Liga ng mga Barangay urges barangay officials on narco-list to surrender

Marje Pelayo   •   May 2, 2018   •   3433

Liga ng mga Barangay president Edmund Abesamis

MANILA, Philippines —“Face the truth.”

This was the message of Liga ng mga Barangay President Atty. Edmund Abesamis as he urges barangay officials included in the “narco-list” to come out and clear their names.

Abesamis said this is to spare honest and dedicated barangay officials from the controversy. He vowed that the group is ready to help them in any legal aspect.

“If you are involved you should face the truth and if you are not, don’t hide. Face the problem show them that you are not guilty,” he said.

In line with this, the league is pushing for a proposed bill in Congress that would impose mandatory drug testing to candidates for election in all positions nationwide. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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)

27 alleged narco-politicians triumphed in last election – PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently doing a case build up against 27 alleged narco-politicians who won in the recently concluded midterm elections.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, from a total of 47 names in the drugs watchlist of politicians, 37 filed their candidacy but only 27 succeeded in the election.

The winning list include several mayors and governors in Luzon.

Albayalde said he is leaving the case to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Sa Luzon meron. Dito lang sa Region 3 meron (at) sa Region4. Kilala ko ang mga nasa listahan. Alam ko ang mga pangalan nila. Alam ko nanalo ang mga iyon,” Albayalde said.

(There are some in Luzon, in Regions 3 and 4. I know those who are on the list. I know their names. I know they won.)

In case they have proven links to illegal drugs, appropriate charges will be filed against them.

“Continuous naman ang pag-iimbestiga sa kanila and as the SILG have said, kapag merong nakitang ebidensya laban sa kanila, we will file cases both criminal and administrative,” the PNP Chief added.

(Investigation is now ongoing and as the SILG have said, if there are evidence against them, we will file cases both criminal and administrative.)

Rampant vote buying

Albayalde, meanwhile, noted that aside from the P12 million cash authorities seized in anti vote-buying operations, candidates and supporters also distributed rice and eggs to lure voters.

READ: Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

The PNP chief said they were able to confiscate a total of 62 sacks of rice and 22 trays of eggs in different areas in Mindanao and Calabarzon Region.

“Wala sa kanilang umaamin kung saan nanggagaling, but we got election campaign material na doon sa specific candidates na iyon,” he said.

(No one would admit as to where the items came from but we got election campaign materials from that specific candidate.)

“But they deny na nanggaling doon sa mga kandidato na iyon at walang gustong magsabi whether the buyer or the seller kung sino or saan galing ang pera,” he added.

(But they deny that the items were from those [specific] candidates. No one, not the buyer nor the seller, wanted to admit where the items or cash came from.) – (with reports from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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