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PNP takes custody of two suspects-turned-witnesses in Batocabe slay

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 2 January 2019 04:50 PM

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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PNP: Cebu teen slay, a crime of passion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 03:50 PM

(L-R) The 17-year-old suspect in police custody and a CCTV footage of him with the victim before she was killed

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) considers the murder of 16-year old Christine Lee Silawan as case solved but not yet closed, following the arrest of one of the suspects in the brutal killing.

The main suspect was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) at his house in Barangay Maribago in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on Saturday (March 16), several days after Silawan’s mutilated body was found on Monday (March 11).

Based on a report of UNTV News and Rescue’s Ito ang Balita by Lea Ylagan on Tuesday, PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac said a case has already been filed against the arrested suspect, identified as the 17-year old former boyfriend of the slain Cebuana teen.

Banac added that they are not yet closing the case since they are still looking into the possibility that the male suspect received help in carrying out the crime.

“Nagkaroon na ng murder charges laban sa suspect na nahuli ng NBI at ito ay isinagawa kahapon at meron pang dalawang suspek kaya’t patuloy ang pagsuporta ng PNP. Masasabi na natin ngayon na the murder case is solved but not yet closed,” Banac said in a press briefing at Camp Crame.

Based on CCTV footage retrieved by NBI from the city’s security cameras, the suspect was seen with Silawan before she was killed on March 10.

Authorities believe the victim was killed around six or seven p.m. Her body was found early Monday morning, naked waist down and half of her face was skinned. She also suffered multiple stab wounds and her tongue, throat and upper part of the neck were removed.

The NBI said they have gotten hold of a Facebook conversation between the victim and a boy which led them to believe that it was the same person as the one they have arrested.

“Based on Facebook chats, the victim and the POI (person of interest) are there to meet. Parang may ibinigay siya na items, teddy bear at ‘tsaka cellphone. ‘Yung ka-chat niya sa Facebook. In-assume namin na siya ‘yun kaya nga we are still determining whether isa lang ba ‘yung tao na ‘yun,” NBI Central Visayas Assistant Regional Director Atty. Dominador Cimafranca said.

Police said intense jealousy may have triggered the brutal killing of the young victim.

 “Base sa pahayag ng NBI ay nagkaroon sila ng impormasyon na ito ay crime of passion dahil sa relasyon ng suspek doon sa biktima,” Banac said

“Subalit hindi naman doon titigil ang investigation team. Of course, titingnan pa rin lahat ang posibleng anggulo ng imbestigasyon,” he added.

Investigators have also concluded that Jonas Bueno has no involvement in the gruesome murder of Silawan.

Bueno was arrested in Davao City last March 15 (Friday) following suspicion on his link to the crime. He was the prime suspect in the killing of 60-year old Trinidad Batucan on January 11 in Danao City, Cebu, with the skin on her face and chest removed.

However, Bueno will remain in detention as he is facing charges for Batucan’s murder.

Meanwhile, the Silawan family hopes the real perpetrators of Christine’s killing will be brought to justice. – Robie de Guzman

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BFP warns residents: water from firetrucks, not drinkable

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:52 PM

The Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) reminds residents not to drink the water from firetrucks, as several fire departments provided water to residents experiencing water shortage.

BFP Spokesperson Fcinsp. Jude del Rosario said that only the water from fire hydrants are safe to drink but they cannot assure the public about the water from their firetrucks.

“It’s not for drinking. Puwede pampaligo, panghugas ng plato. They have to boil it for one to two hours para masiguro na walang bacteria na nakasama before nila inumin o gamitin (It’s not for drinking, you can use it for bathing or cleaning the dishes. If they are going to drink it, they have to boil it for one to two hours to make sure there is no bacteria in it),” he said.

However, the BFP clarified that they are not mandated to provide water during water shortages unless the local government requests for it.

“Iyong pupunta lang kami doon para mag-provide, hindi iyan kasama sa mandate namin, kasi we don’t want to compromise our firefighting capability. The National Capital Region is the highly populated area na dapat naming mino-monitor. We are always on the alert status dito sa NCR (Going to residential areas to provide water is not our mandate. We don’t want to compromise our firefighting capability. The National Capital Region is a highly populated area that we are monitoring. We are always on the alert status here in NCR),” Del Rosario said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) calls on areas experiencing water service interruption to stay calm.

They are also ready to provide security in areas where water is rationed.

“Sa lahat ng mga kababayan natin ngayon na nasa pila palde at mainit ang ulo, ang amin pong pakiusap ay panatilihin ang kaayusan, kahinahunan ng isip at damdamin. Anytime po ay nakahanda ang PNP personnel na umalalay sa lahat ng mga distribution points sa buong Metro Manila at sa karatig na lugar (To all our fellowmen who are frustrated by the situation, please remain calm and maintain order. The PNP personnel is ready to assist in distribution points in Metro Manila and in nearby areas),” PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said.

Banac also encourages residents to be wiser when it comes to saving water.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Over 2,000 cops dismissed due to anomalous activities

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 7 March 2019 06:13 PM

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has imposed disciplinary actions against 8,440 policemen involved in anomalous activities with 2,528 of them already dismissed.

Among the over 2,000 dismissed cops, 400 were involved in illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, 4,511 out of the 8,440 policemen had been suspended and are currently facing administrative cases.

READ: 7 cops arrested over alleged kidnapping for ransom

PNP spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac said they stand by their position not to condone corrupt policemen.

Based on their reports, majority of the cops involved in anomalous activities are non-commissioned officers with ranks ranging from patrolman to police executive master sergeant.

“Sila ang may pinakamaraming bilang sa buong hanay ng PNP at sila iyong nakakalat sa buong komunidad sa lansangan at direktang nakakasalamuha ng ating mga mamamayan kaya’t nandoon lahat ang sitwasyon at impluwensya ng mabuti o masama,” Banac said.

(They have the highest population in PNP and they are mostly deployed in communities and along the streets. They are directly communicating with the public so all situations and influences are there, whether it is good or bad.)

Banac said this situation is among the reasons why they want police training to be transferred to the PNP from the Philippine Public Safety College in order to monitor the discipline and values of future policemen.

“Ang tinitingnan nating mga factors dito maliban sa training ay iyong mismong pag-uugali ng ating mga kasamahan na alam naman natin na ito ay na form na o nabuo na prior pa man na pumasok sila sa PNP,” he adds.

(The factors we are looking at, aside from training, include the core values of our troops which, as we know, is formed before they enter the PNP.)

Among the policemen recently accused by the PNP of anomalous activities like extortion is Police Corporal Anwar Nasser of Pasay Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit (SDEU) and three others.

PO2 Marlou Quibete from the District Drug Enforcement Unit of Eastern Police District was also accused of extortion. On Wednesday (March 6), seven more policemen from Las Piñas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit were arrested for kidnapping. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

READ: Eastern Police, Pasay top cops sacked over extortion, kidnapping claims

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