Self-confessed ISIS-member nabbed in Makati

admin   •   April 4, 2018   •   3523

The self-confessed Tunisian ISIS member, Fehmi Lassoued

MANILA, Philippines —National Capital Region Police (NCRPO) cops insists that they have arrested self-confessed Tunisian ISIS member, Fehmi Lassoued at a hotel in Ermita, Manila.

At the hearing of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday, Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong repeatedly asked them about it.

However, in the CCTV footage submitted by the Ayala Corporation, the suspect can be seen walking at Ayala Triangle in Makati City at around 10 in the evening last February 16.

Afterwards, cops in civilian clothes approached them and brought them to a van.

The video confirmed the statement of Lassoued that they were not arrested at their apartment after being served the search warrant.

The CCTV footage of the Casablanca Hotel also shows that his live-in partner Anabel was the only one being brought out from the room by the police.

The DOJ initially dismissed the illegal possession of firearms and explosives charges against the suspect as the evidence was found to have been planted.

The lawyer of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) also plans to file charges against the cops who arrested Lassoued.

The PNP chief PDG. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa has expressed dismay over the dismissal of the justice panel of the complaint against  Lassoued due to a technicality.

Dela Rosa also defended the cops handling the case.

“Yung airtight case talaga na walang butas. Walang singaw. Kailangan talaga, minsan kasi nagmamadali at limitado ang oras dahil may reglementary period. Minsan ang imbestigador natin ay nagmamadali at macha-charge naman sila ng arbitrary detention paglalampas sa reglamantary period so nagmamadali sila kaya nagko-commit ng blunder,” said PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa.

(The airtight case has no loophole. Sometimes they are in a hurry and there is limited time due to reglementary period. Sometimes our investigators are in a hurry to charge them with arbitrary detention after the reglementary period. Because of haste, they commit blunder.)

Lassoued is now in the custody of the Bureau of Immigration and is facing deportation proceedings for using a fake passport. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

DOJ denies conflict of interest in review of water concession deals

Robie de Guzman   •   December 12, 2019

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

MANILA, Philippines – Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday denied allegations of conflict of interest in the ongoing review of the water concession deal between the government of Maynilad and Manila Water.

The allegations surfaced following news reports that Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar was part of the team that reviewed the water supply agreements.

Aglipay-Villar is the wife of Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, whose family owns the Prime Water Infrastructure Corporation, one of the utility firms that may possibly become a player to replace Maynilad and Manila Water when their contract ends in 2022.

Guevarra said he does not know where these kinds of allegations came from. He also said that he led the review of water deals.

“Siyempre as SOJ, ako ang head ng review team at ginagamit ko diyan, nag-assist ng review, naturally legal staff ng DOJ. Sa office ng state counsel so sila ang nag-review niyan with the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel. So, yung units na yun, nagkataon lang under the supervision ni Usec. Emmeline Villar kasi may mga distribution ng work ng ng mga usecs ng DOJ,” he told reporters in an event in Manila Thursday morning.

Guevarra said the DOJ team found onerous provisions in the contracts signed in 1997 and recommended its removal as well as the crafting of new deal that would be advantageous to the public.

“Believe me when I say that any good lawyer will see the inequitable provisions in the water concession agreements, and the fact the Usec. Emmeline Villar is part of the DOJ review team is totally irrelevant,” he said.

Aglipay-Villar, a former congresswoman, also denied the allegations, adding that the DOJ conducted a disinterested review of the concession agreements.  – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

PNP: Mission ends only until last foreign delegate leaves Phl

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 12, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said security for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games will remain until the last foreign delegate has left the country.

In a statement on Wednesday (December 11), PNP Officer-in-Charge Pol. Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa said he has ordered the PNP security contingent to continue police visibility and provide assistance to SEA Games delegates.

“This mission ends only until after the last foreign delegate has left the country,” Gamboa said.—AAC

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NCRPO to check if drugs seized in Marikina are part of confiscated drugs in Makati

Maris Federez   •   December 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines— The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) is currently looking into the connection of the batch of methamphetamine or shabu that was seized in a buy-bust operation in Marikina on Monday night to the contraband confiscated by the PNP Drug Enforcement Group in Makati in November.

NCRPO acting director PBGen. Debold Sinas said both contrabands were put in teabags.

The official said he will have the seized product analyzed at the PNP Crime Laboratory to determine if it came from only one source.

“Yung pinaglalagyan nito ay teabag kaya nga ang suspetsa namin ay baka part ito ng nahuli sa Makati na 374. Pina compare na namin sa crime lab yung tea bag kung pareho ang appearance.  Kasi pag sinabi ng crime lab na pareho meaning na distribute na yung iba,” Sinas said.

On Monday night, authorities arrested a male-female partner in Marikina City where they seized over one kilogram of shabu with a street value of Php 7-million.(with details from Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

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