NBI probes abduction of Korean nat’l

admin   •   January 13, 2017   •   3560

The abducted Korean Ick Joo Jee in Angeles City on October 18, 2016

The National Bureau of Investigation-National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) and NBI Task Force Against Illegal Drugs are joining forces to look into the abduction of Korean national Ick Joo Jee in Angeles City, Pampanga last October 18.

Three suspects, including a policeman from the PNP-Anti Illegal Drugs Group, have already been charged of kidnapping and serious illegal detention before the Department of Justice. But the victim’s wife, Kyunghin Choi, also requested the NBI to probe the incident.

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She claims that the suspects also took their personal property, jewelry, passports and vehicle.

“We are investigating this case for the purpose of touching on the angle of carnapping and robbery and to identify other perpetrators of the crime using the ‘war on drugs’ to extort money,” said NBI-NCR Director Atty. Ric Diaz.

NBI said it is too early to tell whether the incident is a case of ‘Tokhang-for-ransom’ since the victim, who is a former top executive of Hanjin Shipping Company, is not involved in illegal drugs.

“He’s a legitimate businessman working here and living in Angeles City,” said Atty. Diaz.

The victim’s wife is appealing to people who might have possibly seen the Korean national.

Choi said the kidnappers failed to show proof that his husband is still alive when they delivered the 5 million-peso ransom.

The family is offering 100,000 pesos for any information that would help track down the victim.

They also called on the DOJ to fast track the resolution of the charges and the arrest of the suspects. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

NTC, makikipag-ugnayan sa PNP at NBI para matunton ang nasa likod ng text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makikipag-ugnayan ang National Telecommunications (NTC) sa pulisya at sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) para imbestigahan ang mga nasa likod ng text scams.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga reklamo ng ilang mobile subscribers ukol sa natatanggap nilang mga text messages mula sa mga ‘di kilalang phone numbers na nag-aalok ng trabaho, o kaya ay pautang.

Ayon sa NTC, maraming paraan para makuha ang phone number ng isang indibiduwal na pinapadalhan ng spam texts.

Kabilang na dito ang listahan ng mga number na nagpapaload sa mga tindahan at sa contact tracing system ng mga establisimyento.

Pero giit ni NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, ipinagbabawal ang pagbibigay ng impormasyong ito sa ibang tao at paggamit rito para sa text scams.

“We can coordinate perhaps with NBI at police para surveillance, ano, ma-determine sino yung mga yan—grupo ba sila or individual, et cetera, et cetera,” ani Cabarios.

Payo ng NTC sa publiko, huwag magbigay ng personal na impormasyon kung makakatanggap ng mga ganitong mensahe.

Maaari namang i-block ng NTC ang phone number ng mga gumagawa ng ganitong aktibidad kung hihilingin ng mga magrereklamo.

Kung makakatanggap ng text scams, maaari itong ireport sa NTC Central Office Consumer Welfare and Protection Division sa mga numerong (+63) (02) 8920-4464; (+63) (02) 8926-7722; at (+63) (02) 8921-3251.

Maaari ding magpadala ng mensahe sa e-mail address ng NTC na consumer@ntc.gov.ph. (Mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Eleazar orders admin raps vs cop accused of kidnapping in Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar has ordered the initiation of summary dismissal proceedings against a policeman charged with kidnapping in Manila.

In a statement, the PNP said Eleazar directed the Internal Affairs Service to file a criminal complaint against Patrolman Wilfredo Mindanao.

“Apart from the filing of criminal complaints of serious illegal detention and usurpation of authority in the Manila Prosecutor’s Office against the suspects, I have instructed the IAS to initiate summary dismissal proceedings against Mindanao,” Eleazar said.

Mindanao, along with his alleged cohort, Romeo Aday, were arrested after allegedly kidnapping a man whom they claimed to have caught in possession of illegal drugs. Aday, who is reportedly a driver, purportedly introduced himself as an agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and  claimed that the victim was under arrest for possession of illegal drugs.

The two suspects were arrested by local authorities after receiving a complaint from a vendor who witnessed the supposed abduction.

Eleazar also said that the Manila Police District (MPD) is conducting a deeper probe into the incident.

“We cannot allow these few rogues in the service to destroy the public’s confidence on the PNP now that we have made strides in regaining our kababayan’s trust. I am warning those policemen who will continue to undermine our mandate and erode the institution, you will be caught and made to face the consequences of your wrongful actions,” the PNP chief said. AAC


PNP, NBI to jointly probe, prosecute law enforcers’ violations in drug war ops

Robie de Guzman   •   November 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have signed an agreement for cooperation in formal investigation of all police operations relating to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

The PNP said the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the NBI was signed on Wednesday. PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar and NBI officer-in-charge Eric Distor signed the agreement before the Department of Justice.

The four-page MOA serves as an authority for the two agencies “to build cases against PNP personnel who would be found violating the criminal laws in the conduct of operations against illegal drug personalities across the country.”

“The PNP and the NBI shall jointly evaluate the government’s anti-illegal drug operations, and, where necessary, determine possible criminal liability on the part of the police officers involved in these operations,” the MOA read.

“As state agencies, both parties seek to ascertain the truth regarding the allegations of human rights violations and possible criminal liability in the conduct of government’s anti-illegal drug operations,” it added.

The agreement emphasizes the commitment of the PNP and the NBI in supporting each other in terms of the following:

  • Sharing all documents, records and pieces of evidence relating to the police anti-drug operations;
  • Undertaking investigation, case build-up and the possible filing of criminal complaints against any police officer who would be found violating the laws.
  • Prepare a full and detailed report of all relevant findings and recommendations for submission to each counterpart head of agency
  • Designation of points of contact and representatives for ease of coordination

Under the Agreement, the PNP is expected to designate representatives from the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) and the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) and the NBI to name representatives from its Office of the Assistant Director for Regional Operations Service, Office of the Assistant Director for Investigation Service, Office of the Assistant Director for Intelligence Service, and the Office of the Assistant Director for Forensic Service.

The designation of the representatives must be done within 15 days after the signing of the MOA, the PNP said.

Representatives from both the PNP and the NBI will form the PNP-NBI Joint Investigation Team. Their meeting is set at least once a month.

“The signing of this Agreement is proof of the PNP’s commitment to transparency and accountability and in order to finally settle the allegations of human rights abuses that have been hounding the government’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs since July 2016,” Eleazar said in a statement.

“Through this Agreement, we will be able to ferret out the truth and correct the wrong impression that all our operations relating to illegal drugs campaign are tainted with human rights abuse. Napakalaki ng sakripisyo ng ating kapulisan sa kampanyang ito at marami din kaming kasamahan na nagbuwis ng buhay at nasugatan sa aming mga operasyon,” he added.

For his part, Distor assured impartiality in the conduct of the investigation.

“The NBI shares the goal of the PNP to put an end to the illegal drugs problem in the country. We have been coordinating and working together to address this problem through joint operations and information sharing,” he said.

“We assure impartiality in the conduct of investigation and we are confident that this would finally address the concerns on the manner by which the government’s illegal drug operations have been undertaken and to correct what needs to be corrected in the interest of truth and justice,” he added.

At least 52 cases involving 154 police officers will be prioritized by the PNP-NBI Joint Investigation Team. Those cases were already reviewed by the DOJ and were recommended for further investigation and case build-up.

The criminal cases that may be recommended by the Joint Investigation Team are separate from the administrative cases that would be pursued by the IAS, the PNP said.

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