PNP Maritime Group confirms authenticity of memo on IEDs
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, June 8th, 2017
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
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center raided a restobar along 8th Avenue in Caloocan City, Monday night.
The operation targeted 2 suspected procurers identified as Teody Gutierrez alias Agatha and an unidentified woman who allegedly pimped girls.
During the raid at the restobar, operatives rescued 19 women including 11 minors who were supposed to be pimped to male customers that night.
Some of them were tearful during the rescue.
Authorities arrested alias Agatha who failed to escape after she was cornered. However the other suspect managed to flee.
According to Police Senior Supt. Villamor Tuliao, the Chief of the PNP Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division, the restobar had long been under surveillance after receiving complaints about the illegal activities by the suspects.
“Usually, they would offer via Facebook or other platforms on social media while others are through personal contacts that they have these women and these are the ages ranging from… actually the youngest we rescued is aged 14-yrs old,” WCPC Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division chief, PS/Supt. Villamor Tuliao said.
He added that the meeting for the trafficking of the women was supposed to take place at a diner, but the underage girls were being brought to hotels for sex.
The clients pay P4,000 to P5,000 for the services of the minors.
Tuliao reminded parents, “Warning to parents: properly monitor your children.”
The rescued women will be brought to Camp Crame for documentation. Afterwards, they will be turned over to the social workers of the Department Social Welfare and Development.
Alias Agatha, meanwhile, will face charges for violating the Anti- Trafficking in Person Act. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) awarded to the German company, Trojan Computer Forms Manufacturing Corporation and JH Tonnjes Joint Venture on December 1 the more than P1-billion contract for the production of new license plates.
According to LTO Executive Director Attorney Romeo Vera Cruz, the agency plans to begin distribution of more than 3-million license plates on backlog in March of 2018.
These will cover motorists who applied for registration of their vehicles from the period of July 2016 to December 2017.
The first batch of applicants who might receive the new license plates includes about 1.7 million motorcycle riders and over 1.5 billion drivers of various vehicles.
“We hope that by March next we will start issuing this plates. It’s not one-time, we will start the issuance because we will be producing this plates,” LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz said.
Aside from the 3-million backlog, the LTO also vowed to issue license plates to motorists who are applying for the registration of their vehicles next year.
According to LTO, the new license plates will have a unique security feature.
The agency also promised not to impose additional fees for vehicle registration.
Meanwhile, the LTO awaits the decision the Commission on Audit (COA) and Supreme Court will release regarding the more than 700-thousand unused vehicle plates after its supplier failed to pay import duties.
“While the notice of disallowance in COA remains unresolved as well as the case in Supreme Court, were waiting for the resolution,” LTO Executive Director Atty. Romeo Vera Cruz said.
The LTO vowed to do all it can to resolve the problem in the license plates of new vehicles. – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Police Senior Superintendent Albert Ferro said he did not anticipate his designation as the chief of the anti-drug unit of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
It can be recalled that then PNP anti-illegal drugs group was abolished after the abduction and killing of Korean national Jee Ick Joo, which involved some of Ferro’s men.
The new PNP anti-drug unit head thanked the leadership of the PNP for trusting him anew.
He vowed to fix their system so that scalawag policemen can no longer infiltrate the PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PNP-DEG).
“I do subscribe to what we call 6WS what went well, what went wrong. We have to examine and come up with a good safeguard. Come up with a good reform. Or come up with a good inventory of our good practices, tactics. I will anchor it with the two types of principles,” said the PNP-DEG director.
Ferro called on the public to give them another chance to prove their dedication to their job.
According to the police official, one proof of their sincerity in their effort to resolve the Jee Ick Joo case, where PSupt. Rafael Dumlao was allegedly involved.
“I want to inform you that I was part of the efforts to resolve that case. We did not hide the truth because the President ordered to tell the truth,” said Ferro.
Ferro also urged the public to help the PNP fight illegal drugs.
“We will raise our standards with most caution to everything we will do. This is a fight of not just cops, but of all Filipinos,” said the director.
The new head of the PNP-DEG warned anew the police unit’s personnel planning to commit anomalies.
Ferro also noted that his men will use body cameras in all their operations to provide transparency to the public.
The PNP-DEG concentrates on neutralizing high-value targets and in reducing the supply of illegal drugs. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
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