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Special task force formed to investigate slaying of CIDG Official

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 20th, 2017

PNP Criminal Investigation And Detection Group (CIDG) Director Police Director Roel Obusan

PNP Criminal Investigation And Detection Group (CIDG) Director Police Director Roel Obusan

MANILA — A special task force has been formed to investigate the slaying of a CIDG Official.

“We will really investigate what really transpired because everybody deserves justice,” PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group director PDir. Roel Obusan said.

This was the promise Obusan made to the family and kin of  slain Police Chief Inspector Rommel Macatlang.

The 51-year-old Macatlang was shot near a gas station in Pasig City on Wednesday.

A CCTV footage shows a man on a motorcycle tailing Macatlang’s white Mitsubishi Adventure upon exiting Camp Crame.

Following the incident, the PNP created a special task force to investigate the case.

PNP-CIDG believes the slaying is work related.  Macatlang was the chief of the CIDG of the Eastern Police District and was among those who conduct Anti-Drug Operations.

Somehow baka merong nagkaron ng personal grudge o vendetta kaya its almost ganun naman lagi ang cycle ng buhay ng pulis… hindi mo dapat tanggalin ang possibility na may gaganti sa’yo (Somehow, perhaps someone is holding a personal grudge or vendetta against him. That’s the cycle of the life of a policeman. You must not erase the possibility of retaliation) ,” PDIR. Obusan said.

Macatlang’s remains lie in state at Camp Crame. The rest of his family are due to arrive from the United States.

“Hindi niya deserve yung nangyari sa kanya. Despite his commitment sa trabaho nya mamatay sya sa ganung paraan lang (He did not deserve what happened to him. Despite his commitment to his job, he had to die that way), ” one of his relatives said. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Comelec fund for barangay election preps down to P5-B

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Commission on Elections (Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez admitted in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon that the agency now has only five billion pesos budget for the upcoming May 2018 village polls.

The amount was originally seven billion pesos but the agency already used five billion pesos for the printing of ballots.

But Jimenez assured that the said spending will not go to waste.

“Ang maganda diyan Kuya Daniel, yung karamihan doon sa ginastos namin noon magagamit pa natin ngayon. Ang bulto talaga niyan ay yung balota. So magagamit natin yan,” said Jimenez.

(What’s good about it Kuya Daniel is that most of the things we spent on can still be used today. The bulk of which were the ballots. We can still use those.)

However, the official said the amount paid as salary for their additional personnel remains irrecoverable.

Still, several lawmakers are pushing for the postponement of the barangay election in May but Comelec insists that they will continue to prepare for the polls.

In fact, Jimenez said that the agency is now 85% prepared and will start the printing of 18 million ballots mid-February.

Jimenez argued that another postponement of the election would definitely affect democracy in the country specifically the public’s rights to select the leaders of the land.

On top of the problems considered by the Comelec is vote buying.

When host, Daniel Razon, asked Jimenez why no vote buyer has ever been jailed by the commission, the latter said, “Medyo mahirap mapatunayan ang vote buying (Vote buying is difficult to prove).”

Another issue the agency wants to resolve is the implementation of election gun ban since they still have not received any written notice from the palace regarding the ban.

“Nawi-weaken yung institusyon, nawi-weaken yung process kasi hindi ka sure (It weakens the institution and the process because you’re not sure). Yun ang (That is the) lasting damage,” said Jimenez.

Even the Philippine National Police (PNP) said they are just waiting for the Comelec to issue its guidelines for the gun ban.

“Expected na magkakaroon ng gun ban (Implementation of a gun ban is expected),” said PNP PIO PCSupt. John Bulalacao. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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PNP assures tight security in Albay danger zone chokepoints

by UNTV   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018


Legazpi, ALBAY — Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 5 reiterated that only residents whose houses are outside the 8-km permanent danger zone can go back to their homes.

“Mayroong mga police assistance desk na nakatalaga doon, kasi ‘yung ibang mga evacuation areas na ‘yung ibang mga tao pabalik-balik so doon natin ini-stop sila na umakyat ulit (We have police assistance desks designated there because others are in evacuation areas. We are stopping some people to come back and climb again),” said PNP PIO Maria Louisa Calubaquib.

Thus, police are imposing tight security in the designated chokepoints or areas monitored by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Meantime, in the municipality of Camalig which has six barangays inside the 8-km danger zone, the local government strongly encourages residents to stay in evacuation centers.

“Unang-una,  ‘yung food supply, dapat every day may makakain kasi kung walang makakain, babalik at babalik na ‘yan. Then may entertainment na binibigay. Then may mga cash for work din naman ‘yung DSWD,” said Camalig Vice Mayor Caloy Baldo.

(First and foremost, the food supply. Every day there has to be food because if there’s nothing to eat, they will go back. Then there’s also entertainment being provided. The DSWD also offers cash for work.)

Meanwhile, the AFP and PNP continued the psychosocial activities for residents inside evacuation centers.

The local government gives free face masks, food and water were given in Bariw National High school aside from games and amusement delivered to residents. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News and Rescue

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Over 700 SAF members who joined operations in Marawi City get special promotion

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief PDG. Ronald Bato dela Rosa could not hold his tears when he saw a video of Special Action Force (SAF) troopers battling in Marawi City.

General Dela Rosa said that the five-month battle of the SAF members against the terrorists who attempted to conquer the city was not a piece of cake.

“Tumatayo ang balahibo ko. I can feel for them yung mga naghirap talaga doon sa frontline. Makita talaga yung mga dugo na dumanak, yung mga pagsabog left and right, mga putukan. Kahit gaano ka katapang at katibay pag ganoong sitwasyon wala kang ibang mapupuntahan kundi si Lord,” said Dela Rosa.

With this, the PNP chief did not hesitate to give special promotion to the 745 Special Action Force members who fought in Marawi City.

Even Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Rolando Joselito Bautista salutes the gallantry of the SAF members.

“I have seen how this men and women work side by side with the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to crush and defeat the lawless elements who spread terror in the city of Marawi,” said the commanding general.

The PNP chief takes pride of the expertise of the SAF members when it comes to urban warfare, hence the successful mission of liberating Marawi City from the hands of ISIS-inspired terrorists.

General Dela Rosa also recommended the promotion of third level officers, which is under the jurisdiction of President Rodrigo Duterte himself, and not of the PNP chief’s.

“They did they share in Marawi especially that they were the commanders. They keep on inspiring their people, their men, to fight. And indeed what they did is very commendable, very laudable,” said the chief.

Meanwhile, eight other policemen were promoted after fighting against 200 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who made an attack on Binuangan Municipal Station in Misamis Oriental in December 2017. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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