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PNP looks into possible ‘failure of intelligence’ for wrongful arrest of columnist

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Davao Today columnist, Fidelina Margarita Valle

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)

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Report ranking PH as 4th most dangerous place in the world for civilians, ‘baseless’ – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (July 15) refused to accept the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project ranking the Philippines as the fourth most dangerous place in the world for civilians.

Such report was based on alleged violence and extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte government’s war on drugs that the project claimed as rampant in the country .

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, perhaps Filipinos who are critical of the Duterte administration are working to destroy the image of the Philippines and make it appear to the international community that violence is rampant in the country.

In fact, Albayalde said the Philippines is on top of the list among countries in the world safe to live in and for doing business.

“I don’t know how they were be able to say that what’s their basis for saying that,” the PNP Chief said.

According to the 2019 world’s best countries to invest in or do business by CEOWORLD magazine, the Philippines ranked third after Malaysia (1st) and Poland (2nd), even better than Indonesia (4th), Australia (5th) and Singapore (6th). – with details from Lea Ylagan

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PNP eyes obstruction of justice raps against Metrobank management after Binondo robbery

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) eyes filing obstruction of justice charges against the Metrobank-Binondo branch management after a robbery incident.

This was after the management refused to allow police authorities to enter their branch after it was robbed on Thursday morning (July 11).

“We will check on that because technically, baka pwede kami makapag-file ng obstruction of justice (maybe we can file obstruction of justice),”  according to PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

“When something happens in a place, that is considered a crime scene. Kailangan makapasok ng mabilis iyong ating investigators (our investigators should immediately enter the premises),” he added.

According to the Manila Police District (MPD), the policemen were able to enter the branch two hours after the robbery.

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno questioned the said security protocol of Metrobank. He said that they will hold officers liable if proven to be involved in said crime.

“If there’s abuse on the part of the chief security of the bank, of the branch head, whoever calls the situation in interfering police operation, we will make them liable and we will think they are part of the criminal elements,” Moreno said.—AAC

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PNP: No comment on UN resolution to probe human rights situation in the Philippines

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has not commented on the United Nations (UN) resolution to probe the human rights situation in the Philippines.

Out of the 47 countries that are members of the UN Human Rights Council, 18 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 14 voted no while 15 countries abstained.

PNP spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac said that the issue “will be appropriately addressed by the Department of Foreign Affairs.”

“Meantime, the PNP will remain guided by instructions of higher authorities,” he said in a statement.—AAC

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