Iligan candidate withdraws from election over ‘narco list’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 2, 2018   •   4054

 

(Foreground) Councilor Al Daud Cali  of Barangay Upper Hinaplanon in Iligan City being interviewed by UNTV News and Rescue correspondent Weng Fernandez (seated)

MINDANAO, Philippines – Several election hopefuls in the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls are worried about their safety following the release of “barangay narcolist” by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA.)

Councilor Al Daud Cali of Barangay Upper Hinaplanon in Iligan City decided to withdraw his candidacy after hearing his name included in the list of barangay officials involved in illegal drugs trade. He insists he is a victim like anybody else.

 “Biktima lang talaga kami. Kontra partido kasi kami. Iyon ang nakikita kong dahilan… Wala po akong record sa PNP,” he said.

(We’re really just victims here because we’re from the opposing party. That’s the only reason I see…I have no records with PNP.)

 Councilor Gayson Matildo of the nearby Barangay Sto. Rosario was holding back his tears when he heard that his name was on the dreaded list.

 “Kaya nga diyan ako nagtaka. Bakit napunta ako sa ganyan? Siguro baka ini-asses nila ang bahay namin na pina-renovate ng mama (ko,) tapos kagawad lang ako. Pero sa totoo wa jud koy gasto bisan piso. (Wala ako gastos kahit piso).  In fact miyembro pa ko sa 4P’s,” Matildo explained.

(I was taken aback. How did my name end up on the list? Maybe they assessed our house that my mother had renovated, and I’m just a councilor. But to be honest, I never spent a peso on that house. In fact, I’m a 4P’s beneficiary.)

Barangay Captain Benito Salvani of Barangay San Antonio Agusan Del Norte said he fears for his life and for his family especially that a number of barangay officials have been reported dead following the release of the narco list.

 “Ang aking pamilya ang natakot sa sitwasyon ko ngayon kasi syempre maraming na tokhang, maraming namatay dahil sa droga,” Salvani said.

(My family fears for my safety because of the current situation I’m in.  A lot of people have been killed because of drugs.)

For his part, Barangay Captain Antonio Deles of Barangay Camino Nuevo in Zamboanga City,  sees politics as the reason why he is being implicated in the drug trade. Deles  maintained he is innocent.

“Basta ako tatayo ako sa sarili ko sa harapan ninyo. Hindi ako kasali dyan. Wala akong kasalanan. Trabaho lang ang ginagawa ko sa barangay,” he said.

(I will stand before you. I’m not part of it. I didn’t do anything. I just work at the barangay.) – UNTV News & Rescue

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Eleazar orders intensified ops vs private armed groups, loose firearms ahead of election season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 1, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief PGen. Guillermo Eleazar said the national police will intensify its operations against private armed groups (PAG) and loose firearms ahead of election season.

Eleazar added that he has ordered all police offices and units nationwide to intensify operations especially when there are politicians who use private armed groups and will try to win the candidacy through violence. Eleazar said the PNP wants to ensure credible, orderly and peaceful elections in 2022.

“Papalapit na ang eleksyon at alam naman natin na may ilang pulitiko na gumagamit ng private armed groups para sa pansarili nilang mga interes, partikular ang maipanalo ang kanilang kandidatura gamit ang dahas. We will not allow that,” he said.

(The election is drawing near and we know there are several politicians who use private armed groups for their own interest, particularly to win the candidacy using violence.)

The PNP Chief also directed the local police to intensify intelligence gathering efforts to monitor PAGs as well as syndicates involved in gun-running activities.

According to the National Task Force on the Disbandment of PAGs (NTF-DPAGs), over 130 armed groups are being monitored in Mindanao alone.

“Dapat tiyakin ng PNP na walang magaganap na aberya o kaguluhan sa bawat bahagi ng halalan, mula sa filing ng candidacy hanggang sa deklarasyon ng mga nanalong kandidato,” Eleazar said.

(The PNP should ensure there will be no disorder during elections, from the filing of candidacy to the declarations of winners) AAC

Former Maguindanao mayor on ‘narcolist’ killed after grabbing police escort’s gun

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Former Talitay, Maguindanao mayor, Montasser Sabal, was killed during the operation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday after allegedly grabbing the service firearm of a police escort during his transport to Camp Crame in Quezon City.

