CIDG ready to arrest Trillanes, 10 others unless they post bail

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020   •   1279

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said they are ready to arrest former Senator Antontio Trillanes IV and 10 others over conspiracy to commit sedition if they will not post bail.

“Unless they post bail, the accused will be arrested. But they are expected to post bail,” according to CIDG National Capital Region Chief PCol. Tom Ibay.

The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 138 has already released a warrant of arrest against Trillanes, Peter Joemel ‘Bikoy’ Advincula, and nine others.

Ibay said they are still waiting for the copy of the warrant before taking any action and in case they were not able to post bail.

The accused were charged due to the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video that aimed to discredit President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Meanwhile, Trillanes said he will post bail next week when he returns to the Philippines. The former senator also said he is ready to face any complaints filed against him.

“I am out of the country as of the moment for a series of engagements. But I intend to post bail once I arrive in Manila late next week. I will face this case just as I have faced all the other harassment cases Duterte’s minions have filed against me,” he said in a statement.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

CIDG probes 283 elected officials over SAP distribution anomaly

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 19, 2020

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) will investigate 283 elected officials over alleged anomalies in the distribution of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Among the 283 officials is a mayor who allegedly failed to distribute over P300,000 worth of financial assistance to beneficiaries.

Officials involved range from barangay chairmen to municipal councilors and youth officials.

CIDG Deputy Director for Administration PBGen. Rhoderick Armamento said similar complaints have been reported against the involved officials.

“Karamihan po sa complaint na aming natanggap, iyon nga po ang splitting, na kung saan sinasabi ng mga ng nag-rereklamo na P6,500 ang kanilang pinirmahan pero ang natanggap lang nilang pera is P3,000 (Among the complaints we received include splitting. Complainants said they signed for a P6,500 subsidy but only received P3,000),” he said.

Meanwhile, the CIDG is also investigating on 445 non-elected officials including barangay health secretaries, barangay health workers, purok leaders and other civilians.

The CIDG has filed cases on 157 individuals after seeing sufficient evidence. Armamento reminds government officials to properly distribute the financial assistance to the beneficiaries.

“Huwag po tayong magsamantala. Ibigay po natin ang nararapat na para sa kanila dahil iyan po ay galing sa pamahalaan at nararapat lang po na makarating sa ating kababayan (Let us not take advantage of the beneficiaries. We should give what is due because that is from the government and it should be received by the citizens),” he said.AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Raps filed vs. Chinese nationals caught in raided underground COVID-19 clinics in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Multiple charges have been filed by authorities against Chinese nationals who were arrested for running medical facilities allegedly treating fellow Chinese infected with novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) said charges for the violation of Republic Act (RA) 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act, RA 4226 or the Hospital Licensure Act, and RA 10918 of the Pharmacy Law were filed against the suspects.

The Chinese nationals were arrested after authorities separately raided four structures that were converted into clinics in Parañaque City, Makati City, Angeles City in Pampanga and within the Fontana Resort in Clark City, Pampanga.

On April 26, authorities discovered a clinic containing Chinese medicines which were allegedly being used to treat patients infected with COVID-19.

Parañaque Police said the discovery of the makeshift clinic was accidental after barangay officials reported spotting boxes of medicines with Chinese markings inside the house.

The medicines were found to be illegal as these were not registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Local police said the medicines were similar to those being sold on social media.

On May 19, the CIDG raided a villa at the Fontana Leisure Park where they found a makeshift medical facility for Chinese nationals allegedly suffering from coronavirus disease.

Police officers also found boxes of medicines and syringes in the villa.

According to Brigadier General Rhoderick Armamento, a Chinese couple who was allegedly running the facility was arrested during the operation.

“The CIDG was able to file the following cases, violation of RA 9711 ito yung Food and Drug administration Act dahil we found out na nag-prescribe sila ng gamot na hindi naman otorisado ng FDA,” Armamento said.

“Pangalawa yung violations of RA 4229, ito yung hospital licensure act dahil nagpractice sila, ang-admit sila, nag-administer sila ng mga pasyente ng wala namang kaukulang lisensya o permiso galing sa IATF and as well as doon sa ating health authorities. At pangatlo yung violations of RA 10918 o yung pharmacy law,” he added.

Armamento said they couple arrived in the country in November with a working permit.

“Magma-manage sila ng isang hospital, medical facility pero ‘di specific kung saan,” he said.

The CIDG official said over 490 employees and guests of Fontana resort who were present during the raid underwent swab test as they may have come in contact with suspected COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment in the said clinic.

Continuing pa rin yung lockdown ng Fontana leisure park. We are just waiting for the result as soon as makuha namin yung result ng swabbing ma-find out na natin kung sino ang positive at negative. Then doon na yung magde-determine kung ilang days yung quarantine period noong lugar na yun,” Armamento said.

On May 26, the police raided a Chinese clinic in Barangay San Antonio, Makati City where they found patients undergoing treatment.

Boxes of medicines, COVID-19 test kits and other medical supplies were also seized in the facility.

A Chinese doctor and his companion was arrested after they failed to present a license to operate.

The Makati Police said the operation stemmed from the complaints of residents about their drainage system frequently clogged with syringes.

On May 28, two Chinese nationals, one of whom was a doctor, were arrested by authorities during a raid in a subdivision in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Medicines unregistered with the FDA were also found in the suspected underground facility.

According to PNP chief General Archie Gamboa, they are still investigating the connection between these illegal clinics.

He also called on people wanting to establish clinics amid the COVID-19 crisis to follow the law and coordinate with concerned agencies.

“’Yung mga gustong mag-establish ng hospitals or clinics, please dumaan kayo sa Department of Health para hindi na kayo na kailangang i-raid pa ng Philippine National Police para, anyway ang intention naman natin is para magamot ang ating mga kasamahan,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

More than 500 local execs under probe over alleged SAP anomalies – CIDG

Robie de Guzman   •   June 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – More than 500 local and barangay officials are being investigated over the alleged anomalies in the distribution of the cash subsidy under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

According to the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG), a total of 505 local officials nationwide are under “case build-up” following allegations of their involvement in graft and corrupt practices amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

PNP-CIDG deputy director for administration Police Brigadier General Rhoderick Armamento said around 380 complainants went to their office from April 1 to June 1 to report the alleged wrongdoings of local officials during the SAP distribution.

Armamento said most of the barangay officials facing allegations are from Western Visayas.

Among the local officials under investigation are 104 barangay chairpersons, 70 are barangay councilors, and three are Sangguniang Kabataan chairpersons.

The CIDG official also revealed the recent arrest they made involving three barangay officials from Olongapo City and Davao del Sur for allegedly ‘splitting’ the SAP cash aid of intended family-beneficiaries.

“Nagkaroon din po ang splitting, namagitan s’ya at diumano sa utos ng, may nag-utos sa kanya na, yun nga, hindi ibibigay lahat ang subsidy kundi babawasan… Hindi rin po na receive totally ng mga complainants yung amount na pinirmahan nila,” Armamento said.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government earlier said that “splitting” is among the top complaints leveled against erring barangay officials, in which they allegedly divide the SAP cash aid of one family to benefit other families.

Collecting “processing fees” and getting a cut from the SAP financial aid of beneficiaries also emerged as among the top complaints against some barangay officials.

Armamento said they have already lodged criminal complaints against more than 100 barangay officials over the alleged irregularities in the SAP distribution.

He also called on the public anew to report local officials who are involved in corrupt practices through the CIDG Facebook account, and hotline numbers 09773475267 and 09510593843. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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