More than 20 drug pushers killed in PNP’s one time, big time operation in Bulacan

UNTV News   •   August 16, 2017   •   7167

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MANILA, Philippines — 21 individuals were killed in Tuesday’s one time big time drug operation conducted by the Bulacan Philippine National Police (PNP).

Police claimed the suspects resisted arrest after noticing that the people their transacting with were just poser buyers.

Bulacan Provincial Director Police Senior Superintendent Romeo Caramat said they have planned the operation for one month.

Of the nine towns raided by the police this morning, two suspected drug pushers were killed in Barangay Poblacion Guiguinto Bulacan; wwo men in Barangay Loma de Gato Marilao Bulacan while another one in Barangay Wawa in the town of Balagtas.

Casualties were also reported in the towns of San Jose del Monte, Meycauayan, Malolos, Baliuag, Norzagaray, San Miguel, Plaridel, San Rafael and Sta. Maria.

Aside from the killed suspects, 94 drug personalities were also arrested, while 22 guns and 150 grams of suspected shabu were confiscated.

The said one time big time drug operations are part of the campaign of the PNP against illegal drugs.

“We decided to conduct simultaneous police operations to make them feel and see that all drug pushers are being targeted in our campaign against illegal drugs.”

“To show them that the Bulacan PNP is not ceasing with its campaign and we will further intensify our operations,” Bulacan PNP Provincial Director PSSupt. Romeo Caramat said.

The police target to conduct raids in 15 towns in Bulacan.

“It began at exactly 12:01 A.M. And it will end at 12 midnight. This is the final. This is where we will tally how many we have arrested, and the result of our one day operation,” Camarat added. – Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue

Norzagaray Police deputy chief arrested for using detainee as personal driver

Maris Federez   •   March 7, 2020

The Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) operatives on Saturday (March 7) arrested the deputy chief of the Norzagaray Municipal Police Station in Bulacan for using a detainee as his personal driver, according to a statement released by the PNP-IMEG.

PNP-IMEG director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee said they have already reported the matter to PNP Chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, identifying the official as Captain Wilfredo Dizon Jr.

In the statement, Lee further said that they have also arrested Resty Cabacang, a 49-year old resident of Sapang Palay, San Jose del Monte City who was supposed to be detained at the local police detention facility on charges of serious physical injuries.

Lee added that a team of officers from the PNP-IMEG, together with the members of the PNP Special Action Force’s 82nd Special Action Company and the Bulacan Police Provincial Office’s Provincial Intelligence Branch under Col. Lawrence B. Cajipe intercepted the vehicle that was driven by Cabacang in front of the Norzagaray police station on Friday afternoon. Dizon was seen onboard the vehicle.

“We’re conducting an accounting of prisoners in the said police station in coordination with the Bulacan police headquarters. Again, this is a grave offense which will not be tolerated by the PNP leadership,” Lee said.

The official also said that a conduct of pre-charge investigation for grave misconduct is recommended against the official. Dizon’s arrest came two days after PNP-IMEG agents apprehended Argao, Cebu police chief for “sleeping” with a detained drug offender.

In the statement, Lee said that Major Ildefonso V. Miranda Jr. was found sleeping and presumably having sexual relationship with a young woman who is locked up for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Another female detainee who was said to be acting as De Guzman’s assistant, was also found sleeping inside the office of the police chief.

“The female inmate and another fellow are supposed to be locked up at the police jail, not sleeping at the room of the police station commander,” said Lee.

Lee recommended to Police Regional Office 7 director, Brigadier General Albert Ignatius D. Ferro the conduct of summary dismissal proceedings against the erring police officer.

Lee added that the PNP-IMEG Visayas Field Unit placed Miranda under surveillance amid reports that female detainees were staying and sleeping inside his office in gross violation of police procedures.

Lee said that the two police officials will be charged for violating Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, Direct Bribery and violation of Article 156 of the Revised Penal Code which refers to the ‘Delivery of Prisoners from Jail.’ —/mbmf

NLEX to probe coping beam collapse incident in Skyway Stage 3 project

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation on Monday said it will probe the incident of coping beam collapse that caused traffic build-up at the southbound lane of Balintawak in Quezon City on Sunday.

In a Twitter post, the NLEX Corp. said the decision came “after a coping beam being lifted for one of the piers detached during the installation yesterday morning.”  

It said a review will be conducted on the lifting and other construction procedures used by the contractor of the San Miguel-led Citra Central Expressway Corporation Skyway Stage 3 project.  

“The NLEX Corporation and San Miguel-led Citra Central Expressway Corporation (CCEC) today said they will conduct a review of the lifting procedures and other construction methodologies to be employed by the contractor for the Skyway Stage 3 Project within the NLEX area to ensure safety of motorists and construction personnel,” it said.

Around 9 a.m. on Sunday, a 58-ton coping beam being installed for the project fell down after it got detached from its hook.

The NLEX said the incident caused the flow of traffic to slow down at Balintawak-Camachile area.

The coping beam was fully retrieved at past 12 p.m., making three lanes passable.

The Skyway Stage 3 project is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway that will connect Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.

It is projected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020.

Classic match: Alaska topples San Miguel in UNTV Cup PBA Legends face-off

Marje Pelayo   •   July 9, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Fans went wild at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday (July 8) as the Milkmen served the Beermen their first taste of defeat at the conclusion of UNTV Cup Off PBA Legends off-season games.

Even the Legends themselves were amazed to feel their old aggressive self coming back to life just like the good old days as they hit the hardcourt.

