Philippine cops arrest 8,183 drug suspects

PHILIPPINE police arrested 8,183 drug suspects in 6,044 illegal drug operations from the start of the year to Feb. 11, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday. Law enforcers seized P530 million worth of illegal drugs during the period, national police chief General Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr. told a livestreamed news briefing.  “The PNP […]

27 e-sabong operators nabbed in Minglanilla

AT LEAST 27 illegal cockfight (e-sabong) operators were nabbed in Barangay Calajoan, Minglanilla town, southern Cebu. The operatives of Provincial Intelligence Unit and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company carried out the operation at 5 p.m. Saturday, February 11, 2023, after receiving information about the suspects’ involvement in illegal cockfights and finding out that the Amenic […]

Police in Cebu on full alert during Valentine’s Day

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) will be on full alert status for the entire Tuesday, February 14, 2023, or Valentine’s Day. It has ordered the 11 police stations in the city to conduct random checkpoints. The CCPO is not taking any chances against criminal elements who might want to take advantage of the occasion. […]

Briones: Press release

The fact that the illegal drug problem continues to exist and, judging by the recent arrests and seizures, flourish means something is going on that the rest of the public is not aware of. That is, until the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) appealed to all full-fledged police colonels and generals to […]

15 Carcar village chiefs told to surrender service firearms

AT LEAST 15 barangay captains in Carcar City, southern Cebu responded to the call of the police to surrender their service firearms with expired licenses. Lieutenant Colonel Ardioleto Cabagnot, chief of Carcar City Police Station, said in an interview with SunStar Cebu on Friday, February 10, that he was expecting the barangay captains to turn […]

Editorial: Best defense against scams: The would-be victim

A 42-year-old farmer from Gaas, a mountain village in Balamban town, Cebu is the latest victim of scammers who possibly used the contact information she posted on the comment section of the Facebook page of a popular Manila-based game show hosted by Willie Revillame. Rosana (real name withheld) told the police that after watching Revillame’s […]

Thief placed under citizen’s arrest inside Minganilla store

A WOMAN is now in police custody after she was placed under citizen’s arrest inside the Dolor’s Mini Mart in Barangay Poblacion Ward II in the southern town of Minglanilla, Cebu on Sunday, February 5, 2023. Suspect Marites Manulat Labador, a 48-year-old resident of Barangay Tuboran, Danao City in northern Cebu, was allegedly caught shoplifting […]

Philippine police chief joins top cop review committee

By John Victor D. Ordoñez, Reporter THE PHILIPPINES’ national police chief will be part of a five-man team that will look into the records of top police officers who may be involved in the illegal drug trade, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Wednesday. “The advisory group will be conducting the […]

Pawnshop owner gunned down

A 58-YEAR-OLD pawnshop owner was killed by an unidentified gunman while he was onboard his motorcycle in downtown Cebu City on Monday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2023. The fatality was identified as Joseph Canonigo, a resident of Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City. Investigation showed that Canonigo was driving his motorcycle along downtown Cebu City when upon stopping […]

‘Drug pusher, buyer’ fall in Talisay drug bust

OPERATIVES of the Police Drug Enforcement Group Visayas and Special Operations Unit 7 arrested a drug pusher in Sitio Luna, Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City on Saturday night, January 28, 2023. They identified the suspect as 43-year-old Ritchie Villaraso, an assistant fighting cock handler who resides in the sitio. They also took into custody Villaraso’s customer, […]

Filipino among 11 dead in Monterey Park shooting

A 68-YEAR-OLD Filipino was among 11 people who died at a mass shooting inside a dance studio in Monterey Park in Los Angeles, California at the weekend, according to the Philippine consulate general. It issued the statement after verifying the facts with US police, Filipino-Amercian organizations and media. Most of the victims were seniors. Of […]

Editorial: Inviting the police to school

Memories never truly fade. Some memories seep into nightmares and keep the nights sleepless. The worst of these nightmares walk among the living. The proposed “Anti-Violence and School Safety Ordinance” filed by Cebu City Councilor Jose Lorenzo Abellanosa evinces deep reserves of trust in the police that, the honorable solon may have overlooked, is not […]

EXPLAINER: Abellanosa ordinance on ‘anti-violence and school safety’ draws activist flak. Protesters see it as attempt to muzzle academic freedom. Police had admitted they don’t have enough people for Cebu City schools.

A PUBLIC hearing by the Cebu City Council Wednesday, January 18, 2023 on the proposed ordinance titled “Anti-Violence and School Safety Ordinance” drew opposition from the student council and a faculty organization of University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu. The ordinance, filed by Councilor Jose Lorenzo Abellanosa, mainly requires schools “to submit its calendar of […]

Police told to stop ‘victim blaming’

SYMPATHIZERS of two activists who were abducted last Jan. 10, 2023 by supposed government agents are calling on the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7) to refrain from redirecting the blame on the victims. In a statement, Karapatan-Central Visayas spokesperson Dennis Abarrientos condemned the police for putting the blame on activists Armand Jake Dayoha and […]

24 senior cops have yet to heed call to resign 

TWENTY-FOUR third-level cops have yet to quit their jobs after about 97% of top-level police officers did so to cleanse their ranks of a “deep infection” of the illegal drug trade, the national police chief said on Monday.   At a press briefing streamed live on Facebook, national police chief Rodolfo S. Azurin said he would […]

Misfit cops will face raps after retirement — DILG

TOP PHILIPPINE police officials involved in the illegal drug trade may face prosecution even after retirement, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Sunday. “Even if a police official is allowed to retire for the time being, the monitoring and investigation must continue, to gather evidence that may lead to eventual […]

More senior cops from Visayas heed DILG call to resign

TWO generals and 19 colonels from the Police Regional Office in Eastern Visayas have quit their jobs after a call to cleanse their ranks of “a deep infection” of the illegal drug trade, according to a police director. Police Regional Office 8 Director Rommel Francisco Marbil told the ABS-CBN News Channel on Wednesday those who […]

More than 500 top Pinoy cops quit amid call to cleanse ranks

MORE than 500 top Philippine police officials have quit, heeding a call to cleanse their ranks of the “deep infection” of the illegal drug trade. About 60% of these third-level officers have filed their resignation and more from the provinces are expected to follow, police spokesman Colonel Jean S. Fajardo told a news briefing on […]