PNP-IAS recommends dismissal vs 9 Sulu cops tagged in killing of soldiers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 27, 2020   •   1662

MANILA, Philippines – The nine police officers involved in the shooting of four soldiers in Jolo, Sulu may face dismissal from service, the Philippine National Police – Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) said Friday.

In an exclusive report in UNTV’s Ito ang Balita by Correspondent Lea Ylagan, PNP-IAS Inspector General Atty. Alfegar Triambulo said they have recommended that the cops tagged in the killing of four military intelligence operatives in Jolo be dismissed from service after they were found guilty of the administrative charges filed against them.

In its recommendation, the following may face removal from police service:

  • PSMS Abdelzhimar Padjiri
  • Police Master Sergeant Hanie Baddiri
  • P/Staff Sergeant Iskandar Susulan
  • PSSg Erniskar Sappal
  • PCorporal Sulki Andaki
  • Patrolman Mohammad Nur Pasani
  • PSSg Almudzrin Hadjaruddin
  • Patrolman Alkajal Mandangan
  • Patrolman Rajiv Putalan

“Dismissal from the service because serious po yung offense committed,” Triambulo explained in an interview with UNTV News.

“There are four counts of grave misconduct kasi apat po yung victims sa pamamaril nila and then yung victims, ayon sa mga ebidensya, ay nakataas na yung kamay at tsaka yung mga tama ay nasa likod kaya wala silang chance to defend themselves kaya ang criminal offense noon ay murder,” he added.

The PNP-IAS also recommended a 50-day suspension for charges of less grace neglect of duty against three police officials who were manning the checkpoint where the vehicle carrying the soldiers were flagged down.

“Doon inaabangan ng siyam yung apat na victim, yun ang kasalanan nila. Bakit nila inallow na makialam yung mga junior officer na hindi kasama sa pag-conduct ng checkpoint. Nagkaroon ng sagutan, nagkainitan na, nagkabuhol buhol na ang traffic eh wala silang intervention. Nagkainitan ang grupo kasi sa tingin ng siyam ay sila ang sinu- surveillance,” Triambulo said.

The shooting incident happened on June 29. Four soldiers were said to be tailing alleged suicide bombers when they were supposedly accosted by nine cops.

Despite identifying themselves as members of the Philippine Army, they were allegedly instructed by the policemen to proceed to the police station for the verification of their identities.

Police spot report stated that the shooting incident transpired when the soldiers allegedly tried to escape and pointed their weapons at the police officers, which allegedly prompted the cops to open fire.

The PNP-IAS also recommended sanctions against two police officials – former Jolo Police chief Lt. Col. Walter Annayo and Capt. Ariel Corcino – for command responsibility and less grave neglect of duty.

Triambulo said Annayo had prior knowledge about the Philippine Army’s operation in his area because he was privy to the meetings and plan of the Task Force Jolo to take down the alleged suicide bombers.

“Hindi naman niya ito dineny sa affidavit at statement ni Col. Bautista at inulit nya ito sa Senate hearing presided by Sen. Bato (dela Rosa) na talagang andon siya at sinabihan siya,” he said.

“Hindi niya ito ni-relay sa mga tauhan niya, kaya ang mga tauhan nya na-threaten doon sa movement ng mga intelligence officer, thinking na sila yung tinatrabaho,” he added.

Annayo was slain by still unidentified gunmen in Maguindanao on Nov. 21. Investigators have yet to determine whether Annayo’s killing is connected to his previous assignment as Jolo police chief.

Triambulo said the recommendation has been submitted to PNP chief General Debold Sinas.

Should Sinas approve the recommendation, Triambulo stressed that police officers involved in the case have the right to file an appeal in the National Police Commission. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

Suspected MILF lost command member nabbed in Zamboanga del Norte – PNP

Robie de Guzman   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A suspected member of the notorious lost command of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was arrested in Zamboanga del Norte, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Friday.

In a statement, PNP chief General Debold Sinas identified the suspect as 37-year old Kayser Martinez alias Alihamra Martinez, who was said to be a former member of the MILF lost command group operating in Siocon and Sirawai towns in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

Martinez was arrested on Wednesday during an operation jointly conducted by elements of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 9 and Siocon Municipal Police Station by virtue of warrant of arrest under criminal case number 232 for the crime of multiple murder issued by the RTC 9, Branch 6, of Dipolog City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Citing court records, Sinas said Martinez was involved in the massacre of four civilians last August 3, 1999, in Sitio Guisakan, Barangay D. Reconalla, Siocon, Zamboanga Del Norte with his former MILF Lost Command Leaders Hairulla Hassan alias Hayron Hassan and Eddie Namenso alias Commander Liwayway.

They were also among the perpetrators of the daring attack on Siocon municipality last May 4, 2003, that resulted in casualties and damages in the municipality.

Currently, Martinez is a member of Hassan Group criminal gang allegedly led by Anderson Hassan alias Commander Sabaya, cousin of former notorious leader Hairulla Hassan who are at the same time eminently monitored tying up with the Local Terrorist Groups (LTGs) based in Panabutan, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.

“Manhunt operations against the leader and other members of the criminal gang are underway to prevent them from further victimizing innocent people,” Sinas said.

Martinez is presently detained for further interrogation.

Appropriate charges will be filed against him in court, the PNP said.

Sinas says PNP won’t interfere with ‘private sector initiatives’

Robie de Guzman   •   April 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Debold Sinas has assured the public that police will not interfere with any ‘voluntary private sector initiative’ that seeks to provide the basic needs of people severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sinas did not explicitly mention community pantries in various parts of the country but he said the PNP “fully supports such expression of Bayanihan culture and Filipino spirit of compassion.”

“Hindi makikialam ang PNP sa aktibidad ng mga pribadong grupo na mamahagi ng ayuda sa mga tao,” he said in a statement.

“[W]e will continue to extend utmost assistance to ensure smooth and orderly operations of private sector outreach activities with greater emphasis on the health and safety of both benefactors and beneficiaries of these public endeavors,” he added.

The PNP chief, however, slammed “apparent attempts by certain quarters to create mass hysteria by propagating falsehood and fake news over cyberspace.”

“These persons will be unmasked, investigated and their motives probed,” he said.

“Hindi namin palalampasin ang ganitong pagpapalaganap ng kasinungalingan upang magsulong ng kanilang layunin,” he added.

Sinas’ statement comes after an organizer of a community pantry in Quezon City claimed of being “red-tagged” by government authorities.

The PNP chief also promoted their similar efforts in giving to those in need, saying the continuing implementation of the PNP Food Bank Project has benefitted some 35,512 families and 8,511 other individuals.

Vera Cruz named new JTF COVID-19 shield chief

Robie de Guzman   •   April 21, 2021

Police Lieutenant General Joselito Vera Cruz

MANILA, Philippines — Police Lieutenant General Joselito Vera Cruz has been designated as the new commander of Joint Task Force COVID Shield, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Wednesday.

“Effective on Tuesday, April 20, Vera Cruz was designated as the Deputy Chief for Operations and Task Force Commander of the enforcement arm of the national government in the implementation of quarantine rules and health protocols,” PNP chief General Debold Sinas said in a statement.

Vera Cruz replaced Police Lieutenant General Cesar Hawthorne Binag, who will retire on April 24 and whose designation has been terminated effective April 20, 2021.

“As the new commander of this task force, I expect PLtGen Vera Cruz will continue the plans and programs of the previous commander and enforce strict quarantine rules in the country to mitigate the spread of the virus while waiting for the available vaccines,” Sinas said.

The JTF Covid-19 Shield is composed of members of the PNP, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

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