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PNP names mastermind in Gen. Tinio, NE Mayor Ferdinand Bote’s slay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, July 16th, 2018

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



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DOJ joins hunt for personalities behind “real narco list” videos

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has joined the hunt for alias Bikoy and the other personalities behind the “Totoong Narco List” [real narco list] videos.

The said videos implicated Presidential son Paolo Duterte, President Rodrigo Duterte’s common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña, and former Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, in illegal drug trade.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra had also ordered the department’s fact-finding team to conduct an investigation on the identity of the people behind the series of videos and to file possible criminal cases against them.

Guevarra said, “I have given instructions to the DOJ Office of Cybercrime to coordinate with the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) cybercrime unit and find out the source of these videos.”

The justice secretary further stated that the criminal charges will depend on the acts committed, such as cyber libel or similar offense.

Aside from the DOJ-initiated investigation, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is also conducting a separate probe on the said videos. – Maris Federez

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PNP conducts inspection in provincial bus terminals

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on full alert status in Metro Manila and other key tourist destinations until the end of the Lenten season.

Although authorities have not received threats in the country’s peace and order, around 91,000 police personnel are now deployed nationwide.

Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar and several PNP personnel on Wednesday (April 17) led the inspection at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao and Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City.

The PNP officials personally checked the security plans of these terminals in accommodating passengers during the Lenten season. –Maris Federez

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Lacson renews call for stricter gun control after EDSA cop slay

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Panfilo Lacson has renewed his appeal to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to impose stricter gun control measures, including the limited issuance of Permits to Carry Firearms Outside Residences (PTCFOR).

Lacson made the call following the killing of a policeman along EDSA (Epifanio delos Santos Avenue) in San Juan City.

Police Senior Master Sgt. Solomon Cugay was shot dead on Tuesday (March 26) by motorcycle-riding gunmen along EDSA-Connecticut southbound lane.

The PNP said Cugay was among the personalities included on the narcotics list released by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016.

Cugay had previous records of coddling and recycling illegal drugs, according to PNP Chief General Oscar Albayalde, but the former was able to clear his name and was absolved from the case some two years ago.

READ: Albayalde: Cop in EDSA shooting formerly on Duterte’s narcolist

Lacson said the PNP should limit the issuance of PTCFOR to ensure that only uniformed military and police personnel on duty can bring firearms outside their homes.

He said anyone carrying firearms in public places should be assumed to have criminal intent and apprehended on the spot.

“Firearms are for self-defense and protection of properties from intruders and not for offensive action by the possessor,” he said.

The Lawmaker also challenged the PNP to prove that they are capable of carrying out their mandate to protect the public from criminals.

He also pushed for stronger law on gun control to prevent mass shooting incidents similar to other countries.

Last year, Lacson had urged the PNP to implement stricter firearms control following the spate of killings of local officials, including Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Anthony Halili and Ako-Bicol Party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe. – Robie de Guzman

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