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PNP conducts inspection in provincial bus terminals

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is now on full alert status in Metro Manila and other key tourist destinations until the end of the Lenten season.

Although authorities have not received threats in the country’s peace and order, around 91,000 police personnel are now deployed nationwide.

Police General Oscar Albayalde, NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar and several PNP personnel on Wednesday (April 17) led the inspection at the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Cubao and Victory Liner bus terminal in Pasay City.

The PNP officials personally checked the security plans of these terminals in accommodating passengers during the Lenten season. –Maris Federez

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Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) admitted that vote buying was rampant in the recently concluded midterm polls.

As proof, authorities were able to seize more than P12 million from a total of 449 violators over the course of the election.

“Lahat ng nakumpiskang pera ay magsisilbing ebidensya laban sa mga na-apprehend natin na violators,” said PNP Spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac.

(All cash confiscated will serve as evidence against the apprehended violators.)

The highest amount seized was in Caraga region amounting to almost P8 million.

Other areas with the most number of vote buying incidents were Northern Mindanao with more than P1 million seized followed by Cagayan Valley (P561,000); Metro Manila (P541,100); and Bicol Region (P449,080).

From the 449 violators, a total of 356 were arrested, 85 persons evaded arrest while eight minors were rescued.

Most of the violators were from Metro Manila, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM); and from Regions 4a and 6.

“Wala pa tayong na-apprehend ngayon na nakakulong na sa vote buying dahil ang mga suspects at violators ay na-release for further investigation,” Banac said.

(None of those apprehended for vote buying were detailed because the suspects or violators were later released for further investigation.)

Appropriate charges were filed against the suspects for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

If proven guilty, they will serve one up to six years jail term and in case of election candidates, they will be disqualified from holding public office.

The PNP is also looking into the possibility of using drug money in vote buying. – (with details from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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Self-confessed ‘Bikoy’ used to sell fake information to authorities – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) remains skeptical of Peter Joemel Advincula claiming to be alias Bikoy, the hooded man in the viral narco video linking prominent personalities including President Rodrigo Duterte to illegal drugs.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, the responsibility is on Advincula to prove his claim, though authorities are working out to uncover his real identity.

“We have not really confirmed na itong si Bikoy na naka-hood ay siya rin itong si Advincula na self-confessed Bikoy. Ang burden of proof lies on Advincula kung paano niya i-prove na siya si Bikoy talaga, (We have not really confirmed if this hooded man or self-confessed Bikoy is indeed Advincula. The burden of proof now lies on Advincula to prove himself as Bikoy),” Police General Albayalde said.

According to Albayalde, Advincula used to tip authorities with information when he was serving jail term inside the New Bilibid Prison in 2016.

“He made it believe through one inmate also na siya ay involved. The same kuwento niya na siya ang involved sa isang sindikato at meron siyang alam na laboratory sa Bicol. It so happened na noong i-verify namin ang sinasabi niyang laboratory ay isang resort pala. (He made one inmate believe that he was involved (in a syndicate). The same old story. And that he knew of a (drug) laboratory in Bicol. It so happened that when we verified the supposed laboratory, it turned out to be a resort). So, this is how he lies,” Albayalde explained.

What’s cunning, Albayalde said, was that Advincula used to sell information for P50,000 to P70,000.

“We have an intensified campaign against illegal drugs, alam niya (he knows it). So, we develop kahit anong information ang nakukuha namin sa isang tao (So, we develop whatever information we could get from an informant).  But before he gives information, ilang beses na siyang nakahingi ng medyo large amount of money (he would always ask for a large amount of money). And it turned out na lahat ng sinabi niya are all false, (later, it would turn out that everything he said was false),” the PNP Chief narrated.

He said it was not only one agency that Advincula conned with false information.

“Ibig sabihin nagpabayad siya dito (He accepted payment for), the same information . Umatras iyon pero nabayaran na siya (The other party backed out their deal but he was paid already),” Albayalde said.

Then there was another agency na binayaran siya ulit and then false pa rin ang sinasabi niya (Then there was another agency that also paid him, but fed it false information again),” Albyalde added.

If Advincula is indeed Bikoy, Albayalde said it is possible that he is a paid whistleblower.

Until now, the PNP has not received any information on whether or not the personalities mentioned by Bikoy in the viral video have links to illegal drugs, but assures that investigations are still ongoing.

“Kahit na ang quadrangle group na sinasabi niya it’s not even existent, (Even that quadrangle group that he mentioned is non-existent),” the PNP Chief said.

Meanwhile, authorities are still verifying information if Advincula has an existing warrant of arrest for cases of illegal recruitment in Baguio City. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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PNP recovers over 300 firearms from unauthorized security agencies

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

PNP officials inspect over 300 firearms seized from unauthorized security agencies in Metro Manila

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recovered a total of 331 firearms from security agencies in Metro Manila issued with Cease to Operate (CTO) order.

The PNP Civil Security Group-Supervisory Office for Security and Investigation Agencies (CSG-SOSIA) presented to media on Wednesday (May 8) 250 firearms from involved security agencies, while 81 were recovered during the conduct of post to post inspection in the duration of the election period from January 13 to present.

The firearms recovered include:

(55) 12 GA Shotgun

(39) 9mm pistol

(222) .38 caliber

(10) Super .38 caliber

(1) caliber 380

(2) CAL .32

(2) Mac Intretac

The security guards involved were also issued with violation ticket report.

The confiscation and issuance of VTR stemmed from the agencies’ lack of license to exercise the security profession of security guards.

The crackdown on unauthorized security agencies is in line with PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde’s directive to SOSIA to “revisit the hiring process of security guards and intensify the conduct of post to post inspection.”

This, after the arrest of an alleged Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention who posed as security guard in Muntinlupa City.

Since the start of the election period, the PNP has recovered a total of 1,257 firearms from unauthorized security agencies that violated the CTO order and through the post to post inspections of police authorities across the country. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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