PNP to probe allegations, may consider alias Bikoy as witness

Marje Pelayo   •   May 24, 2019   •   2244

(L-R) Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy and PNP Police General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) did not grant Peter Joemel Advincula alias Bikoy’s request to stay at Camp Crame for security even after he posted bail for his estafa case in Baguio City.

According to PNP Police General Oscar Albayalde, the PNP has no facility for Advincula’s request and there is no reason for him to stay at the PNP Headquarters.

“Not unless of course meron siyang kaso at may utos ang korte na ikulong sya sa custodial facility namin,” Albayalde told reporters on Friday (May 24).

(Not unless, of course, he has a case and the court orders to detain him at our custodial facility.)

“Pero wala po kaming tao kailanman na kinupkop dito at binigyan ng protection dito mismo sa loob ng kampo,” he added.

(We have never allowed anyone to stay and enjoy protection inside the camp.)

The PNP Chief said they also need to validate Advincula’s claim that he is receiving threats to his life.

As for Advincula’s testimonies, the PNP vowed to conduct a thorough investigation not only on his latest allegations but also his previous statements linking President Rodrigo Duterte and family to illegal drugs.

During his press conference on Thursday (May 23), Advincula alias Bikoy named Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and the Liberal Party as the people behind the narco-videos, “Ang Totoong Narcolist”.

It is possible, according to the PNP, for Advincula to become a witness in the investigation.

“Hindi natin inaalis ang posibilidad na kapag ang ebidensya ay matibay at may kasong isasampa at mag-a-apply bilang witness ay di maaalis ang posibilidad na maging witness nga sya,” PNP Spokesperson Police Colonel Bernard Banac said.

(We are not discounting the possibility especially if the evidence and the case are strong, then he applies as witness, he can possibly become a witness.)

“Kasi siya ang nag-a-akusa sa pinangalanan niyang personalidad,” he added.

(Because he is the one who is accusing the personalities he mentioned.)

Even former Chief of Police and now Senator-elect Ronald Bato dela Rosa agreed to a scrutiny on the veracity of alias Bikoy’s statements.

“Hindi ko sinasabi na paniwalaan ninyo si Bikoy kasi ako mismo ay walang credibility ang tao na yan,” Senator-elect Dela Rosa said.

(I am not saying you believe Bikoy because to me, he is not credible.)

“Pero kung ikaw ay mag investigate ng isang kaso wag mong i- lump up lahat ng investigation. (Iyong) pag engage ni Bikoy sa Bucor noon ibang investigation iyon. (Iyong) pag engage ni Bikoy sa paggawa ng video series dapat ibang investigation iyon,” he added.

(But if you were to investigate on one case, you shouldn’t lump up the investigation. Bikoy’s alleged engagement with BuCor (personnel) should be investigated. His engagement in making the video series, that should be a different investigation.)

Meanwhile, Albayalde confirmed on Friday that Advincula was admitted to a hospital due to chest pains and rising blood pressure. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

Senate panel recommends charges vs. ex-PNP Chief Albayalde, 13 ninja cops

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

(L-R) Former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde and Senate Blue Ribbon Committee chair Sen. Richard Gordon.

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee announced on Friday (October 18) the first part of its investigation on the agaw-bato scheme against alleged ninja cops.

In the 39-page committee report, the Senate panel noted some irregularities in the conduct of the buy-bust operation by the 13 involved cops in November 2013.

The committee said the buy bust team headed by Major Rodney Baloyo failed to account all illegal drugs seized from the operation.

The Senate panel said the involved policemen also took several kilos from what they had actually seized.

All of these circumstances, the panel said, violated the provision of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 which face lifetime imprisonment apart from fines and dismissal from service.

The Committee also believes that former PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde benefited from the drug recycling scheme.

The report also cited Albayalde’s phone call to former CIDG Region 3 Deputy Director retired General Rudy Lacadin and PDEA chief Aaron Aquino to allegedly block the dismissal of the involved cops, was a clear violation of the law.

“Nakita ninyo talagang it’s a comedy of lies and errors. Hindi errors, sinasadya iyan,” said Blue Ribbon Committee chair Richard Gordon.

These findings prompted the committee in its report to recommend graft and corruption charges against Albayalde and the 13 cops.

“Lahat sila (All of them) – Albayalde, Baloyo, the other people in the group (who participated in the raid) are guilty. I’m not saying guilty of malfeasance. Mali ang ginawa nila (What they did was wrong,)” Gordon concluded. — MNP (with details from Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Over P500M worth of suspected shabu intercepted in Samar

Robie de Guzman   •   October 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – More than P500 million worth of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride (locally known as shabu) was intercepted by authorities at a checkpoint in Gandara town in Samar on Thursday.

Operatives from the Philippines National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) seized the illegal drugs which were contained in 44 plastic packs, weighing more than 88 kilograms.

Authorities said the contraband was intercepted from two vehicles that were stopped at a checkpoint at Barangay Buñagan.

“During the checkpoint, mayroong nakalagay sa trunk, may nakalagay sa back seat… Medyo suspicious ‘yung action nung may bag sa likuran,” Eastern Visaysa Police Director Brigadier General Dionardo Carlos said.

The operation yielded the arrest of five suspects, including a pregnant woman, and the rescue of one minor.

Suspects presented to the media claimed they do not know each other, adding that they were just given instructions through a cellphone call to drive the vehicles and leave it when they reached the specified destination.

They were allegedly promised to receive P20,000 each after the transaction but they claimed to have not known about the identity of their client.

Drug-related charges are being readied against the suspects. — RRD (with details from Correspondent Jennelyn Gaquit-Valles)

NAPOLCOM recommends three names for next PNP chief

Marje Pelayo   •   October 18, 2019

(L-R) Police Lt.Gen Archie Gamboa, Deputy Chief for Operations Police Lt.Gen Camilo Cascolan and Directorial Staff Chief Police Major Gen Guillermo Eleazar

MANILA, Philippines — The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has recommended three high ranking police officers to be the next Philippine National Police (PNP) chief.

Among the three is PNP officer-in-charge Police Lt.Gen Archie Gamboa who took over the PNP following the resignation of Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

Aside from Gamboa, Deputy Chief for Operations Police Lt.Gen Camilo Cascolan and Directorial Staff Chief Police Major Gen Guillermo Eleazar are also among NAPOLCOM’s top picks to become the next chief of the PNP.

NAPOLCOM Vice Chairman Rogelio Casurao clarified that the NAPOLCOM’s shortlist is just a recommendation.

The decision still rests with President Rodrigo Duterte as he may also choose someone who is not on NAPOLCOM’s list.

“Moral ascendancy, decency, integrity…these are the things that our system is longing for — iyong tatagal talaga sa trabaho (One who would last long in office) because people are feeling their trust and respect for their leader,” Casurao concluded.

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