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Raid of NPA safe house in Rizal nabs 8, yields high-powered firearms

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

RIZAL, Philippines – Members of the Philippine Army’s (PA) 80th Infantry Battalion together with operatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) raided Coral Farm in Sitio Dalig in the municipality of Teresa on Tuesday (September 25) where authorities seized high-powered firearms.

The property, believed to be a safe house of top New People’s Army (NPA) leaders in the area, had been under military surveillance in recent months.

The NPA leaders who were said to be frequent visitors of the farm are Armando Lazarte alias Pat/Romano, the secretary of the NPA’s Sub-Regional Military Area 4A, and Tirso Alcantara alias Bart, the former commander of the NPA terrorists’ Regional Yunit Guerilla.

According to 202nd Infantry Brigade Commander BGen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. the success of the operation meant that the authorities thwarted another “Red October” movement that aimed at destabilizing the government by ousting President Rodrigo Duterte.

“The presence of top NPA leaders and the proximity of Teresa town to Manila are indicators that the threat of “Red October” cannot be downplayed and that the plotters are just waiting for an opportunity to execute their plans,” the General said.

Recovered from the raid were four M653 (baby Armalite) rifles; one M203 Grenade Launcher; five U.S. made 12-gauge shotguns; one caliber .45 pistol; one caliber .38 revolver; one 9mm KG3 machine pistol; six units of two-way radios; two grenades; eight cellphones; enemy documents and numerous war materiel as well as weapon system accessories.

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

Eight personalities were nabbed from the operation including the owner of the farm, Ki Be E alias Lily Ong.

Lt. Col. Melencio Ragudo, Commander of the 80th Infantry Battalion said two of the M653s belonged to alias Bart and the other two, including the grenades, were owned by alias Pat, citing testimony from one of the apprehended persons.

courtesy: 2ID Philippine Army

Major General Rhoderick  Parayno, Commander of the PA 2ID commended the team for the successful operations which “preempted the destabilization plot” and vowed to preserve the “Filipino people’s peaceful and democratic way of life by ensuring order across our area of responsibility.” — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

 

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Ex-soldier nabbed for peddling illegal drugs in Parañaque City

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 26th, 2018

PARAÑAQUE CITY, Philippines – A discharged member of the Philippine Army was arrested in a busy bust operation inside the parking lot of a mall in Parañaque City around 5:00 p.m. Thursday (October 25).

The operation targeted Johnvhen Arnaiz alias Bossing, a former soldier, who was reported to have been peddling shabu.

“Itong bentahan ng drugs, hindi ito maliit; medyo may kalakihan. And we were able to find out na itong involved sa pagtutulak ng droga ay isang discharged na member ng Philippine Army,” explained NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar.

Along with Arnaiz, the authorities also nabbed his two accomplices Valentin Arnaiz and Joseph Cabatbat.

Authorities seized from the suspects four plastic packets containing 200 grams of suspected shabu valued at more than P1.3 million.

Also recovered from the suspects were a .45 calibre pistol, live bullets and the marked money.

The suspects will face charges for violating R.A. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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NBI nabs ‘notorious forger’ over fake U.S. visa application

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

 

Arrested Manuel Vandellon Bala a.k.a Manuel Bala dubbed as the ‘Golden Hands’ of the Philippines

 

MANILA, Philippines – The so-called “golden hands of the Philippines” has fallen into the trap of the members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Anti Organized and Transnational Criminal Division (AOTCD).

The entrapment operation conducted on Friday (October 5) arrested Manuel Vandellon Bala a.k.a Manuel Bala who is known for his “expertise” in forging documents.

His arrest was executed after the U.S. Embassy alerted the NBI of a falsified document submitted to them by two persons who claimed themselves as husband and wife.

According to Bala, visa applicants Kevin Keith Fajardo and Jarra Rowella sought his help to acquire a visa to the United States.  Bala admitted that he advised the two to pose as married couple and he would provide them with the necessary documents.

“When this was checked by the US Embassy, it turned out that there was no marriage on record with the Philippine Statistic Office,” said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin.

Aside from absence of records at the PASO, Kevin also has no existing records with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regarding his alleged business.

“He is a notorious guy and that would explain the strings of criminal records on file with the NBI,” said Atty. Joel Tuvera of NBI-AOTCD.

But the suspect insisted that his was a suggestion in order to help the two to expedite the process of visa application.

“Kaya sinasabing “golden hand” dahil pag merong visa at umalis, pumapasok sa Amerika. Ano pinirmahan doon? The visa is genuine. It was acquired through the embassy. So, walang golden hands dito,” the suspect argued.

Bala was arrested in the 90’s over a similar case which is in violation of Article 172 of the Revised Penal Code.

The same charges will be filed against him and an investigation is now underway to further assess if other charges will be filed against him.

Bala earned about P400,000 in a single transaction.

The NBI reminds the public to go with the proper authorities especially when processing important documents to avoid such modus operandi and possible charges. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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P3.4M worth of suspected shabu seized in Antipolo

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines – Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine National Police (PNP) seized over P3 million worth of suspected shabu in Barangay Mayamot, Antipolo City Wednesday night.

The suspect, identified as Emilio Dugan, 39, is a resident of Viga, Catanduanes.

Authorities were able to trap Dugan through a poser-buyer. However, Dugan’s cohort was able to escape.

“Hawak talaga ng isang operatiba natin iyong kasama niya. Noong humarang siya, (palibahasa) malaking tao, nakatakbo. Siya iyong naiwan,” recalled Agent Robert Sebastian.

Seized from Dugan were three plastic bags of suspected shabu weighing 500g and valued at around P3.4M,  along with a cellular phone and the marked money.

Dugan denied involvement in illegal drug trade.

“May nagpabibit lang sa akin nung bag. May inutos lang po na dalhin doon sa loob ng aramis. Negative po, hindi po ako gumagamit,” he argued.

The suspect will face charges for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act while authorities launch a massive manhunt against his accomplice. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennica Cruz)

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