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PNP Maritime Group confirms authenticity of memo on IEDs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2017

IMAGE_UNTV_NEWS_060717_ PCSupt Loy Morales

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

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PNP chief favors implementation of a nationwide curfew

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

Under the proposed law, House Bill 7110 or the Nationwide Curfew Bill, minors aged 18 years old and below will be covered by a nationwide curfew.

MANILA, Philippines — Minors allegedly being used by syndicates for illegal activities such as illegal drug transactions has been making headlines.

This is one of the reasons why Bagong Henerasyon party-list Representative Bernadette Herrera Dy is pushing for the passage of the House Bill 7110 or the Nationwide Curfew Bill.

Under the proposed law, minors aged 18 years old and below will be covered by a nationwide curfew.

The curfew would begin at ten in the evening until five in the morning.

Some fathers are in favor of the said proposal.

“Para hindi magamit sa kalokohan ang mga kabataan ngayon (So that children will not be used in criminal activities) ,” said Roberto Gibaga, a resident of Montalban Rizal.

“Gusto ko na hangga’t maaga ay makauwi na rin ng bahay para hindi na sila masangkot sa kaguluhan sa labas ( I want children to be home as early as possible to prevent them from getting into trouble),” said Marlon Ortizano of Bagong Bayan, Quezon City.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa has long wanted for the country to impose a nationwide curfew. Dela Rosa said that he has seen how criminals take advantage of minors.

“Pag frustrated ang mga minor, kakausapin niya, ‘Ano, wala ng pera gusto mo ng pera? O sige bibigyan kita ng P1,000. Pwede magdala ka lang ng cake ipadeliver ang cake sa nililigawan ko?’ So, yung bata nag dedeliver siya ng cake. Yun pala yung cake na yun may laman doon sa loob ng shabu. Ginagawa nilang courier yung mga bata,” said the PNP chief.

(If a minor is frustrated, a crook would ask, ” You want money? I will give you P1,000 if you deliver this cake to a girl I’m courting.’ The child delivers the cake not knowing it contains shabu hidden inside. Crooks use children as [drug] couriers.)

Representative Dy explained that the proposed law is based on the Quezon City ordinance that was upheld by the Supreme Court on August 8, 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP and AFP personnel nabs alleged ISIS member in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

The alleged ISIS member nabbed by the Philippine Nation Police: Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued. (Lea Ylagan / UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — With the help of an information sent to Philippine authorities, the operatives of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested Egyptian national Fehmi Lassqued alias John Rasheed Lassqued in his apartment at Casa Blanca in Adriatico St., Malate, Manila last Saturday.

Based on intelligence report provided by the foreign counterparts of the PNP and AFP, a leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) was able to enter the Philippines from Iran last July 2016 using a fake passport.

The alleged ISIS leader is an expert in bomb-making, that is why authorities consider him a threat to the country.

The PNP and AFP seized from the suspect a firearm, ammunition, and materials used for bomb making.

“Mayroon siyang mga drawing drawing. May mapang nakuha sa kanya but it’s really unidentifiable as of this time dahil hindi pa alam yung lugar. Mapa mapa  lang probably it’s a general area,”  said NCRPO chief PDir. Oscar Albayalde.

(He has sketches of a map. But it’s really unidentifiable as of this time because we do not know yet the place. It’s just a map. Probably, it’s a general area.)

“Maybe I was an ISIS before, but if I have these things, of course, I will say. It’s no problem for me,” said the suspect.

Authorities also arrested the partner of Lassqued, identified as Anabelle Salipada, a resident of Upi, Maguindanao.

According to Albayalde, ISIS members went to countries experiencing turmoil to recruit new members.

“Yung mga conflicting parties pwede niyang irecruit pareho. Ganoon ang ginagawa niya, gaya sa Mindanao, may conflict diyan so madaling mag recruit doon,” said Albayalde.

(The conflicting parties can be recruited. That’s what they are doing, like in Mindanao, there is a conflict there so it’s easy to recruit.)

Philippine authorities are still determining if Lassqued had recruited new members of the ISIS terrorist group. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Commission on Elections (Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

The amount was originally seven billion pesos but the agency already used five billion pesos for the printing of ballots.

But Jimenez assured that the said spending will not go to waste.

“Ang maganda diyan Kuya Daniel, yung karamihan doon sa ginastos namin noon magagamit pa natin ngayon. Ang bulto talaga niyan ay yung balota. So magagamit natin yan,” said Jimenez.

(What’s good about it Kuya Daniel is that most of the things we spent on can still be used today. The bulk of which were the ballots. We can still use those.)

However, the official said the amount paid as salary for their additional personnel remains irrecoverable.

Still, several lawmakers are pushing for the postponement of the barangay election in May but Comelec insists that they will continue to prepare for the polls.

In fact, Jimenez said that the agency is now 85% prepared and will start the printing of 18 million ballots mid-February.

Jimenez argued that another postponement of the election would definitely affect democracy in the country specifically the public’s rights to select the leaders of the land.

On top of the problems considered by the Comelec is vote buying.

When host, Daniel Razon, asked Jimenez why no vote buyer has ever been jailed by the commission, the latter said, “Medyo mahirap mapatunayan ang vote buying (Vote buying is difficult to prove).”

Another issue the agency wants to resolve is the implementation of election gun ban since they still have not received any written notice from the palace regarding the ban.

“Nawi-weaken yung institusyon, nawi-weaken yung process kasi hindi ka sure (It weakens the institution and the process because you’re not sure). Yun ang (That is the) lasting damage,” said Jimenez.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they are just waiting for the Comelec to issue its guidelines for the gun ban.

“Expected na magkakaroon ng gun ban (Implementation of a gun ban is expected),” said PNP PIO PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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