PNP: No probe unless a formal complaint is filed vs. Paulo Duterte, Usec. Carpio

Marje Pelayo   •   April 3, 2019   •   2244

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – A waste of time. This is how the Philippine National Police (PNP) considered the allegations of alias ‘Bikoy’ in a viral video implicating former Davao City Vice Mayor Paulo Duterte and Agriculture Undersecretary Waldo Carpio in illegal drugs.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde agrees with the Palace that the video is just  an act of propaganda since it is now election period.

Albayalde maintained that the PNP will not act on the matter unless a formal complaint is filed against the presidential son and brother-in-law.

“Kung may lalapit sa amin na hihingi ng tulong para ma-identify ang lumabas na iyon at kung talagang paiimbestigahan sa atin. Pero as of this time, kung papatulan po natin lahat iyang lumabas at lalabas pa na mga video na ganyan baka maubos po ang oras natin dyan,” the PNP Chief noted.

(If someone will ask for our help in identifying that person and if we were ordered to investigate, [we would investigate]. But at this point, it is just a waste of time to pay attention to that guy.)

Albayalde said he was skeptical of alias Bikoy’s claim that Paulo Duterte was receiving drug money through Usec. Waldo.   

“It is very unlikely na kung ikaw ay magbibigay ng ‘tara’ na sinasabi na nasa isang formal report form. Usually in previous years, gaya ng nakukuhang mga blue book ng jueteng at sugal ay nasa isang maliit na notebook lang iyan, hindi formal letter na ganoon,” Albayalde note.

(It is very unlikely that one will hand a ‘tara’ written in a formal report form. Usually in previous years, it is a small notebook like the blue book in jueteng and other gambling operations, not a formal letter like that.)

“Questionable po ang motive noon and we don’t want to glorify that video,” he noted.

(His motive is questionable and we don’t want to glorify that video.)

The PNP Chief expects similar videos to come out throughout the election period that’s why he is appealing to the public to verify the videos’ content first before sharing them to their social media accounts.

He also calls on all election candidates to be civil at all times.

“Ako’y nananawagan sa ating mga kumakandidato, sa mga incumbents natin na sana magkaroon tayo ng isang civilized way na election. Ipakita natin sa taong bayan at sa international community na capable po tayo na mag-conduct ng halalan,” he said.

(I am calling on all election candidates and incumbents. Let us have a civilized election. Let us show the people and the international community that we are capable of conducting a [peaceful] election.)

The PNP Chief maintained that Paulo Duterte and Usec. Carpio are not included in the government’s narcolist.

“Ang sinasabi ay 2015. Hindi pa po presidente ang ating pangulo noon. Ang tanong ay how can he have a clout na such as big as that na sinasabi when in fact ang tatay mo is only a mayor then? Medyo questionable po iyon,” Albayalde argued.

(He mentioned 2015. [President Duterte] was not yet in office that time. My question is how can he [Paulo] have a clout as big as that when his father was just a city mayor back then? That’s a questionable argument.)

When asked about his comment on Paulo’s dragon tattoo, Albayalde said he is not in the position to speak about it as the matter is something personal.

Alias ‘Bikoy’ is the whistleblower in a recent viral video alleging the former vice mayor and his uncle of illegal drug links.

He claimed to be a former member of a drug syndicate operating in Southern Luzon and Visayas region.

In his video, alias Bikoy tagged Paulo Duterte as the big-time drug lord and principal recipient of drug money from the alleged illegal trade. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Lea Ylagan)

PNP to pull out cops deployed in Taal 14-km danger zone

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

Philippine police (L) advise citizens of restricted access implemented in a community affected by ash deposits after an eruption of Taal Volcano, in Agoncillo town, Batangas province, south of Manila, Philippines 14 January 2020. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – Police officers deployed within the 14-kilometer permanent danger zone around the restive Taal Volcano will be pulled out, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the directive was based on the advisory of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) due to the persisting danger it presents despite weakening volcanic activities.

“Ilalabas na natin ang mga pulis beyond the circumferential line, meron tayong mga risk control point na itatalaga at doon lamang mananatili ang mga pulis natin para na rin sa safety ng mga pulis,” he said.

Banac assured that policemen will continue to secure evacuation centers and areas on lockdown amid the Taal Volcano unrest.

The PNP official also urged remaining holdouts to flee their homes for their own safety following reports of residents ignoring the risks and government advisory to try to go home to fetch their belongings.

Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which means that a hazardous eruption may occur within hours or days. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

5 suspects in murder of ex-Batangas solon now under police custody

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Five suspects in the killing of former Batangas 2nd District Rep. Edgar Mendoza and two others are now under police custody, authorities said Wednesday.

Police Brig. Gen. Joel Coronel, director of Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP CIDG), said one of the apprehended suspects was identified as the mastermind of the crime.

The charred remains of Mendoza and two others, identified as his bodyguard Roel Ruiz and his driver Nicanor Mendoza, were found inside a burnt car in Tiaong town in Quezon Province on January 9.

Mendoza reportedly left his home to meet someone in Calamba, Laguna on the day he died. He was last seen with his driver and aide on January 7 in Lipa, Batangas.

His family reported him missing when he failed to return home.

Coronel said the motive in the grisly murder appears to be connected to financial and legal disputes.

A lawyer by profession, Mendoza handled cases related to real estate and properties after his stint in Congress.

Coronel said the arrested suspects will be face murder charges. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

New PNP Chief Gamboa eyes ‘no-take policy’, faster administrative case hearing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 21, 2020

The new Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa eyes a ‘no-take policy’ among the PNP personnel.

As the new PNP chief, Gamboa said he will not tolerate erring policemen, such as those accepting bribes and engaging in illegal drugs. He said he will also heighten internal cleansing among the police ranks.

“I stand before you today not just the ‘chief’ but a father who will stand and support you till the end if you are doing your job the right way,” he said.

“However, for those erring PNP personnel, you will be reprimanded, castigated or be dismissed in the service if necessary,” added Gamboa.

He also reminded police officers to respect their senior officers and always wear proper attire.

READ: Gamboa officially assumes PNP chief post; to implement reshuffling in PNP

The new PNP chief wants to expedite administrative case hearings from 60 days to 15 days.

“Work simplification is the conscious seeking of the simplest, easiest and quickest method of doing work. We should accomplish more tasks within a given amount of time, so watch for my deadlines,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gamboa warned drug personalities and other individuals involved in illegal drugs.

“Heed my words, with the guidance of our President, we won’t stop until you’ve been destroyed and neutralized,” he said. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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