Nov 232016


MANILA — A 67-year-old Dutch man was arrested in Caloocan for alleged illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, the Northern Police District said.

Cornelis Kok was allegedly in possession of a .45-gun, a Colt MK IV, with a magazine loaded with six rounds of live ammunition.

He has been staying at Bustos, Bulacan with wife Rina Kok, Supt. Ferdinand del Rosario, the deputy for administration of Caloocan police, reported on Wednesday.

As part of protocol, Caloocan police said they informed the Ministry of Netherlands through Richard Van Kooj about Kok’s arrest.

A complaint for illegal possession of firearms will be filed against him before the city prosecutor.

Kok was at a bus terminal on Second Avenue and about to go home when security guard Jerry Silva noticed the firearm.

Police are still determining why he brought the guns in a public place. Kok presented documents to prove there was nothing illegal about the gun but police said the papers “bore visible marks of being spurious.”  SFM

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Nov 222016
AMLC files charges vs. 6 RCBC execs for ‘money laundering’

Money turned over by casino junket operator Kim Wong to the Anti-Money Laundering Council after the $81-million money laundering scandal at the Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. erupted. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO MANILA — The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has filed criminal charges against the former treasurer of the Yuchenco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) and five other officials for alleged money laundering in connection with the entry of money stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank last February. In its 97-page complaint filed before the Department of Justice on Nov. 18, the AMLC supported the filing of criminal cases for money laundering under Section 4(f) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA), as amended, against former RCBC retail banking group head Raul Victor B. Tan, as well as Ismael S. Reyes, Brigitte R. Capiña, Nestor O. Pineda, Romualdo S. Agarrado and Angela Ruth S. Torres. Section 4(f) of Republic Act No. 10365 or the amended AMLA provides that money laundering is committed by any person who performs or fails to perform any act as a result of which he facilitates the offense of money laundering. Tan, brother of National Treasurer Roberto B. Tan, resigned from the RCBC last April, at the height of the Senate investigation on the $81-million money laundering scandal that shook the domestic financial system as well as gaming industry. At the time of the money laundering transaction, Reyes was national sales director of RCBC’s retail banking group; Capiña was retail banking group regional sales director; Pineda was district sales director; Read More …

Nov 222016
Duterte’s success at APEC not hinged on socials – Palace

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, left, listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Lima, Peru, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) MANILA — The success of President Duterte’s debut at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit was not hinged on his appearance at the gala dinner and photo opportunity with fellow world leaders, Malacañng said on Tuesday. Assistant Communications Secretary Ana Marie Banaag said the palace respected the opinion of former President Fidel V. Ramos, who was disappointed at Mr. Duterte’s absence at the photo call and said it was his duty to be there even if he was not feeling well. “The non-attendance of the President to the gala dinner and picture-taking should not be a barometer to measure whether the participation of the Philippines is successful or not,” Banaag said in a press briefing. Mr. Duterte said he had skipped the gala dinner and picture taking due to jet lag, with the events coinciding with his sleeping hours in the Philippines. Ramos had said this was no excuse and Mr. Duterte should have joined the traditional group photo with world leaders to represent the Philippines. The President sent Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay in his stead.  SFM TAGS: Ana Marie Banaag, APEC Summit in Lima Peru, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Department of Foreign Affairs, Diplomacy, Fidel V. Ramos, Foreign affairs, former presidents, International relations, Lima, Malacañang, Office of the President, Perfecto Yasay, Peru, Philippine president, Read More …

Nov 212016
20 Taiwanese nabbed for ‘online fraud’ in Cebu City

Cyber-crime (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO) CEBU CITY — Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) arrested 20 Taiwanese nationals for alleged online fraud. Armed with a search warrant, the agents barged into a five-story house rented by the suspects at Buena Hills Subdivision in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, past noon on Monday. Allan Tubi, acting chief of the NBI’s Regional Cybercrime Center Visayas, said the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines coordinated with them for the arrest of the Taiwanese nationals who allegedly defrauded their countrymen. Inventory of seized items was ongoing, as of this posting. “Will give you the specific details later,” Tubi said in an interview about 2 p.m. on Monday.  SFM TAGS: Allan Tubi, arrest, cebu city, Crime, cyber crime, Foreign Nationals, Law enforcement, National Bureau of Investigation, online fraud, raid, Seizure, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of the Philippines For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Nov 202016
Putin to Duterte:  ‘I feel you’

