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Chan to public: Help us fight crime, report illegal activities to police

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Philippines — Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan is urging the public to help prevent crimes in their areas by reporting illegal activities there to the Philippine National Police (PNP). “Atoang panawagan ipadayon nato ang pagtabang sa atong kapulisan, atong mga barangay, atong komunidad, kung duna silay mahibaw-an mahitungod niining mga illegal activities, […] The post Chan to public: Help us fight crime, report illegal activities to police appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 22nd, 2020

DENR employee gunned down in Davao City buy-bust

DAVAO CITY — An employee of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was killed  during a buy-bust operation on MacArthur Highway, Bangkal, here Wednesday. The suspect was identified Ronel T. Revilla, forest ranger of DENR assigned in Mati City, Davao Oriental and a resident of Toril District here.  Initial report of the Talomo Police Station led by its commander Police Major Sean Logronio bared their Drug Enforcement Unit launched a buy-bust operation against Revilla near Mabini Elementary School around 3 p.m.  PHOTO COURTESY OF TALOMO POLICE STATION/ MANILA BULLETIN The suspect sold a sachet of suspected shabu worth P1, 000 to police poseur-buyer. Revilla sensed that he was dealing with a police officer and immediately pulled his gun and fired upon the arresting officer, prompting the cops to retaliate. The suspect was taken to the Davao Adventist Hospital where  he was declared dead on arrival at around 4:03 p.m.  Recovered from the crime scene were 15 big and medium sized-sachets of  shabu, marijuana seeds and other drug paraphernalia, a caliber .45 pistol, and P28,300 cash. Confiscated illegal drugs weighing 90 grams have an estimated street value of P890,000. Logronio said the operation stemmed from a month-long case buildup, surveillance, and background investigation of the suspect and his involvement in illegal drug operations.   The station commander lauded the operatives for their efficiency, good intelligence work, and tremendous courage in dealing with armed drug suspect. “In our line of work, we always expect armed encounters such as during buy-bust and other related operations. Yes, it is scary. You can imagine what goes through the mind of a police officer seeing your suspect armed. Good thing these men heightened their sense of alertness, their training and they were able to retaliate fast,” he said.  Logronio said that even as the country is facing this health crisis, the PNP will remain relentless and spares no one in the battle against illegal drugs.  “We will continue to be in the frontline of ensuring public safety. Rest assured that our investigation will not stop here. We are now on the process of running after his cohorts and sources. We will show them no mercy,” he said......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Match-fixing back in spotlight on eve of first Grand Slam

