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  1. Duterte inclined to believe CIDG version on jail raid : http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/10/1642342/duterte-inclined-believe-cidg-version-jail-raid SHOOTOUT OR RUBOUT? | Photos tell 2 tales about the death of Mayor Espinosa LEYTE -- As authorities seem to be standing pat on their claim that a shootout occurred between Albuera Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 8 at the sub-provincial jail in Baybay, Leyte before dawn on November 5, photos provided by a police insider to PCIJ appear to point to a different story. These photos, obtained just recently by PCIJ, show Espinosa’s bloodied body lying flat on his back with his eyes half-open, and both of his hands empty. One of the photos also reveal Espinosa lying near a pink table, which the police insider says the mayor used to play Mahjong inside the detention cell. n another photo, a pair of slippers lies near Espinosa’s body. The photos were taken immediately after the shooting incident when the law enforcers and civilian kibitzers ran toward inside the jail facility, according to the insider. The source adds that the photos were also shot “before the arrival of scene of the crime operatives (SOCO).’’ But an official photo released by the CIDG 8 shows Espinosa’s body slumped sideways with his right knee slightly up, and with his right hand appeared to be holding a gun. Authorities have said that Espinosa used a .38-caliber revolver in the supposed shootout. In the CIDG photo, a chair that lay on its side was by Espinosa’s head, apparently to show a commotion took place, the source said. Another chair was near Espinosa’s feet, by the pink table. The same photo released by the law enforcers also show a slipper missing its pair, unlike in the photos obtained by PCIJ in which a pair of slippers of the same design and color were near the body. Photos given to PCIJ also showed just one chair that was by Espinosa’s left foot. Body moved The question is when the official photo released to the public was taken and why the position of Espinosa’s body, among other things, was different from the other photos obtained by PCIJ. PCIJ went to CIDG 8 regional office in the port area of Tacloban City to get their side on the photographs, but was told by a desk officer that no one there was authorized to speak to reporters pending today’s hearing before the Senate. The desk officer also told PCIJ that 13 CIDG 8 officials and operatives who participated in the operation had been summoned by the Senate to shed light on the incident. Based on the observations of Director Dante Gierran of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the crime scene was not preserved and could affect the result of the investigation. Gierran and his team were in Leyte yesterday to conduct a parallel investigation on the incident when chanced upon by PCIJ at the airport. The police autopsy report showed that Espinosa sustained four gunshot wounds, including one in the head. However, the police blotter report on the incident showed portions that had been corrected to enroll the name of Police Chief Inspector Leo Laraga, CIDG Region 8, as head of the raiding team. More cells searched According to the NBI, which is conducting a parallel inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident, a second autopsy examination will be made only upon the request of Espinosa’s family. An internal investigation conducted by CIDG in Camp Crame has revealed that Espinosa was alone in his cell apparently sleeping when the team of CIDG operatives arrived before dawn to serve a search warrant issued by Judge Tarcelo Sabarre of the Basey, Samar Regional Trial Court Branch 30. The Supreme Court has ordered an investigation focusing on the circumstances in the issuance of the search warrants. Sabarre’s order covered cell number one occupied by Espinosa, and cell number two supposedly occupied by Raul Yap. “However, the operatives also searched other cells where Yap was supposedly hiding when they failed to locate him in cell number two,” the police insider told PCIJ, adding it could be a violation in the rules of implementation of the court order. The police source says Yap apparently moved to another cell during the standoff. Investigation also showed Yap fired at the operatives after a shot rang out in Espinosa’s cell. “Nauna ‘yung putukan kay Espinosa bago ‘yung kay Yap (The shooting at Espinosa’s cell came first before that in Yap’s),” the insider says. Paraffin tests were conducted on Espinosa and Yap and both were supposedly found positive of powder gun residue, the police insider also says. Espinosa and Yap had both been accused and detained for possession of illegal drugs. Espinosa was arrested in August following a raid in his house that yielded close to a million worth of shabu, improvised explosive device (EID), and several high-powered firearms. CCTV broken Espinosa was also the father of known big-time drug dealer in Eastern Visayas