innocence saying he is just being used as a ‘scapegoat’ while the true perpetrators are at large.

“I assert my innocence. Let us not forget that while I am being used as a convenient scapegoat, those who are truly responsible for the crime remain free and blameless,” Baldo said in a press conference on Thursday (January 3).

“I am an easy target but that does not make me guilty of the crime. I am already being persecuted in the courts of public opinion. I am a public servant, at ang gusto ko lang naman po ay magsilbi,” he added.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) tagged Baldo as the one who orchestrated the assassination of Congressman Batocabe, from planning to financing the crime by contracting former members of the military and even his alleged personal driver, offering them P5 million to execute the killing.

Two of the suspects were turned into witnesses and confessed that it was Mayor Baldo who planned everything since Rep. Batocabe announced his plan to rival the mayor in the 2019 elections.

Mayor Baldo in his statement offered his condolences to Cong. Batocabe’s family and the family of his aide, SPO1 Orlando Diaz.

“Patuloy akong nakikiramay sa pamilya Batocabe & Diaz sa kanilang kawalan. Kahit ako gusto ko rin malaman kung sino ang totoong may kagagawan sa krimen,” he said.

“But in our quest for justice, let us avoid committing injustice,” the embattled Mayor added.

Baldo along with six other suspects were facing charges of double murder and six counts of frustrated murder for the incident. — Marje Pelayo

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Comelec considers placing Daraga, Albay under its control

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, December 28th, 2018

Aerial shot of Mayon Volcano in Albay | UNTV Drone

MANILA, Philippines – Following the killing of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said it is considering to place the municipality of Daraga, Albay under its control.

COMELEC said that their statement came after local poll officials “recommended this course of action” in light of the assassination of Batocabe last December 22, as well as the two unidentified victims that were found dead in the same municipality a day after the congressman was killed.

“The biggest problem really is apart from the killing of Ako Bicol Rep Rodel Batocabe, may dalawa pang natagpuang patay the following day, unidentified pa iyong mga tao na iyon,” said Director James Jimenez.

Based on the rules of the poll body, COMELEC takes over the full control of a place if a place there is a history of- current- intense political rivalry among contending parties, as such rivalries could motivate people to engage in violent acts

 “The fact that the perpetrators are still at large has contributed to the atmosphere of fear and anxiety in the area. Ang concern ng ating local field officials is that it might lead to an increase in violence as it is there is already intense political rivalry in that area,” Jimenez added.

Jimenez also explained, if the COMELEC decides to place Daraga, Albay under its control, it will take effect on January 13, 2019 coinciding with the start of the election period

The COMELEC En Banc, however, may set the effectivity to any date which it deems appropriate.

 “Ang ibig sabihin ng COMELEC control is that COMELEC will take immediate and direct supervision and control over all national and local officials in Daraga, Albay. This includes exercising control and supervision over all law enforcement agencies, national and local. Literally, 100% take over iyan ng municipality na iyon,” Jimenez explained.

The poll body will also take into consideration reports and security assessments filed by the Philippine National Police (PNP) once they decide to implement the COMELEC control. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue


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