Several QCPD Station 11 cops relieved over extortion claims

admin   •   May 5, 2018   •   3897

Operatives of the QCPD Special Operation Unit (DSOU) and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)


MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Quezon City Police District  (QCPD) Special Operation Unit (DSOU) and Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) disarmed and ordered policemen assigned in QCPD Station 11 to lie down on the floor.

The DSOU and SWAT conducted the operation after receiving complaints that the QCPD Station 11 cops were extorting money from arrested drug suspects.

Based on the complaint filed by the relatives of the nabbed drug suspects, the cops were demanding 200,000 pesos in exchange for not filing charges against them.

“They offered to lower the charges and for me to add 100,000 pesos in exchange for dropping the charges,” arrested businessman Flexis Soriano said.

“They demanded 200,000 pesos. They told my mother about it. They said the money would ensure we will not get hurt,” arrested businessman Celso Luna III said.

QCPD Station 11 PSupt. Igmedio Bernaldez vows to investigate the complaint.

However, he insisted that illegal drugs were found in the possession of the drug suspects.

Immediately I will relieve all those SDEU personnel how are allegedly involved in the incident,” QCPD station commander PSupt. Igmedio Bernaldez said.

Bernaldez also refused to name the cops involved in the alleged extortion.

He also did not present to the media the allegedly confiscated illegal drugs from the complaining drug suspects.

However, PNP Chief Police Director General Oscar Albayalde ordered to relieve all personnel of the drug enforcement unit of QCPD Station 11 while the incident is being investigated.

Bernaldez was also relieved from his post due to command responsibility. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

Police Chief admits accepting ‘lechon’ on special occasions

Marje Pelayo   •   August 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Police General Oscar Albayalde admitted to accepting ‘lechon’ during special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays.

Yes, of course during anniversaries we all accept food, lechon Albayalde told reporters.

“I don’t want to be a hypocrite. Kumain din ako ng lechon (I also ate lechon),” he added.

On Monday, his predecessor, former Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa admitted to receiving Lacoste T-shirts among others during his term in the PNP.

Albayalde, however, did not directly answer when asked if he too received branded shirts.

“Well, out of gratitude kung minsan talagang may nagbibigay ng ganyan, (sometimes there are people who give such gifts),” the PNP Chief said.

Kung yung brand na sinasabi mo, I don’t think sobrang mahal na iyon not unless iyong ibang brand na hindi mo na mabili na kulang yung tatlong buwan mo na sweldo (If it’s the brand that you were referring to [Lacoste], I don’t think it’s that expensive, unless it’s another brand that is so pricey your three month’s worth of salary is not enough to cover it),” he added.

The PNP Chief, in defense, said there is nothing wrong with accepting gifts that are of “insignificant value” as long as it was not given to curry favor.

Kahit na ito ay insignificant in value kung meron itong kapalit then that is still a form of corruption ( (Even if it is of insignificant value but was made in exchange for a favor, then that is still a form of corruption ),” Albayalde argued.

Kung ang pagkain naman ay ipinapadala sa iyo araw araw tapos meron siyang hinihinging kapalit (If food is being sent to you every day, then, you are asked for something in exchange) like position or promotion or even a product that can assure him of winning in the bids and awards committee, then that’s a form of corruption. Hindi puwede sa amin iyon (We do not allow that),” he explained further, emphasizing that the same goes with extravagant gifts like a car or a house and lot.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said any cop or employee of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) who would solicit, directly or indirectly from people, may face both administrative and criminal charges as stated in the National Police Commission Memorandum Circular 2016-002.

The PNP Chief, meanwhile, said they have already charged several policemen for extortion and the PNP has a special unit for this.

“In our own effort inabolish namin yung (we abolished the) counter-intelligence task force at pinalitan namin ng (and changed it to) integrity monitoring and enforcement group – a national operating support unit, to go after this corrupt personnel in our ranks,“ Albayalde explained.

Still, Chief Albayalde maintains that there is no need for the public to give gifts to policemen because public service is part of their job. – with details from Lea Ylagan

PNP admits security problems in Sulu following twin blasts

Marje Pelayo   •   August 13, 2019

The scene outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu after twin explosions ripped through it on January 27, 2019. | Courtesy of WestMinCom

SULU, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief General Oscar Albayalde admits there are security concerns in Sulu after the recent twin blasts in Patikul, Sulu.

Albayalde said that though the military and police are on high alert in the area, they still need the cooperation of the members of the community to combat terrorism.

“Talagang may problema tayo dyan sa lugar na yan and talagang merong nakakasingit sa mga ganyang insidente especially so kung talagang determined yung enemies of the state kung tawagin natin kaya talagang we have to be vigilant (We really have problems in that area and there really are such incidents. So if the enemies of the state are really determined, we have to be vigilant),” Albayalde said.

“We have to be alert always. Very important po ang participation ng community dito. Napaka importante ng impormasyon na ibibigay ng community dito para maubos at matigil na ang insidente na ito sa ating bayan (The information that we get from the community is very important to eliminate and curb [terrorism] in our country),” he added.

One soldier was wounded in the twin explosion that took place in Patikul, Sulu on Tuesday (August 13). – with details from Lea Ylagan

Missing teens at risk if conflict with Reds escalates – PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   August 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) expressed concern over the plight the missing students who were allegedly recruited by activist group Anakbayan.

PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde fears the missing teens could have joined and have started training with the New People’s Army (NPA).

If that’s so, Albayalde said those students would be in danger if conflict escalates between government forces and the leftist group similar to what happened to a student of the University of the Philippines (UP) who was killed in an encounter.

“Ang ikinakatakot natin dito, baka ito ay nasa bundok na, (We fear that they had gone to the mountains),” Albayalde said.

“Baka madamay ito sa sinasabi na naman na sa engkwentro (They might get caught in encounters) between AFP-PNP and the rebels, tapos sila maging biktima, tapos sasabihin na naman nila (and become victims which [critics] would note as) a human rights violation,” he noted.

The PNP Chief challenged members of Anakbayan to face the parents of the missing students and give light to the issue.

Abayalde urged the activist group to explain where the students were and what could have happened to them.

“Bakit di nila sagutin isa-isa ang sinasabi ng mga magulang kahapon? (Why didn’t they answer each of the allegations made by the parents yesterday?)” the PNP Chief noted.

“Iyon ang challenge natin sa kanila, sagutin nila at sabihin nila kung nasaan ‘yung mga anak ng magulang na umiiyak at nagdadalamhati? (That’s our challenge to them, answer the grieving parents and tell them where the students are),” he added.

The PNP accused Anakbayan of exploiting minors because the missing students are still in their teens.

Albayalde said he supports the idea of deploying policemen in schools to prevent the leftist group from recruiting students, though school administrators are skeptical about it.

“Some of this campuses they don’t like uniformed personnel. Alam ninyo naman meron silang autonomy (As you know, they have autonomy),” he noted.

“This is a government property and yet di pwedeng pasukin ng ating mga law enforcers (our law enforcers are not allowed to check),” he added. – with details from Lea Ylagan


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