RTC issues search warrant vs Kapa-Community Ministry International

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2019   •   3427

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a search warrant against the Kapa-Community Ministry International in Tagum City.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) went to the office of the Kapa-Community Ministry International.

Authorities knocked several times, however, no one responded. The NBI then seized ID’s, logbooks, and other items in the office.

The police, meanwhile, continues to monitor other investment schemes in the Davao region.

“Na-monitor namin is around 39. Iyong 14 is allegedly nag-close upon monitoring namin that time ay bumalik dahil naka-secure daw sila ng permit, (We monitored 39 [investment schemes]. Fourteen already closed upon our monitoring that time. They went back because they said they havde already secured their permit)” according to Police Regional Office XI Spokesperson PMaj. Jason Baria.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself has ordered the shutdown of the Kapa-Community Ministry International and other investment schemes in Mindanao.

“There have been numerous complaints with the president, in fact, me too, I have been receiving complaints about certain people there that may have prompted the president from ordering,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously issued a cease and desist order against the religious firm but Kapa did not respond.(with reports from Janice Ingente)

PNP denies pressures from former generals pushed PGen Albayalde to resign

Maris Federez   •   October 15, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has denied that there had been a group of former generals who pressured PGen Oscar Albayalde to step down from his post as chief of the national police.

Albayalde announced his resignation on Monday (Oct. 14) amid the controversial drug raid in Pampanga in 2013 while he was still the provincial director.

Senator Richard Gordon mentioned the possibility that pressures from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) pushed Albayalde to resign.

“Ang naging dahilan ni Albayalde ay serye ng pagdinig at pressure doon sa issue (Albayalde’s reasons for his resignation were the series of hearings and on the issue itself),” PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said.

The PNP, however, admitted that Albayalde’s decision to go on a terminal leave had affected the morale of the police.

Banac said the PMA Sinagtala Class of 1986, where Albayalde belongs, is in full support of the former police chief’s decision.

Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte is still in the process of choosing the next PNP chief.

Three senior police officers are already in the shortlist of the president. These are:

  • PNP OIC PLtGen. ARCHIE GAMBOA
  • Deputy Chief PNP for Operations PLtGen. Camilo Cascolan
  • Chief of Directorial Staff PMGen. Guillermo Eleazar

The President, however, has the prerogative to choose anyone of the generals in the PNP. —(from the report of April Cenedoza) /mbmf

Albayalde to still get full retirement benefits – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

General Oscar Albayalde

MANILA, Philippines – General Oscar Albayalde will still receive full retirement benefits despite giving up his post as chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), its spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac said on Monday.

Banac explained Albayalde will still get to enjoy his retirement benefits because technically, he did not resign from his post but only availed of an early “terminal leave.”

Earlier in the day, Albayalde announced he would be leaving his office and go on a non-duty status effective Monday following his implication in the ‘ninja cops’ controversy.

Albayalde made the announcement weeks before he retires on November 8 when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56.

READ: Albayalde quits early as PNP chief

“Ang lahat ng napapailalim sa non-duty status ay tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang kanilang sahod at matatanggap nila ng buo ‘yung kanilang benefits na ukol sa kanila after the retirement,” Banac said.

Under the guidelines set forth in the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Memorandum Order 2009-183, a retiring member of the PNP may voluntarily avail of a non-duty status (NDS) subject to the favorable endorsement of the immediate supervisor and approval of designated key police officials.

It shall not exceed the period of three months prior to the effectivity of the member’s retirement date.

A PNP member on a non-duty status is still required to report to his office for daily attendance but is exempt from a work assignment.

Banac said this privilege is mostly availed by retiring PNP members who are non-commissioned officers or policemen in lower ranks.

High-ranking officers availing of NDS only apply for it a month before their retirement date to give ample time for transition.

“May mga responsibilidad sila na hindi maiwanan at kinakailangan na mahabang panahon ng turn over,” Banac said.

Albayalde is the first top officer in PNP’s history to avail of an NDS.

“Naapektuhan ang kanyang personal na buhay maging ang kanyang pamilya so maaaring ito rin ang nagbunsod sa kanya para magbitiw na lamang sa pwesto,” Banac told reporters.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has designated Police Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa as the PNP officer-in-charge, being the most senior police officer.

The DILG said it respects Albayalde’s decision to relinquish his position and commended his act in order to spare the organization of the ongoing controversy.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said President Rodrigo Duterte accepted Albayalde’s intent to leave his post early when he endorsed it on Sunday night.

