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PRRD signs law that gives subpoena powers to PNP chief and CIDG

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 9 March 2018 06:39 PM

 

FILE PHOTO: (Left-Right) PNP Chief General Ronald Dela Rosa and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act No. 10973  or the law that gives the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director and deputy director for administration the power to issue a subpoena.

With this, anyone who will receive a subpoena from the PNP or CIDG can no longer disregard the invitation.

Those who will not comply with the subpoena will face charges.

“It can be considered as contempt of higher court meaning RTC. That is not only a contemptuous act of the MTC meaning you can be incarcerated in 30 days,” said CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos.

The subpoena powers also cover the documents being requested by the PNP.

According to CIDG director Roel Obusan, the new law will help them their investigation.

“Walang masyadong nasasaktan. Maiiwasan din yung bulong bulungan na kapag nag-raid ay kung ano-ano ang kinukuha ng raiding party, kahit na hindi subject ng search warrant so mas magiging mas democratic, legit at mas mabilis,” said Obusan.

(There will be lesser harm. Rumors of lost properties during raids will be gone, although they are not subject to search warrants. The process will become more democratic, legitimate and faster.)

Previously, only the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) have the power to issue a subpoena. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP nabs over 3,000 poll gun ban violators, including cops

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 21 March 2019 04:35 PM

Seized firearms from violators

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported to have arrested more than 3,000 people for violating the election gun ban.

Data from the PNP showed that a total of 3,105 gun ban violators were apprehended from January 13, the start of the election period, to March 20, 2019. Arrested persons include 2,924 civilians, 57 security guards, 44 government officials, 32 cops, five soldiers, two Jail and Management Penology officials and seven other members of law enforcement agencies.

According to PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Bernard Banac, the policemen were arrested for carrying unlicensed personal firearms.

“They will face illegal possession of firearms for violating the law, their firearms license will also revoked,” Banac told reporters at a press briefing in Camp Crame.

Also arrested for violating the election gun ban were 23 members of threat groups, six from private armed groups, three foreign nationals and two CAFGU members.

The PNP also seized 2,603 firearms, 64 firearm replicas, 1,038 bladed and pointed weapons and 168 grenades. 356 other types of explosives and over 21,000 rounds of ammunition were also confiscated.

The election period in connection with the May midterm elections will last until June 12, 2019. During this time, only police and military on duty and in complete uniform are allowed to carry firearms.

Under election gun ban, permit to carry firearms outside of residence is cancelled and people are prohibited from bearing, carrying and transporting firearms, explosives and other deadly weapons if they have not secured exemptions from the Commission on Elections (Comelec)

The PNP also called on gun owners with expired licences to surrender their firearms to authorities.“We appeal to the responsible gun owners, if your license has expired, surrender your firearms to the nearest police station for temporary custody and safekeeping until you renew your expired license,” Banac urged. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Lea Ylagan)

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NCRPO chief fires 15 cops over robbery- extortion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 6 March 2019 03:26 PM

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — NCRPO Chief Police Dir. Guillermo Eleazar has fired 15 cops from the the Eastern Police District (EPD) over allegations of involvement in a robbery-extortion incident.

A complaint has been filed against PO2 Marlou Quibete, for allegedly extorting money from a drug suspect that his group arrested in a buy-bust operation in Marikina City, Monday night, March 4.

Quibete and his men were reported to have taken P60,000 cash and a necklace from the suspect and his live-in partner. The cops are also accused of forcing the two to sign a deed of sale for a motorcycle.

The said report prompted the authorities to conduct an entrapment operation against the group on Tuesday night that led to the arrest of Quibete.

The 15 cops will be facing administrative and robbery extortion charges together with EPD district director, Police Brigadier General Bernabe M. Balba, who is allegedly aware of the group’s fraudulent activity based on their exchange of text messages which has been forwarded to the NCRPO Chief. — Freema Salonga (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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Viral Momo: PNP warns parents, guardians to monitor children’s activities online

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 28 February 2019 01:04 PM

The disturbing viral Momo Challenge uses the sculpture of Keisuke Aisawa to be the face of its horrifying character named Momo. | Source: Instagram

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) advise parents and guardians to strictly monitor children activities online amid the spread of an alleged suicide game called the “Momo Challenge” on social media.

The game features a scary-looking doll called Momo who allegedly encourages young users to add a contact on WhatsApp.

Once the invitation is complete, users are urged to do challenges that progress into more violent tasks such as self-harm and suicide.

The app is said to also appear on Facebook and Youtube.

“Sa ating mga magulang, kailangan po siguro nating bantayan ang ating mga anak. Kailangang magabayan ang ating mga anak lalo na kung sila ay nasa schools,” Albayalde said on Wednesday (February 27).

“Sa mga guro din, isa na rin ito na isama nila yung tamang pagtuturo para maiwasan itong mga suicidal thinking ng mga kabataan o ang mga challenges na ginagawa through the internet,” he added.

Albayalde added that those who encourage self-harm can also be held criminally liable.

“Remember this is a crime, lalong lalo na kung ang bata ang ini-enganyo na gumawa nito,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo

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