Tatlong lalake na nahuli sa NAIA open parking lot, balak maghasik ng gulo dahil diskontento sa pamahalaan

admin   •   September 3, 2014   •   3894

Filipino suspects of a foiled bomb attack (L-R) Sonny Yohanon, Emmanuel San Pedro and Grandeur Pepito Guerrero, cover their faces during inquest proceedings inside the Department of Justice in Manila, Philippines, 02 September 2014. Philippine authorities blamed a foiled bomb attack at the capital’s international airport on a group allegedly frustrated over how the government was dealing with territorial disputes with China. The three suspects were arrested in the carpark of Terminal 3 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. Homemade incendiary bombs made from large firecrackers and gasoline were seized from their vehicle. (PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

MANILA, Philippines — Mga miyembro ng grupong tinaguriang USAFFE ang tatlong lalake na nahuli noong Lunes ng madaling araw sa parking lot ng NAIA Terminal 3 na may mga dalang pampasabog sa loob ng sasakyan.

Kinilala ang mga suspek na sina Emmanuel San Pedro, Sonny Yohanon at ang nagpakilalang lider na si Granduer Pepito Guerrero.

Batay sa imbestigasyon ng mga otoridad, isa sa apat na nakuhang Improvised Incendiary Device o IID ay pasasabugin sa NAIA Terminal 3 at ang tatlo ay sa SM Mall of Asia.

“Ang info na nakuha natin dadalhin sa loob ng comfort roon ng NAIA 3 at 3 dadalhin sa comfort room ng SM Mall of Asia at doon nila pasasabugin,” saad ni NBI-AOTCD Head, Atty. Rommel Vallejo.

Sa SM MOA may kasuap na rin sila para maipasok,” dagdag nito.

Ayon sa NBI, kung sumabog ang IID, ang sinomang nasa loob ng 5-10 meter radius ay maaring masugatan o masawi.

Ayon kay Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, diskontento umano ang mga ito sa pamahalaan kaya balak maghasik ng kaguluhan .

“Ang kanilang isinusulong from initial investigation is yung parang hindi sila kuntento, frustrated daw po sila doon sa nagiging stance ng pamahalaan kontra sa China. Para sa kanila masyado, daw pong malambot ang administrasyon. They want this administration to espouse a tougher stance in its dispute with China. This is a misguided group.”

Bukod sa pambobomba, kasama sa plano ang pagbabarilin ang embahada ng China at isang DMCI building sa Makati.

August 25 unang binalak isagawa ang kanilang na magkasik ng karahasan pero hindi natuloy.

Noong Lunes, tinangka nilang ituloy ang plano ngunit binigo sila ng NBI matapos makatanggap ng impormasyon noong linggo ng gabi sa kinaroroonan ng mga suspek.

Ayon kay De Lima, ang planong paghahasik ng gulo sana nitong Lunes ay umpisa pa lamang ng serye ng isasagawang  pambobomba.

Isang manifesto din ang narecover ng NBI sa mga suspek na naglalaman ng kanilang kapag ako sa pangyayari at balak ipakalat sakaling matuloy ang plano.

Nakasaad dito na sila umano ay mga dating kasapi ng NPA at MNLF na bumubuo sa kilusan laban sa pananakop.

“Certainly hindi lang tatlo. Inaalam din naming kung yun ba talaga ang agenda nila o ‘yan lang ba mayroon pa bang iba, is it just really about dispute with China,” ani Sec. De Lima.

Dagdag nito, “si Guerrrero admitted that he is a member of guardian. Si Guerrero pa lang nagsabi.”

Subalit itinanggi ng abogado ng mga suspek ang mga akusasyon laban sa kaniyang mga kliyente at sinabing na frame up lamang ang mga ito.

“Yung kotseng nahuli ay hiniram ng kaniyang kaibigan, hindi alam kung anong balak. Kung may ikinarga yung kaibigan hindi niya rin alam,” pahayag ni Atty. Oliver Lozano, abogado ng mga suspek.

Nanindigan din ang abogado na hindi bahagi ang mga suspek ng anumang planong pabagsakin ang pamahalaan.

Kahapon, isinailalim na sa inquest proceedings sa Department of Justice ang mga suspek na nahaharap sa kasong illegal possession of explosives at illegal possession of firearms.

Itinakda naman sa September 12 ang preliminary investigation sa kanila.

