Police units join pursuit against Maguindanao bombers

Maris Federez   •   September 19, 2020   •   464

Map of Maguindanao

MANILA, Philippines — Police special fighters backed by light armor units have joined the pursuit operations against the suspects behind a roadside bombing in Maguindanao on Friday night (September 18).

According to a statement sent by the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the media on Saturday, the bombing resulted in the death of a Marine personnel and the wounding of four other military men.

The report said that personnel of the Maguindanao Police Provincial Office, the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, the 404th Special Action Company, and the Light Armor Unit of the PNP-SAF were first to respond to the scene of explosion at 7:50 PM on Friday along the provincial road near the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) in Shariff Aguak.

Police post-blast investigators have likewise sifted through the debris around the seat of explosion of the suspected improvised explosive device (IED).

The report also said that PNP Chief, PGen. Camilo Pancratrius P Cascolan, was informed of the incident thru the PNP Command Center.

Cascolan then immediately alerted newly-installed PRO-BAR Regional Director, PBGen. Samuel Rodriguez to mobilize maneuver units for tactical operations against the suspects.

The personnel of the Philippine Marines on board a troop carrier were reportedly coming from a military operation against BIFF elements in Barangay Salman when the bombing happened.

They were immediately rushed to the nearby IPHO by the responding PNP personnel. — /mbmf

Police nab 1 of 13 Caloocan jail escapees

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 22, 2020

Police authorities caught one of the 13 detainees that escaped from Caloocan Custodial Facility Unit Extension on Thursday (October 22).

The detainee, identified as Aries Dunacao, was caught in his home Thursday morning.

Caloocan Chief of Police PCol. Dario Menor said they still continue their manhunt operation for the other 12 whose crimes involve illegal drugs, illegal possession of firearms, and robbery.

Menor said the 13 detainees were under quarantine for 51 days and were supposed to get transferred to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Facility which might have pushed them to escape.

Alam kasi nila na ililipat sila sa BJMP, kasi natapos na po sila ng quarantine ng 51 days, mayroon kasi kami na ginawa na rapid test noon (They know they will be transferred to the BJMP because their 51-day quarantine has been finished. We conducted a rapid test there),” he said.

Based on the rapid test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), two of the 13 escaped detainees are positive for COVID-19, however they tested negative on the confirmatory or swab test.

Meanwhile, two police officers assigned to the Caloocan custodial facility were removed from their posts.

“They will be facing an investigation. In fact, we are now conducting the investigation,” according to Menor. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

No parties for PNP, AFP in areas under GCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not be holding office parties during the holiday season in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Camilo Cascolan said the guidelines provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) states that mass gathering is prohibited in areas under GCQ.

Cascolan also said rather than spending for parties for the holiday season, said the money will be allotted to the government’s COVID-19 fund.

The funds can also be used for the agency’s food bank.

“No Christmas party for the Philippine National Police, they will understand that, instead of using the funds for the Christmas party. We will giving it out for COVID-19 patients or maybe for the COVID fund,” he said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, in a statement, also said Metro Manila mayors also agreed to the protocol.

“Under GCQ bawal pa ang parties. Ang ating NCR nagkasundo ang mga Metro Mayors na GCQ muna tayo (Under GCQ, parties are prohibited. Our Metro Manila mayors agreed we are still under GCQ),” Año said.

Cascolan also reminded PNP ground commanders to increase police visibility especially in crowded places especially during the holidays.

Meanwhile, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has also announced that all its units will not be holding holiday parties this year.

In a statement released Tuesday, the AFP said the amount that would have been spent for the said Yuletide revelries will be merged with the mass of funds to address COVID-19 requirements of their personnel.

“Defer Christmas parties and similar celebrations as an austerity measure and as a gesture of sensitivity to our countrymen. Fellow Filipinos here and abroad have been suffering. And this is the least we can do to commiserate with the people we have sworn to secure and serve especially in this time of crisis”, AFP Chief of Staff General Gilbert Gapay.

The statement added that the ban on all festivities during the holidays also conforms with the health protocols that proscribes mass gatherings which the AFP strictly enforces and observes. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police general injured in chopper crash passes away – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – A police general who was among the officials involved in a helicopter crash in March has passed away, a police official said Tuesday.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Colonel Ysmael Yu confirmed that Police Major General Jose Ma. Victor “Jovic” Ramos has died after more than seven months of fighting for his life.

Ramos, who served as PNP Directorate for Comptrollership, had been in critical condition since the chopper crash in Laguna. He sustained the most serious injuries among the seven people on board the helicopter, including then PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

“The PNP is saddened by this news, in behalf of the CPNP PGen Cascolan, the Philippine National Police extends its condolences to the family and to PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986,” Yu said in a statement.

According to PNP chief General Camilo Cascolan, Ramos passed away around 12:07 a.m.

“I join the officers and personnel of the Philippine National Police in prayer and mourning over the passing of Police Major General Jose Victor Ramos at 12:07AM today after a long hard battle due to serious injuries he sustained during that fateful helicopter accident in San Pedro, Laguna on March 5, 2020,” he said in a separate statement.

Cascolan revealed that Ramos’ remains were cremated and brought to the Eternal Gardens in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“He will be accorded full honors befitting a police general,” the PNP chief said.

Other police officials involved in the chopper crash were then Police spokesperson Lt. Col. Bernard Banac, Intelligence Director Maj. Gen. Mariel Magaway, pilots PLt. Col. Ruel Zalatar and PLt. Col. Rico Macawili, crew member PSMSgt. Louie Estona and Gamboa’s aide de camp PCapt. Kevent Gayramara.

Magaway also suffered serious injuries but recovered and was discharged in May.

Zalatar, Macawili and Estona are currently facing investigation related to the crash. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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