PNP names 8 suspects in PDEA agents ambush

Marje Pelayo   •   October 10, 2018   •   4332

 Image courtesy of PNP Regional Office ARMM

 

LANAO DEL SUR, Philippines – Eight suspects in the ambush of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents in Kapai, Lanao del Sur on October 5 have already been  identified by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to a PNP spot report, the suspects are as follows:

1) Oscar Capal Gandawali,

2) Palawan Salem Macalabo,

3) Lala Lolo Amboloto,

4) Jamal Lolo Amboloto,

5) Mizangcad Panonde Gandawali,

6) Aiman Guro Gandawali,

7) Jamel Borar A.K.A Memekan,

8) William Gandawali

Cases of multiple murder and double frustrated murder have been filed against the suspects.

The group is believed to have links to a certain Comayog Macapagal of Tagoloan, Lanao Del Sur, who was among the drug personalities in the narcolist of Marawi City Police.

Macapagal was killed in a shootout with personnel from the Lanao Del Sur Provincial Police Office in a buy bust operation in Marawi City last August 8, 2018.

According to reports, Macapagal’s relatives have threatened to retaliate against government troops.

Macapagal’s nephew, Oscar Capal Gandawali, organized his close relatives to execute their revenge.

Below is the relationship of the suspects to Comayog Macapagal:

William Comayog Gandawali, the incumbent barangay chairman of Inudaran, Tagoloan ll, is Macapagal’s older brother.

Oscar Gandawali is the son of William Comayug Gandawali and a nephew of Macapagal.

Aiman Gandawali is the son of Macapagal and also William’s nephew.

Siblings Lala Lolo Amboloto and Jamal Lolo Amboloto; Palawan Salem Macalabo; and Mizangkad Panonde Gandawali are all nephews of Comayog Macapagal from another sibling.

Jamel Borar a.k.a. Memekan is a relative by affinity and an identified associate of Macapagal in illegal drugs trade.

The PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are now conducting an investigation and massive intelligence operations to know the whereabouts of the suspects and two other unidentified personalities believed to also be next of kin. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

 

Courtesy of PNP Regional Office ARMM

PDEA, PNP okay with VP Robredo’s dismissal from ICAD

Marje Pelayo   •   November 25, 2019

(L-R) PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, Vice President Leni Robredo and Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Police Lieutenant General Archie Francisco Gamboa

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said it respects President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to fire Vice President Leni Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).

“PDEA respects and believes in the wisdom of the President,” PDEA chief Aaron Aquino, also the ICAD chairperson, said in a statement Sunday (November 24).

“Whatever happens, PDEA will continue to carry out its mandate to rid the country of illegal drugs with utmost sincerity and integrity,” he assured.

Philippine National Police (PNP), likewise, said it supports the President’s decision and assures that the campaign against high profile drug personalities will continue with utmost respect for human rights.

“The President has spoken,” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said.

“The PNP respects the decision of the President terminating the services of Vice President Leni Robredo as ICAD co-chair,” he added.

President Duterte fired Robredo as ICAD co-chair barely three weeks after he appointed her to the position.

In two weeks, the vice president has met with members of the private sector, representatives of various government agencies, religious groups and with officials of the United Nations (UN) to consult on how the government would treat the illegal drugs problems in the country.

But Malacañang noted several ‘missteps’ in Robredo’s actions such as her meeting with UN and her request to have access on classified information or the list of high value drug targets.

Earlier in Robredo’s appointment to ICAD, Duterte said he would fire her if confidential information leaked especially to foreign authorities. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

PNP takes full control of training police recruits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019.  EPA-EFE / FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has taken full supervision of the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in a formal turn over on Monday (October 7) at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.

The transfer of supervision was in accordance with Republic Act 11279 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May this year.

“The Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy. and the National Police Training Institute,”

RA 11279 states that the transfer of administration is “to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force.”

It is also in line with the PNP’s program of internal cleansing among its rank of ‘sloppy’ and ‘scalawag’ policemen.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that by directly managing the police training institutions, the PNP will be able to achieve its targets of 10,000 police recruits who will be honed in lieu of the retiring police officers.

“The PNP is now solely responsible for the making of a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” Albayalde said.

“Thus, we only have ourselves to blame if any PNP member will go astray because of poor training and orientation,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from April Cenedoza)

PDEA probes online shop for selling ‘tooters’

Marje Pelayo   •   September 19, 2019

PASIG CITY, Philippines – Drug operatives discovered that some drug paraphernalia could be easily bought through online shops.

On Thursday (September 19), agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized over P600,000 worth of illegal drugs in two separate buy-bust operations in Pasig and Quezon City.

Juan Carlos Reyes Antonio, a licensed pharmacist, was caught in possession of suspected marijuana and ecstasy tablets along with other drug paraphernalia inside a hotel in Pasig City around 2:30 AM on Thursday (September 19).

The illegal drugs were valued at P483,000.

Meanwhile, another suspect Nilo Manipon Ramirez Jr., a registered nurse, was nabbed at around 4:20AM along Kamuning Road in Quezon City.

Ramirez was caught in possession of P142,000-worth of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia.

Antonio bought his ‘tooters’ through an online shop.

“Dalawang transaksyon. Either iyong kliyente [ang] pumupunta sa hotel at doon na sila nagja-jamming or they just buy online (Two possibilities. Either the client goes to the hotel where they jam or they just buy online). explained PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino.

The official assured to subject the said shop to an investigation before they act on the matter.

Aquino noted that it is prohibited to sell ‘tooters’ may it be in stores or online because it is an item being used solely in illegal drugs.

“I’ll just wait for their explanation first and then kung ano’t-ano man ang kalalabasan (whatever comes out of the investigation) then we will file a case against them,” Aquino said.

A delivery company is currently being investigated by PDEA on reports that it caters delivery of illegal drugs. — MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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