PNP launches new, ‘more personal’ internal cleansing program
Robie de Guzman • July 10, 2019 • 4242
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police(PNP) on Tuesday launched a new and ‘more personal’ internal cleansing program for its officers with derogatory records.
PNP chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said the new, military-like program will employ a squad concept wherein a squad leader will train and guide their members.
The PNP chief added that the internal cleansing program will use a restorative approach which aims to focus on values formation to help change the attitude of policemen.
“You have a squad leader that will teach you and guide you. Parang sa military ito. May pinakamaliit na unit, squad; the squad concept,” Albayalde told reporters in a briefing at Camp Crame.
“This is more personal, more intimate,” he added.
Under the squad concept, each group will be composed of six to eight members with one trainer. Cops designated in each group, as well as their families, will undergo various training and seminars under the internal cleansing program.
A committee would also be formed to ensure the program’s proper implementation.
Police data showed that from July 2016 until June 20, 2019, a total of 2,400 policemen with various administrative cases were dismissed from service while 422 were removed due to drug-related charges.
Albayalde said cops whose videos have recently become viral on social media for hitting a child, and for engaging in illegal gambling and extortion activities will also undergo the new internal cleansing program.
The PNP chief said the program will be piloted in Metro Manila, and will also be implemented in other regions once it becomes a success. (with details from April Cenedoza)
MANILA, Philippines – Two convicts detained at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) allegedly orchestrated the grisly killing of former Batangas Representative Edgar Mendoza and his two aides, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Thursday.
PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director Brig. Gen. Joel Coronel identified the principal suspect as Sherwin Sanchez, who has been imprisoned since 2015 for murder charges.
Investigation revealed that Sanchez was a client of Mendoza, a lawyer who handled his transactions concerning financial and properties.
Sanchez did not pay Mendoza for his services after the former was convicted.
Sanchez allegedly conspired with his fellow detainee, Arthur Fajardo, to have Mendoza killed.
Fajardo, a member of the Fajardo kidnap-for-ransom group who has been detained at the state penitentiary since 2005, then contacted his wife, Jael, who allegedly hired the killers.
Mendoza and his companions, bodyguard Nicanor Mendoza and driver Ruel Ruiz, were found burnt inside the former solon’s car in Tiaong, Quezon Province on January 9.
The day before they were killed, Mendoza and his aides went to the home of the family of Fajardo in Calamba, Laguna supposedly to collect a sum of money owed by Sanchez.
“Apparently, on the day he disappeared, and later on found dead, he was supposed to collect a sum of money from representatives of the principal suspect in Calamba,” Coronel said.
Investigation showed that Sanchez and Mendoza had disagreements on the amount for his legal services but later agreed on a sum amounting to millions of pesos.
However, Sanchez had no intention of paying the amount from the start and instead hired some gunmen to kill Mendoza. He allegedly contracted the killers for the sum of P100,000.
“There was a disagreement on the amount to be collected and also base on the revelations of the witnesses and some of the suspects’ confession, there was really no intention on the part of the suspect to the amount agreed by them,” Coronel said.
Police identified Sanchez and Fajardo’s cohorts as Jael Fajardo, Arthur’s wife; Madonna Palermo, Jael’s household worker; Kristine Fernandez, Jael’s errand runner; Carlo Acuña and Erickson Balbastro who were said to be members of the Fajardo kidnap-for-ransom group.
The five suspects were arrested by authorities on January 22.
Police found that prior to their murder, Mendoza and his aides were drugged with coffee laced with sleeping pills while they were in Fajardo’s home. They were later stabbed and struck in the head with a hard object.
The three victims were already dead when their remains were brought and burned in Tiaong, based on Balbastro’s statement.
Coronel said the suspects’ target was only Mendoza and that the two aides were “collateral damage.”
Police said they are hunting down a certain Rodel Mercado, said to be the one who stabbed and struck the victims.
PNP chief Archie Gamboa said three counts of murder have been filed against the suspects.
“This case is considered solved and it is now elevated in the prosecution office arm of the justice system,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Police officers deployed within the 14-kilometer permanent danger zone around the restive Taal Volcano will be pulled out, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the directive was based on the advisory of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) due to the persisting danger it presents despite weakening volcanic activities.
“Ilalabas na natin ang mga pulis beyond the circumferential line, meron tayong mga risk control point na itatalaga at doon lamang mananatili ang mga pulis natin para na rin sa safety ng mga pulis,” he said.
Banac assured that policemen will continue to secure evacuation centers and areas on lockdown amid the Taal Volcano unrest.
The PNP official also urged remaining holdouts to flee their homes for their own safety following reports of residents ignoring the risks and government advisory to try to go home to fetch their belongings.
Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which means that a hazardous eruption may occur within hours or days. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Five suspects in the killing of former Batangas 2nd District Rep. Edgar Mendoza and two others are now under police custody, authorities said Wednesday.
Police Brig. Gen. Joel Coronel, director of Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP CIDG), said one of the apprehended suspects was identified as the mastermind of the crime.
The charred remains of Mendoza and two others, identified as his bodyguard Roel Ruiz and his driver Nicanor Mendoza, were found inside a burnt car in Tiaong town in Quezon Province on January 9.
Mendoza reportedly left his home to meet someone in Calamba, Laguna on the day he died. He was last seen with his driver and aide on January 7 in Lipa, Batangas.
His family reported him missing when he failed to return home.
Coronel said the motive in the grisly murder appears to be connected to financial and legal disputes.
A lawyer by profession, Mendoza handled cases related to real estate and properties after his stint in Congress.
Coronel said the arrested suspects will be face murder charges. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
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