Two cops face dismissal over alleged extortion, illegal sale of tocilizumab

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021   •   316

MANILA, Philippines – Two policemen from Rizal and Quezon City are facing dismissal from the service for allegedly engaging in illegal activities, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

In a statement, PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) to expedite the investigation on the two cops who were arrested in separate operations.

The PNP identified the cop from Quezon City as Police Staff Sergeant Ariel Yalung, who was arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for the alleged illegal sale and overpricing of tocilizumab used for treating COVID-19 patients.

The NBI operation was conducted based on the complaint that two people were selling Tocilizumab online for P95,000. The suggested retail price of the medicine is P25,000.

On the other hand, the policeman from Rizal identified as Police Staff Sergeant June Angeles was arrested in an entrapment after he was accused of demanding money from the spouse of one of the detainees in San Mateo, Rizal.

He was nabbed by operatives of the Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (IMEG).

“Ngayon pa lang ay tinitiyak ko na matatanggal sa serbisyo ang dalawa sa aming kasamahan dahil sa kalokohang kinasangkutan nila,” Eleazar said.

“Nakakulong na at nahaharap sa kasong kriminal at administratibo ang dalawang pulis na ito at ipinapangako natin sa ating mga kababayan na patuloy ang aming gagawing paglilinis ng mga anay sa aming hanay,” he added.

Eleazar called on the public to immediately report any information on police officers involved in unscrupulous activities.

“Huwag kayong matakot isuplong itong mga pulis na sangkot sa ilegal na gawain. Kailangan namin ang tulong ng publiko upang linisin ang aming hanay,” he said.

Ombudsman junks CIDG petition vs Abayalde anew

Maris Federez   •   November 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman has rejected anew the motion filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) seeking the reversal of the decision to acquit former PNP chief Police General Oscar Abayalde of graft charges filed against him.

In its resolution, the Ombudsman said the CIDG’s motion still lack sufficient evidence that will pin down Abayalde to the case.

The resolution added that the CIDG did not submit new arguments that will prove the involvement of the retired general in the case.

The CIDG filed graft charges against Abayalde for his alleged involvement in the anomalous drug operation of police authorities in Pampanga in 2013. —/mbmf

NTC, makikipag-ugnayan sa PNP at NBI para matunton ang nasa likod ng text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Makikipag-ugnayan ang National Telecommunications (NTC) sa pulisya at sa National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) para imbestigahan ang mga nasa likod ng text scams.

Ito ay kasunod na rin ng mga reklamo ng ilang mobile subscribers ukol sa natatanggap nilang mga text messages mula sa mga ‘di kilalang phone numbers na nag-aalok ng trabaho, o kaya ay pautang.

Ayon sa NTC, maraming paraan para makuha ang phone number ng isang indibiduwal na pinapadalhan ng spam texts.

Kabilang na dito ang listahan ng mga number na nagpapaload sa mga tindahan at sa contact tracing system ng mga establisimyento.

Pero giit ni NTC deputy commissioner Edgardo Cabarios, ipinagbabawal ang pagbibigay ng impormasyong ito sa ibang tao at paggamit rito para sa text scams.

“We can coordinate perhaps with NBI at police para surveillance, ano, ma-determine sino yung mga yan—grupo ba sila or individual, et cetera, et cetera,” ani Cabarios.

Payo ng NTC sa publiko, huwag magbigay ng personal na impormasyon kung makakatanggap ng mga ganitong mensahe.

Maaari namang i-block ng NTC ang phone number ng mga gumagawa ng ganitong aktibidad kung hihilingin ng mga magrereklamo.

Kung makakatanggap ng text scams, maaari itong ireport sa NTC Central Office Consumer Welfare and Protection Division sa mga numerong (+63) (02) 8920-4464; (+63) (02) 8926-7722; at (+63) (02) 8921-3251.

Maaari ding magpadala ng mensahe sa e-mail address ng NTC na consumer@ntc.gov.ph. (Mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Eleazar orders nighttime patrols for holiday carolers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Outgoing Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday directed police personnel to begin nighttime patrols after the government approved the conduct of street caroling this holiday season.

In a statement, Eleazar said the patrols should be conducted to ensure the security and safety of carolers.

“Inatasan ko ang ating kapulisan na mag-umpisang magsagawa ng mga patrolya tuwing gabi para sa seguridad ng mga nangangaroling at para na rin siguraduhing sumusunod sila sa health protocols,” he said.

Eleazar also urged the public to continue observing health protocols and to not be complacent amid declining COVID-19 cases in the country.

“Kahit pa bumababa ang kaso ng COVID-19, hindi ito dahilan upang maging kampante at magpabaya sa pagsunod sa minimum public health standards,” he said.

The Department of Health earlier said that carolers must wear face mask and face shield as individuals expel more respiratory particles when singing, posing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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