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PNP prepares raps vs Chuzon owner

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Drone shot of the four-storey

The Philippine National Police (PNP) is preparing the cases to be filed against the owner of Chuzon Supermarket in Porac, Pampanga. This was after the building collapsed due to the 6.1 magnitude earthquake on Monday (April 22).

Owner, Samuel Chu, will face reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and multiple physical injuries.

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde said local officials of Porac, Pampanga will also face raps if there is enough evidence to prove that the permit of the collapsed four-storey building did not follow the proper process.

“Probably baka nga substandard iyong building nila. But then of course mayroon ding mananagot na local officials kung bakit sila nagkaroon ng permit at kung nag-violate sila ng building code iyong strength ng materials, (Their building might probably be substandard. There will also be local officials who will be held liable for allowing the owners to secure a permit if they violated the building code)” he said.

Albayalde added that the owners and local officials are still liable whether a criminal case is filed or not.

“Unang-una mayroon silang mga liability, whether mag-file o hindi ng criminal case (They are still liable whether or not a criminal case is filed).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that as of 6:00 a.m. on Thursday (April 25), number of fatalities has reached 16 while 86 were injured and 14 remain missing.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III, the survivors should undergo a debriefing due to possible post-traumatic stress.

“Pwedeng humantong sa anxiety attack or panic iyong mga taong nakaranas ng malubhang takot doon habang nangyayari ang lindol. Minsan hindi sila nakakatulog matapos iyon. Iyong post-traumatic, trauma disorder, may solusyon po tayo diyan, ito iyong psycho-social debriefing, (It might lead to anxiety attack or panic. Sometimes, they might experience insomnia. It is called post-traumatic disorder. The solution is psycho-social debriefing)” Duque said.

The DOH sent a team to Porac to conduct a psychological debriefing among the victims.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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27 alleged narco-politicians triumphed in last election – PNP

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently doing a case build up against 27 alleged narco-politicians who won in the recently concluded midterm elections.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, from a total of 47 names in the drugs watchlist of politicians, 37 filed their candidacy but only 27 succeeded in the election.

The winning list include several mayors and governors in Luzon.

Albayalde said he is leaving the case to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Sa Luzon meron. Dito lang sa Region 3 meron (at) sa Region4. Kilala ko ang mga nasa listahan. Alam ko ang mga pangalan nila. Alam ko nanalo ang mga iyon,” Albayalde said.

(There are some in Luzon, in Regions 3 and 4. I know those who are on the list. I know their names. I know they won.)

In case they have proven links to illegal drugs, appropriate charges will be filed against them.

“Continuous naman ang pag-iimbestiga sa kanila and as the SILG have said, kapag merong nakitang ebidensya laban sa kanila, we will file cases both criminal and administrative,” the PNP Chief added.

(Investigation is now ongoing and as the SILG have said, if there are evidence against them, we will file cases both criminal and administrative.)

Rampant vote buying

Albayalde, meanwhile, noted that aside from the P12 million cash authorities seized in anti vote-buying operations, candidates and supporters also distributed rice and eggs to lure voters.

READ: Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

The PNP chief said they were able to confiscate a total of 62 sacks of rice and 22 trays of eggs in different areas in Mindanao and Calabarzon Region.

“Wala sa kanilang umaamin kung saan nanggagaling, but we got election campaign material na doon sa specific candidates na iyon,” he said.

(No one would admit as to where the items came from but we got election campaign materials from that specific candidate.)

“But they deny na nanggaling doon sa mga kandidato na iyon at walang gustong magsabi whether the buyer or the seller kung sino or saan galing ang pera,” he added.

(But they deny that the items were from those [specific] candidates. No one, not the buyer nor the seller, wanted to admit where the items or cash came from.) – (with reports from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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24 individuals arrested for vote buying—PNP

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

Authorities confiscated brown envelopes containing money allegedly used to buy votes.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded 24 individuals arrested for vote buying since January 12, 2019.

In a press briefing, PNP Director for Operations Major General Mao Aplasca revealed that the individuals arrested are from Region 4, CALABARZON, and Cordillera Region.

Also included in the list are the 10 supporters of Cavite gubernatorial candidate Jonvic Remulla.

They will face charges in violation of Omnibus Election Code.

Meanwhile, last Wednesday (May 8), the Commission on Elections (Comelec) launched ‘Task Force Kontra Bigay’ in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

This aims to investigate and prosecute vote buying cases.

The PNP calls on the public to call PNP National Election Monitoring Action Center (NEMAC) numbers: 0916 330 9158 and 0947 520 7864 for vote buying complaints.—(with reports from April Cenedoza)

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PNP: Liquor ban for May 13 polls to start on Sunday

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

A 48-hour liquor ban will be imposed from May 12 to 13 in time for the Midterm National and Local Elections on Monday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

The PNP said the liquor ban would take effect from 12:01 a.m. of May 12 until 12 midnight of May 13.

The ban includes drinking and selling of alcohol in stores.

“Ito ay bahagi ng ating security preparation na ipinatutupad para magkaroon tayo ng mapayapa at maayos na halalan sa Lunes,” PNP spokesperson Col. Bernard Banac said in a press briefing on Thursday.

Aside from the liquor ban, the PNP has been enforcing a gun ban, prohibiting the transportation or bearing of firearms and other deadly weapons during the election period from January 13 to June 12.

As of May 8, a total of 5,316 individuals have been arrested for violating the election gun ban, and more than 4,000 firearms and 42,000 other deadly weapons were confiscated.

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