PNP names Ormoc, Cotabato, Puerto Princesa safest cities in PH
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Ormoc City was named the safest city in the country based on research conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Research and Analysis Center for the first quarter of 2018.
Ormoc City in Leyte Province recorded only 134 crime incidents followed by Cotabato City in Maguindanao and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan with 220 and 227, respectively.
PSSupt. Noel Sandoval, Chief of the PNP’s Crime Research and Analysis Center, believes one factor that contributes to the low crime rate in the said areas is the active involvement of police and residents within the community.
“Nare-record kase nag-report sa pulis. Pero kung hindi sila nagpunta sa pulis, hindi sila mare-record,” Sandoval said.
(They report [crimes] to the police that’s why it gets recorded. If they don’t go to the police, there would be no record of the crime.)
Meanwhile, Quezon City has the highest number of crimes with 12,252 in the first quarter of the year. Manila followed next with 7,066 and Cebu with 3,703. Sandoval said the higher crime rate is expected in cities with a greater population.
“Mas maraming crime incident na nangyayari sa isang lugar na mas mataas ang population kasi nga maraming tao. Mas malaki ang crime opportunity ng mga criminal,” Sandoval said.
(Incidence of crime is higher in densely populated areas. Criminals have bigger crime opportunities.)
Based on the record, Quezon City has the least number of solved crime cases at only 43.08% followed by Manila at 50.41% and Malabon at 51.05%.
Sandoval said they will send reminders to police officers in areas with the higher crime rate and order them to take actions on the matter. –Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, January 18th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — Two alleged carnappers died on the spot after resisting police arrest in Brgy. Vasra, Quezon City at around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday (January 17).
The suspects were identified as Ian Diaz and a certain alias “Jessy”.
Police Senior Superintendent Enrico Vargas said, the QCPD Anti-Carnapping Section and Special Operations Unit immediately conducted a buy-bust operation after an informant tipped them about the suspects’ illegal activities and hideout.
“Nagkaroon tayo ng magandang information na nagtuturo na nandito nakatira at dito nila dinadala ‘yung mga kina-carnap nilang mga motor. So, nagkaroon ng transaction kanina,” Vargas said.
However, the suspects soon realized they were transacting with police officers and decided to fight it out with authorities.
“Then, nung medyo naramdaman nilang pulis ang kanilang katransaksyon ay bumunot at inunahan yung pulis natin. So, nagkaroon ng encounter,” Vargas explained.
Meanwhile, the suspects’ victim positively identified his stolen motorbike.
The victim said the suspects accosted him while he was on his motorbike traversing Broadway Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday night (January 15).
He said he feared for his life when one of the suspects pointed a gun at him while inside a car.
“Ginitgit lang po nila ako eh. Akala ko po kasi nung una, o-overtake lang sila sa akin. Nag-blink sila sa akin, dalawang beses, kaya pinauna ko po sila. Nung tumapat na sila sa gilid ko, at saka nila ako ginitgit, tapos ‘yun nga po, bumaba sila, kinuha na nila ang motor ko. Meron sila baril; nakatutok sa’kin,” said the victim.
A .45 calibre gun and a .357-calibre revolver, 2 motorcycles and a Honda Beat motorcycle were seized from the suspects. The authorities are still looking into the suspects’ identities to see if they are connected with the widespread carnapping incidents in Quezon City. — Asher Cadapan | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Monday, January 7th, 2019
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is confident of having a strong case against the suspects in the killing of Ako Bicol Party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and SPO1 Rolando Diaz.
Based on the results of the ballistic exam conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory, Police Chief DG Oscar Albayalde revealed that the bullet slugs and shells found at the crime scene matched with the Norinco caliber .40 pistol registered under one of the suspects, Henry Yuson.
“Iyong 11 shells na 50 at 5 slugs ay nag-match doon sa license firearms ni Yuson na sinabi niya na ginamit niya doon sa crime scene. So nag-positive iyan. Nag-match according to the finding of the Crime Lab. That will now boost our case,” the PNP Chief said,
Yuson, in his affidavit, admitted to using his own licensed firearm when the caliber .45 pistol which they bought for the assassination, jammed.
According to PNP records, the registration of Yuson’s Norinco caliber .40 has been expired since 2015.
He also admitted in his affidavit that after Batocabe, he then shot at the lawmaker’s police escort SPO1 Diaz.
Yuson said he also sustained gunshot wounds to the arm and to the side as somebody from the lawmaker’s end exchanged fire with them but he couldn’t verify who.
Albayalde said, they will continue with the investigation even after six of the suspects surrendered to check if there are other individuals involved in the crime.
“Hindi namin isinasara ang imbestigasyon dito. In fact, meron din tayong tinitingnan kung bakit nasa Masbate itong dalawa. Kung sino ang kumukopkop sa kanya. Puwedeng sibilyan, puwedeng politician. These are all part of our investigation kaya open ang investigation namin dito,” the PNP Chief concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
by UNTV News and Rescue | Posted on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019
Batocabe murder crime scene | Photo courtesy of Daraga MPS
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Two suspects in the killing of Ako Bicol Party list representative Rodel Batocabe have surrendered and are now under the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The two suspects were turned into witnesses for the information they know about the crime and according to Pnp Spokesperson PCSupt. Benigno Durana Jr., they are now being investigated.
“Ini-interview sila ngayon. Let’s see if out of these witnesses we can get suspects. Ongoing ang investigation,” Durana confirmed.
Durana said the testimony of the witnesses will help the authorities identify the rest of the suspects and hopefully the mastermind behind the crime.
“Their testimonies can shed light into the case and that it may or may not give us a positive lead that will lead us to the perpetrators including the mastermind,” Durana said.
A source told UNTV that the two suspects-turned-witnesses were former soldiers.
One of them was involved in the planning of Batocabe’s assassination while the other one was responsible for scouting potential gunmen.
According to the source, the two witnesses identified an Albay politician as the mastermind in the crime and the one who provided cash and motorcycles as getaway vehicles for the suspects.
They added that the politician’s personal driver was among those who helped the gunmen escape.
The two witnesses also revealed that said politician-mastermind offered P3 million pesos to the suspects to execute the killing of Cong. Batocabe.
Until now, they said, the mastermind has not yet paid them.
The two suspects-turned-witnesses surrendered as they wanted the P50 million pesos reward money.
Their decision was also out of fear for their safety.
The PNP and the Batocabe family, meanwhile, are set to file formal charges of murder and frustrated murder against the remaining six to eight suspects linked to the assassination of Rep. Batocabe. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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