Rolan Kerwin Espinosa. Kerwin was arrested and detained by the Abu-Dhabi police following a request from Philippine National Police (PNP). After President Rodrigo Duterte won the elections, he fled from the Philippines in May and was hiding in the Middle Eastern country. Duterte, during the campaign, had promised to go after personalities involved in the illegal drug trade. In the interview with PCIJ, the police insider also said that the light inside Espinosa’s cell was off when the CIDG 8 team arrived and the operatives had to use flashlight from their mobile phones to illuminate the area. The insider also said that based on the jail guards’ deployment blue book records, the closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera, which was expected to give authorities a clear picture, was not taken by the CIDG operatives. “When we checked the records, one of the entries stated that the CCTV camera was broken and taken out of the facility for repair even before the shooting incident took place,” the source said. They had no guns The police source, however, confirmed statements of witnesses that before gunshots were heard emanating from his cell Espinosa had shouted, “‘Wag ninyo akong taniman! Wala akong baril! Wala akong kutsilyo! (Don’t you plant anything on me! I have no gun! I have no knife!)” “The jail guards said the slain inmates had no gun,” said the insider, “but the CIDG operatives maintained the inmates have guns and fired at them first.’’ Commented the police source: “There are two versions of the incident depending which side you are on.” Based on the spot report submitted by Baybay City Police, aside from a loaded .38 caliber pistol, a sachet of suspected shabu were found in Espinosa’s cell. Meanwhile, a loaded .45 caliber pistol and some 15 packets of sachets containing suspected shabu and 27 pieces of sachets containing marijuana were recovered from Yap’s cell. Complete article here: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/134171/shootout-or-rubout--photos-tell-2-tales-about-the-death-of-mayor-espinosa Photos tell 2 stories on Espinosa death: Shootout or rubout? http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/10/1642383/photos-tell-2-stories-espinosa-death-shootout-or-rubout
  2. A high-profile American fugitive wanted by US federal authorities for a string of criminal cases was nabbed by agents of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, Wayne Russell Collins, 63, was arrested in Angeles City, Pampanga, after days of intensive surveillance by members of the bureau’s Fugitive Search Unit (FSU) and, while awaiting deportation, is now detained at the BI detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig. Collins was said to have been indicted for kidnapping, robbery, homicide, seven counts of assault and battery, six counts of burglary, three counts of domestic violence, three counts of obstruction of justice, and three counts of resisting arrest. The BI said that a warrant for Collin’s arrest was issued by the Justice Court of Mineral Country in Montana and according to the US Embassy, Collins’ passport was already canceled by the State Department, making him an undocumented alien for which reason he will be issued a summary deportation order by the BI’s Board of Commissioners. Collins will now be included in the BI blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the country. Morente said the American has to be deported right away because his presence in the country poses a serious risk to public safety and security. http://www.journal.com.ph/news/metro/bi-nabs-high-profile-american-fugitive
  3. NAGA City -- An American fugitive accused of sexual assault in Lee County, State of Alabama, USA, was nabbed by operatives of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Bicol regional office at an apartment on Corrigedor St., Bgy. Tinago, here Tuesday. NBI Bicol Director Tomas Enrile identified the American fugitive as James Shakin Ballard, a retired US Army, who reportedly arrived in Naga City on Sept. 16, 2016, after proposing marriage to a 21-year-old lass from Pasacao, Camarines Sur, whom he met in a dating website. Enrile said Ballard has a warrant of arrest from the US Embassy, which sought the assistance of the NBI to track down Ballard in CamSur, after fleeing the US on charges of raping his own grand-daughter. He said the NBI had to summon Danilyn Tidoro, who claimed to be Ballard’s girlfriend, after she separated from the foreign national over a week due to Ballard’s violent tantrums. According to Tidoro, her family in Pasacao loaned Ballard about P20,000 when he arrived in Pasacao but when he got his pension last Oct. 3, he refused to pay the amount he borrowed. On Tuesday, Ballard was escorted by NBI and Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives back to Manila, for deportation to the US next month. http://www.journal.com.ph/news/provincial/american-fugitive-collared-in-naga What a pathetic excuse for a man . Hope he gets his comeuppance!
