QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has named the mastermind in the assassination of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote.
According to Police Region 3 Director PCSupt. Amador Corpus, it was Christian Saquilabon, owner of Forthright Construction, who was behind the crime; adding that a conflict over a P69M-worth of contract for the construction of Minalungao Tourism Area was the motive of the killing.
“The motive of the incident is associated with projects and business contracts. Away sa negosyo, away po sa kontrata at projects,” said Corpus.
Corpus said the contract was awarded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to Forthright Construction. However, the Mayor allegedly was pressuring the construction firm given that it was Mayor Bote who requested DPWH to develop the road way to Minalungao. PNP is still investigating if someone of higher authority than Saquilabon ordered the assassination. Saquilabon is a member of the religious group Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).
“That is part of our investigation. We don’t want to divulge that dahil ongoing pa. Ang ginagawa natin once na file ang kaso, we will be filing a hold departure order para hindi siya makalabas ng bansa,” Corpus said.
Meanwhile, according to PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Police Director Roel Obusan, authorities now identified eight individuals involved in the crime, three of them are now under the custody of the PNP.
Two of them were Florencio Suarez and Robert Gumatay who were arrested last week at a checkpoint in Camarines Sur while the third suspect was Architect Arnold Gamboa, the driver of the suspects’ getaway vehicle, who voluntarily surrendered to authorities. The black Toyota Avanza was seen entering the chapel gate of INC after the shooting.
“Sa investigation namin, si Arnold Gamboa, si architect ay tagaroon malapit lang sa kapilya ng Iglesia. Second, karamihan dito na nakikita ninyo ay members ng Iglesia ni Cristo that’s why the regional director of PRO3 ay in close coordination with the administration of Iglesia ni Cristo,” said Obusan.
Though the investigation is still underway, the PNP considered the case as solved. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo
Father-and-daughter local execs ambushed in La Union, not in drugs watch list – PNP
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Thursday (November 15) that Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and his daughter Mayor Aleli Concepcion were not on the police drug watch list.
The father and daughter tandem were ambushed in Balaoan, La Union on Tuesday (November 14).
According to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, there was no previous report of the two local executive’s involvement in illegal drugs trade.
“Wala naman so far. I just don’t know in the region,” Albayalde said.
So far, there are no witnesses surfacing to testify on the case while the PNP Region 1 police are doing the investigation.
“The more important thing here is the witness who can give full account or give suspects or persons of interest dito sa mga incidents na ganyan. Napakaimportante kasi na kapag may nakakita, kailangan pong pumunta sa pulisya para makunan ng statement at ma-solve ang crime,” the PNP Chief explained.
Albayalde noted that La Union is considered as among the election hot spots due to intense political rivalry. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
PNP to probe death of lawyer who assisted in Sagay farmers’ slay case
Atty. Benjamin Tarug Ramos Jr. | Image courtesy to Atty. Edre Olalia via Facebook
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) condemns the killing of Atty. Benjamin Tarug Ramos Jr.
Ramos, a founding member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, was among those who first assisted in the case of slain nine sugarcane farmers in Sagay city.
Ramos was gunned down in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on the evening of Tuesday (November 6) by unidentified perpetrators.
Police Regional Office 6 Director, PCSupt. John Bulalacao said the lawyer sustained three gunshot wounds on his chest and died on his way to the hospital.
“The victim sustained 3 gunshot wounds on his chest and was brought to Holy Mother Mercy Hospital in Kabankalan City but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician,” he said.
An investigation on the murder of Ramos is underway. – UNTV News and Rescue
PNP: Themed costumes among security guards strictly prohibited
Security guards in themed costumes
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Security guards are no longer allowed to don themed costumes on duty.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) on Wednesday (November 7) reminded security agencies that themed costumes will no longer be allowed to security guards on duty.
Themed costumes are common in commercial establishments during holidays.
Last Sunday (November 4) members of the PNP SOSIA accosted the administrator of a mall in Quezon City for letting their security personnel wear themed costumes.
According to PNP-SOSIA Enforcement Management Division OIC PSupt. Jaime Santos, such a practice is considered a security risk and only leads to confusion especially in times of emergency that is why it is strictly prohibited.
“Maaari kasing gayahin ito or magsuot ng ganito ang mga sindikato o grupo na gumawa ng krimen doon sa loob ng mall kaya malaking factor na di dapat sila magsuot ng ganyan dahil nangyari na iyan before sa isang mall na pinasok ng martilyo gang,” Santos said.
The security agency of security guards accosted by the PNP was ordered to pay P400,000. Authorities also confiscated the service firearms of their security guards.
“Kapag naging recidivist sila o habitual at di nila pinakikinggan ang aming sanction sa kanila ang mangyayari nya ay mag oorder ang chief SOSIA na i-tag, na i-suspend na ang kanilang license pati iyong mismong operator,” warned Santos.
Meanwhile, the PNP also noted that security measures in malls will be stricter this coming holiday season due to the expected influx of mall goers, the time when lawless elements are in their active operations.
“Muli ang aming paalala kapag may insidente at pangyayari sa mga business establishments, mga malls kaagad yung mga bantay sa entrances ay tumawag agad ng kanilang response team at wag nila iiwanan ang entrance dahil ang seguridad, maaaring diversionary tactics lamang ito … at tuloy tuloy na ang pasok ng mga magnanakaw,” advised PSSupt. Bernard Banac, SOSIA Assistant Chief.
The PNP is set to deploy patrol units at the outside vicinity of malls for quick response in case any untoward incidents happen inside the establishments. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)