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EXCLUSIVE: 349 cops test positive for illegal drug use – PNP

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

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MANILA,Philippines — Despite the government’s intensified war against drugs, cops who test positive for illegal drug use continue to rise.

The Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory said that 349 policemen have tested positive of using shabu based on the latest tally from January 2016 to September 2018.

PNP Crime Laboratory Director PCSupt. Rolando Hinanay said, drug use is more prevalent among Police Officers 1 (P01) with 146 offenders while the highest ranking cop on record is a police superintendent.

“Administratively they are charged with grave misconduct. Of course they will be given due process but ang grave misconduct kasi, ang maximum penalty niyan is dismissal from the service,” Hinanay said.

He added that the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has the highest number of personnel who use illegal drugs at 47, followed by Calabarzon area with 41 and Zamboanga peninsula with 37.

“ Tuloy- tuloy yung aming internal cleansing, random drug testing to find out kung sino-sino sa mga personnel namin ang gumagamit ng drugs,” Hanay said. “Totoo nakakabahala siya kaya nga ito yung actions na ginawa ng pamunuan ng PNP upang i-address yung problem na yun.”

Meanwhile, no PNP personnel tested positive of illegal drug use in the Cordillera Administrative Region. — Lea Ylagan

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RTC issues search warrant vs Kapa-Community Ministry International

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) has issued a search warrant against the Kapa-Community Ministry International in Tagum City.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) went to the office of the Kapa-Community Ministry International.

Authorities knocked several times, however, no one responded. The NBI then seized ID’s, logbooks, and other items in the office.

The police, meanwhile, continues to monitor other investment schemes in the Davao region.

“Na-monitor namin is around 39. Iyong 14 is allegedly nag-close upon monitoring namin that time ay bumalik dahil naka-secure daw sila ng permit, (We monitored 39 [investment schemes]. Fourteen already closed upon our monitoring that time. They went back because they said they havde already secured their permit)” according to Police Regional Office XI Spokesperson PMaj. Jason Baria.

President Rodrigo Duterte himself has ordered the shutdown of the Kapa-Community Ministry International and other investment schemes in Mindanao.

“There have been numerous complaints with the president, in fact, me too, I have been receiving complaints about certain people there that may have prompted the president from ordering,” according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had previously issued a cease and desist order against the religious firm but Kapa did not respond.(with reports from Janice Ingente)

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PNP to conduct action if Erwin Tulfo fails to surrender expired firearms

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be forced to conduct police action against radio broadcaster Erwin Tulfo if he fails to surrender expired firearms.

According to PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde Erwin’s firearms licenses have already expired since March.

The official also clarified that all expired License to Own and Possess Firearm (LTOPF) needs to be renewed or surrendered.

“As an SOP [Standard Operating Procedure], lahat ng expired hindi lang kay Mr. Tulfo, sa lahat na nag-expire ang LTOPF we remind them to una, renew or surrender all their firearms because once your LTOPF is expired automatic iyong revocation ng mga licenses mo (As an SOP, all expired [firearms], not just Tulfo’s, we remind them to renew their license or surrender all their firearms because one your LTOPF is expired your license will automatically be revoked),” he said.

Meanwhile, PNP Firearms and Explosives Office Director PGen. Val de Leon said they already sent a letter to Tulfo for him to surrender his firearms but he still hasn’t responded.

De Leon also reiterated that Tulfo could have renewed his license even during the election period.

“Wala pa kaming na-monitor na sinurrender na niya ito. We intend to reiterate our effort at tulad ng sabi ng ating Chief PNP, we will be forced to take police actions kung hindi pa niya na-surrender (We haven’t monitored that he already surrendered it. And like what our Chief PNP said, we will be forced to take police actions if he still has not surrendered them),” he said.

Tulfo has not responded on the issue because he is still abroad.

Meanwhile, the Tulfo brothers may now re-apply for police escorts but Albayalde said there is no assurance it will be approved.(with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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P6.8-M worth of shabu seized, 3 nabbed in Manila drug bust

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 10th, 2019

Courtesy : NCRPO

MANILA, Philippines – Police seized P6.8 million worth of shabu from three drug suspects nabbed in a buy-bust operation in Manila on Monday.

The operation was conducted at past 1 a.m. along Osmeña Road and Vito Cruz Street in Manila by the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Regional Drug Enforcement Unit, Manila Police District Station 6 and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-NCR.

The suspects, identified as Rudy Kidlat, Mark Anthony Alcantara, and Rona Valenzuela, are allegedly connected to a Chinese criminal group operating in Metro Manila and Cavite province.

The suspects were placed under surveillance for more than a month, according to the NCRPO.

Authorities confiscated 1,000 grams of shabu and a vehicle allegedly used in the delivery of illegal drugs.

Arrested suspects will face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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