PNP seizes more than 500 loose firearms from eight security agencies

Marje Pelayo   •   August 30, 2018   •   5995

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) presented on Thursday (August 30) a total of 536 loose firearms seized from eight private security agencies in the past two months.

The eight agencies were among the 452 companies that the PNP ordered closed for failure to renew their firearms licenses.

From this number, only 76 have been issued with cease-to-operate orders while authorities are still looking for the other 376 that may have already changed their business addresses.

PNP Civil Security Group Police Director Camilo Cascolan said charges are now being prepared against the owners of the agencies.

“They are also blacklisted and we are investigating (them) for whatever sanctions that we will have to give them,” he said.

Cascolan added that the firearms had to be seized so as not to be used in unlawful acts.

“These may go to the wrong hands, criminals and even those who wish like these guns. There are still a lot of CTOs to be implemented. We hope there will be a lot of firearms to be surrendered and confiscated as well,” the police officer said. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Eight Security Agencies where loose firearms were confiscated:

  1. Overseer Security Agency Inc.
  2. Southern Port Security Agency Inc.
  3. El Grande Security Agency
  4. Goldbrick Security Agency
  5. 24 Oras Bantay Security Agency
  6. Birdseye Security and Investigation Agency
  7. Defcon One Security Services Inc.
  8. Jopra Security Services Inc.

PNP launches manhunt vs. loggers who assaulted police in Cagayan

Maris Federez   •   November 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has launched a manhunt against several suspects who assaulted a police team that was conducting operations against illegal logging activities in Cagayan province.

Police General Debold M Sinas has ordered pursuit operations against the suspects who fired at the police team wounding a police lieutenant, according to a PNP Public Information Office (PIO) press release dated November 28.

“More aggressive police operations will continue against illegal logging activities on orders of President Rodrigo R Duterte despite this temporary setback,” the PNP chief said.

Follow-up operations are underway to recover the firearms used in the attack, Sinas added.

The PNP chief issued the order after receiving reports submitted by PBGen. Crizaldo Nieves, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 2 regarding the shooting incident that wounded PLT Randy Baccay, Deputy Chief of Police of Pañablanca Police Station.

Sinas instructed Nieves to extend P50,000.00 financial assistance for the medical expenses of Baccay, the news release said. 

The operation was part of Cagayan’s rebuilding efforts following the aftermath of massive flooding only two weeks ago.

Nieves said Baccay and his team were responding to reports of the presence of illegally-cut timber stockpiled in Sitio Dalayat, Minanga, Lagum Peñablanca, Cagayan on Thursday evening.

Armed suspects opened fire during the operation, hitting Baccay while the rest of the team launched counter action. Baccay was immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The team, on the other hand, promptly arrested and took Ernest Sibbaluca, identified as among the attackers, to the Peñablanca Police Station for investigation.

Sibbaluca is facing criminal charges for direct assault upon an agent of authority and frustrated murder, Asalan said. —/mbmf

Cascolan open to new gov’t post after retirement from PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Camilo Cascolan reiterated that he is willing to work for any government post as he prepares to officially bow out of police service.

Cascolan will be turning over his badge when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 for uniformed personnel on November 10.

He served as PNP chief for more than two months since assuming office in September.

“I am very grateful. I would like to say I am very grateful to the president for giving me this chance to serve even though it’s just for 2 months,” he said.

The outgoing police chief said he has yet to receive new instructions from President Rodrigo Duterte about his possible next task after a brief stint as PNP chief.

Duterte has been appointing retired high-ranking police and military officials to various government posts, saying he values their work ethics and professionalism.

“Puwede po naman tayo kahit saan but we will work as if it was always the last day,” he said.

Cascolan, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Sinagtala Class of 1986, officially assumed the PNP top post on Sept. 2 after the retirement of then PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

As announced earlier by Malacañang, Duterte has designated Metro Manila Police chief Major General Debold Sinas to the PNP top post. His appointment will take effect on Tuesday. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Cascolan named as next PNP chief

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Police Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan has been chosen as the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed to UNTV on Tuesday.

In a phone interview, Año said President Rodrigo Duterte signed Cascolan’s appointment papers on Tuesday afternoon.

“Wala pa akong kopya (appointment paper) pero 100% sure na ‘yun,” he said.

Cascolan will be replacing outgoing PNP chief General Archie Gamboa when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on Wednesday.

Prior to his designation to the PNP’s top post, Cascolan had been the second-in-command as the deputy chief for administration.

He also served as temporary caretaker of the police force after Gamboa was injured in a helicopter crash.

Cascolan was co-author of PNP’s flagship program, Oplan Double Barrel, under the government’s war against drugs.

Cascolan will only have a short stint as PNP chief as he is set to retire in November. The president, however, has the prerogative to extend Cascolan’s term.

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