PNP looks into possible ‘failure of intelligence’ for wrongful arrest of columnist
Aileen Cerrudo • June 11, 2019 • 2114
The Philippine National Police (PNP) sees a possible ‘failure of intelligence’ in the wrongful arrest of Davao Today columnist, Fidelina Margarita Valle.
Valle was arrested at the Laguindigan Airport on Sunday (June 9).
According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde, they are already investigating the issue.
He said that once proven guilty, the involved policemen might face administrative charges.
Albayalde also urged Valle to file a complaint against the policemen who wrongfully arrested her.
“If she feels violated, we’ll be very glad to assist her. If the manner of the arrest was wrong or if there were violations on her part while she was being arrested, if she has a complaint, then we will not hesitate to file charges against our own people,” he said in a press briefing on Monday (June 10).
Valle was mistakenly identified as Elsa Renton, alias Tina Maglaya, the suspect in a multiple murder case with quadruple frustrated murder.
The charges also include damage to government property issued by the Regional Trial Court 10 Branch 36 in Misamis Occidental in December 2011.
Valle was released from the detention facility of CIDG-Zamboanga del Sur Sunday night.—(with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has formed tracker teams in preparation for the manhunt operations against beneficiaries of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law who will fail to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s 15-day deadline.
The PNP said the 121 tracker teams formed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will be deployed at the end of the 15-day period, which will be on Sept. 19.
There are only six days left before the deadline lapses.
“Nag-organize na agad tayo ng mga teams ng CIDG sa bawat regional offices sa mga provincials at cities,” PNP-CIDG deputy director for administration Police Brigadier General Bernabe Balba told UNTV News in a phone interview.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said it is eyeing to get the help of the International Police (INTERPOL) in arresting heinous crimes convicts freed due to GCTA. This is after they received information that some of the 1,914 released convicts have already left the country.
Balba said that as early as now, tracker teams have started perusing the list of freed heinous criminals who are still at large, as well as their personal information in order to locate their possible whereabouts.
“Even before the deadline ay tumutulong na tayo na malocate at meron din namang namang nagsu-surrender in fact as of today ay nakapagtala na tayo ng 47 surrenderers sa CIDG,” he said.
Data from the PNP showed that as of 6 a.m. Friday, around 353 heinous crimes convicts freed due to GCTA have surrendered to authorities.
Of this number, 115 were convicted for murder while 108 were involved in rape cases.
Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) Regional Police Office has the highest number of surrenderers with 51 followed by Cagayan Valley (Police Regional Office 2) with 35.
The PNP said 234 of the total number of surrendered convicts have been turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde has designated six senior police officials to new posts in another round of reorganization in the PNP leadership, police spokesperson BGen. Bernard Banac said Thursday.
In a press statement, Banac said Albayalde approved the new designations upon the recommendation of the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board.
The reorganization, triggered by the recent retirement of some PNP officers, will affect some key positions in the National Support Units and Police Regional Office, the police official said.
According to Banac, Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel Jr. is now the director of Police Regional Office 13; Brigadier General Gilberto Cruz will be the acting Director for Integrated Police Operations in Northern Luzon; and Brigadier General Alfred Corpus is the new director of Police Regional Office 12.
Meanwhile, Brigadier General Omega Jireh Fidel was appointed director of the Engineering Service; Brigadier General Rey Lyndon Lawas was designated as director of the Training Service; and Colonel Ronnie Montejo was named acting director of Quezon City Police District.
Banac said the new designations take effect Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.
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