At exactly 8:10 a.m. on Monday, July 2, Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili was shot dead in the early Monday flag ceremony at the Tanuan City Hall grounds.
The Special Investigation Task Group Halili conducted on Thursday, July 5 the reenactment of the assassination.
This aims to eliminate speculations and establish the position of the gunman.
In the reenactment, a mannequin wearing a suit was placed at the spot where Mayor Halili was standing along with other individuals during the incident.
After the reenactment, Region 4-A Director Edward Carranza confirmed that the position of the gunman was the sniper hole which they mentioned before.
The crime laboratory said that the killer had an estimated distance of 76.8 meters from the position of the mayor.
The suspect was also elevated 4.1 meters from the ground which enabled him to hit the mayor despite any movement in his place.
Carranza said that it is possible that the gunman is not a sniper who commonly aims for a head shot.
At a distance of 76.8 meters, he said that civilians who are highly-skilled in firearms can also execute a kill shot comparable to a marksman’s .
Currently, there are still three persons of interest who are under investigation.
Meanwhile, at around 9:30 pm in the morning, the crime laboratory has found a bullet in the sniper hole.
It will undergo a ballistic examination to cross-match with the 5.56mm bullet found in the body of the mayor in an autopsy.
Through this, it is possible to identify the owner of the firearm which was used in the killing of Halili. — Sherwin Culubong | UNTV News & Rescue
2,181 cops fired in 2 years under Duterte administration
MANILA,Philippines — The number of Philippine National Police (PNP)officers who have been dismissed from service has now reached more than 2,181 since President Rodrigo Duterte initiated internal cleansing among the agency’s ranks from July 2016 to June 2018.
“The PNP has sustained the momentum of its continuing internal cleansing program in the 190,000-strong police force over the past two years under the Duterte administration when organizational discipline and internal reform became the centerpiece of the service agenda of PNP Chief (Oscar) Albayalde,” PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Benigno Durana said in a statement.
Over 1,828 of these personalities committed serious infractions while 353 are involved in illegal drug trade.
The agency continues to cleanse its ranks of scalawags in an effort to end corruption and proliferation of illegal drugs in the country. — UNTV News & Rescue
Police nab 2 Japanese, 6 Filipino illegal recruiters in QC
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Two Japanese nationals and six Filipinos were arrested in Quezon City on Friday (July 20) for large-scale illegal recruitment.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said the suspects allegedly recruit applicants to Japan via “direct hiring” through a language school named Kansai Care Training Center. The group asks P30,000 each victim for a Nihonggo language training which they say is a prerequisite for a caregiver job in Japan.
A victim said the group promised to send him to Japan this July but after the first schedule lapsed, the center vowed to include him in the September batch.
“Kami po ay taga-probinsya…Nagbigay po sila ng pangako na magandang trabaho sa Japan kapalit ng pagaaral sa kanila ng Nihonggo at pagproseso ng dokumento sa pagpapaalis sa amin,” said alias Rolly, one of the victims.
The entrapment team launched the operation at 1:45 p.m. today after the suspects demanded an additional P12,000 from four of the victims allegedly as processing fee.
CIDG-Anti Transnational Crime Unit (ATCU) Chief PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr. said the suspects’ modus operandi is known as “enrolment to employment scheme” and the alleged language center is not a registered agency under the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
The suspects will face charges of economic sabotage, illegal recruitment and estafa.
“It’s a non-bailable offense,” Merdegia concluded. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
SUVs with fake plates spotted at 3 flag raisings prior to Mayor Halili’s assassination – PNP
Region 4A Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza
BATANGAS, Philippines – Region 4A Director PCSupt. Edward Carranza revealed that two Toyota Innova vehicles, one silver, and one yellow-gold, were spotted within the city hall premises prior to the assassination of Mayor Antonio Halili of Tanauan City.
PSSupt. Edwin Quilates, the provincial director of Batangas PNP, said the vehicles were seen during three consecutive flag raising ceremonies on June 18, 25 and July 2, citing accounts from the guard of the nearby Loyola Dell Garden Memorial Park.
“As per verification doon sa resource person natin sa Loyola, hindi nakunan ang pagpasok kasi iyong CCTV nila, minsan tumatalon daw so hindi na record…Iyong oras siguro hindi nakuhanan ang particular na pumasok siya pero as per statement noong resource person natin, pumasok iyon. Hindi lang nakuhanan. Nakita naman nating lumabas magkasunod sila,” Quilates said.
Authorities confirmed that the plates of the said vehicles were fake.
“Actually on that aspect, we are relying on the capabilities of our Highway Patrol Group counterparts. Sana magkaroon tayo ng medyo konting linaw or lead to unmasking the identity of these vehicles at saka iyong mga occupants,” the officer said.
Investigation on the possible owners and sources of the vehicles is underway.- Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo