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PNP honors cop in viral taho-throwing incident

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2019

PO1 William Cristobal receiving the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’ 

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Oscar Albayalde awarded PO1 William Cristobal with the ‘Medalya ng Papuri’  during the flag raising ceremony at Camp Crame on Monday (February 11).

PO1 Cristobal is the police officer who was splashed with a cup of taho (soy pudding) by Chinese national, Jiale Zhang, after he prohibited the latter from entering MRT Boni Station with the drink.

Cristobal called the attention of Zhang because of the station’s recent policy against bringing in drinks or any liquid following the bombings in Jolo, Sulu and the possible use of liquid bombs.

Albayalde said Cristobal demonstrated exemplary behavior during the incident.

Cristobal admitted feeling belittled after having a drink thrown at him.

The PNP chief called on foreign nationals visiting the country to respect the laws and regulations of the Philippines the same way that Filipinos observe the laws of other countries they visit.

The PNP chief added that the ban on liquids at MRT stations is no different from the ban of the same at airports, which is a part of the security measures against terrorism.

PO1 Cristobal has filed charges against Jiale Zhang including unjust vexation and disobedience of person in authority and direct assault.  — Lea Ylagan

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PNP conducts probe on Chuzon Supermarket collapse in Porac

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has started its investigation on the Chuzon Supermarket building in Porac, Pampanga that collapsed shortly after Monday’s magnitude 6.1 earthquake that hit several Luzon areas.

PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) region 3 chief Col. Cris Abrahano said they have started probing some of the documents obtained, including the floor and building plans and the list of Chuzon grocery employees in its Porac branch.

Abrahano said they will use these documents to help assess the structural integrity of Chuzon grocery and whether this was built using sub-standard materials. They will also probe if the building had complied with all the necessary requirements for construction.

Authorities are also planning to talk with several witnesses, building experts and concerned government agencies regarding thee investigation.

“Subject ng investigation natin ‘yun dahil kailangan natin ang tulong ng building official diyan at ng DPWH na siya namang naatasan na mag-enforce ng building code, so isa ‘yan sa subject ng investigation natin,” Abrahano said.

The PNP-CIDG’s investigation comes after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) ordered an assessment of all Chuzon supermarket buildings’ structural integrity and the actual cause of the collapse of its branch in Porac.

The DPWH earlier said that although a private establishment, there is still a need to check on the cause of the structural failure as the building was constructed only four years ago.

A forensic investigation is also being conducted on the samples taken from the collapsed supermarket to determine the possible liability that may be faced by the owner of the supermarket.

“‘Yung kanilang explanation ang sinabi ay sub-standard materials, sinagot ni [DPWH] Sec. [Mark] Villar ‘yun e kahapon pero ang sabi nya ipapatawag muna yung may-ari para mag-shed light,” said Edgar Posadas, Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (NDRRMC).

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered the suspension of business operations of Chuzon stores to give way to the investigation.

READ: Duterte suspends business operations of Chuzon stores in Pampanga

At least 16 people were killed in Monday’s quake, based on data from the NDRRMC.

Five of the fatalities were from the collapsed grocery store, seven from different barangays in Porac, two from Lubao and one in Pampanga. One fatality was also reported in San Marcelino, Zambales.

The PNP-CIDG said they will complete the investigation as soon as possible in order to file the appropriate charges.

“As soon as possible at as soon as maayos din yun mga technical inspection kasama yung DPWH at mainterview natin yung mga witnessess at ma-check ang mga papel na binigay nila sa amin. Kung mayroong mga lapses na makita ay mabigyan kaagad ng hustisya yung mga biktima natin,” Abrahano said. – Robie de Guzman

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PNP to probe ‘Bikoy’ narco videos

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) vows to probe viral videos tagging individuals who are close to President Rodrigo Duterte in the illegal drug trade.

PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde on Monday said they will take the initiative to track down those behind the videos which features a certain “Bikoy” though they have yet to receive any formal complaint.

Bikoy, who claimed to be a former member of a drug syndicate operating in Southern Luzon and Visayas, had tagged presidential son Paolo Duterte and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go in the narcotics trade.

He also said that both Duterte and Go have dragon tattoos on their backs that bear the alphanumeric codes from the drug transactions.

The video also tagged Agriculture Undersecretary Waldo Reyes Carpio as the owner of bank accounts used as Duterte’s dummy in the drug transaction.

Since April 2, there have been four episodes of the series entitled “Ang Totoong Narcolist” that were uploaded to social media.

Duterte had previously denied the accusation that he was one of the principals of a drug syndicate who received millions of pesos in kickbacks

READ: Paolo Duterte denies receiving kickbacks from drug syndicates

Go also belied the allegations and even bared his back to the public to disprove the tattoo claims.

READ: Bong go bares his back to deny alleged link to drug syndicate

Albayalde said the videos may be a form of propaganda against Duterte and Go since the two are running for public office in the 2019 midterm elections.

The PNP chief also warned earlier that “Bikoy” could face a cyber libel case if he fails to present substantial evidence to back his claims. – Robie de Guzman

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Body recovered in Dasmariñas City, not of missing Halili aide – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2019

A file photo of Allan Fajardo, the missing aide of slain Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili. Fajardo was reportedly abducted on April 3, 2019 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

CAVITE CITY, Philippines – The dead body recovered on Thursday (April 4) at Barangay Salawag in Dasmariñas City was not of the missing aide of slain Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili.

This was confirmed by the Dasmariñas City police adding that Allan Fajardo is still nowhere to be found.

Police authorities said Fajardo was only 5’2” in height while the recovered body was around 5’8” to 5’9” inches tall.

“Last Friday, the sister of Mr. Fajardo visited also this station and ang funeral parlor to check ang remains but upon verification hindi nagma-match doon sa description ng brother nila,” said P/Lt. Col. Nerwin Ricohermoso, the Dasmariñas City Chief of Police.

(Last Friday, the sister of Mr. Fajardo also visited this station as well as the funeral parlor to check on the remains. But upon verification, their descriptions of their brother’s features didn’t match that of the recovered body.)

The police forensic team, however, is studying the recovered body if it matches the features of Ricky Atienza, Fajardo’s driver who was also abducted.

“Iyon namang relatives iyong spouse ni Mr. Ricky Atienza also visited here at bini-verify din nila wala pa sila totally nabibigay na any statement kasi ang sa kanila naman they are willing to undergo the DNA or other examinations na baka sakaling magmatch sa relatives nila,” Ricohermoso added.

(The relatives, the spouse of Mr. Ricky Atienza also visited but she’s still verifying. They have not yet forwarded any statement but they said they are willing to undergo DNA or other tests in hope that they match.)

The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Dasmariñas City has launched a search operation to know the whereabouts of Fajardo and Atienza and if the recovered body in Barangay Salawag has connections to their disappearance.

“We’re conducting also a parallel investigation through the identity ng tao at saan ba siya totally nanggaling,” Ricohermoso said.

(We’re conducting also a parallel investigation through the identity of the (dead) person to know from where he is from.)

Fajardo and Atienza were reportedly abducted on midnight of April 3 from a hotel in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where they were forced inside a white van. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Sherwin Culubong)

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