President Rodrigo Duterte and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet for the first time during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Leaders’ Meeting in Lima, Peru, on November 19. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./ Presidential Photo LIMA, Peru — Russian President Vladimir Putin told President Duterte he shared some of the latter’s sentiments about the United States and other Western countries after the Philippine leader unburdened his gripes during their first meeting on Saturday. The Russian leader also expressed his appreciation for Mr. Duterte’s hardline stance on some issues as well as his firm leadership, Philippine officials present at the bilateral meeting said. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Putin replied to Mr. Duterte’s anti-West remarks with the statement: “Our assessments coincide in many respects.” He clarified that Putin, who had an interpreter at his side translating their 45-minute exchange, did not specify the United States or any other country when responding to Mr. Duterte’s diatribe. While expressing his admiration for the Russian leader, Mr. Duterte had talked about the “hypocrisy” of the West in intervening in the affairs of other countries while advancing their own interests, and for “bullying” smaller nations. “They want to seem to start a war but are afraid to go to war. That is what’s wrong with America and the others. They are waging war in so many places: in Vietnam, Afghanistan and in Iraq,” he said. Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, in a briefing for Filipino journalists, said Mr. Duterte’s rants Read More …

Nov 172016
BI database linked with Interpol now running in 10 int’l airports

NAIA terminal 3. FILE PHOTO MANILA — The Bureau of Immigration is beefing up its gatekeeping capabilities with the integration of its databases with those of other government agencies and the Interpol. The agency has begun implementing the BI Information System, which links up information sources and databases from the BI, government agencies and its international partners. BI commissioner Jaime Morente said the Filipino-designed system has been up and running in 10 international airports, including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The system has been focusing on stronger border control and improved service efficiency, he said. Morente is expected to lead the formal launching of the BIIS, one of the agency’s flagship projects, at the NAIA Terminal 3 on Friday. Immigration officers can now access a centralized database of more than 320 million records of arrivals and departures, which is also linked to the databases of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism and the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency. By linking databases from both local and international law enforcement agencies, the BI hopes to reduce the processing time at immigration counters from one minute to 30 seconds. Morente said the BIIS was programmed for quicker search and query through improved search engines and query functions. Immigration officers can now capture actual photos of passengers and take biometrics data with the deployment of cameras and fingerprint scanners in all points of entry. The BI will also be better equipped with improved anti-fraud control with the activation of ultra-violet and infrared auto-detection Read More …

Oct 052016
Ex-broadcast journalist, DFA spokesman nominated as envoys to China, Malaysia

EMMY award-winning journalist Jose “Chito” Sta. Romana led the first live telecast from Llasa, Tibet, for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in 2006. The famed Potala Palace, one of the “new seven wonders of the world,” is atop the hill behind him. MANILA — A former broadcast journalist and the current spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) have been nominated to diplomatic posts in China and in Malaysia. President Duterte named on September 28 Jose Santiago Sta. Romana, former American Broadcasting Company (ABC) News Beijing bureau chief, and DFA assistant secretary Charles Jose as the new ambassadors to China and Malaysia, respectively. He also submitted to the Commission on Appointments on Wednesday the names of eight other diplomats as ambassadors to countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the United Nations. But according to Jose, while their designations to the diplomatic posts are up for approval  by the Commission on Appointments, the “receiving States” will still have to give their nod. In a text message, Jose explained that they were nominated to the posts as the first step “because there needs to be an agrément or acceptance from the receiving state.” An agrément is basically the approval of a diplomatic representative by a State to which he or she is assigned. Sta. Romana is a member of the board of trustee of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement and is president of the Philippine Association of China Studies. He was Beijing bureau chief for ABC News, starting out as Read More …

