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PNP conducts manhunt vs Acierto, 7 others

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Former police official Eduardo Acierto

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) has conducted a manhunt against ex-policeman Eduardo Acierto and seven others.

This was after they received the warrant of arrest ordered by the Supreme Court on Wednesday (April 24). Acierto and seven others were indicted due to their alleged involvement in the smuggling of billions worth of illegal drugs concealed inside magnetic lifters.

According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde, the tracker team of the CIDG has begun searching possible areas where they can find Acierto.

The seven individuals are former Customs Intelligence Officer Jimmy Guban and former Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Deputy Director for Administration Ismael Fajardo; importers Chan Yee Wah, alias KC Chan; Zhou Quan, alias Zhang Quan; consignees Vedasto Cabral Baraquel Jr. and Maria Lagrimas Catipan of Vecaba Trading; and Emily Luquingan.

They are facing charges for unlawful importation of illegal drugs pursuant to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

READ: Acierto releases matrix showing Michael Yang’s links to drug trade

Acierto linked former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang, and his business partner, Allan Lim to illegal drug trade in the country.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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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 in Baguio City on Wednesday night.

This, after the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a warrant for his arrest for estafa.

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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Alias Bikoy’s new allegations must bear strong evidence – Sen. Lacson

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

Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy

Senator Panfilo Lacson believes that Peter Joemel Advincula, alias Bikoy, must present strong evidence to back up his new allegations.

READ: Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy surrenders to PNP

Lacson said it is now up to the Philippine National Police to investigate Bikoy’s allegations which now implicate Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Risa Hontiveros.

Bikoy claimed that the two lawmakers are the ones behind him in his earlier statements accusing President Rodrigo Duterte and those close to him to be involved in the illegal drug trade.

Lacson said there is a serious problem on Bikoy’s credibility.

As a former law enforcement officer who has first-hand experience in intelligence gathering and investigation, Lacson said Bikoy’s mere statement is not enough.

“Bikoy has to show more than just a narration of what he says now as the real facts,” Lacson added.

The former PNP chief said Bikoy needs to present solid evidence to back up his claims against the personalities who, he claimed, have met with him several times.

“He suffers from a serious credibility problem that he must overcome if he wants to be believed this time. He can only do it by presenting solid and substantial proof of his alleged meetings and regular communication with the people that he is now turning the tables on,” Lacson said.

Meanwhile, in a statement made by Senator Trillanes, he denied the allegations made by Bikoy.

The statement reads, “I deny the allegations made by this Bikoy character. This could be another ploy of the administration to harass the opposition. For now, I will be consulting with my lawyers so that we could also file the appropriate charges against him.”

Senator Francis Pangilinan also released a statement repudiating Bikoy’s claims.

“Wala kaming ugnayan sa video at kay Bikoy. Kasinungalingan lahat ang mga paratang na yan. Gawa-gawa lang ng Administrasyon. Laging dinadamay ang LP sa mga ouster plot na gawa-gawa lang para pagtakpan ang mga palpak at kurakot sa Administrasyon,” Pangilinan said.

He added, “kahit ang pagpatay kay Rizal aaminin ng testigo na yan sa takot sa maaring gawin ng Administrasyon sa kanya o sa mga mahal niya sa buhay. Uulitin ko. Walang kinalaman ang LP sa Bikoy video. Kasinungalingan at gawa-gawa lamang ang mga paratang na ito.”

Otso Diretso candidate, Atty Chel Diokno also made a statement on Bikoy.

“Ang FLAG ay hindi abogado ni “Bikoy.” Inilapit sa FLAG ang kaso, pero tumanggi ang FLAG, kaya ang naging sagot namin ay sa IBP na lang siya lumapit. Karaniwan namang ginagawa ito ng mga abogado pag tumanggi silang tanggapin ang isang kaso,” the statement reads.

On the other hand, Cong-Elect Paolo Duterte, the first person named in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist”, has released a statement on Bikoy’s recent confession.

“From the very start, it was clear that the Bikoy videos were fabricated with a narrative taken straight from the playbook of people whose desire is to destroy our name and our reputation,” the new lawmaker said.

He added, “All the lies presented were also meant to crush the trust of the Filipino people in the authorities and inspire public disgust against the government — truly the handiwork of people who want to undermine the Duterte administration.”

The young Duterte said, “Without a doubt, as I have said before, Senator Antonio Trillanes was behind it. And now that many names have also surfaced, to include Sen. Risa Hontiveros and several lawyers, I believe a proper investigation is in order.”

Senator-elect Bong Go, another personality mentioned in the Bikoy video, also aired his opinion on this development.

“Hindi ko ikinagulat ang pagbaliktad ni Bikoy sa isang press conference ngayong umaga dahil alam ko sa simula pa lang na pawang kasinungalingan ang lahat ng sinabi niya laban sa kay Pangulong Duterte, sa kanyang pamilya at sa akin,” the new Senator said.

Go also said, “Nakakalungkot nga lang malaman na kung sino pa yung mga sinasabing ‘disente’ na nagmamalinis sa ating lipunan ay sila pa ang may pakana ng maruruming paninira sa kapwa tao.  Hindi ito ang uri ng pamumulitika na natutunan ko kay Pangulong Duterte. Hindi ito ang uri ng pamumulitika ng isang simpleng probinsyanong gaya ko na walang ibang hangad kundi pagserbisyuhan ang kapwa ko Pilipino.”

Go said that he has already forgiven Bikoy.

“Masakit ang ginawa ni Bikoy sa akin.  Sa kanyang mga kasinungalingan at paninira sa akin, pinapatawad ko si Bikoy bilang isang Kristiyano.  Subalit, bilang isang Pilipino, hahayaan ko ang ating mga otoridad na gawin ang kanilang katungkulan sa anumang pananagutan niya sa batas,” he added.

Go further said, “While I urge our authorities to respect all the constitutional rights of Bikoy, I must also say that the country needs to know the whole truth.  After all, the truth will set us free. May panahon din ito. Naniniwala ako na bilog naman ang mundo.”

Even Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said her piece on Bikoy’s claims.

“Bikoy is a scam created by people who oppose the Duterte administration. This group is so disorganized they cannot even get to first base because the path to their objective is in disarray. Kung ako leader ng grupo na ito, I will shoot myself in the head, get rid of the brain that is not useful,” the local chief executive said.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin Andanar, meanwhile, also expressed his opinion on Bikoy.

“The turn of events have made this drama more interesting. Now its Bikoy’s words vs Sen. Trillanes and the Liberal Party’s. Im going to the grocery to buy popcorn,” said Andanar. (with details from Nel Maribojoc and Janice Ingente) /mbmf

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Duterte signs law transferring training of police recruits to PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

File photo: PNP recruits

MANILA, Philippines – Police recruits will now train under the command of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law transferring the jurisdiction on the training of police recruits to the Philippine National Police (PNP) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC).

Signed on April 12 by President Duterte, a copy of the law was released to the media only on Thursday (May 23).

Republic Act 11279 mandates the transfer of the control of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) to the PNP from PPSC. – Marje Pelayo

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