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

Marje Pelayo   •   April 3, 2019   •   2143

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 denies alleged militarization of campuses

Marje Pelayo   •   August 20, 2019

Student activists at the University of the Philippines oppose the proposed presence of police and military in school campuses.

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ronald dela Rosa is suggesting that universities and colleges should welcome the military and police and allow them to conduct their respective indoctrination.

The proposal is to curb the recruitment and brainwashing of students being practiced by the rebel group, New People’s Army (NPA).

But according to Police Chief General Oscar Albayalde, such recommendation was given a different interpretation by militant youth groups.

“This is misunderstood and medyo overreaction ang mga militanteng grupo. There is no such thing as militarization of a campus,” Albayalde said.

Albayalde insists that cops do not enter the school premises unless they have official business inside as stated in the agreement between the University of the Philippines, the League of Filipino Students (LFS) and the government specifically the Department of National Defense that police and military personnel are off limits inside campuses unless approved by the university administration.

“Itong mga militanteng grupo, they are trying to abuse that charter. Kami naman, we can freely enter the campus of UP even today,” the Police Chief noted.

Meanwhile, the PNP respects U.P. students’ decision to hold a day of walkout on Tuesday (August 20) citing their right to assembly provided that it is in accordance with the law. – MNP (with details from April Cenedoza)

PNP-AKG nabs Chinese national for alleged kidnapping of fellow Chinese

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 19, 2019

Chinese national Libu Xu was arrested by PNP-AKG for allegedly kidnapping a fellow Chinese national.

The Philippine National Police-Anti Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has arrested a Chinese national for allegedly kidnapping a fellow Chinese national over a gambling debt.

Chinese national, Libu Xu, is among the six suspects who purportedly kidnapped 25-year-old Xiaoguo Bian.

The hot pursuit operations for the remaining suspects continue, according to PNP-AKG spokesman Police Lieutenant Colonel Elmer Cereno.

“On going ang backtracking ng mga tao natin kasi identify naman
sila kaya nagha-hot pursuit operation sila ngayon (The backtracking of our personnel is ongoing [the suspects] have already been identified so authorities are currently conducting hot pursuit operations),” he said.

According to Cereno, Xiaoguo was held captive from July 29 to 31 at a hotel and was beaten up by the suspects.

The suspects asked Xiaoguo to pay RMB 300,000 for his release. He had a P1.5 million debt with a casino financier at Midas Hotel.

The suspects also went to the PCPS and told the authorities that they will file a case against Xiaoguo.

“So while the duty investigator was busy, they put him inside the jail without his knowledge. The investigator did not see that the Chinese men filmed the victim while he is in jail,” Cereno said.

The suspects then sent a video to Xiaoguo’s father in China after he was beaten up and while he was inside the PCPS jail cell.

Authorities later released Xiaoguo after no sufficient evidence was found to pursue the case.

On August 15, the authorities found out about the kidnapping incident after Xiaoguo’s father flew to the Philippines. He showed the video to the authorities and asked for police assistance.

After the rescue operation, Cereno said they are now conducting a follow-up operations for the remaining suspects.

Meanwhile, Cereno said they will review possible liability against the police investigator in the PCPS since it was never in their protocol to detain a person being complained. —AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Woman nabbed in Surigao del Sur for exploiting daughter, sisters online

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 17, 2019

The Women and Children Protection Center–Mindanao Field Unit (WCPC-MFU) has arrested a 22-year-old woman exploiting her younger sisters and daughter in online trafficking.

There were reports about the suspect’s illegal online activities last February this year which prompted an investigation by the authorities.

The WCPC-MFU was granted a warrant by the court to search the suspect’s electronic devices for evidence of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC). The suspect’s identity was not disclosed for the safety of the victims.

Investigation showed the suspect offered to sexually abuse her sisters and daughter and livestream it in exchange for money.

Authorities rescued the suspect’s sisters aged 13 and 15 and her 4-year-old daughter from their home in Barobo, Surigao del Sur on Friday (Aug 16).

Chief of WCPC-MFU Col. Christine Tan reiterates their continuous effort to stop the exploitation of children online.

“To those who are doing this crime or have plans to do it for easy money, you cannot hide. We know how to get you,” she said.

The victims are currently in the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The suspect will be charged with violation of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act or Republic Act 9208 (as amended by RA 10364), among other violations. —AAC

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