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Kidnapped nurse freed in Basilan

Posted by Abi Kwok on November 8, 2008

By Julie Alipala, Abigail Kwok
Mindanao Bureau,
First Posted 22:57:00 11/07/2008

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—(UPDATE) After more than four months in captivity, 24-year-old nurse Precious Feliciano was freed Friday night by suspected Abu Sayyaf extremists, officials said. Read the rest of this entry »


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My thoughts on Dela Paz

Posted by Abi Kwok on October 27, 2008


I have to be honest. The whole controversy on the Moscow incident has got my head spinning, and NOT in a good way. The story broke less than two weeks ago and already I’m bombarded with a WHOLE lot of information that I can’t possibly process in one or two seatings.

I have to say, though, that high-ranking police officers really are rich. The disparity between the non-commissioned police officers (=PO1 to SPO4) and the generals (two-star up) are so huge that a newbie reporter like me is nothing but overwhelmed. 

The sad truth is, these generals are richer than me. Huhu 😦 but that’s OK. I know that their job is way difficult than mine so no worries 😀

But I digress.

It has been a week since Eliseo dela Paz, former PNP comptroller, appeared before media to formally apologize for the incident that, he said, caused an “international embarrassment.” To tell you the truth, I really don’t understand why such a small contingent should bring a huge amount of money. Yes, the costs of living in Russia are high, and yes, contingencies such as medical emergencies do happen in such cases, but still.

I’ve always told (more like ranted. LOL) my fellow reporters that there would be no problem in the first place if Dela Paz just declared that amount. But the damage has been done, as the cliche goes.

I’m sharing some unpublished photos of Dela Paz during his first media appearance last Tuesday:

Anyway, I’m really glad that PNP chief Jesus Verzosa finally stepped up after his major boo-boo at the Senate hearing last Thursday. This time, I’m sure he made a good decision, albeit not enough, as Senator Mar Roxas said. Mistah or not, rules are rules, and the same applies to Dela Paz. 

I know this incident will never end, even though Joc-Joc Bolante is set to arrive here tomorrow. I’m sad for Verzosa because this incident hit his administration less than a month when he assumed the role of PNP chief.

I’ve always told myself: I like to believe that there are still good policemen around 🙂

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Congress blast witness surrenders

Posted by Abi Kwok on October 7, 2008


Indama a suspect anew, recants testimony

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 14:54:00 10/07/2008


MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE 4) The suspect-turned-state witness in the bombing at the House of Representatives last year is now back to being a suspect after recanting on his testimony against a former lawmaker whom he implicated in the incident that killed a political rival and three others.

At the same time, Ikram Indama said he no longer wanted to be under the government’s witness protection program and would rather be jailed.

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Police: 4 not 3 miners rescued Wednesday

Posted by Abi Kwok on October 2, 2008


Looking for a funny and weird story? Read on. 


One with robbery charges fled

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 13:36:00 10/02/2008


MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Believe it or not.

Police are claiming that four not three miners were rescued Wednesday from the mine in Itogon, Benguet where 12 of their peers were trapped with them after floodwaters rushed through the shafts as a result of the rains spawned by typhoon Nina last week.

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Kidnapped Chinese architect rescued — police

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 27, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 14:31:00 09/27/2008


MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) Police on Saturday morning successfully rescued a Chinese national abducted last September 10, resulting in the death of one unidentified suspect and the arrest of another.

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New PNP chief takes oath

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 27, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 10:11:00 09/27/2008


MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 3) Director General Jesus Verzosa was officially sworn in as the new Philippine National Police chief Saturday.

Outgoing chief Avelino Razon turned over the PNP command in ceremonies led by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo at Camp Crame general headquarters in Quezon City.

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New police chief told: We are keeping an eye on you

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 27, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 15:09:00 09/27/2008


MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has vowed to “keep an eye on” and monitor all activities of newly sworn-in Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Jesus Verzosa with regards to human rights promotion and violations.

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OMB raiders fire warning shots in Makati mall raid–police

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 18, 2008



By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 17:20:00 09/18/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Operatives of the Optical Media Board (OMB) fired warning shots during a raid in a Makati mall late Thursday afternoon, prompting city police to rush to the scene, a police official said.

Police Officer 3 Ching Esparanzate told that at around 4:10 p.m., they received a call that warning shots were fired by OMB personnel at the Makati Cinema Square during a raid on stalls selling pirated CDs and DVDs in the mall.

Esparanzate said police were immediately sent to the mall but, when they arrived, everything had gone “back to normal.”

Actor and television host Edu Manzano chairs the OMB.

No one was reportedly hurt in the incident.

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Jealous Laguna woman attempts suicide–police

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 18, 2008

What is up with people and drinking poison?o_O


By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 17:25:00 09/18/2008

MANILA, Philippines — A woman driven by jealousy attempted suicide in the municipality of Magdalena in the province of Laguna early Thursday morning but was saved by her neighbors, a police official said.

The 35-year-old drank pesticide in Banaan village around 10:30 a.m. because she suspected her husband of seeing another woman, said Magdalena police chief Senior Inspector Raul Sandoval.

But the victim was spotted by neighbors and rushed to the Laguna Provincial Hospital where, as of posting time, she is in stable condition, Sandoval said.

Sandoval said police records showed the woman had reported to police last August 6 that her husband was allegedly having an affair.

It was also in Magdalena where a woman killed her three young children and then herself with toilet bowl cleanser on September 9.

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Police eye 3 angles in Bulacan massacre

Posted by Abi Kwok on September 15, 2008

By Abigail Kwok
First Posted 12:35:00 09/15/2008


MANILA, Philippines — Police are looking at either a love triangle, land dispute, or labor dispute that could have resulted in the massacre of a family of four in Bulacan, including two teenage girls, an official said on Monday.

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