Police arrest rebel leader wanted for murder

Maris Federez   •   January 8, 2021   •   986

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (PNP-CIDG) operatives have captured another ranking rebel leader, Allan Morales, who is wanted by the court to stand trial for murder.

In an advisory, the PNP Public Information Office said that the operation was under the instruction of PNP chief, PGen. Debold M Sinas to “intensify the implementation of court processes against CPP-NPA-NDF personalities wanted by the law for criminal cases.”

The move was also in support to Executive Order No. 70 creating the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

The PNP said Morales, who uses the aliases Joseph Erwin Rimando, Alvin Advincula, Budlat and Dante Morales, was arrested by a composite police-military team led by CIDG, NCRPO and JTF-NCR in Saphire Street, Brgy. Payatas B, Quezon City at 12:00 noon on Wednesday (January 6).

The arresting team served a Warrant of Arrest issued by Tagbilaran City RTC Branch 4 presiding judge Sisinio C. Virtudazo for the crime of murder.

Based on the reports by CIDG Director, PMGen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, authorities have confiscated from Morales the following:

  • eight barrel assemblies for M4 assault rifle;
  • one fragmentation hand grenade;
  • one KG9 9mm submachine gun with one magazine and 22 pieces of 9mm ammunition; and
  • one caliber .45 pistol with on magazine assembly loaded with seven rounds of cal.45.

Morales is the Deputy Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Negros-Cebu-Bohol-Siquijor (NCBS) Regional Committee of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

He is formerly the Secretary of Regional Peasant Sugar Workers Bureau (RPSWB) of Negros, a former Secretary of Regional Committee for Central Visayas, and a former Secretary of the National Youth Student Bureau.

PNP-CIDG to assist FDA in going after unregulated distribution of ivermectin

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) announced that it would assist the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in going after unregulated sale and distribution of ivermectin drugs.

Amid the reports on the use of the anti-parasite drug to treat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) without the approval of the FDA, the PNP-CIDG said it would strictly monitor the distribution and use of Ivermectin across the country. It would also conduct an investigation and intensified police operations against any violations of RA 9711 and of the FDA’s Compassionate Special Permit (CSP).

“The CIDG will assist the FDA in suppressing or deterring lawless elements in their criminal acts of endangering the well-being of the community,” the PNP said in a statement.

CIDG Director, PMGen. Albert Ferro said that they will go after those who will violate the said provisions specifically on fake, unregistered/ unlicensed, and no permit on the sales and distribution of the said drugs.

“We strongly advise the public to seek professional help and opinion before using the said drug and buy only from authorized sources. We also encourage them to report any illegal dispense and use of the said medicine,” he said. AAC

PNP defends Sinas: No breach of health protocols in Calapan visit

Marje Pelayo   •   March 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) maintained there was no breach of health protocols in PNP Chief Police General Debold Sinas’ visit to Calapan City.

In a statement, Police OIC and Deputy Chief for Administration PLt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Sinas had an RT-PCR Test taken on March 9 as an entry requirement of the city government of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

The PNP Chief also had a repeat of the test on March 10 before proceeding to Mindoro in compliance with the requirement to travel to Palawan to monitor the ongoing plebiscite there.

It was late in the afternoon that day that Sinas learned that he was positive for COVID-19; thus, he immediately returned to Manila.

“Iyong pagtungo ni Chief sa Mindoro ay nakaplano na iyon. That is why two days before that is March 9, nagpa-swab na sya at negative iyon. So in effect for 48 hours ok na siya na pumunta doon,” Eleazar explained.

“As reported by Regional Directors PRO-4B PBGen. Pascual Muñoz, we complied with the requirements of Calapan City which is to submit our RT-PCR results so that they can issue an acceptance letter from the city government and we had that. So we did not violate the thing. We did not violate the protocols,” said the Directorate for Operations PMGen. Alfred Corpus.

The Calapan LGU earlier said Sinas did not go through the process because he landed on a chopper.

But Calapan City Mayor Arnan Panaligan said they couldn’t establish yet whether the PNP chief committed a violation of health protocols on that matter.

Panaligan added that the LGU received an online registration with confirmation from Sinas and his group, the sole requirement needed to enter the province.

Meanwhile, 10 of all 98 individuals who had contact with Sinas in Calapan Oriental Mindoro are now considered as high-risk close contact.

Eleazar, meanwhile, assured that the PNP Chief is in good condition. -MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Parlade on calls for his removal from anti-communist task force: Up to the Executive branch

Robie de Guzman   •   March 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Military Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. on Thursday brushed off calls for his removal as spokesperson of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

In a message to reporters, Parlade said it is not up to him to decide to leave the post but that of the executive branch.

“Of course (I will stay). In fact, the vice-chair NTF-ELCAC Secretary (Hermogenes Esperon) just called to say he has issued official orders for me to remain as spox (spokesperson) effective 1 January 2021,” he said.

In a separate post on social media, Parlade chided senators who are pushing for his removal from the task force.

“We also wonder how many votes can the CPP-NPA and KARAPATAN deliver to our Senators that they wanted me out of the NTF ELCAC so badly,” he wrote on Facebook as he criticized militant groups that have gathered in Rizal to call for the immediate release of the bodies of slain “activists” in March 7 police operations in Calabarzon.

This is what KARAPATAN is doing to harass the funeral services being given to Communist Terrorist Group members who resisted arrest during the conduct of law enforcement operations in Rizal last Sunday. Ever wondered why they won’t do it to ordinary citizens who die during legitimate police operations? KARAPATAN is also preventing the local government and other agencies in providing other assistance to the family of the dead NPA members. They act as if they still care for these victims they have deceived. Meantime, Karapatan-Gabriela-NPA member Alexa Pacalda has been abandoned by them and now she rots in jail in Quezon. These hypocrites have been unmasked but they do it just the same in the hope of continously receiving their foreign funding. They have been redtagged by their own CPP organization but they continue to accuse me of redtagging them. We also wonder how many votes can the CPP NPA and KARAPATAN deliver to our Senators that they wanted me out of the NTF ELCAC so badly.

Posted by Antonio Parlade on Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Parlade was reacting to the recommendation of the Senate’s national defense panel to remove him from the post over alleged violations of the Constitution.

In a report on its inquiry into incidents of alleged red-tagging, the committee said Parlade’s recent statements on certain personalities have put the government’s campaign against insurgency, as well as the anti-terrorism law, in bad light.

Some senators earlier called for Parlade’s removal from the post, saying his designation violates the Constitution which states that no member of the military in active service shall be appointed at any time to a civilian post in the government, including government-owned or -controlled corporations or any of their subsidiaries.

But Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said he does not see anything unconstitutional in Parlade’s appointment to the task force.

“Ang nangunguna diyan sa task force na ‘yan ay yung AFP at saka ‘yung PNP. So kami ang nand’yan. We are involved there. Kung tanggalin mo d’yan si Gen. Parlade tanggalin mo rin kami dyan, yung Armed Forces,” he said in a Laging Handa briefing on Thursday.

“Parlade is part of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). His expertise is being utilized as spokesman of NTF ELCAC. So wala akong nakikitang violation of the constitution,” he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte created the NTF-ELCAC in 2018 under Executive Order 70 in an aim to mobilize the entire bureaucracy and its resources and networks to crush the communist rebellion in the country.

The task force, placed under the Office of the President, is chaired by Duterte himself, with National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. as vice chair.

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