“Believe it or not, iyong intensity noong nasa dulo (the intensity through the end of the game) it felt like the 90s again,” exclaimed Alaska’s Jojo “Mr. Clutchman” Lastimosa.

“So it was just like going back in time for the times. We were here 20 years ago, 25 years ago, the feeling was the same although a bit slower but the competition was there, the intensity was there,” he said.

“Sa totoo lang na-miss ko din talaga (Honestly, I missed [playing] so much),” said Kiko Adriano of San Miguel.

“The last time I played siguro 2008. Ito talaga ang ano ng player, iyong pride (This is the pride of a player) although medyo lack kami duon sa players pero up to the last na oras talagang laban pa rin (though we lack players but up to the last hour we continued fighting),” he said.

Basketball fans couldn’t sit still as they watch and shout to the breathtaking exchanges of double and triple shots, minute after minute of the game.

Indeed, a classic match they missed for decades.

Marlon Pangan is from a family of Ginebra die-hard fans. He made sure to witness the comeback of his idol Bal David into the hardcourt as he flaunted an old jersey of David like it was his ‘lucky charm.’

“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga yung kalakasan nila (Since 1994, I’ve seen them when they were at the peak of their career) – Bal David, Marlo Aquino, Noli Locsin. Natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami. Hanggang ngayon, sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (I am happy that until now, we’re still here, supporting their games),” he said.

Alaska supporter Jeon Yantada goes all-out for his idol Willie “The Thriller” Miller.

“Parang bumagal na siya lumaki na pero yung tira niya sa labas parang (Stephen) Curry. Hindi naman nagbabago (He seemed to have slowed down a bit but his shots were like Stephen Curry’s. Nothing changed),” the Alaska die-hard fan said.

“Nanonood ako ng PBA kapag may San Miguel fight lang. Nag-cheer ako even pumusta ko sa kanila (I watch PBA only when San Miguel fights. I cheered for them and even placed a bet on them),” said Allan Bernales of his favorite team San Miguel.

It was an intense one hour inside the Big Dome as Alaska Aces hit the hardcourt with a vengeance against the strong San Miguel Beermen who defeated them in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game with only seven points, 96-83.

The Beermen started strong in the first quarter, leading the ball game with two points, 21-19.

But the Milkmen was also up for the win and led the second quarter with a three-point advantage, 37-34, thanks to Willie “the Thriller” Miller’s 10 points contribution.

San Miguel again dominated the third quarter with an 8-point lead after Chris Calaguio fired four three-point shots, 60-52.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos displayed his ‘deadly crossover moves’, pushing Alaska closer to lead, 70-68.

There was non-stop intensity as John Ferriols added a free throw and Eddie Laure jumped for two.

The Milkmen finally scored ahead of the Beermen, 71-70 as both teams went neck and neck, scoring tied twice at 71 and 72.

At the final one minute and 42 seconds, the Beermen had the chance to win the game when Kiko Adriano stole the ball and attempted a shot but missed.

At 1:03, Miller fired a three-point shot but Allan Caidic couldn’t just watch so “the Triggerman” delivered his ‘shooting touch’ of three, bringing the score to a third tie at 75.

The last 46 seconds of the ball game brought out the best of both teams.

Abarrientos ended the showdown with a final lay up during the remaining 12 seconds, securing Alaska’s championship title, 77-75, while fans singing “Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska!” (Nothing can beat Alaska!)

Battle for 3rd: Ginebra vs. Purefoods

Crowd-favorite Ginebra and Purefoods battle for the third place prior to the championship game.

The Gin Kings toppled the Hotdogs in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game, 97-89.

But it was a complete turn-around as the Hotdogs emerged victorious after defeating the Gin Kings and secured the third spot in the PBA Legends Face Off, 98-75.

Six players from Purefoods contributed double-digit scores – Roger Yap (20); Alvin Patrimonio (16); Tony Boy Espinosa (14); Glenn Capacio (13); Dwight Lago (10) and Jerry Codinera (10).

Meanwhile, leading Ginebra with high scores were Bennett Palad (16); Mike Orquillas (14); and Bal David (11).

The Legends have nothing but praises to the one-of-a-kind charity basketball game organized by UNTV president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon in cooperation with the PBA Legends Foundation chaired by former Crispa star Atoy Co.

“Congratulations to everybody. Siyempre giving back to the fans din ito, (Of course, this is also giving back to the fans,)” exclaimed Alvin ‘the Captain’ Patrimonio.

“Natutuwa ako sa mga fans kasi grabe yung cheers nila sa amin (I’m amazed with the way the fans cheered for us, so lively),“ he said.

“Congratulations to UNTV for making this event possible. We were very, very thankful hindi lang doon sa mga Legends na naglalaro kundi sa purpose nito (not only to the Legends who played but for the purpose of this game) – to help the Legends,” thanked Purefoods Bong ‘The Raven’ Ravena.

“Aside for the win this is for all the fans. Makabalik man lang kami sa kanila kahit maliit na kasayahan. Malaking bagay sa amin iyon (To give back to them and to be able to make them happy, that means a lot to us),” he added.

“Sana tuloy-tuloy pa at marami pang (ganitong) event (I hope for more of this event in the future). Thank you and all the best. More power Kuya Daniel and sa UNTV,” concluded Ginebra’s Bal ‘The Flash’ David.

The host UNTV has given the four teams P2-M which they donated to the PBA Legends Foundation. – with details from Bernard Dadis

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