  4. PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has given the thumbs up to the continuation of the Balikatan joint military exercises between Philippine and US forces. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the continued conduct of Balikatan in the country was one of the DND’s recommendations that Duterte approved. Lorenzana said the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (E|DCA) between the two countries would also continue. Lorenzana’s remarks came weeks after Duterte declared in Beijing that he was separating the Philippines from the US, in terms of the military and the economy. He said he was pursuing a foreign policy in which the Philippines would no longer follow the dictates of its treaty ally. Earlier, Duterte previously announced to end military exercises with the United States. He also hinted at revising or abrogating executive agreements just to see foreign troops out of the country. http://www.journal.com.ph/news/nation/duterte-okays-balikatan
  5. MANILA - A new terminal building in Clark Airport, which serves as an alternative to Manila's overcrowded terminal, will be finished by the middle of President Rodrigo Duterte's term, a transportation official said Thursday. The terminal is among infrastructure projects that the government is rushing to finish before Duterte steps down in 2022 Bases Conversion and Development Authority President Vince Dizon told ANC's "Headstart." "Our target is to start building this building by middle of next year, so by 2019, half of the President’s term, we’re going to have our first world-class airport in Clark," he said. The project will be offered for bidding in the first or second quarter of next year, with construction to start soon after, he said, adding the terminal was designed by France's Aeroport De Paris, which operates Charles de Gaulle Airport. Dizon said shifting air traffic to Clark, roughly 90 kilometers north of Manila, will help remove 3.5 million cars on EDSA leading to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Construction of Clark Green City, a 9.400-hectare alternative commercial center, a railway connecting Subic and Clark and a bus rapid transit system connecting NAIA to Binifacio Global City will also be fast-tracked, he said. http://news.abs-cbn.com/business/11/03/16/govt-targets-2019-opening-for-new-clark-airport-terminal?
  6. TWELVE drug suspects were arrested in separate anti-illegal drug operations in Mabalacat, Angeles and Baguio cities and Benguet. Supt. Juritz Rara, city police officer-in-charge, said a buy-bust operation against one “Palos” was conducted on Quezon Drive corner Roxas Street in Bgy. Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, at 4 a.m. yesterday. The operation led to the arrest of Palos, later identified as Wilson Laza, 29, who yielded two small plastic sachets containing shabu. Laza sold P300 worth of shabu to a poseur-buyer and ran after sensing that it was a buy-bust operation. Pursuing policemen cornered him inside a house on Roxas St. There, they caught Trisha Mamba, 18, Maureen Tolentino, 32, Rachel Visperas, 23, and Ryan Marimla, 35, in the act of sniffing shabu. Two other persons in the house, identified as Roel Gramonte, 39, and Limuel Pamintuan, 28, were asked to empty the pockets of their pants and yielded two small plastic sachets of suspected shabu. In Bgy. Balibago, Angeles City, operatives of the Pampanga Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested Annabel Flores, 51, after selling P500 worth of shabu to a poseur-buyer. Chief Insp. Reynold Macabitas said they also confiscated seven more plastic sachets of suspected shabu and paraphernalia from Flores. One Arcile Esguerra, who obstructed the CIDG operatives chasing Flores, was also arrested. The suspects are facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. In Baguio, City Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit (CAIDU) operatives arrested Reynaldo de Castro, 28, dancer, at 2 a.m. yesterday at Mineski Computer Shop, Bonifacio St., for possession of plastic sachets of suspected shabu (1.50 grams) worth P27,000 and a marked P500 bill. The items are to be subjected for qualitative examination at the PNP Crime Laboratory, Camp Bado Dangwa. In La Trinidad, Benguet, SAIDU and Intel personnel arrested Roland Guitala Abriam, a.k.a. “Lokoy”, 21, of Toyong, Pico, La Trinidad, for possession of four plastic sachets of suspected shabu and drug paraphernalia. Police also arrested James Acquita Acosta, a.k.a. Jaime Molina Apellido, 33, married, porter, of Shamolog, Pico. http://www.journal.com.ph/news/provincial/12-held-for-drugs-in-mabalacat-angeles-baguio-benguet More drug busts in the drug free barangay .
