PNPA Alumni Association suspends and removes benefits of 6 PNP officials

UNTV News   •   May 6, 2015   •   4981

FILE PHOTO: Policemen in line (UNTV News)

Manila, Philippines — PNPA Alumni Association Chair Tomas Rentoy said the association has disciplined six of its officers for violating its policies and barred them from entering the PNP academy while in suspension.

A three -year suspension was given to P/Ssupt. Jerome Baxinela, Camp Crame chapter president, for banning PNPA alumni from joining the sympathy walk for the SAF 44 on March 8.

On the other hand, P/Ssupt. Bernardo Borrinaga, NCRPO headquarters support group president, was given one-year suspension for disseminating text messages that the walk will not push through, thus violating the board’s intention to support the families of the SAF 44.

According to Rentoy, “Warning natin yan sa kanila na baka similarly ay ma-situate sila in the near future, to think many times para hindi naman mapahamak ang aming association.”

(This serves as a warning to others who might find themselves in a similar situation in the near future, to think many times (before taking action) to avoid jeopardizing our association)

Meanwhile, four officers were placed under indefinite suspension including P/Sinsp. Erwin Emelo of class 1988, who was accused of raping an arrested guest relations officer in Taguig.

Also facing indefinite suspensions are P/Sinsp. Joseph de Vera, P/Sinsp. Oliver Villanueva, and dismissed Insp. Marco Polo Estrella, all three from class 2001, for hold-up issues in Edsa, Mandaluyong.

Rentoy said “Kahit sa aming mga Board of Trustees ay masakit sa loob namin na magpataw ng disciplinary sanctions but we have to really give them the sanctions para wag na silang pamarisan ng ibang miyembro na malihis ng daan.”

(Even among our Board of Trustees, it is with a heavy heart that we impose these disciplinary sanctions. But we have to really give them the sanctions so that other members will not repeat their mistakes and lose their way)

Rentoy said the group failed to submit their explanations to the board regarding their respective cases despite the opportunities and reminders given to them.

In line with the violations, the six officers will no longer be receiving benefits such as hospitalization, medical assistance, loans, death benefits and recognitions from PNPA, whenever they are promoted.

The PNPA Alumni Association stressed that the sanctions given to misled officials are part of their efforts to discipline members towards maintaining the good reputation of the organization. (LEA YLAGAN/UNTV News)

Two cops arrested for extorting money from tricycle drivers in Bulacan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 7, 2020

The Philippine National Police-Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) on Monday (July 6) arrested two policemen for extorting money from tricycle drivers in Bulacan.

PNP-IMEG Spokesperson PCapt. Mae Ann Cunanan said the agency has been receiving numerous reports since 2019 against two policemen and two civilians extorting from motorists.

Based on reports, the cops would demand payment from motorists in exchange for redeeming their licenses instead of only issuing a citation ticket.

“Kapag hinuhuli nila iyong mga traffic violators, mga tricycle drivers ay hindi nila ini-issue ang ticket. Instead, kinukuha nila iyong pera kapalit nito iyong pagtanggal na sa kanilang violation, (When they apprehend traffic violators and tricycle drivers, they will not issue a ticket. They would take money instead in exchange for removing the violation),” she said.

Cunanan identified the two policemen as PSMgt. Vic Godwin and Pat. Jay Mark Tuazon who are assigned in Malolos City Police Community Precinct 5. The two civilians who served as their middlemen were identified as Wendell Mendoza and Kenneth Villena.

The suspects will be charged with robbery extortion while the two policemen will have additional administrative cases and grave misconduct. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Pangilinan seeks Senate probe on fatal shooting of 4 soldiers in Jolo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Francis Pangilinan is calling for an inquiry into the killing of four soldiers by local policemen in Jolo, Sulu.

“Nakakabahala ang balitang ito. Ngayon pa lang na hindi pa batas ang anti-terror bill, may nangyayari nang ganito. Ano na lang ang laban ng ordinaryong tao?” Pangilinan said in a statement on Wednesday.

On Monday afternoon, June 29, four members of the Philippine Army were fatally shot by police officers some meters away from the Jolo police station.

The Army said the four soldiers were on an official mission and were tracking suspected suicide bombers  when they were accosted by the local police.

The soldiers, who had been wearing plain clothes, were said to have introduced themselves to the policemen. The cops allegedly told them to go with them to a nearby police station for identity verification.

Initial police report said that as their team and Army officers approached the police station, the soldiers’ vehicle allegedly sped off, prompting a car chase.

Police said they only defended themselves when the soldiers opened fire.

The Army disputed this claim, saying the soldiers did not try to escape and never fired a single shot towards police officers based on eye-witness accounts of two civilians and of a motorcycle-riding soldier who was part of the operation trailing the soldiers’ vehicle.

Pangilinan said the police and military have different versions of what happened, and an “independent and impartial” Senate probe will “help bring out the truth.”

“This incident is disturbing because it appears that the police are quick in pulling the trigger without careful judgment. If they can do this to their fellow uniformed men, how much more to the ordinary civilians who are unarmed and defenseless?” the senator said.

Nevertheless, Pangilinan called on military and police ground commanders to “rein in their men to preserve peace and avert escalation of tension between the armed personnel.”

“We should be going after the common enemy — terrorists, drug lords, armed groups, and in this time of the pandemic, COVID — not against each other,” Pangilinan said.

The Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines earlier said they have requested the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an impartial probe into the incident.

The nine policemen involved in the incident, as well as the chief of Jolo police station have also been ordered relieved from their posts pending investigation.

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Former cop linked to kidnapping group nabbed in Bulacan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2020

The Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) on Monday (June 15) arrested a former police officer linked to the kidnapping group, Gapos Gang.

PNP-AKG Spokesperson PMaj. Rannie Lumactod said former PO3 Allan Formilleza was arrested in a subdivision in Barangay Caypombo, Sta. Maria in Bulacan.

Lumactod said Formilleza has a standing warrant of arrest for murder, estafa, and theft. He is also allegedly a member of Gapos Gang which targets officials from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Metro Manila and Central Luzon.

The group goes to the houses of their victims to steal or kidnap BIR members. Lumactod also reported that the group now has another mode of operation.

“Sa kalaunan nag-evolve ang kanilang grupo. Babanggain nila ang kanilang target sa kalsada or ika-cut nila. Ngayon kikidnapin na nila iyong BIR official, doon sila humihingi ng ransom (Eventually, the group evolved. They would hit their target or cut them on the road then they would kidnap the BIR official and ask for ransom),” he said.

Formilleza is currently detained at the PNP-AKG headquarters. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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