FILE PHOTO: National Headquarters of the Philippine National Police
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is considering imposing a sticker system among motorcycle riders to prevent more incidents of killings by motorcycle-riding criminals.
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said they are planning to have the pilot implementation in Region 3. This is to give proper identification to all motorcycle riders.
“Meron nga tayong ginagawang sticker system that we will launch in Region 3 and then eventually gagayahin iyan ng iba’t ibang region sa buong Pilipinas. Hindi naman ito full proof. Di naman natin sinasabing gagawin natin iyan at matitigil na lahat iyan,” said Albayalde.
To date, there are at least 1,000 shooting incidents involving motorcycle-riding suspects based on the record of the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM). Nine hundred thirty-three of these cases happened between October 11, 2017 and June 4, 2018 while 862 were murder cases and 71 were homicides.
Among murder cases, only 274 were solved while 588 are under investigation. Meanwhile, among the homicide cases, only 37 were solved and 34 are under investigation.
According to DIDM Director Francis Elmo Sarona, from a total of 1,139 suspects, only 57 were arrested, 12 were killed and 1,070 remain at large. Among the list of suspects at large , only 388 have been identified while 682 perpetrators are still unknown.
“Ang motorcycle was an indispensable tool in the commission of the crime or to make good of his escape,” Sarona said.
Meanwhile, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) through its vice chairman, Arsenio Evangelista said they are in favor of the proposal.
“We fully support any initiative, any tools to address iyang riding- in-tandem criminals o motorcycle riding criminals. Iyang sticker na iyan it is effective,“ Evangelista said. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
Father-and-daughter local execs ambushed in La Union, not in drugs watch list – PNP
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) revealed on Thursday (November 15) that Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and his daughter Mayor Aleli Concepcion were not on the police drug watch list.
The father and daughter tandem were ambushed in Balaoan, La Union on Tuesday (November 14).
According to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde, there was no previous report of the two local executive’s involvement in illegal drugs trade.
“Wala naman so far. I just don’t know in the region,” Albayalde said.
So far, there are no witnesses surfacing to testify on the case while the PNP Region 1 police are doing the investigation.
“The more important thing here is the witness who can give full account or give suspects or persons of interest dito sa mga incidents na ganyan. Napakaimportante kasi na kapag may nakakita, kailangan pong pumunta sa pulisya para makunan ng statement at ma-solve ang crime,” the PNP Chief explained.
Albayalde noted that La Union is considered as among the election hot spots due to intense political rivalry. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
PNP to probe death of lawyer who assisted in Sagay farmers’ slay case
Atty. Benjamin Tarug Ramos Jr. | Image courtesy to Atty. Edre Olalia via Facebook
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) condemns the killing of Atty. Benjamin Tarug Ramos Jr.
Ramos, a founding member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, was among those who first assisted in the case of slain nine sugarcane farmers in Sagay city.
Ramos was gunned down in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on the evening of Tuesday (November 6) by unidentified perpetrators.
Police Regional Office 6 Director, PCSupt. John Bulalacao said the lawyer sustained three gunshot wounds on his chest and died on his way to the hospital.
“The victim sustained 3 gunshot wounds on his chest and was brought to Holy Mother Mercy Hospital in Kabankalan City but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician,” he said.
An investigation on the murder of Ramos is underway. – UNTV News and Rescue
PNP: Themed costumes among security guards strictly prohibited
Security guards in themed costumes
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Security guards are no longer allowed to don themed costumes on duty.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Supervisory Office on Security and Investigation Agency (SOSIA) on Wednesday (November 7) reminded security agencies that themed costumes will no longer be allowed to security guards on duty.
Themed costumes are common in commercial establishments during holidays.
Last Sunday (November 4) members of the PNP SOSIA accosted the administrator of a mall in Quezon City for letting their security personnel wear themed costumes.
According to PNP-SOSIA Enforcement Management Division OIC PSupt. Jaime Santos, such a practice is considered a security risk and only leads to confusion especially in times of emergency that is why it is strictly prohibited.
“Maaari kasing gayahin ito or magsuot ng ganito ang mga sindikato o grupo na gumawa ng krimen doon sa loob ng mall kaya malaking factor na di dapat sila magsuot ng ganyan dahil nangyari na iyan before sa isang mall na pinasok ng martilyo gang,” Santos said.
The security agency of security guards accosted by the PNP was ordered to pay P400,000. Authorities also confiscated the service firearms of their security guards.
“Kapag naging recidivist sila o habitual at di nila pinakikinggan ang aming sanction sa kanila ang mangyayari nya ay mag oorder ang chief SOSIA na i-tag, na i-suspend na ang kanilang license pati iyong mismong operator,” warned Santos.
Meanwhile, the PNP also noted that security measures in malls will be stricter this coming holiday season due to the expected influx of mall goers, the time when lawless elements are in their active operations.
“Muli ang aming paalala kapag may insidente at pangyayari sa mga business establishments, mga malls kaagad yung mga bantay sa entrances ay tumawag agad ng kanilang response team at wag nila iiwanan ang entrance dahil ang seguridad, maaaring diversionary tactics lamang ito … at tuloy tuloy na ang pasok ng mga magnanakaw,” advised PSSupt. Bernard Banac, SOSIA Assistant Chief.
The PNP is set to deploy patrol units at the outside vicinity of malls for quick response in case any untoward incidents happen inside the establishments. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)