  7. The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that terrorist groups are planning to conduct kidnappings in areas frequented by foreigners on the southern portion of Cebu Island, specifically the areas around Dalaguete and Santander (to include Sumilon Island). U.S. citizens should avoid travel to these areas and are reminded to review personal security plans; remain aware of their surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security. Furthermore, the Embassy wishes to remind all U.S. citizens of the most recent Department of State Worldwide Caution, dated September 13, 2016, which indicates there is an ongoing threat of terrorist actions and violence against United States citizens and interests abroad, including the Philippines. Extremists have targeted sporting events, theaters, markets, mass transportation systems – including airlines, and other public venues where large crowds gather. Crowded nightclubs, shopping malls, buses, and popular restaurants have also been targets. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the importance of taking preventative measures to ensure their safety and security while traveling and residing in the Philippines‎. https://ph.usembassy.gov/security-message-u-s-citizens-risk-kidnapping-southern-cebu/#
  8. South Korean coastguard vessels have, for the first time, fired machine guns against Chinese boats illegally fishing in Korean waters, an official said Wednesday. There were no casualties reported from the incident on Tuesday, which was the first of its kind since the coastguard announced last month that it would pursue a “more aggressive” firearms policy with Chinese trawlers. Disputes over illegal fishing have dogged relations between South Korea and China for years, and there have been numerous clashes between the coastguard and Chinese crew members. Senior coastguard official Kim Jung-Shik said the order to fire came during a stand-off with some 30 Chinese fishing boats illegally operating near the South’s Yellow Sea border with North Korea. “They tried to ram our ships although we repeatedly warned them,” Kim told the Yonhap news agency. “I thought our officers would be in danger if I allowed any more resistance so we ended up using the crew service weapon,” he was quoted as saying. Initial machine gun bursts were fired into the air, but the crew were later ordered to fire on the bows of the Chinese boats that were sailing directly at the coastguard vessels. Two Chinese trawlers were seized in the clash. Seoul has been asking Beijing to take a tougher stand on its vessels that have entered the South’s waters in increasing numbers to satisfy growing demand at home for fresh seafood. Small wooden Chinese ships were once tolerated in an area where the top priority has always been guarding against potential incursions from North Korea. But in recent years, the small boats have given way to larger steel trawlers which engage in bottom trawling — dragging a large weighted net across the seabed that sweeps up everything in its path. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/838903/south-korea-coastguard-fires-machine-guns-at-chinese-trawlers
  9. TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte — The younger brother of the Ormoc City police chief has been arrested during a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Sabang, Tacloban City, Leyte. Ruel Ramirez and his live-in partner, Noriel Navarro, were detained at the Tacloban City Police Office, pending filing of charges for violation of the Comprehensive Drugs Act of 2002 at the prosecutor’s office. Ramirez is the younger brother of Senior Supt. Ramil Laroga Ramirez, Ormoc police director, said Chief Insp. Steve Castillote III, chief of Police Station 2 in Tacloban. Castillote said Ramirez was on the list of top drug personalities in Ormoc. Ramirez and Navarro were arrested after they handed a pack of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) to an undercover policeman about 3:30 p.m. on Monday. Seized from them were P320,000 worth of shabu. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/839052/ormoc-police-chiefs-brother-nabbed-in-tacloban-drug-bust