PNP Chief P.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Sabal is one of the high-value targets.

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Sabal on Wednesday (June 16) at the Batangas Port in Batangas City.

The PNP said he was wanted for drug and illegal possession of firearms charges. Eleazar also said that Sabal is included in the ‘narcolist’.

“Isa siya sa kino-consider natin na high value target (We consider him a high-value target) considering he was a former police officer, recruited and trained by special action force on explosive ordnance disposal and sniper course,” he said.

During Sabal’s arrest, authorities recovered six high-caliber firearms, 400 grams of suspected illegal drugs, and P200,000 cash.

Authorities were escorting Sabal towards the National Capital Region Field Unit of the CIDG at Camp Crame when he grabbed his police escort’s firearm while onboard the vehicle which resulted in a scuffle.

Sabal was able to shoot the police officer beside him which prompted the accompanying police officer to use reasonable force.

“Sabal tried to escape by grabbing the firearm of his police escort the scuffle between the suspect and the police escort resulted in the latter to hit and fatally wounded Sabal, the suspect was rushed at San Juan Medical Center but declared dead at around 6:13 in the morning,” Eleazar said.

The PNP Chief also added that the confiscated firearms from Sabal might probably be used during the 2022 national elections.

“Another possible attempt by a partisan armed group to beef up armaments as they prepared for the coming 2022 election,” according to Eleazar.

Sabal was charged by the Office of the Ombudsman and eventually suspended for failure to disclose his properties and business interests in his SALN from 2011 to 2015.

Meanwhile, Sabal’s cohorts will undergo an investigation to determine appropriate cases to be filed against them.

Pamilya ni alyas Bikoy, nanawagan ng tulong sa Pangulo

UNTV News   •   February 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Nanawagan ng tulong kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang kapatid ni Peter Joemel Advincula o alyas Bikoy na si Joseph Advincula dahil umano sa mga death threat na natatanggap ng kanilang pamilya.

Ayon sa ulat ni Hazel Rivero sa UNTV CNEWS, nagsimulang nakatanggap ng banta sa buhay sina Advincula mula noong maisyuhan ng warrant of arrest si alyas Bikoy dahil sa kasong perjury.

Mula sa isang hindi kilalang numero ang nagpapadala ng text message kay Advincula na naglalaman ng mga pananakot.

Ang huli ay noong Biyernes kung saan sinabing tatapunan ng bomba ang kanilang bahay at maging sa Department of Education (DepEd) Region 5, kung saan siya namamasukan.

“Hindi lang pala ako ang nasendan ng text messege na yon kundi tumawag sa akin ng RO5 spokesperson namin sa DepEd Regional Office na pati sya pala ay nasendan din ng text messege na ganun at pati ung chief administrative officer,” pahayag ni Advincula.

Naipa-blotter na ng tagapagsalita ng DepEd ang nangyaring pananakot.

Samantala, inireport na rin ng pamilya Advincula sa Donsol Municipal Police Station ang tungkol sa dalawang lalaking umaaligid sa labas ng kanilang bahay noong nakaraang buwan.

Matatandaang si alyas Bikoy ang nagsiwalat ng impormasyon tungkol sa narco list video serye at pagbubuo ng Project Sodoma o planong pagpapabagsak sa pangulo at ang pamilya nito, kasama na rin si Sen. Bong Go.

Nahihiya man dahil sa ginawa ng kanyang kapatid sa Pangulo, humingi pa rin siya ng tulong dito.

“Sa stage ko po ngayon na pati ang work ko po ngayon ay nasasacrifice na. Nai-stress na din ako bilang kapatid niya. Sana kung mayroon man ako mahihinging tulong  lalong lalo na sa Philippine National Police at sa pamahalaan para po at least kahit po na pinaglalaban namin itong kaso ng aking kapatid ay mayroon po kaming lakas. Kasi mahirap sumandal pagkaming dalawa lang,” sabi ni Advincula. (mula sa ulat ni Hazel Rivero)

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