PNP expresses willingness to attend the house inquiry re: Mahindra patrol jeeps

admin   •   April 25, 2015   •   3820

The Mahindra Patrol Enforcer jeep (UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police is willing to face the investigation of the House of Representatives regarding the bidding process and procurement of Mahindra enforcer jeeps.

PNP-PIO Chief P/CSupt. Generoso Cerbo said that they are transparent, and that the biddings were handled by the Department of Budget and Management.

According to the PNP, they only gave the specifications based on the functionalities needed for a patrol jeep.

PNP-Public Information Office chief said, “Kung may concern ang House (of Representatives) tungkol sa bagay na ito, kami naman ay makiki-cooperate bilang naging end user nitong Mahindra Patrol Enforcer jeeps.”

(If the House (of Representatives) has concerns regarding this matter, we are willing to cooperate, as end users of the Mahindra Patrol Enforcer jeeps)

Cerbo also added that they trust the bidding held by the DBM, and documents clearly show that Mahindra, under the Columbian Autocar Company, was the lowest bidder.

“Wala naman kaming dahilan para pagdudahan ang sistema na ginawa ng DBM, naniniwala naman kami na they followed strictly kung ano yung mga tinatakda ng batas.”

(There is no reason for us to doubt the system developed by the DBM. We believe that they strictly followed what the law calls for)

Despite doubts on the process, the PNP spokesperson said that they understand the reasons behind the investigation led by Congressman Samuel Pagdilao.

Cerbo furthermore added that more than 1.4 billion pesos sourced from the PNP Capability Enhancement Program was originally allotted for 1470 units of patrol jeep, but it only cost them 1.3 billion pesos, generating savings of almost 93 million pesos for the PNP. (JOAN NANO / UNTV News)

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)

PNP-IAS recommends dismissal vs 9 Sulu cops tagged in killing of soldiers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The nine police officers involved in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu may face dismissal from service, the Philippine National Police – Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) said Friday.

In an exclusive report in UNTV’s Ito ang Balita by Correspondent Lea Ylagan, PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said they have recommended that the cops tagged in the killing of four military intelligence operatives in Jolo be dismissed from service after they were found guilty of the administrative charges filed against them.

In its recommendation, the following may face removal from police service:

  • PSMS Abdelzhimar Padjiri
  • Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri
  • P/Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan
  • PSSg Erniskar Sappal
  • PCorporal Sulki Andaki
  • Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani
  • PSSg Almudzrin Hadjaruddin
  • Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan
  • Patrolman Rajiv Putalan

“Dismissal from the service because serious po yung offense committed,” Triambulo explained in an interview with UNTV News.

“There are four counts of grave misconduct kasi apat po yung victims sa pamamaril nila and then yung victims, ayon sa mga ebidensya, ay nakataas na yung kamay at tsaka yung mga tama ay nasa likod kaya wala silang chance to defend themselves kaya ang criminal offense noon ay murder,” he added.

The PNP-IAS also recommended a 50-day suspension for charges of less grace neglect of duty against three police officials who were manning the checkpoint where the vehicle carrying the soldiers were flagged down.

“Doon inaabangan ng siyam yung apat na victim, yun ang kasalanan nila. Bakit nila inallow na makialam yung mga junior officer na hindi kasama sa pag-conduct ng checkpoint. Nagkaroon ng sagutan, nagkainitan na, nagkabuhol buhol na ang traffic eh wala silang intervention. Nagkainitan ang grupo kasi sa tingin ng siyam ay sila ang sinu- surveillance,” Triambulo said.

The shooting incident happened on June 29. Four soldiers were said to be tailing alleged suicide bombers when they were supposedly accosted by nine cops.

Despite identifying themselves as members of the Philippine Army, they were allegedly instructed by the policemen to proceed to the police station for the verification of their identities.

Police spot report stated that the shooting incident transpired when the soldiers allegedly tried to escape and pointed their weapons at the police officers, which allegedly prompted the cops to open fire.

The PNP-IAS also recommended sanctions against two police officials – former Jolo Police chief Lt. Col. Walter Annayo and Capt. Ariel Corcino – for command responsibility and less grave neglect of duty.

Triambulo said Annayo had prior knowledge about the Philippine Army’s operation in his area because he was privy to the meetings and plan of the Task Force Jolo to take down the alleged suicide bombers.

“Hindi naman niya ito dineny sa affidavit at statement ni Col. Bautista at inulit nya ito sa Senate hearing presided by Sen. Bato (dela Rosa) na talagang andon siya at sinabihan siya,” he said.

“Hindi niya ito ni-relay sa mga tauhan niya, kaya ang mga tauhan nya na-threaten doon sa movement ng mga intelligence officer, thinking na sila yung tinatrabaho,” he added.

Annayo was slain by still unidentified gunmen in Maguindanao on Nov. 21. Investigators have yet to determine whether Annayo’s killing is connected to his previous assignment as Jolo police chief.

Triambulo said the recommendation has been submitted to PNP chief General Debold Sinas.

Should Sinas approve the recommendation, Triambulo stressed that police officers involved in the case have the right to file an appeal in the National Police Commission. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Mga pulis, obligadong mag-ehersisyo 2 beses sa isang araw – PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Obligado na ngayong maglaan ng oras para sa ehersisyo ang mga pulis kahit nasa loob lang ng kani-kanilang mga opisina.

Ayon kay Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas, kailangang maglaan ng apat na minutong exercise, dalawang beses sa isang araw, ang mga pulis upang manatiling malusog ang pangangatawan.

“10 o’clock in the morning habit, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon habit. ‘Yun ‘yung 4-minute exercise, inumpisahan na namin ipatupad doon sa headquarters…. Simple lang naman yun, nasa opisina ka nakaupo gawin mo yun. Mapapansin mo at mararamdaman mo yung effect,” ang wika ng hepe ng PNP.

Aniya, kapag tumugtog na ang awiting Voltes V ay kailangang huminto ang mga pulis sa kanilang ginagawa para mag-ehersisyo, nakaupo man o nakatayo.

Ayon kay Sinas, maging siya ay ginagawa ito para sa pagsisikap niyang maging physically fit, dagdag pa ang mahigpit na monitoring sa kaniyang diet.

Katunayan aniya ay nabawasan na ang kanyang timbang – mula sa 300 pounds ay nasa 255 pounds na siya ngayon.

“Ang ideal weight ko is 210 pero payat na payat nako nun baka sabihin mo gumagamit na ako… I’m happy to have 230 – 240 para medyo may laman naman,” ang pahayag ni Sinas.

Maliban sa ehersisyo, pinababantayan rin ni Sinas ang body mass index (BMI) ng kanyang mga tauhan upang makaiwas sa sakit.

Ang body mass index ng isang tao ay dapat nakabatay sa height nito.

Ayon kay Sinas, ang mga pulis na nasa obese category ay hindi papayagang sumailalim sa mandatory schooling na maaaring maka-apekto sa proseso ng kanilang promosyon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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