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Robbery group boss, 5 members killed in police encounter in Cagayan

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Courtesy: PRO 2

CAGAYAN VALLEY, Philippines — Seven members of the notorious Gener Dunag robbery group engaged in a gun fight with members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 2 on Tuesday (November 20) along the National highway in Barangay Bangag, Lallo, Cagayan.

Six members of the group were killed including the leader Gener Dunag while one of his members was arrested.

According to police report, the group committed robbery along Barangay Bicud against passing traders from Lasam, Cagayan prior to the encounter.

One of the passersby reported the robbery incident to Allacapan Police Station.

The responding team found the victims Ronnie Garcia, Agustin Inay and Ambot Rabago who told the police that the suspects were armed.

According to report, the suspects were sighted along Maharlika Highway following the robbery incident moving towards Barangay Magapit.

They were intercepted at the checkpoint of 203rd Coy RMFB in Barangay Bangag. However, instead of stopping, the suspects open fired at authorities manning the checkpoint.

The police were prompted to retaliate and the gun fight resulted in the death of the six suspects.

One of the suspects managed to escape but later on arrested at Magapit Bridge.

The crime scene was processed by members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) where the robbed money was recovered amounting to P296,000 in cash, some pieces of jewelry and cellphone units.

Firearms recovered include a KJ9 gun; three .45 calibre pistols and a .9mm pistol all loaded with live ammunition.

The six cadavers were brought to EM Funeral Homes in Lallo, Cagayan.

The arrested suspect, meanwhile, was brought to the police station for proper disposition. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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64 candidates in 2019 elections apply for police escorts

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Several politicians vying for elections in 2019 have applied for police escorts, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to the PNP Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG), 64 candidates have already submitted their formal request to the agency following a number of ambush incidents against politicians in Batangas, Cavite and La Union.

Among those who asked for police escorts are three senators; 49 congressmen; 6 local chief executives; three former government officials and three private individuals running for the elections in May.

A total of 116 police escorts will be assigned to them once the Commission on Elections (Comelec) approves it.

“For those who will be running for elective positions, they have to reapply with the Comelec, so they have to download the requirements from Comelec website. Ang magiging role lang po ng PSPG is to certify that the personnel or a member of PSPG and the firearms are issued for the personnel of PSPG,” said PCSupt. Filmore Escobal, PSPG Director.

Escobal said they are expecting more applications in the coming days especially from areas with intense political rivalry.

“There are certain instances na merong intense political rivalry na nare-report in some areas, so ang security personnel ay isang preventive measures para ma-achieve natin yung goal natin na maging peaceful ang elections,“ he said.

Meanwhile, Escobal said all existing security escorts of incumbent politicians will remain.

The PSPG reminds politicians, however, to ask permission from the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) of the PNP and from Comelec should they wish to have additional escorts form the Protective Security Agency so as not to be associated with a private armed group. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Illegal recruiters nabbed in Manila

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2018


Mugshots of suspects (L-R) Eladio Bendanillo and Melissa Cruz

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Anti Transnational Crime Unit raided a unit at Qubix Residences in Pedro Gil Street in Paco, Manila on Wednesday (November 21).

Authorities arrested live-in partners Eladio Cabrera and Melissa Cardona who were reported by three complainants who happened to be job applicants for Dubai and Qatar.

“They were promised with salaries of up to $1500 a month. Allegedly pagdating doon mayroong sasalo sa kanilang agency at merong sponsors na mga Pilipino rin na nagtratrabaho sa Dubai,” explained PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr. CIDG-ATCU Chief referring to the illegal recruitment activities of the suspects.

One of the victims narrated that she already gave the suspects P30,000 in exchange for an affidavit of sponsorship allegedly coming from the Consulate Office in Dubai and Qatar.

“Noong September po nagbigay kami ng paunang bayad P20,000 po ang hiningi sa amin hanggang tumagal po ng tumagal. November na po ngayon di pa rin po kami nakakaalis. Hiningan po kami ng karagdagang P10,000 may nakapagsabi po sa amin na ilegal po sila at yung ginagamit sa red ribbon ay fake daw. Kaya humingi na po kami mg tulong dito sa mga pulis,” recalled one of the victims alias Gemma.

When they checked on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the victims found out that the couple was not among the agency’s registered recruiters for Dubai and Qatar.

Authorities seized from the suspects’ computer units, a number of dry seals of various Philippine Consulate in the Middle East which they used to fake documents.

Merdegia noted, however, that what’s more alarming is that individuals with fake documents sometimes deceive immigration officers at the airport.

“Ang nakakaalarma rito, nakakalusot sa immigration o sa terminal itong mga taong gumagamit ng mga pekeng sponsorship and assurance, nakakalusot,” he said.

The two suspects are now facing charges of illegal recruitment, swindling, and falsification of public document. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Father-and-daughter local execs ambushed in La Union, not in drugs watch list – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, November 15th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Thursday (November 15) that Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and his daughter Mayor Aleli Concepcion were not on the police drug watch list.

The father and daughter tandem were ambushed in Balaoan, La Union on Tuesday (November 14).

According to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, there was no previous report of the two local executive’s involvement in illegal drugs trade.

“Wala naman so far. I just don’t know in the region,” Albayalde said.

So far, there are no witnesses surfacing to testify on the case while the PNP Region 1 police are doing the investigation.

“The more important thing here is the witness who can give full account or give suspects or persons of interest dito sa mga incidents na ganyan. Napakaimportante kasi na kapag may nakakita, kailangan pong pumunta sa pulisya para makunan ng statement at ma-solve ang crime,” the PNP Chief explained.

Albayalde noted that La Union is considered as among the election hot spots due to intense political rivalry. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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