“This will allow the PNP to move on and continue exercising its mandate of protecting and serving the people. I thank him for his dedicated and distinguished service as head of the PNP,” Año said in a statement.

“I thank him for his dedicated and distinguished service as head of the PNP,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Lawmakers say Albayalde not yet off-the-hook in ‘ninja cops’ issue despite early exit

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2019

Former PNP Chief General Oscar Albayale

MANILA, Philippines – Some lawmakers believe that Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Oscar Albayalde is not yet off the hook over allegations for his supposed role in the alleged drug recycling scheme involving some rouge policemen despite his early exit.

In a statement on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Albayalde’s decision to relinquish his post ahead of his mandatory retirement “will not in any way clear him from his liability.”

“His continued stay as PNP chief has become untenable. His resignation ahead of his mandatory retirement, however, will not in any way clear him from his liability, both administratively or criminally, in connection with the Pampanga ninja cops issue,” Drilon said.

Earlier in the day, Albayalde said he is stepping down from his post and go on non-duty status.

The embattled PNP chief made the announcement weeks before his mandatory retirement on November 8.

READ: Albayalde quits early as PNP chief

Albayalde has denied allegations he was involved in the controversial 2013 anti-drug operation carried out by his former men when he was the head of Pampanga police provincial office.

He also maintained he did not intervene in their case when the cops were only demoted in 2017 instead of dismissed as ordered in 2014.

Although he initially said he will finish his term, Albayalde said he decided to leave his post after “careful thought and deliberation.”

He said this would pave the way for the appointment of his replacement should the President so desire.

But according to Kabataan Party-list Representative Sarah Elago, Albayalde’s early exit does not put an end to the issue.

“This won’t appease the youth’s call for truth and liability over the PNP chief’s alleged involvement in the recycling of seized illegal drugs,” Elago said in a statement.

“Beyond his resignation, we demand an end to the drug war’s murderous rampage; we demand justice and accountability,” she added.

Bayan Muna party-list Representative Ferdinand Gaite also believes Albayalde’s resignation is only a “smokescreen” to conceal the real corruption in the government’s war on drugs.

“They are trying to minimize the damage that Gen. Albayalde’s involvement had done which is why he was let go earlier. Malacañang officials may have talked to Albayalde over the weekend for him to resign and ‘take one for the team’ as they say,” he said.

“As late as last Friday, Albayalde was adamant that he would not resign but what transpired over the weekend that he changed his mind? Apparently, he became too hot to handle and the Senate investigation has further exposed the bogus character of the drug war of Pres. Duterte,” he added.

Malacañang, however, said it did not pressure Albayalde from leaving his post and that perhaps he has had enough of the accusations.

Senator Panfilo Lacson, meanwhile, expressed mixed feelings on how Albayalde ended his police service.

“I have mixed feelings about the way P/Gen. Oscar Albayalde, now ex-Chief PNP, has abruptly ended his police service more than three weeks before his compulsory retirement,” Lacson said in a statement.

“His statements prior to his formal announcement today to relinquish command of the 190,000-strong police force have somehow diminished the redeeming value of his intent to spare the PNP from the so-called ‘ninja cops’ controversies,” he added.

Lacson said that being a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) himself, he feels sad whenever a fellow PMA-er is involved in a controversy that “hit the very core of the unique and exclusive cadet honor system” which nurtured them “to resist the moral challenges and temptations once we step out of the Academy.”

“The Code simply says: ‘A cadet does not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.’ While many choose to adhere to the Code albeit not in the same rigid, exacting manner, still, quite a number have opted to fall out of the ‘long grey line’ sooner or later in their career,” he said.

However, Lacson, also a former PNP chief, was quick to clarify that his statement does not mean to cast judgment on Albayalde’s character.

“Rather, it is only to reiterate the sad reality that many PMA graduates have been eaten by the corrupt and corrupting system of law enforcement,” he said.

In light of the controversies surrounding the PNP leadership, Drilon urged for a strict and better vetting procedure for PNP officers.

“We expect a better vetting process should be instituted in the selection of next PNP Chief, and in general, in the assignment of PNP officers,” Drilon said.

“The next PNP chief will have to work doubly hard to regain the credibility of the police community and the government’s drug war,” he added.

The senator also said he will push for amendments to the implementing rules of the Dangerous Drugs Law, particularly with regard to the period of destroying seized contraband to address the issue of drug recycling. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

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