Two robbers killed in Manila

Two suspected robbers who victimized a De La Salle-College of St. Benilde student in the Manila was shot and killed by the police Wednesday evening. The student immediately called the help of the school’s security guard, who alerted the police regarding the incedent.

The suspect took off with the victim’s bag along Talf Avenue around 8 p.m, Superintendent Ernesto Tendero Jr. chief of Manila Police District – Station 2 said.

“Tinutukan siya ng baril tapos ini-snatch yung bag. Makikita niyo ang estudyante, parang may galos ditto sa braso at parang nabalian pa kasi kinaladad daw siya,” Tendero added.

According to the policemen the robbers were spotted in a tricycle at the corner of Singalong and Katipunan Tikong Streets, around 10pm, resulting to an exchange of fire. The suspects were eventually killed by the police in the incident.

The police recovered the victim’s bag and 2 pistols used by the suspect in the shoot out.

Police: No abduction, no rape of anti-drug agent’s daughter

Was she really abducted and raped, or did the daughter of an anti-drug operative just have a drinking spree with friends last weekend?

The supposed abduction drew outrage Monday from anti-narcotics and other public officials, but the Cordillera Autonomous Region police, citing testimonies by the girl’s acquaintances, said Tuesday the girl was neither abducted nor raped.

“If we base [sa] testimony ng kasama na teenager, walang abduction, walang rape at saka yun po walang sinabing sinaksakan ng droga [If we base our findings on the testimonies of the teenagers seen with her before she was supposedly kidnapped, there was no abduction and no rape, and she was not forced to take drugs],” Cordillera regional police head Chief Superintendent Orlando Pestaño said in an interview on dzXL radio.

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Arroyo wants ‘fiercer’ war vs drug lords

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to wage a “fiercer war” against drug lords in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and local government units.

Speaking at the 18th PNP anniversary in Camp Crame Monday, the President also ordered police to intensify its intelligence gathering to build up tight cases against drug suspects that would lead to their conviction.

“I enjoin you, cooperate with PDEA, the LGUs and other agencies as we crack down on big drug lords. Let us wage a fiercer war against them,” said Arroyo, who has appointed herself as the country’s anti-drug “czar.”

“Let’s make sure by building up a good case that they will go all the way to conviction,” she said.

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Street crimes dip in 2008

MAMANG PULIS — PNP chief Director General Jesus  A. Verzosa yesterday said street crimes dropped significantly in 2008 with the Philippine National Police attaining increased efficiency rating.    Verzosa said the enhanced police visibility as well as better participation from local government units and the community were essential in the improved anti-criminality campaign of the police last year.
    
Citing records from the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) headed by Director Raul M. Bacalzo, Verzosa said there were 4,857 reported street crime incidents for 2008 which is less than 6.7% compared to the 5,206 incidents reported in 2007. 
   
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Cops bring antidrug drive to Metro bars

In line with efforts to address the problem of illegal drugs, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa Wednesday said he has ordered his men to conduct random drug tests on clients of bars and similar establishments in Metro Manila.

“As part of the antidrug campaign, we want to deploy [antidrug] agents to business establishments, especially high-end bars, and invite those who [seem to be] under the influence of illegal drugs to be immediately subjected to a drug test,” he told reporters.

Verzosa was in Quezon City to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for a new police and fire station that will be built on E. Rodriguez Avenue, Barangay Bagumbayan in Quezon City.

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Provincial governor injured in communist rebel ambush: police

A provincial governor and one of her bodyguards were wounded in the central Philippines on Sunday when communist guerrillas ambushed their convoy using improvised explosives, police said.

Elisa Kho, the governor of Masbate province, suffered facial injuries from a glass shard of her vehicle’s windshield that was shattered by shrapnel, according to a police report.

One of the official’s bodyguards were also injured in the blasts, it said, adding that at least two improvised explosive devices were set off on the side of the road.

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