Oct 052016
3 foreigners caught with P135M cocaine, shabu at NAIA

Russian Kirdyushkin Yuri (center) and Hong Kong nationals Chan Kawai and Pau Homanevan, were arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, on Oct. 5, 2016, after P135 million worth of cocaine and shabu were found inside their luggge. (PHOTO BY JEANETTE ANDRADE, INQUIRER) MANILA — Operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) intercepted at the country’s premier airport on Wednesday afternoon three foreigners allegedly trying to smuggle into the country some P135-million worth of suspected narcotics in their baggage. Ninoy Aquino International Airport district customs collector Ed Macabeo identified the suspected drug traffickers as Hong Kong nationals Chan Kawai and Pau Homanevan, and Russian national Kirdyushkin Yuri. Macabeo said the three who originally came from Brazil tried to slip through with a total of nearly 19 kilograms of suspected cocaine and methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu allegedly hidden in their luggage. Before the suspects were intercepted, the anti-illegal drugs task force at the NAIA was tipped off about the possible arrival of a sizeable amount of narcotics through foreign drug couriers. The foreigners, who arrived at around 4:30 p.m. at the NAIA terminal 3 on a flight from Dubai, had just claimed their baggage from the carousel when they were asked over to the Customs office for inspection of their bags. Upon inspection, Macabeo said, the foreigners’ baggage yielded 9.9 kilograms of suspected cocaine in powder and liquid form, as well as nine kilograms of suspected shabu. PDEA operatives are conducting tests on the Read More …

Oct 042016
US Embassy: No plan to bring back American bases in PH

US EMBASSY. AP FILE PHOTO MANILA — The US has no plans of reopening military bases in the Philippines and nowhere in the PH-US Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) provides for such, according to the US Embassy in its Tuesday (Oct. 4) statement. “All activities to assist with the long-term modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines are planned and conducted with the concurrence and invitation of the Philippine government,” said US Embassy press attaché Molly Koscina. In his fresh tirade against the United States, President Duterte over the weekend threatened to stop the implementation of the EDCA, which he pointed out as merely an executive agreement since it was not signed in 2014 by then President Benigno Aquino III. The warning came as he rehashed his disgust over the US in response to its admonitions over his brutal war on drugs during the 37th Maskara Festival in Bacolod City on Sunday. In his speech, he disclosed that his administration has started reviewing the EDCA, which was signed two years ago by then defense secretary Voltaire Gazmin and a US aide but was not implemented until the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality last January. “Better think twice now because I would be asking you to leave the Philippines altogether,” Mr. Duterte had said. In the same speech, the President also apologized to the Jewish community for his comments drawing parallels between his war on drugs and Adolf Hitler’s genocide of Jews before and during the World War II. His Read More …

Oct 022016
3 Indonesians freed by Abu Sayyaf in Sulu

Philippiine Army soldiers deployed to Sulu to pursue the Abu Sayyaf (INQUIRER MINDANAO FILE PHOTO) ZAMBOANGA CITY — Three Indonesian nationals were freed by their Abu Sayyaf kidnappers on Saturday night. Freed were Ferry Arifin, Dan Edi Suryono and Mohammad Mahbrur, all tugboat crew who were kidnapped on Simisa Island in Sulu on June 22. The Moro National Liberation Front turned over the victims to Sulu Governor Abdusakur “Totoh” Tan and to Brig. Gen. Arnel dela Vega of the Joint Task Force Sulu. The victims were brought to Camp Teodulfo Bautista Station Hospital for medical examination and debriefing before being turned over to proper authorities. The military said the release of the victims was an offshoot of the ongoing military operations against the ASG, and with the assistance of the MNLF.  SFM Latest Lassiter shoots Beermen into Game 5 Woman who tops QC-Masambong drug watch list, 26 nabbed Two nights after heroic game, Aguilar silenced in Game 4 Ahanmisi hopes Adamson learns from UE loss Recommended Disclaimer: Comments do not represent the views of We reserve the right to exclude comments which are inconsistent with our editorial standards. FULL DISCLAIMER View Comments For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.