PNP chief Gamboa says he’s okay, will return to work on Monday after chopper crash

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2020   •   571

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MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Gamboa assured the public he is okay after surviving a chopper crash in Laguna.

In a video message released by the PNP, Gamboa said he wasn’t seriously injured in the crash and that he will return to work on Monday.

“Sa ating mga kababayan at lalo na sa ating mga kapulisan, ako eh lumabas ngayon dito para ipakita sa inyo na okay ako, na hindi naman ako nasaktan. As a matter of fact, I’m going back to office on Monday,” the PNP chief said.

The top cop, who appeared in the recorded video with a cast on his right arm and lying on a hospital bed, also appealed to the public to pray for police officials who are still in hospital and to refrain from sharing online any more photos of the accident.

“Tulungan niyo na lang kami na ipagdasal ‘yung mga nasa ospital pa,” he said.

Gamboa and seven others police top officials were injured after the Bell 429 chopper they were riding in crashed shortly after take-off in San Pedro, Laguna. They were in Laguna to inspect the vehicle impounding compound of the Highway Patrol Group.

Gamboa was with Directorate for Comptrollership Major General Jovic Ramos, Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway, and PNP Spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac. Two pilots, Gamboa’s aide, and a technician were also on board the helicopter.

The top cop, Banac and four others only sustained minor injuries from the crash, but generals Ramos and Magaway are both in critical conditions.

“’Wag natin kalimutan na ng pagpunta ko doon sa kung saan nilagay yung mga sasakyan ay may rason at kasama talaga ýon sa aking biyahe papuntang Calabarzon, again, to give warning to everyone that no matter what the Philippine National Police will always enforce the law, no matter what it takes,” Gamboa said.

In a separate press briefing, Police Major General Benigno Durana, Director for Police Community Relations, said Gamboa and six others are now recuperating from their injuries at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.

The PNP chief is also planning to visit Magaway and Ramos who are being treated in separate hospitals in Biñan, Laguna.

“Para matingnan personally ang kanilang kalagayan but he was dissuaded by the doctors kasi he needs to rest also for the next 48 hours. Under observation pa rin po sila although all medical procedures, examination and test ay napagdaanan na po nila,” Durana said.

Gamboa has also designated Brigadier Generals Jesus Cambay Jr. and Ronnie Olay to temporarily assume the tasks of Magaway and Ramos.

“He (Gamboa) is in high spirits but again ang concern nya po ay ang total recovery ng pito nyang kasamahan,” Durana said.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año earlier said that Police General Camilo Cascolan, Deputy Chief for Administration, will serve as PNP’s officer-in-charge until Gamboa returns to full duty status.

Año also assured an investigation is being launched into the chopper crash to prevent any similar incidents in the future.

PNP Deputy Chief for Operation Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has been tasked to lead the probe into the crash.

The PNP has ordered the temporary grounding of its entire fleet of rotary-wing aircraft pending the result of the investigation.

Alleged Cotabato mall bomber killed in clash with police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 2, 2020

The alleged mastermind of the mall bombing in Cotabato in 2018 died in an encounter with the police on Tuesday (December 1).

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed that Abraham Abad Abdulrahman alias Abu Suffian died in a gun battle with a composite police team implementing a Search Warrant in Barangay Bagua 2, Cotabato City.

During the operation, Abu Suffian resisted during the lawful search and engaged the police team in a firefight.

Six minor children were rescued from the area of encounter. The raiding team recovered a 60mm high-explosive mortar projectile, IED components, and a motorcycle.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold Sinas urged other PNP units to intensify efforts against terrorist personalities belonging to domestic and transnational threat groups. AAC

PNP, may bagong listahan ng narco-cops – Sinas

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas

MANILA, Philippines – Kinumpirma ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas na may hawak silang bagong listahan ng mga pulis na umano’y sangkot sa operasyon ng iligal na droga sa bansa.

Sa ekslusibong ulat ni UNTV Correspondent Lea Ylagan, sinabi ni Sinas na may  ranggo ang mga pulis na nakasama sa listahan ngunit tumanggi siyang tukuyin ang mga ito, kung saan naka-assign pati na ang pangalan ng mga tinaguriang narco-cops.

“Halo na po yan. Kaunti na lang yan pero hindi na muna namin pangalanan at sabihiin ang ranggo kasi baka magtanungan eh,” ang pahayag ng hepe ng pambansang pulisya.

Ayon kay Sinas, ang listahan ay batay sa nakalap na intelligence report patuloy pa itong isinasailalim sa validation process.

Isasalang din aniya ito sa adjudication process gaya ng ginawa sa termino ng nag-retiro nang si PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

Sa panahon ni Gamboa, aabot sa 357 pulis ang napabilang sa sinasabing narco-list.

“Ito lang naman ay more on intelligence report, bina-validate, evaluated, confirmed, re-confirmed… Ganoon po ang proseso natin. Pagdating sa DI ay ina-adjudicate kung totoo nga o hindi para finally remain them in the list or to remove them,” ang wika ni Sinas.

Sakaling makumpirmang sangkot nga sa operasyon ng iligal na droga ang mga nasa listahan at may sapat na ebidensiya at testigo ay sasampahan ang mga ito ng kaukulang kaso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

AFP, PNP: Tiamzons’ conviction a victory for Reds’ victims

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

Wilma and Benito Tiamzon

MANILA, Philippines – Military and police officials on Friday lauded the conviction of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, calling it a victory for the victims of the communist group.

In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, Major General Edgard Arevalo said the court’s decision is “a victory for the many victims of atrocities of the NPA particularly orders to conduct murder, arson, extortion, ambushes, bombing and the like that they orchestrated.”

“They were convicted ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ by the Regional Trial Court 216 of Quezon City for the crime of kidnapping and serious illegal detention,” he said.

The Tiamzon couple is believed to be ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 found the couple guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years of imprisonment.

The Tiamzons were also ordered to pay damages and civil indemnity to the complainant amounting to P225,000.

“The AFP will continue to hunt them down after they have violated the provisions of their temporary liberty by virtue of their being nominated as consultants in the peace negotiations with the government. They refused to submit themselves to the government after the peace negotiations did not prosper,” Arevalo said.

He also vowed that the AFP would continue to strengthen its resolve to bring other criminals to justice in honor of the victims of the violence perpetrated by the CPP-NPA.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) called the conviction of Tiamzon couple a triumph of justice.

“It is also another success story on the efficiency of our prosecutors of our investigators who secured the validity of evidence presented during trial. Of course, it is also a manifestation of the sins committed by the communist terrorists against our people,” PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ilbrandi Usana said in a statement.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also lauded the conviction of the Tiamzons, recalling the efforts to track down and arrest the couple when he was just a military captain.

“I’m very happy malaki kasi yung hirap ko diyan sa paghuli niyan I was the chief of ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the AFP) when they was arrested in March 2014. I just cannot recall the exact date March 20 or 21, I spent half of my career looking for this couple started I was Captain,” he said.

The couple was arrested in 2014 in Cebu City after many years of hiding. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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