Police arrest celebrity doctor Joel Mendez for rape

Marje Pelayo   •   July 13, 2018   •   5100

Mugshot of celebrity doctor Joel Mendez for rape complaints


MANDALUYONG CITY, Philippines – By virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Imelda Portes-Saulog of the Mandaluyong RTC Branch 214, members of the Eastern Police District arrested known celebrity doctor Joel Mendez for a count of attempted rape and two counts of rape.

Mendez was nabbed at the basement of the BSA Twin Towers in Mandaluyong City on the evening of Thursday (July 12).

A relative of the alleged victim said her niece was molested by Mendez when she was 17.

Aside from rape, Mendez also has a standing arrest warrant for non-remittance of his employees’ Social Security Services contributions.

Mendez is now under the custody of the Custodial and detention unit of the Mandaluyong police station. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

PNP reshuffles officers in 3 key positions

Marje Pelayo   •   June 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has reshuffled officers in several key positions effective June 25.

Police Colonel Domingo Cabillan is now the acting deputy regional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 11 or Davao region.

Meanwhile, Police Colonel Florendo Quibuyen is now the acting executive officer of the Directorate for Research and Development from his former post as officer-in-charge of the Eastern Police District.

Police Brigadier General Nolasco Bathan will take over as the director of the Eastern Police District replacing PBGen. Christopher Tambungan who was relieved for spanking a lady cop.

According to PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management Director PMGen. Lyndon Cubos, the newly assigned officers were recommended by the Senior Officers Promotion and Placement Board following assessment of their merits and performances on duty. – (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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

Robie de Guzman   •   March 6, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

MANILA, Philippines – Two high-ranking police officials were relieved from their posts on Wednesday (March 6) following the arrest of their officers over alleged extortion and kidnap-for-ransom claims.

According to National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Director MGen. Guillermo Eleazar, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Albayalde personally ordered the relief of Eastern Police District Director Brigadier General Bernabe Balba and Pasay Police Chief Col. Noel Flores for command responsibility.

This means that they were sanctioned for the fault of their subordinates whom they are supposed to lead. A PNP Commander is presumed to have knowledge if the illegal acts under areas of his jurisdiction are committed repeatedly and by his immediate staff of personnel.  

Eleazar said CALABARZON Deputy Regional Director for Administration Col. Christopher Tambungan will replace Balba as EPD Chief while NCRPO Regional Operations and Plans Division Head Col. Bernard Yang will take Flores’ post.

15 other Pasay cops that were members of the EPD Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) were also sacked, as well as the 27 members of Pasay Police Station Drug Enforcement Team (SDET).

“So, the commanders in all levels must do everything [and] he can to see to it that the drug enforcement unit personnel is monitored to prevent abuse,” Eleazar said.

The relief order follows the arrests of Police Corporal Marlou Quibete from EPD DEU on Tuesday, and Police Corporal Anwar Nasser on Wednesday morning during an entrapment operation for alleged extortion claims.

Quibete and his team were accused of extorting P60,000 from the family of a drug suspect they arrested in Marikina City in exchange for freedom. The same was allegedly done by Nasser with some of the members of Pasay City Police SDET, who supposedly asked for P100,000 from another drug suspect arrested in Makati City.

Police conducted the entrapment operation early Wednesday following a complaint from the family of a detained drug suspect. Nasser was arrested during the string but the three other cops who were with him evaded arrest along with the extorted money.

“You have until today to surrender or else bahala na ang Dios sa inyo,” PNP Counter Intelligence Task Force Commander Col. Romeo Caramat said as he urged the three cops to surrender and answer the extortion complaints filed against them.

Nasser and his three alleged cohorts will face kidnapping charges while some of the cops involved will be slapped with administrative and robbery extortion charges. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Lea Ylagan and Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Multiple gunshot wounds killed Mandaluyong shooting victims

admin   •   January 5, 2018

One of the casualties of the Mandaluyong shootout.

MANILA, Philippines — The Eastern Police District (EPD) has released its autopsy report on the victims of the Mandaluyong shootout last December 28.

The report revealed that the two victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds that led to their death.

Jonalyn Amba-an and Jomar Hayawon sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the head and body based on the result of the autopsy conducted by the Eastern Police District (EPD) Crime Laboratory.

EPD Crime Laboratory PSupt. Isidro Cariño said Jonalyn was shot in the left cheek at close range that penetrated to her right cheek.

“Sa autopsy report po ang cause of death kay Jomar Hayawon ay multiple gunshot wounds sa ulo, sa trunks and other extremities at ang kay Jonalyn Ambaan ay also multiple gunshot wounds sa head, trunks at other extremities,” said Cariño.

(In the autopsy report, Jomar Hayawon’s cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds to the head, trunks and other extremities. As for Jonalyn Ambaan, it’s also multiple gunshot wounds to the head, trunks and other extremities.)

He added however that they still await the results of the ballistics exam on the guns of the cops involved in the incident to determine who shot Jonalyn.

“Continuous pa po ang aming investigation. Wala pa po ang ballistics examination at trajectory of bullets. Ang meron pa lang ay paraffin test result at autopsy result ng dalawang namatay,” Special Investigation Task Group-Shaw chief, PSSupt. Florendo Quibuyen said.

(Investigation is ongoing. We still await result of the ballistics examination and trajectory of bullets. We only have the paraffin test result and autopsy result of the two victims.)

Special Investigation Task Group Shaw chief PSSupt. Florendo Quibuyen, meanwhile, said the policemen involved in the incident do not have criminal intent, thus they will face charges for homicide.

Nine of the policemen are detained in Mandaluyong Police Station, while their team leader, PSInsp. Maria Cristina Vasquez, is under restrictive custody.

“We are doing everything na ipinapakita po namin na walang white wash na nangyari. We are giving you updates para mapatunayan namin na talagang white wash,” EPD Director PCSupt. Reynaldo Biay said.

(We are doing everything to show the public that there is no whitewashing. We are giving you updates to prove that there’s no whitewashing.)

General Biay added they have identified the whereabouts of barangay watchman Gilbert Gulpo, another suspect in the incident. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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