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press   For Rafael Nadal and the other stars of tennis, there's a familiar ring to the questions being raised as the first ball is about to be struck at the Australian Open. Recent match-fixing sanctions and a new case are bringing fresh scrutiny to the integrity of the sport a year after corruption allegations cast a pall over the first Grand Slam of the year. '(It's) obviously negative, always in the first month of the season starts to happen,' Nadal said at the season-opening Brisbane International. 'You get tired about this kind of stuff, but the most important thing is fight against these kinds of things.' The headlines started appearing early in the new year. On Jan. 5, police in Australia charged an 18-year-old player with a match-fixing offense at a lower-tier tournament last October in Traralgon, near Melbourne. Days later, another Australian player, Nick Lindahl, now retired but once ranked in the top 200, was handed a seven-year ban and $35,000 fine from the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) for offering to throw a match at a minor tournament in the city of Toowoomba in 2013. Lindahl had already been fined after a criminal trial. Two other Australian players received lesser punishments in connection with the incident. While Traralgon and Toowoomba are far removed from the glittering lights of Melbourne Park, the timing of the developments was troubling nonetheless. Last season began similarly beneath a cloud of suspicion after a report by BBC and Buzzfeed alleged that tennis authorities had suppressed evidence of match-fixing and failed to investigate possible cases of corruption. The reports went over old ground, but the timing and the headlines overshadowed the tournament. 'I haven't heard anything (about match-fixing) since last year's Australian Open,' German player Mischa Zverev told The Associated Press last week in Brisbane. 'I think it was funny timing. ... Like the day before the Oscars, they're going to bring something up to make somebody not win it, or win it.' Since then, tennis leaders have gone into overdrive to restore confidence in the sport. An independent panel was created to review the TIU, the internal body tasked with combating corruption, and authorities promised to implement all of its recommendations when it is completed this spring. The TIU also took separate steps to strengthen its monitoring and investigation efforts, develop new anti-corruption education programs for players, and improve the transparency of its operations. In an email statement to The AP, the agency said nine players and officials were sanctioned last year for match-fixing — the most for a single year since the unit was established in 2008. Several were banned for life, including a young South African player and four officials from Turkey and Uzbekistan. The unit also expanded its outreach efforts with betting operators and regulators, leading to increased reporting of suspicious wagers. In 2016, the TIU received 292 betting alerts — an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The vast majority of those came from the Challenger and Futures circuits on the men's tour, considered the most at-risk for match-fixing given the lower likelihood of detection and the smaller earnings of the players. However, the TIU said three alerts were generated at Grand Slam events, as well. The agency was quick to note, though, that an alert isn't necessarily proof of match-fixing. Of the more than 114,000 matches played last year on the professional tours, only 0.2 percent triggered a suspicious betting alert. 'Tennis was one of the first major sports to recognize the potential threat of betting-related corruption and do something about it,' the TIU said. 'It will be for the independent review panel to take a view on the conduct and effectiveness of the unit and to put forward recommendations to improve the current structure and approach.' Whatever the investigators recommend, the fact remains the TIU faces an uphill battle. Technology has shifted the gambling landscape in such a way, it's increasingly difficult for monitors to keep up. In tennis, wagers aren't just placed on who wins or loses; bets can be placed during matches in real time on everything from total points won in a game to whether a set goes to a tiebreak. 'We're talking individual player activities here,' said Hans Westerbeek, dean of the College of Sport and Exercise Science at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. 'It's much easier to get into a situation where you approach individual players to do things that can be, if done well, quite well hidden from it being suspicious.' He likens it to the ongoing battle against performance-enhancing drugs. 'You're always struggling to keep up with the innovations that a better-resourced front of gambling operators, legal or illegal, will have available to advance their technology.' Ryan Rodenberg, an associate professor of forensic sports law analytics at Florida State University, says this is one reason a more sophisticated approach is critically needed. He recommends an internal monitoring system that analyzes each match for suspicious activity in real time, rather than relying solely on betting alerts. 'A robust betting data-monitoring operation would have both in-house capabilities and a number of collaborative information sharing agreements with third parties such as sportsbooks, private monitoring firms or academics,' he said. 'Anything less is sub-optimal.' With a limited budget of just $3.23 million for 2017, however, there is only so much the TIU can do. As such, preventative measures such as education have become a priority. More than 25,000 players and officials have completed the TIU's online anti-corruption training program, and a new version will be launched that players will be required to complete every two years. 'Educating players who are up-and-coming and those who support those players is a very good, positive and necessary thing to do,' Westerbeek says. 'Because the root of the problem is ... people not really (understanding) they're engaging in criminal activity.' ___ AP Sports Writer John Pye contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

PDEA seeks public help thru online

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency is encouraging the public to report any illegal drug activities within its neighborhood through 24/7 call and text hotlines as well as through the Facebook account of director general Wilkins Villanueva......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 17th, 2020

72-year-old man, 2 others nabbed for tigbakay

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Here comes another weekend which would mean that personnel from all the stations of Lapu-lapu City Police Office (LCCPO) would have to be ready to respond at any time for possible callers who would report about illegal cockfighting activities. Sure enough, at around 10:45 a.m. this Saturday, June 6, 2020, Station […] The post 72-year-old man, 2 others nabbed for tigbakay appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2020

On World Press Freedom Day, PCOO urges public to fight fake news

Press freedom, PCOO said, also helped voice out the public's pulse and enabled the government to increase public awareness of its policies and to report its activities with "complete transparency.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

