Sudipen Mayor Buquing, 11th Mayor slain under Duterte admin

Marje Pelayo   •   October 2, 2018   •   5018

The bullet-ridden pick-up truck that Mayor Alexander Buquing was shot in along with his wife, driver and security escort on October 1, 2018.


QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has formed a special investigation task force (SITG) who will focus on the case of slain Mayor Alexander Buquing of Sudipen, La Union.

Buquing is the 11th Mayor slain under the Duterte administration.

PNP Spokesperson PCSupt. Benigno Durana said 10 of the said cases have been solved and closed except for the assassination of Tanuan City Mayor Antonio Halili.

Meanwhile, Durana also noted that all six slay cases involving local vice mayors were also solved, including the recent case involving the murder of Trece Martires Vice Mayor Alexander Lubigan.

“Out of the recent killings of the mayors halos lahat ay na solved na ng Philippine National Police. Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Dios at sa kasipagan ng kapulisan at na solved nila pati ang sa vice mayor ng Trece Martires; from the mastermind to the assailant,” Durana said in a press briefing on Tuesday, October 2.

Durana noted that there is an existing National Investigation Task Group led by PDir. Elmo Francis Sarona that deals with each of the slay cases against local executives.

The PNP spokesperson said the PNP is ready should there be more attempts against local officials especially that the 2019 election is drawing near.

“If we study all the election, after the election mayroon talagang spike. Kaya nagpalabas ng direktiba si Chief PNP to run after the guns for hire at mga private armed groups to preempt or to prevent the spike of killings of the chief executives,” Durana said.

Meanwhile, the PNP sent a team of public safety personnel to the hospital where vice mayor Wendy Buquing is confined for her security.

“Mayroong enhance sa protective security dahil sa meron nang banta sa kanyang buhay dahil sa sya ay remaining victim at possible witness doon so definitely ang adequate security ay ibibigay ng PRO1,” Durana concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

La Union prepares for SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2019

The local government of San Juan, La Union is in full gear to finish their preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

San Juan will be the venue for the surfing competition of the 2019 SEA Games which will begin from December 1 to 10.

The local government has already increased the pacing to complete the road repairs and drainage canal improvements in Barangay Urbiztondo.

Street lights in national highways will also be repaired.

According to SEA Games organizer in La Union, Cristina Antonio, 46 international delegates will compete in the surfing competition.

“Basically nandito na by mid-November (Basically, arriving by mid-November) are the media team and also some of the athletes for practice,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will deploy 500 policemen in the area of the surfing competition to maintain the safety of the athletes and the spectators.

The local government will also implement road rerouting starting December 1. Only small vehicles will be allowed to pass through national roads while trucks and buses will have to take the diversion road.

The 2019 SEA Games will begin on November 30 and will end on December 11.—AAC (with reports from Toto Fabros)

PNP takes full control of training police recruits

Marje Pelayo   •   October 7, 2019

Newly promoted policemen stand in formation during a mass promotion ceremony at the police headquarters in Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, 27 March 2019.  EPA-EFE / FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has taken full supervision of the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) and the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in a formal turn over on Monday (October 7) at Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba, Laguna.

The transfer of supervision was in accordance with Republic Act 11279 which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in May this year.

“The Philippine National Police shall have administrative and operational supervision and control over the Philippine National Police Academy. and the National Police Training Institute,”

RA 11279 states that the transfer of administration is “to better achieve the goals of a highly efficient and competent police force.”

It is also in line with the PNP’s program of internal cleansing among its rank of ‘sloppy’ and ‘scalawag’ policemen.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is confident that by directly managing the police training institutions, the PNP will be able to achieve its targets of 10,000 police recruits who will be honed in lieu of the retiring police officers.

“The PNP is now solely responsible for the making of a complete police officer, from recruitment to retirement,” Albayalde said.

“Thus, we only have ourselves to blame if any PNP member will go astray because of poor training and orientation,” he concluded. MNP (with reports from April Cenedoza)

Baguio City, DOTr eyeing cable car system to La Union

Robie de Guzman   •   October 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The City government of Baguio said it is currently studying the possibility of putting up a cable car system as an alternative transportation to ease the traffic congestion in the country’s summer capital.

In a statement, the city said it is coordinating with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the proposal to set up a cable car system that would link the prime tourist spot to Pugo in La Union.

City Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced during the Sept. 23 Executive-Legislative meeting that DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade offered for the city to enter into an agreement for the cable car line project.

The cable car system, first broached by Tugade in 2016, was reportedly the subject of a P26-million study funded by the French government targeted for completion this year.

Magalong also said that Tugade offered to help the city should it decide to pursue the monorail project.

The city government said the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera earlier proposed the multi-billion monorail project that will connect Baguio to La Trinidad town in Benguet.

A pre-feasibility study showed that the 5.2-kilometer line of the Automated Guideway Transit (AGT) from the provincial capital to the Slaughterhouse Compound in Baguio would cost P3.8 billion while the 2.1-kilometer line from the Bonifacio rotunda up to the SM City Baguio passing through the central business district area would require P2.9 billion.

The monorail project has been presented in 2017.


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