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Nigerian nabbed for online scam

MANILA  — The National Bureau of Investigation- Cyber Crime Division (NBI-CCD) operatives arrested an Nigerian national for allegedly perpetrating an online scam.
NBI identified the suspect as Joseph Kamano, who was arrested in an entrapment operation in a mall in Manila on Tuesday.
According to the NBI cybercrime division, Kamano's arrest stemmed from a complaint of a victim who requested anonymity.
Kamano and the complainant met through social media wherein the suspect offered a business deal.
Kamano informed the complainant that they will send the latter a package full of money as capital in their business. The complainant was also instructed to open a new e-mail address so they can monitor the package. A photo package was likewise sent to prove that it is real.
Moreover, Kamano told the complainant that she will receive the package after paying the processing fees of the documents for the package such as certification of ownership, payment of taxes for three years, signing of documents and for the delivery of the package at the complainant’s house.
The complainant then paid P949,619 to the suspect through bank and and money transfer. The complainant however did not receive the package.
When Kamano called the complainant and asked to pay another P240,000 for the delivery charge, the complainant already sought help from the NBI.
Under strict orders from NBI Director Dante A. Gierran to promptly act on the matter, NBI-CCD operatives together with the Complainant, conducted the entrapment operation resulting in the arrest of Kamano.
The Nigerian national already presented for inquest proceedings before the Office of the Prosecutor of Manila for violation of R.A. 315 otherwise known as Estafa. -- PNA
 
 
 
 

Ex-PNP chief ordered arrested

MANILA -- The Sandiganbayan has ordered the issuance of arrest warrant against former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and 10 other individuals for a graft case in connection the alleged anomalous courier service deal that the PNP entered into in 2011.
 
In a minute resolution promulgated on May 18, released to the media on Thursday, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division said that after evaluating of the information of the case, as well as the evidence submitted by the Office of the Ombudsman, it found probable cause to order the arrest of Purisima and his co-accused for the court to hold them on trial.
 
“After judicious scrutiny and evaluation of the [case] Information and resolution of the prosecutor, the evidence in support thereof and the records of the preliminary investigation attached thereto, the Court finds that sufficient grounds exist for the finding of probable cause and the for the issuance of a warrant of arrest against all the accused charged in the instant cases,” the court’s ruling read.
 
Aside from Purisima, ordered arrested were the following former police officials:
  • Former Civil Service Security Group chief Gil Meneses
  • Former Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) chief Napoleon Estilles
  • Former FEO assistant chief Allan Parreño
  • Former FEO Education and Enforcement Management Division chief Melchor Reyes
  • Servicing Legal Officer Ford Tuazon
Also ordered arrested were five private individuals who were incorporators of the courier service company Werfast Documentary Agency, Inc., namely; Mario Juan, Salud Bautista, Enrique Valerio, Lorna Perena and Juliana Pasia.
 
The Ombudsman earlier recommended P30,000 bail bond for each accused in exchange for their provisional liberty.
 
In its resolution, the 6th Division said the respective motions for judicial determination of probable cause with prayer for the dismissal of the case, recently filed by Purisima and the other respondents are now rendered “moot and academic” as the court has made its own determination of probable cause even before the respondents filed their motions.
 
“The Court, has, in fact, independently determined for itself the existence of probable as to merit the arrest of the accused, acquire jurisdiction over their persons, and to proceed to trial,” the ruling read.
 
In his 34-page motion filed with the Sixth Division last week, Purisima maintained that the case filed against him lacked evidence and was done in haste to prosecute him and the other police officers.
 
“This case best exemplifies the classic obsession or passion of the Ombudsman, riding on slanted news reports concocted by paid spin doctors, to indict with undue haste public officials who have been subjected to trial by publicity,” Purisima’s motion read.
 
The court, however, said that the arguments raised by Purisima and the other respondents in their motions were “matters of defense that are best raised and threshed out during trial”.
 
Filed by the Office of the Ombudsman before the Sandiganbayan on May 6, the graft case stemmed from the courier service contract that the PNP entered into with Werfast in 2011 for the delivery of firearms licenses of applicants.
 
