16 police officers implicated in contraband smuggling in NBP undergo NCRPO probe

Maris Federez   •   October 24, 2019   •   790

MANILA, Philippines – The 16 police officers who were implicated in the alleged smuggling of contrabands inside the New Bilibid Prisons (NBP) have undergone the pre-charge investigation of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO).

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson PBGen Bernard Banac confirmed that said police officers are under probe for bringing in a cellular phone, cigarettes and an iced tea bottle that actually contained alcoholic drink inside the facility which is strictly prohibited.

Banac said he is saddened by the fact that police officers who are supposed to guard and implement laws inside the national penitentiary are the ones actually violating its rules.

If found guilty, they will be charged administratively.

Banac added that the NCRPO has also pulled out the more than 500 police personnel assigned in the NBP last October 5 and will undergo assessment on their performance.

“Kung nakita naman na katiwa-tiwala ang mga pulis natin ay maaari naman na sila pa rin ang ipadala doon. So kasalukuyan ay irerepaso lamang ang kanilang mga background at titingnang maigi kung karapat dapat pa silang pagtiwalaan at hindi agad masisilaw sa anomang ihahain sa kanilang bribe,” Banac said.

The PNP reminds said police personnel not to even attempt violating the regulations of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) to avoid being filed charges against and be dismissed from service.

It can be recalled that the NCRPO assigned around 552 police officers at the NBP after BuCor Director-General Gerald Bantag sought the help of the police force to guard the Bilibid.

This, following the Bantag’s course of action that removed BuCor personnel from the NBP due to corruption. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

Customs destroys P50-million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

 

Operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Zamboanga destroyed some P50 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in a warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan.

The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes destroyed on April 13 were seized in separate operations since December 2020.

The bureau, together with representatives from different partner agencies, destroyed more than 1,278 master cases and 513 reams of cigarettes.

The seized cigarettes were crushed by payloader equipment in an outdoor yard, soaked with used oil to prevent recycling, dispersed with water by firemen, and disposed of in the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Salaan, it added.

The destruction and disposal of cigarettes is reported to be the first condemnation activity of the Port for this year.

The condemnation ceremony was witnessed by the local government unit, heads of partner law enforcement agencies, a representative from the Commission on Audit, Department of Health, and stakeholders, the BOC said.

“The immediate destruction and disposal of such contrabands was a firm directive from Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to promote transparency and remove doubts of corruption, theft, or pilferage in the agency,” it added.

NCRPO in favor of placing Metro Manila under MGCQ

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it is in favor of relaxing the quarantine classification in Metro Manila from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ).

According to NCRPO Director PMGen. Vicente Danao Jr., this is to ease the load of police officers who have been monitoring quarantine controlled points for almost one year.

It could be a very very welcome development for all of us at least. Siguro nakikita ng taas na nako-kontrol na natin ang virus. Hopefully, as long as hindi po natin maba-violate ang basic health protocols (Maybe the higher-ups are seeing we are controlling the virus. Hopefully, as long as we do not violate the basic health protocols),” he said.

Aside from this, easing the quarantine classification can also help them in focusing more on their anti-illegal drugs, anti-criminality, and anti-terrorism campaign.

Meanwhile, Danao also reiterated that the public should still follow the minimum health and safety protocols.

“Let us be responsible enough to really, follow the basic like wearing a facemask, face shield, social distancing,” he said. -AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Police to present additional evidence in Dacera case hearing on Jan. 27 – NCRPO

Robie de Guzman   •   January 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Police investigators will submit additional pieces of evidence before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office as it resumes Wednesday the preliminary investigation into the death of Christine Dacera, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Tuesday.

“Tomorrow is 27. We will be submitting all available evidence. Sana lang ma-appreciate ng fiscal for finally filing the information against the suspects. Kung wala naman eh definitely, the case will be dismissed,” NCRPO chief Major General Vicent Danao Jr. said.

Danao, however, refused to provide details on the matter.

The NCRPO chief also did not specify whether he has implemented the directive of PNP chief General Debold Sinas to relieve the head of the Makati Police and other police officers due to possible liability in the handling of Dacera’s case.

The PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) earlier recommended the relief of Makati Police chief Harold Depositar, two investigators of the case, and a medico-legal officer pending the investigation on their possible negligence and lapses in handling the case.

The preliminary investigation of Dacera’s case initially began on Jan. 13 but it was moved to Jan. 27 at the PNP’s request as it still awaits the results of forensic tests conducted on Dacera’s remains.

Seven of the 11 respondents to the case attended the initial preliminary investigation.

Dacera was found unconscious in the bathtub of a room in Makati hotel on January 1 after a night of partying with some friends. She was rushed to a hospital where she was declared dead.

Initial autopsy stated that Dacera’s cause of death was ruptured aortic aneurysm. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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