MANILA, Philippines —A document circulating on social media regarding the vehicles carrying alleged improvised explosive devices or IEDs is legitimate.
“The memo came from the Maritime Police Station in Dapitan City,” said PNP Maritime Group chief PCSupt. Loy Morales.
However, Morales said the contents of the documents are still under verification and validation.
This is why, Morales noted the police did not issue a warning about the alleged bomb-carrying vehicles, adding that the document has also no security classification.
The police official has explained the leaked memo was intended only for shipping line managers in Dapitan City.
“He just heard the plate numbers indicated there from other people. Then he gathered and he created a report and shared it to operations managers of shipping lines … the intention is to share it for intended uses. So he/she is asking for assistance to validate the contents,” Morales added.
The PNP Maritime Group claims to have not seen the vehicle cited in the said memo since the document. Despite this, the Maritime Group says it is currently coordinating with the LTO and HPG regarding the matter.
It also urges the owners of the vehicles cited in the memo to immediately come forward to the Dapitan PNP Maritime Group.
The owners are also encouraged to file complaints if the issue put them in the bad light.
Morales said his team is now determining how the memo was leaked, which is supposed to be for internal use only.
“I talked to him and told him that he should be careful in the disclosure of information. And that he/she should follow the SOP of the PNP in releasing information,” Morales said.
The PNP Maritime Group allays public’s fears over the leaked information, saying the police are on standby all the time at ports across the country. – Grace Casin | UNTV News and Rescue
“Fake” cop nabbed in Pasay City
Authorities nabbed a motorcycle rider disguised as police at a checkpoint along NAIA road in Pasay City Wednesday.
The suspect, identified as Felix Verona, 35, is actually a tricycle driver and a resident of Velasquez, Tondo in Manila.
Verona, who was wearing a police uniform, was stopped by Pasay City Police personel at the checkpoint at Chapel Road for not wearing a helmet. He was asked to present proper identification but the inspecting authority discovered his ID was fake. Verona later confessed that he has never been a cop.
“Malinaw po na peke ang I.D. niya kasi sa orihinal na PNP ID eh merong middle name ‘yon. Y’ung sa kaniya, inisyal lang, letter C lang…Tsaka yung badge number niya eh malayong-malayo sa edad niya at saka sa serbisyo niya,” PO3 Robinson Alsol, the Pasay police investigator said.
(It is clear that he’s using a fake ID because on an original PNP I.D. the full middle name is printed — his is just an initial letter. And his badge number does not match his age and service.)
When the police further inspected Verona, a four-inch knife was found in his garment.
Verona will face charges for usurpation of authority, illegal use of uniform and insignia for violation of the Omnibus Election Code. — Asher Cadapan Jr.| UNTV News & Rescue
16.5L liquid cocaine haul near Calaguas Island alarms PNP
The PNP presented to reporters 16.5 liters of liquid cocaine with a street value of P130 million and 28 packets of the illegal substance valued at P280 million.
LAGUNA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday expressed concern over the successive discoveries of cocaine in the waters north of the country.
“This is something new sa atin dahil usually nakikita natin dito ay shabu, dito is cocaine. Iyong source niya as of this time di pa natin ma-certain at kung saan ide-deliver,” Albayalde said in a press briefing at Camp Vicente, Laguna Tuesday.
(This is something new to us because we usually see shabu, but this time it’s cocaine. We are uncertain of its source and intended recipient as of this time.)
Albayalde presented before members of media 28 packets of cocaine valued at P280 million fished in the waters of Camarines Norte on April 15.
The packets of cocaine are aside from a container of suspected liquid cocaine found floating off the waters near Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte last Sunday, April 22. Authorities said the 16.5 liters of liquid substance can be used to make at least 13 kilograms of cocaine which will have a street value of P130 million.
Albayalde said another group of fishermen found a device floating near the waters where the liquid substance was found. The device was later identified as a tracking device.
“Locator ito para makuha kung saan itong mga cocaine na nagfofloat na ito..Already high tech nga lang ito kasi may tracking device ito probably may app ito sa cellphone,” Albayalde explained. The device will be sent to technical experts for further examination.
(It is a locator that tracks these floating cocaine…they are already high tech because it uses a tracking device which probably has an app on the cellphone.)
The PNP chief thanked the fishermen for not taking advantage of the contraband. He promised to assist them in claiming their reward from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) for their efforts.
Meanwhile, police are still tracing the origin of the discovered illegal substance. — Japhet Cablaida | UNTV News & Rescue
Malacañang to release detailed report on drug-related killings
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque
Malacañang is planning to disclose next week a detailed report on drug-related killings in legitimate operations held by the Philippine National Police (PNP).
This is in response to calls from the international community critical of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs campaign.
“In a few months, I will have a file each for every killing reported by the PNP indicating that there was no excessive use of force,” Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque said.
Roque added that “if there’s reason to file charges against the killers,” he will encourage such move to clear accusations that the government is not acting on the issues of drug-related killings in the country. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue