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‘Ompong’ death toll climbs to 81 – PNP

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Aerial view of the housing community in Baggao, Cagayan, where Typhoon Ompong, internationally known as Super Typhoon Mangkhut made its first landfall

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The number of deaths in the wake of Typhoon Ompong has now risen to 81, based on the latest count from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Records at the PNP National Operations Center in Camp Crame revealed that as of Wednesday morning (September 19), additional six deaths were recorded in the landslide area in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, bringing the tally to 66 in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).

This brings the partial total count as follows:

CAR: 66

Cagayan Valley (Region 2): 10

Central Luzon (Region 3): 3

NCR: 2

Ilocos (Region 1): 1

Meanwhile, the number of missing persons is now at 70 with the following breakdown:

CAR: 66


Ilocos Region: 2

— UNTV News and Rescue

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Faeldon Jr. tests negative of drug use; PNP denies special treatment

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2018


A mugshot of Nicanor Faeldon Jr., son of BuCor Chief Nicanor Faeldon


MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) maintained that there was no special treatment for the son of Director General Nicanor Faeldon of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) in line with the recent arrest of his son Nicanor Jr.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde in an interview said the BuCor Chief never sought special favors for his son.

Albayalde believes that Chief Faeldon will stand by his principle that he will not condone his own son should he be involved in illegal drugs or in any violations.

Faeldon Jr. was arrested on Friday (December 15) inside a house turned drug den in Naga City.

On Saturday, authorities released the drug test results of Faeldon Jr. and three others, but only the younger Faeldon tested negative of drug use.

However, he was charged by Bicol police for maintaining a drug den in violation of Section 6 of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

The operation’s main target and the owner of the house, Russel Lanuzo, was charged for use and possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The two other suspects Manuel Niebres and Allan Valdez were charged for drug use and visiting a drug den. – UNTV News and Rescue

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64 candidates in 2019 elections apply for police escorts

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018


FILE PHOTO: Philippine National Police

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Several politicians vying for elections in 2019 have applied for police escorts, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

According to the PNP Police Security and Protection Group (PSPG), 64 candidates have already submitted their formal request to the agency following a number of ambush incidents against politicians in Batangas, Cavite and La Union.

Among those who asked for police escorts are three senators; 49 congressmen; 6 local chief executives; three former government officials and three private individuals running for the elections in May.

A total of 116 police escorts will be assigned to them once the Commission on Elections (Comelec) approves it.

“For those who will be running for elective positions, they have to reapply with the Comelec, so they have to download the requirements from Comelec website. Ang magiging role lang po ng PSPG is to certify that the personnel or a member of PSPG and the firearms are issued for the personnel of PSPG,” said PCSupt. Filmore Escobal, PSPG Director.

Escobal said they are expecting more applications in the coming days especially from areas with intense political rivalry.

“There are certain instances na merong intense political rivalry na nare-report in some areas, so ang security personnel ay isang preventive measures para ma-achieve natin yung goal natin na maging peaceful ang elections,“ he said.

Meanwhile, Escobal said all existing security escorts of incumbent politicians will remain.

The PSPG reminds politicians, however, to ask permission from the Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (SOSIA) of the PNP and from Comelec should they wish to have additional escorts form the Protective Security Agency so as not to be associated with a private armed group. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Illegal recruiters nabbed in Manila

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 23rd, 2018


Mugshots of suspects (L-R) Eladio Bendanillo and Melissa Cruz

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Anti Transnational Crime Unit raided a unit at Qubix Residences in Pedro Gil Street in Paco, Manila on Wednesday (November 21).

Authorities arrested live-in partners Eladio Cabrera and Melissa Cardona who were reported by three complainants who happened to be job applicants for Dubai and Qatar.

“They were promised with salaries of up to $1500 a month. Allegedly pagdating doon mayroong sasalo sa kanilang agency at merong sponsors na mga Pilipino rin na nagtratrabaho sa Dubai,” explained PSupt. Roque Merdegia Jr. CIDG-ATCU Chief referring to the illegal recruitment activities of the suspects.

One of the victims narrated that she already gave the suspects P30,000 in exchange for an affidavit of sponsorship allegedly coming from the Consulate Office in Dubai and Qatar.

“Noong September po nagbigay kami ng paunang bayad P20,000 po ang hiningi sa amin hanggang tumagal po ng tumagal. November na po ngayon di pa rin po kami nakakaalis. Hiningan po kami ng karagdagang P10,000 may nakapagsabi po sa amin na ilegal po sila at yung ginagamit sa red ribbon ay fake daw. Kaya humingi na po kami mg tulong dito sa mga pulis,” recalled one of the victims alias Gemma.

When they checked on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the victims found out that the couple was not among the agency’s registered recruiters for Dubai and Qatar.

Authorities seized from the suspects’ computer units, a number of dry seals of various Philippine Consulate in the Middle East which they used to fake documents.

Merdegia noted, however, that what’s more alarming is that individuals with fake documents sometimes deceive immigration officers at the airport.

“Ang nakakaalarma rito, nakakalusot sa immigration o sa terminal itong mga taong gumagamit ng mga pekeng sponsorship and assurance, nakakalusot,” he said.

The two suspects are now facing charges of illegal recruitment, swindling, and falsification of public document. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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