  10. The Makati City policemen President Rodrigo Duterte had castigated for extorting from tourists had been ordered transferred to Jolo, Sulu, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said on Wednesday. “I issued an order transferring them to Jolo, Sulu. Hindi ko alam pangalan nila basta may isang chief inspector at apat na PNCO (police noncommissioned officers),” Dela Rosa said in a press briefing at Camp Crame. While in Davao City on Tuesday, the President threatened to order the dismissal of the Makati policemen who had been reportedly found asking for bribe money from tourists. “I am ordering the police right now, to relieve him, place him under suspension, and initiate summary dismissal. Or if you want, at your convenience, kung sino man itong inspector na ito, you better resign,” Duterte said when he visited his parents’ grave. The President also warned them: “You better stop or I will stop you. You interpret it whatever way you like.” Dela Rosa, meanwhile, said the PNP did not tolerate any illegal activities of unscrupulous cops. “Hindi natin ’yan tinotolerate. It’s very unfortunate ’yung nangyari sa Makati City na sa cell phone ko pa mismo nanggaling ’yung information. Nakapasok sa akin. Finorward ko sa Makati police station,” he said. When he forwarded the information to the Makati police, Dela Rosa said the city police chief immediately ordered his men to validate the said report. They found out that a Singaporean national had complained that a retired police major, who was a former security officer in the residential building where the foreigner lived, extorted P350,000 from him. The Makati policemen denied asking money from the foreigner. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/839222/makati-cops-allegedly-extorting-from-tourists-sent-to-sulu-bato “According naman sa mga pulis natin, in fairness, hindi sila tumanggap at lumalabas na sinabi nung Singaporean na binigay niya ’yung pera sa isang pulis major na retired security officer nung building kung saan siya nago-office at nakatira sa Makati, so hindi pa natin nakuha ’yung police major na nagretire,” he said. Dela Rosa warned the retired cop to surrender, otherwise police would hunt him down. “He has to appear and explain his side. Otherwise, ha-hunting-in natin ’yang pulis na ’yan kung ayaw niyang magpakita sa police station, dahil allegedly sa kanya napunta ’yung pera. Siya ’yung nag-transact sa victim na magbayad daw sa pulis,” he said. But while the Makati policemen are denying their alleged involvement in the extortion incident, according to Dela Rosa: “That remains to be seen until we hear from the retired police major.”
  11. Are these foreigners who are getting busted with drugs retarded or what? Get the fuck away from that shit.
  12. SUAL, Pangasinan, Philippines – Even God, it seemed, was not persuasive enough. President Duterte’s resolve to stop cursing ostensibly after hearing the voice of God lasted less than a week. Yesterday, while commenting on reports that the United States had stopped the sale of 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippine National Police, the p*****g i** was back. “Tingnan mo mga unggoy – yung 26,000 na baril na bibilhin natin sa kanila, ayaw nang ipabili. ’T**g i** mo… maraming de bomba sa amin dito… Loko-lokong mga Amerikano (Look at those monkeys – the 26,000 rifles that we are supposed to buy from them, they no longer want to sell. Son of a b***h. …We have lots of air guns here… Those crazy Americans)!” Duterte said here. Close ad X Last Friday, upon his return to Davao from a three-day visit to Japan, Duterte had told reporters, “I was looking at the skies as I was coming over here. And everybody was asleep, snoring. A voice said, ‘you know, if you don’t stop (cursing), I will bring this plane down now.’ And I said, who is this? Of course it’s God.” But Duterte also said there is “always a time to be foul-mouthed.” Yesterday was the time. “Fifty years, kayo ang nakinabang sa resources ng ating bansa (you were the ones who benefited from the resources of my country),” he told the US. “All the minerals belonged to you. Even the pineapples… tapos mag-iingay kayo ngayon. P*****g i** nyo (and now you are noisy. Son of a b***h). Leche.” He reiterated that “we are being disrespected” by the US. While he could take Americans’ disrespect when he was mayor of Davao City, he said, “if you reprimand me now, please be careful with your tongue because I am representing a sovereign country. The Filipino people will be humiliated.” Defending anew his brutal war on drugs, Duterte assailed the US for reassessing its assistance to the Philippines over human rights concerns. “It’s as if every time you address yourself before the international arena – CNN, BBC and others – para bang… ako na lang… patay gutom (it’s as if I’m dying of hunger).” “I am angry. They are the ones who started it,” Duterte said. He added, perhaps in jest, “If they run out of gas, do not help the Americans. Let them float.” http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/11/03/1640013/back-cuss-words-rody
