NPA leader Jaime Padilla nabbed in San Juan City

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2019   •   1495

(FILE) Jaime ‘Ka Diego’ Padilla, spokesperson of the Melito Glor Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) poses for a photo inside a makeshift hut during their 50th founding anniversary celebration at an undisclosed location in the mountains of Sierra Madre, Philippines, 31 March 2019 (issued 05 April 2019).  EPA-EFE/ALECS ONGCAL

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) have arrested New People’s Army (NPA) leader, Jaime Padilla in San Juan City.

Acting Director Debold Sinas of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Padilla was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Medical Center due to hypertension following his arrest.

Padilla has a standing warrant of arrest for charges of multiple murder and kidnapping.

He was also identified as the spokesperson of the NPA Southern Tagalog unit and a member of National Information Bureau of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) Center Committee.

The NPA leader has a P4.4 million bounty on his head.

Also arrested were three of Padilla’s men who will face charges for harboring of criminals.

They are all under the custody of CIDG in Camp Crame. — MNP (with details 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)

Duterte offers P2-M bounty for the capture of NPA commanders

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has offered a P2-million bounty to anyone who can provide information on the whereabouts of leaders or commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA).

Aside from this, the President promised to protect the informant and also to provide him or her with a livelihood package. 

“Kung sino ang makakapagturo (To anyone who can report to us [their location]),” he said.

Tapos doon sa Army o pulis, kapag ikaw ang nagturo at nahuli ang komander na mabigat, may hati ka diyan sa pera pero aalisin kita sa lugar mo. Kung taga-Abra ka, ihatid kita sa Mindanao. Bibigyan kita ng lupa at doon ka na lang,” he added.

(Then to a member of the Army or police, if you are the one who could capture a high-profile commander, you will have a share in the bounty but I will reassign you somewhere else. If you are in Abra, I will send you to Mindanao. I will give you a land and you can stay there.)

The President’s offer comes after the recent attacks by the NPA against government forces that were providing security in the distribution of aid in provinces affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis. MNP (with information from Rosalie Coz)

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