Based on the information of the case, the contract was awarded to Werfast without holding a public bidding and despite the company’s supposed lack of track record and qualifications as a courier service firm.
 
The Ombudsman said Werfast was not yet registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) when the contract was entered in May 2011. The Ombudsman said the company was also not authorized by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to offer courier delivery service. —NB/APG, GMA News
 
 
 
 

Free De Lima campaign launched

MANILA -- Supporters of Senator Leila De Lima on Tuesday, May 23, launched a signature campaign to demand her immediate release from detention.
Led by the Free Leila Movement, the supporters aim to collect at least one million signatures in the campaign and submit it to the Supreme Court to show a strong call for De Lima's freedom.
 
"Kami po... ay nandito ngayon upang ilunsad ang Signature Campaign para sa kagyat na pagpapalaya kay Senator Leila De Lima," Ma. Regina Mabalatan of the Free Leila Movement said during a press conference in Quezon City.
 
"Nananawagan din po kami sa Supreme Court na mag-desisyon base sa substance ng kaso, at hindi sa mababaw na teknikalidad," she added.
 
 
De Lima is currently detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City, over allegations that she let the illegal drug trade to proliferate inside the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) during her term as justice secretary, supposedly exchange for funds for her senatorial campaign last year.
 
The senator had turned to the Supreme Court to nullify the arrest warrant and the court proceedings for her cases.
 
Mabalatan believes that the evidence against De Lima, who is a vocal critic of the Duterte administration, were defective.
 
"Wala ni isang matibay na ebidensiya ang naipakita... tanging mga fake deposit slips lamang po," Mabalatan said.
 
She added that despite claims that De Lima got millions of pesos from the illegal drug trade in the national penitentiary, no bank accounts were shown to prove this.
 
Groups such as the Filipino Advocates for Integrity, Transparency and Honor, The Silent Majority, the Democratic Alliance Movement of the Philippines - International (DAMPI), the Coalition Against Darkness and Dictators, among others, have also thrown support for De Lima's release.
 
Aside from her drug-related cases, De Lima was also charged with disobedience to summons for allegedly advising her former driver Ronnie Dayan to skip the House of Representatives justice committee's hearing on the alleged proliferation of illegal drug trade at the NBP.
 
 
The Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 currently handles this case.
 
Atty. Lorelee Margaret Granado, De Lima's counsel, said during the press conference that they have already filed a motion for reconsideration urging the trial court to dismiss her case resolution on this motion before June 9, the scheduled start of the trial proper for the disobedience to summons case. — GMA News
 
 
 
 

More direct China to PH flights expected

MANILA  — Direct flights from China’s Guangxi Province to the country's top tourist destinations Davao, Cebu and Clark can soon be expected to bring in additional tourists from China.
This after the Department of Tourism (DOT) recently closed a deal with Chinese state-owned Guangxi Tourism Development Group Co., Ltd. to mount these additional flights during the recent “Belt and Road Forum” in Beijing.
“This undertaking will open up secondary gateways in the Philippines to the Chinese market and bring in additional tourists from mainland China,” Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo said in a statement.
Teo, who was with the entourage of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, said the chartered flights add to the list of air carriers that directly service 13 Chinese cities for trips to Manila, Kalibo, Cebu and Laoag.
It was not mentioned which airline will be providing the services or when the services will start.-- PNA
She, however, described the deal as a “win-win” situation for both parties and expressed excitement for the launch of the said flights.
“We are excited about Guangxi’s commitment, as we tap its 55 million population of what is considered the Asian center of economy and finance,” she added.
Meanwhile, tour operator Sun Fair International, which has offices in Xiamen and Hong Kong, has already committed additional ten thousand Chinese tourists coming from the cities of Shanghai, Xiamen, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hong Kong, and Beijing, starting this month.
The additional Chinese tourists will make up a diverse group of leisure travelers, divers and adventure seekers to rollers, businessmen, culinary travelers to shoppers, and even employees on company paid tours, Sun Fair International said in a statement.
Proposed local destinations include Manila, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Surigao, Subic, and Negros Occidental. (Azer N. Parrocha/PNA)
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