  13. It's only Wednesday, but President Rodrigo Duterte must be ready for the weekend. Fresh off his trip to China and his call for a "separation" from the U.S., the president of the Philippines is for the first time feeling the impact of what has seemed like to some to be a concerted effort to alienate his allies. The first hit: the defection of former president Fidel Ramos. Duterte's camp on Wednesday confirmed that Ramos, Duterte's China envoy, has resigned from his post just four months into the president's tenure. The news came after Ramos, who helped Duterte get elected, put out his second scathing critique of the Duterte's short tenure. The piece, published Sunday, accused Duterte of "unwittingly shooting himself in the mouth" and taking "101.5 million Filipinos" down with him by insulting allies. "He may claim that to be more ‘insulting than friendly’ to our long-established allies is part of his God-given ‘destiny.’ But, this is obviously wrong, and full of S…. T!!!,” he wrote. In an earlier letter, Ramos called Duterte first 100 days on the job a "huge disappointment and letdown." The former president faulted Duterte for a bloody campaign against suspected drug users and dealers that's claimed thousands of lives, as well as his anti-U.S., anti-UN rhetoric. Ramos, a former armed forces head, was particularly critical of Duterte's comments on U.S.-Philippine military ties. Over the last few months, Duterte surprised many by calling for the withdrawal of U.S. special forces from the southern island of Mindanao and the cancellation of future U.S.-Philippine military exercises, only to back down days later. "Are we throwing away decades of military partnership, tactical proficiency, compatible weaponry, predictable logistics and soldier-to-soldier camaraderie just like that?” asked Ramos. Though opinion polls suggest that Duterte still enjoys strong public support, Ramos' comments will no doubt resonate, particularly among those with ties to the military and foreign policy elite. It will be tough for Duterte's team to spin his departure as anything other than a massive loss. Responding to questions of Ramos' critique, a presidential spokesman call the former president "invaluable" to the administration. Another aide told the press he was "really surprised" by the resignation news. A second sour surprise: news that the U.S. may halt the sale of 26,000 M4 assault rifles to the Philippine National police. Reuters news agency on Tuesday reported that the State Department will stop the weapons sale due to opposition from Senator Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a vocal critic of Duterte's so-called drug war. Though the State Department did not not weigh in to confirm or deny the report, the head of the Philippine National Police said in a statement he was "saddened" by the news. President Duterte, meanwhile, tried to shrug it off, dismissing the report as an American "scare tactic" and the necessary weapons can be purchased elsewhere. Duterte, of course, is partly right. Considering that the U.S. State Department will give $9 million in aid to counternarcotics and law enforcement programs in the Philippines in 2017, and Secretary of State John F. Kerry this summer pledged $32 million for Duterte's law enforcement programs, stopping the sale of 26,000 guns is a small gesture. But it's a gesture that's intended to show that some U.S. funding for the Philippines can and will be cut should the president's human rights abuses and anti-U.S. rhetoric continue. Phelim Kine, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia division, called it "the first real U.S. move to put teeth in its criticism of the spiralling death toll Duterte’s 'drug war.'” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/02/philippines-duterte-discovered-this-week-that-his-actions-have-consequences/?
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