Tipolo drug bust nets two men, woman, packets of shabu

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — A report of from a concerned citizen about the illegal activities of a man, who was in the police’s drug watchlist, prompted a buy-bust operation leading to the arrest of two men and a woman on Saturday, April 4, 2020 in Barangay Tipolo, Mandaue City. Police Captain Marvin Fegarido, Subangdaku Police […] The post Tipolo drug bust nets two men, woman, packets of shabu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 4th, 2020

CPPO hopes KKDAT will be a vital sidekick in the fight against crime

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) is hoping that through the Kabataan Kontra Droga At Terorismo (KKDAT), they will have another crucial sidekick in their campaign against illegal drugs. Police Colonel Roderick Mariano, chief of the CPPO told reporters during the official oath-taking ceremony of the 400 KKDAT representatives around Cebu […] The post CPPO hopes KKDAT will be a vital sidekick in the fight against crime appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2020

Talisay police chief admits illegal drugs still proliferate in his area, asks public to help police

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s scathing rebuke about Talisay City’s poor performance in the fight against illegal drugs, the city’s chief of police has called on Talisaynons to help change the city’s unpleasant reputation. Police Major Gerard Ace Pelare, admitted to reporters on Monday, January 20, 2020, that illegal drugs continue to […] The post Talisay police chief admits illegal drugs still proliferate in his area, asks public to help police appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2020

Cebu City cops to continue to tap public’s help, assures intensified drug ops

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City police assure that there would be no letup in their anti-illegal drug operations in the holiday season as they also encourage the public to continue reporting illegal activities in their areas. Police Lieutenant Clark Ariola, Cebu City Police Office spokesperson, said that they were tightening their intelligence monitoring and […] The post Cebu City cops to continue to tap public’s help, assures intensified drug ops appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2019

Cambodia, Vietnam intensify fight vs crime - The Manila Times

Cambodia, Vietnam intensify fight vs crime The Manila Times CAMBODIA National Police chief Gen. Neth Savoeun has met Gen. To Lam, Vietnam's Public Security Minister, to agree that both countries.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2019

Brazilian police dismiss rape claim against Neymar

By Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police said Tuesday they have decided there are no grounds to bring rape charges against soccer star Neymar. And they're investigating whether his accuser filed a false report. "We checked all the possibilities. I did not see enough elements to indict," Sao Paulo police investigator Juliana Lopes Bussacos said in a press conference. She also rejected possible assault charges. Bussacos' decision could be revised by prosecutors within 15 days. Brazilian model Najila Trindade accused the 27-year-old forward of raping her in a Paris hotel in May. He denied the accusation and said their relations were consensual. Bussacos interviewed Trindade three times about her claims. She also said 12 other people were also questioned. Neymar himself heard for about five hours in mid-June. Police also inspected cellphones, a tablet of Trindade's son and medical reports offered by the accuser. The model filed her complaint in Sao Paulo on May 31, alleging Neymar raped her earlier in the month in Paris. No complaint was filed with French police. Her case has been complicated by the fact three of her attorneys withdrew from the case after the complaint was filed. Bussacos did not detail what led her to the conclusions because the probe is still under secrecy rules. "The whole set of evidence led me not to indict," the investigator said. Neymar's spokeswoman Day Crespo told The Associated Press the player will not make comments for now. The player is currently in a preseason tour of Asia with his club, Paris Saint-Germain. Cosme Araújo, an attorney for Trindade, told journalists the police conclusions are "absurd" and insisted Bussacos should have waited for security camera video from the Paris hotel. The investigator said those images were not essential to her investigation. Sao Paulo police director Albano David Fernandes said the investigators will look into whether Trindade falsely reported a rape, based on Bussaco's findings. Investigator Monique Lima said it would be premature to accuse Trindade of any crime. "That investigation is also under secrecy," Lima said. "We will indict anyone who has acted in bad faith. We will hear those involved to see if there was a slanderous accusation or a false report." Trindade's attorney did not comment on the investigation of his client's claims. The AP doesn't name alleged sexual assault victims unless they make their identities public, which Trindade did in several interviews......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

