Self-confessed ‘Bikoy’ used to sell fake information to authorities – PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   May 9, 2019   •   1471

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) remains skeptical of Peter Joemel Advincula claiming to be alias Bikoy, the hooded man in the viral narco video linking prominent personalities including President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, the responsibility is on Advincula to prove his claim, though authorities are working out to uncover his real identity.

“We have not really confirmed na itong si Bikoy na naka-hood ay siya rin itong si Advincula na self-confessed Bikoy. Ang burden of proof lies on Advincula kung paano niya i-prove na siya si Bikoy talaga, (We have not really confirmed if this hooded man or self-confessed Bikoy is indeed Advincula. The burden of proof now lies on Advincula to prove himself as Bikoy),” Police General Albayalde said.

According to Albayalde, Advincula used to tip authorities with information when he was serving jail term inside the New Bilibid Prison in 2016.

“He made it believe through one inmate also na siya ay involved. The same kuwento niya na siya ang involved sa isang sindikato at meron siyang alam na laboratory sa Bicol. It so happened na noong i-verify namin ang sinasabi niyang laboratory ay isang resort pala. (He made one inmate believe that he was involved (in a syndicate). The same old story. And that he knew of a (drug) laboratory in Bicol. It so happened that when we verified the supposed laboratory, it turned out to be a resort). So, this is how he lies,” Albayalde explained.

What’s cunning, Albayalde said, was that Advincula used to sell information for P50,000 to P70,000.

“We have an intensified campaign against illegal drugs, alam niya (he knows it). So, we develop kahit anong information ang nakukuha namin sa isang tao (So, we develop whatever information we could get from an informant).  But before he gives information, ilang beses na siyang nakahingi ng medyo large amount of money (he would always ask for a large amount of money). And it turned out na lahat ng sinabi niya are all false, (later, it would turn out that everything he said was false),” the PNP Chief narrated.

He said it was not only one agency that Advincula conned with false information.

“Ibig sabihin nagpabayad siya dito (He accepted payment for), the same information . Umatras iyon pero nabayaran na siya (The other party backed out their deal but he was paid already),” Albayalde said.

Then there was another agency na binayaran siya ulit and then false pa rin ang sinasabi niya (Then there was another agency that also paid him, but fed it false information again),” Albyalde added.

If Advincula is indeed Bikoy, Albayalde said it is possible that he is a paid whistleblower.

Until now, the PNP has not received any information on whether or not the personalities mentioned by Bikoy in the viral video have links to illegal drugs, but assures that investigations are still ongoing.

“Kahit na ang quadrangle group na sinasabi niya it’s not even existent, (Even that quadrangle group that he mentioned is non-existent),” the PNP Chief said.

Meanwhile, authorities are still verifying information if Advincula has an existing warrant of arrest for cases of illegal recruitment in Baguio City. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Next PNP Chief: DILG’s Año to recommend 5 names to Duterte

Robie de Guzman   •   August 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año is set to submit to President Rodrigo Duterte his shortlist of candidates to be the next chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

In an exclusive interview with UNTV News, Año said his list would consist of five names – three of them are three-star generals and are members of the PNP command group. The remaining two would be two-star and one-star generals but he has yet to pick the names of those he will recommend to the president.

“Sa ngayon, pare-parehas sila eh. Pero for sure, yung mga 3-star [generals] kasama yan sa ire-recommend ko. Pag-aaralan ko pa yung mga 2-star at 1-star na pwede isama sa listahan but I will submit five names,” he said.

Año said he will submit the list at least a week before the mandatory retirement of PNP chief General Archie Gamboa.

Gamboa will bow out of the police service when he reaches the mandatory retirement age of 56 on September 3.

“Normally, mga two weeks to one week before magsusubmit na ulit ako ng pangalan sa Pangulong Duterte kung sino mga ire-recommend ko, pero ibig sabihin naman nun, ang Pangulong Duterte pwedeng pumili anybody from one-star to three-star,” the DILG chief said.

Whoever will be chosen from the five would inherit a PNP that is among the country’s frontliners in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

All generals in the police force are eligible to be promoted to the police’s top post. The president may also choose a general outside the shortlist given by Año to be his next police chief.

When asked about the possible extension of Gamboa’s term as PNP chief amid the public health crisis, Año replied with: “Palagay ko naman wala na siguro kasi bawal naman ang extension kasi, so we have to follow the law,” he said. “Ang organization naman kasi dynamic, naka-lay out naman dyan ang direction plans kahit naman sino umupo diyan, itutuloy nya lang yung programs.”

Among the three-star generals and members of command group of the PNP are deputy chief for administration Lieutenant General Camilo Cascolan, deputy chief for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, and chief directorial staff Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag.

Cascolan belongs to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Sinagtala Class of 1986, while both Eleazar and Binay belong to PMA Hinirang Class of 1987.

Cascolan will retire in November 2020, Eleazar in November 2021, and Binag in April 2021.

Meanwhile, among the two-star and one-star generals whose names might get picked on for the top police post are directorate for operations director Major General Emmanuel Licup, National Capital Region Police Office director Major General Debold Sinas, and Police Regional Office 4A director Brigadier General Vicente Danao Jr.

Both Licup and Sinas belong to the PMA Hinirang class of 1987 while Danao belongs to the PMA Sambisig Class of 1991. – RRD (from the report of Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP won’t arrest quarantine violators in first 3 days of MECQ period

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they will not conduct any arrest during the first three days of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said they will implement maximum tolerance at all times and will only serve warnings to quarantine violators during the three-day headstart. This would give the public time to adjust to the National Capital Region’s shift to MECQ.

“Bibigyan natin ang publiko ng swift warning on the first initial days of violations kasi kung nag-adjust ang PNP, nag-aadjust din sila and ang reminder ko lang ay maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially the women and elderly kung may lalabas man na elderly (We will give the public a swift warning in the first initial days of violations because if the PNP has to adjust, so do they. My only reminder is maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially for the women and the elderly),” he said.

The PNP Chief also reminds the public to cooperate with authorities and not provoke any officers.

“Sana naman the public will cooperate, para hindi mapilitan ang PNP na mag impose ng regulation. So please, we want the cooperation of the public para maiwasan natin ang confrontation sa checkpoint (I hope the public will cooperate and not force the PNP to impose regulation. So we want the cooperation of the public to avoid confrontation at checkpoints),” Gamboa said.

Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan have been placed under MECQ until August 18. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

4 PAF personnel dead after helicopter crash in Isabela

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 24, 2020

Four members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) perished in a helicopter crash in Cauayan City, Isabela on Thursday (July 23).

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said five personnel were onboard the Huey Helicopter. They were conducting proficiency training for night flying in the vicinity of the Tactical Operations Group-2 area in Cauayan City when the accident happened.

“The two pilots, the other officer, and one of the two aircrew perished. The other airman survived the crash and is now undergoing treatment,” the AFP said in a statement.

The names of the victims are withheld until their relatives have been notified, the AFP added.

Meanwhile, AFP Chief General Felimon Santos, Jr. expresses deep grief and extends condolences and prayers to the families and colleagues of the airmen who perished in this air operations mishap. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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