4 cops nabbed for gambling, drinking in public

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2019   •   14014

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The newly established Philippine National Police (PNP) Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG) nabbed four policemen caught in the act of gambling and drinking liquor in public in Barangay Lipunan, Cubao.

The suspects were identified as Police Staff Sergeant Erwin Gobis; Police Senior Master Sergeant Demetrio Laroya; Police Corporal Ariel Pasion, all assigned at the PNP Health Service in Camp Crame and Police Staff Sergeant Gerry Ocampo of the PNP Crime Laboratory.

Aside from the four, other personalities arrested were Leo Ocinar, a non-uniformed personnel; former cop Fidel Agustin; and Teddy Carpio, the owner of the establishment that operates an online derby.

Authorities recovered more than P14,000 gambling money, two television sets, digital video recorder, betting ticket, two digital boxes and 23 bottles of intoxicating liquor.

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde admitted that despite their constant reminder and warning, there are still erring cops who choose to participate in illegal activities.

“Ito ang sinasabi natin sa mga pulis na matitigas ang ulo (This is what we warned hard-headed cops about). As we’ve said, we will not relent on this program and we will show no mercy on this people,” Albayalde said.

The arrested cops are facing charges for violating Presidential Decree 1603 and for drinking alcohol in public.

“We are dead serious in our campaign against scalawags at saka yung pagtaas ng antas ng disiplina ng aming organisasyon, (to upgrade the level of discipline within our organization),” the PNP Chief stressed. (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PNP prepares to launch manhunt ops for GCTA-freed convicts still at large

Robie de Guzman   •   September 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said it has formed tracker teams in preparation for the manhunt operations against beneficiaries of the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law who will fail to comply with President Rodrigo Duterte’s 15-day deadline.

The PNP said the 121 tracker teams formed by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will be deployed at the end of the 15-day period, which will be on Sept. 19.

There are only six days left before the deadline lapses.

“Nag-organize na agad tayo ng mga teams ng CIDG sa bawat regional offices sa mga provincials at cities,” PNP-CIDG deputy director for administration Police Brigadier General Bernabe Balba told UNTV News in a phone interview.

The president on Sept. 4 ordered convicts who were freed early for good behavior to present themselves within the said period to the nearest police station or to the military.

This is for the investigation and recomputation of their good conduct credits whether they are eligible to avail of the law.

Duterte warned they will be treated as fugitives if they fail to surrender within the given period.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said it is eyeing to get the help of the International Police (INTERPOL) in arresting heinous crimes convicts freed due to GCTA. This is after they received information that some of the 1,914 released convicts have already left the country.

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Balba said that as early as now, tracker teams have started perusing the list of freed heinous criminals who are still at large, as well as their personal information in order to locate their possible whereabouts.

“Even before the deadline ay tumutulong na tayo na malocate at meron din namang namang nagsu-surrender in fact as of today ay nakapagtala na tayo ng 47 surrenderers sa CIDG,” he said.

Data from the PNP showed that as of 6 a.m. Friday, around 353 heinous crimes convicts freed due to GCTA have surrendered to authorities.

Of this number, 115 were convicted for murder while 108 were involved in rape cases.

Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) Regional Police Office has the highest number of surrenderers with 51 followed by Cagayan Valley (Police Regional Office 2) with 35.

The PNP said 234 of the total number of surrendered convicts have been turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor). RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

PNP appoints 6 senior officers to new posts

Robie de Guzman   •   September 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde has designated six senior police officials to new posts in another round of reorganization in the PNP leadership, police spokesperson BGen. Bernard Banac said Thursday.

In a press statement, Banac said Albayalde approved the new designations upon the recommendation of the PNP Senior Officers Placement and Promotion Board.

The reorganization, triggered by the recent retirement of some PNP officers, will affect some key positions in the National Support Units and Police Regional Office, the police official said.

According to Banac, Brigadier General Joselito Esquivel Jr. is now the director of Police Regional Office 13; Brigadier General Gilberto Cruz will be the acting Director for Integrated Police Operations in Northern Luzon; and Brigadier General Alfred Corpus is the new director of Police Regional Office 12.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Omega Jireh Fidel was appointed director of the Engineering Service; Brigadier General Rey Lyndon Lawas was designated as director of the Training Service; and Colonel Ronnie Montejo was named acting director of Quezon City Police District.

Banac said the new designations take effect Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019.

GCTA-freed convicts who surrendered to authorities now at 281

Robie de Guzman   •   September 12, 2019

Inmates at the Manila City Jail | Courtesy: Photoville International

MANILA, Philippines – Around 281 convicts released early due to good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law have surrendered to authorities, the Philippine National Police said Thursday.

Based on data from the PNP, most of the surrendered convicts were involved in rape and murder. Twenty-six were convicted with robbery and homicide.

Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) Regional Police Office has the highest number of surrenderers with 38 followed by Cagayan Valley (Police Regional Office 2) with 34.

Twenty-seven convicts surrendered to authorities in Central Visayas, 26 in Ilocos, 20 each in Bicol and Central Luzon, 18 in Western Visayas, 16 in Zamboanga Peninsula, 15 in Metro Manila and the Cordillera Administrative Region, 13 each in Calabarzon and Northern Mindanao, 9 in Caraga and Soccsksargen and 8 in Eastern Visayas.

The PNP said 47 of the total number of surrendered convicts have been turned over to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sept. 4 ordered convicts who were freed early for good conduct credits to present themselves within 15 days to the nearest police station or to the military.

This is for the investigation and recomputation of their good conduct credits whether they are eligible to avail of the law.

The president warned they will be treated as fugitives if they fail to surrender within the 15-day period.RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)

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