Over 2,100 cops monitored for drug, crime links

At least 2,120 police officers, including an official, are under investigation and surveillance for alleged involvement in narcotics and other illegal activities, the Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Thousands show up in Bohol drug symposium, Jesus Miracle Crusade takes center stage

BOHOL – Thousands of mostly students and teachers and citizens have attended and participated one of the biggest drug symposia conducted by the influential Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry or JMCIM in central Philippines. Dozens of members of the JMCIM led by prayer warrior Danny Cuarteros and wife Sister Jeany travelled all the way from Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province in northern Philippines in bad weather just to be able to hold the symposium in Bohol province for the benefit of the students. The symposium – held at the Mayor Pablo O. Lim Memorial Astrodome &'' was in coordination and partnership with the Department of Education and other stakeholders in Bohol. Valencia town Vice Mayor Jorge Buslon also attended the drug symposium and gave an inspiring message to the huge crowd – students and teachers from Grades 7 to 11 of the Valencia Technical High School headed by Principal Jonas Gabutan. Brother Cuarteros’ daughter, Sister Angel, was one of the lecturers in the symposium and she talked about drug awareness and prevention. The Jesus Miracle Crusade Choir also held a peace concert.  The symposium, dubbed “Holding Nothing Back,” was a big success, according to Brother Cuarteros, following the warm reception and hospitality of the host school and local government officials and the public, especially at a time that the Duterte government launched the second phase of its war against illegal drugs dubbed as “Oplan Taphang” which literally means “Operational Plan Tapok-Hangyo”  Oplan Taphang aims to gather support from the public to help the police in its anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaign in the country. The group of Brother Cuarteros has conducted tens of dozens of crusades and drug symposium across northern Philippines in recent months, and played a key role in other religious activities in the country and abroad. The Philippine National Police, Armed Forces of the Philippines and national government officials, including lawmakers and armed partisan groups, have publicly praised JMCIM for its religious and active advocacy in various issues.    “Hallelujah, praise the lord, through the leading prayers of our beloved and honorable Evangelist Pastor Wilde E. Almeda, the end time prophet of God, we are victorious in Jesus name,” Brother Cuarteros said, referring to the JMCIM founder. (Cebu Examiner) 164&'160;total views, 164&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Most police still ‘devoted’ to serve, says PNP chief

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald &'8220;Bato&'8221; Dela Rosa yesterday urged the public not to lose trust in their ranks despite the involvement of some policemen in illegal activities. “Sa ating mga kababayan, akin lang pong pakiusap .....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsNov 24th, 2016

Shabu, gun seized from personnel of Masbate anti-crime special body

DIMASALANG, Masbate &'8212; A member of a special body created by the Masbate provincial government to help curb crimes was arrested for possession of illegal drugs and firearms, said a report that reached the Dimasalang Municipal Police Office (MPO) Thur.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolmailRelated NewsOct 13th, 2016

PNP launches mobile app, text hotline

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has developed another mobile application in order to lure more people, especially the millenials, to report criminal activities on illegal drugs and erring policemen......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 5th, 2016

Aggressive cops to fight narco-politicians – Bato

Aggressive but honest police officials will be appointed as the top commander of towns or provinces where mayors or governors are tied to illegal drugs activities, Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police, declared......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 7th, 2016

Duterte's marching orders for war on drugs, crime, corruption

MANILA, Philippines – Barely a month into his term as president, Rodrigo Duterte on July 25, Monday, reminded law enforcers and the public at large that the “fight against criminality and illegal drugs and corruption will be relentless and sustained......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2016

Report illegal drug activities via 247 text hotlines - PDEA

QUEZON CITY, July 18 (PIA) - With President Rodrigo Duterte's marching order to curb illegal drugs in the country, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) urged the public to report drug-related.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 18th, 2016