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PNP to probe allegations, may consider alias Bikoy as witness

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

(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

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PNP to deploy 14,000 cops for SONA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Courtesy: PNP

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy over 14,000 cops for President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 22.

Among the 14,000 cops, 8,500 of them will be deployed in Quezon City, while the rest will be deployed in the rest of Metro Manila.

According to National Capital Region Police Office Director PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar, they have not monitored any threat in the security during SONA. He said they would no longer need to deploy container vans or barbed wires.

“Noong mag-start tayo three years ago ay walang mga container van, walang barbed wire kung ano man iyong napagkasunduan sa pag-uusap ay iyon ang susundin (When we started three years ago, we did not have any container van or barbed wire. We follow what was discussed),” he said.

Eleazar also said the pro and anti-Duterte rallyists already agreed on where they will set up during the program.

He also advises the rallyists not to wear jackets and backpacks for security precautions.

“We are discouraging them from bringing bags and jackets,” said Eleazar.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Report ranking PH as 4th most dangerous place in the world for civilians, ‘baseless’ – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, July 15th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday (July 15) refused to accept the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project ranking the Philippines as the fourth most dangerous place in the world for civilians.

Such report was based on alleged violence and extrajudicial killings in relation to the Duterte government’s war on drugs that the project claimed as rampant in the country .

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, perhaps Filipinos who are critical of the Duterte administration are working to destroy the image of the Philippines and make it appear to the international community that violence is rampant in the country.

In fact, Albayalde said the Philippines is on top of the list among countries in the world safe to live in and for doing business.

“I don’t know how they were be able to say that what’s their basis for saying that,” the PNP Chief said.

According to the 2019 world’s best countries to invest in or do business by CEOWORLD magazine, the Philippines ranked third after Malaysia (1st) and Poland (2nd), even better than Indonesia (4th), Australia (5th) and Singapore (6th). – with details from Lea Ylagan

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PNP eyes obstruction of justice raps against Metrobank management after Binondo robbery

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) eyes filing obstruction of justice charges against the Metrobank-Binondo branch management after a robbery incident.

This was after the management refused to allow police authorities to enter their branch after it was robbed on Thursday morning (July 11).

“We will check on that because technically, baka pwede kami makapag-file ng obstruction of justice (maybe we can file obstruction of justice),”  according to PNP chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde.

“When something happens in a place, that is considered a crime scene. Kailangan makapasok ng mabilis iyong ating investigators (our investigators should immediately enter the premises),” he added.

According to the Manila Police District (MPD), the policemen were able to enter the branch two hours after the robbery.

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno questioned the said security protocol of Metrobank. He said that they will hold officers liable if proven to be involved in said crime.

“If there’s abuse on the part of the chief security of the bank, of the branch head, whoever calls the situation in interfering police operation, we will make them liable and we will think they are part of the criminal elements,” Moreno said.—AAC

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