QUEZON CITY, Philippines — More than 68 million pesos benefits were already distributed to all the families of SAF44.
Based on the summary of benefits issued by Philippine National Police dated April 24, more than 42 million pesos went to the beneficiaries.
Eleven million pesos came from the President’s social fund, 9 million pesos from the SAF member’s cumulative leave, more than 7 million pesos from their six months’ salary and allowances while 14 million pesos came from NAPOLCOM burial benefits.
In addition, a total of 1.6 million pesos were also given to the families coming from the PNP pension and the NAPOLCOM pension.
Another 24 million peso benefits from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Funds Incorporated were also given to the families of Gallant 44.
Outgoing PNP-PIO Chief P/CSupt. Generoso Cerbo, “Sila po lahat ay tumatanggap na as of this date. Zero pending na po para sa ating Gallant 44.”
(They have all received the benefits as of this date. We have zero pending for Gallant 44)
Cerbo also said that the families will also receive financial help from other civic groups.
These benefits could total to 20 million pesos including the 6 million peso proceeds of the songs for Heroes concert produced by UNTV.
PNP-PIO stated, “Ang PNP po, in partnership yung talagang civic oriented organization, private donors, kami po ay naglunsad ng fund raising para makalikom ng additional funds para maitulong sa pamilya na miyembro ng SAF44.”
(The PNP, in partnership with the civic oriented organization and private donors, held fund raising events to raise additional funds for the families of SAF44)
Aside from the said benefits and financial assistance, there are also housing, scholarship and employment opportunities for the families of SAF44. (LEA YLAGAN / UNTV News)
MANILA, Philippines – Military and police officials on Friday lauded the conviction of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon on charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, calling it a victory for the victims of the communist group.
In a statement, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson, Major General Edgard Arevalo said the court’s decision is “a victory for the many victims of atrocities of the NPA particularly orders to conduct murder, arson, extortion, ambushes, bombing and the like that they orchestrated.”
“They were convicted ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ by the Regional Trial Court 216 of Quezon City for the crime of kidnapping and serious illegal detention,” he said.
The Tiamzon couple is believed to be ranking officials of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).
The Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 216 found the couple guilty of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. They were sentenced to reclusion perpetua or up to 40 years of imprisonment.
The Tiamzons were also ordered to pay damages and civil indemnity to the complainant amounting to P225,000.
“The AFP will continue to hunt them down after they have violated the provisions of their temporary liberty by virtue of their being nominated as consultants in the peace negotiations with the government. They refused to submit themselves to the government after the peace negotiations did not prosper,” Arevalo said.
He also vowed that the AFP would continue to strengthen its resolve to bring other criminals to justice in honor of the victims of the violence perpetrated by the CPP-NPA.
Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) called the conviction of Tiamzon couple a triumph of justice.
“It is also another success story on the efficiency of our prosecutors of our investigators who secured the validity of evidence presented during trial. Of course, it is also a manifestation of the sins committed by the communist terrorists against our people,” PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Ilbrandi Usana said in a statement.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año also lauded the conviction of the Tiamzons, recalling the efforts to track down and arrest the couple when he was just a military captain.
“I’m very happy malaki kasi yung hirap ko diyan sa paghuli niyan I was the chief of ISAFP (Intelligence Service of the AFP) when they was arrested in March 2014. I just cannot recall the exact date March 20 or 21, I spent half of my career looking for this couple started I was Captain,” he said.
The couple was arrested in 2014 in Cebu City after many years of hiding. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines – The nine police officers involved in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu may face dismissal from service, the Philippine National Police – Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) said Friday.
In an exclusive report in UNTV’s Ito ang Balita by Correspondent Lea Ylagan, PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said they have recommended that the cops tagged in the killing of four military intelligence operatives in Jolo be dismissed from service after they were found guilty of the administrative charges filed against them.
In its recommendation, the following may face removal from police service:
PSMS Abdelzhimar Padjiri
Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri
P/Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan
PSSg Erniskar Sappal
PCorporal Sulki Andaki
Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani
PSSg Almudzrin Hadjaruddin
Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan
Patrolman Rajiv Putalan
“Dismissal from the service because serious po yung offense committed,” Triambulo explained in an interview with UNTV News.
“There are four counts of grave misconduct kasi apat po yung victims sa pamamaril nila and then yung victims, ayon sa mga ebidensya, ay nakataas na yung kamay at tsaka yung mga tama ay nasa likod kaya wala silang chance to defend themselves kaya ang criminal offense noon ay murder,” he added.
The PNP-IAS also recommended a 50-day suspension for charges of less grace neglect of duty against three police officials who were manning the checkpoint where the vehicle carrying the soldiers were flagged down.
“Doon inaabangan ng siyam yung apat na victim, yun ang kasalanan nila. Bakit nila inallow na makialam yung mga junior officer na hindi kasama sa pag-conduct ng checkpoint. Nagkaroon ng sagutan, nagkainitan na, nagkabuhol buhol na ang traffic eh wala silang intervention. Nagkainitan ang grupo kasi sa tingin ng siyam ay sila ang sinu- surveillance,” Triambulo said.
The shooting incident happened on June 29. Four soldiers were said to be tailing alleged suicide bombers when they were supposedly accosted by nine cops.
Despite identifying themselves as members of the Philippine Army, they were allegedly instructed by the policemen to proceed to the police station for the verification of their identities.
Police spot report stated that the shooting incident transpired when the soldiers allegedly tried to escape and pointed their weapons at the police officers, which allegedly prompted the cops to open fire.
The PNP-IAS also recommended sanctions against two police officials – former Jolo Police chief Lt. Col. Walter Annayo and Capt. Ariel Corcino – for command responsibility and less grave neglect of duty.
Triambulo said Annayo had prior knowledge about the Philippine Army’s operation in his area because he was privy to the meetings and plan of the Task Force Jolo to take down the alleged suicide bombers.
“Hindi naman niya ito dineny sa affidavit at statement ni Col. Bautista at inulit nya ito sa Senate hearing presided by Sen. Bato (dela Rosa) na talagang andon siya at sinabihan siya,” he said.
“Hindi niya ito ni-relay sa mga tauhan niya, kaya ang mga tauhan nya na-threaten doon sa movement ng mga intelligence officer, thinking na sila yung tinatrabaho,” he added.
Annayo was slain by still unidentified gunmen in Maguindanao on Nov. 21. Investigators have yet to determine whether Annayo’s killing is connected to his previous assignment as Jolo police chief.
Triambulo said the recommendation has been submitted to PNP chief General Debold Sinas.
Should Sinas approve the recommendation, Triambulo stressed that police officers involved in the case have the right to file an appeal in the National Police Commission. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Debold Sinas is eyeing to revert back the work schedule of PNP personnel.
Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, work schedule of PNP personnel in Camp Crame changed to seven-day straight duty and rest day. However, Sinas said work schedule will go back to normal to increase productivity.
“New normal for the PNP should be doing your usual/daily activities in the furtherance of your accomplishment, your missions, your task with the strict observance of the different DOH protocol,” he said.
The PNP Chief also announced that PNP offices will not implement a lockdown in case one of the personnel tested positive for COVID-19.
Sinas said an internal strategy is needed to still maintain health safety protocols while increasing productivity in PNP.
“Tuloy po ang serbisyo. Hindi na tayo pwedeng i-lockdown iyan ng 5 days, 14 days pano naman iyong serbisyo publiko po (Our service continues. We cannot implement lockdown for 5 days or 14 days, how about public service)?” he said.
He also calls on the cooperation of every PNP personnel to continue practicing health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of the virus while performing their duties. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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