Pinag-aaralan na rin na sampahan ng reklamong conspiracy to commit terrorism ang mga suspek. (Victor Cosare, UNTV News)

DOJ reiterates law enforcers should not interfere with community pantries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Justice (DOJ) has reiterated that law enforcement agents should not interfere with anyone doing good deeds which include setting up community pantries.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra said a law enforcer should also not question individuals involved in community pantries unless they are violating laws.

“Suffice it to say that a person voluntarily doing an act of kindness and compassion toward his neighbor should be left alone,” he said.

“It is not proper for law enforcement agents to interrogate him unless there is reason to believe that he is violating any law, ordinance, rule, or regulation for the good or welfare of the community,” he added.

However, Guevarra refused to comment if police authorities violated the privacy act in gathering information about the organizers of community pantries. He also clarified that organizers are not required to fill out forms.

“Organizers of community pantries have no legal duty or are under any compulsion to fill out any forms, as these are not considered business, much less illegal activities,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

DILG backs proposed community service as penalty for quarantine violators

Robie de Guzman   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday expressed support for the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) proposal to impose community service instead of jail time as a penalty for those who violate quarantine protocols against COVID-19.

DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya issued the statement during the Laging Handa public briefing when asked about Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra’s suggestion.

Malaya, however, clarified that quarantine violators are not immediately arrested under the existing policy. He said violators are usually given a warning for the first offense and are asked to pay a fine for the second offense.

The DILG official also said that the local government units are the ones that set their own penalties for quarantine violations through local ordinances.

“Let me first say that our policy is not to go straight to arrests. In fact, most of the time, the first offense only yields a warning, and the second offense is usually a fine” Malaya said in a mix of Filipino and English.

“These penalties are within the scope of ordinances passed by cities and municipalities and signed by mayors. So, these are not controlled by the National Task Force of Inter-Agency Task Force,” he added. “Having said that, we support this initiative, and if our councilors are willing to amend their ordinances, that’s well and good. It might be better to have [violators] do community service instead.”

Guevara, in a Palace press briefing on Monday, said he has recommended to the Inter-Agency Task Force not to arrest or detain those who continue to violate quarantine protocols, and instead impose community service as a punishment.

The DOJ chief said the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act penalizes “non-cooperation” of persons identified as having a notifiable disease and those who are supposed to report it.

He, however, said that the law was not specific when it came to actual violations.

“Yung statutes like Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases, meron doong provision on non-cooperation, but you know medyo hindi siya shoot na shoot eh, hindi sya talagang very exact to the actual violation,” he said.

“I also recommend that in the enforcement, the stricter enforcement of the ordinances, that LGUs consider the possibility of imposing na lamang the penalty of community service for those who will continue to violate our ordinances rather than imprison or rather than putting them in jail or fining them, eh kasi talaga ngang mahirap na ang buhay sa ECQ,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

High-powered weapons seized from suspected CPP-NPA armory in Laguna – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   March 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Various high-powered firearms, ammunition, and explosives have been confiscated in a raid in Laguna, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Debold Sinas said elements from the PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, along with local CALABARZON Police units conducted an operation on Tuesday in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

The subject of the operation was a suspected “armorer” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Special Partisan Unit (SPARU).

The team was armed with a search warrant issued against respondent Maritess Santos David alias Teacher Laly by Tanauan City, Batangas Regional Trial Court Branch 66 Presiding Judge Charito Macalintal-Sawali, Sinas said.

The respondent was not present, but the PNP said the orderly search was witnessed by barangay officials who duly acknowledged the inventory of the following seized weapons and war materials:

  • One M1 cal. 30 carbine
  • One M2 cal.30 automatic carbine
  • One Bushmaster rifle
    One unit M16 ELISCO Rifle
  • Three Cal .45 Pistols
  • 38 rounds of live ammunition
  • Nine rounds of 40mm grenade
  • 15 Pieces of Improvised Anti-personnel mine
  • One Improvised Anti-troop carrier mine
  • Three pieces improvised Claymore Mine
  • One pc. Claymore mine
  • One unit Laptop (SAMSUNG) with charger
  • Four envelopes containing Subversive Documents and streamers
  • Different materials for making IED such as wires, switches, blasting caps, and detonating cord.

The police search team also found some documents that contain 19 CPP-NPA-NDF internal publications and training materials on the fundamental communist course and advanced revolutionary warfare.

Also found among the cache of weapons were several subversive streamers and campaign paraphernalia, the PNP added.

“The discovery of this clandestine communist terrorist armory bolsters earlier assessment by CIDG that the CPP-NPA is maintaining staging areas and weapons storage in CALABARZON for its urban hit squads to launch attacks in Metro Manila,” Sinas said.

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