PNP denies pressures from former generals pushed PGen Albayalde to resign

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2019   •   230

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

PNP to launch manhunt ops for suspects in slay of cop in Cebu City

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said a manhunt operation has been launched for the suspects behind the murder of a police official, who was shot dead in Cebu City on Thursday afternoon.

PNP Officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa said he already directed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to coordinate with the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) of Police Regional Office 7 as he vowed to “get to the bottom” of the slaying of Police Lieutenant Colonel Joie Yape, Jr.  

“Although there are many possibilities on what could be the motive behind the ambush, we do not want to theorize or make hasty conclusions, rather we will look at all these possibilities and narrow down the investigation based on evidence,” Gamboa said.

Yape, who was assigned at the PNP Internal Affairs Service as Intelligence Officer, was attacked by unidentified gunmen aboard a motorcycle around 5:35 p.m. while traversing Molave Street in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City.

He was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead on arrival. He sustained a gunshot wound in the head.

“I extend the sincerest condolences of the PNP office corps and rank-and-file to the orphaned family and colleagues of Police Colonel Yape even as we assure them that the ends of justice will be served,” Gamboa said.

Prior to his assignment to the PNP-IAS, Yape served as chief of the Cebu Provincial Intelligence Branch and formerly assigned in Calbayog City Intelligence Unit.

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PMA finds two swimming instructors negligent, recommends dismissal

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 22, 2019

Armed Forces of the Philippines cadets march onto a field during change of command ceremonies for a new military Chief-of-Staff at Camp Aguinaldo military headquarters in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines 24 September 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

The Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has found two swimming instructors negligent over the drowning of a PMA cadet.

Based on the investigation of the PMA, the negligence of swimming instructors Robert Bete and Antonio Catalan has possibly led to the death of cadet 4th class Mario Telan Jr. last November 8.

PMA Spokesperson Cherryl Tindog said the investigation showed no foul play from the scene.

“Nakita po sa investigation na mayroon po talagang gross neglect doon po sa kanila pong part (Based on the investigation there was really gross neglect on their part),” she said.

The PMA has recommended Bete for dismissal while Catalan has already been dismissed from the PMA as a job-order employee.

“Kaya administrative case iyong ating prinocess dito po sa Philippine Military Academy (That is why we processed an administrative case here at PMA),” Tindog said.

Catalan has also been recommended to the Civil Service Commission for cancellation of eligibility, perpetual disqualification from holding public office of the two swimming instructors. This also includes a ban on applying for civil service exams.

Meanwhile, deliberation continues for the two 4th class cadet responsible for accounting their fellow classmates during the swimming class as well as the head of Sports and Physical Development Unit of the PMA.

Swimming classes in PMA remains suspended until all security measures in the facility are installed.—AAC (with reports Harlene Delgado)

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PNP agrees with PDEA not to give Robredo list of high-value drug targets

Maris Federez   •   November 18, 2019

PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will conform with whatever decision the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) will come up with on furnishing Vice President Leni Robredo a copy of their list of high-value targets, in her capacity as co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

This after PDEA Director-General Aaron Aquino said that he is ready to present the said list to Robredo but only on closed-door meeting in the presence of personnel with security clearance.

Aquino has earlier refused to have the vice president furnished with the copy as it may compromise their operation, saying “the list is considered classified information that is why not everybody must have a copy of it.”
 
He added that if the list is given to the vice president, they will not have a way of knowing who else might see and learn of its content.

“Sa pinaka simpleng explanation — kapag binigay namin ang listahan kay VP Robredo hindi na namin alam kung sino sino ang magkakaroon ng access sa listahan. That will compromise our negation operations,” Aquino said.

Aquino also cited the “need to know rule” in law enforcement where not everybody is given access to sensitive and classified information.

Meanwhile, PNP Officer-in-Charge PLtGen. Archie Gamboa said Robredo’s request may already be immaterial as the ICAD decides as a collegial body.

“Fine, if you want to review the law enforcement campaign. But would it really matter if you know who are on the list? So yes, I adhere to what PDEA Director General says,” Gamboa said.

The PNP chief once again advised VP Robredo to focus on the advocacy and the rehabilitation aspect of the campaign against illegal drugs.

Gamboa said the vice president must entrust the aspect of law enforcement to the agencies that have full know-how on the matter.

“Why would the VP not take the advocacy and the rehabilitation? Law enforcement and prosecution or on the justice could be best left to those who know it.” (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

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